Trauma training for Huron County first responders

(Bob Montgomery photo)

A Victim Services Huron training session for first responders has sold out.

A National Victims & Survivors of Crime Grant is making the forum possible to help trauma workers understand occupational stress.

Guest speaker Susan Alexander from Thin Line Training will discuss a neurobiological and stress response model, assess challenges in work function and offer new responses to these challenges.

Victim Services Huron works closely with police, emergency medical services, and social service advocates to ensure members of our community are supported during and immediately after a crisis or traumatic event. That includes incidents like domestic violence, sexual assault, theft, fraud, homicide, fire, and motor vehicle collisions.

The session will be held May 30 at the Seaforth Community Centre, 122 Duke St., Seaforth, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We applied for this grant because we feel that the complexities of the client population that require support has become more prevalent. The incidents of vicarious trauma and burnout are substantially higher in recent years. We’ve had an increase in suicide from our first responders across the province,” said Deborah Logue, executive director of Victim Services Huron. “This training will help give us the tools to identify the signs and symptoms in the hope that we can instill supports early and prevent a negative outcome.“