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Psychological Survival in a Violent Career (Webinar)
December 13, 2018
National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice
Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
RTI International
City: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Country: Satellite/Web Based
Event Site: Online
Law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, crime scene investigators and others are frequently exposed to human tragedy on a regular basis yet few have purposely developed a coping strategy for dealing with this repeated exposure. These concepts also apply to those who are affected by secondary traumatization such as crime scene investigators, attorneys and others who are in frequent contact with images or information regarding gruesome acts of violence.

Dr. David Christiansen presents an explanation of how persons come to believe things to be true on a philosophical level, followed by a model of the human brain which helps to explain how trauma affects persons in a profound way. This philosophical/psychological model is used to show how trauma can negatively affect one's personal and/or professional life and the various consequences that are often observed in those who do not deal effectively with this repeated exposure. Dr. Christiansen presents some real life examples of trauma, the negative consequences, and positive steps a person may use to alleviate the emotional toil such exposure may bring. This webinar is a very brief introduction to Dr. Christiansen's training "Psychological Survival in a Violent Career" which he has provided to many different agencies.

Detailed Learning Objectives:
1) Persons who participate in the webinar will be able to identify three different ways that persons accept information into their belief systems and consider it to be truth.
2) Participants will be able to understand the different functions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and how they respond to trauma.
3) Participants will be able to identify several negative consequences of exposure to trauma and several healthy ways of coping effectively.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.
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Phone: 866-252-8415

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