Emergency and Crisis Responders to Discuss How Trauma Affects Them

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12:06 p.m.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Trauma and its effects on police, firefighters and mental health professionals is the subject of a two-day conference next week organized by the Spokane Police and Fire Departments, Frontier Behavioral Health and Washington State University Spokane.

First responders, mental health professionals and university professors studying the subjects will meet for the second annual TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) conference Tuesday and Wednesday – July 26-27 – on the WSU Spokane campus. TEAM conference is a collaborative partnership between the organizing entities for the purpose of delivering training to first responders and mental health professionals.

Participants will learn about response, resiliency and recovery as it relates to trauma. The jam-packed conference includes classes, panel discussions, an Executive Track, networking opportunities, a social hour and the showing of the award-winning documentary Paper Tigers, one high school’s unlikely story about overcoming trauma.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Impact of trauma on first responders
  • Body cameras
  • Trauma-sensitive approach to yoga
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans
  • Law enforcement coordination with schools
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Trauma of an officer-involved shooting
  • Resilience as a responder and recipient
  • Resilience in Native cultures

Registrants are paying $100 to attend plus $25 for registrants seeking continuing education credits.

Spokane Mayor David Condon will welcome the group at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. A complete list of the sessions can be found in the handout on the website at:TEAM Conference

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