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Podcast Episode #63: Preserving First Responders’ Resilience, Health and Relationships

First responders serve in challenging situations which can trigger painful emotions and memories from their own histories of trauma. To be an effective first responder requires a measure of hardiness in adversity. But being a "tough guy" can get in the way of expressing and resolving the buildup of negative [...]

By | February 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #62: The Traumatic Burdens of First Responders: Emotions, Triggering and Reenactment

First responders serve in stressful, sometimes traumatic situations which can impose heavy emotional burdens on themselves and their relationships. In addition, first responders usually have their own histories of pain and trauma which can be triggered by present-day, on-the-job experiences. By reacting in old, defensive or destructive patterns, first responders [...]

By | February 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #61: The Traumatic Burdens of First Responders: Effects on Individuals and Their Relationships

First responders serve in stressful, sometimes overwhelming situations which can impose heavy emotional burdens on themselves and their relationships. The first responder culture has tended to stigmatize the need for acknowledging these painful emotions and releasing them. First responders may feel that they must stay in control at all times [...]

By | February 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #60: First Responders and Caregivers: How to Stay Resilient in Your Unique Calling

First responders and caregivers serve others in stressful, sometimes overwhelming situations. To preserve themselves, these empathic professionals need to become aware of the emotional burdens of their work and release them. Through transparency and genuineness with themselves and with the support of their teammates, caregivers and first responders can use [...]

By | January 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #59: Honoring and Expressing Grief; and the Effects of Grief on Caregivers

Death is an emotionally devastating event. To grieve is a natural response, and can bring healing and growth into our lives. We must allow ourselves to grieve, without denial, but also without becoming incompacitated and losing interest in life. It's also essential that we express our grief from ambiguous losses, [...]

By | January 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #58: Honoring and Expressing Our Grief; with Special Guest Mimi Amaral

The death of a loved one and other significant losses are emotionally devastating events. To grieve is a natural response, and can bring healing and growth into our lives. Traditions, old and new, can bring honor and respect to this most human condition. We must allow ourselves to grieve, to [...]

By | January 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #57: Holding on to Hope: Understanding Real, Practical Hope from a Personal Perspective; Part 3

Hope is essential for resilience. Maintaining nurturing relationships with others who have been through difficult times helps us hold on to hope when we're living with uncertainty. Empathetic people we trust can help us gain perspective on our attitudes, behaviors, and situations. They can help us understand what we can [...]

By | December 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #56: Holding on to Hope: Understanding Real, Practical Hope from a Personal Perspective; Part 2

Hope is essential for resilience. What does it mean to have real-world hope? When hard times come, do you believe you can get through them and that better times will come? Hope is a defense against despair and discouragement. It can give us energy to overcome adversity, a forward-looking attitude, [...]

By | December 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #55: Holding on to Hope: Understanding Real, Practical Hope from a Personal Perspective; Part 1

Hope is essential for resilience. What does it mean to have real-world hope? How can we create and sustain a hopeful attitude during hard times? Dr. Peter Bernstein shares from his personal experience of holding on to hope through a lifetime of challenges. When situations are out of our control, [...]

By | December 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #54: Singer Randy Mayfield: A Life of Extreme Caregiving

Singer, songwriter, pastor and missionary Randy Mayfield shares from his lifelong career of service to hurting people in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Kenya and around the world. What does it take to sustain a calling to bring practical help, empathy and hope to people and families in desperate situations? How can [...]

By | November 23rd, 2019|0 Comments