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City of Pittsburg to host training seminar for first responders and spouses

City Press Releases, Police Department Press Release

August 2, 2018

Winning the Battle seminar helps first responders combat stress

On August 23, 2018, the City of Pittsburg Police Department will host The Pain Behind the Badge – Winning the Battle, a powerful training seminar designed to help first responders combat personal and professional stress. This one-day seminar takes place 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Thursday, August 23, at the Memorial Auditorium.

Taught by Sergeant Clarke Paris (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retd.) and his wife Tracie Paris, RN, BSN, this seminar helps police personnel, fire personnel, hospital personnel, civilian employees and their families cope with tragedies, often referred to as “critical incidents.” These incidents can include terrorist attacks, mass-casualty incidents, active killer incidents, teen violence, school violence, violent acts that create a victim or violent situation, and personal and professional stress.

Clarke Paris is the creator of the award-winning documentary film on police stress and suicide, The Pain Behind the Badge. Tracie Paris worked as a trauma and ER nurse, and has served in the healthcare field for nearly 30 years. Together, they have traveled the nation presenting Winning the Battle to thousands of police officers, military personnel and their loved ones. Clarke and Tracie were involved in a number of recovery efforts for those who have responded to active shooter incidents in their communities.

Designed with first responders and their spouses in mind, this motivational event offers training and resources to combat stressors, which can result in career-ending actions. The seminar will address depression, PTSD, cumulative stress, progression of stress, perception protection, spousal and family involvement, suicide prevention and more.

Winning the Battle is not a seminar on suicide but an emotional day of addressing the bi-products of stress, which when untreated or ignored, can result in suicide.

The cost of the event is $35 per registrant, and is free for spouses/significant others. For more information, or to register for the event, visit