This class was originally designed for Active Police Officers. Due to the COVID 19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE NOW OPENED IT TO ALL FIRST RESPONDERS as well!
Day after day, officers see the worst of humanity; absorb the world's negativity; and then come home to their families.
Law enforcement officers respond to and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities. On-the-job stress can have a significant impact on their physical and mental well-being, which can accumulate over the course of a career. Many officers struggle with alcohol abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other challenges.
In the face of long term exposure to emotional pain, fear and stress, people often need to numb their feelings in order to continue doing their work. Conversations disappear, sleeping patterns change, drinking might increase and family (unless they are also an officer or dispatcher) become “outsiders” and are often pushed away because they can’t understand what the officer is going through.
Stress Mitigation Dogs can help by breaking the cycle . Dogs can help ground a person in ways as simple as leaning against them or laying down on them. This process of grounding is very effective in helping people regroup and get past their anxiety. Once the person is feeling more centered and able to relax, the play begins. Through activity and play the stressors of the day can be released. The dogs are taught a variety of different interactive games to play with their person. These games involve varying degrees of exercise to burn off angst.
This online class is being offered FREE to first responders, thanks to the generous support of RRUFF Healing Heroes.
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