Industry experts will discuss crisis resiliency and peer support practices

FEI will present at two upcoming events: The National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo and the Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI) Annual Worksite Wellness Conference.

Designed to advance health and safety at work, at home and on the road, the NSC Congress and Expo will take place Sept. 6-12 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. FEI’s Business Solutions Engineer, Raquelle Solon, will present “Move to the Front: A Brain Science Approach to Crisis Management” on Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m. PST.

Critical incident stress management is a crucial tool for maintaining resilience and recovering from a disaster. The session will explore how organizations can identify and react to critical incidents using “Move to the Front,” a stress management practice that incorporates the evolving science of the brain. Psychological first aid, critical incident response, employee assistance programs and case studies will be discussed as ways to overcome adverse experiences and build “Move to the Front” resiliency in safety professionals and organizations.

Solon is responsible for helping organizations determine and implement a holistic crisis management system. She also is responsible for the delivery of workplace violence prevention, leadership development, and crisis management trainings, and is experienced in reviewing current training and policies and procedures to identify gaps and work with clients towards a solution. Solon was named “Woman of the Year” for 2012‐2013 by the National Association of Professional Women.

On Sept. 12 at 3:00 p.m. CST, FEI Senior Account Manager Michael McCafferty will present “Care from Inside the Trenches: Establishing Peer Support Services” at the WCWI Annual Worksite Wellness Conference. The largest conference in the Midwest specific to promoting employee well-being, the conference will be held at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. FEI will also exhibit.

Peer support is an approach to workplace wellness that uses the nonclinical strengths and abilities of motivated, trained staff volunteers to enhance the resilience and productivity of their co-workers and, by extension, their organizations. With peer support, employers can strengthen internal resources and sustain the well-being of employees with guidance from behavioral health expertise and consultation. The session will examine how organizational leadership, with the help of their employees, can organize a peer support program that formalizes an internal approach to sustaining ongoing workplace wellness.

McCafferty is a skilled coach and consultant who partners with leaders, teams and individuals, motivating them to move from disengaged to engaged and from problem to solution. With a diverse background including experience in health care, human resources and construction, he has a long track record and personal commitment to helping organizations create the conditions for success. Since receiving his master’s in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1997, McCafferty has provided consultation, training, counseling and employee assistance program services to organizations of all sizes in industries as varied as manufacturing, financial services, state and municipal government and higher education.

Please visit the National Safety Council Congress and Expo and the Wellness Council of Wisconsin for more information about the conferences or FEI’s participation.

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