Mindful Decontamination: Self-Regulating Techniques for First Responders

Mindful Decontamination: Self-Regulating Techniques for First Responders – 4 hour course

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Course Description:

If first responders are expected to physically decontaminate when exposed to a dangerous substance, then our industry should also offer effective tools to mentally decontaminate. The mind/body connection is undeniable. Do you want to learn the importance of mental fitness? Providing effective self-regulating tools for first responder mental fitness is essential to a high-functioning organization.

Please join us for an introduction to Mindful Decontamination, where you will learn practical self-regulating tools for first responder mental fitness and processing. Mindful Decon teaches responder-tested power concepts and power tools to process cumulative and traumatic stress. This initiative takes a proactive stance on mental conditioning over a reactive stance to crisis. Please join us for a brief intro to Mindful Decon and learn why and how we can improve first responder wellness.

Course Highlights:

  • Learn the physiological effects of trauma
  • Learn the difference and need for Mindful Decontamination over ‘ self care’
  • Learn and practice effective self regulating techniques to decrease cumulative stress and trauma

Continuing Education Information:

Profession Specific Contact Hours:

  • 4 PDHs from EAPs (Expiration Date – May 31, 2023)

Mindful Decontamination: Self-Regulating Techniques for First Responders – 7 hour course

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Course Description:

Mindful decontamination focuses on the experiential and psycho sensory techniques necessary to create a practical preventative wellness toolkit. Learning methods to regulate the amygdala responsible for the heightened fight or flight reaction continuously associated with the emergency services profession is essential. Stress and trauma are physiologically instilled via the right side of the brain through the senses, making it essential to learn right-brain soothing techniques that slow our brain waves.  Mindful Decon focuses on applicable progressive techniques introducing the expressive arts, bilateral movement, grounding exercises, diaphragmatic breathing, Traumatic Tapping Technique (T.T.T.), P.E.A.T., and Havening. Participants will leave with a set of wellness tools that can be applied personally, with family members, children, and patients. Mindful Decon was created by first responders for first responders through the Ashes2A.R.T. program and has been validated by the Commonwealth of Virginia for resiliency strengthening with emergency services personnel.

Course Highlights:

  • Physiological effects of stress and trauma on a first responder
  • Difference between mindful decontamination and civilian self-care
  • Expressive arts tools for ice-breaking, confidence building, containment, and grounding
  • Psycho sensory grounding tools to manage acute and chronic stress
  • Amygdala regulating techniques for preventative wellness
  • Amygdala regulating techniques for critical incidents

Continuing Education Information:

Profession Specific Contact Hours:

  • 7 PDHs for EAPs (Expiration Date – May 31, 2023)