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Health and Wellness Sessions
 

Build it and They Will Come

Instructor: Derek Reid

Some of the challenges of smaller departments is being able to mobilize an effective peer support team. Learn strategies to build and bolster a peer support program for your agencies.

Establishing alignment with your Chief’s and Fire Board Directors

Breakdown Stigma with your members through education

  • Hug club or Support system

  • Names and faces of the fallen is a powerful motivator

Funding sources

  • Budget line item

  • Labor Unions

  • Fundraising

  • Grants

Nominations to vet peer support candidates

  • Not everyone should be a peer supporter

  • “Who do you trust?”

  • Get the right people on the bus

Conduct Interviews

  • Value of 3rd party interviews

  • Identify those that help to a fault

  • Questions that bring out the red flags

Vetting Licensed Clinicians

  • Questions to ask when interviewing clinicians

  • Ride-a-longs or dinner at the station

  • Training the help

Collaborate with other agencies

  • When tragedy strikes your agency

  • Don’t be an island of your own

Maintaining Momentum

  • Keep your resources fresh

  • Don’t be weird, be relevant

  • Build it and they will come, BE READY!!!

     

Firefighter Wellness During Crisis Events:  Resources, Tools and Strategies
Instructors:
Dr. David Black
Chief Todd LeDuc  
Being a firefighter was a stressful and demanding profession before COVID-19; and despite the unprecedented challenges we now face, our nation’s heroes continue to perform heroically every day serving the greater good and protecting our communities. In this presentation, we’ll review and discuss resources, tools, and strategies for prioritizing firefighter wellness during this time of crisis, with a focus on mitigating the stress and anxiety of working during the pandemic and the role of early detection and intervention of occupational health risks.
 

Disclaimer: The materials provided in this webinar are for general informational and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered legal advice or opinion. Please seek legal counsel before acting on the topics discussed. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered a substitute for clinical diagnosis or professional medical advice or opinion. Please consult with your physician, therapist, or other qualified healthcare provider before acting on the topics discussed.

Strengthening Firefighter Wellness in Times of Crisis

Instructors:
Dr. David Black
Dr. Gordon Graham
The fire service was a stressful and demanding profession before COVID-19; and despite the unprecedented challenges we now face, our nation’s heroes continue to perform heroically every day serving the greater good and protecting our communities. In this online forum, we’ll review and discuss resources, tools, and strategies for prioritizing firefighter wellness during this time of crisis, with a focus on mitigating the stress of working during the pandemic.
 

Disclaimer

The materials provided in this recording are for general informational and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered legal advice or opinion. Please seek legal counsel before acting on the topics discussed. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered a substitute for clinical diagnosis or professional medical advice or opinion. Please consult with your physician, therapist, or other qualified healthcare provider before acting on the topics discussed.

What is Peer Support and How Can I Help?

Instructor: Derek Reid

This 1-hour workshop explains what Peer Support is, what is not, and guidelines how a trained peer supporter can help each other.

 

Mental health for first responders has recently become a popular topic throughout the fire industry. The suicide rates for firefighters has exceeded line-of-duty deaths for the past five years. Because there is no mandatory tracking system for confirming these competed suicides, we realize this may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Peer Support is non-professional peer-to-peer counseling that creates the conversations that help normalize difficult and culturally stigmatized emotional and psychological struggles. Peer Support also bridges the gap between firefighters and their families accessing professional resources.

--Defining the Peer Support model

--Peer Support vs C.I.S.M.

--Proactive vs Reactionary

Confidentiality

--This is just between us

--Loose lips sink ships

--Telephone, tele-friend, tele-firefighter

How to approach a struggling peer using the peer support L.C.E.S. model

--Challenge with compassion

--Listen, Listen, and Listen some more

Pitfalls to avoid when providing peer-to-peer counseling

--Don’t try to fix it

--Meet them where they are at not where you think they should be

--“I know exactly how you feel” – List of things not to say

Resources available (www.NNPSN.com)

Yoga and Mindfulness, Help is on the Way!

Instructor: Shannon McQuaide, FireFlex Yoga
Mindfulness and yoga are gaining traction with firefighters because they provide essential strategies to thrive during a crisis. FireFlex Yoga has been designed specifically for firefighters to increase functional fitness and facilitate routines that promote rest and recovery - a key component of resiliency. All FireFlex classes include mindfulness practices to promote situational awareness, insight and a flexible mindset - a hallmark of leadership under fire. Join Shannon McQuaide M.A., founder of FireFlex Yoga, to discover how incorporating simple mind-body practices into firefighter’s training schedules, can reduce injuries and increase behavioral health.

This session will be divided into a 30-minute informational session, and a 50-minute hands-on, practice session with a 10-minute break in between the two sessions. Participants will be encouraged to wear workout clothes or dress in loose comfortable clothing.

Session Objectives: Participants will

• Understand the science of neuroplasticity, and how practicing mindfulness is like a bicep curl for your brain.

• Learn the role of yoga and mindfulness to improve resiliency factors such heart-ratevariability, emotional regulation and restful sleep.

• Learn five foundational mindfulness practices to decrease stress and lead with presence

• Participate in a low impact, low risk yoga routine designed to stretch tight muscles in the hips and shoulders and improve purposeful movement

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