Wildfires have increased in communities throughout the world. Loss of life, property and destruction of communities takes a physical and mental health toll. Recovering from these traumatic events is essential to the behavioral health of individuals and communities alike. This workshop will address two vulnerable populations with wildfires: seniors, and first responders. Case examples, ways to assess risk, and specific disaster mental health tools will be presented for these populations.
- Identify ways wildfires affect mental health and physical health
- Implement tools to gather information, assess risk and prioritize assistance
- Learn skills in emotional support and crisis intervention following fires
- Identify specific populations for risk with case examples: older adults/disabled persons, and first responders
- Provide a basic overview of common senior behavioral and physical health challenges and available treatment options
- Describe behavioral health issues and cultural competencies typical of fire service professionals
- Information on Peer Driven, Mental Health Guided behavioral health program for the Fire Service Culture and available treatment options.
- NASW Member: Free
- Nonmember: $10
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About the Presenters:
Dr. Donna Jensen is the Chair and associate professor in the Gerontology Department at California State University, Sacramento. Her practice and research with older adults are extensive. She has been a long-term Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer. Dr. Jensen’s current research examines resilience in Older Adults after the devastating 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County which initially killed 85 people, 55 of whom were older adults. In 2014, the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers selected Donna Jensen as the Social Worker of the Year.
Dr. Steven Froehlich serves as Director of Behavioral Health and Lead Clinician, Local 1014 & The Los Angeles County Fire Department. He has an extensive career in the behavioral health care needs of firefighters and their families. He has led numerous trainings on Critical Incident Stress Management, Peer-Support, and various Mental Health topics relevant to the Emergency Service Professions (i.e., Fire, EMS, Police, FBI). Dr. Froehlich has also been deployed on major fires throughout California and other states.
Captain Scott Ross is an active duty Fire Captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department with over 30 years working in the fire service. Captain Ross leads the LA County Fire Department’s 200 member Peer Support Team. As Peer Support Coordinator, Captain Ross oversees a team that serves over 3,200 Firefighters, 700 Lifeguards and over 1,000 civilians. He is a respected trainer, consultant, presenter, and advocate for Peer Support programs nationwide.
CEU Provider Statement: Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provided by NASW-CA.
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