2020 Peer Support Training Conference

Dear PSF Supporters,

It comes with great disappointment that The 2020 Peer Support Foundation Conference will be canceled.  The Peer Support Foundation board unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 conference due to the covered 19 pandemic that is still plaguing our country.  We will begin planning for the 2021 conference as soon as possible.  Any payments made to the Peer Support Foundation for the 2020 conference will be reimbursed.  


Even though the training is canceled, the Peer Support Foundation is still here to assist and help first responders and agencies when needed. We still are planning to hold smaller trainings throughout the rest of the year.   Also, stay tuned for future online training opportunities this fall. 


We will provide any updates through our website, social media, and email list.


Thanks for your understanding. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.


Jeremy Sprague

President / executive director

2020 Conference Sponsors

Contact us if your would like to be a sponsor for the 2020 Peer Support Conference.

Keynote Speaker

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Peer Support Conference

September 13-16, 2020

Registration Fee:

Track A - $125.00

Track B - $150.00

​Track C - $175.00

Which Track is Right for Me?

Just want to attend Dave Grossman, author of On Killing, On Combat and other titles?
Track A gives you one-day access to the special presentation by Dave Grossman. This track is ideal for any first responder, even if you are not involved in peer support. (Sept. 14 Only). Track A - $125.00

Already a peer support provider and need continuing education?
Track B includes two days of peer support topics (Day 1: Dave Grossman; Day 2: Peer Support Continuing Education; Sept. 14-15). Track B - $150.00


New to Peer Support and need basic training to become a peer support provider?

Track C participants will complete a certification course in Assisting Individuals in Crisis and will attend the special presentation by Dave Grossman. This is a three day training (Sept. 14-16). Track C - $175.00


What is happening on September 13th?

Conference attendees are invited to a pre-conference welcome reception on the night of Sunday Sept. 13. Snacks and drinks provided as we take over the hotel bar. Come connect with other first responders interested in peer support! 

Conference Dates:


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Welcome Reception 6pm-10pm



Monday, September 14, 2020  -Track A & B


Track A - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman


Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Track B & C


Various Peer Support Topics


Assisting Indivuals in Crisis


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - TRACK C ONLY


Assisting Individuals in Crisis Only




Hilton Garden Inn

205 S 64th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266



Special room rates of $129.00 a night are available.

Rooms are limited.  Hotel reservations can be made at the following link. 





Conference Program

                                           Day 1 - Track A , B, & C- Lt. Col. Dave Grossman


                                           Day 2-  Track B- Continuing Education in Peer Support Topics


                                                       Track C- Assisting Individuals in Crisis Course


                                           Day 3-  Track C Only - Assisting Individuals in Crisis


(Track A will  include Days 1 only.  Track B will include Days 1 & 2. Track C will  include Days 1, 2, & 3. )

Scholarships are available for free attendance to the conference.  Email Iowapsf@gmail.com for more information.

2020  Conference Schedule

​Sunday, September 13, 2020



1800-2200       Hospitality Event




Monday, September 14, 2020


Tracks A, B, & C



0800-0815       Welcome/introductions/Opening Ceremony 


0815-1130       Key Note Speaker: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman


1130-1230       Lunch provided by the Peer Support Foundation


1230-1630       Key Note Speaker: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman




Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Track B



0800-0950     Motivational Interviewing


1000-1130     Is Your Department Prepared?  Handling LODD, Suicide, and other Active Duty Deaths


1130-1230     Lunch provided by the Peer Support Foundation


1230-1300     Board Meeting / Awards/ Drawing


1300-1350     What the Heck Do I Do Now???? - Panel Discussion 


1400-1450     Marriage and Family Therapy - Sheila Russell


1500-1545     Closing Speaker - Jessie Farrell 


1545-1600     Closing Ceremony



Track C



0800-1130      Assisting Individuals in Crisis Day 1 – Jeremy Sprague


1130-1300      Lunch provided by the Peer Support Foundation


1300-1600      Assisting Individuals in Crisis Day 1 – Jeremy Sprague






Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Track  C Only


0800-1130      Assisting Individuals in Crisis Day 2 – Jeremy Sprague

1130-1300      Lunch provided by the Peer Support Foundation

1300-1600      Assisting Individuals in Crisis Day 2 – Jeremy Sprague

2020  Presentations
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Lt. Col. Grossman is a director of Sheepdog Seminars Group International. He is also a director of Warrior Science Group, owner of www.killology.com, member of American Board for Certification in Homeland Security and a member of American College of Forensic Examiners. Lt. Col. Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

Col. Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed “killology.” In this new field Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current “virus” of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace. He is the author of On Killing, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; has been translated into Japanese, Korean, and German; is on the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant’s required reading list; and is required reading at the FBI academy and numerous other academies and colleges. Col. Grossman co-authored Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence, which has been translated into Norwegian and German, and has received international acclaim. Col. Grossman’s most recent book, On Combat, has also placed on the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant’s Required Reading List and has been translated into Japanese and Korean.

Col. Grossman has been called upon to write the entry on “Aggression and Violence” in the Oxford Companion to American Military History, three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence and numerous entries in scholarly journals, to include the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

He has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He has presented to over 100 different colleges and universities worldwide, and has trained educators and law enforcement professionals, in the field of school safety, at the state and regional level, in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign nations.

He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton, Virginia Tech, and Nickel Mines Amish school massacres.He has been an expert witness and consultant in state and Federal courts, to include serving on the prosecution team in UNITED STATES vs. TIMOTHY MCVEIGH.

He has testified before U.S. Senate and Congressional committees and numerous state legislatures, and he and his research have been cited in a national address by the President of the United States.

Col. Grossman is an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, with a total of over 23 years experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. He retired from the Army in February 1998 and has devoted himself to teaching, writing, speaking, and research. Today he is the director of the Killology Research Group, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he is on the road almost 300 days a year, training elite military and law enforcement organizations as well as civilian seminar attendees worldwide about the reality of armed aggression.

Assisting Individuals in Crisis (ICISF)

-Jeremy Sprague

Sergeant Jeremy Sprague is the Executive Director of the Peer Support Foundation.  He also is a sergeant for the Des Moines Police Department.  He will be teaching the ICISF Assisting Individuals in Crisis Course. ​​


This course is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques in the fields of Business & Industry, Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress. Crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”. This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based peer support strategy that elicits a person’s motivation to change a specific problematic behavior. As a brief intervention, MI helps to increase awareness of consequences of current behaviors in an empathetic, non-argumentative, but direct fashion. ​


Attendees will learn the fundamentals of motivational interviewing as it applies to peer support delivery. Through four processes (Engaging, Focusing, Evoking “change talk,” and Planning), motivation to change is elicited from the person seeking support, and is not imposed from outside forces.

Is Your Department Prepared?

Handling LODD, Suicide, and Other Active Duty Deaths

-Sgt. Yanira Scarlett and Jeremy Sprague

What the Heck Do I do Now???? - Panel Discussion 

During this panel discussion, learn from seasoned peers on how to manage hard peer support situations.  This panel discussion will be open to attendees to ask various questions in peer support management, assistance, and resources.

Closing Speaker - Jessie Farrell

Line of Duty Deaths, Suicides, and other Active Duty Deaths can rock an agency and its employees to the core.   This course will teach peer support team members on how to logistically and emotionally handle LODD, suicides, and other active duty deaths.  Sgt. Yanira Scarlett is the president of the Iowa COPS organization and unfortunately has led agencies through these difficult times.  

The Effects of Job Stress on Relationships and Family - Sheila Russell


First Responders are at the forefront of challenging and life-threatening incidents.  First Responders can be subjected to more stress, trauma, and additional adverse exposures in one work shift that the general population never experiences in an entire lifetime.  As a result, these stressful and traumatic occupational hazards can make First Responders more prone to mental health conditions, financial burdens, higher divorce rates, substance misuse, family conflict, and suicidal thoughts/attempts.  What impacts the First Responder will impact their partners and children.  Couples and Family Counseling can be an asset to strengthen and improve the health, functioning, and relationship bonds.


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