My name is Alfredo Guarducci, and I currently reside in the State of California. I am presently concluding my MLS program with a concentration in organizational leadership. Because of my background of being in law enforcement for 23 years, this program heightened my understanding of how to apply leadership.
My project is about finding a need, in this case a grief support group for public safety, and creating a model suitable for others to use and follow. The model, which I have created, has been instituted with success at one organization, so the project will focus on implementing the model at other organizations.
The model that I have created came from my personal experience as a public safety officer, seeking a grief support group after suffering the loss of my oldest son. Conventional grief support groups were not an option, as other parents who were not involved in public safety could not understand the feelings of not being in control. The group model is for public safety personnel only, so that they can feel comfortable with showing their feelings and emotions in a safe environment.
The group took on an additional role of conducting outreach services for members, at the beginning of their loss in order to assist with the healing process. This multifaceted collaborative group has assisted over 15 members to date and continues to be the only one of its kind.