Community Education for Fire Fighters and First Responders

The IAFF Center of Excellence is committed to raising awareness and providing education about behavioral health matters that impact fire fighters, paramedics and dispatchers across the United States and Canada. Our community education webinar series is designed to engage and inform fire service members and treatment professionals alike on unique topics that impact this population. Please join us for an upcoming training to learn more.

Trauma in the Fire Service for Clinicians

JULY 30, 12:00 PM EST

Led by Lauren Kosc, LCPC, CCTP, Behavioral Health Specialist for the IAFF

Register here: https://bit.ly/July30Trauma

This introductory webinar is intended for clinicians who are interested in working with fire service personnel that are coping with post-traumatic stress (PTS) or PTSD. Fire service personnel may attend as well. Topics will cover data on PTS and PTSD in the fire service, unique aspects of trauma among fire service personnel, the role of peer support in addressing trauma, introduction to evidence based practices for PTSD, risks of PTSD and cooccurring behavioral health disorders, and updates of PTSD presumptive legislation.

This presentation will also introduce attendees to the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, which specializes in the treatment of post traumatic stress, substance use disorders and other related mental health issues among fire service members. The IAFF Center of Excellence is the only treatment center in North America that exclusively treats fire fighters, paramedics and dispatchers.

Understanding Peer Support in the Fire Service

August 13, 12:00 pm EST

Led by Lauren Kosc, LCPC, CCTP, Behavioral Health Specialist for the IAFF

Register here: https://bit.ly/IAFFPeerSupportForClinicians

This webinar will provide clinicians and health care providers an introduction to peer support in the fire service, co-facilitated by an IAFF clinician and IAFF master peer support instructor, Justin Price, a 20-year veteran fire fighter in Greensboro, NC. Fire service personnel are also welcome to attend.

Topics will explore the origins of peer support in the fire service, how fire fighters use peer support within the continuum of behavioral health care and the role of clinicians within this unique help seeking model.

An introduction to the IAFF Peer Support Training program will also be provided, as well as do’s and dont’s of working with fire service personnel from the perspective of a fire fighter. The program will conclude with an overview of the IAFF Center of Excellence, an essential referral resource for clinicians working with IAFF members.

Introduction to IAFF Peer Support and Program Development

August 20, 2:00 pm EST

Led by Sarah Bernes, MPH, LMSW, MBA, Behavioral Health Specialist for the IAFF

Register here: https://bit.ly/FireServicePeerSupport

The International Association of Fire Fighters’ Peer Support Training program continues to transform the behavioral health conversation in the fire service. This webinar will introduce a 10-step program development model and explore the critical building blocks to develop a successful peer support program. This program will be co-facilitated by an IAFF clinician and IAFF master peer support instructors, Jeff Campbell of Local 1660 in Tualatin Valley, Oregon and Heith Good of Local 1723 in Norwich Township, Ohio.

Topics include how to obtain program buy-in, select your peer team members, use mental health clinicians in your community, conduct program outreach, evaluate your impact to stakeholders and more. Members will leave equipped with practical strategies and IAFF resources to build or enhance an existing peer support program. An introduction to the IAFF Center of Excellence will also be provided.

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency for Clinicians

August 27, 12:00 pm EST

Led by Molly Jones, LSW, Clinical Coordinator for the IAFF Center of Excellence

Register here: https://bit.ly/ClinicalWebinarAug27

The purpose of this training is to help clinicians and other community partners develop cultural competency in the fire service, as to be best equipped to provide effective behavioral health services to fire fighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers.

The event will include information about day-to-day life at the fire house and the potential impact of aspects of the job on well-being (i.e. exposure to trauma, shift schedules, mental health stigmas). This presentation will provide insight into the most “common” behavioral health issues experienced by fire service members, substance abuse trends among this unique population of professionals and treatment techniques that have proved successful at the International Association of Fire Fighters Center of Excellence. Completing this training will establish clinicians as “preferred providers” in the IAFF Center of Excellence database for aftercare referrals, as to provide a continuation of care for clients with providers who understand the intricacies of the fire service.

View Past Webinars

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Cultural Competency for Clinicians
Addiction in the Fire Service: Training for Fire Fighters, Paramedics & Dispatchers
Work Life Balance in the Fire Service
Addiction in the Fire Service: Training for Clinicians