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How to overcome the trauma of a divided nation

By Shauna Springer, CNN

We’re facing an onslaught of acute stressors, living through a global pandemic, deep divisions within society, the devastating impact of wildfires and floods, and the ripening of election-related angst.

Americans across society are feeling a depth of trauma that is familiar for many of our nation’s veterans and first responders. If you’ve been eagerly anticipating sudden and sustained relief from your strongest negative emotions should the election have gone your way — that’s a mirage.

Regardless of how events unfold in the months to come, the fact remains that a majority of people in our society hold deep fear about the future. Nearly half of the country will continue to feel this way after the election, even if there is a smooth transition of power. Some may express this fear through anger — the go-to emotion for many people — and others will become depressed.

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Anger Iceberg

The talented Rebecca Grondel, MA delivers another important and relevant Law Enforcement Family Network Flashlight Series video on the vulnerable emotions that drive anger. Please take a few minutes today and learn about the “Anger Iceberg”
If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to register for the Law Enforcement Family Network Virtual Conference on Janaury 8-9, 2021. Registration can be found on our events page!
To watch the video: CLICK HERE

Taking Time to Listen

Therapist Rebecca Grondel, MA explores the importance of stopping and paying attention to what our kids are REALLY saying.

 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

Dr Stephanie Conn, the founder of First Responder Psychology in Beaverton Oregon, and author of the book, “Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel.”  highlights some of the specific benefits of a treatment method called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

This treatment method is very effective for dealing with significant and accumulative trauma, with the added benefit of having no physiological side effects.

Dr Conn mentions a link in her Flashlight episode and you may find more information about EMDR HERE or another resource HERE

 

 

Stress and Relationships

In this timely Flashlight Series Video, Rebecca Grondel, MA gives insight and ideas for maintaining connection with your partner, family or loved ones during times of stress. From the simple moments of who is emptying the dishwasher to bigger tougher moments.

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Lieutenant Julie Beard from the Redmond Police Department offers families some helpful tips for enjoying a safe Halloween.
Looks like the weather and the moon are going to add to the holiday fun!

 

 

Resilience

In this Flashlight episode brought to you by Behind the Badge Foundation’s Law Enforcement Family Network, Jeremy and Ketryna Wade talk about resilience for officers and their families.

Jeremy is an SPD officer and founder of Fearless Resilience, a training and consulting organization for first responders. During their episode, Jeremy and Ketryna talk about how they try to focus on what they can control, especially during times of stress.

 

Jeremy mentioned a book by Dr. Carol Deweck titled, MINDSET.

Dr. Dewek writes a great deal about growth mindset. Growth vs. Fixed mindset is an important topic for officers as a way of viewing and managing stress. The information in this article is also helpful during 2020 as a way to navigate the unpredictable. Here is a link to article that covers more information: HERE

 

Jeremy Wade

Founder/ Lead Training Instructor

206-817-5410

jeremywade@nullfearlessresilience.com

 

Ketryna Wade

Business Manager

206-999-6463

ketrynawade@nullfearlessresilience.com

 

You may learn more about Fearless Resilience by visiting their website HERE