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ASTerisk – James Boomhower, critical care paramedic, graduate clinical intern – Clinical Psychology discussion on PTSD and CISM

Episode Description

In this episode of The Real ResQ, host Jason Quinn is joined by James Boomhower, critical care flight paramedic, and graduate clinical intern in clinical psychology. We take this opportunity to go deep into the impact of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) and critical incident stress management (CISM) on emergency responders. 

Boomhower shares his experiences as a flight paramedic. He discusses a couple of his memorable calls and the emotional toll that cases can bring, which lead him to become a mental health advocate. 

During this important conversation, we learn what PTSD is, what PTSD is not, and the importance of it. The conversation highlights the need for support from loved ones and understanding for those in high-stress professions. 

We continue to explore the importance of recognizing the need to take care of oneself and the team in high-stress professions. It emphasizes the balance between sucking it up and allowing oneself to rest and recover. In addition, we cover topics on psychoeducation, how and where to seek help, finding the right therapist, and more.

Boomhower continues to advocate for the support and care that should be provided within a brotherhood or sisterhood of emergency responders. The conversation ends with topics such as preventing burnout, building resilience, understanding critical incident stress management, and providing resources for help and support. Enjoy!

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References from this episode. 

Stayfit4duty.org or @stay_fit4duty

Operationrestoredwarrior.org or @restoredwarrior

VA.gov or @deptvetaffairs

Stepupfoundation.org or @thestepupfoundation

Theoverwatchcollective.com or @theoverwatchcollective

operationsurf.org or @operationsurf

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