Treating Traumatic Stress in First Responders

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Psychologist Ellen Kirschman is the author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a FireFighter: What the Family Needs to Know, Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know and the Dot Meyerhoff mystery series. Sign up for her newsletter at

  • First-responder work is taxing for the individual and their family.
  • Successful treatment of first responders in crisis requires a multidisciplinary team of peers, chaplains, and culturally competent clinicians.
  • A residential retreat is one approach to keeping first responders and their families resilient.

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Kirschman, E. (2023, February 8). Treating traumatic stress in first responders.Ellen Kirschman. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from