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Training From Shift Wellness

Advanced Mental Health Performance | October 6, 12pm - 8pm

An in-depth look at mental health performance and tactical coping skills. Attendees will gain knowledge and understanding of trauma and the neurobiological responses, and work with grounding and somatic regulation techniques for on-scene and post-incident challenges.

This course will also cover the following:

  • Progressive debrief with regulation strategies
  • How to identify when to seek further assistance
  • Learn the trifecta approaches to trauma treatment
  • Overview of EMDR and ART
  • How to define the resilient responders implementing mindful living

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Retire Well | November 10, 12pm - 8pm

One of the most difficult times in a first responders’ life can be retirement. However, when one door closes, another one opens. This training course is hosted by Shift Wellness and the National First Responder Fund. Retire Well is a retirement course for first responders in preparation for retirement or post retired within 5 to 7 years. In this informative course, you will learn how to:

  • Remove the “super-suit” and rediscover who you are without your occupation
  • Examine aspects of security in your transition and adaptation to civilian life
  • Explore ways to accept change, coping with abandonment and replacement, and finding belonging elsewhere
  • Find a new purpose, by staying busy and doing engaging activities and occupations

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About Virginia's Provider Health & Safety Initiative

With an increase in struck by/near miss incidents, line of duty deaths (LODD), and health issues with EMS providers, the state EMS Advisory Board recognized a need to focus on provider health and safety. As a result of this initiative, the Provider Health and Safety Committee was formed. The committee has members representing various aspects of fire and EMS. The organizations represented include:

Regional EMS Councils
Medevac
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
Virginia Professional Firefighter
CISM Team Representative
Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Transportation Specialist
Safety Specialist
Mental Health Clinician

These groups, along with other invitees, will focus on various topics related to provider health and safety. The committee has many goals which include developing life safety initiative for EMS providers, promoting the use of critical incident stress management and mental health preparedness activities, supporting training programs on health and well-being, and providing research and supporting documentation on provider health and safety issues, as well as many other topics.

If you have any information or suggestions you would like to share with the committee, please contact Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Division Director, at Karen.Owens@vdh.virginia.gov.

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