Monday, June 27th, host David Bell returns with part 3 of his trauma series to speak with Erik Hulse, a retired police officer who now teaches mindfulness and meditation to first responders.
Trust Erik to understand the stress imposed on police officers and other first responders. First, there is the traumatic event that called the responders. Next, the stress is on the responders to assess the incident in order to administer helpful response in a matter of seconds. Ask any first responder, do you think you have seen everything? And anyone one of them will answer no, I am always surprised and challenged in the goal of restoring public order.
Any job can be stressful, but the job of the police officer and other first responder is stressful.
Erik Hulse, CMT-200, is a certified mindfulness teacher, trained MBSR teacher, and PauseFirst: Mindfulness for First Responders teacher.
He retired from the Overland Park Police Department in 2016 after 25 years of service. He is a community teacher for the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM), and a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. Erik also teaches Mindfulness and Stress Reduction for Men (MSRM), an 8-week course drawing from the latest research and best practices of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Emotional Intelligence to explore the causes of human distress, and offer pathways to relieving suffering through formal and informal mindfulness practices within the context of the contemporary male experience.
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Calendar for the week of June 27th:
- Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people who live in Jackson CTY MO. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
- For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense virtual meetings this week, go to https://momsdemandaction.org/events/. All are welcome, mothers and others
TUES, June 28, 6:30 -8 PM, Meet and Greet at Collins Park in Topeka KS
WED, June 29, 7:30 PM, Legislative Update for Missouri, online
- WED, June 29th, 6 PM, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration with Reuben Jonathan Miller, Sociologist, criminologist, and social worker. Reuben Jonathan Miller assesses the causes and ramifications of mass incarceration in the U.S. in a discussion of his book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration. RSVP to https://kclibrary.org/node/31405/register
- WED, May 25th 7 PM, on Zoom, is Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Meet Up. Topic is The Death Penalty as an International Human Rights Crisis. Access the Zoom link at https://www.madpmo.org/events
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/. The list is updated daily.
Please take care of yourselves and others.