The Helpers Armor Initiative is a collaborative effort created to prioritize and support the wellness and effectiveness of the Helper.
The Helpers Armor Initiative knows that Helpers are the fabric of their community; they teach, protect, heal, connect, serve, nurture, and support communities on a daily basis. Without our helpers, our communities do not thrive.
Helpers such as nurses, teachers, doctors, fire fighters, police officers, social workers, mental health professionals, case workers, job coaches, volunteers, and many more, are all invited to join the Helpers Armor Initiative so that they can suit up for the rigors of their helping profession!
The Helpers Armor Initiative understands that helpers interact with people during some of the most difficult times in their life. As a result, helpers are often subjected to experiencing, witnessing, and/or hearing about traumatic events.
Over time, repeated exposure to traumatic events takes its toll on the mind, body, and spirit. In fact, our expert consultant confirms that, "it isn't a question of if helping will take its toll on the helper, but rather when."
The mission of the Initiative is to ARM Helpers with the education, skills and healing practices necessary to prevent and combat the side effects of repeated exposure to traumatic events.
Repeated exposure to traumatic events can cause symptoms indicative of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout, and/or Compassion Fatigue. Symptoms are gradual and often difficult to recognize, like:
The Helpers Armor Initiative strives to:
We can support you and your Agency in achieving the above goals in three different capacities:
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Trauma Clinicians, LLC has spent countless hours working hand in hand with the Co-founder of Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience Training and the Accelerated Recover Program (ARP), Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC. Through direct consultation with Dr. Gentry, Trauma Clinicians, LLC has streamlined the delivery of specialized Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Burn Out training material while implementing his training-as-treatment best practices.
Dr. Gentry is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of compassion fatigue. His PhD is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley, who wrote Compassion Fatigue: Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized in 1995. In 1997, under Dr. Figley’s direction, Gentry developed the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue with Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., and Kathleen Dunning. The ARP has demonstrated powerful effectiveness for treating the symptoms of compassion fatigue. In 1998, Gentry and Baranowsky introduced the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and trained thousands of professionals towards this designation since that time. Gentry has worked with hundreds of professional caregivers from Oklahoma City, New York City, and the state of Florida following their work with disaster survivors. He has published many research articles, book chapters, and periodicals on the topic of compassion fatigue treatment and resiliency. Dr. Gentry draws equally from his scientific study and from his rich history of 38 years as a professional therapist to provide this training. Dr. Gentry further developed the Forward Facing® Trauma Therapy Process Group for care professionals establishing a safe holding environment for FFTT participants to experiment with vulnerability and transparency alongside a group of peers versus in a traditional therapist-client context.