Presented by 1st Responder Conferences & First H.E.L.P.
Co-hosted by The First Responder Project
This training is for all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, spouses 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/PTSI, 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.
Register now, seating is limited.
Speakers and Topics:
"Living with PTSD: The Journey Through the Unknown, Denial and Fear - Captain Chris Moore, Chesapeake Virginia Fire Department- To help our Brothers and Sisters realize the reality of PTSD in the first responder world and its effects on those that are living with it. I will share my personal story and experience of living with PTSD, how it not only affected me but affected others that I love as well. By doing so, I hope to let others know what to look for, know that it is OK to ask for help/how to get help and to help end the stigma that everyone is always OK. This presentation is geared for any and all first responders, to include but not limited to: Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS and Dispatchers. This topic is near and dear to my heart. I have learned about it through the school of hard knocks, unfortunately. I am living proof that PTSD is real, is a struggle (but is manageable) and effects more than just the 1st responder. I am not a certified counsellor, therapist or professional by any means but being a 1st responder with PTSD, I have a lot to offer. This presentation is set forth to shed light on Behavioral Health in the Fire Service, to recognize signs and symptoms and to end the “stigma” that you are weak if you seek assistance. It is also designed for families, friends and loved ones associated with 1st responders. Chris Moore started his fire career 30 years ago in Virginia Beach as a volunteer while working full time with the Navy Exchange until getting hired full time as a Paramedic/Firefighter with the Chesapeake Fire Department. In his 20-year career with CFD, he has been one of the Coordinators for MDA in helping every year to raise funds during Fill the Boot, he is an active member of their Peer Support team, was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and then to Captain in 2018. Once promoted to Captain, he became a state asset as a member of the regional Hazmat Team. Chris has been on numerous podcasts talking about his PTSD journey and has been featured in an article published in Fire Engineering. He has also spoken at conferences with his service dog, Lewis, to share his story.
Speak No Evil: Reconciling Exposure to Trauma, Threat and Tragedy Among First Responders- Dr. Tracy S. Hejmanowski, First Responder Project Founder- Those who work across the Thin Lines of public safety and service naturally don’t want to be on the receiving end of assistance - after all, stoicism has a long history of being celebrated. But, compassionate hearts can eventually bruise or suffocate enough to make public service feel like both a blessing and a curse. This presentation will offer how to shift perspective, where ‘symptoms’ are turned into adaptive responses and resistance is leveraged toward resilience and longevity. The presentation will discuss how to punch through multiple layers of stigma, recognize the difference between traumatic stress, moral injury, and soul burden, and make sense of the built up residue from exposure to mortality, inhumanity, and injustice. First responders will learn how to speak “of” cumulative stress, without having to speak “about” things they’d rather forget. Because when we repack our baggage, we regain mental and emotional bandwidth to live more easily with ourselves and our loved ones. Dr. Tracy S. Hejmanowski is a licensed clinical psychologist, with 20 years of clinical expertise working with service members, first responders, veterans, and their families. Her work began in a VA Medical Center, followed by an assignment working with repatriated Prisoners of War. She was stationed overseas and stateside as an active duty U.S. Navy psychologist, followed by work as a DoD contractor for 11 years as the Program Manager of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Deployment Health Center.
“Building Financial Strength in First Responder Families”- (Ret. Sgt.) Nicholas Daugherty, FinancialCop- Building Financial Strength in First Responder families is the premier financial wellness class designed for first responders, taught by first responders. We will cover the importance of financial wellness for your personal and professional lives. Topics include budgeting, how to avoid debt and pay off debt, the importance of will & estate planning, and how to build a plan to begin to win with money. Taught by instructors that have the heart of teachers to over thousands of first responders from over 2,000 agencies nationwide. Nick Daugherty began his career with the Grand Prairie Police Department (GPPD) in 2003 before semi-retiring in 2017 as a Sergeant. He continues to serve as reserve officer for GPPD. Nick operates FinancialCop, the largest financial wellness training provider for first responders nationally as well as providing comprehensive fiduciary only financial planning for first responders. FinancialCops have coached hundreds of first responder families through almost every type of financial crisis and scenario possible. He also works with several first responder nonprofit organizations, focusing on financial wellness for those suffering from PTSD and suicidal thoughts.
"No Half Measures"-Jeffrey McGill, First HELP, Chief Executive Officer Steve Hough First HELP Chief Operating Officer- There are times in the career of a first responders where you will be tested. Steve Hough and Jeff McGill were partners for 10 years when one of those times arrived. An officer involved shooting left physical wounds on one and operational stress injuries on both and they will discuss how to fight back. Jeffrey McGill began his law enforcement career with four years of military service. He then entered the civilian law enforcement profession at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office where he stayed full-time for 15 years. Jeff had numerous assignments including patrol, street crimes, beach/marine unit, investigations, sex offender unit, and gang intelligence. Hi is the co-author of The Price They Pay Jeff is now the Academy Director at Northwest Florida State College overseeing training for basic recruits as well as advanced courses for certified officers. Steven Hough is a 20-year veteran of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Steven also spent seven years assigned as a Task Force Officer for the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force based in Pensacola, FL. While serving a warrant with the task force Steven was shot numerous times, including once in the face. As a result of his actions, Steven was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery, United States Marshal’s Purple Heart, and the Medal of Valor from Santa Rosa County. Steven has since retired from the Okaloosa county Sheriff’s Office and is currently working as an inspector with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
"Peer Support Teams - Leading from Your Strengths"- Noel Meador, Stronger Families President & CEO, and Tim Sears, Stronger Families First Responder Liaison and Ret. Firefighter- You were created with unique strengths. These strengths were meant to be leveraged together on your team to create unity, better outcomes, and overall increased performance. Without a proper understanding of this concept, many leaders build a team of people most like themselves and miss out on a larger vision. Leading From Your Strengths empowers team leaders and teams to discover their unique strengths and the power of differences that leads to building close knit teams. This builds a culture of leadership excellence where relationships thrive. In this session we will be covering how to… -Better understand yourself through a uniquely generated report -Help yourself and your team appreciate the strengths each of you bring to the team -Learn how different people communicate and how to leverage these differences -Define areas of tension and learn to resolve conflict without “winners and losers” Noel Meador serves as President & CEO for Stronger Families in Seattle, Washington. In this role, he is dedicated to strengthening families and marriages and ultimately, affecting the community at large. Noel is the lead author of the Oxygen for Your Relationship seminar, which provides couples with tools and resources that help them promote authenticity and renewed vitality in their relationship. Over the past 5 years, 14,000 couples have gone through OXYGEN program and 300 + facilitators have been certified to teach the program. Noel received his Master’s Degree in Education and is trained in many relationship enrichment and counseling tools and part of the John Maxwell Leadership Team. Tim Sears is a retired firefighter with 30+ years in the fire service. Tim was actively involved in water rescue, ladder truck ops, safety, hazmat and PEER support. Tim and his bride, Lauri, co-founded a Marriage Ministry in their local church and Tim started and lead a Men’s Ministry for many years. Once Tim retired from the Kirkland Fire Department in Washington State, we were more than excited to invite him to join us on our mission. Tim is looking forward to helping all First Responders nationwide with their wellness, at work and home.
"Surviving the Last Call"-Bethann McIntosh, Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Journey of the Heart- First Responders never run from the heat of the fire or fear staring into the wrong end of a weapon. Most dance with a lack of fear of mortality. They never think it will happen to them, and they never think about the “what if”. On a cold dark March night, Dan McIntosh suddenly passed away in the line of duty. Dan was a 13-year veteran of the Bensalem Emergency Medical Services, a Medic for the Bucks County Southern SWAT Team and the Bucks County Hazardous Material SWAT Team , a Hulmeville Borough Police Officer, and a Volunteer Firefighter for the Point Pleasant Fire Company and Nottingham Fire Department. This presentation is for the ones left behind. We often try to honor someone’s memory by dealing with the pain in unhealthy ways, instead of learning how to heal our hearts, see the smiles behind the tears, and overcoming the fear of a new normal. Bethann will share her personal stories and discuss how to work through emotionally painful experiences by incorporating the Grief Recovery Method. Over the last 10 years Bethann has been working with families of First Responders and was a key contributor to the passing of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, expanding the benefit coverage for volunteer First Responders. Bethann is the Founder of Journey of the Heart, LLC and an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist.
“Erasing the stigma of PTSD”-Donna A Michaels, Ret. Deputy and US Navy Veteran- I will take you on a personal journey, sharing my story of how I experienced a "perfect storm" between personal life stressors and the toll it took on me after responding to traumatic events over a period of many years. Initially how it's exciting and scary and the belief that "it's just part of the job and what we signed up for". I will also discuss how we compartmentalize the traumas into a part of our brain we choose to lock away and ignore, leading to various ways of self medicating, risk taking, anger, marital problems, anger issues etc. My story touches on how the stigma is real and how I was afraid to get help because I thought I knew what would happen, so I refused to go down that path in shame. This lead to negative beliefs about myself to the point that I felt suicide was my only escape. I had never experienced depression and could never comprehend how anyone could feel so bad that they would take their own life. I saw it as selfish and cowardly. Then there I was. Donna Michaels has had a distinguished career from being a U.S. Navy Veteran and throughout her 20 years in law enforcement. She is a proud mom of a teenage daughter and enjoys her time with their three hysterically funny dogs. After being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2017, she began a journey to find answers to questions she had struggled with for years. In the course of doing so, she started to journal and before she knew it, she had written a book. Her discoveries not only allowed her to find the answers she was seeking, but in choosing to share her story she realized she could help others as well.
More speaker info coming soon!
Venue: Adam W. Herbert University Center
12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Registration is $300.00 (plus Humanitix platform fees) and includes the following:
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. The venue has limited food choices so if you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please be advised. *Networking Social on January 13th from 4:00-6:00 pm @ the 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 will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase.
*Accommodations: HYATT PLACE JACKSONVILLE ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
4742 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246, USA
Book now by clicking here or call call the Reservations line at 800-596-3685 with the group code of G-1RHC. Each individual will be responsible for making his/her own reservation with the hotel by Sunday, December 12, 2021.
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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 counseling services, whether medical, psychological or of any other kind, nor to diagnose, prevent, cure or treat any disease, disorder 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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HYATT PLACE JACKSONVILLE ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
4742 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32246, USA
Book now by clicking here or call call the Reservations line at 800-596-3685 with the group code of G-1RHC.
Each individual will be responsible for making his/her own reservation with the hotel by Sunday, December 12, 2021.
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