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LSF Health Systems

First Responder Resources and Skill-building for Clinicians

with Michelle Rehbein, LMHC, MCAP


LSF is proud to partner with the 2nd Alarm Project to provide trainings for the First Responder Community. This training is offered by Michelle Rehbein, LMHC, MCAP, and Dr. Kellie O'Dare, PhD.

We hope you will join us! We ask participants to have cameras on. This is an interactive training; please come prepared to participate!

A Zoom link will be sent 48 hours prior to the training. Please e-mail Robert Hersey at with any questions.

About "First Responder Resources and Skill-building for Clinicians":

First responders carry a tremendous amount of stress within their jobs. They encounter potentially traumatic events frequently and may not have the time to process an event before having to manage another possible crisis. Even if the event is not distressing to the first responder, they are managing and assessing individuals who have found the event disturbing. They likely encounter reminders/triggers of prior events on calls, which can pose a challenge. Sometimes those triggers may be related to their own personal experiences, dually impacting them by bringing earlier trauma exposures to surface. The interweave between personal trauma, on the job trauma and having empathy for others’ traumas can be overwhelming and may contribute to an impaired ability to maintain the emotional, physical and mental demands of the job. This training will increase clinicians’ cultural competency to work with first responders and their families.

About Michelle Rehbein, LMHC, MCAP:

Michelle is the Lead Clinician for the 2nd Alarm Project. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). Michelle is one of just a few endorsed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) providers in the state. She has focused her clinical efforts on treating responders struggling with compound issues, including PTSD, trauma, anxiety, substance use, and other mood disturbances. She has significant experience providing clinical oversight to peer support teams, delivers mental health awareness in service and peer support trainings, and has served on many critical incident/clinician response team deployments. Michelle is passionate about serving our first responders and provides high-quality, evidence-based trauma treatment to our community members in need.

About Dr. Kellie O'Dare, PhD:

Dr. Kellie O’Dare is a faculty member at Florida A & M University and the Founder/Director of the 2nd Alarm Project. Dr. O’Dare has actively worked with Florida based first responder agencies to conduct needs assessments, provide capacity building for peer support teams, and develop BHAP programs. She has conducted mental health training with over 1,000 first responders, family members, and leadership teams and functioned as a behavioral health navigator and clinical advisor to peer support teams. She has also served on local and statewide critical incident activations and deployments, including being embedded with Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 7 at Surfside, FL in July 2021. While deployed to Surfside, Dr O’Dare and colleagues developed the first statewide plan for first responder mental health services post disaster deployment. She has earned well in excess of 100 hours of continuing education in first responder behavioral health and substance use. She currently has several peer reviewed manuscripts on developing comprehensive resiliency and BHAP programs. She frequently provides consultation and technical assistance to first responder organizations across the country on best practices in building mental wellness programs. Dr. O’Dare also serves as a subject matter expert and non-voting member of the Florida First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force.

Dr. O’Dare is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where she also earned both Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. She is an active researcher with over 50 publications, technical reports, and conference presentations, and has significant experience conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating large scale quantitative, geospatial, and mixed method research projects in both academic and applied settings.

Dr. O’Dare has meaningful personal linkages to the first responder culture. She is the niece of Shawn T. O’Dare, firefighter/paramedic killed in the Line of Duty in Miami-Dade County, and the spouse of a current professional Florida panhandle firefighter/paramedic.

  • Session 1: Jun 9th, 2023
    from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Will run



Jacksonville, FL 32256

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