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

Fire Fighter Behavioral Health: Enhancing Your Knowledge
As we begin a new year, the IAFF Center of Excellence team will provide insight on the most common behavioral health challenges experienced by fire service members. President Kelly will provide an overview of the IAFF's behavioral health initiatives and resources available in 2022 and beyond. 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. This webinar will be hosted by IAFF COE Clinical Outreach Coordinator, Molly Jones, LSW, and include an introduction from IAFF General President Edward A Kelly. Speakers: Edward Kelly, IAFF General President & Molly Jones, LSW
Jan 6
First Responders in Treatment: Differentiating Unique Occupational Needs
Clinician Andrea Watts of Guardian Wellness in Albuquerque, NM will present this webinar, focused on key similarities and differences between fire service members and law enforcement professionals for best practices in mental health treatment. Andrea holds independent clinical licensure in both New Mexico and Colorado. She holds certification as a master instructor through the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in critical incident management, crisis negotiations, crisis intervention, mental health, suicide, and psychological trauma. She has ten years of experience providing on-scene mental health consultation for high-risk warrants, SWAT, and crisis negotiation activations for multiple departments and agencies.
Jan 20
Chaplaincy in Action: Faith & First Responder Behavioral Health
This training will focus on the role of faith, chaplaincy and spirituality as it relates to first responder behavioral health programs and peer support teams. Molly Jones, LSW will be joined by Senior Chaplain & Executive Director of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, Rich Robinson. Prior to spending 10 years in pastoral ministry, Rich served in law enforcement for eight years, beginning as a Florida Department of Corrections Officer and finishing as a police officer and defensive tactics instructor with the City of Charleston Police Department. He is a graduate of Ashford University with a BA in Organizational Management and proud member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.
Feb 3

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

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on September 23, 2021

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

Stress Continuum Model

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Ben O’Brien, Local 2086 on September 30, 2021

Managing Holiday Stress for First Responders

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on November 18, 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

Training for Peers Conflict Resolution & Intervention

Led by Molly Jones, LSW & Scott Ross, Local 1014 Los Angeles County on December 2, 2021

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

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

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on October 19, 2021

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on November 11, 2021

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on December 9, 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

Behavioral Health Among Fire Fighters and Paramedics

Led by Abby Morris, MD

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Overview of 2020 Education and What’s to Come in 2021

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on December 17, 2020

Introduction to Fire Fighter Behavioral Health: Enhancing your Knowledge

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on January 14, 2021

Collaboration in Behavioral Health: Labor & Management

Led by Molly Jones, LSW, Bill Crews, Local 1293 Garland President & Alexander Hamilton, Oxnard Fire Chief on August 18, 2021