VOA|ReST 4 First Responders are confidential, small group support sessions that maintain and build emotional resilience by offering:
• A unique space to share your experiences with other First Responders while remaining committed to your work.
• Time set aside for you to speak honestly with peers and trained facilitators who know what you go through as a First Responder.
• A service that can complement other resources your agency might offer. Online meetings are available in the comfort of your home, on an ongoing basis, whenever you need support.
When continuously faced with extraordinary circumstances, it is common for First Responders to be left emotionally depleted. Fatigue, isolation, sorrow, frustration, guilt, anxiety, and a sense of inadequacy or failure can be signs of moral dilemma, uncertainty, or distress.
Responding to these feelings paves the way for personal and professional resilience. Talking and listening can make a world of difference. First Responders who engage in peer-led group support are able to rebuild the strength needed to continue their important work without losing sight of their individual self-worth.
Given the demands of your career, it is important to process moral distress. You alone can make that commitment, but you don't have to do it alone.
Sessions are Safe, Interactive, and Judgment-Free
• Peer-to-peer conversations are confidential and off-the-record so you can speak openly.
• Each session is an opportunity to bring your real self.
• First Responder peers and peer facilitators have walked in your shoes. They get it.
For more than 125 years, Volunteers of America has been providing behavioral health, addiction treatment, and housing resources to military veterans. Our services are integrated with deep compassion and belief in a person’s capacity to overcome adversity. From this history, and using the techniques developed in our evidence-based, peer support program for veterans called Resilience Strength Training™, VOA|ReST was developed. Over 82% of participants report feeling significantly calmer and more peaceful after a meeting.
Sessions are free thanks to a generous grant from the HCA Healthcare foundation.
Your work is important. You are important. Take time to ReST.
My professional certifications include Certified Work Incentives Practitioner, National Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and a Copeland Center trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator. I am also trained and certified in Digital Peer Support and Supporting Older Adults Remotely. My most authentic credential is my lived experience. I have been providing peer support professionally since 2008 in the community mental health system, in-patient settings, and informal community settings. I have 6 years experience working in a Forensic Treatment Fa...
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I am Rev. Madonna J. Arsenault, M.Div., CSD,. I am a Certified Spiritual Director and Chaplain, and mother of four children and grandmother of six beautiful grandchildren.
To you, I bring the gifts of spiritual care and soul healing with ancient wisdom gained from many decades immersed in ancient spiritual practices and my life of devotion and service.
My spiritual journey has been formed in the Christian faith within the Passamaquoddy tradition, guided by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of our Creator and Beloved Yeshua.
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Anna Darzins, a VOA employee, is currently the Director of Care at the Meadowview Navigation Center for women. This shelter provides a ‘Low Barrier’ environment so women may feel welcome despite their addiction, mental health, disabilities, Previously she managed the first two 'Low Barrier' shelters in the greater Sacramento Region which welcomed chronically homeless individuals with their partners, pets, and possessions. Previously she ran the first innovative Street Medicine Program in the Greater Sacramento Region, bringing primary care and behavioral healthcare to homeless encampments.
Jillianne P. Boyd
Hello I'm Jillianne, a VOA ReST Training Specialist. I live in California and have a small practice in Huntington Beach. I am grateful and inspired by the resilience of others.
I am an interfaith chaplain at Albany Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center in Albany, New York. I also teach yoga and meditation. I live in Albany with Henry, the dog who runs my life.
I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and community-based social service settings. I focus on advocating for others to ensure everyone has access to the resources necessary to live life in a way that is meaningful to them. I embrace honesty, transparency, and vulnerability in all areas of my life. I am ready and willing to go where I am needed and do whatever comes to hand to assist others in gaining stability and peace. When I'm asked what I most want out of my life, my answer has always been "to make a difference."
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VOA|ReST 4 First Responders
VOA|ReST 4 First Responders
Topic: Confidential Peer Supported Resilience Building for First Responders
Focus: Fire Fighters, Police, EMS, Dispatchers, ED staff, First Responder Chaplains