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Wellness Summit 2020

Officer Wellness Summit
The National Fraternal Order of Police is deeply committed to
improving the lives and wellness of our members, and is proud to invite
you to our inaugural Wellness Summit. The Wellness Summit will be held
January 30
and 31
, 2020, at the Nashville Airport Marriott, just steps
away from our National Headquarters. Realizing that wellness is holistic,
your National Officer Wellness Committee has assembled an engaging
event, complete with expert presenters knowledgeable in various facets
of wellness, and geared specifically toward law enforcement.
President Yoes and the National Executive Board have recognized
the importance of officer mental health and wellness as a priority for our
members, and this first annual Summit will highlight the expansion and
growth of our services in this crucial area. In cooperation with the United
States Department of Justice, the FOP has received federal grant funding
for two major wellness projects, which we will report on and discuss at this
event. With the expansion of the National Officer Wellness Committee,
we have partnered with expert police psychologists who will present on
successful navigation of a law enforcement career from beginning to
end, starting with resilience to trauma through remaining productive
during a career, and leading into healthy retirement.
The Wellness Summit will offer various seminars on a wide range of
wellness topics. We are excited to welcome experts in yoga and
mindfulness as well as financial planning for a lifetime. Based on research
conducted by the FOP, we realize that peer support is a key component
in officer survival, and we will offer instruction on forming successful peer
support teams as well as providing tips for choosing effective professional
partners. In conjunction with our efforts in legislative and labor arenas, we
will offer instruction on implementation of wellness initiatives into labor
contracts and legislation. In addition, we are very excited to welcome
presenters who will highlight their own navigation of trauma in their
career, as well as share new developments in treatment for PTSD and
We look forward to seeing you in Nashville, at this valuable training
on “Living Well in Law Enforcement from Hire to Retire”!
Wednesday, January 29
4:00 – 7:00 Registration, Capitol Foyer
5:00 – 10:00 Hospitality Welcome, Stones River
Thursday, January 30
7:00 – noon Registration, Capitol Foyer
7:00 – 8:15 Early Session - Yoga/Mindfulness, Capitol I
– Ingrid Coghlan
8:30 – 10:15 Opening Session, Cumberland Ballroom
– Patrick Yoes, NFOP President
– Sherri Martin, NFOP Director of Wellness
-- Phil Wiggins, NFOP Chaplain
10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 12:15 Increasing Resilience in First Responders
Cumberland Ballroom Dr. Stephanie Conn
12:15 – 1:30 LUNCH, Salon D-E
– Representatives from FHE Health
1:30 – 3:00 Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
Cumberland Ballroom
– Dr. Thomas Coghlan & Dr. Gabrielle Salfati
3:00 – 3:15 BREAK
3:15 – 4:45 Early Intervention, PTSD & Suicide Prevention
Cumberland Ballroom Brian Nanavaty
5:30 – 10:00 Hospitality and Networking, Stones River
Friday January 31
7:00 – noon Registration, Capitol Foyer
7:00 – 8:15 Early Session - Yoga/Mindfulness, Capitol I
– Meghann Holloway
8:30 - 8:45 Morning Welcome, Cumberland Ballroom
-- Sherri Martin, NFOP Director of Wellness
8:45 – 9:00 BREAK
9:00 – 10:30 Focused Sessions
Identifying and Dealing with the Psychological Footprint:
Strategies for Law Enforcement Families
Dr. John Nicoletti – Cumberland Ballroom
Choosing a Professional Mental Health Practitioner
Tips and Pitfalls
Dr. Stephanie Conn and Sherri Martin
Capitol I
Financial Wellness for First Responders
Greg Pare
Capitol II
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
Friday January 31
10:45 – 12:15 Focused Sessions
Choosing a Professional Mental Health Practitioner
Tips and Pitfalls
Dr. Stephanie Conn and Sherri Martin
Cumberland Ballroom
EMDR: Getting Unstuck from Trauma
Dr. Kathy Thomas
Capitol I
Building a Successful Peer Support Program
Dr. Thomas Coghlan – Capitol II
12:15 – 1:30 LUNCH
Salon D-E
Special Guest Travis Howze
Friday January 31
1:30 – 3:00 Focused Sessions
Building a Successful Peer Support Program
Cumberland Ballroom
Dr. Thomas Coghlan
Financial Wellness for First Responders
Capitol I
Greg Pare
PTSD and Workmen's Compensation
Strategies for Progress
Capitol II
Mike Violette and Sean Harper
3:00 – 3:10 BREAK
3:10 – 4:00 Concluding Remarks and Wrap-Up
Cumberland Ballroom
National Officer Wellness Committee
Hotel Information
Nashville Airport Marriott
Group Room Rate: $155 + Tax
You must register for the seminar first. You will then receive a confirmation email from the
Grand Lodge with a link for making your hotel reservations online.
Deadline for booking rooms at the group rate is
January 15, 2020.
The Marriott fills up quickly and rooms are first come, first served. Send in your seminar
registration today and get your rooms booked so you won’t miss a thing!
Thomas Coghlan is a licensed Clinical
Psychologist, a retired NYPD Detective,
and a past Visiting Law Enforcement
Fellow with the International Association of
Chiefs of Police. He operates a private
practice in Great Neck, NY where he
exclusively treats police officers and their
families, and also conducts appeal evaluations for
psychological disqualifications. He is the New York Area
Clinician for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s
Employee Assistance Program, as well as an Adjunct
Professor of Psychology at John Jay College. He conducts
both psychological pre-employment and fitness-for-duty
evaluations for a variety of public safety agencies in New
York and New Jersey.
Dr. Coghlan received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology
from Yeshiva University in 2010, his Master's Degree in
Forensic Psychology from John Jay CUNY in 2003, and his
B.A. in Psychology from Queens College in 1993. He retired
from the NYPD in 2018, after twenty-one years of service.
From 2010 through 2018, Dr. Coghlan was assigned with
responsibilities as a Psychologist in the NYPD. During that
time, he performed psychological fitness-for-duty
evaluations, pre-employment psychological evaluations,
military deployment debriefings, disciplinary stress-triage
debriefings, and trauma response. He served as liaison to the
Department's peer support program. He is licensed in the
states of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Coghlan is
credentialed with the National Register of Health Service
Instructor Bios
Travis Howze is an internationally touring
comedian and motivational speaker who
served 14 years in the military and
emergency services as a U.S. Marine, Police Officer and
Firefighter. In June of 2007 while working a furniture
warehouse fire in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 of his
brother firefighters tragically perished in the line of duty
while rescuing a trapped civilian. Due to injuries that he
sustained in that same fire, Travis was forced to leave the
job that he truly loved. Travis has since found a successful
career in comedy. Appearing on Gotham Comedy Live,
Coming to the Stage Season 3, National Geographic and
NBC’s Night Shift, Travis was dubbed “Artist to Watch” by
Young Hollywood Magazine. In March of 2015 his album
“Reporting for Duty” debuted at number 7 of top 100
comedy albums. Although he no longer wears the uniform,
he still considers himself a public servant by helping those
who help, through his talent and through sharing his own
Instructor Bios
Dr. Stephanie Conn is a former police
officer, as well as the daughter and
wife of police officers, and is a
Licensed Psychologist at her practice, First Responder
Psychology, in Portland, Oregon, 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 began as a
dispatcher/call-taker before becoming an officer 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
Instructor Bios
The FOP’s new Director for Officer
Wellness, Sherri Martin, is a career police
officer. Sherri has extensive experience in
crisis negotiation and intervention, serving most of her law
enforcement career as a patrol supervisor and lead crisis
negotiator. While a member of the Charleston Police
Department in South Carolina, where she served the bulk
of her career, she was responsible for the development of
programs in the areas of officer wellness and crisis
intervention within the community. Additionally, Sherri has
experience in clinical therapy, and worked with clients
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and
Clinical Depression. Sherri also led the Fraternal Order of
Police National Officer Wellness Committee in a landmark
survey of police officers on the subjects of critical stress,
stigma, and use of wellness services. Sherri is a member of
the National Consortium on the Prevention of Police
Suicide and has served as a contributor at various
symposia on officer wellness and police suicide.
Instructor Bios
Mike Violette is currently the full-time State
Executive Director of the Colorado Fraternal
Order of Police, and has held positions as
Executive Director of the Colorado FOP Labor
Council, FOP Legislative Liaison to the Colorado General Assembly,
State Trustee for his local lodge, local Lodge Secretary and state &
national voting delegate. In addition, he works closely with the
Colorado Police Officers’ Foundation assisting its Director on matters
involving officer mental health wellness, substance abuse treatment,
PTSD education and treatment, and suicide prevention. The
Colorado Peace Officers’ Foundation is one of the most involved and
lead organizations within Colorado in the area of officer wellness,
mental health education and treatment. Mike was instrumental in
organizing a wellness and education program whose main goal is to
achieve a unified law enforcement voice throughout the state that
puts aside organizational differences for effective legislative lobbying
and other areas that would promote the common interests of those
organizations and our profession in regards to the mental health
issues facing our profession.
Mike was instrumental and the driving force in working with state
legislators in creating the Colorado Governor’s “Peace Officer PTSD
Task Force” co-chaired by the FOP and compromised of 21 key stake
holders involved in studying the matters and impact of peace officer
mental health, PTSD and suicide. The task force met regularly for six
months taking testimony from experts and witnesses. The task force
issued an extensive report to the State Legislature outlining
conclusions and recommendations which eventually led to
legislation expanding workers comp to include PTSD and two other
bills creating and funding of training programs on workplace mental
health issues of peace officers.
Instructor Bios
C. Gabrielle Salfati,
M.Sc., Ph.D., F.IA-IP
Dr. C. Gabrielle Salfati is a Professor of Psychology
and the Director of the Investigative Psychology
Research Unit at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Her career for the last 25 years has been focused on
developing evidence-based investigation tools and training to support law
enforcement practice. Her work in the field of Positive Psychology focuses on
the development and evaluation of resilience training programs to support
wellness and prevent burnout in law enforcement, first-responders and
mental health professionals. Her background in Investigative Psychology,
where she was instrumental in its development as an international research
field focusing on the application of psychology to criminal investigations, has
been focused on developing evidence-based practice tools for law
enforcement and the crime analysis field, specifically as it pertains to
behavioral analysis. Her work has been done in collaboration with law
enforcement agencies internationally, and she has presented and published
widely and internationally on her work. She has developed and spearheaded
initiatives to prioritize best practice in translation of scientific evidence to be
applicable in practice through the development of practitioner-focused
training, and trains law enforcement officers, crime analysts, forensic
psychologists and other criminal justice and mental health professionals. She
has worked closely with the FBI, NYPD, South Africa Police and the UK police,
and has completed two separate Visiting Fellowships in 2010 to Bramshill
Police College in the UK and in 2016 to the UK College of Policing where she
was involved in leadership training and research on decision making and
behavioral analysis. She is the recipient of numerous research awards,
including Outstanding Contribution to the Field awarded by the International
Association of Investigative Psychology, as well as teaching awards, and
training delivery awards relating to innovation in developing best-practice
online teaching techniques for criminal justice practitioners. She is also the
recipient of several grants relating to the development of best-practice for
teaching and training in the criminal justice field.
Instructor Bios
Captain Brian Nanavaty retired in 2017 after 33 years
with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD)
where in 2010 he created the IMPD Office of
Professional Development and Wellness (OPDW) and
served as Professional Performance Manager. His
innovative programs created a culture of health at
IMPD and a reduction of officer disciplinary referrals by 40%.
Nanavaty has instructed thousands of officers, executives, union officials,
insurance providers and clinicians in the areas of personal and career
survival for the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, Safe Call Now, the
Dolan Consulting Group and at major conferences including IACP, ILEETA,
IADLEST, NOBLE, FOP and EAPA conferences and the 2017 National Crime
Summit. Nanavaty has been featured on Police and Law and
Order magazine and in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He currently serves
on the FBINAA and FOP Safety and Wellness Committees, the board of the
National Institute for Public Safety Health and consults with the Police
Executive Research Forum (PERF).
In 2015, Nanavaty and IMPD received the Destination Zero Valor Award
from the DOJ and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
(NLEOMF) for his officer and agency wellness programs and in 2016, in
addition to appearing in front of the US Congress on the issue of officer
wellness, Nanavaty was a finalist for the prestigious International Association
of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Officer of the Year award. In 2016, the White House
sent US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Indianapolis as part of the
President’s Task Force on 21
Century Policing where Lynch stated “Captain
Nanavaty’s officer and agency wellness program in Indianapolis should be
the model for law enforcement across the US.” In 2016 Nanavaty and IMPD
were awarded the BJA/COPS Microgrant for Officer Safety and Wellness.
Captain Nanavaty attended Franklin College (IN), Drew University (NJ),
and the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the 255
Session of the FBI
National Academy in Quantico VA. From 1994-2003 he was Adjunct
Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana and Purdue Universities.
Contact Captain Nanavaty at or at
(317) 339-5118.
Instructor Bios
Ingrid Coghlan is a retired NYPD Police
Officer and a Certified Yoga Instructor
through the Yoga Alliance. She is also
certified in children’s yoga through Little Flower Yoga, and
PiYo Yoga-Pilates Fusion certified through Beach
Body. During her time with the NYPD she was assigned to
Transit Districts 34 and 12 in Brooklyn and the Bronx
respectively, as well as Applicant Investigations. She
teaches vinyasa flow Yoga to new and experienced
students at a number of sites in New York City, where she
guides students through meditation and pranayama
Instructor Bios
Among other career successes, Greg
built a multi-million dollar technology
company from scratch, which he sold
after 20 years of ownership. His careful management of
both his company’s finances as well as his personal
finances, together with his training qualifies, him to
coach others. He is passionate about helping people
achieve financial peace in their lives. He co-authored
the Personal Finance Playbook series and now devotes
his time encouraging others through coaching and
Instructor Bios
Sean Harper is currently a full-time sergeant with
a police department in Colorado. He holds the
position of second vice president for his local lodge,
is a contract negotiations team member, legislative
liaison for the state lodge and has been a voting
delegate at the national level.
In Sean’s role at his police department, he founded a very successful
peer support team which he has overseen for ten years and which has
been modeled to create other teams around the state. Within that time,
Sean has brought many suicide prevention, wellness and PTSD awareness
trainings to his department. He has been the front line for peer support
on dozens of critical incidents over the years, and he continues to work
collaboratively with agency administrators to create and promote a
culture of wellness for all members of his department.
In 2014, Sean was selected by the Colorado governor’s office to co-
chair the “Peace Officer PSTD Task Force”. This task force included police
executives, state and local executives and legislators. The task force met
many times over the course of six months researching PTSD, suicide,
wellness and other officer mental health challenges. At the conclusion of
the task force, Sean assisted in creating and ultimately approving the
final report which was an extensive document submitted to the Colorado
State Legislature.
Under Sean’s direction, the task force’s efforts led to a significant
change in the workers compensation law in Colorado. Sean helped craft
language in the state statute which makes it possible for peace officers
to obtain the much-needed workers comp benefits when faced with the
challenges of work-related PTSD.
Since that time, Sean has been at the helm of several pro-law
enforcement legislative efforts. Sean was instrumental in creating a grant
program through the legislature to fund officer wellness training and
mental health care. Sean wrote the language which governs the use of
state-funded dollars specifically for officer wellness. Sean currently serves
as the Colorado FOP State Lodge’s Legislative Liaison to the FOP’s
lobbying firm and regularly testifies on bills important to the profession.
Instructor Bios
Dr. John Nicoletti received his Ph.D. in
Counseling Psychology from Colorado State
University in 1972. He co-founded Nicoletti-Flater
Associates with his wife, Lottie Flater, in 1976. He
has since established himself as a national expert in
police psychology, violence risk assessment, workplace and school
violence prevention, as well as crisis intervention and trauma
recovery. More than 250 national corporations, government agencies,
law enforcement agencies, schools, and religious institutions at the
local, national, and international levels, have chosen to work with Dr.
Nicoletti. Since 1996, Dr. Nicoletti and staff have provided on-site
psychological screenings and consultations at the U.S. bases of
McMurdo and the South Pole in Antarctica. Also included in his list of
clients are the National Recognizance Office, NASA, Lockheed Martin,
and Colorado School Districts. Dr. Nicoletti has also co-authored
several books related to violence prevention, including: Violence Goes
to Work, Violence Goes to School, and Violence Goes to College. In
addition, Dr. Nicoletti has been honored with many awards for his
contributions to the field of psychology. He is a recent recipient of the
Antarctic Service Medal from the National Science Foundation. Dr.
Nicoletti is a past Chair of the Psychology Section of the International
Association of the Chiefs of Police. He has also been appointed to the
Colorado Governor’s Commission on Expert Emergency Response as
well as the Governor’s Juvenile Clemency Board. Dr. Nicoletti is also
currently a member of NASA’s team for developing analog’s for
training astronauts for long duration missions, such as the Mars Mission.
Instructor Bios
Craig Ewing has been helping
patientsfamilies transition from
treatment into early recovery and a
program of aftercare for a while
now. When he’s asked about that
experience, he’s quick to say he’s not a clinician
and that the services he provides are not clinical in
nature— but it soon becomes apparent from a
brief exchange that he plays an essential part in
helping to facilitate the continuity of care that our
patients receive. As a national outreach liaison for
FHE Health, Ewing serves as a constant point of
contact for family members who have questions
about clinical and other concerns; and, much of
Ewing’s job involves helping those families get their
questions answered by the appropriate clinical,
medical or other departments at FHE Health.
Ewing’s job—while not clinical in nature—is,
therefore, one of supporting, resourcing and
advocating on behalf of families, so they are well-
positioned for life after rehab and the transition into
a plan of aftercare with their loved one.
Instructor Bios
PFC Meghann Holloway has been
a police officer for 19 years and is
currently assigned as the Mental Health Liaison
and CIT Coordinator for her agency. Pfc
Holloway has received extensive training in
various areas of mental health that impact the
law enforcement community including the
effects of trauma, substance abuse, and suicide
awareness and prevention. She is working to
promote not only sustainable individual wellness
but also to create agency-wide resiliency.
Meghann is a Yoga for First Responders
Ambassador and Trainer teaching traditional
yoga techniques and how they correspond to
practical tactical skills.
Instructor Bios
As Director of “Shatterproof,” Dr. Sachi
Ananda, Ph.D., LMHC, MCAP, is responsible
for providing clinical direction to FHE Health’s
specialized treatment program for first
responders. Her #1 goal in her job is to help first responders
return as soon as possible to their roles as public servants in their
communities and families. Dr. Ananda is a licensed mental
health counselor, certified Master’s level addiction professional,
and clinical sexologist. Her professional expertise and personal
background groomed her for working with and relating to first
responders and understanding their unique treatment needs.
She specializes in trauma work, relationship therapy, and drug
and process addictions recovery. Growing up in a military family
with a father in the Navy and a brother in the U.S. Marines, Dr.
Ananda saw firsthand the impact that PTSD can have on the
health and wellbeing of members of the military and first
responders. She is trained in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing), Motivational Interviewing,
relapse prevention, sex therapy, and family interventions—
among other innovative therapeutic strategies that have
proven effective for first responders. Dr. Ananda is originally from
Vietnam. Her family came to the U.S. as refugees when she was
a young child. They settled in the Pacific Northwest, which is
where Dr. Ananda lived and worked for many years before
eventually calling Florida “home.”
Instructor Bios
Instructor Bios
Dr. Kathy Thomas began working
with public safety personnel in April
1995, in response to the Oklahoma
City Bombing. In addition, she
responded to both New York and
Washington DC following the 9/11 Terrorist attacks.
She is the Contract Psychologist for the Oklahoma
Department of Public Safety (including the OK
Highway Patrol). She is the Clinical Director for the
Warriors Rest Foundation, a non-profit that provides
peer support training, mentoring and response for
law enforcement agencies and departments,
nationally. She serves on the Advisory Board of the
Oklahoma Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors,
Inc. She has provided mental health and support
services for the Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. for
over 22 years. She is a Level II trained EMDR
therapist and a member of IACP (International
Association of Chiefs of Police). She received her
doctorate in Counseling Psychology from
Oklahoma State University in 1988, and has
maintained a private practice in Stillwater,
Oklahoma for the past 30 years.
Course Descriptions
First Yoga Session (Ingrid Coghlan): Join us in beginning
the day in this vinyasa style class, where you will transition
through a series of changing postures linking breath with
movement. You will practice some pranayama (breath
work), sun salutations, balancing and end with a period of
rest and recovery. It is recommended that the
participant bring a yoga mat and towel for stretching, if
Opening Session: The National Officer Wellness
Committee will provide an overview of programs and
wellness initiatives being undertaken by the Fraternal
Order of Police. The most current research on police
suicide will also be presented.
Increasing Resilience in First Responders (Stephanie
Conn): This course will describe how police 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.
Resilience research is applied to the unique issues of
police work, generating practical strategies to promote
Course Descriptions
Early Intervention, PTSD, and Suicide Prevention (Brian
Nanavaty): Multiple studies and sources have concluded
law enforcement loses more officers to personal crisis than
duty-related tragedy as thousands of officers wrestle daily
with trauma, family toxicity, victim-thinking and self-harm
without a clear path to health. This course reviews the
seeds of personal and professional challenges and the
early warning red flag indicators, and outlines how to
respond before and after crisis occurs.
Compassion Fatigue and Burnout (Tom Coghlan and
Gabrielle Salfati): Understanding and recognizing
compassion fatigue and burnout are key to the
maintenance of wellness in a law enforcement
career. Research on links between burnout and
compassion fatigue as they relate to PTSD and suicide will
be explored and participants will have an opportunity to
assess how these issues may have affected
them. Practical solutions for resilience and wellness for
the long term will be discussed.
Course Descriptions
Yoga/Mindfulness (Meghann Holloway): Yoga for First
Responders (YFFR) protocol trains tactical breath work,
physical drills, and cognitive behavioral therapy resulting
in optimal functioning of the entire system from increasing
mental toughness, enhancing tactical skills, preventing
injury, self-deescalation and more. The result of a
consistent practice of YFFR protocol will not only lead to
better performance and stress inoculation, but an
increase in mindful responses versus emotional reactions
with interpersonal communication. Attendees will learn
techniques to use for themselves as well as to share with
with their recruits.
Building a Successful Peer Support Program (Tom
Coghlan): Peer support is an essential element of an
agency's overall wellness program. Research supports
that peer support is the preferred method of intervention
for law enforcement, although peer support
programming and design may differ for small, mid-size
and large agencies. This seminar will cover the
fundamentals of peer support design as well as
associated clinical issues. Recommendations
regarding policy and procedures will be presented, as will
challenges, key gaps and lessons learned.
Course Descriptions
Choosing a Mental Health Practitioner - Tips and Pitfalls
(Stephanie Conn & Sherri Martin): This course will outline
the importance of proactively identifying culturally
competent mental health professionals to support police
employees. Strategies for identifying these individuals are
offered, including a discussion of core competencies
needed, how these can be assessed, and how the
Fraternal Order of Police is using these to identify, screen,
and distribute a list of culturally competent clinicians.
Financial Wellness for First Responders (Greg Pare): Why
Financial Wellness? Workers waste 20 hours per month
on the job worrying about personal finances according to
a Virginia Tech study. This results in a higher number of
payroll advances, turnover, 401K loans, and
absenteeism. The Wall Street Journal reports that 70% of
Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. This
interactive, hands-on ninety minute workshop will teach
you how to: Get control of your money
Save for emergencies
Create a spending plan that actually works
Achieve your financial goals
Find your motivation for financial success
Course Descriptions
Getting Unstuck From Trauma - EMDR (Kathy
Thomas): Traumatic experiences, memories and losses
can get stuck, neurologically. EMDR is a therapeutic
technique that can help "unstick" a stuck place and allow
your brain to process the experience in a more
manageable way. This seminar will explain EMDR and
help participants identify possible stuck places in their
trauma or grief. In addition, we will discuss how to access
EMDR resources.
Identifying and Dealing With the Psychological Footprint:
Strategies for Law Enforcement Families (John Nicoletti)
This workshop will focus on three main challenges related
to the Psychological Footprint. The first area will focus on
the issues and contributors to the Psychological Footprint
such as shift work, officer involved shootings, line of duty
deaths, officer suicides, negative public attitudes and
hostility towards law enforcement. The second area will
focus on specific inoculation techniques to prevent or
minimize the Psychological Footprint contamination. The
final section will focus on decontamination from the
Psychological Footprint and considerations for talking with
children after a critical incident.
Course Descriptions
PTSD and Workmen's Compensation - Strategies for
Progress (Mike Violette and Sean Harper):
This workshop will outline recommended strategies for
inclusion of PTSD and related issues into workmen's
compensation law. Relevant terms will be defined, and
participants will learn techniques for working with
legislators to make changes to first-responder related
benefits in the law. Specific recommendations will be
made about what components of a good bill are
Visit the National FOP HQ
The Officer Wellness Summit is held
down the street from the Fraternal Order of
Police’s National Headquarters in Nashville,
TN. Take advantage of the opportunity to
meet with other lodge leaders from around
the country, visit the NFOP Headquarters
and interact with your National Executive
Board and National Staff.