November 26th, 2013
Please check out the article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, HOW TO HELP POLICE WHO ARE SUICIDAL? It describes secondary trauma and the high incidence of suicide among police officers. There is clearly much need for additional training in this area and supportive assistance for officers who are exposed to trauma in their difficult jobs, “After years of officers’ witnessing trauma and taking care of others, Salvatore said, ‘a lot of the resilience, the strength they could be using for their personal lives, they’re using just to keep themselves together on the job.’ … Various studies have found that the rate of officer suicide is two to four times higher than in the population at large and that more officers take their own lives than are killed in the line of duty…”
October 23rd, 2013
CAREGIVERS film project is delighted to be the featured currently in the “filmmakers spotlight” for the Philadelphia Film Office. Please check us out at http://www.film.org/Philadelphia/public/gpfo/filmmakersspotlight/52
September 30th, 2013
It’s been an exciting end of summer and beginning of the fall season for the CAREGIVERS film project. Two of our Advisory Board Members, Don Friedman and Bob Groves, have been actively contacting national level professional associations in the areas of medical care and public health to share with them information about CAREGIVERS documentary. We are excited to have had the privilege of interviewing and filming a group of six first responders and firefighters of the Philadelphia Fire Department about the impact of their high risk work. We’re delighted also by the outstanding interview granted to us on camera by Dr. Sandra Bloom on the subject of secondary trauma. We are continuing our outreach to prominent child welfare and veteran organizations. Progress is being made in creating an artistic framework for our hospice material, including the creation of interesting b roll and voiceovers. And finally, we are exploring creative uses of animation!
August 14th, 2013
Each year it is my privilege to offer many times the workshop which I call, “When Trauma or Death Occurs on the Caseload: Ways of Supporting Staff and Clients and Promoting Learning”. The workshop is described on this website and is offered to organizations in a manner that is flexible and suitable to that organization’s setting and needs. Following is a thoughtful comment about the workshop that was sent recently to me. (Vic Compher, Trainer and Director/Producer of CAREGIVERS film)
“…your training that I took in February was pivotal for me receiving the help I needed. The things that were especially powerful for me… being able to see that I needed help… the list of symptoms and the section of your documentary. I was able to relate to the testimonies of the professionals and I was also able to see that these were also competent people… that their work got the better of them….I didn’t know how out of touch I was with myself and my needs and my ability to function…But the biggest thing is that I am able to dream again – for myself and for my social work…” J.A., workshop participant
July 28th, 2013
CAREGIVERS film project appreciates the great vulnerability to stress or secondary trauma which first responders, such as firemen/firewomen and police officers experience on a very frequent basis. Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers have both shared their poignant personal and professional stories with us on camera in the past few weeks. A section of CAREGIVERS film will be addressing the emotional impact of such high-risk public service. We’re delighted with the interest of these two experienced and nationally recognized professionals in our project and their willingness to share the human-side of their work–both the emotional hazards and the meaning.
June 28th, 2013
Please check out the article and short, poignant video of an Fijian immigrant caretaker who provides service to an elderly Japanese American woman in CA.
June 25th, 2013
Please check out the article from the Philadelphia Inquirer (June 23, 2013) called “Stress First Aid for Firefighters” at
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/mental-health/20130623_Stress_First_Aid_for_firefighters.html The article illustrates the Philadelphia Fire Department’s efforts in a workshohp format to address the emotional impacts of firemen/women’s exposures to the extraordinary stress, trauma, and occupational hazards in their work.
June 25th, 2013
Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey on the human side of policing–i.e. the significant emotional costs and physical risks officers experience in trying to protect the public from harm. We’re grateful to the Commissioner for sharing his experiences and his insights on this subject. As we’ll see and hear in the film upon completion, his personal stories defy many of the public’s stereotypes of police officers. His compassion for the families of officers killed both on and off duty was especially moving. We’ll be including excerpts from this interview in the section of the CAREGIVERS film that addresses secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, experienced by first responders or public servants, such as police and firemen. We’ll also feature coping strategies. Stay tuned! Vic Compher
May 29th, 2013
Our 30 minute radio interview on the show “Boomer Generation” with host Richard Address is now archived at his website, Jewish Sacred Aging. To learn more about our film, we hope you’ll enjoy listening to the podcast which you’ll find by scrolling down to April 13 at the following website:
May 29th, 2013
We are very grateful to Ray Meyers and Peggy Luciani for hosting a terrific “Fun and Fundraising Party” in their beautiful Moorestown home on May 5 !
Also we recently completed very poignant and fascinating interviews on camera with Dr. Steve Goldfine, Kathy Kehoe, MSW, and Joan Ordille, MSW, of Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice of Marlton, NJ and with Dr. Ronald Librizzi and Ann Coyle, RN, of the Virtua Health System, also of Marlton. Several consenting patients were able to be included in these interviews, thereby adding context and authenticity as we observe these professional caregivers on the job. Post-interviews with the caregivers give us behind the scenes glimpses of their own unique experiences and of the impact of their work upon themselves.