Maintaining Boundaries in Recovery

September 1, 2020

Life in recovery can be daunting. Outside of the therapeutic, distraction-free environment of a treatment center, you may face potentially triggering situations: a well-meaning friend may invite you for drinks as usual or a crewmate might ask intrusive questions.  Establishing and maintaining boundaries is an important step in helping firefighters and emergency service personnel in […]

Self-Care In Traumatic Times

August 5, 2020

We are living in traumatic times. Whether it’s the increased spread of COVID-19, civil unrest in your community, financial instability or back-to-school uncertainty, fire service personnel are facing unprecedented levels of stress both on and off the job. Today more than ever, daily self-care is essential for survival and a powerful buffer against traumatic stress. […]

August Community Education Webinars on Role of Peer Support in the Fire Service

July 24, 2020

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is presenting three community education webinars in August for fire service professionals and clinicians, with a focus on peer support in the fire service. Community education webinars are free, open to the public, and hosted through Zoom. For Fire Service Personnel Introduction to IAFF […]

July Community Education Webinars on PTSD and Fire Service Culture

July 7, 2020

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is offering its community education webinar series designed for fire service professionals and clinicians throughout the month of July. Community education webinars are free, open to the public, and hosted through Zoom. For Fire Service Personnel Trauma in the Fire Service: A Discussion on […]

Supporting the Behavioral Health Needs of Laid-Off Members

July 6, 2020

In the current economic climate, fire departments unfortunately may face cuts in funding, leading to layoffs and furloughs. For most fire service personnel, firefighting is deeply tied to their sense of identity, purpose and survival. In today’s uncertain economy, supporting the behavioral health needs of fire fighters requires a proactive approach from both labor and […]

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