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Wellness for Public Safety Employees

Oct 28, 2022

Program Schedule

7:30-8:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

The training begins with a discussion about specific challenges facing the wellness of public safety personnel and how wellness efforts can reduce the negative impact of the job and strengthen performance.

8:00-9:15 am: Why Public Safety Wellness Matters presented by Columbus Fire Lt. Dave Gerold & Lisa Callander, LISW-S, MSW, City of Columbus EAP Director

A group of first responders will lead us through some real life examples and share some of the challenging lessons they have learned in dealing with such issues as stress, traumatic stress, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, and work related challenges.

9:30 - 11:00 am: Lessons Learned: First Responder Panel

11:00 - 11:45 am:  Lunch Provided

11:45 -12:45 pm: Wellness Initiatives That Work presented by Deputy Chief Rhonda Grizzell, Reynoldsburg Division of Police; Columbus Divisions of Police and Fire members; Mick Yinger, Executive Director First Responders Bridge

Learn what some of your public safety colleagues are doing to lead the way in public safety wellness initiatives.   Topics will include development, implementation and maintenance of peer support teams; first responder EAP’s and clinicians; and first responder programs.

1:00-2:30 pm: Resilient Leadership, Stan Partlow, Relentless Effort, LLC

Stan will close the day to inspire and challenge you to be relentless in exploring what effective leadership is based on what you learned. It will include discussions about key components of effective leadership and specific goals and strategies to build resilient leadership styles.


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