Second Responder is an emerging term which often refers to trained professionals or trained volunteers who provide various forms of mental, emotional, or spiritual care. Examples of second responder care may include, and is not limited to:
This list, of course, does not exhaust the possibilities of care administered by second responders in response to critical incidents or disasters.
Following the critical role of first responders – including, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency room personnel – second responders provide a second and equally critical role in processes of healing after trauma. Second responders help survivors and those who experience vicarious traumatization of:
Second responders are keenly aware that this process of (re)membering after trauma comes slowly and not necessarily in a linear pattern, and they commit to companioning alongside survivors as they regain their healthy senses.
Beginning with basic forms of hospitality and trustworthy companionship, and often through a Village of Care, second responders help survivors heal.
If you would like to learn more about how you or your organization can provide healthy forms of second responder outreach, contact us.
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