This is a recording to our live interactive 1 day online training we had on January 15, 2021. You will receive access to the recording for three days. The recording is 7 hours and 33 minutes in length.
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 one-day seminar 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 training 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 one-day seminar is unique in that your spouses or significant others who support you are encouraged to register, so they may 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.
About this Event:
I am You, You are Me, a Post Traumatic Growth Story-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. (Please not the connection on this presentation was choppy. We will send you another presentation the speaker did on a different day covering the same topic)
The Alertness Edge- Steve James, PhD and Assistant Professor- Our society is dependent on first responders providing services 24/7, despite mounting evidence for negative physical and mental health outcomes from sleep displacement due to shift work. This talk reviews short- and long-term health consequences of sleep displacement and circadian misalignment due to shift work. We will also discuss the impact of sleep loss on cognitive function, decision making, and the ability of the first responder to process stress. You will be given a better understanding of why sleep alludes us and given concert advice on how to achieve more sleep. Sleep is a core biological function that can help protect you from the stresses of your job and promotes recovery. Stephen James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane. His research focus includes the interaction between physical stressors [such as sleep and shift work related fatigue], law, policy, training and practice relating to operational performance for military and law enforcement personnel. Dr. James strives to better understand the dynamics of performance in a wide variety of policing tasks; driving, citizen encounters, crisis intervention, and deadly force encounters. Dr. James utilizes neurophysiological measurements and simulation technology to evaluate training and performance of military and law enforcement personnel.
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.
Operational Stress and Resilience- Dr. Shannon Meyer- Even though we all know that this work changes us, we rarely discuss the emotional costs of being a first responder. 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. Dr. Shannon Meyer has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with advanced training and expertise in PTSD, operational stress, and secondary trauma in first responders. Dr. Meyer is a Victim Specialist who works for FBI in the Seattle area, a member of the Skagit County CISM Team, and a psychologist at the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat, a residential treatment program for first responders. Dr. Meyer and her German Shepherd, Odin, recently became certified as a Crisis Response Canine Team with the goal of serving first responders at natural and man-made disasters. Dr. Meyer is happily married to a retired law enforcement officer.
The Resilent Hero- Captain Nicole Picknell, Snohomish Fire- The first responder lifestyle often creates stress in our lives both acute and long-term stress. Many of us live for the job and take the job stress home. We often allow our work to get in the way of taking care of our body and mind first. In this workshop first responders and families will discover how movement, exercise and nutrition can be the foundation to a healthy mindset. We will discuss how exercise can decrease stress, clear the mind and support you adapting from your shift. You will learn how to create a healthy foundation so you become more resilient and able to handle the stress of life and the job! Join me in learning how movement and nutrition can support you with optimum health. Nicole Picknell has served almost 30 year in the fire service and has experience as a Wildland Firefighter, Paramedic, Helitack firefighter, Captain, Lieutenant and Acting Battalion Chief. Her education includes Exercise science and Firefighter health. She has a background in nutritional therapy, massage therapy and emotional intelligence training. She has a passion and desire to create awareness around peer support needs and emotional awareness.
Target Audience:This Public Presentation is open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter. This webinar is particularly aimed for all 1st Responders and their families, Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatchers, Military/Veterans, Corrections, Coroners, Chaplains, Retired 1st Responders, Professional Staff, Clinicians and Health Professionals and those who work in helping professions who work with others.
Access to this event is $50.00
Certificate of attendance are available upon request for anyone who would like to self-submit training hours.
This presentation will be delivered delivered via Zoom. You will be sent the recording within 24 hours of purchasing the recording. (It is recommended to have a free Zoom account)
Warning! Some of the material presented at our webinars and conferences may cause emotional triggers. If you are in need of additional resources please contact us. These webinars are 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. These webinars are certainly not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you need expert advice, please consult a competent professional. These webinars are only intended for “educational” use and they should only be used as a guide.
Webinar Resource Partner/Sponsor:
Thin Blue Line USA- https://www.thinbluelineusa.com
Rock Springs Help for Heroes- https://rockspringshealth.com
FirstNet AT&T: https://www.firstnet.com
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