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Union League Club Chicago


10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Why It’s OK to Not Be OK and What To Do About It: How to Cope with Stress & PTSD
      Krista Haugen, MN, RN, CMTE, National Director of Patient Safety, GMR

Join this session to hear a personal story of survival and the impact of PTSD on a first responder. You will then learn not only how to build strategies for building resiliency but also how to seek help for yourself or a team member.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stretch and Email Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Putting It All Together: Building Your Resiliency Toolbox
     Jonathan Bundt, LMFT, MNCEM, DAAETS, MA, MASA Consulting

This dynamic panel discussion will cover the different tools and resources available for the mental health and wellness needs of first responders. Learn how you can capitalize on these resources right away for yourself and/or your colleagues.

12:45 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Local Chicago Illinois Support Resources

Hear about local options available in Illinois that you and your colleagues can utilize for first responder help and support.

1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Roundtable Conversations
Grab lunch and break out into small group conversation focusing on your wellness journey.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Setting Your Program Up for Success: Best Practices in Resource Building
     James Boomhower, BS, FP-C, NR-P, C- NPT, CCISM
Lead Support Director, Boston MedFlight

How do you help your program to engage in building successful resources for your peers? Hear from those who have expertise in doing this well and what has worked and what has not.

Featured Speakers

James Boomhower, BS, FP-C, NR-P, C- NPT, CCISM has been involved in EMS for over 15 years in a variety of health systems throughout New England.  He currently functions in the role of Critical Care Transport Specialist-Paramedic/ Lead Peer Support Director with Boston Medflight of Bedford, Massachusetts and Crisis and Peer supporter for the ECHO FAST team, and the state of RI CISM team. His desire to bring mental health awareness to the EMS arena has spurred him to create the Stay Fit for Duty platform as well as work to implement a peer support program in his workplace. James is working to realize his goal of promoting recognition, management and acceptance of acute stress in EMS providers throughout the world.


Jonathan Bundt started his career in the early 80s in psychiatric hospital care while working on his undergraduate degree. He made a big jump into the field of anti-counter terrorism work as a member and instructor with the Israeli National Police forces in the late 80s and 90s. Jonathan came to the United States in 1993 for graduate studies. His work in the USA began in 1995, working as a mental health professional in private practice and working with public safety as a trainer and on-scene support advisor. He provides consultation and training services to the private sector, hospitals, EMS, police and fire departments, and numerous state and federal agencies. Jonathan has also developed integrated programs in response to the active assailant for police, fire, EMS, psychological first aid for responders, psychiatric response for community paramedics, and peer support strategies for first responders.


He is a member of MN-1 DMAT (national response team) and a certified emergency manager in Minnesota. For the past eight years, he has been the behavioral health consultant to Life Link III, a critical care transport company in Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Krista Haugen currently serves as the National Director of Patient Safety for Global Medical Response. She has twenty-five years of nursing experience consisting of emergency, critical care, and flight nursing. She survived a helicopter crash while on duty in 2005 and subsequently co-founded the Survivors Network for the Air Medical Community. She served as a member of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group, speaks at safety events around the country, and has written for several industry publications. Her professional interests include Crew Resource Management & Human Factors, Just Culture, medical transport risk mitigation, post-traumatic stress and resilience in critical care professionals and emergency responders.


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