by Senior Chaplain David Frattere Director of Ohio State Investigations/ICAC Task Force Commander In his letter to the Christians in Ephesus, St. Paul writes that they must “Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” and prepare for a “battle against the spiritual forces of…

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by Matthew Kail When I started my law enforcement career twenty-three years ago, I did what every officer fresh out of the academy did, handled your calls for service, was the first on scene to witness horrific incidents, and tried to solve people’s problems in twenty minutes, before the next “hot” call was dispatched.  Officer…

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by Michael Sullivan Our job demands that we interact with people on a daily basis. We speak and listen to many different people each day in an effort to obtain the information we need to conduct a successful investigation.  While we may be trained observers and interviewers those skills do not always translate when we…

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by Beth Medina It is a basic human drive and need to be connected to others.  Our species’ survival has been successful in part because we have strong communities that provide all manner of safety, security and belonging.  In our SHIFT (Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training) program we talk a lot about the…

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Sleep – it’s the most affordable and natural method available for us to rebound, helping us to recover and renew ourselves. Yet, with demanding jobs, modern conditions and the vicarious trauma we may be exposed to, the goal of achieving restorative sleep can sometimes be hard-fought. We may settle for resting in bed, wide awake,…

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by Sgt Andrew Chaulk The challenges and stress we face investigating child sexual exploitation are many. Significant to crushing caseloads, mountains of paperwork, exposure to child exploitation material on a near daily basis (and for some multiple times a day), executing search warrants, examining mountains of data, interviewing suspects and victims, to name but a…

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The trauma we experience in our work with child sexual abuse, sexual abuse images and videos, and the sexual exploitation of children, impacts our lives in many ways, including our beliefs. This work can change our beliefs about ourselves, about other people, and about how we make sense of the world and our place in…

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Henry Ford famously said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – You’re Right” The language and the words we use have a profound impact on our success and well-being. Each of us has our own internal representations and belief structures based on the words we use. Over time we may not…

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Using Character Strengths to Increase Happiness In the field of Psychology, there is a domain called Positive Psychology which focuses on “what makes life worth living”. (Peterson, 2008) Positive Psychology encourages individuals to look at the Character Strengths they have and look at how those strengths can be used to increase happiness and wellbeing. Although…

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