Community Education Webinars Highlight Behavioral Health in the Fire Service

Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

May 20, 2020

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is hosting free webinars in May to promote behavioral health continuing education for fire service professionals. These two online events will be held through Zoom and led by the Center’s Clinical Coordinator and licensed social worker, Molly Jones.

For IAFF Members: Work-Life Balance in the Fire Service

Join the event on Thursday, May 28, 2020, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET as we address the importance of establishing a work-life balance in an ever-changing, high-stress occupational environment.

This presentation is intended for IAFF members, fire service leadership, peer support team members, chaplains, spouses and other individuals in a capacity to support fire fighters in pursuing a work-life balance. The presentation will also address how this balance may be affected during the pandemic and strategies for improving work-life balance during unprecedented times.

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For Clinicians: Treating Fire Service Professionals

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is hosting a second webinar for mental health clinicians and other community partners on Thursday, May 21, 2020, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will help empower clinicians to increase cultural competency in the fire service and provide more effective treatment services to fire fighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers.

The event will include information about day-to-day life at the firehouse and the potential impact of aspects of the job on well-being, such as exposure to trauma, shift schedules and mental health stigma.

This presentation will provide insight into:

  • Common behavioral health issues experienced by fire service members
  • Substance abuse trends among this unique population of professionals
  • Treatment techniques that have proved successful at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery 

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Meet the Speaker

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Molly Jones, LSW, is the Clinical Coordinator for the IAFF Center of Excellence. In this role, Molly is responsible for working with community clinical partners across North America to design continuing care plans for clients returning to their local areas after treatment at the Center of Excellence. She travels the country providing continuing education to first responders on behavioral health topics and clinicians on cultural competency in the fire service.

Molly earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma and has extensive experience in case management, behavioral health treatment and human services. In addition to case management oversight and continuing education, Molly works with local and state IAFF leadership to connect fire fighters to quality clinicians, prescribers and programs in communities across the U.S.

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