David Burke Presents ‘Trauma and Interventions’
Trauma Resources and Interventions for First Responders
David Burke on Trauma Treatment Resources
March 18, 2022 | David Burke LAADC-CA / ICADC
The presentation was titled ‘Resources for Trauma Treatment in Central and Northern California‘. Topics covered in the presentation included the sources and causes of trauma, holistic methods of trauma recovery, and trauma-informed dual diagnosis treatment.
Firefighters, police, EMS personnel and other first responders experience high stress (and high risk) situations daily. The stress involved does not disappear when the responders go home at night.
Asking for Help with Trauma is a Sign of Strength
Asking for help to deal with the impacts of trauma, PTSD and/or substance abuse issues is a sign of strength.
Firefighters, police, EMS and other first responders are seldom called on to rescue cute kittens from trees.
On a daily basis, emergency services personnel see accident victims horribly injured or burned, rescue survivors crushed in crumbling buildings, fight overwhelming forest fires, and pull residents from burning buildings.
Or they may be called on to defuse situations ranging from domestic disputes to a hostage crisis.
For first responders, work stress takes an emotional and mental toll. Their job stress often includes:
• Not being able to save everyone
• The extent of serious injuries at an accident scene
• Not being successful in defusing a dispute resulting in injury
Taking care of mental health is as important as managing physical health!
Although in many cases – there may still be a stigma attached to seeking help. However, the sooner emergency personnel receive treatment after a traumatic event health impacts are noticed – the better the outcome.
There is no need to ‘suffer in silence’ for months before seeking (and receiving) help and treatment.
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