Your time to attend is running out to Register for the 2021 Annual Conference Presented by the Fire Service Professional Psychology Association!

By: Robert Avsec, Battalion Chief (Ret.) and FSPA charter member

Fire Service Psychology Association
The mission of the Fire Service Psychology Association is to provide the best standard of psychological care for fire service personnel and their families.

Time is running out and you DON’T want to miss this great conference for both professional psychologists and firefighters and officers alike! REGISTER today to reserve your seat for this virtual conference!

The Fire Service Psychology Association (FSPA) will host its 4th Annual Conference on December 3rd, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST. The conference will be an online event—hosted by Palo Alto University’s CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies—given the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on large group gatherings and air travel for many people. Here the schedule of presentations for this year’s conference:

8:00am-8:15am: Opening Statements

8:15am-9:45am: Session One

THREAT ASSESSMENT: An Overview of Violence in the Fire Service Workplace

9:45am-10:00am: Morning Break

10:00am-11:30am: Session Two


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11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm-2:00pm: Session Three

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VACCINATION RESISTANCE: Autonomy, Public Health, and Medical Ethical Considerations

2:00pm-3:30pm: Session Four


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Kristen Wheldon, PsyD, is the President & Founder of FSPA.

3:30pm-3:45pm: Closing Statements

3:45pm-4:00pm: Completion of Evaluations/ Certificates


Click here for additional information about conference sessions and “meet” the presenters for this year’s conference!

The FSPA conference epitomizes the goal of FSPA: Bridging the gap between professional psychology and the fire service. Our central objectives for meeting that goal are:

FSPA seeks to bridge the gap between professional psychology and the fire service by:

  • Providing continuing education courses to mental health professionals.
  • Educating fire departments about the psychological components of prevention, intervention, and recovery processes.
  • Building a community of mental health professionals specifically dedicated to fire service personnel and their families.

We at FSPA feel strongly that equal participation by both professional psychologists and fire service leaders is paramount to the successful bridging of the gap. As a member of FSPA, and a retired member of the fire service, I’m calling on my fire service colleagues to meet professional psychologists halfway: Join FSPA and register for the 2021 conference.

FSPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 

Along with that, if your fire department has a relationship with a professional psychologist, encourage them to join FSPA and register for the conference. But if you don’t, contact some of the psychologists in your community and share this article with them, along with your personal invitation to join FSPA and participate in this year’s conference.

We all know that many of our firefighters and fire officers faced many challenges to their mental health wellness, especially during the past 18 months of the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic. Through my work with FSPA, I know that professional psychologists are valuable resource that can help our people. So, let’s work together to bridge the gap, OK?

About FSPA

FSPA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.  Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.  Tax ID Number:  82-0643019. 

FSPA is a nonprofit organization developed to bridge the gap between professional psychology and the fire service. We believe through effective firefighter-specific training and intervention; we can develop and maintain psychological health for years to come. Founded in 2017, our organization is located in Southern California although we offer services to fire service agencies across the country.

About Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer

Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec served with the men and women of the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS Department for 26 years. He’s now using his acquired knowledge, skills, and experiences as a freelance writer for and as the “blogger in chief” for this blog. Chief Avsec makes his home in Cross Lanes, WV. Contact him via e-mail,