Stress, Trauma, Substance Abuse & Suicide Among First Responders
The Culture, Causes, & Solutions
Provided 3 PCB Education Credit Hours & CEU Eligible
Livengrin Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. As a CSWE accredited Program, the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is a pre-approved provider of continuing education in Pennsylvania and many other states
Presenter: John C Becker Jr., MHS-C, CTR (Former Detective Sergeant & current Livengrin FRAT Treatment & Outreach Administrator)
Date: Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Livengrin Main Campus
Chapman Community Center
4833 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
Cost: $35 [$15 additional fee if attendee requires CEU’s to maintain licensure in the state of Pennsylvania (LPC, LSW, LCSW)]
Contact: Marisa Roeder, email@example.com
This program is designed to provide an overview of the causes and effect of single-incident and cumulative traumatic events on the First Responder professional. It will highlight signs and symptoms traumatized individuals typically display. The program will also provide attendees with an in-depth look at how and why alcohol and other substances are often used by First Responders as the default method of dealing with both traumatic events and the daily stressors of life.
A culture exists within the First Responder community that is unique from that of any other professions. This program identifies, defines, and discusses the culture of First Responder professionals. It will highlight the cultural norms that exist, as well as examine how, over time, being a First Fesponder, changes an individual. The program will provide attendees with a comprehensive analysis of how being good at their job, and assimilating to the cultural norms of their profession, can result in negative consequences in the personal life of a First Responder. Additionally, the program looks at the coping methods, both healthy and harmful; First Responder’s employ to manage the stress, anxiety, and trauma in their work and personal life.
Finally, presenter will cover the evidence-based treatment options available to help First Responders deal with these issues in a positive and healthy manner.
At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will:
- Be able to describe and explain the First Responder Culture
- Understand how this culture contributes to unhealthy behaviors and outcomes
- Be familiar with First Responder problems, including Poor Diet & Shift Work, Stress (Job/Family/Both), Spousal Abuse (both ways) and Depression/Anxiety
- Explain First Responder Lack of Emotional Self-Care and identify signs of stress and trauma
- Recognize behavior that can indicate First Responder is at risk for Alcohol/Substance Abuse and Suicide
- Gain insight into the unique Challenges in treating First Responders and understand the benefits of a Peer-Support Driven Approach to treatment