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Vicarious Trauma and the Path to Resilience




2 Day

About the Course

During this two day training, Siobhan Seymour will share her personal struggle with work related trauma, suicidal ideation, and lessons learned from working with trauma victims. The training encompasses education on stress and trauma and it's impacts on the nervous system and functioning of the brain. Participants will learn how prolonged exposure to trauma effects their bodies and minds as well as tools to use to mitigate the effects of stress and stay healthy in their work and home life. The goal of this training is to leave participants feeling empowered with the tools they need to successfully build resilience as well as a plan to actively apply these tools in their daily life. Siobhan will present the scientific research around these models to help participants understand the efficacy and potency of these simple daily practices.

Your Instructor

Siobhan Seymour

Siobhan Seymour is a retired detective from Fort Colllins Police Department in Colorado where she served for 16 years, 11 as a Crimes Against Persons Detective. She has great experience in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, and has her own personal history of overcoming the diagnoses of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Siobhan has done extensive research on wellbeing in an effort to heal herself organically and discovered simple things such as gratitude, connection, diet, movement, and breath work have profound effects on our mental and physical wellbeing. Siobhan is now a certified wellness coach with a focus on trauma and stress management, and has obtained over twenty additional certifications including a certification as a Trauma Specialist and an additional certification in Stress Management. Sheh provides trainings and workshops to first responders on the shores of Isla Colon in Panama where she educates and empowers attendees to learn about their body and mind's unique abilities to heal themselves.
Marshall Spring joined the US Marine Corps after the attack on 9/11/2001. He served 4 years as an explosive detection dog handler. After returning from Iraq, Marshall continued working with dogs as a contractor for the National Nuclear Security Administration. In 2010 Marshall accepted a law enforcement position in Colorado. One year later, the tragic suicide of a colleague resulted in him stepping away from police work. In 2019, a Marine Veteran with whom Marshall had worked killed himself. This was one of many Veterans Marshall knew who lost the struggle with mental health. Marshall began reflecting on his own experiences with PTSD, TBI, survivors' guilt, and moral injury. He decided that it was incumbent upon him to leverage his unique lived experiences to help prevent further tragedy. He found the Alliance for Suicide Prevention and was hired to develop their peer support and outreach program for US Military Veterans. In 2020, the Alliance identified First Responders as the next population in need, and began targeted efforts in education, peer support, and community building. In his role as a certified QR instructor, Marshall educates First Responders on the benefits of fostering open conversations about suicide and mental health, which ultimately increases the likelihood of early intervention. He has gained a reputation for deescalating critical situations in favor of more peaceful outcomes, leading to local law enforcement referring veterans in suicidal crisis to him so he can respond to the scene.

Siobhan Seymour
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