Reviews & Testimonials

From press release, 12/2015:

This is a high-yield course that has come along at a perfect time. We finally have a con-ed course that focuses on us—our resilience, our ability to deal appropriately with our patients in difficult situations and most importantly stay in the game after devastating calls.” Daniel Limmer, Limmer Creative, internationally known speaker and textbook author

The course is brilliant. The way that Sarah built it off of information already memorized by every EMT and Paramedic means it will be much easier to take in the information and remember it later on. Helping people understand the emotional trauma first responders are subjected too is one of Code Green’s goals, and we’re happy to see Sarah’s course getting attention. I can’t wait to be able to take it myself.” Ann Marie Farina, President, The Code Green Campaign

The informational content of the ETLS curriculum is exceptionally germane to the EMS provider population.  It provides a meaningful foundation for a subject matter that is largely overlooked in standard education standards for EMS providers.  The information is logical, well-founded, progresses well in development, and offers the student a firm grasp on important matters of emotional impact.  I envision ETLS to gain parity status with other credentialing courses like ACLS, PHTLS, BTLS, and PALS.  I am confident that in short order, it will become a standard in the education of prehospital personnel (and others) in emotional trauma nationwide.” Dr. Keith Monosky, Paramedicine program head, Central Washington University

CLASS 170001, StarFire EMS, Haverhill MA

“ETLS™ is one of the most powerful courses I have ever attended.  As a provider that has had challenges with PTSD and a manager of providers that show signs daily, I cannot recommend this course enough!  I found the knowledge gained not only helpful in my own situation, but gained tools to help others in their situations.  Whether it is a patient’s family or a provider that is in crisis, your approach and the researched data that is applied in your program provides a significant amount of knowledge that I have found in no other class.  Well done and I look forward to being able to take it again in the future!”  Jon B, New Hampshire

“Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help. I can’t wait until you get this further off the ground. It is so needed. Bill H., Graduate Class One 🙂” Bill H., Massachusetts

“Fantastic course. Should be part of every EMS training program… I found the program to be incredibly worthwhile.  Nothing like this has ever been presented in my four plus decades in EMS.  The information was enlightening… Sarah was the instructor and facilitated the course.  Her concern, caring and interest was clear by the research and material she provided.  Additionally, her method of interaction with the students put everyone at ease, and allowed for open, honest dialogue, enriching the overall experience.  

I came away from the course with a greater understanding of the subtle, and not so subtle, signs of emotional distress and injury among first responders.  Additionally, the information offered on how to take the often difficult step of approaching a colleague who is in distress was very enlightening. I can recommend, without hesitation, the ETLS course for any first responder.  I believe that the attendees will be able to recognize stress and emotional trauma among their peers and will be able to take action to assist before the stress becomes unbearable. I also believe that ETLS should be part of every first responders curriculum.”  Adam S. Blumenthal, New Hampshire (edited for length)

CLASS 170002, United Ambulance Service, Lewiston ME

“We have been looking for training to help us, as instructors, address post traumatic stress, grief and self-help for our paramedic students.  We hosted Sarah’s second course in August and had 20 people participate from various services in our state.  I had 2 of my instructors attend as well.  In our state, paramedics work cardiac arrests on scene and declare patients dead.  Our paramedics are often the only paramedics in the area and are the leaders, who also need to help others cope with death and dying.  We have been looking for years for material to help us better prepare these students for the mental health aspects of their job:  their own mental health, the mental health of their crews, how to work with families during cardiac arrests and how to make the final death notification.

Sarah’s program draws together a large amount of material that covers grief, family notification, post traumatic stress and self-help.  We gained invaluable information that we have been able to integrate into our programs and our teaching.  Eventually, when Sarah’s book is published, we will add the full course into our programs.  Sarah is very knowledgeable in the subject area, and is a health care provider.   She does a great job answering questions and supporting class members who are dealing with stress issues.  She helped us brain storm, and figure out how to help our students better cope with the realities of the job… Sarah has a great personality and spirit.  We really appreciated what her course offered.” Susan Yurek, Maine class host (comment edited for length)

“This is the “missing” class. This is the class that all EMS providers should be required to take as part of their certifications. It’s just that simple.” Brian S., Maine


  • “Great job with new ground of subject”
  • “Thank you so much for the class & welcome to Maine”
  • “Very good topic! Good delivery! Nice Job!! Sharing your own [story]… added very well to the program”
  • Very passionate! Thank you for traveling”
  • “Very good class…”
  • “This is a class that all providers should take and new protocols made to assist our crews.”
  • “Great class!”
  • “Great content!”
  • “The information was great!”
  • “Do more! Teach more classes! Get the information out! Spread the word!!! Let’s get this information to as many people as possible :)”
  • “Thank you for creating this program!”
  • “Good mix of personal experience and research data”
  • “Learning from “one of our own” adds validity to the information. The correlations to “known” assessments were brilliant! Well done!”
  • “Content was thorough”
  • “Potent & applicable material; very organized”
  • “Using real-life examples [added significantly]”
  • “Important topic that is often breezed through”
  • “Day one hit close to home without even realizing it ahead of time”
  • “Good job. Reaffirms other suicide intervention training and military casualty training. Many parallels”
  • “The second day was my favorite. It was more practical for every day work”
  • “Death notification was new knowledge for me THANK YOU”
  • “Death notification was very valuable”
  • “The notification/PTSD information is very relevant”

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