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2nd Annual New York State First Responder Wellness Symposium @ SUNY Cortland

August 1 - August 2


The University Police at SUNY Cortland and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to extend an invitation to the 2nd annual First Responder Wellness Symposium at SUNY Cortland on August 1st-August 2nd 2024.  This symposium is exclusively designed for Law Enforcement Personnel, Probation Officers, Veterans, District Attorneys, EMS Professionals, and Fire Fighters.

Throughout the day, we have arranged captivating presentations that highlight practical self-care and resiliency strategies to help first responders shift from surviving to thriving in their respective careers. Our primary objective is to provide attendees with a diverse range of options to either establish individual wellness plans or enhance existing initiatives within departments. There is no cost to attend.

Presentation topics include:

The Officer Wellness Program in collaboration with NYS OMH 
Brent Schlafer, Wellness Coordinator for the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office
Belinda Schlafer, LMHC, CCTP, EMDR-C
Carrie Wong, LMSW, NYS Office of Mental Health

Heart Health & Wellness 
Dr. Benjamin Stone, MD

From Roll Call to the Dinner Table: Understanding the Role of Communication 
Dr. Erin Craw, Ph.D. , Account Director for You Turn Health

Moral Injury & Leadership
Dr. Richard Martin, PH.D., Chief of Police Newark

Navigating Trauma through Mental & Physical Wellness 
Jason Palamara, Director, Veteran & First Responder Engagement
Sheena Bice, LCMHC, MLADC

Sleep Well, Live Well: Impact of Sleep Hygiene & Stress Reduction 
Justin Francis, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
Mackenzie Burns, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
Ashley West, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office

 Peer Support: Benefits and how to get Started 
Melinda Vick, DCJS
DanielleBrendese, DCJS

This free event will be held:
Date: August 1st and August 2nd
Time: 7:30 to 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Registration Link 2nd Annual First Responder Wellness Conference: Developing Resiliency (office.com)

Supported in Part by: Ardent Solutions Inc. and the Trauma-Informed Communities throughout Allegany County Coalition


Health, Mental Health, Wellness
Central New York, Hudson River, Long Island, New York City, Western New York
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