Winter Institute

First Responder and Behavioral Health Cross-training

The ASU School of Social Work is excited to announce the 4th Annual Winter Institute for First Responder & Behavioral Health Cross-training. The hybrid in-person and online conference is scheduled for February 23rd through 25th, 2022 at ASU Skysong Innovation Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and online via Zoom meetings.

The Winter Institute is intended to assemble experts, leadership, and veterans of Arizona public safety sectors including: firefighters, police officers, correctional personnel, dispatchers, emergency medical services and other first responders as well as behavioral health professionals including social workers, counselors, researchers, and others for the purpose of cross-training and creating opportunities for collaboration within our communities. 

Each year, attendees gather to learn about trauma-informed response, de-escalation, compassion/work fatigue, suicide prevention, self-care and drug-induced behavioral symptoms. Read about the featured speakers.

This year, attendees may opt to attend either in-person or remotely via Zoom meetings.

We hope to make these important educational opportunities accessible to First Responders across Arizona, as well as build upon the diversity of our educational sessions.

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Banner – University Health Plans (B – UHP) is a nonprofit, regional health plan dedicated to serving the health and insurance needs of the people of Arizona. For over 20 years, B – UHP has provided access to best-in-care health care with unparallel compassion and responsiveness to help members live healthy and well. B – UHP’s product portfolio includes Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Special Needs Plans.

B – UHP is part of the Insurance Division of Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. B – UHP is based in Tucson, Arizona and serves over 275,000 members in ten Arizona Counties. For more information, please visit

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Arizona State University has committed to building a Community of Care, where we are all doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to keep our community healthy and well.  We are continuing to make adjustments to operations based on public health recommendations.

Based on the CDC’s recommendations in areas of substantial or high transmission of the virus, ASU strongly recommends that everyone on campus wear a face cover when inside a university building, as well as outdoors when in a crowd.  Face covers may be required for certain locations or events; any requirements will be posted. 

Before coming to campus, you should take a moment to evaluate your health.  If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus.  Instead, please stay home and get tested.

We highly recommend all participants receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event.  ASU makes it very easy to get tested and results are available approximately 48 hours after submitting your sample.

You can find more information on the Novel Coronavirus and ASU’s response at (

Conference Information

Wednesday, February 23rd
8:30am - 4:30pm
ASU Skysong in Scottsdale, AZ and Online via Zoom meetings

Thursday, February 24th 2022
8:30am - 4:30pm
ASU Skysong in Scottsdale, AZ and Online via Zoom meetings

Friday, February 25th, 20222
1:30pm - 3:30pm 
Online via Zoom meetings only (free, open to the public)

Conference cost:
$189 Early Bird (Open December 2021)
$249 General Registration (Available Jan 2022)
Register to attend

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Agenda and Featured Speakers
Sponsorship Information

CE Credits offered: APA, NBCC, NAADAC, NASW Read more