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This special educational training event is for all first responders (law enforcement, corrections personnel, firefighters, EMS, 911 dispatchers) and allied emergency responders. Public safety officials experience a wide-range of health and mental health consequences as a result of work-related exposures to natural or man-made disasters.

Safeguarding the mental health of our public safety officials is a vital part of preserving national security and the continuity of critical national functions. 

Attendees will walk away with several educational resources, tips and strategies that they can apply in their agency.

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Mesa Fire and Medical Department is able to extend up to 6 CE's for EMS and Fire Service Professionals that attend our event. 

Attendee registration is first come, first serve. Our capacity is 300. We highly recommend early registration to save your seat. Click below to begin the registration process.

*Price includes a one-year Associate-Level Membership


The IPSA will recognize your organization from the moment you sign up through the event date. Below are the specific Exhibitor Registration levels. Questions? Contact us.


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Exhibitor Levels
Exhibitor registration is first come, first serve. The space is limited, and we recommend early registration.

The IPSA is going to print on Monday, June 10. Register ASAP if you want to be included in our agenda. 

Click here to register and learn about each opportunity.

  • Copper Level (no table): $500
  • Bronze Level (includes table): $1,200
  • Silver Level (includes table) $1,700
  • Gold Level (includes table): $2,200
  • Platinum Level (includes table): $2,700

Why exhibit?

The IPSA brings together the entire public safety community. Our attendees will include law enforcement, fire, EMS and public safety decision-makers.

We will set the stage for you by providing impressive and high-quality content to inspire conversations.

We promise to actively promote your company from the time you register through the end of the event. In other words, the earlier you register, the more value you get!

Space is very limited.



0800hrs to 0830hrs: Opening Remarks

0830hrs to 0945hrs: Opening Keynote
Physical and Emotional Preparedness- Surviving a Critical Incident and the Aftermath
By Julie Werhnyak of Artemis Self Defense, Chief Debora Black of Prescott Police Department and Mr. Executive Director Doug White of the National ERAP, Oklahoma ERAP, and Arizona ERAP nonprofits

This presentation will provide a firsthand account of a 2015 incident of a deadly encounter in Tempe AZ. Retired Officer Julie Werhnyak shares the details of the incident in which she was seriously wounded, and the suspect was fatally shot. and discusses the commitments she made to fitness, training and mental preparation, which she feels contributed to her survival. Julie will candidly share her recovery, including the unexpected challenges she experienced in the aftermath; she and Prescott Police Chief Debora Black will provide specific individual and organizational actions to help rather than harm officers following a critical incident. To close the presentation, Mr. Doug White, Executive Director of the Emergency Responders Assistance Program will describe the Post Critical Incident Seminar, a clinically based model program for first responders experiencing long lasting effects following a critical incident.

0945hrs to 1000hrs: Break

1000hrs to 1100hrs: General Session 
What First Responders need to Know about HB2502
By Sergeant Penrose, Peer and Wellness Unit, Mesa Police Department and Detective Jonathon Appel, Peer Team Coordinator, Mesa Police Department

During this one-hour presentation, the instructors will review state statute related to Arizona House Bill 2502. This will include outlining qualifying events, benefits provided to affected employees and the responsibilities of departments to provide clinical care services. Also discussed will be the importance of developing policies and procedures to manage these cases, methods used to comply with state reporting requirements and Mesa Police Department’s training efforts.

1100hrs to 1115hrs: Break

1115hrs to 1215hrs: General Session
Your brain, trauma and PTSD
By Firefighter / Paramedic / Life Coach Stephen Johnson

During this session, attendees will learn about how first responders get stuck in a sympathetic physiology of hyper vigilance and why they have a hard time shifting out of it. Johnson will discuss the hurt and shame first responders feel when they struggle with trauma and PTSD and why maladaptive coping mechanisms (alcohol, sex, drugs, workaholism, etc.) don't work and how families are affected. Johnson will illustrate how the brain and physical injury due to trauma takes place by showing brain SPECT images. Attendees will walk away with tips about how to off-load trauma and begin healing the body, mind and soul and how to build trauma resilience for a long and healthy career.

1215hrs to 1330hrs: Lunch Will Be Provided On-Site

1330hrs to 1430hrs: General Session
The working mind first responders
By Troy Miller of Alberta Health Services EMS and the Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Working Mind First Responder program seeks to reduce the stigma and negative attitudes towards those struggling with poor mental health. It will give first responders a broad understanding of mental health and wellness as well as help to maintain mental health and improve resilience. Leaders and employees will gain tools and resources to manage and support first responders who may be experiencing mental health problems or illness. Attendees will be provided an overview of the course content including the impact of stigma, coping strategies, mental toughness, the Mental Health Continuum Model as a self-assessment tool, workplace accommodation, and the role of leadership. Participants can find more information at

1430hrs to 1500hrs: Break

14455hrs to 1545hrs: General Session
I’m Fine
By Detective Jared Kosina of Salt-River Pima Police Department

In 2014 Officer Jair Cabrera was ambushed and killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, I was across the street and witnessed the event unfold. This is the story of how this event affected our department as well as me personally, and how the term "I’m fine" plagued through the ranks like a cancer.


0800hrs to 0830hrs: Welcome Back

0830hrs to 0945hrs: General Session
Tactical Mental Health: Cultural Competency for Clinicians working with First Responders
By Nicole Vienna PsyD a Clinical, Forensic, and Public Safety Psychologist of Vienna Psychological Group, Inc and Ryan Vienna, ML, a currently, sworn law enforcement officer. 

This training provides clinicians and public safety professionals with education, strategies and tools to increase awareness of the unique mental health needs of first responders. The mission is to have clinicians and other treatment providers develop an understanding first responder culture and begin to develop culturally competency to enhance and more effectively deliver clinical services. This is an introductory level amount of information being presented. Public safety professionals will learn about what to look for in a culturally competent clinician, whether for themselves, or for their department (demystifying the treatment process). This will be presented by a clinical psychologist who specializes in treatment with first responders and 13-year law enforcement veteran.

0945hrs to 1000hrs: Break

1000hrs to 1200hrs: Closing Keynote
Mass Fatality Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the 1 October Shooting in Las Vegas
By John Fudenberg, D-ABMDI, Coroner for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner (CCOCME)

During this two-hour presentation, the instructor will review lessons learn from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history and discuss the importance of preparedness in medicolegal offices during a mass fatality incident. The presentation will focus on traditional deployment areas as well as community preparedness in the areas of call center/missing person reporting, family assistance centers/victim information centers and the importance of wellness programs in medicolegal offices.


City Of Mesa Public Safety Training Facility
3260 N. 40th Street
Mesa, AZ 85215


For out-of-town travelers, we recommend flying into PHX. It's roughly 15 miles from PHX to Mesa. 

The Phoenix metropolitan area has several hotels you can choose from. While we do not have a room block, the hotel we recommend staying is below (and approximately 12 miles to the facility).

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
860 North Riverview
Mesa, Arizona 85201 


All press and media inquiries about this event must be sent to Executive Director Heather R. Cotter. 

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