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If you’ve spent time reading even just a few of our blogs, you’ll notice that the topics often revolve around first responders and military veterans, and how peer support specialists can help them to prepare for, perform during, and recover after exposure to a critical incident. However, it’s very important to remember that first responders and veterans aren’t the only ones who have to deal with the emotional challenges that come along with their job. The families and friends of first responders must often suffer alongside their loved one. If the first responder isn’t ready for trauma or properly counseled after trauma occurs, their families must often bear the brunt of the consequences.

This reality of loving a first responder is why Peer Support Central made sure to include a skills building module for families into our collection of peer support training and development courses. Keep reading to learn more about how being a first responder affects families and how attending our peer support training and development courses can be a priceless step in minimizing the stress and encouraging recovery.

Challenges Faced By The Families Of First Responders

When we talk about the impact of first responder work on those who love them most, it’s important to acknowledge that there are two main types of challenges: everyday stresses and critical incidents.

Everyday Stresses:

  • Unpredictable work schedules
  • Schedules that are opposite of the rest of the family (overnight shifts, etc)
  • Physical stresses (lack of sleep, tense muscles, insomnia, etc)
  • Problems with work partners or other staff
  • Inability to communicate about work stress with spouse/family

Critical Incidents:

  • Dangerous situations in which they must perform at a high level
  • Violent crime scenes
  • Incidents of abuse against children/the elderly
  • Attack/assault (either personal or against a coworker)
  • Serious injury sustained on the job

Peer Support Training And Development Courses Help Victims & Their Spouses

As you might imagine, these critical incidents are far outside the realm of what most people and families have to deal with on a regular basis. While many of us hope that our spouse will remember to bring home milk after work, the spouses of first responders must deal with the very real fact that their loved one may not return home from work at all.

This constant stress, and the inability of many first responders to effectively communicate what they’re going through to their families, it’s very easy for behavioral and relationship problems to emerge. That’s what we strive to prevent with our peer support training and development course designed for first responders and their spouses.

Part of our leadership training seminar series, the Career & Family Survival For Leaders Workshop is a one day course that’s open to new and veteran first responders. Spouses are invited to attend as well, at no extra charge. During this leadership training course, first responders will get an in-depth look at their own career challenges, how it impacts their families and relationships, and what the best strategies are for ensuring that they not only survive but thrive in their chosen career. The workshop features interactive discussions, practical exercises, and specific case studies that help first responders and their families understand what the other side is going through.

Ensure Survival For Your Career And Family With Our Workshop

Our Career & Family Survival course is taught by fully-trained peer support specialists who have extensive experience with critical incident stress management and trauma recovery. If you have noticed that your career or the career of your spouse is taking an emotional toll on your family, please don’t delay. The time to act is now. Attending our peer support training and development course could be the difference between a happy, healthy life and a career that causes strife in your family, ultimately ending in heartache. Don’t let this happen to you. Get the training and coping skills you need to remain emotionally present and healthy for those who care about you!

Peer Support Central is your source for peer support training and development courses that can help you not only survive, but thrive. If you’re looking for some extra support from people who understand where you’re coming from, or are hoping to launch a new career as a peer support specialist, contact us to learn more or enroll online today!