West Coast Post-trauma Retreat

The West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR)

The WCPR program is for first responders whose lives have been affected by their work experience. The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others. FRSN prefers to identify PTSD as a post traumatic stress injury.

Who We Are

WCPR is a program of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN), staffed by experienced first responders, mental health clinicians and chaplains, specifically trained in trauma recovery. All of the WCPR peers, clinicians, and chaplains volunteer their time while participating in the retreats. Clinicians close their practice for a week, peer support members spend vacation, comp time, or trade shifts, taking time away from their families, and chaplains take time off of their jobs. Why do all of these people give of their time? Because they ‘get it’ and they care.

Our Goal

Our goal is to help the first responder and retirees regain control over their lives and either return to work with a new perspective on stress and coping, move on with their lives if that is a more appropriate decision, or simply enjoy retirement.

How it Began

In 1999, a handful of individuals, which included, Northern California first responders, (police officers, firefighters, 9-1-1 dispatchers, EMS members), clinicians and a chaplain came together to discuss and plan how to help fellow first responders overwhelmed by the debilitating impact of critical incident stress. Among that group were a few individuals who had attended The On-Site Academy in Massachusetts prior to 1999 because they were overwhelmed by the debilitating impact of critical incident stress, and they could not find the needed help on the West Coast. Experiencing how deeply their lives were affected and changed from the program at On-Site, they knew that there was a need for a similar program on the West Coast. Over the course of two years, and with the help of the staff members from The On-Site Academy in Massachusetts, this handful of passionate and dedicated individuals created the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat (WCPR) and the first WCPR retreat was held in 2001.

An Overview of the Program

Attendees spend 6 very full days at our beautiful retreat house in Northern California. Meals and lodging are provided at no additional charge. Over the course of 6 days and 5 nights, attendees participate in educational segments, clinical treatment, and peer support from other first responders, most who have attended the retreat. The core of the program includes intensive debriefings in a group that includes culturally competent clinicians, peers, and a chaplain. The retreat also includes individual therapy, and a 90-day plan for follow-up treatment and action steps. The presence of a chaplain throughout the week lends a spiritual component to the process.

How to Know if WCPR is Right for You

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, isolation, suicidal thoughts, sleep problems, relationship stress, work difficulties, the loss of a spouse or partner, addiction issues, are having trouble coping with daily activities, etc., then you should seek help. If you have had previous counseling and/or medication without improvement in your symptoms, then WCPR may be right for you.

If you would like to attend WCPR, call for an initial telephone intake interview. This interview will take about 30 minutes, allowing time for you and the Client Intake Coordinator to determine if the retreat is a good fit for you. Call (415) 721-9789 and ask to talk with someone about attending the WCPR program.

Our Mission

The Mission of the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat is to provide a safe and confidential environment for the promotion of healing, education, and support to those dedicated to the emergency service professions.

RCMP PTSD by Daniel Sundahl

RCMP PTSD by Daniel Sundahl

WCPR Retreat Dates

Contact our office for available retreat dates.

WCPR Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page for more information.