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January 21, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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IPELRA FREE Webinar: Mental Health Awareness for First Responders

Thursday, January 21, 2021


Compassion Fatigue:  Mental Health Awareness for First Responders

January 21, 2021

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Since March of 2020, Public Safety personnel have not only continued in service as first responders, but have been essential workers during this unprecedented global pandemic and changing world with protests in the streets and calls for change.

  • How are we supporting our first responders?
  • How do you recognize mental health issues in first responders?
  • What are the employer's responsibilities?

Join our panel to hear their thoughts on mental illness, ADA, and how one agency is being proactive about these issues.


Joyce Marter (Founder of Urban Balance)
Joyce Marter has been a licensed psychotherapist for over twenty years, is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, and is the Founder of Urban Balance, one of the largest counseling practices in the country with seventeen locations in six states. She has served as the President of the Illinois Counseling Association, a two-term President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Chair of the Midwest Region of the American Counseling Association. Marter is routinely consulted as a mental health expert in the media, featured in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and MTV. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and a national keynote speaker. She has blogged for sites such as The Huffington Post, Spirituality & Health, PsychCentral, and more. Her debut book, The Financial Mindset Fix: A Mental Fitness Program for an Abundant Life will be released by Sounds True this July.

S. Leigh Jeter (Attorney, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP)
Leigh is Senior Counsel with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. She has represented private and public sector employers in labor and employment relations matters for nearly 25 years. Her litigation experience includes successfully advocating for clients in state and federal courts and administrative agencies across the country in harassment, discrimination, disability, and leave-related disputes, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practices charges, and various administrative agency matters. Leigh also handles workplace investigations and matters filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal and state agencies. Additionally, she counsels employers on best practices and risk mitigation policies, and conducts training on a broad range of employment matters.

Karl Walldorf (Police Chief - City of Lake Forest)
Karl Walldorf is the Chief of Police for the Lake Forest (IL) Police Department. He is the founder of the Lake County Police Incident Management Assistance Team and the current chair of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. He serves on the boards of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System and the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team. Karl is the representative for the Illinois Chiefs of Police on the statewide Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Data Use and Collection Task Force.