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SUPERINTENDENT'S SPEAKER SERIES - MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS and FINANCIAL PLANNING

SUPERINTENDENT'S SPEAKER SERIES - MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS and FINANCIAL PLANNING


The Superintendent will host a Superintendent's Speaker Series, with the assistance of the Professional Counseling Division/Employee Assistance Program (EAP). These series of workshops are in effort to promote officer wellness and ensure the mental and emotional well-being of our officers. The third seminar will consists of two parts on the same date. The first part Mental Health Awareness focuses on learning the warning signs and symptoms of specific conditions like depression, substance use, and trauma. It will also teach how to support yourself or someone else, as well as successful communication skills. It will be presented by Alexa James, MS, LCSW – Executive Director of NAMI Chicago.  The second part Financial Planning focuses on financial planning, the financial life stages from the Academy through retirement, basic investing and risk protection, and how financial wellness can impact your emotional wellbeing.  It will be presented by Michael Marron, Financial Consultant, and Gwen Hawkins, Credit Counselor, Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union. Mental Health Awareness and Financial Planning workshops will be repeated on two separate dates, Monday, 06 May 2019 at 1700-2130 hours (3rd watch) and on Tuesday, 07 May 2019 at 0900-1330 hours (2nd watch), in the multi-purpose room of police headquarters located at 3510 S. Michigan Avenue.  If interested in attending on-duty, contact your Commanding Officer for approval. Those selected members will be directed to register online on The Wire under the “What’s New” tab, no later than Wednesday, 01 May 2019 at 1200 hours.  Officers attending are encouraged to share their experience with their co-workers.  Other Department members (sworn and civilian, off-duty, and retired) are welcome to attend but must register by Wednesday, 01 May 2019 at 1200 hours, as space is limited. All on-duty personnel are required to wear their prescribed uniform of the day, based on their work assignment.  Attending this seminar will not constitute a tour of duty and no overtime will be paid for those Department members who attend on their RDO. Overflow parking will be available on 07 May 2019 only, at the Indiana Avenue Pentecostal Church of God located at 3520 S. Indiana, and at White Sox Park – Lot B (enter on 34th & Shields). If there are any questions, contact Sergeant Shawn Kennedy at (312) 745-5692 or shawn.kennedy@chicagopolice.org.