Collective Trauma and Its Impact on the Family

Collective Trauma means we ALL have been impacted by COVID-19. Here’s a real life example of what happened to a couple of families after 9/11. Notice that each did something about the collective trauma they had experienced.

Mike Grill, MS, NREMT-P

Mike Grill served as Regional Program Director for Centura Health’s South Denver EMS Team in the South Denver Metro area. He has been active in Fire/EMS since 1985 and has authored numerous articles for EMS and Fire trade journals and co-authored two textbooks: Fire Service First Responder and First Responder Resiliency. In 2012 he was honored by the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado as the EMS Executive of the Year. Mike has spoken at over 200 fire/EMS both in the United States and Canada.

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