Green Cross Academy of Traumatology Presents:

2023 Annual Conference

"Hope Through Resilience"

- June 9th & 10th -

Keynote Speakers

Leaders in First Response and Resilience Building: Meet Our Keynote Speakers

David Baker, Ph.D.

Dr. David Baker has four decades of experience as a psychologist, researcher, educator, and senior administrator.

As a professor of psychology he…

…taught, supervised, advised, and mentored students at the undergraduate and graduate level. As a researcher and scholar, he has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 70 publications, including four books.

Dr. Baker is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. As the Margaret Clark Morgan Executive Director of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology he attracted over $14 million in funding and advanced the Cummings Center into a place of national and international prominence.

During his tenure at the University of Akron he served in a variety of senior leadership roles including service as the Interim Provost, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer.

Currently he provides consulting services that integrate psychological science and practice to improve outcomes for individuals and organizations.

Captn. David Giroux

Captain David Giroux is a 27-year veteran of the Arlington County Police Department. He is currently assigned as the Commander of the Office of Wellness and Safety in the Office of the Chief of Police. He

…is also the Commander of the department’s Peer Support Team.

David was a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11. He has served in a variety of assignments during his career to include Patrol, Community Policing, the Tactical Unit, Internal Affairs and Vice-Narcotics.

David has been a police supervisor for over 15 years. His interest in mental wellness for police began after a friend and co-worker died by suicide. Since that time, David has been involved with the development of programs and resources for officers and first responders who are struggling with personal and professional challenges. He has travelled around the country to present to a wide variety of police, first responder and community groups on this topic to help break the stigma of first responders seeking mental health services.

David was a coordinator for Peer Support services for the US Capitol Police in the aftermath of the January 6th incident and the line of duty death of Officer Billy Evans. He provides support and information to departments throughout the National Capitol region when their officers need help and assistance.

David is currently involved in a long-term research partnership with the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health. This project seeks to develop a template for public safety departments looking to provide wellness resources to their employees. David possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University.

Program Summaries

Discovering new insights and advancements in trauma studies

Creating a Holistic Behavioral Health Template for Officer Wellness

The Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health is a family-based non-profit located in Reno, Nevada. In 2020, one of the founders, Dorothy Cummings (then 93 years of age) observed the tremendous demands being placed on police departments around the country. She directed Dr. David Baker to commence a project to “help the police”. Dr. Baker contacted the Arlington County Police Department to seek support in conducting a research project to see what programs and resources would best support police officers as they endure the challenges and stressors of a law enforcement career. Dr. Baker partnered with Captain David Giroux at the department and began what has now become an extended research project into this topic. This presentation will provide a discussion of this partnership and results of the research to date as this duo continues their work to provide hope and resiliency to police officers.

Hope and Resiliency – An Inside Look

This presentation will be a panel discussion by a group of first responders who have all dealt with the struggles caused by exposure to traumatic events. Two of the responders have completed extended treatment programs for trauma and have continued their careers helping others. This will be a very personal look at how these careers impact those who serve their communities. The panelists will discuss the events and experiences that impacted them, how they were able to seek help, what supportive measures they found most helpful, and what obstacles and challenges they overcame in their treatment and return to work.

Hosted by Divine Mercy University

Minutes away from Dulles Airport (IAD)

45154 Underwood Ln
Sterling, VA 20166
United States


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