Advanced First Responder Programming / Training
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About Our Program
The wellness program will provide information, knowledge, and resources to improve one’s quality of life. Every day one faces challenges in life, and how one handles these challenges can and will make a big difference in whether one moves forward, or backward, or just stays stuck in life. Mental and physical well-being is important for each day of our life. There are challenges to deal with in areas such as mental health, physical health, trauma, and stress. Code 1 Wellness has created a wellness program to provide the knowledge to overcome these challenges.
For First Responders
Below you can read through our curriculum and what topics we cover in our training. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
Module 1: Wellness Management
Exercise and Recovery
What is the Connection between Living a Healthy Lifestyle and Recovery?
Physical Awareness is noticing what is going on with you at any given time; physical, mental, and emotional. A healthy lifestyle refers to making choices and taking actions that keeps you physically, emotionally, and mentally fit. A healthier lifestyle can prevent or improve many serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma.
Understanding the Connection between Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
Understanding the Causes of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
Mental health and wellness is the state at which one feels, thinks, and behaves. Mental health can be viewed on a continuum, starting with an individual who is mentally well and free of any impairment in his or her daily life, while someone else might have mild concerns and distress, another may have concerns on trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Making Important Decisions: Knowing your Personal Readiness to Change
7 Behavioral Awareness Techniques to Reframe your Thinking
Behavioral Awareness is reframing your thinking, you improve your mental outlook, which in turn results in more a more positive attitude, behavior and life outcomes. Old, negative patterns of thinking are often rooted in childhood abuse or trauma. Behavioral Awareness can help create new thought pathways in the brain, which help to expand your horizons and create a better future. Being aware of your behaviors can help reprogram the negative thinking patterns associated with depression. Let’s focus on the importance of deciding to change and the 7 Behavioral Awareness Techniques to Reframe your Thinking.
Identifying and Using Your Healthcare Resources
Getting Help for Your Physical Health Problems
Medical Awareness for first responders need to perform at peak levels when called upon, it is an important element as a first responder. The health and wellness of a first responder can affect his or her level of performance, as well as influence the outcome of an injury. Statistic indicate that about half of all first responders in the United States are the result of heart attacks. The job is stressful, and we must be physically ready to deal with physical and emotional stress. First responders need to know general knowledge about factors affecting one’s health and wellness and take measure to prevent potential deficiencies
Module 2: Administrative Stress
What is Stress? Why Is it Important to Your Recovery?
Occupational stress for emergency workers must respond quickly to natural disasters, such as car wreck, fires, shootings, suicides, medical needs, weather related, and to manmade disasters, such as technological failures or terrorist attacks. These workers are at risk of experiencing stress from what psychologists refer to as a traumatic incident. A traumatic incident is one that may involve exposure to catastrophic events, severely injured children or adults, dead bodies or body parts, or a loss of colleagues. NIOSH recommends that all workers involved in response activities help themselves and their coworkers and reduce the risk of experiencing stress associated with a traumatic incident by utilizing simple methods to recognize, monitor, and maintain health on-site and following such experiences.
Understanding Your Work/Personal Stress Triggers
Understanding work stress workers may experience physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral symptoms of stress. Some people experience these reactions immediately at the scene, while for other symptoms may occur weeks or months later. Personal triggers are events and/or situations that may lead to an increase of symptoms and/or cravings for and use of harmful substances. These triggers may lead to a relapse. Triggers are not always negative events. Sometimes, significant changes that are positive may also be very stressful and may trigger a relapse.
Knowing Your Warning Signs for Mental Health and Substance Use.
Causes symptoms and solutions are even when people do their best to avoid it, their symptoms of a mental health and substance use problem may start to come back. This is called a relapse. Some relapses may occur over short periods of time, such as a few days, with very little or no warning. However, most relapses develop gradually over longer periods of time. For some people, the changes may be so small or infrequent at first that they may not seem worth noticing. For others, the changes are more obvious and upsetting. When people look back after a relapse they often realize that these early changes, even the small ones, were signs that they were starting to have a relapse. These changes are called “early warning signs.”
Using Step-by-Step Approach to Solve Problems, Achieve Goals, and make informed decisions.
Workplace wellness responders need to take care of their own health to maintain the constant vigilance they need for their own safety. Responders must be able to stay focused on the job in the dynamic, changing emergency environment. Often responders do not recognize the need to take care of themselves and to monitor their own emotional and physical health. This is especially true if recovery efforts stretch into several weeks.
Module 3: Stress / Trauma Awareness
Identifying Your Personal Signs of Stress
Stress and trauma awareness is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Some individuals will have a harder time recovering from a traumatic situation/event and the following are signs and symptoms that can affect one’s daily routine at work, but also affect one’s family and relationship life.
Understanding Positive and Negative Thinking.
Recognizing and Using Your Personal Strengths for Support.
Critical Incident stress is about understanding the negative and positive thinking. Developing healthy coping skills and learning to be resilient may help you during times of high stress. Resilience is the ability to adapt well to stress, adversity, trauma or tragedy.
A critical incident can be defined as any event that has a stressful impact sufficient enough to overwhelm the usually effective coping skills of an individual. Critical incidents are abrupt, powerful events that fall outside the range of ordinary human experiences. These events can have a strong emotional impact, even on the most experienced first responder.
Mood, Feelings, and Trauma Symptoms
Trauma, first and secondary trauma for first responders who experienced the trauma first-hand can have either first or secondary trauma affects. Those who have witnessed or heard about the trauma or have been involved with those immediately are affected in different ways. Many reactions of these affect can be triggered by person, places, or things associated with the trauma. Expect this profession, if you work out in the field as a first responder and are exposed to the events of traumatic events, with the victims, take steps to protect yourself at the first signs of trouble. Basically, there are three risk factors for secondary traumatization: 1) exposure to the stories (or images) of multiple disaster victims, 2) your empathic sensitivity to their suffering, 3) any unsolved emotional issues that relate (affectively or symbolically) to the suffering seen.
How Your Cultural, Religious, and Family Background Affects the Decisions You
Make about Mental Health and Wellness.
Family and relationships can be incredibly difficult for first responders to separate the emotions in their jobs from their personal lives. For example, a first responder with young children may have a significant reaction to an emergency call that involves children. Similarly, a responder with teenagers at home may be particularly impacted after responding to a call that involves the motor vehicle crash of a young driver. While some calls have a greater effect than others, it is often the cumulative toll from many different incidents over time that impacts responders’ mental health. This ongoing trauma can often lead to visible changes in the responder and start to affect their “normal” day-to-day functions as well as on family interactions.
Module 4: Prevention Management
Choosing Your Own Recovery Strategies.
Self-Care and Self-Awareness is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.), socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.
Understanding Being Mindfulness Helps
Mindfulness Practice, Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
While mindfulness is something, we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
Learning healthy Eating Habits that Support Recovery.
What is a Healthy Lifestyle and Why Is It Important?
Understanding the Most Common Serious Physical Health Problems.
Nutrition- Health-related quality of life is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning. It goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancy, and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life. Sleep hygiene involves several different factors which affect our sleep. It’s about what we do during the day and the night, and what impact that has on sleep. So sleep hygiene is about how much exercise we do and at what time of day, how organized we are, how we manage stress and what we put in our bodies. Sleep hygiene also includes your bedtime routine. Health Problems -When ongoing health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and other conditions are not treated and managed well, it can result in serious harm to you. The stress of getting physically ill and how it disrupts your life may interfere with your mental health.
Identifying and Using your Healthcare Resources.
Maintenance of Care our first responder’s wellness program will provide informed and educated continuum of care to our first responders. We understand the issues faced daily by first responders that inflict psychological injuries that require continuum care. The wellness program will provide education on a regular basis to our first responders. Together, we provide you with a complete continuum of care for the help you need to lead to a happy life, family and career.
Module 5: Grief Management
Understanding Mental Health Problems: Symptoms that Mostly Affect Learning, Thinking, and Harmful Actions.
Grief management suffering a loss, no matter how traumatic it may be, can leave you facing an uphill struggle to climb. However, even with the deepest pain, there is hope. Grief is the body’s natural response to losing someone or something important to you. You may experience a variety of emotions, such as intense sadness, anger, and loneliness, and for different reasons. Everyone deals with grief differently, but by understanding your emotions, taking care of yourself, and seeking support when necessary, you will be able to heal and move on with your life.
Death/Suicide, first responders, including emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, firefighters, and police, etc., can assist individuals in a suicidal crisis, as well as those who may be affected by a suicide death or attempt. First response agencies also have a role to play in assisting their own staff, who may experience increased risk of suicide as a result of exposure to traumatic emergencies.
Starting the Conversation
Social Supports Help Recovery
What Have I Learned? How My Learning May Help Others
Talk about It/Communication ask for support from people who care about you and who will listen to your concerns. Receiving support and care can be comforting and reassuring. It often helps to speak with others who have shared your experience, so you do not feel so different or alone.
Using Self-Help and Code 1 Team Support.
Recognizing and Using Your Cultural and Community Resources .
Research has shown that people who participate in self-help show a reduction in Symptoms, such as providing Maintenance of Care, provide team support, and social support with CODE 1 Wellness team. People with mental health/trauma and substance use problems can become isolated due to stigma and discrimination. When people come together in a self-help setting, they share common experiences, which can lead to friendship. Self-help can give provide first responders with positive role models who have moved far along in their recovery.
Continuum Education of Care.
Continuum of Care- Code 1 Wellness will provide continuum of care for first responders after the program has been completed. Continuum of care will include talks about suicide, effective prevention, provide resources, group programs, and additional training. CODE 1 Wellness will provide Continuum of Care once a month to all First Responders facilities.
Ending and New Beginnings
Retirement- First Responders maintain an optimum of mental health wellness while being active and effective on the job. What about the mental status after the job? First Responders have a constant exposure to trauma, life threatening situations, and the physical strain of working those long years and long hours, which were with little or no sleep along the way. This can negatively impact ones overall mental health, even after retiring from the job. These traumas can increase the vulnerability and risk factors for substance abuse, addiction, and suicide.
It’s important to note that there are various aspects of this job that can contribute positively to mental health: areas of a positive support group, family and relationships. Continue with meaningful side work, stay productive in a positive atmosphere, and become an advocate to help other first responders, tell YOUR story. Finding balance when the negative issues begin to outweigh the positive is essential to maintaining optimum mental health.