July 30, 2021

39: Mental Health for First Responders & Civilians, with Carlos Farina and Richard Wistocki

39:  Mental Health for First Responders & Civilians, with Carlos Farina and Richard Wistocki

Today we're talking mental health for police officers and first responders .  By bringing this epidemic to the forefront and not making it so taboo, we are able to save more lives .  First Responders see the most horrific sites anyone can imagine. They have to live with them and used to be in fear of retaliation if they sought help. Well, this is no longer the case. We are getting better at realizing that people do need help, and there is no shame in that. By getting help, first responders are less stressed on the streets, and better to serve the communities they swore to protect. Civilians getting help allows them to be better products of society to be able to work together for a common good.

About the guests:

VA First Responder Program Director

During his time with the Broward Sheriff’s Department, Carlos was a member of the Critical Incident Response Team, staff clinician for the Psychological Services Division, hostage negotiator serving with the Strategic Response Team (S.W.A.T.), psychological profiler, and provided in-service training and consultation to the department’s training division. Carlos is a state certified addiction and mental health professional as well as a board-certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Before joining Transformations, Carlos founded a unique substance recovery, wellness, and intervention program for first responders. His dedication to helping these men and women stems from decades of providing recovery and mental health services in private practice as well as community mental health and recovery centers.

Clinical Team | Transformations Treatment Center

Child crime expert Detective Richard Wistocki has dedicated his career to helping children by tirelessly pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting child predators.  As an active Cyber Crimes Detective he educates Law Enforcement using cutting edge investigative techniques and Parents and Students on responsible digital activity.

·30 year, decorated member of Law Enforcement

​·23 year SWAT team member

 ·Authored the State of Illinois Sexting Law

 ·Authored the State of Illinois Sexual Exploitation of a Child Law

 ·Member of The United States Secret Service Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force (CECTF)

 ·Member of The Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC)

 ·High Technology Crimes Detective, Naperville Ill.   

 ·Formed the Will County Illinois States Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit that made over 90 sexual predator arrests in its first 3 ½ years. 

​·Created Juvenile Justice Online, a first of its kind diversion program redefining the future of positive juvenile reform. 



 Clinical Team | Transformations Treatment Center