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Presented by: Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima

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

Recorded On: August 19, 2021

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Course Details

Partner Course
On Demand Education Course
Recorded On: August 19, 2021
Location: Access Virtually on TPN.health
Presenter: Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima
About the Speaker

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.

CE Details


This program has been approved for 2.0 CE clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

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.

TPN.health, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2021 – 03/31/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 Clinical continuing education credits. ASWB ACE credit is not available in NY and NJ.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0654.

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.

TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs and LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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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.


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