The Hidden Power of Friendship

July 29, 2021
By: UCF RESTORES Suicide Prevention Expert David Rozek, Ph.D., ABPP Suicide prevention is a topic that should be discussed more often and not just within September (i.e., Suicide Prevention Month). World Friendship Day, recognized this year on July 30, 2021, is another perfect opportunity to discuss how you can have an impact on the mental […]
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The Psychology Behind PTSD

June 25, 2021
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic, life-altering or life-threatening event. One in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime, but there is much to learn about a diagnosis that impacts approximately 3.5% of U.S. adults every year. UCF RESTORES Executive Director […]
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Fighting More Than Fires: A First Responder’s Year in Review

May 17, 2021
Occupational stress may be core to the function of a first responder, but there is arguably no year on record that has pushed the boundaries of such stress like 2020. Even in such a trying year, our first responders continued to mask up, glove up and rise to the call of duty. In this year’s […]
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UCF RESTORES Recognized as Statewide Driver of Mental Well-Being

May 5, 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 5, 2021) – UCF RESTORES – a leading nonprofit clinical research center and trauma treatment clinic that houses the National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health at the University of Central Florida (UCF) main campus – with the support of the UCF Foundation, has been named a recipient of the […]
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UCF RESTORES & FFSHC Launch First-of-Its-Kind Mobile Peer Support Portal

April 16, 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 16, 2021) – UCF RESTORES – a leading nonprofit clinical research center and trauma treatment clinic that houses the National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health – and its partners at the Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative (FFSHC) have launched a first-of-its kind, no-cost, web-hosted, anonymous peer support and […]
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UCF RESTORES Offers Scholarships for Online Clinician Training Program

December 8, 2020
In an ongoing effort to disseminate evidence-based education and treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), UCF RESTORES® – a clinical research center and treatment clinic recognized as the National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health – is now offering scholarships for its Trauma Management Training (TMT) clinician training program, designed for behavioral health […]
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The Power of Peer Support | Insight for People of All Backgrounds

September 24, 2020
At UCF RESTORES®, we not only strongly believe in the power of peer support, we’ve witnessed it firsthand. Through REACT, our peer support training program, we’ve worked with thousands of first responders to help our front-line heroes learn how to recognize signs of emotional distress in others, offer peer-level support and effectively coordinate follow up […]

The Power of Peer Support | Educators in the Field Amid COVID-19

September 16, 2020
At UCF RESTORES®, we not only strongly believe in the power of peer support, we’ve witnessed it firsthand. Through REACT, our peer support training program, we’ve worked with thousands of first responders to help our front-line heroes learn how to recognize signs of emotional distress in others, offer peer-level support and effectively coordinate follow up […]


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