Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
This course will explore the lives of First Responders and what they experience in doing the job they have been called to. For the purposes of this course, we consider First Responders to be fire fighters, police, and paramedics.
At one time, many first responders did not talk about the calls there were on. If they were to show emotion, there was the perception that they might be weak. As a result of all that first responders witness while on duty and even when off duty, it does affect them and their families. Because of all that they witness many of the first responders are dealing with PTSD, depression and anxiety.
There are three required books for this course, which you will need to purchase before you begin. Other readings, including a workbook, will be provided through the course. Required texts are:
- When the Laughter Dies: A True Account of a Firefighter/EMT and His Struggle with PTSD, by Paul D. Barnes Sr.
- Trauma + Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World, by Serene Jones
- Stories of Faith and Courage from Firefighters and First Responders, by Gaius and Sue Reynolds
This class is for pastors and for laity who are involved with pastoral care, to help them understand the challenges First Responders face so they can better provide pastoral care to First Responders and their families. The skills learned in this course may also help you provide pastoral care to military veterans. The average work for this course is 5 hours.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet Wilkin serves as a Local Pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business of Science in Administration/ Management, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Harriet graduated in 2015 with her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology.
Harriet has been in ministry in faith communities for nearly 20 years, which includes being involved with children, youth, young adults, adults and those with disabilities. She has also been a caregiver for both her mom and her husband. As a pastor, she offers caregiver support to the community she serves.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries