First Responder Resilience: Caring for Public Servants

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The tradition in emergency services has been to largely ignore mental health. This has never, nor will it ever, work. Recently there has been increased awareness of burnout, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and first responder suicide. Unfortunately awareness is not enough. Dramatic videos sharing war stories do not offer solutions for these problems. This book is designed to guide the audience towards solutions.

Many people have asked me to write this book over the years. It seemed too daunting to me for a long time. After deploying to an active airport shooter situation along with a peer support team that I train and guide clinically, the Director of a large law enforcement organization learned of what we did and deemed our response as “best practice.” This is the equivalent of a golden egg or Nobel Prize in my world. This alone spurred me to write the book!


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2 reviews for First Responder Resilience: Caring for Public Servants

  1. CB

    I highly recommend this book! It’s more than a book, it’s a guide for all who work in public safety, for all who work with them, and for those who care about them. Dr. Glenn uses stories and interviews from her many years of practice with first responders, bringing the material to life. She walks the reader through the continuum of care. She challenges discerning clinicians to challenge themselves as they consider working with this dynamic population. This book solidifies the absolute need to find and train not only competent mental health clinicians in this field, but also peer support, clergy, and healthcare providers. Dr. Glenn’s book is a call to action for us all. Buy it. Read it. Use it. #suckitptsd

  2. Ryan Sharma

    Overall, a good easy read. I like the attention to the culture of first responders (fire, police, EMS), though it seemed mostly anecdotal. I also like how the author shares her general approach to this work. However, missing from the book is more information about the nuts and bolts. Also, there’s a considerable amount of self-aggrandizement in the book, including stories of self-heroism, many many pictures of the author, and interviews with her clients telling her how great she is. I was also a little concerned about portraying EMDR as above and beyond all other therapies, when it’s been long established that EMDR has borrowed the behavioral interventions that existed decades before and adding superfluous hand motions. This led me to checking her credentials, where I learned that her doctorate is from an online program at California Coastal University, which does not (or no longer) list a PsyD program.

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