Community Education for Fire Fighters & 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.

Upcoming Events

Understanding the Impact of Trauma
This webinar will examine chronic and cumulative exposure to potentially traumatic events (PTE) within the fire service. This training is intended for active and retired fire service members, administrators, chaplains, spouses/family members, and treatment providers who are interested in learning more about the impact of trauma on active and retired fire service members and their families.
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Stress Continuum Model
The Stress Continuum Model is an assessment tool, developed by the Navy and Marine Corps, to help service members better identify their stress levels and reactions to stress. This model is creates common language, gives examples of observable warning signs for stress, and can be applied to many different populations, including the fire service.
SEP 30

Approved Continuing Education Provider

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IAFF Center of Excellence has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.7114. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. IAFF Center of Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Featured Speakers

All webinars are led by IAFF Center of Excellence staff, IAFF Clinicians or Local members or clinicians specialized in the treatment of fire fire fighters, first responders and paramedics.

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Abby Morris, MD

Medical Director at the IAFF Center of Excellence

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Molly Jones, LSW

Clinical Coordinator for the IAFF Center of Excellence

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Lauren Kosc, CCTP, LCPC

Behavioral Health Specialist
International Association of Fire Fighters

Featured Webinar

Behavioral Health Among Fire Fighters and Paramedics: Treating Occupational Needs
Presented By:

Abby Morris, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and medical director at the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery. This webinar will introduce attendees to the unique needs of fire service members seeking behavioral healthcare. This presentation is ideal for medical and clinical professionals seeking to treat or currently treating fire service members and IAFF members, fire service leadership, peer support team members, chaplains, spouses and other individuals in a capacity to support first responders in treatment and recovery.

View Past Webinars by Topic

Addiction in the Fire Service: Training for Fire Fighters, Paramedics & Dispatchers

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on June 25, 2020 

Overcoming Addiction: A Fire Fighter’s Experience

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Jeff Gauthier, Local 215 Milwaukee on October 15, 2020

Opioid Addiction, Treatment and One Fire Fighter’s Journey

Led by Lauren Kosc, MA, LCPC & Lieutenant Chris Goggin, Local 718 Boston on April 15, 2021

Substance Abuse & Cognitive Distortions

Led by Dr. Kristin Klimley, Psy.D on May 20, 2021

Trauma in the Fire Service

Led by Lauren Kosc, MA, LCPC & Molly Jones, LSW on July 29, 2021

Trauma in the Fire Service

Led by Lauren Kosc, MA, LCPC & Ray Rahne, IAFF 9th District Vice President on November 4, 2020

Trauma in the Fire Service: A Discussion on Post Traumatic Stress

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Ray Rahne, IAFF 9th District Vice President on July 16, 2020

Grief and the Fire Service

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Joanne Steen, MS, NCC on March 4, 2021

Utilizing EMDR When Working With Fire Service Members

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Ari Brooks, LCSW on March 18, 2021

Post Traumatic Growth for Fire Service Members

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on June 24, 2021

Suicide in the Fire Service: Prevention Planning & Intervention Strategies

Led by Dr. Brandy Benson of Tampa Bay Psychology and Molly Jones, LSW on September 24, 2020

Behavioral Health and Available Resources

Led by Molly Jones, LCSW on December 4, 2020

Understanding Anxiety

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on April 8, 2021

Behavioral Health in Retirement for Fire Service Members

Led by Molly Jones, LCSW & Chris Fields, Ret. Major, Oklahoma City, OK Fire Department on May 13, 2021

Suicide in the Fire Service

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on July 15, 2021

Equine Therapy for the Fire Service

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Nicole Kurtz, owner of The Healing Farm on August 12, 2021

Help Starts at Home: Fire Service Families and Behavioral Health

Led by Molly Jones, LSW, Dawn Roy, LCSW & Theresa Boles, Local 1271 Surrey on November 12, 2020

Fire Family Dynamics: Promoting Healthy Home Lives

Led by Molly Jones, LSW, Mike Wells, Local 1619 Prince George’s County on February 18, 2021

Healthy Relationship Building and Maintenance for Fire Service Couples

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Jasmyne Kennewick, MAMFT, LMFT, RPT, CSST on February 25, 2021

An Introduction to IAFF Peer Support and Program Development

Led by Sarah Bernes, MPH, LMSW, MBA, Jeff Campbell of Local 1660 Tualatin Valley & Heith Good of Local 1723 Norwich Township on August 20, 2020

Understanding Peer Support in the Fire Service

Led by Lauren Kosc, MA, LCPC & Justin Price, Local 947 Greensboro on August 13, 2020

Approaching a Member in Need: Peer Support in Action

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Jeff Campbell, IAFF Master Peer Support Instructor and Local 1660 Tualatin Valley Member on June 17, 2020

Addiction in the Fire Service: Training for Clinicians

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on June 18, 2020

Trauma in the Fire Service for Clinicians

Led by Lauren Kosc, MA, LCPC & Ray Rahne, IAFF 9th District Vice President on July 30, 2020

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency for Clinicians

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on April 22, 2021

Enhancing Fire Service Cultural Competency: Training for Clinicians

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Kelly Savage on August 25, 2021

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on August 31, 2021

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on September 16, 2021

Work Life Balance in the Fire Service

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Theresa Boles, Local 1271 Surrey on September 10,2020

Health Insurance Coverage for IAFF Members

Led by Kelly Savage & Myrrhanda Jones, Center of Excellence Outreach Directors & Jim Tate, IAFF Health Care Advisor and Local 440 Fort Worth President Emeritus on December 2, 2020

Navigating the Behavioral Health Care System for Fire Service Members

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Tina Casola, LMFT, First Alarm Wellness on October 22, 2020

Managing Stress in 2021: Strategies for Success

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on January 21, 2021