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Surviving the Job: Emotional Self Care for First Responders

1 hour

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First responders receive a vast amount of training related to how to do their job well and do it safely, but there's more to surviving the job. This presentation will detail the challenges of stress, vicarious trauma and burnout in first responders and how that can take a toll on physical health, mental health, and relationships. It will also explore concrete, manageable steps providers can take to protect themselves and their families.


  1. Define stress, vicarious trauma and burnout
  2. Identify how their work can impact them physically and emotionally
  3. Define how their work stress can impact their relationships
  4. Identify the importance of active coping skills and how to incorporate them into their lives


Kathleen Jansen, PsyD, WellSpan Health
Dr. Jansen is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma and Substance Use Disorders. She has served as Clinical Director of the South Central PA CISM Team for over 20 years and has extensive experience working with first responders.

Sponsored by: Volunteer Firemen's Insurance Services, Inc. ®

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