How to Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support


This book features:

  • New sections, including expanded experiences from our Spouses, and sincere and heart-felt “Survivor’s Testimonials” on how to live with and move on in life with PTSD
  • Insight & training points to address building resilience to trauma
  • 5 key questions to ensure the well-being of employees, including retired members, in relation to trauma and PTSD
  • How to build Peer Support – based on Syd’s 25 years’ experience as founder of a peer support group for officers involved in fatal or near fatal work related incidents
  • And so much more!

ISBN: 978-0-9881316-5-1 (E-pub version)
ISBN: 978-0-9881316-4-4 (Print version)

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In this revised edition, there are 25 teaching or discussion points for police and emergency services recruiters, trainers and college/university professors who prepare people to work in police and emergency services and other trauma-related environments. This book provides insightful techniques to address the correlation between recruiting and new recruit-training practices, and the ability of employees and organizations to address trauma within the workplace, as well as build peer support.

These techniques were acquired over 10 years of recruiting and training, when Syd was the officer-in-charge of those sections, and 22 years as a PTSD survivor. As a bonus, this edition includes comprehensive information, written and previously published by Dr. Anna B. Baranowsky, clinical psychologist and CEO of the Traumatology Institute; and Teresa Lauer, LMHC from their work entitled “What is PTSD? 3 Steps to Healing Trauma”. As an added bonus, this edition also discusses whether survivor experience and certification is required for peers.