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Resiliancy For The Long Game

February 13 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This training is free. Lunch will be served.

The proliferation of mass shootings, bombings and other terrorist incidents has left thousands of survivors–some with physical injuries, but more who may experience psychological and emotional trauma or will later develop symptoms of PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress). Although invisible in the media, witnesses to violent events commonly suffer mental health injuries, particularly when they are unprepared for the violence and powerless to prevent it. The stigma against discussing mental health and the lack of awareness and support services impacts everyone who experiences these types of issues.

This seminar will feature two speakers; Chief Steve Johnson, from Calibre Press, presenting information on identifying the psychological and physiological aspects of working in the field of emergency response and Manya Chylinski, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, who will focus on the after-effects on individuals, families, schools, organizations, communities, and first responders and receivers. This discussion will address the psychosocial effects of mass violence, as well as strategies to reach those affected and mitigate the psychological after-effects.


Steve Johnson serves as Chief for the city of Swansea, Illinois. Prior to this, Chief Johnson retired from the St Clair County Sheriff’s Office as Commander of the Street Crimes Unit, served as the Chief Investigator overseeing the Criminal Investigation Section, Drug Tactical Unit, SWAT, Domestic Violence Unit and the St. Clair County Investigative Professionals Group. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and he holds a BS in Workforce Education and MA in Computer Resources and Information Management Specializing in Personnel Management.  Chief Johnson works to ensure responders are aware of the 24/7 effects of the profession.  He teaches about the research on the short and long term effects of the unique stressors inherent in emergency response and how both sudden acute onset and chronic cumulative stress affect performance and decision making.

Manya Chylinski is a writer, marketing consultant, and speaker. She is also a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She advocates for those who are psychologically impacted by crime and addresses such topics as communicating in a crisis, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of recognizing the psychological impacts of tragedy. Manya’s life was violently altered, along with the lives of hundreds of others, while a spectator at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 13, 2013. However, her injuries could not be treated by first responders. As she returned to her daily life, she struggled with symptoms she didn’t understand, like fear, anxiety, and visions of explosive events in her mind. It took recognizing that she was not merely a witness but also a victim for her to get the help she needed. How do you help the invisible victims of crime and mass violence like the Boston Marathon bombing? As a speaker and a writer, Manya’s mission is to spread the word about how some survivors appear unharmed but actually experience very real mental health injuries. She has spoken to public health officials, emergency preparedness personnel, first responders, and communicators. She uses her experience to help people understand the importance of recognizing mental health injuries, how we communicate about difficult subjects, and how to move past adversity to build a new life.


February 13
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Wanda Roberts
(865) 202-9800


Jubilee Banquet Facility
6700 Jubilee Center Way
Knoxville, TN 37912 United States
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