Working with the first responder population is unique and has many challenges. As a clinician, trust, respect and knowledge on how to engage this specialized group requires training. Destigmatizing mental health within the first responder population is still in process. Many in the field suffer in silence. Unfortunately because of the stigma a first responder may not reach out for assistance. Escapism behaviors can become part of a slippery slope affecting quality of life, social connections and ultimately work.
Post traumatic stress disorder, vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatization and
compassion fatigue are unavoidable unless mental wellness becomes
an acceptable priority.
Lauren’s combined 35 yrs. of practice, advanced study in trauma & compassion fatigue has earned her respect amongst the first responder population and their families. Lauren’s determination, trust, and expertise has given her the privilege to engage in public speaking engagements to emphasize officer wellness, destigmatize mental health, provide education, and ultimately link to alternative resources if necessary. Lauren is actively engaged in the first responder population as her wisdom and experience continues to be enhanced by learning through the lens of their eyes everyday.
Lauren has just been selected to be the mental health clinician for the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Office of Commissioner of State, to develop peer support groups and promote officer wellness, for State and Local police departments.
EMT • 911 Dispatchers • Firefighters • First Responders
Healthcare Workers• Paramedics • Police
Copline 24/365 days a year
(Confidential Peer to Peer Support)
Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement
Mclean Hospital, Massachusetts
International Association of Firefighters