How to Thrive with Back Up: A Spiral Bound Guidebook for Supporting the Families of Those Who Serve
This Spiral Bound Guidebook offers you:
- Step-by-step plans for creating an in-agency first responder family support program
- 11 thorough checklists at the end of the chapters
- Ideas for generating funding for your program
- Critical Incident Protocols
- Lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid
The authors of the book are available for consultation and on-site assistance for implementing a THRIVE-type program.
“THRIVE is a program whose time has come. More than any time in our country’s history, we are seeing the extreme danger that our law enforcement officers face, and we understand that their family members are taking an emotional beating just about every time their loved one goes in service. It is imperative that we do all we can to support our families – every single member of every single family, every shift and beyond!
The THRIVE program provides great comfort and support for our Sheriff’s Office families in these perilous times. In addition, new hires and laterals are attracted to and encouraged by our support program already in place for their loved ones.
This guidebook is the definitive source for success in creating your own family support program. I Strongly recommend it to every sheriff, chief, commander and agency leader.”
Sheriff John D'Agostini
El Dorado County Sheriff, Coroner & Public Administrator
What people are saying
Laura Cole, Transparency Engagement Advisor, Cole Pro Media
This Guidebook is exactly what we need at this time! The authors have identified a need, unmet until now, and offer practical ways to support the Families of Law Enforcement and First Responders. I highly recommend this book for all agencies, departments, and offices as a resource to support the well-being of their families as they all sacrifice so we have safer communities.
John McGinness, Sacramento Co. Sheriff (ret)
The families of law enforcement professionals are often damaged by vicarious exposure to events that exceed the level humans should be expected to endure. Through the THRIVE program, Janine D’Agostini has worked with her team and developed an effective means to address the development of a first responders family support group. I heartily endorse this Guidebook that describes how to set up and run a family support program
Victoria M. Newman Founder, President, and Author of How2Love Our Cops
This guidebook has the answers. El Dorado County’s (CA) THRIVE With 10-35 was built into a lasting spouse organization that not only knows its role in supporting its agency but understands the power of its influence. Drawing from their tried-and-true experiences with THRIVE, authors Roe, Thompson, and D’Agostini have created a marvelous resource for others seeking to build a group of their own. This guidebook is thoughtful, practical, and loaded with great information—a must-have for all spouse groups!
Kevin Gilmartin, Ph.D., Police Psychologist
We know support for law enforcement families is very important, but can you point us to a program of family support that works and shows us how to get one started at our agency? I believe the book How to Thrive with Back up: a Guidebook for Supporting the Families of Those Who Serve answers those questions. The authors provide not just a philosophical perspective on the importance of supporting the families of those that protect society but give a blueprint of the nuts and bolts of building a program that accomplishes that goal.
Gordon Graham, J.D. , 33-year law enforcement veteran and co-founder of Lexipol
This book should be read by someone who has the ability to say “Yes” in every law enforcement agency in America. Once an informed leader recognizes the need for supporting the family, the next question will be “How do I do that?” The approach used by the authors, Thompson, Roe, and D’Agostini…to build a successful “THRIVE” program in your agency or department is amazingly simple and effective!