April 20-22, 2022
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

9:00 Wellness Programs and The Law

  • The basics of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the conditions covered by the ADA, and an employer’s reasonable accommodation obligation.
  • How the ADA interconnects with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, state and local laws, and obligations under a collective bargaining agreement or memorandum of understanding.
  • When can an employer legally require a fitness-for-duty evaluation?
  • Privacy and medical information.
  • Facts and figures – what does the hard evidence show about public safety employees and life expectancy, heart disease, pulmonary disorders, depression, suicide, PTSD, sleep disorders, and other conditions?

Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP;
Executive Director, LRIS, LLC.

11:00 Increasing Resilience In First Responders

How first responders can take proactive and responsive steps to adaptively respond to chronic stress and trauma. A discussion of the risk and protective factors that influence wellbeing is offered to assist first responders to understand their own experiences with trauma and stress, and how to mitigate their impact. This will include a plain-language discussion of the neurobiology of trauma. Resilience research is applied to the unique issues of first responder work, generating practical strategies to promote resilience.

  • Attendees will be able to identify risk and protective factors for chronic stress and trauma.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the neurobiology of trauma.
  • Attendees will be able to identify organizational and personal strategies for increasing protective factors against chronic stress and traumas.

Stephanie Conn, PhD., First Responder Psychology.

12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 Increasing Resilience In First Responders (Continued from morning session)

4:00 Adjournment

4:15 Hosted Reception

Thursday, April 21, 2022

9:00 An Integrated Approach to Wellness

  • Traditional barriers to wellness programs.
  • The costs to employers of inadequate wellness, including liability claims, workers’ compensation claims, and general job performance.
  • The different kinds of wellness: psychological, physical, family, financial, and holistic.
  • Starting a program – what online and other resources are available?
  • Should participation be mandatory?
  • The need for confidentiality of wellness programs.
  • Integrating training and education with wellness and finding time in the workday for wellness.
  • Heart health – how to incorporate a monitoring system into your program.
  • Mindfulness in the public safety workplace.
  • Sleep studies – the importance of sleep and shift schedules that promote health.
  • Metrics for success of a wellness program.

Retired Sergeant Scott Vincent, Sunriver, OR.

12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 Functional Fitness For Public Safety Employees

Emergency responder health and wellness must be addressed with a comprehensive, lifestyle-oriented focus. A discussion of the four pillars of fitness: Physical Fitness, Recovery and Rest, Hydration, and Nutrition. In this presentation, you will receive an overview of each pillar and some key tips on how to incorporate these pillars into an overall wellness program designed to reduce risk factors associated with emergency responder health, increase performance, increase injury reduction, and help you enjoy a long and healthy retirement.

Fire Chief Dan Kerrigan, Township of Upper Providence, PA.

4:00 Adjournment

Friday, April 22, 2022

8:30 A Comprehensive Approach To A Healthy Career In Law Enforcement

In 2010 the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) created the Office of Professional Development and Wellness (OPDW) to work with officers struggling in their personal and professional lives. The IMPD’s OPDW has been nationally recognized by former United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, as the model for police agencies across the country. Claire Hochman and Nicole Juday will discuss how IMPD combats employee crises using innovative strategies and best practices. The problem-solving program identified agency and community stakeholders and uses education and crisis support resources for early intervention rather than waiting for crisis to occur. Focusing on pro-active resiliency building, IMPD created the Mentoring Program. The Mentoring Program formally pairs trained officer mentors with recruits and employees experiencing distress. The Mentoring Program has become the foundation of the IMPD OPDW’s Wellness Model and success.

  • How the Department’s OPDW systems operate.
  • The measurable accomplishments of the program.
  • Wellness as a joint labor-management effort.
  • From “healthy hire to healthy retire.”

Claire Hochman and Nicole Juday, Office of Professional Development and Wellness, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN.

11:30 Adjournment

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
1881 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

To make arrangements, visit the hotel’s website or call the hotel directly and request the group rate for this seminar. The LRIS Group Code is LRIS22. Room rates Tuesday through Saturday nights are $189 per night, plus taxes and fees. Book early if you plan to stay over the weekend. Reservations must be made by April 5, 2022. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate.

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Will Aitchison
Mr. Aitchison is a Portland, Oregon attorney who has represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in five western states. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Edition), and The Rights of Firefighters (4th Edition).

Stephanie Conn
Dr. Conn is a former police officer, as well as the daughter and wife of police officers, and currently works as a Licensed Psychologist, specializing in police stress, trauma, work-life balance, coping, and resilience. She supports first responder agencies with CISM, peer support, and mental health training. She has 25 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 contributes her expertise to national policy development relating to peer support and clinician cultural competency. She has presented widely to first 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.

Claire Hochman
Sergeant Claire Hochman is a 25-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department with over 20 years of supervisory experience. Sgt. Hochman currently serves as a Wellness Supervisor in the Office of Professional Development and Wellness. She is responsible for the day to day operations, assists with departmental separations and collaboratively leads others to reach their professional and personal potential. She brings extensive knowledge and supervision experience to the unit as the majority of her service has been in the Investigations Division focused on crimes against persons, specifically Homicide, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes. She is a Butler University (IN) graduate with degrees in Sociology and Philosophy.

Nicole Juday
Officer Nicole Juday is a 14 year veteran of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) currently serving as Developmental Programs Coordinator for the Office of Professional Development and Wellness at IMPD. Juday is responsible for the day to day operations of the IMPD Mentoring program which involves managing and leading over 160 active and formally trained Mentors who are assigned to assist Recruit and Veteran Officers in addressing personal and professional challenges. She is currently on staff for the IMPD’s regionally recognized Leadership Academy and serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee. Juday is a graduate of Butler University (IN) with a degree in Sociology and Criminology.

Dan Kerrigan
Dan Kerrigan, MS, EFO, CFO is Chief of Fire and Emergency Services for Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, PA and co-author of the best-selling book Firefighter Functional Fitness. A 33-year veteran of the fire service, Dan serves as an at-large director on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival section board of directors. He is a certified peer fitness trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor and presents internationally on the topic of firefighter health and wellness.

Scott VincentScott Vincent
Sergeant Scott Vincent began his law enforcement career in 1990. He has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He recently retired after 20 years of service from the Bend (Oregon) Police Department. Scott was hired as a Patrol Sergeant by the Sunriver Police Department in July of 2019. In his career, he has worked as a Bailiff, Patrol Officer, Accident Reconstructionist, Motorcycle Officer, K9 Officer, Criminal Detective, School Resource Officer and Training Sergeant. Scott is a Firearms Instructor and a HNT (Hostage) Negotiator. He has a strong passion for leading, training and mentoring.

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P.O.S.T. Certification
Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) credits may be available on a state-by-state basis. If you would like information on your state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or Claire@LRIS.com prior to the seminar.

Registration fees are $795 per person; $695 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. Registration fees include attendance, lunch on the first two days of the seminar, all seminar materials, and a hospitality reception on the first evening.

Each attendee will receive a handbook containing extensive written materials pertaining to each of the subjects addressed.

Reservations may be canceled up to ten days prior to the seminar with a full refund. Cancellations made within ten days are subject to a $150 fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.