Webinar - Emergency Responder Stress: Consequences and Coping Mechanisms
It is common for emergency responders to experience stress, but often we fail to recognize its impact on our performance both on the job and at home. In this webinar presented by Derrick Edwards, participants will learn the physiological and psychological responses to accumulated stress and explore the various ways responders have attempted to cope. Avoidant coping, including the use of drugs and alcohol, will be critically evaluated as a contributing factor to the adverse reactions to accumulated stress. Finally, learn more helpful ways of coping which support a more stable and productive emergency response career.
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Tennessee Tech University, PH.D
Dr. Edwards is a Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider. He received his Master’s degree from Tennessee Technological University (2011), and is a Doctoral degree from Trevecca Nazarene University (2016). Derrick’s research focus surrounds the psychological impacts of being an emergency responder. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Tennessee Tech University and a counselor in clinical practice. Derrick joined the fire service in 2004 and is a licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.