Continuing Education Conference set for September 20

Oxford Treatment Center’s professional training continues with our September program — offering up to 6 free CE credits for professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare


“Helping the Rescuers: A Training on Treating First Responders,” part of the 2018 Professional Development Series, is set for Thursday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South. It will be presented by Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Warriors Research Institute at Baylor Scott & White Health; Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center.

This program will cover fireservice culture, the existing evidence regarding incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions in this population and the evidence base regarding treatments that work.

For this program, Oxford Treatment Center has been approved for 4.5 general hours and 1.5 cultural competency hours with the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and 6 general hours with the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is free for professionals, with lunch provided.



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Helping the Rescuers: A Training on Treating First Responders

Program title: PTSD and Co-occurring disorders in Fire Fighter Culture: What Clinicians Need to Help the Helpers

This program will cover fire service culture, the existing evidence regarding incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions in this population and the evidence base regarding treatments that work. Participants will have ample opportunity for skills acquisition and practice, as numerous active learning techniques are applied over the course of the training day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the scientific and clinically based knowledge base regarding fire service culture.
  • Present and review the literature regarding evidence-based treatments for PTSD and SUD with pros and cons of each approach interactively debated.
  • Discuss the perils and pitfalls as well as success stories from initial clinical meetings with video clips to facilitate discussion. Then, students will engage in role-plays of initial meetings.
  • Self-assess whether the participants’ organizations and individual practice styles can accommodate emergency responder culture.



About Dr. Gulliver


Dr. Gulliver is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical researcher. Currently, she serves as Director and Chief of the Warriors Research Institute and as a Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Dr. Gulliver attended Quinnipiac College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology, followed by a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Connecticut College. After completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Vermont, Dr. Gulliver went on to work as a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University and later spent 12 years in a variety of roles at the VA Boston Healthcare System including Associate Director of Outpatient Mental Health Programs.


In 2007, Dr. Gulliver became the Director of the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence in Waco, Texas before founding the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) within Baylor Scott  & White Health in 2013. Dr. Gulliver’s research interests and publications address mental health among military veterans and emergency responders.

Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D.

Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D.



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