From Battlefield to Street: One Uniform to Another

Course Description:
Public safety personnel who also have dual roles in the military are facing new challenges today. Military life and deployments often can leave the first responder/combat veteran with traumatic experiences that get ”triggered” when they return to serve in their public safety roles. The young child struck by a car, entering a burning building, or the need to draw a service weapon can instantly transport our rescuer mentally back to the battlefield. These instances can be anticipated and dealt with but would you know what to do? How do you apply your CISM skills to the combat veteran?

Program Highlights:

  • Types of symptoms present in the returning military veteran
  • Principles of combat stress interventions
  • Challenges being faced not common to previous
  • “Lessons learned” about combat stress / psychological injuries
  • “Deadly Combat Sins”
  • “Battlemind” skills that must be transitioned upon retuning home
  • “Triggers” that can remind the military veteran of combat experience
  • Steps of the RESTORE protocol and where it may be used
  • Signs and/or symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Resources for referral and/or additional help

Course Length: 2 Days (14 Contact Hours)

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for CISM team peers, clinicians, chaplains, military personnel, and anyone else who may be asked to work with public safety personnel who are also in the military such as veteran’s outreach staff. The information shared and skills taught in this workshop have also been reported to be helpful for those who work with active duty military personnel.