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Turn PTSD into PTG: It Will Change Your Life

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Cincinnati Airport Marriott

2395 Progress Drive

Hebron, KY 41048

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Dr. David Griffin, driver of the 1st engine to respond to the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that claimed 9 FF lives, speaks on moving forward.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects firefighters all over the world. Many times firefighters do not want to discuss incidents that may have had lasting effects on them or know where to go for help. Research indicates that this is both unhealthy physically and mentally not only for suffering firefighters, but for their family and friends as well. Furthermore, PTSD has led to an alarming increase in firefighter suicides. Research from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) indicates that fire departments are four times more likely to experience a suicide of one of its members than a line of duty death (LODD).

So how do we mitigate this ever growing problem in the fire service? We teach our members how to turn PTSD into PTG, Posttraumatic Growth. Research indicates that PTG is defined as a phenomenon where a person becomes stronger and creates a more meaningful life in the wake of tragedy or trauma. The instructor of this course suffered from PTSD after his involvement as the first due engineer on June 18, 2007 where 9 firefighters perished in the line of duty in Charleston, South Carolina. He was then able to overcome PTSD, turning the tragedy into PTG.

During this course, David will discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD from clinical research and from his own personal experience with the disorder. He will then outline the necessary steps to educate firefighters on making the transition from PTSD to PTG and where they can go for the proper help. To make this possible, attendees will complete the survey entitled the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Following the completion of this survey, the attendees will be able to identify their level of PTG, but more importantly, they will know how to administer the survey to their respective organization and how to identify signs and symptoms of PTSD within themselves and their co-workers. This is a tangible tool that attendees will take away from the class to assist in the fight against PTSD and firefighter suicides.

Attend this class to learn from a firefighter who actually experienced a traumatic event, was diagnosed with PTSD, and was able to overcome it with PTG. This is proof that PTSD can be reversed and that individuals suffering from it can live a mentally healthy and successful life.

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