August Chapter Meeting - Helping Those Who Protect and Serve Every Day

  • Friday, August 19, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual


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NIEAPA's August Chapter Meeting & Professional Education 
Friday, August 19, 2022 • 9:00am - 12:00pm

9:00 - 9:40 | Meeting
9:50 - 12:00  | Webinar

Helping Those Who Protect and Serve Every Day (Pending 2.0 CEU Approval)

While being a first responder has its own set of stressors, the pandemic has added additional strain to one's physical and more importantly, mental well-being. Many are finding that they are giving so much to others that they have nothing left for themselves. When a person feels like their tank is running on empty, they may shut out their families and friends and seek isolation. All too often, separating work life from personal life is much more complicated.

There are healthy ways to deal with the stressors and trauma of the job by utilizing the support systems in one's personal life and enjoying life away from work. In this presentation, we will identify and discuss the fallout of the 24/7 mindset of today's first responder. As cumulative stress is often a prominent feature in one's career, we will look at the prevalence, impact, and why this should be an area of concern for every police officer, firefighter, paramedic, EMT, dispatcher as well as the department.

We will examine the prevalence, impact, and critical features of stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout/moral injury. We will discuss the professional and personal stress factors that put first responders at risk for PTSD. As domestic violence cases have risen during the pandemic and can be incredibly traumatizing and stressful, we will recognize the key features and discuss the impact of vicarious and secondary trauma. We will discuss the many resources and assistance available for first responders and how to encourage them to utilize services. We will emphasize stress reduction and health and wellness, as well as identify ways to make a positive difference in the workplace.


  • Identify and discuss the fallout of the 24/7 mindset and expectations placed upon first responders.
  • Recognize cumulative stress's prevalence, impact, and key features. 
  • Examine the personal and professional stress factors that put first responders at risk for PTSD. 
  • Recognize burnout, vicarious trauma, and secondary trauma. 
  • Discuss how first responders can take control of their life and career and help others. 
  • Identify and implement policies and procedures in the department to make a positive difference in the lives of first responders.


Nicholas Greco IV

Nick has over 25 years of experience training civilians and first responders. He has directed, managed, and presented on over 500 training programs globally across various topics including harassment, workplace bullying, anti-bias training, burnout and depression, FMLA, as well as the healthy workplace. He has authored over 325 book reviews, and has authored or co-authored over 35 articles in psychiatry and psychology. He is an approved CIT instructor ILETSB, a CIT instructor for the Chicago Police Department, CIT Coordinator and Lead CIT Trainer for the Lake County Sheriff’s National CIT Program, a Subject Matter Expert for both Axon, Calibre Press, and Lexipol/Police One, and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with Public Safety, Fire/EMS, and Higher Education designations. He is a member of ILEETA, an Associate Member Service Provider of IACP, Committee Chair for the IPSA Mental Health Committee, and a Wellness Support Staff Member for Survivors of Blue Suicide (SBS).



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Other EAPA Members - $10 (discount code required)
Students - FREE (discount code required)

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Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

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