Other Than Peer-Support Officers, What Other Mental Health Professionals Can Assist Emergency Personnel?
Collateral damage, or the intra- and interpersonal disturbances that arise from disaster work, can be observed among both professional and volunteer first responders.
Weekend workshops, one-on-one and in small or large groups. By taking equal and uninterrupted turns we benefit by both listening and speaking. By expressing the feelings associated with our experiences, we help each other heal. In providing an environment that is confidential, safe, and accepting.
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