Peer Support Central

  1. How Exercise Helps PTSD Sufferers

    Exercise is a great way to take care of your body, get your heart rate up, and help to reduce the risk of many different diseases. Unfortunately for many PTSD sufferers, exercise gets pushed to the back burner because it often takes too much effort and willpower, two things that are usually in short supply for those with the disorder. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few reasons why exercise is difficult for PTSD sufferers, the benefits of an exercise routine, and how to …Read More

  2. The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

    When you’re asking for someone’s understanding and compassion for a situation or experience that is affecting you or your life, you typically ask someone for his or her sympathy. But sometimes, you also might hear someone ask you to empathize with him or her about an issue. Have you ever wondered what the difference between the two may be? In this blog, we’ll discuss the difference between empathy and sympathy and when is the best time to utilize both coping and co…Read More

  3. Critical Incident Stress Training Strangely Absent Among First Responders

    When the unthinkable happens in your life, what do you do? If there’s a fire at your office, a burglar in your house, or your spouse falls down a flight of stairs and breaks their leg, who do you call? If you’re like most people in America, your first instinct is to pick up your phone, dial 9-1-1 and ask the dispatched to send you a first responder. First responders can be firefighters, police or sheriff’s officers, and emergency medical technicians. And each one …Read More

  4. Study About Efficacy Of Marijuana In Treating PTSD Finally Approved In Phoenix

    For decades, proponents of medical marijuana have been asking for a chance to test the plant’s ability to provide support for veterans with PTSD. Although the medical properties of marijuana have long been acknowledged by the greater scientific community, research opportunities were dramatically limited by the federal government’s classification of the drug as a Schedule 1 narcotic. However, with many states passing their own measure legalizing marijuana for both me…Read More

  5. This Is Why Many Military Veterans Dont Seek Help For PTSD

    Although the founders of Peer Support Central are veterans of law enforcement, they’re keenly aware that police officers and emergency medical technicians aren’t the only ones who need peer support training and development courses. When it comes to dealing with the effects of critical incidents and the symptoms of PTSD, no demographic is more visible than the military. Soldiers, even those who aren’t necessarily on the front lines of combat, must deal with stresse…Read More

  6. Why First Responders Often Prefer Peer Support Over Traditional Counseling

    With over 60 years of combined experience in training and maintaining peer support programs around the world, the founders of Peer Support Central have encountered many skeptics. On a regular basis, we’re asked why peer support specialists and training programs are so important. After all, the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and professional counseling are well established. If first responders are traumatized by a critical incident encountered on the job, aren’t t…Read More

  7. Not In The Field Anymore? You Still Need Peer Support Training & Development

    Many law enforcement professionals dream of the day when they’ll be able to trade in their patrol car for a less stressful (read: dangerous) job behind a desk at police headquarters. Not all cops, mind you, but many. Like any career, law enforcement comes with a well defined corporate ladder and most people strive to climb it. Not being out in the field means there are less opportunities for getting hurt or watching your partner get hurt, which means less opportunity …Read More

  8. How To Support Firefighters With PTSD

    When they're young, almost all children have a fascination with firefighters. These men and women are some of the most brave to be found in any community, running toward the danger of a burning building instead of away from it. Firefighters undergo extensive physical training to ensure that they have the strength and dexterity to rescue people from very hazardous situations, such as a basement that’s full of smoke or an attic that’s already engulfed in flames. As ex…Read More

  9. What Is The Peer Support Specialist Code Of Ethics?

    Perhaps you’ve been working in law enforcement, the military, or another first responder field for quite some time, and you’re starting to realize that peer support specialists are the key that’s been missing from your organization. Or perhaps you’ve already undergone some of our peer support training programs and are now looking to expand from a one-person department into a bigger program that can help more people. If you’ve been doing your research, you may h…Read More

  10. Things You’ll Learn In Our Peer Support Training Program For Law Enforcement

    Are you a law enforcement officer, detective, sergeant or otherwise involved in the law enforcement community? Are you looking for helping with critical incident management in your own career, or do you have a desire to establish a critical incident counseling program in your department? If so, you’ve found the resource you’re looking for. Founded by two veterans of the law enforcement field, Peer Support Central is solely focused on providing first responders with t…Read More