The Guns & Yoga Podcast
Episode #21: Amy Morgan – Academy Hour

Episode #21: Amy Morgan – Academy Hour

September 21, 2021

Welcome to episode 21 of the Guns and Yoga podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell. 

In today’s episode I speak with Amy Morgan, founder and CEO of  Academy Hour, an online platform offering mental health training for first responders. 

I had a lot of fun talking to Amy – fun may seem like an odd word choice, but when I get to meet and talk to people who are as passionate and enthusiastic about first responder wellness as Amy is, I’m in my happy place –  it’s encouraging to know there are good people out there dedicated to supporting our cops, firefighters, EMS, and dispatchers. 

Amy and I discussed how she offers numerous classes free of charge to first responders such as ethics, leadership, suicide prevention, burnout, trauma, addiction, and more. 

Amy discusses how she created Academy Hour out of a need to fill a gap -she noticed an interest amongst first responders she worked with at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in mental health training.  She began teaching classes on trauma and ptsd and the rest is history. 

Amy’s passion for her work is apparent and drives her to create valuable content that is greatly needed.  She developed an on line peer support training and the certified first responder counselor certification training and is working on a program for retirees.

If you are a first responder who is interested in taking classes from Academy Hour, you can learn more at https://www.academyhour.com/ or email  Info@AcademyHour.com

If you find value in this episode, please share it, give us a review, and if you’d like to be notified of future episodes you can subscribe on our podbean website or email us at wendy@bluelineyoga.com

I would love to hear from you with questions, suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear about - you can email wendy@bluelineyoga.com or reach out to me on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-hummell-b48653186/.

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 14 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 14 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

September 7, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

This week: Tactical Habit 2 - Sleep: Don't Steal Energy from Tomorrow

 

Episode #20: Jonathan Hickory – Break Every Chain

Episode #20: Jonathan Hickory – Break Every Chain

September 1, 2021

Welcome to episode 20 of the Guns and Yoga podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell.  In today’s episode I talk with Jonathan Hickory.  He’s been a police officer for 18 years in Virginia and is the award winning author of the book Break Every Chain that is now a powerful award winning movie.

I reached out to Jonathan after seeing a facebook post about his book.  As I often do when I stumble upon interesting people, I did a little stalking and reached out to him on Linkedin.  Jonathan and I exchanged a few emails before recording this episode, and although I only just met him he's one of those guys that’s so easy to talk to and who I feel like I’ve known for years.  The reason why Jonathan’s story struck such a chord with me is that so much of what he says is familiar; some of his story rings true to me personally, and other aspects remind me of friends, peers, and co-workers. 

Which reminded me why storytelling is so powerful, and one of the best ways to teach, influence, and inspire.  It forges connections among us; our culture; our unique sister and brotherhood.  Hearing stories like Jonathans helps us relate on an intuitive level like no other and reminds us we are not alone.

We discuss the loss of his father and the pain of being bullied as a teen, his  experience of trying to reach out to an experienced officer for help and shame he felt when he was shut down with the old school mentality.  

 Jonathan’s unresolved trauma led him down a path of self- destruction; he talks about how he went from Officer of the Year to landing in IA, being stripped of his badge and gun, and the worst part was being ordered not to talk to anyone.

 Jonathan candidly discusses how his work as a fatal crash investigator impacted him and how the devastating loss of his second child hardened his heart. He credits his healing to both his faith based marriage counselor and police psychologist, the support of his loving wife, Stacey, his three beautiful children, and his faith in god. 

LINKS:

The Movie: Breakeverychainmovie.com

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The Book: Get it here on AMAZON

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 13 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 13 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

August 25, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

This week: Tactical Habit 1 - Earlier, Lighter Dinner

 

Episode #19: Dr. Jennifer Prohaska – KC area Police Psyhcologist with Insight Public Safety

Episode #19: Dr. Jennifer Prohaska – KC area Police Psyhcologist with Insight Public Safety

August 18, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Prohaska, PhD, has a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurorehabilitation Psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts, Master’s Degree and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Prohaska has spent nearly two decades focused on the needs of those on the front lines.  Her passion is to help those who help others by providing the critical tools needed to navigate the stressors they experience on a daily basis.  

She has conducted extensive research on: Prevention of PTSD in First Responders; Effective Treatment Modalities for First Responders; Building Resiliency in First Responders; Modification of Empirically Supported Treatments for First Responders; New Hire Selection of Police Officers; Depression, specifically biological factors; Childhood Trauma and Resiliency

From her website:

“For first responders—the firefighters, police officers, military personnel, emergency dispatchers, EMTs and others who keep us safe—work can mean close encounters with danger, chaos and tragedy, sometimes on a daily basis.  Over time, exposure to such stress can take a toll on first responders’ mental and physical health.  I’ve dedicated my professional life to help these heroes navigate the treacherous waters they encounter every day…because they deserve it.”

LINKS:

https://www.insightpublicsafety.com

Tactical Tip Tuesday #12

Tactical Tip Tuesday #12

August 10, 2021

This week I share an episode of the Evolve to Harmony Podcast hosted By Carole Westerman. In this episode the tables are turned and I am the guest and the one answering questions instead of asking them. I thought this would be a great way to not only share Carole's excellent new podcast, but to also give my listeners an opportunity to learn a little bit more about me. 

LINKS:

evolvetoharmony.com

Evolve to Harmony Podcast

and, as always, I can be reached directly at: wendy@bluelineyoga.com

Episode #18: FAB FEMALE ALERT: Shawna McClure

Episode #18: FAB FEMALE ALERT: Shawna McClure

August 3, 2021

Welcome to episode 18 of the Guns and Yoga podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell.  In today’s episode I talk with Shawna McClure. Shawna recently retired from a 25 year career in law enforcement, her most recent assignment was with the Omaha Police Department. 

In my conversation with Shawna, it dawned on me that she is the first female cop I’ve had on the show.  Law Enforcement is still predominantly male and only 12-14% of cops are women which isn’t much different than 25 years ago when Shawna and I first started out.  We discuss challenges women in this career field face when it comes to balancing family and motherhood and the bond some female offers share.

We also talk about some things that could be difficult for some to hear.  Shawna openly speaks about her PTSD diagnosis, her suicide attempt, and the call that broke her - 

On May 20th, 2015, Shawna responded to a call in which her friend and fellow officer,  Detective Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed in the line of duty just one day prior to going on maternity leave.  Kerrie’s daughter was born premature and after three months was getting released from the hospital and going home for the first time.

Having had two premature children who spent 55 and 38 days respectively in the NICU before coming home, I remember how hearing about this case personally impacted me.

Shawna shares her lowest point, her suicide attempt, and the support her husband and family have played in her path to healing in addition to resources like therapy, RX, the organization’s below:

LINKS:

WCPR:  https://www.frsn.org/west-coast-post-trauma-retreat.html

C.O.P.S. :  https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/

 

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 11

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 11

July 28, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

This week: A Growth Mindset

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Episode #17: Sonny Provetto & The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness

Episode #17: Sonny Provetto & The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness

July 20, 2021

Sonny Provetto is a former police officer and a trauma-focused therapist.  He is the Clinical Director at The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness & The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resilience.  It is a comprehensive treatment center for first responders that uses a  multi-disciplinary approach to healing traumatic stress. They treat trauma at its core by using EMDR, biofeedback, and trauma-sensitive yoga as tools to help responders heal from their trauma.

Sonny and I discuss his personal experience with EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and how it helped him to heal from PTS. 

LINKS:

How to Find an EMDR therapist in your area - >>> Find an EMDR Therapist

Vermont Center for Responder Wellness - >>> The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness & The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resilience

YouTube Video - >>> https://youtu.be/WqzWEC4T9_s

Episode #16: Within The Trenches with Ricardo Martinez - THE PODCASTER SERIES

Episode #16: Within The Trenches with Ricardo Martinez - THE PODCASTER SERIES

July 6, 2021

This week I talk with Within the Trenches podcast host, Ricardo Martinez.  He worked as a dispatcher for 13 years and  is doing amazing things within the dispatch world by bringing awareness to issues surrounding burnout, wellness, and self-care through the power of storytelling.   He talks about how burying his own calls and not reaching out was personally detrimental to him, and used this as motivation for what started as a college project blog and eventually turned in to what he has created today with his Within the Trenches podcast.  His podcast is based on his own experiences as a 911 dispatcher.  The stories he shares are based on all types of calls.  The show is informative, funny, and eye opening.  Dispatchers around the globe have been featured on the podcast.

He is the founder of Within the Trenches media, the IAM911 movement, and the Dare to Be Great Conference series.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher RadioSoundcloud or your favorite podcasting app. You can reach Ricardo at wttpodcast@gmail.com and find more information on his website https://www.withinthetrenches.net/.

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