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Becoming Culturally Competent in the Fire Service

Workshop Description:
This workshop is offered for clinicians that are interested in becoming culturally competent with the unique needs of firefighters and their families.

The fire service is a unique culture based on a paramilitary structure. Firefighters are asked to face horrors that few outside the profession can imagine, from mass casualty incidents, to the intimate pain of a child dying in their arms. It can take its toll on even the strongest individuals. National surveys suggest nearly one in three firefighters has considered suicide and face struggles with intimate relationships. Consequently, it is important that clinicians working with this population understand the unique needs of the firefighter and their family.

Learning Objectives:
Upon conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 
  • Recognize factors that lead to Post Traumatic Stress in the fire service and gain insight into the benefits of peer support.
  • Explain fire service culture and its effect upon those exhibiting signs of Post Traumatic Stress while defining the difference between Post Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Explain the personality characteristics of firefighters and how irregular working hours impact firefighter family relationships.
  • Explain the effects of cumulative stress and critical incident stress on fire service personnel.
  • Explain the benefits of Peer Support and how it can provide the bridge between the fire service and the mental health community.

         LIVE                                Recorded
Live CE: 1.5          Recorded CE: 2