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Speaker: Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima

Breaking the Cycle: First Responders, Trauma, and Substance Use

August 19, 2021 • 10:00am CST

2 CE Hours

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Event Details

Workshop Pricing


Date and Time

August 19, 2021 • 10:00am - 12:00pm CST


The hazards of the first responder’s job include exposure to trauma resulting in mental health issues such as PTSD, as well as substance use disorders. First responder wellness can have implications for patients, crews, families, and the community at large. Therefore, it is a social problem. This presenter will explore the realities of trauma exposure among first responders, the challenges of accepting treatment, and the concurrent treatment of co-occurring trauma, mental health, and SUDs. This presented will also consider how COVID-19 impacted first responder wellness. This presenter will share research inspired by her work with the Palm Beach County Firefighters Union. In this role, she witnessed the impact of on the job trauma exposure on firefighters and gained a unique perspective of their culture. She will describe protocols to mitigate the negative outcomes of trauma, promote growth, and increase resilience in first responders.

This workshop is live and interactive!

About CE Credits

2 CE Hours

Content Level: Beginner


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This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NADAAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Counseling Services.

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California Providers:
Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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9:45am CST – Waiting Room Opens

10:00am CST – Workshop Begins with Introduction

Presentation Occurs; Engagement is Encouraged

12:00pm CST – Workshop Concludes

Note: Time designated for breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify at least 3 effects of trauma exposure on first responders from a biopsychosocial perspective
  • Develop a strategy to mitigate barriers to treatment unique to first responder culture
  • Create a plan to integrate evidence-based treatments for trauma and co-occurring disorders into their work with first responders
  • Discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on first responder wellness and subsequent improvements on treatment strategies

Educational Goal:

Participants are expected to gain competencies in providing trauma-informed care to first responders, and to integrate those competencies into their practices.

How to Register

Registration will end on August 19, 2021 at 10:00am CST.

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