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Behind The Shield

Bringing the greatest minds in mental and physical wellness to the men and women who serve our communities.

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Recent Episodes of Behind The Shield


Alex Douglass (Surviving an Ambush, Adaptive Athletes and Post Traumatic Growth) - Episode 953

Alex Douglass (Surviving an Ambush, Adaptive Athletes and Post Traumatic Growth) - Episode 953

Alex Douglass was an 11 year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police when his station was ambushed by a psychotic gunman. His brother trooper Bryon DIckson was murdered and Alex suffered near fatal wounds.

We discuss his journey into law enforcement, the horrendous attack, the manhunt that followed, his mental health journey, the decision to amputate his leg, Operation Enduring Warrior, the healing power of community and so much more.

Episode 953 14 July 2024 1h, 27m and 44s


Josh Brolin II (Writing, Fame and Firefighting) - Episode 385

Josh Brolin II (Writing, Fame and Firefighting) - Episode 385

Josh Brolin is a former wildland firefighter, actor and the author of his upcoming book "From Under the Truck" . In this second interview, we discuss social media, fame, family, kindness, trolls, adventure, writing and so much more.

Episode 13 July 2024 2h, 47s


Amanda Testa (Deep Love, Passionate Sex and a Healthy Marriage) - Episode 952

Amanda Testa (Deep Love, Passionate Sex and a Healthy Marriage) - Episode 952

Amanda Testa is a Sex, Love and Relationship Coach and the founder of Find Your Feminine Fire. We discuss the impact of childhood on sexuality, how open conversation improves your childrens' safety, body dysmorphia, tantric sex, the negative impact of porn, sex and marriage and so much more.

"Something I often see in working with busy women as a Sex and Relationship Coach is that on the outside it may appear they are thriving, but inside they really struggle with balancing the passion they have for their work, with the passion they have for their partners, much...

Episode 952 11 July 2024 1h, 22m and 22s


Chuck DeSmith (EMS, The Recruitment Crisis and Peer Support) - Episode 951

Chuck DeSmith (EMS, The Recruitment Crisis and Peer Support) - Episode 951

Chuck DeSmith is a 35 year veteran of the fire service and the Deputy Fire Chief at Renton Regional Fire Authority. We discuss his early life, his journey into the fire service, the evolution of Fire/EMS, 911 abuse, the recruitment crisis, sleep deprivation, peer support and much more.

Episode 951 10 July 2024 1h, 59m and 44s


David Vaux II (Strength Training and Longevity) - Episode 950

David Vaux II (Strength Training and Longevity) - Episode 950

David Vaux began his career working as a London Firefighter, serving for 15 years on fire rescue operations and as physical education officer until he suffered a career ending injury. He subsequently retrained as an Osteopath and threw himself into the world of academia. He successfully applied strength and movement research to his own rehabilitation from long-term pain and disability.

As one of the UK’s leading Osteopaths, David uses his lived and clinical experience to provide injury prevention and conditioning advice within the performing arts and international sports. In addition to this, David provides strategic advice on th...

Episode 950 7 July 2024 1h, 40m and 34s


Clint Malarchuk (Near Death on the Ice and Post Traumatic Growth) - Episode 277

Clint Malarchuk (Near Death on the Ice and Post Traumatic Growth) - Episode 277

Clint Malarchuk is an NHL veteran as both a goalie and coach, author and mental health advocate. Clint cheated death three times, one notoriously when he almost bled out on the ice after taking a skate to the neck. We discuss his childhood mental health challenges, outworking the competition, OCD, addiction, suicide, EMDR, recovery, post traumatic growth and much more.

Hockey is notorious for its rough play even among a long list of contact sports, and the life of a professional athlete is demanding even at the best of times. For over a decade Clint was a...

Episode 6 July 2024 1h, 44m and 27s


Peter Forcelli (Domestic Terrorism, Cartels and the ATF) - Episode 949

Peter Forcelli (Domestic Terrorism, Cartels and the ATF) - Episode 949

Peter J. Forcelli is a recently retired Deputy Assistant Director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), where he served as head of training. Before becoming a Special Agent for the ATF in 2001, Forcelli was a NYPD homicide detective and survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Forcelli became widely known as a whistleblower for the highly publicized Operation Fast and Furious scandal. He suffered retaliation at the hands of highly placed individuals in the Department of Justice for shining a light on their mistakes, but ultimately prevailed in se...

Episode 949 4 July 2024 1h, 48m and 46s


Dr Thaer Ahmad II (Gaza, War and Trauma) - Episode 948

Dr Thaer Ahmad II (Gaza, War and Trauma) - Episode 948

Thaer Ahmad, MD is a board certified emergency medicine physician in Chicago. Dr. Ahmad is the assistant program director for the emergency medicine residency program at Advocate Christ Medical Center. He also serves as the global health director and medical ethics director for the emergency department at Advocate Christ. Dr. Ahmad is a clinical assistant professor at the university of Illinois at Chicago and a board member for MedGlobal, a medical humanitarian NGO that works at building healthcare capacity at reducing health inequities globally.

In this second conversation, we discuss the harrowing dispatch tapes from the attempted...

Episode 948 2 July 2024 1h, 56m and 24s


Anthony Droz and Brandon Harding (Chaplaincy, Wilderness Healing and War) - Episode 947

Anthony Droz and Brandon Harding (Chaplaincy, Wilderness Healing and War) - Episode 947

Brandon Harding is the man behind the incredibly successful “Veterans in the Wild”, a wilderness program that has been embraced by the US Military.

Anthony Droz is a Marine Veteran, Spartan Instructor, and wilderness guide. He aided Brandon in his quest to bring this wilderness program to life, as it was also his goal to provide wellness to Marines and Sailors.

We discuss their journeys into uniform, the tragedy that shook Brandon's faith, the motorcycle accident that almost claimed Anthony's life, mental health in our military, chaplaincy, community, the healing power of nature, Immunity to Chan...

Episode 947 30 June 2024 2h, 2m and 31s


Angela Graham-Houweling (Firefighting, Ayahuasca and The SIREN Project) - Episode 946

Angela Graham-Houweling (Firefighting, Ayahuasca and The SIREN Project) - Episode 946

Angela Graham-Houweling is a former firefighter and co-founder of the SIREN Project. We discuss her early life, her journey into the fire service, some career calls, her powerful mental health story, the psychedelic journey that saved her life, the creation of her non-profit to help first responders find healing with entheogenics and so much more.

My name is Angela Graham. I’m a Co-Founder of The S.I.R.E.N. Project. I was a Firefighter/Engineer/HAZMAT Spec. for almost 20 years with Santa Clara County Fire Dept. in Silicon Valley. Prior to that I was a D1...

Episode 946 27 June 2024 1h, 36m and 48s

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