Presented by 1st Responder Conferences
Hosted by Beaumont Police Department & Fire- Rescue
Co-hosted by 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. (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.
*14 hrs. T-Cole credits (Thanks to the TMPA) & certificates available upon request for Fire/EMS & other professions for self-submittal of training hours.
Register now for $50 off! Get early bird pricing until September 6, 2020. *You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until September 6th and is $149.00. (Plus Eventbrite charges) Registration after September 6th will be $199.00 (Plus Eventbrite charges)
Speakers and Topics:
A First Responder Marriage-Surviving Critical Incidents - Retired Lieutenant Cathy Bustos , Cedar Park PD and Corporal Javier Bustos, Austin PD-Javier and Cathy Bustos are certified in Law Enforcement Peer Support. Throughout their careers they have experienced many critical Incidents separately and together. On August 18th, 2010 they experienced the trauma of a line of duty death for a fellow officer and friend at Cathy’s police department in Cedar Park, TX. A month later on September 25th, 2010, Javier was in an Officer Involved Shooting in Austin, TX. Cathy & Javier were thrust into a new and changed world. They had to adjust their lives for the “new normal”. It is important officers get help in the early days after a critical incident. The days of the macho “shaking it off” are in the past. With a combined 46 years of law enforcement experience their mission is to help other officers and their families deal with the stress of Critical Incidents. They serve as Peer Support Team members at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX for quarterly Post Critical Incident Seminars. They volunteer at National Police Week in Washington, DC as support services. They are certified Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructors. They write articles for law enforcement publications. They appeared in the documentary "Officer Involved"
From the Ashes- Cody Schroeder, firefighter, Beaumont Fire Department- A general reflection of the struggle that I didn't know I was going through. From great times to low times and a new beginning of life and purpose. Cody was hired as a Beaumont firefighter in Oct 2000. He was married in 2004 and had a daughter in 2005. She was born in Arlington Texas, during Hurricane Rita. Cody was trapped in a house fire Dec 2007, and immediately flown to Galveston and admitted into the University of Texas Blocker Burn Unit (UTMB) where he spent 6 weeks in hospital. Cody had ten to twelve surgeries and later released to stay in a condo on the island. He was able to return to my home, Beaumont, Texas, in April of 2008. However, his rehab and surgeries continued at the Blocker Burn Unit until July of 2008. Cody returned to full duty as a firefighter in August of 2008. Through the years Cody has struggled and dealt with alcoholism and depression. He has so many people around him helping him through the years and because of their support, he is still alive!
Strong Foundations, Strong Families, Strong First Responders- Wendy C Norris, CEO of the Texas LODD Task Force- In this presentation, participants will learn the importance of developing and implementing a resiliency and support program for both the first responder and the first responder family. Participants will also learn how to support their first responders in building a strong and resilient physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, which can help offset some of the negative side effects a first responder career can have. Wendy Norris is the CEO of the Texas LODD Task Force. She is a Master Certified Chaplain & Instructor, Presiding Officer on the Governor’s Advisory Panel for the Star of Texas Awards for injured and fallen first responders, and serves as a chaplain and first responder for the Forest Bend Fire Department. She also served on the Texas Department of Health’s First Responder Mental Health Working Group.
Financially Fit- Marco Parzych (Lt Col, USAF Ret.), Founder & Executive Director of Mission Ready Finances - 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. He 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. Marco's 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.
Struck Down, but Not Destroyed- Bryan Flatt, TMPA Training Coordinator - The goal of Bryan's presentation, "Struck Down, but Not Destroyed" is to give you some insight of his personal and professional struggles and how he learned to overcome them. Bryan didn’t grow up dreaming of working in law enforcement. It just happened. Two months into his career he was almost killed when he was attacked by an inmate who had plans to escape. For over two decades He saw the worst of society as many of you have also seen and he worked with some of the finest people in Texas. It made him stronger or so he thought. Every time he would climb to the proverbial mountain top, he would eventually fall into the valley. From struggles with his family life, his health, his faith, and the loss of friends Bryan has made it his mission to help the law enforcement community live better lives.
Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Treatment Protocols- Timothy Erhardt, MSW, LCSW, Laurel Ridge Treatment Center- Whether you are a treatment provider for PTSD or a first responder to a traumatic event, this presentation will clarify the symptoms, treatment of, and best practices for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You will leave with tools and knowledge of the physiological process of the brain and effective strategies to move towards recovery. For the last 15 years, Tim has gained experienced working in clinical settings in all walks of life - children through adults, with a wide variety of mental health needs. He has worked with first responders in both an in-patient and outpatient setting. He's partnered with families and kids walking through adoptive and foster care placements, attachment therapy, and couples seeking to strengthen their marriages. He's worked in an in-patient and outpatient settings specifically with active duty and retired military service members diagnosed with substance abuse disorders, mental health issues and PTSD both combat and non-combat related. In addition to these services, he has a taught at the university level and also has given presentations on substance use issues as well as PTSD. In his spare time, Tim is outdoors, trail running and spending time with his family. Tim's current certifications include: EMDR, Trauma-focused CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, & DBT Therapy.
Creating a Culture of Courage: A Behavioral Health Study of Resilience and Response to Traumatic Events for First Responders and Suicide Ideation- Dr. Brett Ellis, Harris County ESD 48 FD- Asst. Chief of Operations- Dr. Brett Ellis shares findings and recommendations from his original research centered on first responder resilience in relation to traumatic events, how different ranks cope with symptomatic responses, encouraged practices after high acuity call types, and how leaders must enact cultural change for their people through education, empathy, and empowerment. This session will challenge participants as change leaders to seek deeper relational organizational needs, provide increased awareness to the growing epidemic of first responder suicide, and provide tangible solutions which rival traditional mindsets. Dr. Brett Ellis is a fire service professional with teaching focus in leadership development, firefighter behavioral health, conflict resolution, after action review protocols for high acuity call types, and organizational movement. With over 22 years in the fire service, Chief Ellis has served as a fire service professional in Pflugerville, Sugar Land, and Harris County ESD 48 Fire Departments. Chief Ellis is a graduate of the TXFCA’s Chief Fire Executive program, serves on the TCFP Health and Wellness Committee for the State of Texas, and provides a number of services as a consultant.
*Accommodations: Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available:
MCM Elegante Hotel 2355 Interstate 10, Beaumont, TX, 77705($94/night reserved by August 31st, 2020 ):
If you are from out of town and will be needing a hotel, we have reserved a group block at MCM Elegante Hotel. 2355 Interstate 10, Beaumont, TX, 77705. Room rates are $94 plus tax. Please make your reservations as soon as possible as the hotel is filling up quickly. If you would like to book directly with the MCM Elegante, please call 409-842-3600 and let the front desk know you are attending the 1st Responder Conferences Mental Health and Wellness training when making your reservation or click on the link. https://www.reseze.net/servlet/SendPage?hotelid=1353&skipfirstpage=true&page=2518986
To get the group rate, reservations must be made by the cutoff date of May 31st, 2020. For more information about the hotel visit https://www.mcmelegantebeaumont.com
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*You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until September 6th and is $149.00. (Plus Eventbrite charges) Registration after September 6th will be $199.00 (Plus Eventbrite charges)
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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.
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*Accommodations: Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available:
MCM Elegante Hotel 2355 Interstate 10, Beaumont, TX, 77705 ($94/night reserved by August 31, 2020 ):
If you are from out of town and will be needing a hotel, we have reserved a group block at MCM Elegante Hotel. 2355 Interstate 10, Beaumont, TX, 77705. Room rates are $94 plus tax. Please make your reservations as soon as possible as the hotel is filling up quickly. If you would like to book directly with the MCM Elegante, please call Toll-free (877) 842-3606 and let the front desk know you are attending the 1st Responder Conferences Mental Health and Wellness training when making your reservation or click on the Book A Room Button.
To get the group rate, reservations must be made by the cutoff date of August 31, 2020. For more information about the hotel visit https://www.mcmelegantebeaumont.com
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