Insight Public Safety and Forensic Consulting is here for those who are always there for us.  We provide specialized counseling for emergency services personnel and their family members, related to their work and home life and the variety of stressors that affect them. Including but not limited to PTSD, anxiety, addiction, depression and grief.


IPSFC also provides peer support team member training as well as training to clinical advisors and supervisors of peer support teams. We consult and facilitate confidential critical incident stress debriefings as necessary and requested by other departments.

Mission and Vision

 

Insight Public Safety and Forensic Consulting is dedicated to positively changing the lives of professional and volunteer First Responders involved in Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS, through individual and group counseling; building empathetic and honest Peer Support relationships within the First Response agencies we serve; and assessments to mentally, physically and emotionally benefit them in and outside of the workplace. 


Our vision is to continue to expand our Peer Support Groups to provide a mutually beneficial relationship between first responders, their departments and the communities they serve.

 

Meet the Team

Dr. Jennifer Prohaska 

Clinic Psychologist, Founder

Dr. Jennifer Prohaska graduated with her Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the University of Kansas and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in neuro-rehabilitation psychology, specializing in traumatic injury, life changing medical illness, and terminal illness.

 

Prior to Dr. Prohaska’s current endeavors, she primarily worked in the inpatient hospital units at the University of Kansas Medical Center, including, but not limited to, the Trauma, Intensive Care, Physical Rehabilitation, Neurology, and Burn Units. She was then hired on as clinical faculty where she worked at the University of Kansas Cancer Center addressing the psychological and neuropsychological needs of patients undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, she has worked for multiple public safety entities across Kansas and Missouri, independently practicing in police and public safety psychology. In 2016, she founded Insight Public Safety and Forensic Consulting, LLC. She has been intimately involved in the development, training, implementation, and maintenance of over two dozen peer support teams across a three-state area. And she has consulted for over nearly 50 peer support teams as well. She has also been involved in critical incident response education and planning for both the public and private sectors.

 

Currently, her primary work is in consulting with police departments regarding a variety of personnel needs, as well as functional and operational needs or challenges that have a psychological component. Her other work is centered around assessment including New Hire Evaluations for police and public safety entities, Fitness-for-Duty, and Promotions/Management Readiness Evaluations. She also engages in assessment and treatment planning evaluations for individuals in public safety positions with severe trauma reactions and other psychiatric disorders and collaborates with the employee-patient and agency to find the best fit for appropriate and high-quality care for the employee-patient.

 

Dr. Prohaska’s specialty is in Officer Involved Shootings and other critical incidents that fall outside of the scope of normal daily first-responder activities. She is Force Science Certified and has sub-specialty training in working with individuals with major medical repercussions from their duties, particularly Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury.

 

Dr. Prohaska is a nationally sought-after public speaker for numerous law enforcement and public safety entities, presenting on topics such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Injury, Suicide Awareness, Prevention, and Response, Chronic Stress and Resiliency for First Responders and their Families, and the psychological components of Commander Leadership and Mental Health. She has been a featured speaker for the FBI National Academy (division?), the International Association of Chiefs of Police, MidAmerican Regional Council, and Central States Law Enforcement Executives Seminar.

Brenda Grigsby  

LSCSW

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Brenda has worked in the mental health field since 2004.  She is currently licensed in the state of Kansas as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Her professional experiences include Boys Town (Omaha, NE), Marillac Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and most recently at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. 


Serving as a clinician at Shawnee Mission Medical Center for almost a decade, she served in all three Behavioral Health Programs which included the Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, the Behavioral Health Assessment Center and the Intensive Outpatient Program.  In all three programs, she led group therapy sessions, individual therapy and family therapy sessions, along with completing psychiatric behavioral health intake assessments.  She worked in a leadership role as a Behavioral Health Clinical Manager over all three of these programs before moving directly into private practice.  In addition, Brenda has worked in the community for years co-facilitating suicide panel discussions in high schools and has presented at the LIV conferences, speaking directly about topics related to mental health, promoting emotional wellness. 


“As a family member of a First Responder, I am aware of how stress and trauma experienced on the job can take a toll on one’s professional career and personal life.  I understand how stress and trauma of the job can affect family members.”  At IPSFC, Brenda teaches healthy coping strategies to deal with day-to-day issues to address issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma.  She is EMDR trained and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to promote healing.  

Catherina Kelly

LSCSW

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Catherina Kelly is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who has spent her 30-year career working in community mental health, elder care, and with adults with severe mental illness. She provided comprehensive assessments to determine need and assess risk, provided individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention.  During that time, she had the opportunity to work with various first responder agencies and came to recognize the challenges related to the stress and trauma of the job itself, and how that effects both emotional and physical health of not only the first responder, but of the family as well.

Catherina has experience treating a wide variety of mental health issues, including trauma, and has chosen to spend the next phase of her career focused on treating first responders. She is trained in several trauma-focused treatment modalities including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is an EMDR Certified Therapist.  She is committed to helping people find ways to move toward better functioning in the future.

Georgia Hopwood

LCP

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Georgia received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University. She is a Licensed Masters Level Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist.

 

Georgia worked in Children and Family Services for the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas for

13 years. She completed psychological evaluations and assessments for individuals, schools, and the courts.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She served on the boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Plumb Place, a domestic violence shelter. She also served as a consultant for the Early Head Start Program.

 

“My goal is to create a collaborative treatment plan that focuses on improving people’s emotional well-being and interpersonal relationships.  I strive to give each individual the necessary skills to decrease their symptoms, process any traumatic experiences, and improve their daily functioning.” Through her work with multidisciplinary teams and the collaboration with law enforcement agencies, Georgia has identified the need and intrinsic desire to help and support those who are always helping and putting others first.

Mallory Super

LPC

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Mallory Super is an actively working paramedic/firefighter. She began her first responder career as a cadet at age 22. She eventually joined the fire department where she served as a frontline paramedic/firefighter for 10 years before transitioning to instructing at their internal fire academy; she has been an instructor there for the past 5 years. Mallory has first-hand experience and understanding of the unique and complex stressors that members of the first responder community face daily. Additionally, Mallory serves as the Peer Support Coordinator for her department’s peer support team and is a regional coordinator for the state of Kansas.

She completed her master’s degree in Counseling from Avila University in Kansas City in 2020. She has specialty training in trauma treatment with a particular emphasis on treating active duty first responders. She is also very comfortable with treating depression, anxiety, and OCD. Her primary treatment modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and she tends to take an eclectic and dynamic approach to integration of those modalities based on the evolving needs of the client.