133 episodes

Created for First Responders and Front Line Workers to tackle the challenges of working on the front lines. Dig into topics on burnout, workplace dynamics, managing mental health, balancing family life...and so much more. Created and hosted by Lindsay Faas, clinical counsellor and trauma therapist. View the show notes, and access bonus resources at https://my.thrive-life.ca/behind-the-line.

Behind The Line Lindsay Faas

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Created for First Responders and Front Line Workers to tackle the challenges of working on the front lines. Dig into topics on burnout, workplace dynamics, managing mental health, balancing family life...and so much more. Created and hosted by Lindsay Faas, clinical counsellor and trauma therapist. View the show notes, and access bonus resources at https://my.thrive-life.ca/behind-the-line.

    Flipping Love Languages Upside Down: Caring & Processing

    Flipping Love Languages Upside Down: Caring & Processing

    Show Notes:
    **Rate & Review Behind the Line on Apple Podcast – here **
    Picking up on last episode, this episode dives deeper into personal applications of The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Today we look at specific ways to apply love languages to meeting personal needs for building yourself up, interrupting tendencies to tear yourself down, and considerations in processing traumatic experiences and high stress exposure. This episode leans heavy on the episode before, so if you missed it go back and start there!
    Take the Love Languages Quiz here!
    Episode Challenge:
    ·        What is your love language(s)? How can you imagine applying your love language to how you process trauma/stress? How could you leverage your love language to help you interact with emotional intensity more effectively?
    ·        Consider whether Beating the Breaking Point might be a fit to support you in filling the gaps in your training and enhancing your capacity for resilience in the face of persistent stress (choose the enhanced support experience – it’s worth it!). Learn more here, including what the program includes, our no-risk guarantee, and the high rated feedback from our past students. 
    Additional Resources:
    Register for Beating the Breaking Point, our top-rated self-paced resilience training program tailor made for First Responders and Front Line Workers to protect against (and recover from) Burnout and related concerns (eg. Organizational Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma).
    Connect, Rate, Review, Subscribe & Share!
    Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, or email me at support@thrive-life.ca. I love hearing from you! Subscribe and share this podcast with those you know. I appreciate every like, rating and review – every single one helps this podcast to be seen by other First Responders & Front Line Workers out there. Help me on my mission to help others just like you to not only survive, but to thrive – both on the job and off.
    This podcast is designed for First Responders and Front Line Workers including Law Enforcement (Police, RCMP, Corrections, Probation Officers); Public Safety (Fire Fighters, Community Liaison Officers, Emergency Call-Takers and Dispatchers); Social Services (Social Workers, Community Outreach Workers, Addictions Support Workers, Housing Support Workers, etc.); and Public Health (Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and Health Support Staff) and anyone else who works in high exposure, high risk workplaces. Please help us to help our community heroes by sharing this free resource to those you know in these front line roles.

    • 30 min
    Flipping Love Languages Upside Down: A New Take on a Classic

    Flipping Love Languages Upside Down: A New Take on a Classic

    Show Notes:
    **Rate & Review Behind the Line on Apple Podcast – here **
    The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is one of the go-to books and resources for couples therapists and people seeking to care for each other well. But what if this same principle could go well beyond applications for couples and actually become a staple way that we think about ourselves, our needs, and be used as a tangible tool to build ourselves up and stop tearing ourselves down?? In this episode we are covering the fundamentals of love languages as a concept, and I am offering a new way to think about this classic concept that applies to you with love from you. If it sounds cheesy, think again, this has the potential to be a life-changing gift if you really take it and run with it. Try it, I dare you!
    Take the Love Languages Quiz here!
    Episode Challenge:
    ·        What is your love language(s)? What kinds of things do others do that you really value and find meaningful in building you up? How do you sometimes engage in ways that use your love language against you to tear you down? How could you use some of the same principles to offer to yourself in ways that build you up, and reduce some of the things that you use against yourself that tear down?
    ·        Consider whether Beating the Breaking Point might be a fit to support you in filling the gaps in your training and enhancing your capacity for resilience in the face of persistent stress (choose the enhanced support experience – it’s worth it!). Learn more here, including what the program includes, our no-risk guarantee, and the high rated feedback from our past students. 
    Additional Resources:
    Register for Beating the Breaking Point, our top-rated self-paced resilience training program tailor made for First Responders and Front Line Workers to protect against (and recover from) Burnout and related concerns (eg. Organizational Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma).
    Connect, Rate, Review, Subscribe & Share!
    Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, or email me at support@thrive-life.ca. I love hearing from you! Subscribe and share this podcast with those you know. I appreciate every like, rating and review – every single one helps this podcast to be seen by other First Responders & Front Line Workers out there. Help me on my mission to help others just like you to not only survive, but to thrive – both on the job and off.
    This podcast is designed for First Responders and Front Line Workers including Law Enforcement (Police, RCMP, Corrections, Probation Officers); Public Safety (Fire Fighters, Community Liaison Officers, Emergency Call-Takers and Dispatchers); Social Services (Social Workers, Community Outreach Workers, Addictions Support Workers, Housing Support Workers, etc.); and Public Health (Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and Health Support Staff) and anyone else who works in high exposure, high risk workplaces. Please help us to help our community heroes by sharing this free resource to those you know in these front line roles.

    • 22 min
    "That's What You Signed Up For": Seeking More Supportive Support

    "That's What You Signed Up For": Seeking More Supportive Support

    Show Notes:
    **Rate & Review Behind the Line on Apple Podcast – here **
     I recently had a listener reach out and share about an experience where she was sharing that she had suffered a hard critical incident to a close friend, and the friends response was, “well, that’s what you signed up for.” Last episode I offered my rant-y thoughts on the matter and promised to put together a follow-up episode to offer some alternative ways loved ones can offer support and ways that First Responders & Front Line Helpers can communicate your needs to the people in your life. And here it is! I really hope that this episode offers some tangible tools that will allow you and your loved ones to transform moments that could be felt as dismissive or disconnecting into opportunities for deepened connection, trust and care. 
    Episode Challenge:
    ·        What are some ways you might adapt the language in some of today’s suggestions to make them your own? Who might you need to try this with?
    ·        Consider whether Beating the Breaking Point might be a fit to support you in filling the gaps in your training and enhancing your capacity for resilience in the face of persistent stress (choose the enhanced support experience – it’s worth it!). Learn more here, including what the program includes, our no-risk guarantee, and the high rated feedback from our past students. 
    Additional Resources:
    Register for Beating the Breaking Point, our top-rated self-paced resilience training program tailor made for First Responders and Front Line Workers to protect against (and recover from) Burnout and related concerns (eg. Organizational Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma).
    Connect, Rate, Review, Subscribe & Share!
    Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, or email me at support@thrive-life.ca. I love hearing from you! Subscribe and share this podcast with those you know. I appreciate every like, rating and review – every single one helps this podcast to be seen by other First Responders & Front Line Workers out there. Help me on my mission to help others just like you to not only survive, but to thrive – both on the job and off.
    This podcast is designed for First Responders and Front Line Workers including Law Enforcement (Police, RCMP, Corrections, Probation Officers); Public Safety (Fire Fighters, Community Liaison Officers, Emergency Call-Takers and Dispatchers); Social Services (Social Workers, Community Outreach Workers, Addictions Support Workers, Housing Support Workers, etc.); and Public Health (Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and Health Support Staff) and anyone else who works in high exposure, high risk workplaces. Please help us to help our community heroes by sharing this free resource to those you know in these front line roles.

    • 24 min
    "That's What You Signed Up For": An Angry Tirade by Lindsay

    "That's What You Signed Up For": An Angry Tirade by Lindsay

    Show Notes:
    **Rate & Review Behind the Line on Apple Podcast – here **
     I recently had a listener reach out and share about an experience where she was sharing that she had suffered a hard critical incident to a close friend, and the friends response was, “well, that’s what you signed up for.” …And my response may not have been all the therapeutic, helpful, responsive pieces it could/would/should have been…it may have sounded more like, “just go fuck right off”. 
    Admittedly, perhaps not my kindest response…but not without some reasons, and I’m sharing them with you today. If you have ever had this response of “this is what you signed up for” as a way of blowing off the validity and significance of what you have faced – this episode is for you. Not only is it for you, it is also for you to share with the ones you love so they know why that line is NOT ok and why it puts you at RISK. 
    This is probably one of my more rant-y episodes ever, and I will frontload that I swear, so be mindful of listening with child ears present. I will be putting together a follow-up episode that I will try to keep a bit cleaner and will work to offer some alternative ways loved ones can offer support and ways that First Responders & Front Line Helpers can communicate your needs to the people in your life. 
    Episode Challenge:
    ·        What comes up for you when you hear, “well that’s what you signed up for”? What is your reaction? Do you believe that’s true? What would you say to someone in your life if they said that to you?
    ·        Consider whether Beating the Breaking Point might be a fit to support you in filling the gaps in your training and enhancing your capacity for resilience in the face of persistent stress (choose the enhanced support experience – it’s worth it!). Learn more here, including what the program includes, our no-risk guarantee, and the high rated feedback from our past students. 
    Additional Resources:
    Register for Beating the Breaking Point, our top-rated self-paced resilience training program tailor made for First Responders and Front Line Workers to protect against (and recover from) Burnout and related concerns (eg. Organizational Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma).
    Connect, Rate, Review, Subscribe & Share!
    Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, or email me at support@thrive-life.ca. I love hearing from you! Subscribe and share this podcast with those you know. I appreciate every like, rating and review – every single one helps this podcast to be seen by other First Responders & Front Line Workers out there. Help me on my mission to help others just like you to not only survive, but to thrive – both on the job and off.
    This podcast is designed for First Responders and Front Line Workers including Law Enforcement (Police, RCMP, Corrections, Probation Officers); Public Safety (Fire Fighters, Community Liaison Officers, Emergency Call-Takers and Dispatchers); Social Services (Social Workers, Community Outreach Workers, Addictions Support Workers, Housing Support Workers, etc.); and Public Health (Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and Health Support Staff) and anyone else who works in high exposure, high risk workplaces. Please help us to help our community heroes by sharing this free resource to those you know in these front line roles.

    • 25 min
    Above & Beyond with Patrick Greenhill, Law Enforcement

    Above & Beyond with Patrick Greenhill, Law Enforcement

    Show Notes:
    **Rate & Review Behind the Line on Apple Podcast – here **
    Welcome to our final installment of "Above and Beyond", a series through October spotlighting the efforts of 3 amazing helping professionals who have taken their experiences and sought out ways to use their stories to support others in First Response and Front Line work. Today, I am joined by Patrick Greenhill. Among his accomplishments, Sgt. Greenhill was the Program Coordinator for Safe Passages, an initiative that opened the doors of police agencies as access points to substance abuse treatment services and other necessary ancillary services.  The Safe Passages Initiative began in 2016 and has run in 14 Cleveland area police agencies since that time.  The program was intended as a model program for public/private community partnerships to address overall community health and wellness. More recently, Patrick has partnered with a team from various backgrounds to develop The 4Rs Path: Emotional Resilience, Mission Readiness, Health Reintegration, and Retention which is focused on both individual and organization health and wellness.  The 4Rs Path team is comprised of individuals from varied backgrounds and professional knowledge to include first responders, active-duty military, military veterans, and mindset performance coaches, among others.  During this episode, we talk about the desire to help, the hurts from helping, the systems that support (or fail to support), and the hope to heal while remaining committed to the work.
    Listen in to our conversation and share it with those you know. 
    Episode Challenge:
    ·        Reflect on your story within the work you do. What have been some of the wins? What has helped you remain in it? 
    ·        Consider whether Beating the Breaking Point might be a fit to support you in filling the gaps in your training and enhancing your capacity for resilience in the face of persistent stress (choose the enhanced support experience – it’s worth it!). Learn more at the link above, including what the program includes, our no-risk guarantee, and the high rated feedback from our past students. 
    Additional Resources:
    Register for Beating the Breaking Point, our top-rated self-paced resilience training program tailor made for First Responders and Front Line Workers to protect against (and recover from) Burnout and related concerns (eg. Organizational Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma).
    Connect, Rate, Review, Subscribe & Share!
    Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, or email me at support@thrive-life.ca. I love hearing from you! Subscribe and share this podcast with those you know. I appreciate every like, rating and review – every single one helps this podcast to be seen by other First Responders & Front Line Workers out there. Help me on my mission to help others just like you to not only survive, but to thrive – both on the job and off.
    This podcast is designed for First Responders and Front Line Workers including Law Enforcement (Police, RCMP, Corrections, Probation Officers); Public Safety (Fire Fighters, Community Liaison Officers, Emergency Call-Takers and Dispatchers); Social Services (Social Workers, Community Outreach Workers, Addictions Support Workers, Housing Support Workers, etc.); and Public Health (Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and Health Support Staff) and anyone else who works in high exposure, high risk workplaces. Please help us to help our community heroes by sharing this free resource to those you know in these front line roles.

    • 45 min
    Above & Beyond with Michael Sugrue, retired Law Enforcement

    Above & Beyond with Michael Sugrue, retired Law Enforcement

    Show Notes:
    **Rate & Review Behind the Line on Apple Podcast – here **
    Welcome to our second installment of "Above and Beyond", a series through October spotlighting the efforts of 3 amazing helping professionals who have taken their experiences and sought out ways to use their stories to support others in First Response and Front Line work. Today, I am joined by Michael Sugrue, retired law enforcement and co-author of “Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Front Line Trauma”. We talk about the events that led to Michael’s retirement and that inspire his book, co-authored with Shauna ‘Doc’ Springer. We dive into the learnings that have emerged from a career on the front lines, the impacts to family and loved ones, and his efforts to support others in preventing the same lived experience and finding support in the challenges of front line helping professions.
    Listen in to our conversation and share it with those you know. 
    Episode Challenge:
    ·        Reflect on your story within the work you do. What has impacted you? What stories stand out in your mind? If you wrote a book about your experiences, what would stand out to others? How might you share your story with people in your life?
    ·        Consider whether Beating the Breaking Point might be a fit to support you in filling the gaps in your training and enhancing your capacity for resilience in the face of persistent stress (choose the enhanced support experience – it’s worth it!). Learn more at the link above, including what the program includes, our no-risk guarantee, and the high rated feedback from our past students. 
    Additional Resources:
    Follow Michael Sugrue on Instagram and get the book, “Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Front Line Trauma”.
    Register for Beating the Breaking Point, our top-rated self-paced resilience training program tailor made for First Responders and Front Line Workers to protect against (and recover from) Burnout and related concerns (eg. Organizational Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma).
    Connect, Rate, Review, Subscribe & Share!
    Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, or email me at support@thrive-life.ca. I love hearing from you! Subscribe and share this podcast with those you know. I appreciate every like, rating and review – every single one helps this podcast to be seen by other First Responders & Front Line Workers out there. Help me on my mission to help others just like you to not only survive, but to thrive – both on the job and off.
    This podcast is designed for First Responders and Front Line Workers including Law Enforcement (Police, RCMP, Corrections, Probation Officers); Public Safety (Fire Fighters, Community Liaison Officers, Emergency Call-Takers and Dispatchers); Social Services (Social Workers, Community Outreach Workers, Addictions Support Workers, Housing Support Workers, etc.); and Public Health (Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and Health Support Staff) and anyone else who works in high exposure, high risk workplaces. Please help us to help our community heroes by sharing this free resource to those you know in these front line roles.

    • 41 min

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