On the Other Side of Broken

On the Other Side of Broken

#TEDxCK 2016 Talk

In 2004, Brian was involved in an on the job incident involving the death of a friend, that affected him deeply, leaving him grappling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is not new, but the increased awareness, and scrutiny of it over the last few years, is. In his presentation, Brian dispels some of the myths and hyperbole that have arisen around post traumatic stress, especially in the media.

Is PTSD really an illness? Shouldn’t people in hazardous jobs be ready to deal with traumatic situations Can trauma help you grow, and become a better person?

Brian will answer these questions, and more, while sharing lessons learned, and mistakes made, during his own journey back from the other side of broken.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

8:00am - 6:00pm Chatham Capital Theatre
238 King Street West
Chatham, Ontario N7M 1E7

Good morning, coffee, juice and registration begin at 8:00am, talks start promptly at 9:00am



Brian Knowler TEDx Chatham-Kent

About Brian

Brian graduated from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in 1997, and has been a police officer for 17 years, working in Patrol, Community Response, Incident Command and Emergency Management, Media Relations, and Legal Services. He speaks and writes extensively on topics around psychological health and trauma in the emergency response field, and has been consulted by media outlets across Canada. In March 2015, he published ‘On the Other Side of Broken – One Cop’s Battle With the Demons of PTSD.’ He is a member of the Police Advisory Group of Badge of Life Canada, an organization dedicated to furthering PTSD awareness and advocacy.In 2010, Brian finally decided to make his Call to the Bar, and now his lawyer’s robes, even though they’ve been worn only once, hang in his office, next to his body armour.

Brian’s wife Cathy, a cop’s daughter, is a teacher, and trauma counselor for families and spouses of first responders. She co-wrote a chapter of Brian’s book and is “one of the strongest women” he knows. They have two teenage sons, who still think it’s cool to have a dad who is a cop. Brian lives with his family in Chatham.

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