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.

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.
Upcoming Events
Grief and the Fire Service
This training will discuss the basics of grief and provide attendees with a greater understanding of the grieving process, applicable to loss experienced by fire service members and civilians alike. It will also discuss the ways in which fire service members experience sudden death, anticipated death and traumatic loss. Through participation in this webinar, attendees will be better prepared to address their own needs related to grief and also learn how to best support their peers and loved ones who may be grieving.
Mar 4
Utilizing EMDR When Working with Fire Service Members
This webinar will provide an overview of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and discuss why this modality is useful when treating fire service members experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related symptoms. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of EMDR therapy, how it works and why it is an effective modality in treating trauma experienced by fire service members. This training will also include stories and video(s) from real-life fire scenes.
MAR 18
Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency
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. It will include information about day-to-day life at the fire house and the potential impact of aspects of the job on well-being, such as exposure to trauma, shift schedules and mental health stigmas.
MAR 25
Featured Speakers
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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 at the IAFF

Featured Webinar

Behavioral Health Among Fire Fighters and Paramedics:

Treating Occupational Needs
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, L0215 Milwaukee on October 15, 2020

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

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

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: Cultural Competency for Clinicians

Led by Molly Jones, LSW

Treating Fire Service Professionals: Building Cultural Competency for Clinicians

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on December 10, 2020

Introduction to Fire Fighter Behavioral Health: Enhancing your Knowledge

Led by Molly Jones, LSW on January 14, 2021

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

Trauma in the Fire Service

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

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

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