Mental illness, crisis, suicide, death, and other topics discussed in this text are inherent in our lives. However, for those individuals in law enforcement, encountering death, violence, trauma, crisis, and those with mental illness is an everyday occurrence. This publication is intended to bring information to the law enforcement community about dealing with those individuals who present to the officer in distress.
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Ms. Cyr-Martel began her work with Emergency Systems in 1973 working with a volunteer ambulance and search and rescue team in CT. After obtaining MICU Paramedic Status in California, she located in Maine and worked for several years as a paramedic before seeking advanced degree’s in behavioral science and counseling psychology. She has worked as a child therapist, crisis counselor, and Clinical Coordinator of a local Mental Health Crisis Mobile Outreach Team. After accepting her current position, (employed by the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services for the State of Maine, assigned to the Lewiston Police Department providing behavioral, psychological, and crisis management services for the community on a nightly basis), she was sent to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to complete the Police Reserve Training.
Ms. Cyr-Martel is a member of the New England Crisis Negotiators Association, the American Counseling Association, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and serves on a State Crisis Debriefing Team. Laurie also works with the Juvenile Firesetters Program and has provided training for the Governors Task Force of Youth Suicide. Ms. Cyr Martel also provides numerous trainings for emergency service providers on a variety of topics from Health and Wellness for EMS and Law Enforcement, Stress Management, and Suicide Prevention. Laurie resides in Auburn Maine with her daughter Elizabeth.
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