Dr. Kristin Streich was Deputy Director for the Governor of Colorado During the Time Of Columbine Massacre | PoP 569

How does one come back from experiencing a traumatic event? What can you do as an everyday person to fight the good fight and work to bring goodness into the world? How can you as the expert really put your skillset to use?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Dr. Kristin Streich about her experience being Deputy Director for the Governor of Colorado during the time of the Columbine Massacre.

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Meet Dr. Kristin Streich

Dr. Kristin Streich served as a Deputy Director for the Governor of Colorado during the time of Columbine massacre. Because of this life-changing experience, Dr. Streich left her successful career in politics and earned a doctorate in both clinical and school psychology to provide training and support related to crisis prevention and response to school districts, government, and leadership organizations, and families across her state.

She is the owner of Bear Creek Behavioral Health, a group practice located in Houston, which provides training opportunities for new clinicians in her areas of expertise.

Visit her website and email Kristin at help@bearcreekbh.com

In This Podcast

  • “We all have to do something”
  • Tenets of crisis training
  • Advice to private practitioners

“We all have to do something”

If not me, who is going to do it? Not that I have such an incredible skillset but if I don’t do it, and if we each don’t have the perspective about that for ourselves … we can’t depend on other people who are more well known or better speakers or have better therapeutic skills or whatever, we can’t depend on them to do everything. We all have to do something. (Dr. Kristin Streich)

Often we might deflect problems onto those with more money, more skill, more time, or more resources to make all the necessary changes, and even though we need to encourage those in power to utilize their power for good, we ourselves can also make a difference.

Even in small ways, the tiniest ways, we can make a network of impacts in the lives of those around us by choosing to do the right thing, by helping one person, by creating one movement of positive change.

Tenets of crisis training

  • Social connection: building social rapport and training teachers to create and encourage a social connection between themselves and their students.

Finding the good and making those connections because when you make that connection with the kiddo in school, you may very well be that only connection that they have that day. (Dr. Kristin Streich)

  • Love: loving the children and giving them love aids in that connection because children value emotional connection over logical or rational meanings at a certain age.

Kristin’s advice

You are the one in that moment, when you have families coming to you for support, who has a very important role to play. There is power in that because you have the potential to completely change the life trajectory of every person in the room. This is both a huge responsibility and a huge privilege, to instigate and nurture the positive change in a family’s life.

If you are not going to do it, if we do not do it, who is going to do it?

Books mentioned in this episode

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

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Meet Joe Sanok

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