This week I had the honor of being a therapist at the first Kentucky Post-Critical Incident Seminar, hosted by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The seminar, which can be found at the link below, consisted of three days of reflection and healing by some of the bravest officers and spouses of the Commonwealth. The education, small-group participation, and individual counseling received by the officers in attendance was reported as “amazing,” “life-changing,” and “healing.” The men and women attending the seminar walked away with the understanding that they are not alone in their struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Anxiety, that they were not broken, and that there is healing for the struggles that they carried around for years. These men and women continue to protect your city, county, and state to this day. They continue to protect you despite the internal struggle of pain they feel in their careers and homes. If you are hurting from the symptoms of PTSD or stress, and it is affecting your daily life, make sure to research the KYPCIS. If a public safety member that you work with is hurting from the traumatic effects of the career, let them know that there is help from fellow officers that have dealt with the same feelings. Individual counseling at my agency, Thin Line Counseling LLC, has proven as healing to many public safety members, but the healing I observed in the first KYPCIS well remain a positive reminder that you do not have to walk the thin line alone.
Your trauma does not define you!
Information can be found at www.kypcis.com