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First Responders & PTSD Workshops

The aim of the training modules is to equip first responders to prevent PTSD and vicarious traumatization. The course introduces the concepts of vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, PTSD, burn-out, and self-care. Each 3 hours module includes three 50 min sessions (so the actual module is 2.5 hours). All modules can be taught in 2 day workshop (12 hours) or separately, based on the participants’/organizations’ needs. The normal fee structure is $1000/module plus expenses if applicable.

Module 1: First Responder Trauma 101 (3 hours)

Introduction to first responder trauma & implications. Understanding PTSD, neurology & symptoms; Understanding first responder trauma experience and implications; Introduction to trauma screening

Module 2: Preventing vicarious traumatization, Compassion Fatigue, and burnout. (3 hours)

Introduction to vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout. How to prevent them and capture the early signals.

Modules 3-4: Experiential Workshop (3-6 hours)

Introduction to participants’ own life narratives by using music and creative arts. The aim is to prepare for the safe and effective use of self, self-care, and trauma prevention.

Module 5: Debriefing and clinical supervision of refugee trauma work (3 hours)

Based on participant’s needs their case examples will be discussed and brainstormed in a group setting. This can be one-time workshop or a continuing clinical supervision.