First responders reacting to incident
first responders,

It’s time to prioritize your mental & emotional wellbeing.

You as a First Responder are stressed.

And why wouldn’t you be?

Being a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or other emergency service professional can be both rewarding and challenging. From putting yourself on the front line of potentially life-threatening situations, to being repeatedly exposed to trauma and the hardships of others, it’s no wonder that 85% of First Responders have shown symptoms of mental health conditions. Depression and PTSD are 5 times more prevalent in First Responders than in the general population.1

The mental toll of your profession is further compounded by the need to appear brave, strong, and resilient, which often prevents First Responders from seeking help. 57% of First Responders fear negative repercussions at work if they seek mental health support.

The stress of being a First Responder can impact you both professionally and personally in the form of compassion fatigue, burnout, substance abuse, strained personal relationships, and suicidal ideation.

The good news is that research has proven Mindfulness is an effective tool to help First Responders cope with stress, cultivate resilience and increase job satisfaction. In fact, 9 out of 10 First Responders report that Mindfulness helps them manage stress, resolve conflict, and improve their focus.2

1Kaiser Permanente, 2020
2Centre for Suicide Prevention, 2015

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for First Responders was developed because you protect and serve others, now it's time to care for YOU.

MAPs for First Responders
(3.5 hours; available live online or in-person)

This workshop, custom-designed for First Responders, offers easy-to-implement evidence-based practices, tools, and exercises from the fields of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Self-Compassion to reduce stress and increase resilience.

Throughout the workshop, participants will deepen self-awareness and discover effective strategies for self-care through experiential practices and group discussions.

Topics covered include:

  • Importance of Self-Care for First Responders
  • Overview of Mindfulness & Its Benefits
  • The Power of Attention & Overcoming Automatic Pilot
  • Resilience & Flourishing
  • Positive Psychology & Character Strengths
  • Practicing Gratitude
  • Understanding Self-Compassion & Its Benefits
Meet your PROGRAM CO-HOSTS & EXPERT GUIDES
Cory is a former monk, mindfulness advisor for the Dr. Oz show, and bestselling author. He has taught Mindful Leadership at Columbia University, is an instructor of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and for the last ten years has offered mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world. Named by Dr. Oz as one of the nation’s leading experts on mindfulness, his meditations have been heard more than 10 million times in over 100 countries. Cory is the host of the top ranked podcast, Practicing Human, host of the mindfulness app and platform, Mindfulness.com, and author of the bestselling book, Stop Missing Your Life: How to Be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World.
Cory Muscara, MAPP
Multi-Program Contributor
Susan Larson is a Physical Training Instructor for the Bergen County, New Jersey Police Academy and a certified trainer in Cop2Cop Suicide Prevention. She is also a Conditioning Coach for select athletic teams working on performance improvement and conditioning, nutrition, and mental resilience, and has a thriving personal training business focusing on athletic preparation for select events and sports. Susan is an Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College teaching Stress Management and Mindfulness, Health and Wellness, and various athletic classes. She holds a MS from Iona College in Organizational Development, a BA from Old Dominion University in Communication Arts and Marketing, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine in personal training, performance improvement, and fitness nutrition.
Susan Larson
MAPs for First Responders
Sarah is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, receiving her MBSR-QT letter of completion from the professional training program at the renowned University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also teaches the 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion course, having been trained in the official curriculum through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristen Neff, Dr. Cristopher Germer, and Dr. Steve Hickman. Sarah is a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, completing her 200-hour teacher training (RYT-200). She has advanced training in special movement yoga for patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and in Cardiac Recovery.
Sarah Gouveia
Workshops & Retreats
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