Read the life-changing stories by first responders and their families inspired by our training.

"Best training in mental and physical health I have ever been a part of. Thank you for doing this so, so much."

3-Day Conference Attendee

June 2022

"Sue and crew you have hit a home run with this program. You have and will continue to save careers, lives and families."

3-Day Conference Attendee

June 2022

"I am deeply touched by all y'all shared, experienced methods of what worked for everyone. The tools, the support, the security of feeling it being a safe place. Well done everyone!"

3-Day Conference Attendee

June 2022

"That was the best training I could have ever received. Everyone needs this training and I believe SD would benefit greatly from having them back."

16-hour training attendee

South Dakota

"Resiliency First Inc. provided a full day of excellent information and tools to cope with stress, with a great mix of instruction and activity. Your information on sleep deprivation resonated with many of us and I am using some of your suggestions at the end of a busy day. Your professional staff was honest, encouraging, and caring. They provided excellent information and experiences from their own public safety careers."

Rainer J. Navarro

Chief of Police

“Finally, someone who fully understands the first responder’s culture and has cracked the code on making us mentally whole.”

Fire Chief Greg Fish

Carpinteria/Summerland Fire Protection District

"After a lifetime career as a first responder (hospital-based anesthesiologist) and personnel manager (department Chair for 25 years) I have seen and felt the toll that workplace stress can take on frontline caregivers in the acute and hyper-acute care setting. To see Susan Farren and her FRRI program colleagues bring this issue out into the daylight, and develop a robust evidence-based program to proactively address the problem and promote caregiver wellness, is nothing short of wonderful. Kudos to you for squarely identifying and definitively taking on a long-neglected issue – you’ve truly found a way to make the world a better place."

Dr. John Freedman

Board-certified in Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine

Fabulous!!!! Thank you for going through Hell and here to pull the rest of us through with structure, education and compassion self care.  Such courage and determination! Thank you!
She did an excellent job and showing her vulnerability added to our own vulnerabilities we often do not discuss over the past year.
GREAT! Can't say anything but GREAT! Thank you, Glendon Association, for offering this webinar. Susan has invested her life into helping others and today shows just how far people can go when they have a vision and true desire to stomp out some of the suffering in the world.
I am so touched by Susan's honest and open sharing about her personal story.  Her resilience in creating and planning for her dream "retreat center" for First Responders is inspiring. My heartfelt thanks for Jina organizing this webinar. Blessings.
Excellent training. I would like to learn more (about how to listen other people pain?) in the future.
It was very good content.

The Glendon Association

April 2021

“I’m hooked, I’ve learned more about myself these last 3 days than in my 47 years on this earth.”

Conference Attendee

July 2019

“I came here after a year and a half of hard core personal work but was having anxiety about how or where my path is leading; I’ve been struggling again with purpose this grounded me…”

Conference Attendee

July 2019

“I needed this training more than you could have imagined. I will be trying to attend one of the seminars as I feel that would benefit even more. Everything was spot on and hit home to a ‘T!”

Training Attendee

May 2019

“I can’t thank you enough for the gift of this experience and for the tools and permission to heal”


April 2019

“This should be required for all first responders.”

Conference Attendee

April 2019

“Thank you so much. This will be of great benefit to me for the rest of my career and life for that matter.”

Training Attendee

September 2019

“The most valuable portion of this conference for me was the foundation of Love which the course is based on.”

Training Attendee

February 2020

"Listening to the instructors share personal stories made it easy to relate to. I feel connected. It’s a comforting feeling knowing I’m not alone."

Battalion Chief


"Your entire class was outstanding. You are shedding light on such important topics First Responders deal with. I especially liked the holistic ways to deal with stress. Thank you, thank you!!"

First Responder

Sacramento Area

"From start to finish this conference was well thought out, vital and effective! It left me with hope and inspiration."


Alameda County

"I just wanted to tell you how impactful your Family Services session was. I am so grateful to you for starting such a phenomenal program. Thank you so much for recognizing the need to help your tribe."

First Responder Wife

Bay Area

"I can honestly say that the retreat was life changing for me. I came in that weekend not really understanding why I would feel or act a certain way after I would get home from work….after having a hard shift. At times I felt like I was the only one feeling this way. After your retreat, I realized that there are reasons why we act the way we do or feel how we do as first responders… and we aren’t crazy. The neuroscience behind repeated trauma and what goes on in our brain (PTSD) was mind blowing… no pun intended. You made me feel normal. Your speakers made me feel normal. You helped me realize that there are simple techniques like breathing that can help relax us… and it also has so many other benefits. You made me realize how important self care is and not to be sorry to take care of ourselves for once. I have tools now that will help me be successful in my career and in life. I loved the retreat and EVERYONE involved. Thanks again for everything!"

Firefighter & Paramedic

Novato Fire & Representative to the California Statewide Behavioral Health Task Force

"I was able to relate to every aspect of this training… keeping my nervous system in check, brain function, sleep deprivation, but what was most valuable was the sincerity and passion of your message and your team’s honesty and background."


Sonoma County

"This conference helped me wake-up and gave me hope about dealing with PTSD"


Sonoma County

"As a firefighter/paramedic’s wife for almost 17 years now, I had a life-changing experience yesterday at the Resiliency 1st conference. My life mission is now to spread the word about this non-profit. This program will save lives. This program will save relationships. This program provides scientific explanations for how First Responder’s minds change in this field of work and provides the tools to heal and live healthy, happy lives. This program should be mandatory for incoming First Responders because you don’t know what you don’t know and these selfless professionals deserve to have the knowledge and tools to cope with their line of work. I learned more about my husband, his profession and myself at this conference than I have in the almost 17 we have been married. My husband is not alone. I am not alone. We are not alone. You are not alone. If you are a First Responder or have a loved one that is, reach out to this non-profit. It will be life changing."

Firefighter/Paramedic’s Wife