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Episode #7: You Can’t Stop the Waves but You Can Learn to Surf:  The SWEL with Rob Sanderson

Episode #7: You Can’t Stop the Waves but You Can Learn to Surf: The SWEL with Rob Sanderson

March 29, 2021

This week I speak with Rob Sanderson, a retired Police Sergeant from the Lenexa Kansas Police Department. He started his career in 2003 with the Harrison County SO in Gulfport, MS.

Earlier last year, Rob founded the non profit organization, SWEL, which stands for Surf Waves Enjoy Life.  Rob founded the organization with a group of like-minded veterans and first responders in order to fill a void in those communities. That void is options for positive outlets to aid in the processing of cumulative and acute traumas our nation’s heroes overcome in their career.

Rob knows first hand the positive impact surfing can have and has been taking regular surf trips with friends throughout his law enforcement career.  Rob founded this evidenced based program to promote self-efficacy and healing for our first responders. 

Website:  https://www.theswel.org/copy-of-what-is-swel

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/TheSWELmission

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/theswelmission/

PALS/ Police Athletic League of Kansas City -https://www.facebook.com/PALKCK/

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Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 6

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 6

March 22, 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: The Man in the Arena

Episode #6: The Stoic Cop with Bill Mauro; Applying Ancient Wisdom to Modern Day Policing.

Episode #6: The Stoic Cop with Bill Mauro; Applying Ancient Wisdom to Modern Day Policing.

March 22, 2021

Bill Mauro is an 8 year law enforcement veteran who has worked in corrections, patrol, and investigations.  Bill started studying Stoicism in 2018 while working night shift.  He noticed a parallel between this philosophy and policing and how applying the stoic virtues of wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance, improved his character and his attitude towards stress.   Bill was so impacted by the benefits of the Stoic Philosophy that he wrote a book that was recently released, The Stoic Cop. 

Bills own struggles, which he candidly shares in the book, inspired him to help other officers so that they may apply Stoicism not only to their daily work as police officers, but to their lives.    His belief is that adopting this philosophy into your life is a great asset to one’s mental health. 

Stoicism is a framework for living a meaningful life and living to your full potential

Bill has a Bachelors degree in Justice Studies and is currently working on an advanced degree in Justice.

Bill’s ability to take tangible examples of calls he’s been on and community interactions he has had and demonstrate the benefits of how the application of Stoicism is beneficial and how it helps improve self awareness and decision making.

The Stoic Cop: Link to >> Amazon

Instagram:  thestoiccop

Bill’s email address:  stoiccop@gmail.com

Website:  https://www.thestoiccop.com/

Meditations Marcus Aurelius:  Amazon

On the Shortness of Life; Seneca:  Amazon

The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday:  https://dailystoic.com/

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 5

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 5

March 16, 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: The Carrot, The Egg, and The Coffee Bean

Episode #5: Healing Out Loud with Sarah Purcell – A story of overcoming grief and addiction with radical resilience.

Episode #5: Healing Out Loud with Sarah Purcell – A story of overcoming grief and addiction with radical resilience.

March 15, 2021

On September 28, 2009, Sarah Purcell’s life changed forever.  She received news that every police wife dreads.  After only serving 18 months with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, her husband, Brian Etheridge, was shot and killed in an ambush style attack while responding to a false report of a larceny. 

This episode could be difficult for some to listen to.  Sarah shares the events of that day, the aftermath of Brian’s death for her and their young daughter, and her journey through grief and addiction.   Sarah truly is an inspiration and the epitome of resilience.

Sarah is passionate about sharing her story and supporting other first responder spouses.   She shares the events of that day with each recruit class in her community and their families prior to them graduating from the Academy with the intention of encouraging communication with your spouse and to keep Brian’s memory alive. 

 

Links:

 

ODMP (Officer Down Memorial Page) https://www.odmp.org/officer/20074-deputy-sheriff-brian-scott-etheridge

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS): https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/

Sarah’s Instagram:  Sincerely_sober_sarah

Alcoholics Anonymoushttps://www.aa.org/

Alanon:   https://al-anon.org/

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 4

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 4

March 9, 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: Breathing

Episode #4: Yoga For First Responders with Olivia Mead

Episode #4: Yoga For First Responders with Olivia Mead

March 8, 2021

Olivia Mead is the founder and Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Yoga For First Responders.  Olivia is is a life-long yoga practitioner and has been teaching yoga since 2003.  Olivia saw the need to design a program to specifically address the needs of First Responders by applying the ancient wisdom of yoga.  She developed the Yoga for First Responders protocol which is culturally informed and job specific.  The program was developed to  help first responders to build resilience, enhance performance, and process stress.

YFFR YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBU0mRTMl-GkNjo8AAS92iw

DISCOUNT CODE FOR CYBER ACADEMY: GunsAndYoga  https://cyberacademy.yogaforfirstresponders.org/

DISCOUNT CODE FOR THE RESILIENT WOMEN LEADERS CONFERENCE:  GUNS20

LINK>>YFFR Resilient Women Leaders Conference 2021

Article Links:

https://www.firerescue1.com/firefighter-training/articles/training-for-firefighter-mental-resilience-cDfwMUGJUQZGVqMv/

https://amuedge.com/5-reasons-first-responders-should-take-yoga-seriously/

Developing Firefighter Resiliency: Link to >> Amazon 

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 3

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 3

March 2, 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: Wired for Connection

TED TALK LINK:  https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

Episode #3: Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma with Darren Ivey

Episode #3: Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma with Darren Ivey

March 1, 2021
Darren Ivey is a Major with the Kansas City Police Department.  He is a United States Air Force Veteran and has been with his current agency since 1992. He served as the Department’s CIT Commander from 2012 – 2018 and through a partnership with Truman Medical Center’s Behavioral Health, Ivey led a team that developed a training program called “Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma”.  This training helps address the occupational risks of secondary trauma and acute stress.  Thousands of law enforcement, mental health professionals, and other first responders from across the country have attended the course since it's inception in 2015.   Major Ivey has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters  Certificate in Criminal Justice Education.  He has an International Critical Incident Stress Certification for assisting individuals in crisis and group crisis intervention and was an inaugural member of the first Commander Peer Support Group in the Country. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 274.

During our conversation, we talk about the impact secondary trauma has on first responders, peer support, childhood adversity, the importance of self-care, and retirement.  Darren addresses the need to implement robust systems to follow up on initial resilience training. 

The Battle Within  ABOUT | The Battle Within

Save a Warrior  Save A Warrior: Getting you back in the fight... for life™. — Save A Warrior™

BLUE HELP:  https://bluehelp.org/

Darren Ivey - Pause First

His email is Darren.Ivey@gmail.com

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