What does the On-Site Academy do?
We help you get back to the job or to a new beginning and quality of life with the tools necessary to master critical incident stress. The On-Site Academy has a skilled staff of licensed clinician, CISM Advanced trained peers, national trauma consultants, and additional support staff from Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
Scheduled groups involving all phases of the debriefing process, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), Alpha-Stim, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and substance abuse/addictions treatment when applicable. EMDR is a therapeutic technique developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, which rapidly desensitizes traumatic memories and images. Both EMDR and TFT have been shown to significantly reduce trauma symptoms.
Who should attend the On-Site Academy?
Emergency Service professionals have extraordinarily high coping abilities and deal with events that would be highly stressful for any normal person. No matter what uniform is worn, he or she is a human being first. Certain types of incidents.... line of duty death/injury, loss of a child, victim known to respondent, mass casualty incidents...as well as any call powerful enough to produce unusually strong emotional reactions at the scene or later, can overwhelm even the most experienced veteran. In addition, the cumulative effect of years of experience and coping in the field can also be overwhelming.
Nightmares, flashbacks, fear of repetition of the event, appetite and sleep disturbances, nausea, anxiety, and even interruptions in intimacy, are but a few of the reactions that one may experience over time.
Emergency Service providers from across the world, who are experiencing critical incident stress or post-trauma reactions to the point where their jobs, relationships with loved ones and the quality of life have been significantly impacted, are the individuals who may most benefit from our program. These are professionals for whom the debriefing process and/or individual counseling were not adequate.