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1st Responder Conferences presents a two day mental health and wellness seminar for all first responders and their families.

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Presented by 1st Responder Conferences & Blue H.E.L.P.

Co-hosted by Behind the Line, Inc.

This training is for all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, and all who work in the public safety field. (Spouses and significant others are encouraged to register.)

1st Responder Conferences presents a multi-faceted two-day seminar and networking event for improving the mental health and wellness of our first responders. By discussing the real 21st Century issues that are consistently facing our first responders and their families, our conference will provide awareness, resources and action items to combat PTSD, depression, suicide, addiction, stress, and overall mental health.

1st Responder Conferences proudly introduces a line-up of credible nationally recognized speakers who will address matters that impact the personal and professional lives of first responders and their family members through dynamic and engaging presentations for the entire first responder community. This two-day seminar is unique in that your spouses or significant others who support you are invited to come learn with you.

With a progressive and forward message of optimism and sustainability, 1st Responder Conferences goal is pushing past traditional silence and bringing first responder wellness to our Everyday Heroes.

Register now for $50 off! Early bird pricing until August 19, 2021.

Speakers and Topics:

"Post Traumatic Growth, A Positive Change" - Mike Washington, Ret. Seattle Firefighter- Mike is a Team lead with the Seattle Fire Departments Critical Incident Stress Management Team, which provides basic and immediate mental health assistance to firefighters, military, and civilians in the wake of high impact stressful situations. Mike will take you on his life journey and describe how he grew from the traumatic incidents he endured throughout his life and how you can make a positive change for yourself and others. Mike was recently featured in "Upstanders", a collection of short stories created by Starbuck's, showing various courageous people in America. Mike Washington has been a Seattle firefighter for 25 years. Mike is HAZMAT, Aircraft Rescue Firefighter and Wildland Fire certified. Mike is also a member of the Puget Sound USAR Team. Mike is a member of the Seattle Fire Departments Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM ) response team.. Mike was recognized by the Seattle Fire Department as Community Service Member of the Year in 2016. Mike is also the Washington State Fire Service Representative at the Washington State Fusion Center. Mike served a tour at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington. Mike is a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant serving a total of 23 years of service and 4 combat tours. Mike is a member of Team Rubicon, an internationally recognized veteran’s volunteer disaster relief organization. Mike holds a Master of Strategic Intelligence from American Military University.

"Financially Fit"- Marco Parzych (Lt Col, USAF Ret.), Founder & Executive Director of Mission Ready Finances - This presentation is aimed at restoring financial hope and encouraging all why they should, and how they can, do better with their personal finances. His goal is to serve as a catalyst, inspiring audiences to take action by presenting information in a new way that gets them to start thinking differently, believing that wealth building is possible for all and then taking the steps to get on a brighter financial path forward. Mission Ready Finances is a nationwide nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a vision of financial hope, peace and success for all who bravely serve our nation as military members or first responders. Marco is an accredited financial coach and published author of the book, Mission Ready Finances, of which all sale proceeds go back into the nonprofit to further their mission and reach. Marco is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, having had the distinct honor and privilege of leading forces into combat both in the air and on the ground.

"Decide to Thrive: A Culture of Wellness Starts with You!"- Marc Junkerman, Maryland Law Enforcement Officer, ICISF faculty member, and Behind the Line, Inc. member- This presentation is designed to help participants recognize that organizational resilience starts with a commitment to individual wellness. The overall message of "Build A Culture Not Just A Program" is supported by four driving themes: culture drives the bus, think left of bang, win by design, and everyone is a peer. This presentation has also been fielded to groups of specific and mixed public safety disciplines as well as to chaplains, clinicians, health care workers and hospital staff, emergency managers and military personnel holding various levels of professional experience. Marc is an active law enforcement commander in Maryland with more than 26 years of experience to include over 13 years serving in various peer support/Critical Incident Stress Management roles at the local, state, and regional level. During his tenure, he has placed a special emphasis on advocating for resilience centric management and leadership primarily within the public safety and public service arenas. This has led to the development and fielding of his “Decide to Thrive” program designed to assist individuals and organizations in creating a culture of resilience. He has been fortunate to serve as a presenter, trainer, and consultant for various clients and organizations. This includes continued support of such organizations as the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, the Maryland Mid-shore Crisis Intervention Team, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, and the Office of Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services. Marc is a US Army Veteran, holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Management.

"Stress of a First Responder and Their Family Growing Stronger Together"-Corporal Matt Brown, Fruitland PD & Heather Brown, MS, PsyA , Eastern Shore Psychological Services and Behind the Line, Inc.-This is a unique presentation that addresses how the job can potentially impact first responders and their family. Without proper resources, the stress of the job can have devastating outcomes on the individual and family. The presenters will review four domains of a person’s life, which include home, health, community and purpose. Each domain will examine the physical and emotional outcomes on the first responder and family and how these areas can be strengthened based on understanding, support, and caring for self. The information will be offered from a clinical and personal point of view. Heather and Matt actively speak together to spread the word regarding the importance of wellness for first responders and their families. They are also have assisted to create peer services for all first responders in their local area. Heather Brown, MS, PsyA, is working towards her PhD in Forensic Psychology. Heather worked very closely with local law enforcement and community providers to create and implement the 40-hour training and Crisis Response services to further provide assistance for the police and consumers to link high risk individuals to services. Matt Brown is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and has been a police officer for twenty-nine (29) years. He currently is a Corporal for the Fruitland Police Department and is their firearms Instructor and certified Glock armorer.

"Organizing Your Peer Support Team"- Peer Support Team Coordinator Mike Wells, Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association, Local 1619- At some point of your career as a First Responder you have conducted some type of peer support. However, you may not have known what types of services that were available to share with the brother or sister. Our members are required to perform their job functions to the public hastily thus that is the expectation of our members when we need help. The topics that will be covered are, Where to find training for your Peer Support Team, What types of culturally competent services your team should provide, Crisis Intervention, Support Groups, In Patient Facilities, Therapists- Trauma, Marital, Addiction/Substance Abuse Counselors are just some examples, Grief Counselors, Other Considerations: Bio-hazard clean up, Financial Advisors, Chaplain Services and How to obtain buy in from administrators and our co-workers. Mike Wells began his fire service career in Wallingford, CT as a junior firefighter. While attending the University of Maryland, he was a live-in member at the College Park Volunteer Fire Department. In 2006, he was hired as a firefighter/emt in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The majority of Mike's career was spent in the Emergency Operations Command, however he also spent a period as an instructor for the Fire Training Academy. Mike currently serves as the behavioral health educator for the 2000 member agency.

"Surviving the Last Call"-Bethann McIntosh, Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Journey of the Heart- First Responders never run from the heat of the fire or fear staring into the wrong end of a weapon. Most dance with a lack of fear of mortality. They never think it will happen to them, and they never think about the “what if”. On a cold dark March night, Dan McIntosh suddenly passed away in the line of duty. Dan was a 13-year veteran of the Bensalem Emergency Medical Services, a Medic for the Bucks County Southern SWAT Team and the Bucks County Hazardous Material SWAT Team , a Hulmeville Borough Police Officer, and a Volunteer Firefighter for the Point Pleasant Fire Company and Nottingham Fire Department. This presentation is for the ones left behind. We often try to honor someone’s memory by dealing with the pain in unhealthy ways, instead of learning how to heal our hearts, see the smiles behind the tears, and overcoming the fear of a new normal. Bethann will share her personal stories and discuss how to work through emotionally painful experiences by incorporating the Grief Recovery Method. Over the last 10 years Bethann has been working with families of First Responders and was a key contributor to the passing of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, expanding the benefit coverage for volunteer First Responders . Bethann is the Founder of Journey of the Heart, LLC and an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist.

"First Responder Resiliency Advantage"- Barry Jacobs, Horsepowers,Director of First Responder Research and Training- The training is designed to teach first responders how to build up and sustain their energy and resilience, especially during challenging and high threat incidents. The Heartmath Resiliency Advantage training includes helping first responders achieve the psychophysiological state of balance, also known as coherence. Achieving this optimal state of performance actually interrupts the normal stress response most First Responders experience in emergency incidents throughout their careers. First responders will learn skills to self-generate coherence and balance at will, which interrupts the body’s typical stress response, especially in the emergency situations first responders face every day. First responders will learn how to self-regulate the body’s mental, emotional and physical systems and as a result, they are able to increase their ability to perform at their best, maintain their composure and sustain operational performance throughout their careers. An important study conducted by researchers, demonstrated how effective self-regulation skills, such as those taught in the Resiliency Advantage training, can be for first responders. This study, Resilience Training Program Reduces Physiological and Psychological Stress in Police Officers, showed that Resiliency Training improved the capacity of first responders to recognize and manage stress and negative emotions in both work and personal settings. Barry is a professional and Volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic with over 25 years’ experience as a first responder with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Critical Incident Stress Management / Peer Counselor (25 years). First Responder Research and Training Program Development for first responders. Conducted Research (September – December 2014) with Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department identifying proactive / preventative skill based model to improve critical job performance skills of law enforcement personnel during high threat tactical force on force incidents.

Continental Breakfast and lunches are provided on both days.

*Networking Social on September 9th, from 4:00-6:00 pm @ the venue. This is a great opportunity to get to know others, ask questions and share your ideas and thoughts with other like-minded professionals. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

*Accommodations: Grand Hotel & Spa 2100 Baltimore Ave. Ocean City, MD 21842 Each individual will be responsible for making his/her own reservation with us by 08/10/2021. Callers should identify themselves as being part of 1st Responder Conferences group to receive the group rate. Guests can call 410-289-6191 or 1-800-447- 6779 to make their reservation.

To download a flyer please visit www.1stresponderconferences.org or contact us for flyers, basic info letters, and sponsor/industry partner/vendor forms for your organizations or to share.

*You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until August 18th tand is $249.00. Registration after August 18th will be $299.00 (Plus Eventbrite charges)

A limited amount of scholarships are availble for those with financial hardships. Please contact Amanda at amanda@1stresponderconferences.org for more information.

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1st Responder Conferences (1RC) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by 1RC , without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. 1RC may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by 1RC including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. No video recording by attendees permitted. Please keep in mind that the photos and videos we take are mostly of the overall attendees and are not specific to one person. We respect the privacy of everyone at our conferences and we will not use photos or videos that jeopordize your well being.

Waiver of Liability

Some of the material presented at this event may cause emotional triggers. We will have onsite assistance if needed. There will also be additional resources available if needed. This conference is not intended to provide counselling services, whether medical, psychological or of any other kind, nor to diagnose, prevent, cure or treat any disease, diorder or injury. This conference is certainly not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you need expert advice, please consult a competent professional. This conference is only intended for “educational” use and it should only be used as a guide.

COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION:

While participating in events held by 1st Responder Conferences (1st RC) “social distancing” must always be practiced and face coverings worn to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, 1st RC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 1st RC cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.

At registration we will have a waiver of liability and a photo release form that must be signed. If you have any questions regarding the waiver please contact us, so we can be of assistance.

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