Substance Abuse & Cognitive Distortions

Webinar Overview:

This training will focus on substance abuse in the fire service and the importance of addressing the cognitive distortions often associated with addiction. Dr. Kristin Klimley, Psy.D, of Tampa Bay Psychology, located in Clearwater, FL, will present this topic and offer clinical insight gathered throughout her career as a Clinical Psychologist and Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in first responders and veteran care.

This webinar will introduce participants to the various types of substance use disorders and addictions experienced among members of the fire service, as well as define and identify the common cognitive distortions often experienced during the cycle of addiction. Cognitive distortions are the ways in which humans may convince themselves that something factual is untrue and typically reinforce negative thinking, emotions and even maladaptive behaviors, which often can lead to unhelpful outcomes.

Dr. Klimley will provide attendees with practical ways to address these distortions and improve behavioral health outcomes. Participation in this webinar will provide attendees with increased awareness of the potential for substance misuse within the fire service, increased ability to identify cognitive distortion, and strategies to improve self-talk and change unhelpful thinking patterns.

This webinar is intended for fire service members and treatment providers, but all are welcome.

Estimated watch time: 1 hr 32 minutes

Presented By:

Dr. Kristin Klimley is a postdoctoral fellow and Tampa Bay Native specializing in trauma psychology and behavioral health of First Responders. She has previously worked with law enforcement, fire rescue, dispatch, and corrections officers across South Florida.