The Power of Trust. Shauna Springer
One of the reasons why I love doing this podcast is that I talk with people who are dedicating their lives to helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.
One of the other reasons is that I like to get in there and explore what has brought people to this field. And more often than not, that digging (respectful and mindful, of course!) yields a treasure trove of passion and inspiration.
And so it is with my guest this week, Shauna Springer, Ph.D
Shauna is the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
She is a licensed Psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from the University of Florida, and the way she describes her process of learning how to work with veterans is not only educational, but it’s inspiring.
She has particular expertise in innovative suicide prevention approaches, moral injury, trauma recovery, close relationships, peer support program development, and veterans’ issues, including post-discharge adjustment as well as strategies for engaging Veterans in behavioral health care.
Prior to her current role at TAPS, she served as a front-line psychologist in a Department of Veterans Affairs behavioral health clinic. She helped launch the peer support program in her clinic, and continually innovated to better serve the veterans on her caseload. Known to many veterans as “Doc Springer,” she has helped hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values.
Based on the trust she has earned within the veteran community, she has acquired a wealth of knowledge about how our bravest citizens may struggle, and the sacred values and potentially life-saving strategies that may help all of us stay in the fight. Recently, she has been developing training on how to have respectful, effective conversations about lethal means with veterans who own firearms.
Without trust, secrets stay secret.