Dr. Billie Ratliff, DBH, MSW, LCSW and Dr. Diane Scott, DBH, MSW, LCSW

Presentation: Sounding the Alarm: A Matter of Life or Death for Firefighters

Presentation Description:

We created an educational training program combining lived experience and evidence-based behavioral health education and treatment to increase firefighters’ knowledge concerning suicide, developmental and event trauma, and self-care.

Research shows Firefighters, paramedics, and EMS personnel have an elevated risk of occupational stress injuries such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, substance misuse, moral distress/injury, or PTSD and physical illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Firefighters are more likely to die of cancer, a sudden cardiac event, or a motor vehicle accident than the general population. Our presentation will review the relevant research that led to the development of the Sound the Alarm program and the training results, strengths, and future opportunities.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Billie Ratliff, DBH, MSW, LCSW

Dr. Billie Ratliff, DBH, LCSW, MSW, graduated with her Doctor of Behavioral Health in April 2023. She has worked in the healthcare field, primarily in acute medical hospitals, for 42 years. While serving as the Director of Behavioral Health for UCHealth’s Southern Region, Dr. Ratliff was instrumental in restricting the patient care model for delivery of best practices for behavioral health patients in an acute medical setting. Billie is a Trauma-Informed Care practitioner, instructor, and consultant. She has over 40 years of mental health experience in various healthcare settings. Billie is a public speaker, teaches within the health care system, has presented at state and regional conferences on the impacts of mental health challenges, and is a published author. Dr. Ratliff is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Social Work department at The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Dr. Diane Scott, DBH, MSW, LCSW

Dr. Diane E. Scott, DBH, LCSW, MSW, graduated with her Doctor of Behavioral Health in April 2023. She has her Certificate in Management from Duke University and is certified as a Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner, Instructor, and Consultant. Diane is a public speaker and has presented at state, regional, and international conferences. She recently published two articles in international journals. Dr. Scott has over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field both internationally and across the United States. Her clinical and program management experience includes emergency, medical, and military social work.