Peer Support and the Stages of Change

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.

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This presentation is intended for members of the fire service, other types of first responders, peer support team members, and members of the community interested in learning more about the process of change. change is rarely a linear process and often can feel like “1 step forward, 2 steps back.” For those supporting others through the process of change, it can be a frustrating and confusing process. this webinar is intended to help individuals and those supporting them understand how change occurs, what it takes to get to the planning and action phases of change, and identify best practices for sustaining change. Molly Jones, LSW and IAFF National Peer Support Instructor and Milwaukee, WI fire fighter and peer support team member, Jeff Gauthier, will discuss the transtheoretical model of change, each stage of change, and identify strategies for putting plans for change into action and maintaining changed behavior. This webinar will also highlight specific strategies for first responders in early sobriety from alcohol and other substances who want to set themselves up for success in recovery.

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