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    EIHRA Conference

    Date: May 9, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm
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    Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association Conference

    Avoiding Tragedy at Work
    May 9, 2017

    9:00am – 4:00pm
    Kirkwood Hotel
    Executive Technology Amphitheatre
    $25 for Members, $50 for Non-Members

    Conference Topics

    1.  Threat Assessment Tools & Policies - Amy Reasoner & Lynch Dallas (90 minutes)

    • Amy L. Reasner is a Shareholder with Lynch Dallas, P.C. Ms. Reasner’s general practice includes the areas of labor and employment law, insurance defense, and internal investigations. She regularly represents a wide range of clients including insurance companies, businesses and cities, counties and school districts. Ms. Reasner has handled FMLA matters as well as risk avoidance in matters involving employee hiring, discipline, and discharge. Also an experienced trial lawyer, she defends employers in courts and before arbitrators in all types of matters. In addition, she is often retained by employers to conduct internal investigations on a variety of employment related matters such as discrimination, harassment, and ethics and policy violations.
    • Holly A. Corkery is an Associate with Lynch Dallas, P.C. Ms. Corkery regularly practices in the areas of employment law (both public and private sector), workers’ compensation, municipal law, school law, and insurance defense. Ms. Corkery represents employers on a variety of issues including social media issues, employee discipline, employee drug testing, collective bargaining, employee leave issues, and general civil litigation. Ms. Corkery additionally represents public employers on issues unique to those entities, including public records requests and open meetings.


    Top 5 Learning Objectives:

    • Provide workplace violence policy statement
    • Define a workplace threat and appropriate interventions for workplace threats
    • Create policies that aid in identifying and responding to workplace threats which take into consideration state and federal employment and civil rights laws and privacy laws.
    • Create a checklist for how employees should respond to a workplace threat, including procedures to investigate and document any incidents
    • Investigation procedures overview


     2.  Mental Illness in the Workplace - Lisa Lahr, Mercy EAP (90 minutes)

    • Lisa Lahr is a Counselor and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coordinator for Mercy Family Counseling & EAP. As EAP Coordinator, Lisa works directly with businesses large and small in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area to support employees with their mental, emotional and personal wellbeing to continue to be a vital part of their work teams through direct counseling, presentations, trainings and management consultation. With previous experience working in substance abuse treatment, providing counseling to dislocated workers under a grant from the Dept. of Labor, corporate public relations, and community relations for a small non-profit serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, Lisa brings a unique prospective in working with today’s worker and their employers. Lisa has provided trainings and presentations for groups of 5 to 500 on various mental health topics including Drug Free Workplace trainings, team building, mental health in the workplace and many more. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Iowa and is certified as an International Alcohol & Drug Counselor (IADC) and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) providing DOT approved substance abuse evaluations. Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Upper Iowa University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Loras College


    3.  Active Shooter Training - Linn County Sherriff's Office (2 hours)

    • Major Doug Riniker holds an AA Degree in Police Science, BS in Criminal Justice, and is working on his MPA with a graduation date of October 31, 2017. Doug started his career with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in 1995. He has experience working in the Correctional Center and the Patrol Division. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and remained a supervisor within the Correctional Center until being appointed to a Second Deputy position with a rank of Major in January of 2009. Doug successfully graduated the FBI National Academy in 2015 and received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy award in 2017.

    Top 5 Learning Objectives:

    • Passiveness can be deadly
    • Situational Awareness
    • Mental Preparation
    • Ways to increase survivability
    • Lessons learned from past events


     4.  Verbal Judo - Chris Smaby, City of Cedar Rapids Police Department (2 hours)

    • Chris Smaby is the training specialist for the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He has been the defensive tactics instructor assigned to the CR Police Academy for the last 40 years. During that period he was a full-time deputy/ training officer for the Linn Co. Sheriff’s Office for 7 years and has been a regular guest instructor for the Iowa Law-Enforcement Academy in Des Moines. In addition to his combat control, he is also a firearms, baton, TASER, knife defense and restraint instructor. All of these use-of-force disciplines require sound tactical communication skills. “Verbal Judo” is one of the classes he instructs for the CRPD Academy. Mr. Smaby is the chief instructor for the Japan Karate Association of Iowa and currently teaches for Kirkwood CC community education. He has also developed a special program using both verbal skills and self-defense techniques for personal and professional safety for women which he instructs for various local companies. His training takes him all over the United States, Canada and as far as Japan and Okinawa. Because of his over 50 years of training in Japanese martial arts, he refers to tactical communication skills training as “Verbal Judo”…the martial art of the mind and mouth…the gentle art of persuasion

    Learning Objectives:

    • Never use words that rise readily to your lips.
    • Identify the nice, the difficult and the sneaky.
    • The most powerful word in the English language…empathy.
    • How to listen…how to paraphrase…

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