Emergency Responding to the Emergency Responder. Stress, Coping and Surviving in the Emergency Services. Officer Joel Fay Psy.D (415) 720-6653 Joel.Fay@SRPD.0rg. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – An Assault on the Mind, Body and Spirit. PTSD. PTSD is a total person experience Symptoms effect
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Stress, Coping and Surviving in the Emergency Services
Officer Joel Fay Psy.D(415) 720-6653 Joel.Fay@SRPD.0rg
Must be exposed to a traumatic event
Person's response to the event must involve intense fear, helplessness,
And why it’s NOT our Fault
The use of past experiences to affect future behavior.
“Remember what occurred.”
“Once you crossed over that line – there is no going back.”
“It’s about the system”
How a person recovers from trauma depends on the support system available after an event. “Don’t punish the victim.”
We have trouble controlling emotions because reminders lead to sudden anxiety, anger, or upset
To adjust to this lack of control – you check out, numb yourself become unavailable.
Self- Control – Physical and Psychological
Not affected by what we experience
Anger, Somatic Reactions, Frustration, Burn Out
This works until it doesn’t
Emergency Responder Exhaustion Syndrome
What Can You Do?
International Conference of Police Chaplains
San Rafael Police Department
1400 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 485-5773 ex 111366