Start Date: 7/22/2021 10:00 AM PDT
End Date: 7/22/2021 11:00 AM PDT
Washington Fire Chiefs
Sponsor: First Responder Wellness
July 22, 2021, 10am
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Odom
First Responders become accustomed to exposure to acute trauma that eventually results in physical, mental and emotional exhaustion of the body and mind. In response to the high intensity of the job and the accumulation of traumatic stress injuries, concentration, judgment, sleep, and even relationships are negatively affected. Over time, alcohol or other substances often becomes a means of coping, leaving first responders at risk for developing an alcohol misuse issue along with mental health issues like post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI), depression, or anxiety. Dr. Stephen Odom presents an in-depth presentation that examines causes, signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress injuries, how it affects Fire Fighters and their families. We will explore what can be done to heal, prevent further damage, and create a new “Brain Health” culture in which prevention and resiliency are trained into from the beginning of a career. Throughout the discussion, the effects of organizational culture and leadership are also examined & better understood, along with recommendations for creating a safe, confidential, and accessible Behavioral Care System for your Fire Service.
Dr. Stephen Odom is a 30 year behavioral healthcare professional and the Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of First Responder Wellness by Simple Recovery an inpatient treatment center exclusively treating first responders for alcohol, post traumatic stress, addiction, anxiety and depression.