Seattle, WA December 5-6, 2019

Hosted by the King County Sheriff's Office

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.

Register now for $50 off! Early bird pricing until November 4, 2019

Speakers and Topics:

From Hire To Retire: Building Resilience in first responders- Dr. Stephanie M. Conn, Licensed Psychologist/Author- This course will offer a plain language presentation of situational and personal factors that influence the first responder’s ability to recover from exposure to traumatic and stressful situations. Since situational factors are oftentimes not under control, strategies for increasing protective personal factors will be offered. These factors include cognitive, social, physical, and spiritual aspects of resilience. Dr. Stephanie M. Conn, Licensed Psychologist/Author PhD in Counseling Psychology, Master of Science in Criminal JusticeDr. Stephanie Conn is a former police officer, as well as the daughter and wife of police officers, and currently works as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice, specializing in police stress, trauma, work-life balance, coping, and resilience. She has 22 years of experience working in the first responder field. She began as a dispatcher/call-taker before becoming an officer with the Fort Worth Police Department and then earning her doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She has presented widely to emergency responders, sharing wisdom gained from her police experience, her research, and her therapy practice. She is the author of Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency 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.

Code 4 Northwest-24/7 Confidential Crisis Line for First Responders & Their Families - 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.

Survive & Thrive: A Path through Trauma into Resilience-Ryan Dedmon, Outreach Director, 911 Training Institute- A former dispatcher will discuss the accumulation of stress from personal loss and professional trauma that he experienced. His personal story of survival and journey to healing will help empower all first responders to seek peer support services and mental health treatment to build their resilience. Ryan Dedmon is a retired police dispatcher from Southern California. He currently serves as the Outreach Director for the 911 Training Institute and as the CIT Training Coordinator at the Regional Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. Ryan is a California POST-certified instructor and holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. He blends his education and experience behind the console to help first-responders recover and grow from post-traumatic stress.

Engaging the Present- Ian Edwards, Assistant Commander at the WSCJTC- Ian will assist you with exploring mindfulness practices in dynamically evolving situations. He will explain how engaging the present allows you to access the skills and talent necessary to accomplish the seemingly impossible. This short presentation connects heroes to their hidden superpowers. Ian is the Assistant Commander at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. He regularly teaches at police academies, corrections academies, LEO leadership trainings, Blue Courage classes, or conferences dealing with resilience. Ian has been working with first responders for the past decade in a training role. He has worked with police, corrections, tele-communicators, and military. Ian has a deep love for the heroes who sacrifice all to serve their communities. His personal mission is to get them the best resources to flourish in the field.

Building Comprehensive Wellness Programs & Peer Support Teams- Jeremy Wade, Trainer/ Consultant/ Seattle PD Peer Support Coordinator- Learn the most important components of an effective wellness program for a department of any size. These reactive and proactive programs will look different in every agency. Options and resources will be presented from the perspective of an active duty police officer who is currently a full-time peer support coordinator and resilience and wellness trainer, and who advises agencies around the country on wellness programs. Learn how to build a strong peer support team that will be trusted and utilized in your agency. Learn best practices, team structure, team member selection, and policies and procedures. Jeremy Wade is the founder of Fearless Resilience LLC, and a full-time Peer Support Coordinator as an officer with the Seattle Police Department. He has served in Seattle over 10 years and has been awarded; Medal of Valor, Officer of the Year, Officer of the Month - Washington’s Most Wanted on Q13 FOX, and the City of Seattle Community Service Leadership Award. In addition to leading the successful peer support team for the last 3 years, he was tasked with developing and instructing the agency’s first resilience training for the entire department in 2018. He instructed 70 full day classes, which changed many lives in the department, and vastly improved the wellness culture. This effort is continuing on in Seattle through annual resilience and wellness training, and the development of other wellness programs. Jeremy started Fearless Resilience LLC out of the need for a first responder subject matter expert in resilience and wellness training, peer support team training, and wellness program consulting.

The Alertness Edge- Steve James, PhD-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. BIO- 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.

Breaking the Barrier to Great Communication- Noel Meador, Executive Director of Stronger Families-Healthy communication is the key to mending conflicts, overcoming obstacles and building greater relationships. But effective communication often doesn’t come naturally, especially under high-stress situations. Happily, great communication skills can be learned and nurtured, so you can express your own needs and understand those of your partner. By learning more about how you and your partner listen and communicate, you’ll tame tension, heal conflict and open the door to more insight and empathy in your relationship.  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 relationships. OXYGEN is offered in 32 states and 5 countries. Over the last 7 years, 17,137 military and first responder couples have been reached through the OXYGEN Seminar. Noel hosts a national podcast, the OXYGEN Show, which interviews top relationship experts and has an audience of over 12,000 subscribers. 

Continental Breakfast and lunches are provided on both days. 

*Networking Social on December 5th, from 4:15-6:15 pm @ the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. 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 non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

*Accommodations: Conference specials/discounted hotel rates available: 

Coast Gateway Hotel($109/night reserved by Nov. 18, 2019):

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*You must register to attend. Seats are limited for this conference. Early Bird registration is open until November 4th and is $140.00. Registration after November 5th will be $190.00.

King County Sheriff's Office Employees are free. (Limited Free Passes)These seats are funded by King County Balanced You worksite grant and arelimited!Please register as soon as possible. To register please email Due to limited tickets, please do not register unless you know you are able to attend. If for some reason you need to cancel, please notify Shawn as soon as possible, so someone else is able to attend.


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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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Coast Gateway Hotel

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At our Coast Gateway Hotel, we aim to make travel as easy as possible—and enjoyable, too. We are the closest hotel to Seatac airport, making us, well, the perfect gateway to the city.

Our Sea-Tac hotel has everything you need, so you can spend less time on logistics and more time relaxing and putting your feet up. You’ll receive free overnight parking as well as complimentary continental breakfast, and Wi-Fi. We are also a pet friendly hotel in Seattle. (Please view our pet friendly page for more details) Like we said; we make things easy for everyone.

If you are from out of town and will be needing a hotel, we have reserved a group block at the Coast Gateway Hotel. Room rates are $109.00 plus tax.   Please make your reservations as soon as possible as the hotel is filling up quickly.   To get the group rate, reservations must be made by the cutoff date of November 18, 2019.  If you are booking after November 4, 2019 please call the hotel to see if there are rooms available at our group rate.  For more information about the hotel visit

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