Resiliency for First Responders

Getting the Job Done No Matter What

Build resiliency for your first responder family to meet life’s challenges!

First responders are the backbone of communities throughout our country, but the challenges they face can put a lot of pressure on their families and loved ones. With that in mind, James Hyde wrote Resiliency for First Responders: Getting the Job Done No Matter What, a guide for first responders and their families.

With years of experience in trauma counseling and consulting, James shares a variety of coping skills and tips to have a successful family life. He dives into the challenges facing these families, from dealing with emotional trauma to night shifts. Resiliency for First Responders is a guide written by someone who has been there and knows how important resiliency and healthy coping skills are for the success and wellbeing of your family.

Diving into areas unique for first responders, James shares experiences that illustrate the culture of the uniform and how to better understand its impact. He also gives practical tips to address dealing with emotional overload and how to acknowledge the challenges without alienating your family.

Resiliency for First Responders: Getting the Job Done No Matter What is a must-read for first responders, their families, and those in the community who want to better understand the challenges facing these individuals who choose a career of self-sacrifice and a willingness to be there for those in the community during their darkest hours.

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About the Author

This is from the first book: James Hyde is a retired police chief for the city of Antioch, California, following 31 years of service with four California police departments, including Novato, Sacramento, and Davis. He spent 14 years of his law enforcement career as a co-coordinator (with his wife Susan) of the Sacramento Police Department’s Peer Support Program. James is the author of Resiliency For First Responders.

He brings a rich set of academic qualifications to the challenge of providing resources to our first responders and military professionals, including a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, from the University of South Dakota; a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, from the Professional School of Psychology; as well as finishing up a PsyD in Organizational Psychology from that same school. He also holds specialized graduate certificates from the University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute, the University of California’s Mid-Management Program, and the PERF/Harvard Senior Management Institute for Police.

Jim is a certified executive coach and teaches organizational intervention and critical incident management in the State of California’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. He has also served twice as the president of the nationwide First Responders Support Network, a nonprofit organization treating, advocating, and training traumatized first responders and their families.

While serving with the Sacramento PD, he and other first responders co-founded the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR). WCPR is a six-day trauma treatment program for emergency service responders from across the globe.

For 14 years, Jim provided trauma recovery consulting to the California National Guard, by helping to develop its first ever Peer Support Program for soldiers deploying to and returning from the Middle East. He has worked with the Department of Defense to expand the California National Guard’s Peer-to-Peer Combat Stress Program nationwide. Jim also coordinated the CNG’s Embedded Behavioral Health Program for four years. He has been a repeat presenter at the Department of Defense/VA National Suicide Prevention Conference. He is a graduate of the California National Guard’s Officer Candidate School, along with later serving as an adjunct instructor. Jim is a recipient of the California National Guard’s Medal of Merit, and also a recipient of the Association of the United States Army’s Patrick Henry Distinguished Service Award.

Currently, he lives with his wife in California, spending time with his children and grandchildren, while still working with first responders and members of the military.

Resiliency for First Responders

Getting the Job Done No Matter What

Chapter 1 “Who Are First Responders?”

Highlights the many and every change challenges first responders and their families face.

Chapter 2 “Why We Need resiliency”

Defining PTS Injury, resiliency, and the culture of the uniform.

Chapter 3 “Dealing with the Emotional Feedback”

Acquiring resiliency strengths and surviving tough times.

Chapter 4 “Building a Support System”

Building the Peer-to-Peer framework at home and work.

Chapter 5 “What Families of First Responders Need to Know?”

From “Victim to Survivor to Thriver.”

Chapter 6 “How Can You Help Your First Responder?”

The brave face of first responder spouses.

Chapter 7 “Dealing with the Emotional Feedback”

Are you modeling unhealthy behaviors?

Chapter 8 “Building Resiliency as a Family”

Shutting down catastrophic thinking.

Chapter 9 “Tapping Into Support and Tips to Handle the Night Life”

A family guide to the night shift.

Chapter 10 “Assisting Local First Responders in Your Community”

Building a community support system for first responders.

Resiliency for First Responders

Getting the Job Done No Matter What

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