1. Phases Of CISM: Defusing

    There are several phases of critical incident stress management (CISM), all of which are important. Most CISM training programs will teach you that there are three main modes of counseling intervention to help someone cope with a crisis. They usually are defusing, debriefing, and follow-up which happen in that order and range from hours after the incident to days after. CISM is designed to address an incident that a first responder or military personnel might experience …Read More

  2. Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served

    American veterans have been around since the Revolutionary War, but it wasn’t until the last century that there was an official day of appreciation dedicated to the brave men and women who have fought for this country. Veterans Day, observed on November 11th every year, is an official US holiday that honors military veterans. Today at Peer Support Central, we wanted to take a few moments to talk about the history of Veterans Day, and what the average person can do to s…Read More

  3. Healthy Ways To Cope With Anger

    In our last blog, we took some time to explain what happens in your brain when experiencing anger. We learned that anger comes from the most primitive part of our brains and is more or less a “fight or flight” response to a stimulus. Those who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience a different response to stress than those who do not have PTSD. While a person who does not have PTSD might have a different reaction to different levels of stress, someone …Read More

  4. What Happens To Us When We Get Angry

    As you know by now, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder cover a wide ground. However, one common symptom is experiencing anger. This anger can manifest as a chronic irritation or can result in sudden intense outbursts. Today, we would like to help you better understand what happens inside your body when you experience anger. In our next blog, we will offer some valuable coping mechanisms for people to use while experiencing angry outbursts. What Causes Anger? In t…Read More

  5. Explicit Vs. Implicit Flashbacks And How To Cope

    Here on the Peer Support Central Blog, we often talk about how a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is experiencing flashbacks. But what is a flashback exactly, and what separates it from a memory? Those who experience flashbacks in the wake of a traumatic experience know all too well the real, raw emotion that a flashback can bring. Today, we would like to go in-depth about what happens during a flashback, distinguishing different types of flashbacks, and …Read More

  6. Who Helps The Helpers?

    Whenever there is a national tragedy, such as the devastating massacre that occurred just last week in Las Vegas, a well-known quote from a childhood inspiration pops up throughout social media. The quote is from Fred Rogers, of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, the PBS show that ran from the 1960s through 2001. When talking about children dealing with tragic events in the news, Rogers says, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.” This statement hol…Read More

  7. Qualities Of A Good Leader

    Being a “good leader” is, to be frank, subjective. What looks like a good leader to one person may look like a poor leader to another. However, there are some honorable traits that most would agree help to make someone a good leader, and today, we’d like to give our take on what this title means. Peer Support Central offers leadership courses for those looking to take opportunities to be a leader, and also for those already in a position of leadership who are looki…Read More

  8. Leadership Courses For Police Chiefs In The 21st Century

    In the 21st century, nearly every move a police officer makes is viewable to the public. When negative incidents occur involving police officers, it is easy for public criticism to spread like wildfire through social media. Videos from body cameras, dash cams, and cell phones are retweeted, shared on Facebook, and blasted across the internet before the news even reaches the police chief of an officer-involved. In the past, incidents would be handled internally and police…Read More

  9. Peer Support Benefits First Responders

    First responders, from police officers to firefighters to EMTs, experience high-stress situations every day. First responders put their lives on the line to save others, and are one of the most respected professions in America, especially in times of crisis. First responders don’t only put their physical lives in jeopardy when they start their shift, they also put their mental wellness on the front lines with them. Studies have shown that first responders are at a high…Read More

  10. How PTSD Support Has Changed Since WWI

    World War I was the first “modern war” that soldiers experienced with explosives, mass warfare, and hands-off combat. This was very different from previous wars, and within six months of the start of war, the term “shell shock” had already become popularized among soldiers and in the media. Thousands upon thousands of soldiers ended up in medical wards with hearing and vision loss, tremors, confusion, and fatigue, with no physical wounds. One British medical repo…Read More