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First Responder Connections For Mental Health

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311 Oakland Ave

Victory Legion Branch # 317

London, ON N5W 4J5

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Badge of Life Canada

Presents: “First Responder Connections For Mental Health”

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:


Police, Fire, EMS, Corrections and Military Personnel

OACP, Senior Officers’ Association and Police Service Board members

Association and Union Representatives

Medical & Health Care Professionals

Employee Assistance & Wellness Providers

First Nations Support Workers

Chaplains, Clergy & Spiritual Counselors’

Human Resource Professionals

Addiction & Substance Abuse Professionals

Educators & Social Workers

Cost: $80.00 per person (exceptions for students and family members please email bill@badgeoflifecanada.org)

Please Note: Family & loved ones are especially welcome to this event to ensure that information is shared about the need for a balanced and healthy home & work life that promotes mental and physical wellness.

The cost for family members or students actively engaged in studies is $20.00.

However, registration must be conducted via contact directly with Badge of Life Canada.

Please review the bottom of this page for registration details involving family and loved ones as well as students.


CONFERENCE AGENDA

08:00 - 08:40 am

• Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast

• Networking

08:40 – 09:00 am - Conference Welcome

• Master of Ceremonies – Shaun Taylor, Paramedic - I'veGotYourBack911

Jill Foster, Paramedic – I’veGotYourBack911

• Opening Welcome – Senator Ralph Wolf Thistle – Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)

Great Lakes Métis Council (GLMC)

• Introduction to Badge of Life Canada – Who we are and what we do?

09:00 - 9:45 am - Topic 1: “What Composes an Operational Stress Injury Diagnosis?”

Overview: What components are necessary for a medical professional to make a diagnosis involving an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety, along with suicide ideation.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Douglas, Past-President, Ontario Psychology Association

09:45 – 10:00 am – Topic 2: "I’veGotYourBack911"

Overview: Who we are and what we do?

Speaker: Shaun Taylor, Paramedic

Jill Foster, Paramedic

10:00 - 10:20 am - Break & Networking

10:20 – 11:20 am – Topic 3: "The Hero's Journey"

Overview: Follow the Hero's Journey through the eyes of lived first responder experience. Explore how your own Hero's Journey can lead you from the abyss towards positive post-traumatic growth.

Topic 4: “Moral Injury – Follow the Path of the Hero’s Return”

Overview: Discussion around the necessary steps for restoring your spirit along the Hero’s Return from the abyss will be explored. Moral injury is “the pain that results from damage to a person’s moral foundation”. It is applicable to any First Responder or military type scenario. It is considered a new term but not a new concept.

Speaker: Bill Rusk, Badge of Life Canada, Director, B.A., Sgt.(ret.)

11:20 – 12:00 am – Topic 5: “Sanctuary Trauma & Perceived Injustice”

Overview: The little-recognized, yet profound, impact of perceived injustice (the sense that one has been harmed by another) and sanctuary trauma (the sense of betrayal when the institutions that are supposed to provide support fail to do so) and the impact upon the member. Dealing with the failure of “the system” can be devastating to the member, and sometimes even worse than the trauma of the original incident. Employers, WSIB, and long-term disability insurers can all have a positive role in helping the member to heal—but they can also keep the member disabled, even as they are trying to save money by getting the member into a return to work program.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Douglas, Past-President, Ontario Psychology Association (O.P.A.)

12:00 - 12:45 pm - Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 pm - Topic 6: "AftertheCall.org"

Overview: Who we are and what we do?

Speaker: Nick Halmasy, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Author "After the Call"

1:00 - 2:15 pm - Topic 7: Panel Discussions

Room 1 - Topic 7: "H.O.P.E. Panel Discussion – Hearing Other People’s Experiences"

Overview: Lived experiences through the eyes of paramedic, fire services, police and correctional personnel.

Panel Speakers:

1. Marcel Martel, Paramedic experience

2. Gary Rubie, Police experience

3. TBA, Fire experience

4. Tammy McGregor Carson, Corrections experience

Note: Each speaker will have 15 minutes each to speak during the panel discussion. A total of 15 minutes will be included at the end for the entire panel regarding Q & A from the audience.

Panel moderator: Dr. Jonathan Douglas, Past-President, Ontario Psychology Association

1:00 - 2:15 pm - Topic 8: Panel Discussions

Room 2 - Topic 8: "Resilience and Self-Care"

Overview: Resilience and self-care alternative treatments that supplement evidence-based treatments.

Panel Speakers:

1. Lynne Rusk, Badge of Life Canada, Director

2. Tania Lutz, Healing Hero’s, Meditation & Yoga

3. TBA, Equine Assisted Therapy

Note: Each speaker will have 20 minutes each to speak during the panel discussion with a total of 15 minutes total for the entire panel at the end regarding Q & A from the audience.

Panel moderator: Shaun Taylor, Paramedic

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Break & Networking

2:30 – 3:45 pm – Topic 9: Panel Discussions

Room 1 – Topic 9: Addictions

Overview: What are addictions and how do they play a role in the performance of your duties, daily personal life and harm to the family unit.

Panel Speakers:

1. Tom Gabriel, Addictions Counselor, Toronto Police Services, (retired)

2. Ralph Wolf Thistle, Toronto Police Services, (retired)

3. Nick Halmasy, "After the Call"

Note: Each speaker will have 20 minutes each to speak during the panel discussion. A total of 15 minutes will be included at the end for the entire panel regarding Q & A from the audience.

Panel moderator: Dr. Jonathan Douglas, Past-President, Ontario Psychology Association


2:30 – 3:45 pm – Topic 10: Panel Discussions

Room 2 – Topic 10: Family Supports

Overview: Family supports available to the member and the family unit.

Panel Speakers:

1. Lynne Rusk, Badge of Life Canada

2. Dilnaz Garda, Toronto - Beyond the Blue - Family Support Group

3. Marcel Martel, Wings of Change, Peer Support Group

Note: Each speaker will have 20 minutes each to speak during the panel discussion. A total of 15 minutes will be included at the end for the entire panel regarding Q & A from the audience.

Panel moderator: Shaun Taylor, Paramedic

3:50 pm Closing Remarks

4:00 pm "THANK YOU"

Tickets: $80.00 per person

Note - Costs include continental breakfast, two breaks and lunch

Family members/spouses: $20.00 per person

Note - Please contact us directly for such registration requests bill@badgeoflifecanada.org

Students actively enrolled in an educational program: $20.00 per person

Note - Please contact us directly for such registration requests bill@badgeoflifecanada.org

Important: We will attempt to accommodate your needs as best as possible. However, if arrangements are not made prior to arrival at the conference - we will be unable to accommodate any such requests the day of the event.

Dietary Requirements - Attention:

If you have special dietary requirements please contact lynne@badgeoflifecanada.org directly.

Conference Contact Information:

Email: bill@badgeoflifecanada.org

Phone: (519) 377-6959

Hotel Accommodations:

If you require hotel accommodation during your stay, please check out Trip Advisor:

Within 10 - 15 minutes drive of the conference location:


http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yxucy-courtyard-london/

http://www.lamplighterinn.ca/

http://www.fourpointslondonontario.com/

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