Firefighter Peer Support: The Nuts and Bolts of Firefighter Behavioral Health Programming
Date & Time
Friday, July 24, 2020, 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
This interactive presentation provides a well-rounded discussion of the major behavioral health, cultural, and treatment issues facing the fire service and the best practices to address them and provide for recovery. The presenter examines the relationship between traumatic stress, sleep deprivation, and alcohol use disorder in the fire service and provides specific guidance about what to do when confronted with a suicidal firefighter. Other topics include the five methods of engagement utilized in fire service peer support to address behavioral health and addiction issues, the seven key qualities of a clinician who wishes to work with firefighters and the six basic steps for better firefighter self-care.