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First Responder Mental Health & Wellness

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Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center

330 Canyon Crest Drive

Twin Falls, ID 83301

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Presented by 1st Responder Conferences


Co-hosted by Code 4 NW, Blue H.E.L.P. & The Institute for Responder Wellness

Sponsored by Twin Falls FOP Lodge #22, SIRCOMM, Magic Valley Paramedics & Jerome City Fire Department

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.

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 America's Heroes.

Speakers and Topics

Surviving the Job- Officer Steve Redmond, Seattle Police and Founder of Code 4 NW- We have all heard about PTSD, cumulative stress, secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, and addictions, but how can we prevent these issues? Steve will relate his own stories as a first responder, and describe the negative impact these challenges have on our lives, careers, and families. Learn about methods in which we can prevent these issues and the negative impacts they have, with awareness and good self-care. A review of treatment options for an individual or family will also be discussed. We need to change the culture of "dismissing" mental health issues when we see a co-worker, friend, or family member in crisis. “if you see something, say something.”

Living With A Ghost...How to Negotiate When You're the Hostage- Tim Wonacott, Senior Fire Fighter, Boise Fire Department - Tim explains his concepts of "the Ghost". His journey of daily using tools he has obtained over a lifetime of battling anxiety, PTSD and depression. Tim is very open about his time spent in treatment. Tim's mission and calling is to help other first responders complete thier careers and improve thier daily shift experience. Tim will share some of his most pivotal calls and tragedies, including the death of his father. Tim will expand on techniques such as opposite action, biological effects and tactics for acute stress management.

From Post-Traumatic Injury to Crisis to Recovery- Captain/Paramedic Chris Verkerk; Meridian Fire Department -Captain Chris Verkerk shares his journey from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury to crisis and suicidal ideation to in-patient treatment to his recovery today. Through the years, like most first responders, Chris has what he calls “Body Counts” or traumas from the job that has mentally affected him and haunted him for years before finally leading him to treatment and recovery.

Introduction to Yoga For First Responders: Processing Stress and Enhancing Performance- Olivia Mead, Founder of Yoga for First Responders -Olivia will be introducing the original intent behind the practice of yoga, why it’s beneficial specifically to public safety professionals as well as addressing the misconceptions about yoga and how these misconceptions have isolated the first responder culture from this useful tool. Olivia will touch on the “why” and “what” of yoga. She will familiarize on how the nervous system functions and is affected by this line work. She will explain how these effects can either be debilitating, or, by changing the experience of stress enhance abilities and longevity of one’s career as well as fulfillment in life as a whole.

Resiliency-Coping When the Pain Doesn't Go Away- Captain Ron Winegar, Boise Police Department -Ron Winegar is a 25-year officer with the Boise Police Department. In 1997, he experienced a critical incident involving six other officers and two armed suspects. He was shot and severely wounded, a fellow officer was shot and killed, and the two suspects were also shot and killed. Though his gunshot wound “healed,” the physical effects linger and have been life-altering for him and his family. He will relate his experiences and the journey to deal with chronic pain and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Surviving Post Traumatic Stress in Dispatch- Becky Justus, Nampa Police & Fire Dispatch -Becky is a dispatcher for Nampa Police & Fire Department since 2014, She started her dispatching career in Ontario Oregon with Ontario city police. She is currently a Communication Training Officer with in Nampa PD. Becky will take you with her on journey through dispatch, showing you what real life in dispatch is, its effects on dispatchers, call takers, the stress of the hearing someone’s worst day, how it affected her and how she overcame it. Becky was the first in her family to join the law enforcement family, she had to learn how to overcome the tragedy and stress that her family didn’t understand.

A Nickel Saved- Police Chief Mike Masterson (retired)- Mike is a career police professional with over 38 years of service, the last ten as Boise’s Police Chief. He has authored nearly 20 articles appearing in books and professional publications like The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief magazine and PERF’S Subject to Debate. Mike's presentation tells the story of SSGT George Nickel, one of Idaho’s citizen-soldiers and his near fatal encounter with Boise Police in July, 2009. In his video which he helped produced for police nationwide, George explains his PTSD AND TBI and how it affected his living and nearly cost him his life. His compelling story demonstrates the resiliency of one man and how he has helped his community and police professionals everywhere to learn how to better serve our nation’s veterans in crisis situations.

Save a Warrior Program- Mark Lema, Director of Alumni Affairs- Mark will be talking about the SAW Program and explaining his profound experience while attending the program. SAW's purpose is to inspire the greatest generation of servant leaders in our nation's history. Save A Warrior has changed countless lives through our "War Detox" program, which supports the healing from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). They specialize in connecting Active Duty Military, Returning Veterans, and First Responders experiencing psychological trauma.

Change One Thing- Brad Lamm, CIP and Author- Using the three key elements of Breakfree invitation-based intervention, Brad teaches on how creating change in one area tees up the possibility for more wholesale change. A natural momentum begins when new choices are made, when confidence begins to build and old habits are released to evolve into a new way of living: a healthier, stronger you.




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