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Recommended Reading

At every workshop we recommend certain books to assist with basic knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress, Resilience, Wellness, Therapy Protocols, and more. This is not an exhaustive list. These are publications that have helped us navigate through some tough stuff and gain a better understanding of why we as first responders are, the way we are.

  • Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families by Kevin Gilmartin

  • The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday

  • Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

  • Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know by Ellen Kirschman, Mark Kamena and Joel Fay

  • Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma by Michael Sugrue and Shauna Springer

  • Bounce Back: 12 Warrior Principles to Reclaim and Recalibrate Your Life by Travis Mills

  • Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges by Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney

  • The Silent Fall: A Secret Service Agent's Story of Tragedy and Triumph After 9/11 by Samantha Horwitz

  • Warrior: How to Support Those Who Protect Us by Shauna Springer

  • The Ranger Way: Living the Code On and Off the Battlefield by Kris "Tanto" Paronto

  • I Love A Cop / I Love A Firefighter: What Families Need to Know by Ellen Kirschman

  • Fit For Off Duty : A Manual for Firefighters by Dr. Peter Salerno

  • Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

  • Separating From Service: The Mental Health Handbook for Transitioning Veterans by Eric Burleson

  • The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions - And What to do About it by Henry Thompson

  • Cop Shock: Surviving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Allen R. Kates

  • Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma by Josh Goldberg and Ken Falke

  • Why Won't You Play With Me? by J.P. McMichael 

  • Hold the Line: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Law Enforcement Relationship by Cyndi Doyle, LPC-S

  • Mental Health Fight of the Heroes in Blue by Scott Medlin (visit to order all 4 of his books)

  • Mindset by Carol S. Dweck Ph.D.

  • How to Deal With Damn Near Anything: The Paratrooper's Guide to Life by John McGlothlin

  • The Wolf Was Not Sleeping by Avril McDonald

  • Surviving Self-Inflicted Wounds: A Deputy's Life of Redemption by Sgt. John Kelly (Ret)

  • Unleashing Inner Strength: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Preparedness, Resilience, Grit, and Compassion Through Mindfulness by Jon Macaskill US Navy SEAL CDR (Ret) 

  • Living Blue: Helping Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families Survive and Thrive from Recruitment to Retirement by Barbara Rubel and Jason Palamara

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