Behavioral Health 101 for First Responders

Estimated watch time: 1 hr 46 minutes

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Molly Jones, LSW

Clinical Education Coordinator for Advanced Recovery Systems

Molly Jones, LSW is a Clinical Education Coordinator for Advanced Recovery Systems. In this role, Molly is responsible for providing clinical education and training to various client populations, treatment providers, and other behavioral health stakeholders across the country. Molly provides in-person, virtual, and on-demand behavioral health education and is able to cover a wide variety of topics under the behavioral healthcare umbrella.

Molly is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Colorado and based out of Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining the ARS Community Outreach Team in August 2019, Molly worked in a variety of social work settings. She has worked in direct practice, counseling older adults, adolescents, high acuity clients, and other populations struggling with various mental health and substance abuse related issues, as well as a Permanency Planning Worker for the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Molly has worked in the field of Social Work since 2013, and holds the philosophy that all individuals, with proper support and awareness, possess the ability to learn, change, and grow to achieve the highest quality of life and sense of self possible.

Molly earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Life Education with a focus on Gerontology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. In her time with Advanced Recovery Systems, Molly has primarily worked with first responders and their families, as well as the International Association of Fire Fighters and various municipalities across North America. Molly is the Peer Team Clinician for the IAFF’s 9th District Peer Support Team, has been featured in news publications and mental health podcasts, and provided clinical oversight to local non-profits in Colorado.

Objectives and Summary:

As we begin 2022, the IAFF Center of Excellence team will provide insight on the most common behavioral health challenges experienced by fire service members. 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 Assistant to the General President Patrick Morrison.

AGP Morrison will provide an overview of the IAFF’s behavioral health initiatives and resources available in 2022 and beyond.

Participation in this webinar will provide greater awareness and understanding of behavioral health and give insight into every day stressors that can lead to interpersonal issues, maladaptive coping and a decline in day-to-day functioning.

Attendance to this webinar will also help participants navigate conversations focused on mental health, substance use and trauma recovery with peers, family members and treatment providers.”

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