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CASAT Conversations

CASAT Conversations is a resource for exploring behavioral health topics. These topics explore the complex connection between how our environment, behaviors and actions impact our health and wellbeing. With a wide-range of timely topics, CASAT Conversations is geared towards having meaningful conversations with people sharing their capacity for personal growth and change, along with expert educational insights.

Season 1: Behind the Front-Line: Supporting the Families of Front-Line Staff and First Responders

This podcast was created for families and intimate partners of front-line staff and first responders. Dr. Trudy Gilbert-Eliot, author of Healing Secondary Trauma: Proven Strategies for Caregiver provides educational tips, stress management techniques, and ways to build resilience within the family. Family members of first responders and front-line staff also share their stories highlighting the multi-dimensional nature of what it’s like to be an intimate partner of a first responder. This podcast was developed in collaboration with the Center for Application & Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health with funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through cooperative support from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency.

Co-Hosts: Daniel Fred & Heather Haslem

Clinical Expert: Dr. Trudy Gilbert Eliot

Trudy Gilbert-Eliot, PhD, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her master of science from California State University, Chico, and her PhD from Capella University in Minnesota. She specializes in working with first responders and is a contractor with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. She has worked with trauma survivors throughout her 25-year old career, including abused children, survivors of domestic violence, psychiatric patients, persons living with substance use disorder, and most recently military personnel, veterans and first responders. She has also provided psychological support for those impacted by critical incidents, including mass shootings, hostage situations, suicides, and armed robberies. Currently in private practice, she supervises other marriage and family therapists and alcohol and drug counselors and teaches workshops for the University of Nevada, Reno.

S1 E0: Introduction to CASAT Conversation

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Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes only. Any advice offered on the podcast is an educational context and is not intended as direct medical advice, nor as a replacement for it. If you are experiencing a medical or life emergency, please call 911. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273 – 8255.  If you are experiencing stress, and would like professional help please contact your insurance company to identify a therapist in your area or contact the organization you work for and ask about an employee assistance program.

This podcast has been brought to you by the CASAT Podcast Network located within the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno. For more podcast information and resources visit

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