From Peace 4 Tarpon:
The Help Yourself to Help Others Summit for First Responders was held at SPC’s Tarpon Springs campus Saturday, April 30th. Peace4Tarpon partnered with the college to offer this free event to area first responders, law enforcement, students, and the community.
Associate Provost, Rod Davis, warmly welcomed everyone to the campus. Peace4Tarpon Director, Robin Saenger, opened the summit by thanking the first responders for their service. She shared how important it is for first responders to understand the secondary and vicarious trauma they may experience and the importance of building resilience. Tying all of this together was the ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experience Study with information about how early negative experiences of children plays out over the course of a lifetime both in our personal lives, our work and our community.
Three fascinating presentations followed: Keynote Speaker: Captain Darren Ivey of the Kansas City Police Department spoke of his experience of The Journey to Becoming Trauma Informed. Dr. Bob Arnold engaged the audience with Supporting Others in the Aftermath of a Traumatic Experience, and Tiffany Kline, Tampa Fire Rescue, Occupational Health Nurse Supervisor, provided resiliency techniques in her presentation: Helping Yourself to Help Others: Psychological Survival in Emergency Services.
A panel discussion followed facilitated by Laurie Elbow, Senior Manager of Clinical Services, Suncoast Center, Inc. Which gave participants the opportunity to ask questions or participate in further dialog with the panel.
In attendance were 44 individuals representing 28 different entities. The evaluation forms and follow up comments from the day rated the experience very positively.