(SUR)THRIVING LOSS, GRIEF, & CUMULATIVE TRAUMA: BEFORE, BEHIND & AFTER THE BADGE
Daniel Torrez, U.S. Army (Retired)/AZ Department of Corrections
Daniel was born and raised on the Westside of Phoenix and always knew he wanted to be a Phoenix Police Officer. Daniel joined the Army as an MP to get experience until he turned 21 and could then apply for the police academy. Tragedy struck prior to departing for Fort McClellan, AL; Daniel’s Father passed away. This workshop will discuss how Daniel’s loss/grief and early training “desensitized” him before earning his MP Badge. It will describe how this desensitization affected his response to critical incidents such as: LODD; medical emergencies; traffic accidents; death/dismemberment; team member suicide, and military deployments (combat, peacekeeping, and disaster relief operations). It will also discuss how cumulative work/life trauma affects physical/mental health and how healthy coping strategies can help. Daniel will emphasize how it is possible to (Sur)Thrive 25+ years of military/1st responder trauma through the eyes of a retired U.S. Army Military Police Officer, Combat Veteran, former Federal LEO, and current Corrections worker.**AZPOST Approved**
All participants must register via Zoom at the link listed below.