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First Responder Wellness

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Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

19010 1st Avenue South

Burien, WA 98148

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Hosted by the King County Sheriff's Office

This two day training is for all first responders, police, fire, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, professional staff and spouses who work in the public safety field. (Spouses are encouraged to attend)

What do all first responders have in common? We dedicate our lives to always thinking of everyone else first. What happens when we don’t care for ourselves? We lose that ability to care for others as well as we can. Take a moment to reflect and care about yourself and join us for two days of meaningful information in regards to the world we face every day, and how we can care for ourselves and continue to carry on assisting others. Come hear leaders in the field share their experience, stories, advice, and expertise on the challenges that first responders face every day, and find answers for those challenges.

Topics and Speakers:

Living With the Ghost...How to Negotiate When Your 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. Tim is also a co-founder of the Idaho First Responders Health & Safety Collaborative.

Introduction to Yoga For First Responders: Processing Stress and Enhancing Performance- Olivia Kvitne, 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. This will be an infomative presentation only. We will not be practicing yoga.

Understanding Your Personal Dashboard- Kaitlyn Daniel, M.S. and Brian Nelson

Are you redlining? Would you recognize it if you were? Do you know what to do when your personal fuel light comes on? When we think of self-care, knowing better doesn't always lead to doing better. Our bodies don't come with an owner’s manual or indicator lights like our cars do, but we can learn to listen to our bodies and take better care of ourselves before we burn out. In this workshop, learn to listen to what your body needs and provide micro-doses of self-care to stay on track.

Introduction to Mindfulness- Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Program Coordinator

In this workshop we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away.

Comprehensive Wellness: Exploring the Many Facets of Wellness- Joe Gorton, Therapist and Founder of StepStone Connect

Joe will cover the need for a comprehensive wellness plan to give first responders the optimal environment to be successful in their field and effectively apply resiliency tools. Wellness will be presented to include, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, work life balance, family & community support, and recreation. This presentation will be addressing the most important component of wellness, connection.

You are Not Alone- Officer Jared Nesary, Yakima PD

Jared will share his personal story of his struggles with PTSD and what recovery looks like after residential treatment. His courage to ask for help, which in his words saved his life, marriage and career. “You are not alone” is a reminder to all that no matter how dark the darkness gets, there is help.


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