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Illinois Firefighter Peer Support 2020 Symposium Registration

Registration for the 2020 ILFFPS Symposium is NOW OPEN

February 20 – 21 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville in Naperville, IL.

ONLY $175 for the full symposium!

Our goal is to provide industry-leading resources while keeping the symposium as affordable as possible for you, your family, and your team.

Join us as we learn from an international line-up of industry professionals speaking about the latest information in the many issues facing Fire and EMS first responders. Come expecting to take home practical solutions for dealing with addiction, depression, PTSD, and how to help those around you. In the words of our Executive Director, “Our central goal is to provide practical solutions. We want participants to leave each presentation with new knowledge they can return home and practically put into place. It’s important to me they leave with what they need to make a difference in first responder mental health whether its their own, their family’s, or someone on their team.”


2020 Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 20th

7:30 am Check-in & Breakfast

8:30 am Welcome Address

9:15 am Morning Breakout Options

  • Aaron Beck: First Responders and Family
  • Brian Knowler: Self Care / Leadership in Mental Health
  • Wendy Lund: Family 
  • Chuck Wehrli: Cancer


11:00 am Morning Breakout Options

  • Chris Fields: Oklahoma City Complex PTS
  • Allison Fienning: Spouse 
  • Mark Kruse: Behavior Health Program
  • Dr. McKiness

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Panel discussion

2:45 pm Afternoon Breakout Options

  • Joel Brier: Addictions
  • Kasey Franco: Compassion Fatigue
  • Charles Allen: Anger 
  • Jon Sanders: Faith
  • Zapp & Marella: Fitness

*6:00 – 8:00 pm Optional ‘Meet-and-Eat’ Dinner with Cash Bar
*Tickets for sale when Registering

Friday, February 21st

7:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am
Keynote

9:15 amMorning Breakout Options

  • Aaron Beck: First Responders and Family
  • Brian Knowler: Self Care / Leadership in Mental Health
  • Wendy Lund: Family 
  • Dr. Deb Lindh: Mindfulness


11:00 am Morning Breakout Options

  • Chris Fields: Oklahoma City Complex PTS
  • Chris Caulkins & Brittany Miskowiec: Suicide Among Firefighters
  • Mark Kruse: Behavior Health Program
  • Jon Sanders: Faith

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Afternoon Keynote

2:45 pm Afternoon Breakout Options

  • Joel Brier: Addictions
  • Dr. McKiness & Jerry Marzullo
  • Charles Allen: Anger 
  • Zapp & Marella: Fitness

Click here for Hotel Information and Reservations

ILFFPS Special Rate of $119/night

Register Online Today!


For those who need to purchase tickets ONLY to the optional Meet-and-Eat dinner on Thursday night CLICK HERE

*Note: This is a separate registration form to be used ONLY if you have registered for the Symposium and did not add the Meet-and-Eat dinner, but would like to do so now.

This is NOT the full Symposium registration form, which can be found embedded in the page above.

Our Vision

"Illinois Firefighter Peer Support seeks to contribute and provide ongoing emotional wellness resources that are readily needed in the fire service and for emergency responders." Learn More...