The Public Safety Professionals Retreat (PSPR),or ProSPeR, is a six-day intensive outpatient retreat that provides emergency responders the opportunity to learn and practice new coping skills while improving personal and professional relationships. PSPR focuses on using prevention and early-intervention models to effectively address issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and other stress- and trauma-related symptoms. The goal of ProSPeR is to enable professionals in public safety roles to restore and resume work or retirement in a positive, productive manner and avoid negative outcomes such as family dissolution, chemical dependence, or suicide.
At PSPR, the essential elements of developing peer support systems and understanding mental health are conducted by specially trained peers, chaplains, and clinical professionals. Each day encompasses a motivational theme that is reinforced by practicing specific skills and activity engagement designed to strengthen a guest's trust and reestablish confidence. Various new stress relief outlets are introduced and encouraged at ProSPeR such as horseback riding, swimming, fishing, hiking, yoga, and creative arts.
At the end of the week, guests of the Public Safety Professionals Retreat have learned and practiced new life skills, gained friends and confidants who understand the issues (personal and professional) related to being an emergency responder, and have established trusted lifelines for continuing support.
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