Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann shared some of his vast expertise on stress and trauma with many of our staff during our Professional Development Day on Monday, October 15th. His presentation, “Understanding Stress without the Psychobabble,” was filled with important facts, humor, and personal stories as he explained the biological and psychological reactions of people in crisis and how to help them towards recovery. Chief Volkmann has many impressive qualifications including, but not limited to, being the 2017 recipient of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, assisting in the creation of the Uniform Service Program for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at the Brattleboro Retreat, forming the Chatham Cares 4 U Initiative, and participating in a national opioid crisis forum response at the White House. Monday’s training tied in with our District’s larger goal to maintain a school culture that promotes intellectual, physical, and psychological well‐being.
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