Rescue the Rescuer: Episode #4

Rescue the Rescuer: Episode #4

Podcast Nov 17, 2017

EMS listeners may be familiar with Stephen Kavalkovich's Rescue the Rescuer series of podcasts. We are pleased to be able to share this valuable resource on EMS World.

In this fourth installment of the series, Stephen speaks with Andy Kaufmann and Kristin Fitzgerald of Checkpoint One, a Virginia-based organizationthat incorporates equine specialists and horses into client-focused psychotherapy assistance. 

Find the first three segments of Rescue the Rescuer herehere, and here

Kavalkovich was an emergency provider who was part of the 9/11 World Trade Center response—then lost his career and more to drug addiction. Now he's a coach, speaker and advocate for responders who struggle with issues like addiction, depression, anxiety and stress. In these podcasts he will share lessons from his experience and guidance from experts in hopes of helping providers facing similar challenges.

Stephen has expertise in emergency medical care, first responder PTSD and addiction/substance abuse issues, recovery coaching, intervention, leadership and spiritual studies. Stay tuned for future episodes; as always, we welcome your feedback. 

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