Trauma and Recovery for First Responders
A community coming together: firefighters, police, EMTs, nurses, physicians, & therapists


Sponsored by the Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network, Fairfield University’s Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation

Saturday, April 30, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fairfield University Dolan School of Business

Cost: $25 per person

Keynote Speaker

Robbie Adler, PhD
Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD

Tapia Counseling and Psychological Services. Psychologist
“We Can Do Better: Bringing the Management of Workplace Trauma Exposure to the 21st Century”

Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD is a licensed psychologist who was previously a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT). Currently Dr. Adler-Tapia is an Employee Assistance Provider for law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. She is a team member for the National Fallen Firefighters’, Taking Care of Our Own Program. She is the Mental Health Consultant for PISTLE (Post Incident Stress and Trauma in Law Enforcement).

Dr Adler-Tapia also works with children and families with trauma, attachment, adoption and child welfare issues. She serves as an expert witness in the Juvenile and Family Courts. As a national and international speaker, she has presented for the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation, Arizona Women in Policing, PISTLE, EMDRIA conferences, the ISST-D Conference and the Rady Chadwick International Child & Family Maltreatment Conference.

Registration

Cost: $25 per person (includes boxed lunch)

Please note that space is limited to the first 120 people. Register early to get the best chance at your first choice of breakout sessions.

Due to the generosity of Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation we are able to offer this conference at the low fee of $25 per person.

The Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation is sponsoring 26 first responders who responded to the tragedy on 12/14.

Please contact Anka Roberto at aroberto@fairfield.edu for more information.

Conference Goals:

What you can expect to learn:

  • What needs to be done to improve services for first responders
  • How to avoid, or when necessary, heal from the unique trauma challenges of your work
  • How to strengthen your resiliency
  • About EMDR Therapy, a highly effective treatment for trauma
  • What you can take back to your organization to strengthen the internal support for you and your colleagues

Target Audience

Firefighters, police, EMTs, nurses, physicians, and mental health therapists

Event Schedule

8:00 - 9 a.m.
Registration

9 - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome:

Meredith Kazer, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN
Dean of the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

Karen Alter-Reid, PhD, Michael Crouch, LCSW & Linda Rost, LCSW, Co-Coordinators, Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network (FCTRN)
“Who are we and what do we do?”

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Stories From the Front: Reflections from First Responders
Captain Jacques Roy, Stamford Fire Department & Thomas Veivia, Special Agent, FBI, New Haven

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Keynote speaker:

Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD
Tapia Counseling and Psychological Services. Psychologist
“We Can Do Better: Bringing the Management of Workplace Trauma Exposure to the 21st Century”

10:45 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Guest speaker:

Kate Wheeler, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN
Professor, Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies
“Trauma and Resiliency for First Responders”

12 - 1 p.m.
Lunch

1 - 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker:

Trish Buchanan, founder of Believe, 2008
“Pathways to Change: Honoring a Husband’s Legacy”

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Action Strategies: Breakout Sessions/Workshops
  1. Changing your organization’s culture: Making support the new normal
    • Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD
    • Gary McNamara, Chief, Fairfield Police Dept.
    • Chris Tracy, Assistant Chief, Fairfield Fire Dept.
    • James Viadero, Chief, Newtown Police Department
  2. An Overview of Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety
    • Dawn Roy, LCSW, MHFA Trainer
  3. Starting Peer Support Programs
    • Dan Wasilewski, Acting Fire Lieutenant, East Hartford Fire Department
    • John Oates, Chief, East Hartford Fire Department
    • Todd Lomento, Assistant Medical Officer, East Hartford Fire Department
  4. Mindfulness as a Path to Wellbeing
    • Ingeborg Haug, DMin, LMFT
  5. EMDR therapy: An introduction.
    • Stacy Raymond, PsyD
    • Susan Marcus, LCSW
    • Theodore Stanek, Stamford Firefighter

2:45 - 3 p.m.
Break

3 - 3:45 p.m.
Panel discussion: The Road Ahead, where do we go from here?
  • Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD
  • Gary McNamara, Chief, Fairfield Police Department
  • Chris Tracy, Assistant Chief, Fairfield Fire Department
  • Will Chapman, Newtown Police Officer
  • Mike O’Leary, Stamford Fire Department
  • Michael Crouch, LCSW
  • Dan Wasilewski, Peer Support Program
  • Moderated by Anka Roberto, RN, PMHNP-BC, Fairfield University

3:45 - 4 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Linda Rost, LCSW, Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network

Guest speakers and panelists:

Robbie Adler-Tapia, PhD, Tapia Counseling and Psychological Services

Trish Buchanan, founder of Believe, 2008

Michael Crouch, LCSW

Will Chapman, Newtown Police Officer

Ingeborg Haug, DMin, LMFT

Todd Lomento, Assistant Medical Officer, East Hartford Fire Department

Susan Marcus, LCSW

Gary McNamara, Chief, Fairfield Police Department

Mike O’Leary, Stamford Fire Department

John Oates, Chief, East Hartford Fire Department

Stacy Raymond, PsyD

Dawn Roy, LCSW, MHFA Trainer

Captain Jacques Roy, Stamford Fire Department

Theodore Stanek, Stamford Firefighter

Chris Tracy, Assistant Chief, Fairfield Fire Department

Thomas Veivia, Special Agent, FBI, New Haven

James Viadero, Chief, Newtown Police Department

Dan Wasilewski, Peer Support Program

Kate Wheeler, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, Professor, Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

Sponsors

Egan School of Nursing
Fairfield County Chapter Trauma Recovery Network
Newtow-Sandy Hook Community Foundation
Trauma Recovery
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