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February 7-9, 2023

The NW Peer Support Conference is an annual gathering of first responders, mental health professionals, and chaplains involved in the behavioral health, wellness, and peer support initiatives in their agencies.

Hosted by Responder Life.

Conference Details

Tuesday, February 7

Main Conference
Wednesday, February 8 - Thursday, February 9

Salem Convention Center and Grand Hotel

Registration Cost

$199 per person for first responders, chaplains, and mental health professionals

$100 per person for spouse/partner of first responder.

Spouses/partners of first responders are encouraged to attend and are eligible for scholarships.

Scholarships are available. Application for scholarships is available online at the registration page.

Conference Information

Pre-Conference (10am to 4:30pm)

Included with Registration


  • Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Moral Injury among first responders;
  • Enhancing Peer Support: Practical Ideas from Research and Brain Science

Conference (8:30a-4:45p both days)

There will be 4 general sessions over two days and multiple breakout session options. The topics to be covered include:

  • Starting or Re-energizing Your Peer Support Team
  • Line of Duty Death and Critical Injury
  • Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Recover in Public Safety
  • What is Wellness: Making it Practical and Measurable
  • Suicide: Prevention and Intervention
  • Peers, Chaplains, and Clinicians: How They Work Together to Send the Needed Help
  • How Can Therapy Help and How do I Find a Therapist?
  • Fatigue and Performance: Managing Sleep Loss
  • How to Help Your Co-Workers When on Admin Leave: The Legal, Mental Health, and Personal Implications
  • Minimizing Impact and Helping Kids Stay Healthy in a First Responder Family
  • Creating Resilient Families: Peer Support for Significant Others and Families

Conference Reminders:

Lunch is included each day

Tuesday's Pre-Conference attendance is included in the registration.

Hotel Information

The Grand Hotel
200 Commercial St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

To make a reservation,
please call 503-540-7800
at $159/king or $169/double queen per night

Hampton Inn & Suites
510 Hawthorne Ave SE
Salem, OR 97301

please call 503-362-1300
at $149/night

NW Peer Support Conference Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and other sponsors, scholarships are being provided to first responders who require financial assistance in order to attend the 2020 Northwest Peer Support Conference in Salem, Oregon.  The scholarship will cover the cost of registration ($199) which includes lunch at the pre-conference and both conference days.  Preference will be given to those traveling 50+ miles and who represent rural/smaller agencies.  However, anyone with demonstrated financial need is encouraged to apply.


  1. An Oregon First Responder or significant other of a first responder (law enforcement, fire, dispatch, corrections, search & rescue, etc.)
  2. Must attend both days of main conference, February 5-6. Pre-conference attendance is encouraged.

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February 7-9, 2023

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Request for refunds must be received in writing no later than Thursday, Monday, January 30, 2023.  A service fee of $25 will be charged for all cancellations received by that date. Refunds will not be made for cancellations requested or postmarked after Monday, January 30, 2023 or for participants who register but do not attend. No exception to this policy can be considered as our funds are fully committed to the production of the conference. All refunds will be mailed after the conclusion of the conference.

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