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Speak No Evil: Reconciling Exposure to Trauma, Threat and Tragedy Among First Responders
June 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
This will be a live interactive webinar presentation. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to view the recorded webinar for up to three days after, but you must be registered to view the recorded version.
Presented by 1st Responder Conferences
Presentation Title: Speak No Evil: Reconciling Exposure to Trauma, Threat and Tragedy Among First Responders
Description of the Presentation: Those who work across the Thin Lines of public safety and service naturally don’t want to be on the receiving end of assistance – after all, stoicism has a long history of being celebrated. But, compassionate hearts can eventually bruise or suffocate enough to make public service feel like both a blessing and a curse.
This webinar will offer how to shift perspective, where ‘symptoms’ are turned into adaptive responses and resistance is leveraged toward resilience and longevity. The presentation will discuss how to punch through multiple layers of stigma, recognize the difference between traumatic stress, moral injury, and soul burden, and make sense of the built up residue from exposure to mortality, inhumanity, and injustice.
First responders will learn how to speak “of” cumulative stress, without having to speak “about” things they’d rather forget. Because when we repack our baggage, we regain mental and emotional bandwidth to live more easily with ourselves and our loved ones.
About the Speaker: Dr. Tracy S. Hejmanowski is a licensed clinical psychologist, with 20 years of clinical expertise working with service members, first responders, veterans, and their families. Her work began in a VA Medical Center, followed by an assignment working with repatriated Prisoners of War. She was stationed overseas and stateside as an active duty U.S. Navy psychologist, followed by work as a DoD contractor for 11 years as the Program Manager of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Deployment Health Center.
For the past 8 years, Dr. Hejmanowski has provided program development and lead clinical facilitation for non-profit organizations that provide reintegration and recalibration retreats for veteran and first responder communities. She currently serves as a consultant for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Shield Program and is the Executive Director of the First Responder Project, a nonprofit for first responders and their families.
Dr. Hejmanowski is a nationally requested speaker on trauma-related subjects for military and first responder communities. She has been a frequent presenter for Special Warfare Operations reintegration programs and has authored articles on operational stress. She was recognized for innovative behavioral health initiatives related to first responder trauma and was nationally recognized by the Center for Operational Stress Control with the Caregiver of the Year Award – the first time awarded to a civilian provider.