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Breaking the Cycle: First Responders, Trauma, and Substance Use
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 (SUD). First responder wellness can also 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 presenter will share research that was inspired by her work with the Palm Beach County Firefighters Union, where she witnessed firsthand the impact of on the job trauma exposure on firefighters and gained a unique perspective of the first responder culture. She will describe protocols that are used to mitigate the negative outcomes of trauma and that emphasize protocols that promote growth from trauma and the development of greater resilience in first responders.

Jun 17, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Anna Lisa De Lima, MA, LHMC, NCC
Primary Counselor @Origins Behavioral Healthcare
Anna Lisa De Lima, MA, LHMC, NCC is a Primary Counselor at Hanley Center at Origins in West Palm Beach, FL where she works with clients who are struggling with substance use disorders, co-occurring with mental health issues and trauma. Anna Lisa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Anna Lisa is currently completing her PH.D in Counselor Education and Supervision and her dissertation work is focused on the first responder population. She was inspired to begin her research while working for the Palm Beach County Firefighters Union, where she witnessed firsthand the impact of on the job trauma exposure on firefighters. Her dissertation work emphasizes the protocols that promote growth from trauma and the development of greater resilience in first responders. In her work as a clinician, Anna Lisa utilizes a variety of evidenced based protocols in the treatment of mental health disorders, SUDs, and trauma.