Bobby Smith, a retired Louisiana State Trooper, is a recognized national/international speaker who has addressed a variety of audiences, including law enforcement, government agencies, emergency medical teams, corporations, schools and churches. He also conducts training seminars and conferences.
Education & Experience
When speaking, Bobby shares his education and experiences of his 25 year law enforcement career. He also reveals the traumatic events of his life, including the incident on LA15 in March of 1986 when he was left blind after a shotgun blast to the face by a drug offender while in the line of duty.
Bobby Began his career in criminal justice by studying at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and by working as a police officer at local police agencies and later advancing to the Louisiana State Police. His assignments have included patrol, investigations, narcotics, personnel and training. Bobby earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and after being shot, a Masters Degree in Education, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He has also earned various career certifications. See profile for a listing of certifications.
Nearly 20 years of speaking, Bobby has provided training and motivational presentations to over one million people. He has been interviewed by television, radio, magazine, and newspaper reporters from across the nation. Bobby has even hosted his own television and radio shows on dealing with trauma. Bobby has published two books thus far and produced a variety of audio/video training resources. See Bobby’s profile and products for a listing of the variety of audiences and resources Bobby’s has shared his experience and expertise.
Training and Motivational Speaking Overview
In his trauma seminars, Bobby Smith discusses critical incident issues and how trauma affects the individual mentally, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. Specific topics to be discussed include:
Police Officer Areas of Stressors
What is a Critical Incident?
The Five Levels of Anxiety
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Grieving Process and Stages of Death or Losses
Bobby Smith discusses with a unique blend of seriousness and humor, how to deal with the tragedies of life. All of us experience the unfortunate reality of emotional and physical losses. Bobby teaches the importance of not taking a single day or person for granted. He further explains how we often learn as children that big boys don’t cry and that to ask for help is a sign of weakness. This results in the accumulation of grief and loss that we may be unwilling and sometimes unable to process. Bobby explains that we may choose to store the pain in what he refers to as a “closet.” However, avoiding or suppressing emotions does not mean they go away. Traumatic events often take their toil on one’s physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as impacting relationships and careers.