Columbus, OH November 7-8, 2019

Hosted by Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Presented by 1st Responder Conferences

Co-hosted by Code 4 NW, 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 America's Heroes.

Speakers and Topics

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.

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.” Steve Redmond is an officer for the Seattle Police Department and has worked for Seattle PD since 1992. During his career with Seattle, he has worked as a patrol officer, FTO, mountain bike officer, DUI squad officer, traffic officer, and as a motorcycle officer. In August of 2013, he began creating Code 4 Northwest, which is a 24/7 confidential Crisis referral hotline for first responders and their families. Steve wanted to ensure that all Washington State active or retired first responders, EMS, corrections, civilian supports personnel, and their families had access to the best resources that could be offered.

Financially Fit- Marco Parzych; Ret. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Financial Coach, Founder & Executive Director for 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.

Processing Stress, Enhancing Performance & Introduction to YFFR - Jeff Masters; Yoga for First Responders, Senior Curriculum Advisor, LMT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, MPCT, Msc. (Hon.)Jeff 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. Jeff will touch on the “why” and “what” of yoga. He will familiarize on how the nervous system functions and is affected by this line work. He 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. Jeff Masters is an inspirational teacher and integrative somatic therapist specializing in assessment and treatment of somatic-based trauma, chronic pain and neuro-energetic dysfunction. With over 30 years of mentorship, training and clinical practice, Jeff’s writings, teachings, and sessions bridge the gap between the Eastern and Western arts, sciences, and integrated lifestyle. His teachings focus on the modern application of ancient wisdom and creating accessible embodied learning opportunities where understanding is inspired by direct experience and personal realization. His clinical experience and training includes active duty military service, yoga and yoga therapy certifications, somatic therapy, sports medicine, and trauma specific training and Ayurvedic therapies. Jeff has been published internationally and he is the author of the e-book entitled ‘The Nine Ancient Principles for Personal Transformation’ and the forthcoming books, ‘Saṃskāric Archeology and Alchemy: Uncovering and Healing the Issues in Your Tissues’ and ‘The Five-Steps To A Radiant Life.’ Jeff is honored to be senior advisor, core faculty, and executive board member for Yoga for First Responders. He is the founder and director of The Masters Institute, an organization dedicated to vibrant health, wellness and the realization of the fully actualized human potential.

QPR for Emergency Service Professionals- Angela Damon- QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Gatekeeper Trainer-QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Angela has BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University; certified CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) trainer, and Working Minds trainer. She started as a volunteer with LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) in 2017 and now works with them as the Suicide Prevention Initiative Coordinator. 

Putting Yourself First: If NOT you, then WHO? -Dr. William “Bill” Bauer; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and Mental Health First Aid Instructor (MHFA-I)-Dr. Bauer will talk about signs and symptoms of depression and its subcategories or anxiety and anger. He will also demonstrate basic neuroscience of the common laypersons term “chemical imbalance”. Also, he will cover the mood disorder matrix that will allow people to see where they are on the matrix. Healthy ways to improve anxiety and depression along with some unhealthy ways will be covered. Lastly he will talk about the importance of having a natural support system with his use of his “socio-gram”. Recovery is a journey and requires self-awareness; he will talk about how to get there. Dr. Bauer has a PhD in Rehabilitation counseling from The Ohio State University. Currently he is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor. He was a former school teacher, principal and interim superintendent. He specializes in mental health issues (mainly anxiety, depression, bi-polar and suicide). His work with Post Traumatic Stress syndrome spans across years of working with children, adults and families experiencing past or current trauma situations. He is an Emeritus McCoy Professor of Education and Leadership and provides psychotherapy at a private practice. He speaks internationally about topics surrounding mental illness.

Save a Warrior Program (SAW) - Jake Clark - Ronald “Jake” Clark is a US Army Veteran of the Cold War era and the California Army National Guard during the Post 9/11 era. During a lengthy break in military service, Jake served with the U.S. Secret Service, the Los Angeles Police Department, and as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Following the events of 9/11 he reenlisted in the Guard, completed Officer Candidate School, and served multiple Peacekeeping tours to the former Yugoslavia where he witnessed the aftermath of genocidal atrocities, greatly impacting his worldview. While an MBA student at Pepperdine University, he interrupted his studies to create Malibu-based Save A Warrior.

Critical Tools for Bridging the Gap between Service & Survival- Steven Click; Retired Law Enforcement Officer, First Responder Mental Health Liaison, OhioMHAS ASSIST & Crisis Awareness Trainer- Steve Click retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol with 36 years of service in November, 2018. Prior to retirement, he oversaw the Ohio ASSIST program, which offers training and support for Ohio's First Responders. Steve is ICISF certified and was twice deployed to New York City after 9/11 to assist the NYPD peer support teams. He now serves as the First Responder Liaison to Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services. In 1992, Steve received the Ohio Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award for his actions at a fatal motor vehicle crash where a car had caught fire and the passenger was trapped. His actions helped save the young woman, who was able to recover from her injuries. However, her mother did not survive. Besides sharing his personal story, Steven will share critical tools for all first responders’ survival. He will give an overview of two invaluable resources/programs: OhioMHAS and ASSIST provide pre-incident training and post-incident after-care for First Responders. ASSIST hosts three day seminars, Post Critical Incident Seminars (PCIS) for first responders and their support persons. Crisis Awareness training has been provided for law enforcement, fire / EMS as well as civilian agencies working alongside first responders in their communities. The First Responder Liaison position bridges the gap between public safety agencies and mental health services in Ohio. 

Continental Breakfast and lunches are provided on both days.

*Networking Social - November 7, from 4:15-6:15 pm (Included in your registration) @ the Embassy Suites by Hilton. We will be having a networking social with most of the speakers at the conference 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 beverages will be provided. No host cash bar available.

*You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until October 6th and is $149.00. Registration after October 6th will be $199.00 (Plus Eventbrite charges) 

A limited amount of scholarships are availble for those with financial hardships. Please contact us to request more information.

*Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available:

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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.

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Embassy Suites

Hotel Information

If you are from out of town and will be needing a hotel, we have reserved a group block at the Embassy Suites by Hilton ($122/night until Oct. 17 or until group block is sold out. Includes complimentary parking, breakfast, & evening manager’s reception-cocktail hour).

5100 Upper Metro Place
Dublin, Ohio 43017

This will also be where we are having our networking Social event on November 7th.

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