Health & Wellness Programs For Public Safety Agencies

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



    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.

    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 trauma.

    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: Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group.
    Panel: Chief Dan Kerrigan, Township of Upper Providence, PA; Sergeant Scott Vincent, Sunriver, OR; William Gibbs, Manager of the Police Employee Assistance Program, Las Vegas, NV; Captain Adam VanGerpen, Los Angeles Fire Dept; 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)

    4:00 Adjournment

    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.”

    Claire Hochman 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).

    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.

    William Gibbs
    Bill Gibbs is the Manager of the Police Employee Assistance Program (PEAP) for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Bill moved to Las Vegas from Scranton, Pennsylvania after being offered employment with Metro. He began his career in January of 2002. Bill worked as a patrol officer in downtown Las Vegas for 5 years and as a motorcycle officer for 8 years.  Bill has always been drawn towards caring for others, having worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 12 years prior to Metro.  Bill’s experience with the Police Employee Assistance Program (Peer Support) following his own officer involved shooting in 2011 sparked his passion and desire to give back to others the support he received from PEAP. Bill was appointed to the Police Employee Assistance Program in May of 2015 and subsequently promoted to PEAP Manager in March of 2017.  Bill coordinated the LVMPD’s Peer Support response and follow up strategies following the 1 October mass shooting incident in Las Vegas, which occurred at the Route 91 Country Music Festival.

    Michael Gooch

    Michael Gooch is a 21-year law enforcement veteran with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department where he spent 11 years as a detective in the Gang Unit and Domestic Violence Unit. In January of 2020, Michael helped to develop a sworn wellness unit where he worked as the Wellness Unit Sergeant full-time in collaboration with the police department’s Counseling Unit to provide a variety of services. As the Wellness Unit & Chaplain Unit Lieutenant, he now oversees the peer support program, mentoring program, training and development, chaplain support, and wellness outreach. Lt. Gooch has been deemed a subject matter expert for the International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has also served as a national delegate to the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance/COPS Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group. Michael graduated with honors from Bethel University where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

    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 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. In 2020 Officer Juday provided testimony to the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. Officer Juday assisted in managing 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. Finally, Officer Juday was recognized as Administrative Officer of the Year for 2020 by IMPD. 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.

    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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