Health & Wellness Programs For Public Safety Agencies

July 14-16, 2021
The Embassy Suites
Nashville, Tennessee

In an effort to maintain proper social distancing among attendees, we will be limiting the number of registrations for this seminar to 130. Please make your arrangements soon to guarantee your spot.



    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    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.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 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 to assist first responders in understanding their own experiences with trauma and stress and how to mitigate their impact. 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.

    • Defining and diagnosing the different types of work-related stress.
    • The physiological mechanisms of stress and the impact of stress on the development of other medical conditions.
    • Interpersonal stress as distinguished from organizational stress.
    • Recognizing critical incident stress, understanding the impact of critical incident stress on perception and recall, and steps that can be taken to minimize those impacts.
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder, how it develops and is manifested, and the developing treatments.

    Stephanie Conn, PhD., First Responder Psychology.

    4:00 Adjournment

    4:15 Hosted Reception

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    9:00 Wellness Programs And the Public Safety Agency

    • 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.
    • Cancer, respiratory diseases, and heart disease – the “Big 3” for public safety employees.
    • Alcohol, drugs, and public safety employees.
    • Positive wellness programs v. performance testing with negative implications: what works?
    • 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.
    • The need for rehabilitation time.
    • Equipment and wellness.
    • The roles of the Department psychologist/counselor/chaplain and peer leaders/fitness trainers. What kinds of personalities are you looking for as part of the wellness team?
    • The roles of the Department psychologist/counselor/chaplain and peer leaders/fitness trainers. What kinds of personalities are you looking for as part of the wellness team?
    • Mindfulness in the public safety workplace. Including civilian employees in the program. Metrics for success of a wellness program.

    Moderator: Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group.
    Panel: Chief Dan Kerrigan, Township of Upper Providence, PA; Sergeant Scott Vincent, Sunriver, OR; Annette Mullin, Director of the Police Employee Assistance Program, Las Vegas, NV; Captain Adam VanGerpen, Los Angeles Fire Dept; David Kennington, MA, LPC, MHSP of the Behavioral Health Services Program and Lieutenant Michael Gooch, Metropolitan Nashville Police Dept, TN.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 Wellness Programs And the Public Safety Agency (Continued from morning session)

    Friday, July 16, 2021

    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. Sergeant Aaron Snyder and Officer 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.”

    Aaron Snyder and Nicole Juday, Office of Professional Development and Wellness, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN.

    11:30 Adjournment


    Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport
    10 Century Boulevard
    Nashville, TN 37214

    To make arrangements, visit the hotel website or call the hotel directly and request the group rate for this seminar. The LRIS Group Code is HPS. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $149 per night, plus taxes and fees. A limited number of rooms are available at this rate on Friday and Saturday night, so book early if you plan to stay over the weekend. Reservations must be made by June 22, 2021. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate. Parking, premium WiFi, made-to-order breakfast, airport shuttles and an evening reception are complimentary at this location.


    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).

    Anil Karia
    Mr. Karia is a founding member of the Public Safety Labor Group in Portland, OR. He has been practicing union side labor law since 2009.He specializes in representing law enforcement associations and guilds in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska in all aspects of their labor relations and is general counsel for police associations and guilds of all sizes, including the Portland Police Association. He has bargained many labor agreements and has participated in numerous arbitrations on their behalf. He graduated from Reed College in 1999, and obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2006.

    Stephanie Conn

    Stephanie Conn
    Dr. 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 supports first responder agencies with CISM, peer support, and mental health training. 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.

    Michael Gooch
    Michael Gooch is a 21-year law enforcement veteran where he spent 11 years as a detective in the Gang Unit and Domestic Violence Unit. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. He serves in a voluntary role as one of the lead Peer Supporters for his department assisting with Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, peer counseling, training recruits on wellness and resiliency, suicide prevention, and the supervision of wellness teams post-critical incidents. Michael is also an instructor for “Policing Stress on the Homefront” which focuses on the effects of trauma for first responders and their spouses or significant others. Michael Gooch graduated with honors from Bethel University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

    Nicole Juday
    Officer Nicole Juday is a 12-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 management of the IMPD Mentoring program which involves over 160 formally trained mentors who assist 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 subject matter expert on wellness and police mentoring for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, she has served as a national delegate to the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance/COPS Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group. Finally, Officer Juday manages the BJA/COPS grant awarded to IMPD as part of the Officer Safety and Wellness Pillar of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Juday is a graduate of Butler University (IN) with a degree in Sociology and Criminology.

    David Kennington
    David Kennington is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently employed by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, where he serves as the Behavioral Health Services Assistant Manager of an officer wellness program that was cited as a model program in a 2019 Department of Justice Congressional Report. He has over 30 years of experience working as a clinical psychotherapist and provides therapy to law enforcement personnel and their families, is a certified officer wellness instructor and leads critical incident stress debriefings. He has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. in Professional Counseling from The University of Texas at Tyler.

    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.

    Annette Mullin

    Annette Mullin
    Annette Mullin is the Director of the Police Employee Assistance Program (PEAP) for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Annette started as a Patrol Officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1997. She has worked a variety of assignments as an officer/detective to include Community Policing, Criminal Intelligence, Sexual Assault/Abuse and Internal Affairs. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2008. She has also served as a Crisis Negotiator for nine years and CNT Team leader for two years. She was promoted to the Director of the PEAP in April 2018. Annette leads a team of eight employees comprised of Police Officers, Corrections Officers and Civilian Personnel who serve the emotional health and wellness needs of the 4500 LVMPD employees and their families. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Villanova University in 1997 and her Masters in Theology/Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2018.

    Aaron Snyder
    Sergeant Aaron Snyder is a 20-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). Since 2012 he helped develop, implement and now manages the Office of Professional Development and Wellness (OPDW) for IMPD.  He managed the Career Leadership Development office and continues to serve as a faculty member and mentor to the regionally recognized IMPD Leadership Academy.  He is recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as a subject matter expert on wellness and mentoring in Law Enforcement.  Sergeant Snyder has presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police International Conference, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and International Association of Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) on the subject of Police Wellness, Resiliency, Mentoring and Leadership Development. He currently manages and is responsible for the day to day implementation of the BJA/COPS grant awarded to IMPD in line with The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s 6th Pillar on Officer Safety and Wellness. Sgt. Snyder represents IMPD on the Major City Chiefs Association (MCCA) Human Resource Committee developing programing for suicide prevention.  He has worked in narcotic, as a neighborhood resource officer and spent three years as a member of the IMPD Motorcycle Drill Team.  Sergeant Snyder is a 1996 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Exercise Physiology.

    Adam VanGerpen
    Mr. VanGerpen is a Captain/Paramedic with Los Angeles City Fire Department and has 26 years of fire experience including four years as an aircraft firefighter in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently the 2nd Vice President of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112, and began working for UFLAC years ago as the Editor of the union newspaper and the Communications Director in charge of the website and social media accounts. Adam was on the interview panel with the executive board who recently hired a doctor to work for the Union in charge of their Behavioral Health Program. Adam has completed the IAFF Peer Support training and is a Team Lead for the LAFD/UFLAC Peer Support Team. He is also a member of the CA-TF1 USAR Team that deployed to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He also recently deployed to the tragic Montecito mudslide where he was part of the team who provided Peer Support to Firefighters in need.

    Scott 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.


    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.

    Continuing Legal Education certification
    LRIS has been approved as a CLE provider by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for 12.5 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. If you require certification from any other state, please call 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.

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