Mindful Decontamination

Estimated watch time: 2 hrs 2 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.


Kathy Sullivan

Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator, Owner of Ashes2Art

Kathy Sullivan (MAAT, REACE) has been working with emergency services personnel since 2017 providing creative arts and Amygdala Regulating Tools (A.R.T.) to decrease cumulative stress. Trained in numerous trauma informed practices, Ms Sullivan has explored the quickest and most effective self regulating tools that can offer relief while remaining “battle-ready”. First responders, peer support teams, emergency services departments, mental health organizations, trauma specialists, and continuing..


Rt. Lt. Craig Evans

Rt. Lt. Craig Evans, former President for Local 2702 Fairfax City, VA and 3rd District Vice President for Virginia both during the years of 2010-2014. Craig is also the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia EMS Council and Mindful Decon podcast co-host with Kathy Sullivan.

Objectives and Summary:

  • Understand the physiological effects of stress and trauma on a first responder
  • Understand the difference between mindful decontamination and civilian self-care
  • Apply psycho sensory grounding tools to manage acute and chronic stress
  • Understand the Havening Technique and how it affects the physiology of trauma
  • Learn how to incorporate Self Havening into your daily routine to counteract the affects of cumulative and chronic stress.
  • Understand how Event Havening can be used for acute stress and trauma

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