First Responders Support Team (FRST)
Supporting First Responders Programs are available for ALL First Responders (paid and non-paid) and their families. All services are confidential.
If you would like to speak to a member of the FRST Team email FRST@firstrespondersfoundation.org or call (402) 218-1234, option 1 #2.
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While the First Responders Foundation’s physical location is Omaha, Nebraska, we serve first responders and their families from across the United States. All are encouraged to join our telehealth, telefitness, and behavior health sessions via Zoom and other virtual technology.
Behavioral Health Services (Mental Health)
FRST Clinicians provide behavioral health services to first responders and veterans:
- In-person Therapy Sessions
- Telehealth Therapy Sessions (available state wide)
- Substance Use Evaluations
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Specialized clinicians are also available for spouses and adolescents
FRST Programs / Training
Stronger Together (workshop)
Stronger Together is a four-hour (4) workshop designed to mitigate the effects of stress and trauma upon first responders and their families. This is accomplished by helping plan post-critical incident, post crisis recovery, healing and resiliency restoration.
With Honor (workshop)
When a first responder’s career comes to an end the residual effects of the work do not fade away easily. This workshop will include adjusting to a new identity in career/life. This two-hour (2) workshop helps provide knowledge and skills to first responders to prepare, adjust and grow when their career ends, and to do so With Honor.
Peer Support Training
Peer support training helps departments start a peer support team or keep active teams trained well. This education training helps individuals to support colleagues experiencing adverse effects of trauma or critical incidents. Training models vary but involve initial team start-up, continuing education, and suicide awareness and intervention. Peer Support Training is 21 hours of training over a three-day (3) period.
Resiliency Training enables participants to learn how to expend, recover, heal, and replenish their resiliency to maintain a healthier lives and careers. This is a critical training for all first responders, whether they are just beginning their career or have been in the trenches for several years. This is an eight-hour (8) training within one (1) day.
Suicide Prevention Training
Our suicide prevention training has a systematic approach to prevent first responder suicides. The training is tailored to each department to meet their specific training needs/requests. Each training will provide information, education, prevention, and suicide awareness within the department by training the first responder to the administration of any department.
The FRST team holds quarterly spouse sessions. They are tailored for spouses and the family and are similar to the educational session units. Sessions help the families of the first responders develop understanding and how to provide support in the family home. Typical sessions are two (2) hours in length.
FRST Support Groups
Peer Support Group
Meetings are open to all first responders in the community. Trained peers lead these supportive, confidential meetings. The trained peers are committed to helping colleagues manage the stress of the job in a healthy way and to supporting others in stress management. Clinicians are consulted as needed to support group needs. This support group meets once a month and is typically one (1) to one and a half (1.5) hours in length.
Spouse Support Group
A clinician-led group open to spouses and adult family members of first responders. Individuals can attend a group whenever support is needed. The support group meets once a month for one (1) hour.
Substance Use Support Group
This group is for those who strive to maintain their sobriety and can use additional support from a safe and understanding group. This clinician-led group is an open for first responders only, which meets weekly for one (1) hour.
Medical Support Group
This support group is clinician-led with the target audience being medical providers dealing with trauma on a daily basis. This support group is for the trauma teams, trauma transport, and medivac teams. The group focuses on managing one’s self in the midst of crisis, recovery from daily shift work, critical incidences and continued self-care to mitigate the effects of long term crisis engagement. This is an as needed group that meets for one (1) hour.
Unit Educational Sessions
Sessions are held with various departmental units (patrol, K9, ESU, medics, battalions, etc.) to encourage participants to explore leading issued or challenges in their work or life. Participants are provided critical evidence-based tools that help encourage healthy self-care practices. This information will hep build endurance (emotional, mental. physical and spiritual) when experiencing the effects of the first responder life. Typical sessions are one (1) to one and a half (1.5) hours in length.
FRST Interest Form
FRST Support Teams
Peer Support Team
This team provides peer support to individuals who do not have departments with active peer support teams within their departments or when department teams need additional support. It also helps provide companion travel when individuals are in need of inpatient care in a different region. Peers collaborate in training / presenting various trainings provided by clinicians.
This group of clinicians are trained in working with first responders in a therapeutic setting. The team provides sessions, presentations, trainings and workshops to provide proactive, reactive, and post-active trauma care for first responders. This team works closely with a list of preferred providers to help partner clients with culturally competent providers in the community.
Meet The Support Team
Jason Workman, LIMHP, LMHP, LADC, CCTP
Director of Behavioral Health
Jason Workman received a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jason is a licensed independent mental health practitioner, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Clinically Certified Trauma Professional. He has worked with first responders in Nebraska for the last 11 years as a Law Enforcement Chaplain, as a member of the state Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) and presently is a Regional Clinical Director for the state CISM team. Jason’s experiences include previously serving as a firefighter/EMT in Northern California, Child Protective Services (investigations), Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska State Probation. Jason’s experience and passion for working with first responders is what has led him to create the First Responders Support Team.
Leslie Hartmann, LMHP
Clinician – First Responder Support Team
Leslie is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and specializes in working with spouses and children of first responders. She has more than eight years of experience working with families, as well as children and adolescents with behavioral and social challenges. Leslie’s experience also includes working in the correctional setting, dealing with inmates and corrections staff. As part of the FRST Team, Leslie facilitates a weekly substance support group. Leslie is married to a retired U.S. Marine who also was an emergency medical technician (EMT). She is available for both in-person and Telehealth sessions throughout Nebraska.
FRST Programs are available for ALL First Responders (paid and non-paid) and their families. All services are confidential.
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If you would like to speak to a member of the FRST Team or would like more information regarding FRST, contact the team at FRST@firstrespondersfoundation.org or call (402) 218-1234 Option 2