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A Crack in the Armour by Jimmy Bremner

bremnerassociates.com “A Crack in the Armour”.  Jimmy Bremner’s true story of strength and courage as an officer who fought to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and won. Along with his inspiring story. Jimmy  is a 25-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, has served as a member of Toronto’s Emergency Task Force and the Gun Gang Task Force. He is currently a training constable at the Toronto Police College.

A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders by Dr. Susan Hunt

A Hero  A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders – First Responders are Heroes! Helping Heroes include: police officers, emergency medical service providers (e.g., paramedics, ER doctors or nurses), firefighters, and military personnel. They save, help, serve, and protect others! This story is for kids of first responders to learn about their Helping Hero’s job and the various feelings it can bring about. At the end of the day, the Helping Hero’s favorite job is being a parent!  See also  Heroic Families Workbook

After the Call; Mental Health Awareness for Families of First Responders by Nick Halmasy, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Mental Health and Awareness for First Responders hopes to begin the conversation around the role and its impact. This book explores the myths of mental health and first responders to implementing strategies to help mitigate the over all impact. The book discusses how to start a conversation with your family members, what to talk about versus not talk about, how to listen effectively, how to engage in self-care, as well as discussing the issue of suicide. The book is written so that it can be read both as a family member or as a first responder.

It can be found as a digital download at afterthecall.org

After the Sirens: to the Brink and Back by Paul Harnich Advanced Care Paramedic

After the Sirens” is about the effects of emergency services stress and cumulative stress from the perspective of a paramedic and EMS educator.
It is about the aftermath of stress related illness and ineffective stress and grief management, and about recovering from ill health resulting from the combined effects of home stressors, work stressors, and the premature end of a career in uniform.

Broken: A Paramedics Battle with PTSD by Chris Mawson, Sharon Mawson

Broken “I was passionate about my work and fully committed to making a change to peoples lives. It was my dream job, full of excitement pumped with adrenaline and diversity. I was being paid to save lives. In reality as with any dream it comes at a price… Th constant exposure to traumas, murders,death, blood, bereavement and physical threat does have a profound affect. This is a true and confronting book outlining my highs and lows as a paramedic and my subsequent battle with mental illness as result of years of exposure on the job. By the time I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder my life was in tatters and marriage nearly destroyed. I make no apologies for the confronting content of this book, but if increased awareness to this epidemic of PTSD among emergency service workers is highlighted and one life is saved, then I have bone my job.”

Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart by Captain Dan Willis

Bulletproof Spirit  If you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT, ER nurse, or soldier, or you love one . . . This book can save your life

Suicide, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and many more emotional and stress-related problems plague the first-responder community. Hundreds of thousands of these brave public servants have unwittingly become victims of the professions they once loved. However, the suffering that results from a professional life of sacrifice and service can be prevented and mitigated.

As a law-enforcement veteran, police captain Dan Willis has witnessed the damage of emotional trauma and has made it his personal mission to safeguard and enhance the wellness and wholeness of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, emergency-room personnel, and soldiers. Bulletproof Spirit offers field-tested expertise designed to be used by all first responders — and their families — to heal themselves and continue serving with compassion and strength.

Burning Down The House by Russell Wangersky

BurningDownTheHouse Burning Down the House is the story of Wangersky’s eight-year career as a volunteer firefighter, an experience that wound up reaching into every facet of his life and changed the way he saw the world forever.  Written in vibrant, luminous prose, the book traces his years from rookie to veteran firefighter and the emotional and psychological toll it took on his personal life. Offering a rare glimpse into physical dangers and psychological costs of trying to save strangers’ lives, Wangersky paints a harrowing and sometimes heartbreakingly vivid portrait of the fires, medical calls and automobile accidents that are the standard fare of the profession.
Building a map of traumatic memories — from performing CPR on a colleague’s father to close calls in house fires and a fuel explosion — Wangersky explains secrets of firefighting that many emergency workers would never let themselves admit. Visceral and affecting, Burning Down the House is an insightful account into the perilous world of firefighting and an unforgettable memoir of how, in chasing his passion, Wangersky almost lost himself.


Complex PTSD- Surviving to Thriving I have Complex PTSD [Cptsd] and wrote this book from the perspective of someone who has experienced a great reduction of symptoms over the years. I also wrote it from the viewpoint of someone who has discovered many silver linings in the long, windy, bumpy road of recovering from Cptsd. I felt encouraged to write this book because of thousands of e-mail responses to the articles on my website that repeatedly expressed gratitude for the helpfulness of my work. An often echoed comment sounded like this: At last someone gets it. I can see now that I am not bad, defective or crazy…or alone! The causes of Cptsd range from severe neglect to monstrous abuse. Many survivors grow up in houses that are not homes – in families that are as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous. If you felt unwanted, unliked, rejected, hated and/or despised for a lengthy portion of your childhood, trauma may be deeply engrained in your mind, soul and body. This book is a practical, user-friendly self-help guide to recovering from the lingering effects of childhood trauma, and to achieving a rich and fulfilling life. It is copiously illustrated with examples of my own and my clients’ journeys of recovering. This book is also for those who do not have Cptsd but want to understand and help a loved one who does. This book also contains an overview of the tasks of recovering and a great many practical tools and techniques for recovering from childhood trauma. It extensively elaborates on all the recovery concepts explained on my website, and many more. However, unlike the articles on my website, it is oriented toward the layperson. As such, much of the psychological jargon and dense concentration of concepts in the website articles has been replaced with expanded and easier to follow explanations. Moreover, many principles that were only sketched out in the articles are explained in much greater detail. A great deal of new material is also explored. Key concepts of the book include managing emotional flashbacks, understanding the four different types of trauma survivors, differentiating the outer critic from the inner critic, healing the abandonment depression that come from emotional abandonment and self-abandonment, self-reparenting and reparenting by committee, and deconstructing the hierarchy of self-injuring responses that childhood trauma forces survivors to adopt. The book also functions as a map to help you understand the somewhat linear progression of recovery, to help you identify what you have already accomplished, and to help you figure out what is best to work on and prioritize now. This in turn also serves to help you identify the signs of your recovery and to develop reasonable expectations about the rate of your recovery. I hope this map will guide you to heal in a way that helps you to become an unflinching source of kindness and self-compassion for yourself, and that out of that journey you will find at least one other human being who will reciprocally love you well enough in that way.

CopShock by Allen R. Kates

copshock.com This second edition is a valuable follow-up to the first, with new chapters that carefully lay out what PTSD is and how officers can take steps now to “prepare for the inevitable.”  Kates encourages officers to set up a support system before a critical incident occurs, which includes friends and family, peer counselors, therapists and support groups. Highly interesting is a new chapter (9/11) in which he discusses the dilemma of “delayed onset.”  The chapter on “Resiliency” is also a  thoughtful one that offers suggestions on developing what the author calls a “resilience” to future traumatic events by broadening one’s viewpoint, acceptance, considering support groups, and taking advantage of a mental health professional to develop a healthy strategy for moving ahead.

Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to KNow by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena, Joel Fay, Ellen Scrivner

Counseling Cops  Grounded in clinical research, extensive experience, and deep familiarity with police culture, this book offers highly practical guidance for psychotherapists and counselors. The authors vividly depict the pressures and challenges of police work and explain the impact that line-of-duty issues can have on officers and their loved ones. Numerous concrete examples and tips show how to build rapport with cops, use a range of effective intervention strategies, and avoid common missteps and misconceptions. Approaches to working with frequently encountered clinical problems–such as substance abuse, depression, trauma, and marital conflict–are discussed in detail. A new preface in the paperback and e-book editions highlights the book’s relevance in the context of current events and concerns about police-community relations.

Creating Sanctuary  by Sandra Bloom

Creating Sanctuary is a description of a hospital-based program to treat adults who had been abused as children and the revolutionary knowledge about trauma and adversity that the program was based upon. This book focuses on the biological, psychological, and social aspects of trauma. Fifteen years later, Dr. Sandra Bloom has updated this classic work to include the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study that came out in 1998, information about Epigenetics, and new material about what we know about the brain and violence. This book is for courses in counselling, social work, and clinical psychology on mental health, trauma, and trauma theory.

Crisis Pastoral Care: A Police Chaplain’s Perspective by Thomas Shane

Crisis Pastoral Care Author and chaplain Thomas Shane tells dozens of stories of what it is like to provide crisis pastoral care to those caught in the grim and shocking realities of life. His book brings a balanced, spirituality-based perspective to the dead center of heartbreaking human experiences––violent crimes, homicides, natural disasters, automobile accidents, suicides, child abuse, and more. The author has worked with law enforcement professionals for 30 years, and his life has been dedicated to the victims and families involved in tragedies, and particularly to the needs of police officers. His words will both encourage and instruct other helping professionals to be better prepared to deal with their own and other’s needs during a crisis situation. The book gives readers an insider’s view, not theoretical. Dr. Shane candidly reveals his own struggles, doubts and fears, along with the courage, faith and hope that sustains his life and work. He even addresses the complex and challenging task of offering care and spiritual counsel to the perpetrators of crimes. He worked with families and victims in Oklahoma City, after the bombing, and at Ground Zero, New York A book for front-line law enforcement officers, EMTs & the chaplains who work with them, grief counselors, psychologists & local clergy, and anyone interested in true crime stories. • General principles for working with police • Helping people deal with guilt and find forgiveness • The real and personal risks in crisis intervention • Death notification • Chaplaincy and terrorism • What is the pastor’s authority, and what is not

Damage Done A Mountie’s Memoir  by Dianna Lennox


Damage Done A Mountie’s Memoir: From Hurt to Hopeful, From Horses to Healing

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An unflinching portrayal how one idealistic young RCMP officer battled her way through job-induced trauma, anger and disillusionment by turning to horses – and how her path to healing helped her reach out to other first responders.

DEANNA LENNOX is a married mother of two with more than sixteen years’ service as a member of the RCMP, most recently as a commercial crime investigator in Edmonton, and working before that in a variety of roles that included undercover work, acting as a member of the drug section, and fulfilling the regular duties of an operational police officer. She left the RCMP in 2013 to dedicate her life to helping frontline service providers who are coping with job-induced trauma. She founded the War Horse Awareness Foundation, runs the annual War Horse Symposium and is a passionate advocate for mental health. For more information, please visit www.warhorseawareness.com

Emotional Survival by Dr. Kevin M. Gilmartin

emotionalsurvival.com An introductory book for academies on how to maintain a well-balanced family life in a stressful job.  Gilmartin addresses the daily stresses of career fields like law enforcement with suggestions on how to leave the job behind and enjoy the activities you “usta” do in your life.  He offers a variety of novel suggestions, such as maintaining a planning calendar of family activities, developing a good physical fitness program, and exercising control over unnecessary spending.

56 Seconds by Sylvio Gravel

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56secondsbook.com Syd Gravel’s testimonial to Healthy Survival of PTSD. A 31 year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service, Syd tells the gripping real life story of how his life took a dramatic turn in just 56 Seconds. He shares how he survived post-traumatic stress, as a two-time shootist, during his years of work as a front line police officer. In his book, “56 Seconds” he reveals the secrets to his healthy survival based on a solid foundation of peer support, friends, family and medical practitioners.

 Force Under Pressure by Dr. Lawrence Blum

ForceUnderPressure  ISBN-13: 978-1930051126 ISBN-10: 1930051123
who has devoted his life’s work to the survival and wellness of “those who serve,” describes the sources of danger, injuries, and victory to police officers in a down-to-earth, readable style.
Blum argues that there are missing “ingredients” in the training and socialization of police officers. These ingredients include techniques and tools to condition the officer’s decision-making and concentration during conditions of emergency; internal controls necessary to maintain the will to survive; and aids that will prevent officers being defeated by any threat.
Distressing and/or disturbing physical and psychological reactions are common in a police officer’s workday, and the officer must be prepared for them. Blum’s work has uncovered many of the casues of compromise to officer safety and wellness, and he contends that police officers will be well prepared to cope with unanticipated or rapidly changing encounters if they possess the right tools and the know-how to command and control field encounters and life’s pressures. Here Blum provides practical tools for survival in law enforcement, by combining his clinical knowledge with true stories of police officers for an attention-grabbing and informative book.
This book is a superb reference for law enforcement and their families, for those who would command, support and assist our law enforcement officers, and for our whole society in these times when the role of the law enforcement officer has become a matter of great public concern. I’m honored to know that my work could be of some assistance, in this worthy endeavor.  ~ Lt. Col. David Grossman

Heroic Families Workbook by Dr. Susan Hunt

Heroic Families Workbook  Being a Helping Hero has its ups and downs! First Responders save, help, serve, and protect others! The Heroic Families Workbook is a supplement to the book: A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders. The purpose of this workbook is for kids to understand their parent’s job and the possible effects it can have on them. The goal of this workbook is for first responders and their kids to discuss various thoughts and feelings in relation to their work as helping heroes/emergency service providers. This can help in opening up the lines of communication and promote discussions around thoughts and feelings. It includes Activities and Tools for Heroes and their kids/families to do together. In addition, it incorporates exercises related to relevant coping strategies, promotion of resilience, positive thinking, work/life balance, and stress management.

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child by John Bradshaw

Homecoming: Reclaiming & Championing Your Inner Child Are you outwardly successful but inwardly do you feel like a big kid? Do you aspire to be a loving parent but all too often “lose it” in hurtful ways? Do you crave intimacy but sometimes wonder if it’s worth the struggle? Or are you plagued by constant vague feelings of anxiety or depression?
If any of this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing the hidden but damaging effects of a painful childhood—carrying within you a “wounded inner child” that is crying out for attention and healing.

How to Survive PTSD and Build Support by Sylvio Gravel

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56secondsbook.com  In this revised edition, there are 25 teaching or discussion points for police and emergency services recruiters, trainers and college/university professors who prepare people to work in police and emergency services and other trauma-related environments. This book provides insightful techniques to address the correlation between recruiting and new recruit-training practices, and the ability of employees and organizations to address trauma within the workplace, as well as build peer support.

I Love a Cop by Ellen Kirschman PhD

EllenKirschman  ISBN-13: 978-1593853532 ISBN-10: 159385353X
Nothing worth doing is easy–and that includes loving a cop. Being a member of the law enforcement community is a source of pride for officers and families alike. But long hours, unpredictable shifts, and the crisis-driven nature of the profession can turn life on the home front into an emotional roller coaster. Dr. Ellen Kirschman, a psychologist who’s worked with police officers for more than 30 years, gives you practical ways to deal with the challenges that come with the territory. Packed with stories from cops and their significant others, this book explains how to reduce spillover from on-the-job stress and cope with loneliness or worry during extended deployments. Dr. Kirschman acknowledges the tough realities of 21st-century law enforcement and offers frank, realistic suggestions for handling serious issues like alcohol abuse and domestic violence. She also covers special topics for women and minorities on the force. Whether you read it from cover to cover or reach for it when problems arise, I Love a Cop is an indispensable tool that everyone in your family can depend on.
Mental health professionals, see also Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena, and Joel Fay.

In An Unspoken Voice by Peter A. Levine

traumahealing.org  In this culmination of his life’s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.

It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You: Complex Trauma and Treatment by Christine A. Courtois

It’s Not You, It’s What Happened To You: Complex Trauma and Treatment, Dr. Christine Courtois has simplified her extensive and, until now, quite scholarly work geared toward understanding and developing the concept of “complex trauma,” and the assessment and treatment thereof. A universally acknowledged leader in this emerging psychotherapeutic field, Dr. Courtois provides here an abbreviated and easy-to-read explanation of what complex trauma is, how it develops, the ways in which it manifests, and how it can effectively be dealt with.

Life Sentence; A Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD by Simon Gillard with Libby Harkness

Life_Sentence “How a dream job became a nightmare ‘I’m awake again, shaking, sweating. My heart is racing and I stare into the dark. I can’t close my eyes. I fear the images – too many to count. They swim behind my eyelids; I am drowning in their terror. Suicides, heart attahttp://badgeoflifecanada.org/yoga/cks, murders, car crashes. The images come again and again. All the dead people . . . I have to touch their legs, their arms, reach intohttp://badgeoflifecanada.org/yoga their pockets, look into their unseeing eyes for clues.’ From the moment two police officers walked into his primary school to give a talk, Simon Gillard knew he wanted to be a policeman. It was a dream that stayed with him right through high school, and as soon as he was old enough he applied to join the force. He began as an optimistic young probationary constable with a great sense of humour and passion for the job. But as his career began to build, so too did the number of cases he worked on, from high-profile murder investigations to paedophile rings, suicides to the investigation even of a fellow officer. As the cases mounted, Simon started to suffer panic attacks and to drink heavily. Nights were the most difficult- he would shut his eyes only to be tormented by nightmares about missing young women, and schoolboys not much older than his own son, whose lives had been devastated. He sought help but was encouraged to just ‘go back to work’ and ended up making four attempts on his own life. He was later formally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and invalided out of the force. In this powerful memoir, Simon reveals the details of the cases he worked on, how the police force operates, and how one man’s life can spiral so out of control. He is now working to create awareness about PTSD and has written this book to help other sufferers.”

Listening to Their Voices of Bravery and Heroism: Exploring the Aftermath of Officer’s Loss and Trauma in the Line of Duty by Konstantinos Papazoglou

ListeningtoTheirVoices ISBN-13: 978-1536100488 ISBN-10: 153610048X

Police work is challenging. Police officers are sworn to maintain peace and order in our communities. However, police officers often jeopardize their own safety and lives in order to serve and protect civilians from eminent threat. The current book presents the testimonials of police officers who have survived from uniquely severe life-threatening cases in the line of duty (e.g., terrorist attacks, hostage situations, mass shootings, shooting incidents). All the cases presented in this book have been extensively covered by national and international media (e.g., CNN, NBC, CBC). The aim is to explore the impact of exposure to such unique cases in officers’ lives. Further, the author highlights and studies the heroism and resilience of the officers who survived through hardships.

Konstantinos attempted to answer the following questions: What gives officers strengths during a life-threatening situation? What makes officers thwart a mass shooter or a violent criminal when civilians try to escape from the critical incident site? What helps officers survive when they are severely wounded and bleeding on the street?

Konstantinos personally met the officers, conducted the interviews, and listened to their stories. The analyses of the officers-survivors’ interviews led to multiple outcomes that would enable law enforcement professionals, health professionals, early career researchers, and university/college students understand strength and resilience among police officers despite exposure to extreme stress and life-threatening situations. In addition, the book opens dialogues to the study of resilience and recovery (or adaptation) process of those who are sworn to maintain peace and order in our communities.

Loving Someone With PTSD  by Aphrodite Matsakis

matsakis.com  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present with a number of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and trouble sleeping. If your partner has PTSD, you may want to help, but find yourself at a loss.
The simple truth is that PTSD can be extremely debilitating—not just for the person who has experienced trauma first-hand, but for their partners as well. And while there are many books written for those suffering from PTSD, there are few written for the people who love them. In Loving Someone with PTSD, renowned trauma expert and author of I Can’t Get Over It!, Aphrodite Matsakis, presents concrete skills and strategies for the partners of those with PTSD.
With this informative and practical book, you will increase your understanding of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, improve your communication skills with your loved one, set realistic expectations, and work to create a healthy environment for the both of you. In addition, you will learn to manage your own grief, helplessness, and fear regarding your partner’s condition.
PTSD is a manageable disability. While it isn’t your responsibility to rescue your partner or act as his or her therapist, this book will help you be supportive and implement strategies for lessening the negative impact of PTSD—not just for your partner, but for your relationship, and, importantly, for yourself.

Never Stop on a Hill  by Chris D. Lewis


Chris D. Lewis, Commissioner (Ret.), Ontario Provincial Police, describes life as a series of hills and valleys. Every challenge you encounter is a hill you must overcome on your journey. As his title cautions, Lewis believes that you should never stop on a hill. Some obstacles may seem insurmountable, but quitting is never an option, unless it is in the best interests of the team. Instead, with determination and resilience, you will be able to lead to success.

Lewis came to this conclusion during his thirty-six-year career in policing. He worked in a variety of different areas, including uniform, tactical operations, intelligence and major crimes, before climbing the ranks to lead the entire ninety-five-hundred-person organization. Along the way, he learned many lessons in leadership and teamwork.

Lewis includes interviews and discussions with police chiefs and personnel who reveal the skills they believe are critical for leadership success.

Lewis encourages a caring and communicative perspective. A “what’s in it for me?” attitude isn’t sustainable in any organization. Instead, through Never Stop on a Hill, learn the qualities of a true leader.

All profits from the sale of Never Stop on a Hill will go to the Special Olympics.

No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine

 goodreads.com  This is an excellent book for the survivors of law enforcement suicides, too often shunned and forgotten by police departments in a short time.  Not only is it valuable reading for them, but it is essential reading for police administrators who are interested in improving their programs.  A moving, heart-wrenching book, and a true testimony about the frequent struggles of surviving families.

On Combat By Dave Grossman

CombatPsychology  ISBN-13: 978-0964920545 ISBN-10: 0964920549
On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory – then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America. The authors reveal the nature of the warrior, brave men and women who train their minds and bodies to go to that place from which others flee. After examining the incredible impact of a few true warriors in battle, On Combat presents new and exciting research as to how to train the mind to become inoculated to stress, fear and even pain. Expanding on Lt. Col. Grossman s popular “Bulletproof mind” presentation, the book explores what really happens to the warrior after the battle, and shows how emotions, such as relief and self-blame, are natural and healthy ways to feel about having survived combat. A fresh and highly informative look at post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) details how to prevent it, how to survive it should it happen, how to come out of it stronger, and how to help others who are experiencing it. On Combat looks at the critical importance of the debriefing, when warriors gather after the battle to share what happened, critique, learn from each other and, for some, begin to heal from the horror. The reader will learn a highly effective breathing technique that not only steadies the warrior s mind and body before and during the battle, but can also be used afterwards as a powerful healing device to help separate the emotion from the memory. Concluding chapters discuss the Christian/Judeo view of killing in combat and offers powerful insight that Lt. Col. Grossman has imparted over the years to help thousands of warriors understand and come to terms with their actions in battle. A final chapter encourages warriors to always fight for justice, not vengeance, so that their remaining days will be healthy ones filled with pride for having performed their duty morally and ethically. This information-packed book ploughs new ground in its vision, in its extensive new research and startling findings, and in its powerful, revealing quotes and anecdotes from top people in the warrior community, people who have faced the toxic environment of deadly combat and now share their wisdom to help others. On Combat is easy to read and powerful in scope. It is a true classic that will be read by new and veteran warriors for years to come.

On The Edge by John Violanti, Andrew O’Hara and Teresa Tate

ccthomas.com  ISBN13=9780398086329. In this book, the authors extend their academic research and knowledge on the subject to a national level. Two of the authors, who have personally dealt with the aftermath of suicide, add a realistic description of what it is like to be “on the edge.” Violanti is a former NY State trooper and is now the nation’s foremost researcher on police suicide.  Andy O’Hara, a California Highway Patrol sergeant who survived a near suicide and describes the feelings and pain he felt during that crisis period, and Teresa Tate, whose husband died by suicide, will add immeasurably to the understanding of this problem.

On The Other Side Of Broken by Brian Knowler

www.lulu.com  In 2004, Brian Knowler was the first police officer at the scene of a fatal collision. The driver who died was a close friend of Brian’s and died while Brian was attempting to save his life. For 8 years, Brian hid the physical and psychological effects of that evening while his personal and professional life crashed around him. In 2012, he finally admitted that he had a problem and was diagnosed with PTSD. In the years since then, he has regained control of his life.
This book is the story of Brian’s journey from the fateful night of his friend’s death to a place where he can now tell the tale of his descent into blackness, and his climb back, with complete candor and honesty.  The book includes a chapter written by Brian’s wife on her experience as a proud police wife watching her husband turn into a man she didn’t recognize, only to get him back after battling by his side to heal and rebuild.  It is a story of one man’s, one family’s, journey from darkness to the other side of broken.

Out on a Cliff by Gary Rubie

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outonacliff.com  Gary Rubie was a cops cop. His portrayal of the horrors of police works Out-On-Cliff-140X212masterful. From the stench of death to the loneliness and desensitizing effect of the job. He bares all about a job he once loved, but came to loathe. His words accurately describe an occupation designed not only to create psychological victims, but occupational casualties. He takes the lid off the Pandora’s box of policing and allows us to peek inside. He’s a survivor. Gary should probably be dead – but for God – and the purpose that God has for his life. ~ Chief of Police Daniel C. Parkinson, M.O.M., Cornwall Community Police Service, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD: A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT by Sheela Raja

Overcoming Trauma PTSD If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, you may feel a wide range of emotions, such as anxiety, anger, fear, and depression. The truth is that there is no right or wrong way to react to trauma; but there are ways that you can heal from your experience, and uncover your own capacity for resilience, growth, and recovery.
Overcoming Trauma and PTSD offers proven-effective treatments based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome both the physical and emotional symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This book will help you find relief from painful flashbacks, insomnia, or other symptoms you might be experiencing. Also included are worksheets, checklists, and exercises to help you start feeling better and begin your journey on the road to recovery.
This book will help you manage your anxiety and stop avoiding certain situations, cope with painful memories and nightmares, and determine if you need to see a therapist. Perhaps most importantly, it will help you to develop a support system so that you can you heal and move forward.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Rogers L. Ken

PTDSKenRogers   A police officer in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan was desperate and wide open to emotional pain. On the outside he looked all right, but he wasn’t. His post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms were classic. He was emotionally ill. This book is a must for law enforcement agencies and personnel throughout the country.

This is the third in a trilogy of books that chronicle the revolutionary changes in our mental health and human service delivery systems that have conspired to disempower staff and hinder client recovery.


Save-My-Life-School This intense and engaging memoir is based on the true-life of Natalie Harris. Mental illness, post traumatic stress syndrome, overdoses and addiction are some of the demons this paramedic turned author deals with–stemming from a horrific double-murder call. This incredible story makes public the very private battles many face. This book is raw, honest and a window into the mind of someone facing mental illness. Although a serious topic, this biography is at times laugh-out-loud funny, poignant and simple a good, entertaining read. This is a must-have for anyone who wants a cover-to-cover keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)by Pat Ogden Ph.D

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative”– gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement — is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. To omit the body as a target of therapeutic action is an unfortunate oversight that deprives clients of a vital avenue of self-knowledge and change.
Written for therapists and clients to explore together in therapy, this book is a practical guide to the language of the body. It begins with a section that orients therapists and clients to the volume and how to use it, followed by an overview of the role of the brain and the use of mindfulness. The last three sections are organized according to a phase approach to therapy, focusing first on developing personal resources, particularly somatic ones; second on utilizing a bottom-up, somatic approach to memory; and third on exploring the impact of attachment on procedural learning, emotional biases, and cognitive distortions. Each chapter is accompanied by a guide to help therapists apply the chapter’s teachings in clinical practice and by worksheets to help clients integrate the material on a personal level.


Sheepdogs: Meet our Nations Warriors by Dave Grossman

goodreads.com  Written for younger readers, this book uses Mr. Grossman’s analogy of society consisting of sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.

Surviving a Law Enforcement Career by Dr. Dennis L. Conroy

In this first-of-its-kind guide, Dr. Dennis L. Conroy expertly weaves together the experiences he gathered during his 30+ years as a cop with the insight gleaned from his three decades as a police psychologist to create a real-deal resource for anyone considering or already living in the police world, including those who care about their cop. The breadth and depth of content coverage in Surviving a Law Enforcement Career is unrivaled and carries the reader through the life cycle of a cop, from the cradle of initiation to the retirement blues. Throughout the book Dr. Conroy offers guidance on how to maintain your own shield of integrity and commitment while doing the job—a job that all too often piles cynicism, depression, addiction, and other life-threatening circumstances on top of a career already fraught with hazards.

The book can be purchased on Amazon Surviving-Law-Enforcement-Career-Guide  or direct from the publisher at www.innsyspub.com

The Body Keeps The Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

psychotherapy.net  Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma  Youtube video.

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild

Relates the impact of trauma on the body to the phenomenon of somatic memory. The book illuminates the value of understanding the psychophysiology of trauma for both therapists and their traumatized clients. It progresses from relevant theory to applicable practice.

Relates the impact of trauma on the body to the phenomenon of somatic memory. The book illuminates the value of understanding the psychophysiology of trauma for both therapists and their traumatized clients. It progresses from relevant theory to applicable practice.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Relates the impact of trauma on the body to the phenomenon of somatic memory. The book illuminates the value of understanding the psychophysiology of trauma for both therapists and their traumatized clients. It progresses from relevant theory to applicable practice.

The Gifts Of Imperfection In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”
In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.

The Mindful Therapist  Bringing mindfulness techniques to your psychotherapeutic work with clients.
An integrated state of mindful awareness is crucial to achieving mental health. Daniel J. Siegel, an internationally recognized expert on mindfulness and therapy, reveals practical techniques that enable readers to harness their energies to promote healthy minds within themselves and their clients. He charts the nine integrative functions that emerge from the profoundly interconnecting circuits of the brain, including bodily regulation, attunement, emotional balance, response flexibility, fear extinction, insight, empathy, morality, and intuition.
A practical, direct-immersion, high-emotion, low-techno-speak book, The Mindful Therapist engages readers in a personal and professional journey into the ideas and process of mindful integration that lie at the heart of health and nurturing relationships.

The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation by SW Porges

PolyvagalTheory  ISBN-13: 978-0393707007  ISBN-10: 0393707008
A collection of groundbreaking research by a leading figure in neuroscience.
This book compiles, for the first time, Stephen W. Porges’s decades of research. A leading expert in developmental psychophysiology and developmental behavioral neuroscience, Porges is the mind behind the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, which has startling implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism. Adopted by clinicians around the world, the Polyvagal Theory has provided exciting new insights into the way our autonomic nervous system unconsciously mediates social engagement, trust, and intimacy.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship by Diane England

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder RelationshipWar, physical and sexual abuse, and natural disasters. All crises have one thing in common: Victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their loved ones suffer right along with them. In this book, couples will learn how to have a healthy relationship, in spite of a stressful and debilitating disorder. They’ll learn how to:
Deal with emotions regarding their partner’s PTSD
Talk about the traumatic event(s)
Communicate about the effects of PTSD to their children
Handle sexual relations when a PTSD partner has suffered a traumatic sexual event
Help their partner cope with everyday life issues
When someone has gone through a traumatic event in his or her life, he or she needs a partner more than ever. This is the complete guide to keeping the relationship strong and helping both partners recover in happy, healthy ways.

The Price They Pay by Karen Solomon

KarenSolomon  The Price They Pay will attempt to return to the modern police officer something they have been lacking for a long time – humanity. It will tell the story of the mother and child who lost their husband and father to a hit and run, all because a 21-year-old driver was afraid the officer would stop him and find marijuana in his car. Meet the man who has attempted suicide and is entering an inpatient treatment center for his PTSD, the man who stood two feet from his partner when he died from a gunshot wound to the head, the man confined to a hospital for the past year and a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and other officers whose stories continue after the media coverage ends. Enter their homes, their hearts, and their minds to see what they really experience. Learn how their departments, benefits, friends, and families have failed them. Find out what it’s really like to walk the path of an emotionally or physically injured officer and why the belief that every officer is supported and cared for through the thin blue line is a fallacy. Like Hearts Beneath the Badge the proceeds of this book will benefit law enforcement charities.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

Trauma and Recovery  When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.

101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward by Linda Curran

Trauma Informed Interventions This is the workbook that all mental health professionals wish they had at the beginning of their careers. Containing over 100 approaches to effectively deal with trauma, this workbook pulls together a wide array of treatments into one concise resource. Equally useful in both group and individual settings, these interventions will provide hope and healing for the client, as well as expand and solidify the professional’s expertise.
Tools and techniques drawn from the most effective trauma modalities:
* Art Therapy
* Energy Psychology
* Focusing
* Gestalt Therapy
* Guided Imagery
* Mindfulness
* Psychodrama
* Sensorimotor Psychology
* Somatic Experiencing and Movement Therapies

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others byLaura van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk

Working to make the world a more hopeful and sustainable place can mean having to confront trauma head-on, day in and day out. Over months and years this takes an enormous toll, one that we’re often not even fully aware of until the day we feel like we just can’t go on any more. And the work is too important to risk that happening.In Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, takes a deep and sympathetic look at the many ways the stress of dealing with trauma manifests itself, and offers a variety of simple and profound practices, drawn from modern psychology and a range of spiritual traditions, which enable us to look carefully at our reactions and motivations and discover new sources of energy and renewal. She includes interviews with successful trauma stewards from different walks of life and even uses New Yorker cartoons to playfully illustrate her points.

Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes by Peter A. Levine

traumahealing.org  An essential guide for recognizing, preventing, and healing childhood trauma, from infancy through adolescence—what parents, educators, and health professionals can do.
Trauma can result not only from catastrophic events such as abuse, violence, or loss of loved ones, but from natural disasters and everyday incidents such as auto accidents, medical procedures, divorce, or even falling off a bicycle. At the core of this book is the understanding of how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illnesses, addictions, hyperactivity, and aggression. Rich with case studies and hands-on activities, Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes gives insight into children’s innate ability to rebound with the appropriate support, and provides their caregivers with tools to overcome and prevent trauma.

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine 

Waking The Tiger Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.
Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.

Walk the Talk First Responder Peer Support by Brad McKay and Syd Gravel, M.O.M.

“Walk the Talk– First Responder Per Support – A Boots-on-the-Ground Peer & Trauma Support Systems Guide is in print and electronic formats and available through all book stores on-line and retail. Released in December 2016.

Look for it using the title or: ISBN 978-0-9881316-6-8 (paperback). –ISBN 978-0-9881316-7-5 (electronic)

  • Protecting Society’s Protectors
  • Assessing an Organization’s Awareness
  • Getting Management Onside
  • Organizational Pre-Hiring Preparedness
  • Organizational Support for Families
  • Middle Management Leadership
  • Developing CISM Teams
  • Developing Peer Support Teams
  • Staffing CISM and Peer Support Teams
  • Organizational Training for CISM and Peer Support Teams
  • How a CISM and Peer Support System Can Work
  • Walking the Talk – The Last Word
  • Survivor’s Testimonials

What Is PTSD? by Dr. Anna B, Baranowsky

WhatisPTSD.com  3 Steps to Healing Trauma is the perfect companion for your recovery, introducing you to techniques and strategies that have helped thousands of our clients
embark on their own healing journey.
We invite you to discover:
Three essential steps to healing trauma
How your mind and body work in determining your unique response to trauma
How to stay present in healing trauma
Healing with new energy, no matter how long ago your traumatic experience
Highly effective coping techniques to help you cope with even your most distressing symptoms
Recovery stories of trauma survivors providing you with inspiration and hope
Significant ways to reconnect with others while moving forward in four key areas for healing
Over 20 exercises to help you heal from the effects of PTSDYou are not alone; it is our honor to be your companions on this gentle journey to a new place in your life.