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First Responder Wellness

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Swinomish Casino & Lodge

12885 Casino Drive

Anacortes, WA 98221

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Presented by 1st Responder Conferences

Hosted by the Island County Sheriff's Office & Swinomish Tribal Police Department

Co-hosted by Code 4 NW and Blue H.E.L.P.

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

Operational Stress and Resilience- Dr. Shannon Meyer, FBI Clinical Psychologist- Even though we all know that this work changes us, we rarely discuss the emotional costs of being a first responders. Incidents, large and small, impact not only our feelings and perspective on the world, but they can also result in biological changes to our brain. In fact, evidence indicates that operational stress injuries, like PTSD, result from physical damage to our brain, including changes in its structure and functioning. This presentation will discuss some of the ways that work can take a destructive toll on us, both emotionally and biologically. We will talk about what to look for in ourselves, how to look out for each other, and where to turn if things get bad. We will also talk about the ways that we can cultivate resilience and how we can insulate, and protect, ourselves from the toxic effects of our jobs.

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.”

Post Traumatic Growth, A Positive Change - Mike Washington, 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.

The Power of Vision- Sergeant Laura Price, Island County Sheriff's Office- Learn how the power of vision can help you discover your true dream or purpose and help you eliminate fear, doubt and worry. I talk about my own story of how I came into LE and how visioning helps me. It’s about full-spectrum living, making all the parts of our lives work (health, relationships, vocation and time/money freedom).

Treating PTSD: What Actually Works-CSW Matt Quakenbush, Deer Hollow Recovery- There is a host of misinformation about the treatment of PTSD and what PTSD actually is. Understanding the truth about how to treat it is the first step to overcoming its effects. Learn what the research tells us actually works and walk away with with tools of your own for how to manage anxiety, depression, and overcome trauma.

Responder Resilience- Chris Sutherland and Jeremy Wood, Marysville Police Department- This presentation addresses the issues of being a first responder and dealing with traumatic events. We address suicide prevention, substance abuse, PTSD and making positive choices after experiencing these life-changing events. We share our personal experiences of our in the line of duty shootings (High school shooting incident and hostage/suicide by Cop shooting). We invite our audience in to our personal lives and experiences so you can feel challenges we have faced. We walk you through our Mental Health experiences so you can relate to our journey to find peace. We believe it is more beneficial for the officer his/her family, department, and the community to work with first responders before self-destructing or negative behaviors surface.


Early Bird registration is $125 for both days (plus Eventbrite fees) Includes continental breakfast, lunch and a networking social.


If you will be staying at the hotel the group rate for the lodge is $89-$109, depending on the room you choose. All reservations for the group will be handled through the hotel reservations department. Please call this toll free number (855) 794-6563 and use group code FIRST RESPONDER 19. The block of rooms are good until February 17, 2019.

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