First Responder Support
"When I arrived, she was screaming at the officer, and had even attacked him. I was proud of the officer. He kept a cool head. He told her, “I know you are upset. I know this is a difficult situation. This is the chaplain. If you will talk to him, I’m going to forget that you assaulted an officer.”
First Responders, does this situation sound familiar to you? Thank you for the many times you held your cool, while being confronted by emotion-driven people.
Thank you because you run to scenes from which others flee. Thank you for going into danger so that we can be safe.
Often that danger is not only physical; it includes trauma on a level which impacts you psychologically and in your spirit. At times, you will conclude, “No human being should be subjected to the sights, sounds, and smells which I experienced today.” Whether you realized it or not, on those scenes, you suffered moral injury.
Institutional Ministries' chaplains are here to help! Our chaplains serve by bringing a caring heart, serving both the public and the First Responders.
First, they serve you by bringing calmness to the situation. Sometimes we move the family to a different room, the backyard, or down the street, but away from an active scene.
Second, they will be there afterwards, when you are ready to talk, providing a completely confidential ear, an understanding born only by having been there with you previously.
Chaplains are the hands and feet of Jesus, walking and reaching out to those in pain, with the prayer that we provide healing.
...spiritual wounds in need of spiritual healing.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
Moral injury happens to the whole self -- on the mental, emotional and spiritual planes at once. A spiritual diagnosis goes beyond the purview of secular clinical counselors, but it is not beyond the diagnosis of our God. The Divine Physician describes this injury in Psalm 32, and He has healing for it. God hears, understands, and answers.
Reducing Crime and Fear Collectively
Dr. Rebecca Siehr - Associates in Police Science, Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Master’s in Sociology, and Doctorate in Criminology & Victimology
Read this article on how to reduce crime and fear in your community.