New Community Education Webinars in January

Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

January 11, 2021

The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery begins the new year with three community education webinars in January covering behavioral health issues in the fire service. IAFF members, their families, the clinicians who serve them and community partners are welcome to tune in. Community education webinars are free, open to the public and hosted through Zoom.

Introduction to Fire Fighter Behavioral Health: Enhancing Your Knowledge

The IAFF Center of Excellence team will provide insight on the most common behavioral health challenges experienced by fire service members on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EST. Topics will include post-traumatic stress, substance use disorder, depression and anxiety, and highlight warning signs, symptoms and the types of treatments considered most effective in managing these issues.

Through a review of real-life case studies, attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate their awareness and understanding of behavioral health and learn more about everyday stressors that can lead to interpersonal issues, maladaptive coping and a decline in day-to-day functioning.
Participation in this webinar will prepare attendees for future behavioral health webinars and help them navigate conversations focused on mental health, substance use and trauma recovery with peers, family members and treatment providers.

Fire fighter holding his arm sitting away from his fellow crew members

Managing Stress in 2021: Strategies for Success

2020 was a stressful year for many, particularly members of the fire service and other frontline workers. This webinar on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST will focus on managing stress and how behavioral health is impacted by potential stressors, on and off the job.

This training will navigate:

  1. The correlation between increased stress and decreased mental well-being
  2. Strategies to reduce stress and increase relaxation to benefit daily holistic wellness
  3. Mindfulness as a highlighted tool, including methods of implementation

Participation in this webinar will provide valuable insight on the importance of addressing accumulated stress. Attendees will learn how to implement healthy habits to lower their risk of behavioral health issues, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency for Clinicians

This online training on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EST helps clinicians and other community partners develop cultural competency in the fire service to provide effective behavioral health treatment to fire fighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers.

The event covers 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 stigmas.

This presentation also provides insight on:

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

Completing this training will establish clinicians as preferred providers in the IAFF Center of Excellence database for outpatient and aftercare referrals to provide a continuation of care for clients with providers who understand the intricacies of the fire service.

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