First Responders put themselves in harm's way each day. When most try to avoid danger and trauma these brave men and women fight against the human impulse to protect self and instead choose to face life threatening events head on. We recognize that these men and women are not invincible and struggle with the same post traumatic stress responses and moral injury as our military and veteran populations. We recognize that for our first responders they are "in combat" in their own communities, living in the communities where they respond to shootings, horrific accidents, suicides, murder, cruelty, child, elder, and animal abuse, domestic violence, poverty and chaos....they can be called to different traumatic situations on the same shift with little to no break in between. Their trauma triggers may exist all around them.
The Center for Post Traumatic Growth understands that addressing PTSD and Moral Injury in our First Responders is part of our core mission in bringing healing and recovery to those who help and save others. This requires a community approach to addressing trauma; offering our core program, which is tailored to the specific needs of emergency medical, general medical, and fire department personnel.