Responding to First Responders

Facilitated by Laura Gatien

January 30, 2020 - Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

This is a group for all first responders, dispatchers, military members, trauma nurses and correctional officers who have a desire to heal from the effects of trauma and thrive in their professions. The goal is to receive support and understanding, gain tools to cope & build resilience against traumatic experiences in the workplace.

The group is inclusive and doesn’t require a diagnosis to attend.

The group will address topics that have been found to lead to improved recovery and greater resiliency against PTSD

  • It will provide peer support and a strong sense of community. Members report feeling a sense of belonging and strong emotional connections. The group also aims to reinforce feelings of hope and a sense of control in your life and reduce feelings of hypervigilance. 

  • Opportunity for INFORMAL debriefing to foster recovery through group dialogue.

  • Positive coping strategies: constructive stress management approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), can help first responders build resilience against traumatic experiences as well as treat trauma symptoms after the fact. Additional coping strategies and stress management and anger reduction techniques will also be discussed.

This will be a safe place for people to be with others who can truly understand their experiences, a place where they can be honest, feel no judgement and feel like they are not alone. 


Please call to reserve your place or discuss if this group may be something that could benefit you. 651-1239 or 977-3146

Cost: $400/full 8 weeks *Covered by many insurance plans including VAC. Check with your insurance provider/employer for details.

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