“If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent, because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you.”
— General Mattis


One of the most important tools needed on your journey from struggle to strength is curiosity.  Being curious about yourself, other people, and the world around you will nurture and sustain you through the deepest valleys and the tallest mountains along the way.  We hope the below resources, which include websites, books, podcasts, and videos inspire you to learn more and stay curious.


Podcasts Featuring Code-4 Counseling

C3Pathways: Emotional Responsibility for Each Other

DCSO Justice Talk: Are we okay? How does the DCSO encourage mental health and wellness internally?

Resiliency and Wellbeing

Operational Stress Management for First Responders (online course)

Emotional and Social Intelligence for First Responders (online course)

Ten Percent Happier


Option B: Build resiliency in the face of adversity

Therapy for Black men

Therapy for Black girls


Grief and Loss Support

Never Alone Widows Retreat

Hot Young Widows Club



The Gottman Institute

The Center for Relationship Education


Post Trauma Growth Retreats

Sacred Mountain Retreat Center

Warriors Ascent

Boulder Crest Foundation

West Coast Trauma Retreat

EPIc Retreats


Substance Use Treatment Programs

IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network

Denver Springs: Help for Heroes



Sleep is your superpower

How to make stress your friend

The power of vulnerability

We don’t ‘move on’ from grief.  We move forward with it



Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting



The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook: Coming Through Trauma Wiser, Stronger, and More Resilient

Backup After The Beat: YOU ARE NOT CRAZY

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good For You and How to Get Good At It

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief