Journey’s ‘After-Action: Building Resilience’ Workshop for First Responders

For more information or to register, call: 888-597-4355

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You Help Others; Now Help Yourself

As a Firefighter, Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, 911 Dispatcher, EMS or other first responder, you enjoy the reward of helping others. But the job also means dealing with trauma through relentless exposure to stress, danger, conflict and tragedy, and that can take a toll on your physical and emotional health, which in turn impacts your loved ones.

If you’re a first responder experiencing anger, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, sadness, severe anxiety, drug or alcohol misuse or other trauma-related symptoms, Journey’s After-Action: Building Resilience workshop can help you heal from Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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A 6-Day Workshop Dealing With Trauma

Our intensive and confidential six-day After-Action: Building Resilience workshop brings you together with other first responders who share your experiences and your concerns. Guided by our expert team of trauma-trained clinicians and peers, we’ll answer the questions: What is trauma? What is PTSI and PTSD? How do you recognize it? You’ll also learn how to cope with the stress of a profession that often comes with life-or-death consequences. You’ll work with experienced clinicians who understand what you’re going through, including a former dispatcher and EMT and the spouse of a first responder.

The focus moves from “what’s wrong with me?” to “what’s going on with me?” as you come to understand that PTSI and PTSD are real, diagnosable conditions. You’ll learn that dealing with trauma is a normal response to abnormal stress — and it can be managed. Reaching out for help is a brave step in healing from these difficulties and can help ease physical and emotional health issues that may stem from untreated trauma.

For more information or to register, call 888-597-4355.

Is the Workshop Right for You?

To find out if the After-Action: Building Resilience workshop is right for you, call for an in-depth phone assessment. We will evaluate your needs and goals, and help you identify signs of trauma, including but not limited to:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Isolation
  • Fearfulness
  • Feeling numb
  • Relationship problems
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Trouble with everyday activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Avoidance of certain areas, people or routines associated with stressful events

No matter where you turn for help, don’t ignore these warning signs. Trauma is an injury, not an illness. But it can become an illness if left unaddressed.

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Healing from PTSI with Dignity & Compassion

As a workshop participant, you’ll stay with an intimate group of other first responders in a private, comfortable home on Journey’s grounds in the foothills of Utah’s serene Wasatch Mountains. There, you’ll take part in an empowering combination of traditional, experiential and alternative treatments to address PTSI and PTSD. First responders will participate in individual and group therapy, outdoor adventure challenges, meditation and resilience training through well-being expert Dr. Brené Brown’s Rising Strong curriculum.

At the end of the workshop, you won’t be left to make it on your own. Instead, you will leave the workshop with a course of action, including assisting you with arranging treatment upon returning to your community, while continuing to offer encouragement and oversight after your departure. And you can seamlessly access additional behavioral health or addiction treatment through Journey.

The Goal: Tools for Wellbeing

A key benefit of the After-Action: Building Resilience workshop is the clarity it provides in moving forward with your life, relationships and career. It can assist you with healing and getting back to living the life you and your loved ones deserve.

No matter your ultimate destination, you’ll find yourself armed with a toolbox of fresh skills for managing and dealing with trauma and an appreciation for this vital lesson: To help and interact with others, you first have to make yourself whole. 

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What Is PTSI?

When we’re startled, frightened or in danger, we react with a “fight or flight” response. It’s our body’s way of warning us to pay attention. When things calm down, we usually do too.

Sometimes, however, those heightened emotions and negative feelings seem to get stuck, and post-traumatic stress injury may be diagnosed.

Those with post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) often find themselves avoiding anything that reminds them of the source of their distress. They may also have flashbacks, intrusive thoughts or bad dreams, feel hypervigilant and detached from everyone, struggle with mood and self-defeating thoughts, and lose interest in things that once brought joy.

The good news is PTSI can be treated, usually with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. If you think you may be experiencing PTSI or dealing with trauma in an unhealthy manner, seek help without delay.

Did you know?

  • While PTSI is often associated with combat veterans, first responders can develop it, especially over the course of a career.
  • Even little things or witnessing someone else’s distress can trigger PTSI and compassion fatigue.
  • About 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSI at some point in their lives.
  • A lack of social support is a key risk factor in developing PTSI, and seeking out support helps build resilience against it.

 

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