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Step 2: Visit the Enrollment Office anytime between now — March 2017 to provide:  Proof of address  Proof of your child’s age

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the special and former “911” dispatcher, I realize As a counselor, wife of a police officer, concept of the “thin blue line” and its representation nature of emergency services work. The services officers truly makes sense to all emergency of camaraderie among law enforcement “get it.” behind it. Once you do the work, you workers and to those that live, or love, shifted once you enter into an emergency The perceptions you have in life are permanently perform, a certain level of emotional flatness to services career. The profession requires being. Statistics show well emotional your protect to kind of a bulletproof vest one wears lives via the emergency services field claims many that the vest is not very effective. The issues and a health mental violence, domestic tragedy of alcohol or drug abuse, divorce, If you at work goes beyond your physical safety. variety of relationship issues. Your safety hasn’t well, but emotionally scarred, the industry make it through your career physically you to be REAL. done its job in supporting you, helping Employee REALiving. It can be part of our unique 10-76 to Wellness is a tool offered by strives support service. As a company, REALiving Achievement Program or a standalone BEST employees to empower them to live their to offer resources to businesses and their family. Give your for tool a and you for tool a It’s lives. This newsletter is one of those tools. your overall other training, because it too will insure the content the same priority as your

Feeling and Fact Focused Follow-up empathy, with You can follow a statement of example: statements of feelings and facts. For

safety and well being.

Off-Duty Balance On-Duty with is hard for most every employee. It’s exceptionally

Having balance between home and work for Interestingly enough, it’s also very hard hard when you work in emergency services. is off, because “how” you conduct yourself professionals to realize when their balance (to be safe “how” you conduct yourself at home at work to be safe naturally becomes fighter or is not a law enforcement officer, fire too). Because every person in your home for other “habits” may create tension or discomfort correctional worker, sometimes your so practical not make one bit of sense, because it’s family members. And for you, this might for you in your profession. in the This is the tool that can help everyone What’s the solution? Communication. family tolerate the “habits.” And, hearing your family understand, appreciate and even at home reconsider “how” you conduct yourself share their perspective can also help you are two your professional and personal lives. Here to give a little more separation between use. communication strategies you might

Empathetic Lead-In’s

scene. through vehicle extrication on an accident You know how to talk an injured citizen to a felony stop. And you’re talented at talking You’re skilled at talking a suspect through skilled at you aggressive citizens on the street. How angry, upset, defensive and sometimes man she why you don’t want her to date a young at talking to your teenager daughter about wife about her How skilled are you at talking to your likes because you “know” his family? a night shift? at 11 am when you are sleeping after hallway bedroom the vacuum to need you have used to communicate professionally, Not quite as easy, is it? Just like the scripts “law in talking with your family about unique you help might that scripts few a here are family. enforcement” routines that impact your that can be used in a conversation that These “empathetic lead-ins” are statements you convey that you are listening and convey just that, empathy. They help your empathy, just be sure you trying to understand. Use them to convey match them with good listening! Try: ’ “I think what I hear you saying is…..” “It sounds like you are feeling xyz…..” “I bet that is xyz…”

a nice guy and Daughter: “You judge everyone! He’s control me!” his family is just fine! You just want to with me” Dad: “It sounds like you are pretty angry you.” and/or and/or “I bet this is very frustrating for meddling in “I’m sure it’s difficult to have your Dad your personal life”. BUT:

“I love you and I care for your safety.” you as much “I want to be sure that everyone loves as I do.”

” “It’d break my heart if someone hurt you. that you are Helping your family member know and you are listening to what they are saying how you “getting it” AND letting them know possible feel will help you facilitate the BEST helps with conversation. Good communication balance between work and home. nor is balance Family communication is not easy, said, at between work and home. That being issues that REALiving, we understand the specific and we can emergency services families deal with help. dealing with For more information or support other general family communication issues, or any Emergency wellness information, contact one of our Services Consultants today at 1.855.233.1048. Wishing you the BEST, Holly Hakes, M.S., Executive Director


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REALiving Magazine  

Winter 2017, Volume 6, Issue 1