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Preparing for the Unimaginable : How Chiefs Can Safeguard Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events

Author: Laura Usher; Stefanie Friedhoff; MD Anand Panaya
Publisher: LaVergne : Skyhorse Publishing, 2018.
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While most government agencies are trained in how to react to a mass casualty event such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster, few are prepared to deal with the psychological fallout for first responders. Preparing for the Unimaginable fills that void. This book is the product of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's work with the Newtown, Connecticut, police force in efforts to cope with the shooting at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Usher; Stefanie Friedhoff; MD Anand Panaya
ISBN: 9781510726253 151072625X
OCLC Number: 1020793253
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Half-Title Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Letter from the Director; Foreword: Leadership When the Unimaginable Occurs; Foreword: Mental Wellness Needs New Focus; Preface; Acknowledgments; How to Read This Guide; PART ONE. Why Mental Wellness Matters to You and Your Agency; 1. Understanding Trauma and Resiliency; Stories from the field; Police officers arenâ#x80;#x99;t immune to trauma; The immediate impact of traumatic events; The long-term impact of trauma; Unresolved trauma is an officer safety issue; Psychological resilience. Do we need to change law enforcement culture to promote resilience?PART TWO. Preparing for a Mass Casualty Event; 2. Recommendations for Enhancing Resilience in Your Agency Today; Take a personal interest in officer wellness; Form a work group to recommend officer wellness programs and education; Support the creation of an officer peer support program; Find the right mental health service providers to support your officers; Review your psychological services policies and procedures; 3. Planning the Incident Response for a Mass Casualty Event; Assign a mental health incident commander. Build close partnerships with first responder agencies and other leaders in your communityMake a regional or statewide plan; 4. Building Your Media Team and Strategy for a Mass Casualty Event; Why you need a media strategy; How to plan an effective media strategy: Be prepared. Be proactive. Own your narrative; What to include in your media plan; PART THREE. Managing a Mass Casualty Event and Its Aftermath; 5. Immediate Incident Response; Managing challenges for your agency and your community; Managing challenges and stressors for officers; Managing leadership challenges. Immediate incident response checklists6. The First Weeks: From Chaos to a New Normal; Managing challenges for your agency and your community; Managing challenges and stressors for officers; Managing leadership challenges; 7. The First Months; Managing challenges for your agency and your community; Managing challenges and stressors for officers; Managing leadership challenges; Tips for helping officers to heal; 8. The Long Haul; Managing challenges for your agency and your community; Managing challenges and stressors for officers; Managing leadership challenges; HANDOUTS AND OTHER RESOURCES. Chief Edwardsâ#x80;#x99; Story: Overcoming PTSDLori Kehoeâ#x80;#x99;s Story: The Impact of Trauma on Law Enforcement Spouses; Sgt. Oâ#x80;#x99;Haraâ#x80;#x99;s Story: Managing Cumulative PTSD and Helping to Prevent Officer Suicide; Sgt. DiBonaâ#x80;#x99;s Story: Using His Personal Struggles to Help Other Cops; Too Much, Too Ugly: Understanding the Trauma Contamination for Law Enforcement Officers; â#x80;#x9C;This Shouldnâ#x80;#x99;t Be Bothering Me:â#x80;#x9D; Common Myths about Police Officersâ#x80;#x99; Responses to Traumatic Events; The Mental Health Incident Commanderâ#x80;#x99;s Role during the Immediate Response to a Mass Casualty Event.
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While most government agencies are trained in how to react to a mass casualty event such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster, few are prepared to deal with the psychological fallout for first responders. Preparing for the Unimaginable fills that void. This book is the product of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's work with the Newtown, Connecticut, police force in efforts to cope with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school that left twenty six people, including twenty children, dead. This unique publication offers expert advice and practical tips for helping officers to heal emotionally, managing the public, dealing with the media, building relationships with other first responder agencies, and much more. Complete with firsthand accounts of chiefs and officers that have guided their departments through mass casualty events, Preparing for the Unimaginable seeks to provide practical, actionable strategies to protect officer mental health before and after traumatic events.

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