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Understanding Peer Support in the Fire Service: Best Practices for Clinicians
Brought to you by the International Association of Fire Fighters behavioral health team, this training will introduce mental health clinicians to the peer support model in the fire service and explore best practices in treatment when working fire service members. Fire service members will learn how to identify a culturally competent clinician to support their peer support team, or provide direct clinical care. While this training is intended for mental health clinicians, fire service members are also welcome to attend.

1. Examine behavioral health problems in the fire service.
2. Explore the history and rationale of peer support in the fire service.
3. Define how peer support is used as a bridge to clinical care.
4. Identify the clinician’s role in working with peer support teams
5. Explore best practices for working with fire service members

Jun 2, 2022 10:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Lauren Kosc, LCPC
Behavioral Health Specialist @IAFF
Lauren Kosc is a behavioral health specialist at the International Association of Fire Fighters. Lauren overseas the IAFF Peer Support and Resiliency Training program, provides affiliate technical assistance and education, and is the key developer of the IAFF Clinician Training Program. Lauren has contributed to the revision and development of national occupational health standards in the behavioral health arena. Lauren also provides clinical support and consolation to IAFF treatment partners, including the IAFF Center of Excellence Treatment Center and Edgewood Health Network Canada. Prior to joining the IAFF, Lauren worked as a licensed individual and group psychotherapist, in addiction, crisis intervention, and acute behavioral health treatment settings for 10 years.
Scott Robinson
Behavioral Health Specialist, IAFF Peer Support Instructor @IAFF
Scott Robinson behavioral health specialist at the International Association of Fire Fighters. Scott has been a firefighter for 28 years.  He is an IAFF Peer Support Instructor.   Currently, he is a Lt. with the Cranston Fire Department, in RI. He is the former President of Cranston Firefighters, Local 1363, and the former Vice President of the Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters (RISAFF).  In RI he designed an assistance program for active and retired members, as well as their families, with resources for access to substance abuse and alcohol programs, family services, financial hardship, suicide prevention and established a Crisis Response Team within his Fire Department and for the State of Rhode Island.
Michael Wells
Peer Support Coordinator, IAFF Peer Suport Instructor @Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association
Mike Wells is a 16-year member of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department serving the communities on the Washington D.C. border as a back-step firefighter and ladder truck driver. In 2016 he took the IAFF peer support class and helped build the peer program for Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters, Local 1619. He became 1619’s Peer Coordinator and an IAFF Peer Support Instructor for the IAFF in 2018. He manages his peer support team of 40-members and has helped change a culture within PGFD having 100 trained peers in the Local. Mike became the State of Maryland Peer Coordinator for the Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland Association where he is working to get a trained peer in every local in the state and create a state-wide network for collaboration and resource sharing.