LIVE Q and A – STS-Conflict-Culture

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This episode is a recording of a live Q and A session that was held for the MLDI online Academy.  It’s interesting because we are able to talk with Anita Brooks on the topic of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Conflict Resolution, and culture issues. Joining us are two Academy students who participate in the discussion.

Five Basics of Conflict 

Conflict is normal and not all conflict is bad

Some conflict is creative and has real positive uses. Sometimes it’s just a matter of differing lifestyles or opinions. Resolved properly these can be very useful.

Good Conflict may deepen superficial relationship

Many times, relationships are very shallow and people never get close enough to ever even have a conflict.  Very often when a disagreement occurs the relationship between the two parties deepen, because they have come to know each other better.

Personal growth often occurs through dissonance

Dissonance simply means lack of agreement.   Growth often occurs because the social turbulence causes people to look for resolution, therefore, resulting in personal growth. Within law enforcement and among men and women of goodwill, conflict is common, not always bad, and can have positive outcomes.

A model of advocacy may appear to be contention when it is really conflict

This can be an effective way to reach decisions.  If a group in a room brings together their own passionate opinions and each expresses them strongly. A disagreement can result. But done correctly and in humility, the end can result in a balanced and successful outcome and decision.

There is a ‘right; way to resolve conflict

The three steps to properly resolving a conflict are:

  1. Confront the person with whom you have the conflict
  2. Bring in a peer or supervisor to help moderate the conflict discussion
  3. File a formal complaint and follow the issue up the chain of command

What is Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is defined by Dictionary.com as, “fatigue, emotional distress, or apathy resulting from the constant demands of caring for others or from constant appeals from charities.”

Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS), is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. It is common among individuals that work directly with trauma victims such as nurses, law enforcement, coroners, and first responders.

Sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, sleeplessness or nightmares, and a pervasive negative attitude. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, both professionally and personally, including a decrease in productivity, the inability to focus, and the development of new feelings of incompetency and self-doubt.

 

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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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