First Responders Support Team – Supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of First Responders

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Supporting First Responders Programs are Available for ALL First Responders (paid and volunteer) and their families, and all services are free and confidential.
If you would like to speak to a member of the FRST Team email FRST@firstrespondersomaha.org or call (402) 218-1218.
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Programs and Training

Stronger Together – Post-Critical Incident Workshop

Stronger Together is a four-hour workshop designed to mitigate the effects of stress and trauma upon first responders and their families. This is accomplished by helping plan post-critical incident recovery, healing, and restoring of resiliency. Upcoming dates: July 25th, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. & October 24th, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Resiliency – Maintain Healthier Life and Career

Resiliency Training enables participants to learn how to expend, recover, heal, and replenish one’s resiliency to maintain a healthier life and career. This is critical training for all first responders whether they are just beginning their career or have been in the trenches for several years.

With Honor – End of Career Workshop

When a career has come to an end for a first responder the residual effects of the work do not fade away easily. This two-hour workshop helps provide knowledge and skills to first responders to prepare, adjust, and grow when the end of their career comes and to do so With Honor.

 Suicide Prevention Training

Our suicide prevention training has a systematic approach to prevent first responder suicides. The training is tailored to each department to meet their specific training needs/requests. Each training will provide information, education, and prevention of suicide within the department by training the first responder to the administration of any department.

Peer Support Training

Peer support training helps departments start a peer support team or keep active teams trained well. This education training helps individuals to support colleagues experiencing adverse effects of trauma or critical incidents. Training models vary but involve initial team start-up, continuing education, and suicide awareness and intervention. Peer Support Training is 21-hour long training.

Support Groups

Peer Support Group

Meetings are open to all first responders in the community.  These supportive, confidential meetings are led by trained peers.  The trained peers are committed to helping colleagues manage the stress of the job in a healthy way and in supporting others in stress management.  Clinicians are consulted as needed to support group needs.

Spouse Support Group*

A clinician-led group open to spouses and adult family members of first responders. Individuals can attend a group whenever support is needed. The support group meets once a month. *At this time, this is held via Zoom.

Spouse Sessions

The FRST team holds quarterly spouse session. They are tailored for spouses and the family. These are similar to the educational session units. Sessions help families of the first responders develop understanding and how to provide support in the family home. Upcoming session: August 3rd, 6 – 8 p.m.

Medical Support Group – Formerly Frontline Support Group*

This support group is clinician-led with the target audience being medical providers dealing with trauma on a daily basis.  This support group is for the trauma teams, trauma transport, and medivac teams. The group focuses on managing one’s self in the midst of crisis, recovery from daily shift work, critical incidences, and continued self-care to mitigate the effects of long term crisis engagement. *At this time, this is held via Zoom.

Addiction Support Group

This group is for those who strive to maintain their sobriety and can use additional support from a safe and understanding group. This group is an open group for first responders only. This group meets weekly. This is a clinician-led group.

Unit Educational Sessions

Sessions encourage participates to explore leading issues or challenges in their work or life. Participants are provided with critical, evidence-based tools that help encourage, healthy, self-care practices. Providing this information helps build endurance (emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually) when experiencing the effects of the first responder lifestyle.

Teams

Peer Support Team

This team provides peer support to individuals who do not have departments with active peer support teams. It also helps provide companion travel when individuals are in need of inpatient care in a different region. Peers also partner in training / presenting in various trainings provided by clinicians.

Clinician Team

This group of clinicians is trained in working with first responders in a therapeutic setting. The team provides sessions, presentations, trainings, and workshops to provide pro-active, re-active, and post-active trauma care for first responders. This team works closely with a list of preferred providers to help partner clients with culturally competent providers in the community.

Consultation Group

The directors of FRST provide monthly case consultation to community clinicians who may be working with or desire to work with first responders in the Metro. This is a non-open, confidential group of clinicians.

Key Team Members

Jason Workman, LIMHP, LMHP, LADC, CCTP

Director, First Responder Support Team
Jason Workman received a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jason is a licensed independent mental health practitioner, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Clinically Certified Trauma Professional. He has worked with first responders in Nebraska for the last 11 years as a Law Enforcement Chaplain, as a member of the state Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) and presently is a Regional Clinical Director for the state CISM team.  Jason’s experiences include previously serving as a firefighter/EMT in Northern California, Child Protective Services (investigations), Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska State Probation. Jason’s experience and passion for working with first responders is what has led him to create the First Responders Support Team.

 

Stephanie Levy, LICSW

Co-Director, First Responder Support Team

Stephanie Levy received her master’s degree in social work and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She has been a therapist for the past 15 years and for the past 6 years focused her practice on first responders.  Integrating into the first responder community and receiving specialized training has allowed her to connect with first responders and serve them better. Currently, Stephanie serves on the board of trustees for the First Responder Support Network and works as a clinician at their West Coast Post-Trauma Retreats for the past 5 years. She has worked to bring the retreats to the midwest to better serve first responders in this region. Stephanie considers it an honor to be able to serve the first responder community in private practice and through volunteer work.
FRST Programs are Available for ALL First Responders (paid and volunteer) and their families and all services are confidential. 
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If you would like to speak to a member of the FRST Team or would like more information regarding FRST, contact the team at FRST@firstrespondersomaha.org or call (402) 218-1218.