Communicating with Your Spouse, Partner and/or Family

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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The Importance of Connection

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 Wellness: Ways to Improve Your Sleep!

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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How to Bring Your Family into the Fold

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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It’s Time to Change the Narrative

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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Carol Brusca’s Full September 2018 Story

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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The Innocent Justice proudly presents our new trainers!

Supervisory Special Agent Jessica Farnsworth has been a special agent with the Utah Attorney General’s Office since 1999 and currently serves as the Section Chief for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). SSA Farnsworth began working as a counselor for abused children in 1990.  From 1995 to 1998 she worked with the Utah…

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Michael Sullivan’s Full May Story

Balancing Life and an assignment to ICAC My work in ICAC was some of the most rewarding work I have ever done.  It was not until I left ICAC that I realized how much of my life I had given up so I could do the work.  Prior to working in ICAC I was a…

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