Growth & Resilience for Kansas EMS Providers

The KEMSA PEER Support Society is excited to bring in trainers from the Center for Suicide Awareness from Wisconsin to Kansas! This two and a half day workshop will be on the topic of Growth and Resilience for Kansas EMS Providers.  

Resilience training builds resilience and improves it in those that are already considered to be resilient. Even without an adverse event, the positive effects of this training are a win-win: it’s just a matter of degree. This training helps reshape one's thinking. It helps them to look at the world, yourselves, and events they experience in a different way. Emphasizing the positive and their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

October 7-9, 2022

Marriott, Wichita

9100 Corporate Hills Drive

Wichita, KS  67207


  • $25 

Online payments are due with your registration to confirm your spot. 

*Upon completion of the training, the registration fee will be reimbursed. 


This training is made up of domains and tenets. The domains, the tenets, and the definitions were created by subject matter experts in academia, the Air Force, and law enforcement. The four domains are the areas of a person’s life that capture the totality of how they experience and relate to others and themselves and being fit across the four domains will lead to a more resilient individual. These tenets are the key characteristics in an individual that foster resilience. The tenets include:

  • Mental – the ability to effectively cope with unique mental stressors and challenges
  • Physical – the ability to adopt and sustain healthy behaviors needed to enhance health and wellbeing
  • Social – the ability to engage in healthy social networks that promote overall wellbeing and optimal performance
  • Spiritual – the ability to strengthen a set of beliefs, principles, or values that sustain an individual’s sense of wellbeing and purpose

A key component to a comprehensively fit officer is resilience. People are not born resilient; they learn to be resilient through life experiences.


Friday, October 7, 2022

  • 8:30-9:15 a.m. Registration
  • 9:15-9:30 a.m. Opening & Welcome - Chrissy Bartel
  • 9:30-11:30 

Lesson 1: Overview & Resilience 

Lesson 2: Counting Blessings

  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch On Your Own
  • 12:45-2:45 

Lesson 3: Accomplishing Goals

Lesson 4: A --> B --> C Thinking about your Thinking

  • 2:45-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-4:15 
Lesson 5: Check Your Playbook
  • 4:15 Wrap-up
  • 4:30 Adjourn
  • 5:00 KEMSA PEER Support Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 8, 2022

  • 8:30 Coffee/Networking
  • 9:00-11:00 

Lesson 6: Balance Your Thinking & Instant Balance Thinking

Lesson 7: Capitalizing on Strengths

  • 11:00-12:15 - Lunch on Your Own
  • 12:15-2:15 

Lesson 8: Acceptance Strategies Mindfulness & Meaning Making

Lesson 9: Spiritual Resilience

  • 2:15-2:45 Break
  • 2:45-4:45

Lesson 10: Physical Resilience

Lesson 11: Interpersonal Problem Solving

  • 4:45-5:00 Daily Wrap-up

Sunday, October 9, 2022

  • 9:00-10:00

Lesson 12: Good Listening and Active Constructive Responding (ACR)

  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-12:15 SafeTALK
  • 12:15-12:45 Light Lunch (provided)
  • 12:45-2:00 SafeTALK Continued
  • 2:00-2:30 Weekend Wrap-up

CE Pending


    KEMSA members must login to the KEMSA website to auto-fill contact information.

    If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Kari Presley by Oct. 1.

    Hotel Information

    Wichita Marriott

    Reservations cut-off: September 15, 2022  Extended to September 19!

    Rate: $109.00/night + tax

    Reservations can be made by calling the Marriott Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or (316) 651-0333. 

    About Our Instructors

    Barb Bigalke, Founder/Executive Director

    Barb Bigalke is a driven, compassionate leader who develops innovative solutions in the areas of mental health, suicide, trauma, and authentic living. Her diverse 20+ year career as a counselor, coach, speaker, and teacher provides a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to connect with people in an impactful way. She has undergrad and master’s degrees in Human Development, Psychology and Mental Health Counseling and 70+ certificates in crisis response — plus more! In all Barb does, she is always focused on bringing hope and healing to people who need it. In 2009, she founded the Center for Suicide Awareness and, in 2014, launched the HOPELINE™ text-based support line. As an expert in understanding human behaviors, she is a powerful, dynamic speaker and coach who reaches people from a place of empathy and non-judgement. Barb continues to seek ways to fulfill her passion which is to help people navigate through trauma so they can fully step into their true, authentic self.

    Mike Crum, Director of Resiliency and Policy Development

    Mike started with CSA in 2015 as an intern from UW-Green Bay, where he earned his Master’s degree in Social Work and is currently working on his Doctorate Degree in Social Work. As a Marine Corps veteran, Mike holds a passion for working with the veteran and service member population and continues to bring so many great ideas to The Center. Mike helped us create our Challenge Coins and developed events such as Lip Sync Battle and Bash for the Brave.

    Mike has a 17-year-old son, and currently works as a Master Resiliency Trainer for the Army National Guard. His specialty is talking about military trauma, suicide prevention, and understanding military culture. Mike has also brought Resiliency Training to the Center for Suicide Awareness. Mike is leading the charge to get Resiliency in Law Enforcement agencies throughout the State of Wisconsin. If your organization would like training to discuss military trauma suicide in the military, or law enforcement resiliency training please do not hesitate to reach out.

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