P4T Co-hosting Free Workshop for Families of First Responders

Understanding Your First Responders Trauma and Stress Workshop

A Workshop for Families of First Responders to Help Them Better Understand Their Unique Family Dynamic and Provide Support and Resources

Presented by CODE 9 Project S.H.A.R.E


Saturday, May 20th

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

St. Petersburg College –

Tarpon Springs Campus

(Lunch and snacks will be provided.)

This workshop focuses on helping the family members of first responders better understand trauma and stress patterns and the impact on the first responder and the family, address fear, anxiety, changing behavioral patterns, and provides support and self-help tools.

The workshop discusses:  the science of trauma and its effects, stress patterns, address fear, anxiety, changing behavioral patterns, the effect on children and the family unit, family and self-care, and provides support and self-help tools for the family member.   This workshop focuses on providing information and support for the family member.   It does not focus on the position of the first responder.

Co-founders of the Code 9 Project, Facilitators Deborah Ortiz and Lee Baker, have established a network of education and support for first responders and their families after Deborah’s husband’s 22 year law enforcement career left him and their family struggling with the effects of his PTSD.

Code 9 Project S.H.A.R.E. is open and encouraged for all spouses, adult family members, and loved ones of First Responders.

To register, click or contact Wendy Sedlacek at 727-741-2043. For more information on the workshop, visit

************************************************************************************P4T Resilient Community Mini-Grants Awarded

(Phyllis King-Robert, Chris Warwick, Kellymarie Archibald, Jill Trumbell, Trisha Bryant, David Archie, Therese Christopher, Mariflor Cremonie, Anita Smith, and Carl vom Eigen.   Jacki Malone – USFSP is absent from the picture, but was also a recipient.)

Peace4Tarpon is pleased to announce the recipients of the our first Resilient Community Grants.   Grants were awarded to individuals, groups, and organization projects and/or programs that promote family and community resilience within a defined Tarpon Springs area: between U.S. 19/Alternate 19 and Klosterman Road/Anclote River.  All grants focused on either:  People, Place, and/or Equitable Opportunity.  Grant projects and recipients are:

Calm Spot – Head Start

Circle of Security Experiential Parent Group – USFSP Family Study Center

Earth Day 2017 – TS Community Gardens

Teaching  Students Emotional Strengths – Tarpon Springs Elementary School 

Kundalini Yoga – Phyllis King-Robert

Parent Engagement and Family Involvement – R’Club Child Care

Youth Summit – Citizens Alliance for Progress

Youth Employment Program – Boley Centers, Inc.

TS Community Garden – Rotaract Club of Tarpon Springs -SPC Chapter



Look what is new around town! 


Are We There Yet? – Sarah’s Story

By: Robin Saenger, Founding Director of Peace4Tarpon

Peace4Tarpon is striving to create a trauma informed community in Tarpon Springs.  How do we know if we are succeeding – are we there yet?  To read     more, click here:  Full Story



  • Understanding Your First Responder’s Trauma and Stress (A Workshop for Families of First Responders) – May 20, 2017

-For more information and to register, click here: Family Workshop Flyer

  • Peace4Tarpon Community Forum – May 26,  2017 

    – 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Tarpon Springs City Hall, 324 East Pine Street, Tarpon Springs

      Soul Injury Leadership Training – Opus Peace Institute

  • This four-day Leadership course, led by Deborah Grassman NP and the Opus Peace team, will provide an in-depth understanding of Soul Injury and how to liberate unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/shame.  For more information, click here:  Soul Injury Leadership

  • Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshop – June 15-18, 2017

    – For more information, click here:  Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop

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