Register: Public Safety Well-Being Seminar

Please join us for a virtual well-being seminar for police officers, hosted by CCSJ’s Public Safety Institute.


We Never Walk Alone
Presented by: Bill Kushner

Occupational Transference in Police Marriages
Presented by: Timothy O’Brien

Both Sides of the Badge
Presented by: Christy Lister

CRP & Other New Insights on Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Presented by: Tara Michelle Hinds

Tuesday, October 25

Morning Session
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Evening Session
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Bill Kushner

Retired CPD and Former Des Plaines Chief of Police

Bill Kushner was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on January 3, 1977. Bill served as a patrol officer, tactical officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. While assigned to the Training Academy, Bill was responsible for developing and delivering Officer Survival Training, Crimes in Progress Training, Haz Mat, and training for Command Post operations for major events.

Promoted to Lieutenant in 1998, Bill was assigned as a Tactical Operations lieutenant, and had served as Officer In Charge for several major events ranging from July 3rd Fireworks on the Lakefront to Taste of Chicago and the Bud Billiken and South Side Irish Parades; Bill was subsequently transferred to the Organized Crime Division where he commanded the Criminal Enterprise Investigations Group. This unit was responsible for Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud investigations, as well as being the “home unit” for CPD personnel assigned to federal task forces.

Bill was selected to become Chief of Police in Berwyn Illinois. Bill held that position from January 2006 until March 2010. In November 2010, he was Chief of Police for the Village of Lakemoor PD and served with LPD from November 2010 through September 2012, at which time he was recruited to take over the Des Plaines Police Department from where he retired in 2020.

A graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier College, and a Master of Science in Criminal and Social Justice from Lewis University.

Bill has served as a course evaluator for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, adjunct faculty for several universities, and has published articles in various law enforcement magazines. Bill was recently re-elected to a three-year term as a Vice President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and was just selected as Co-chair for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, representing Northeastern Illinois.

Timothy O’Brien, Psyd, CADC

Active Chicago Police Officer

Dr. O’Brien has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. After a varied early career path, he joined the Chicago Police Department in 2000. He earned Master degrees in Police Psychology and Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (now “Adler University”). In 2013, he completed his doctorate in clinical psychology, with a dissertation centered around Marital Satisfaction and the Unique Challenges in Police Marriages.  During internship, he worked in the Will County Health Department Forensics Section, with the offending population. A CADC, he completed his post-doc with the Gateway Foundation as well as in private practice.

Dr. O’Brien is an FBI-trained hostage negotiator and experienced detective, specializing in child abuse and child sex cases. In addition to his work in law enforcement, he maintains an active private practice. He is licensed in Illinois, Arizona, and Indiana, and has provided services virtually for the last few years. While his practice is a general outpatient practice, he caters to first responders and has developed a niche in workers’ compensation cases.

Christy Lister

Blue Help

Christy Lister is a mother of three children, a mortgage lender, a Beyond the 1st Response podcast host, and an advocate for First Responders and their mental wellness. Lister became aware on June 17, 2019, how first responders’ careers affects both sides of the badge. She now hosts a podcast where they have a conversation on life as a first responder, family member, and ways to create resiliency for first responders and their families.

Tara Michelle Hinds, BMT, MA, LCPC

Goodman Psychologist Associates

Since 2006, I have worked in a variety of capacities in the field of behavioral health at almost all levels of care: inpatient, residential, outpatient, PHP, IOP, home-based, community-based, schools, private practice, EAP, & CISD. I also taught for 10 years… so I’m pretty passionate about educating folks- students, clients, family, and community members.  Areas of specialization and interest for me include trauma, DBT, eating disorders, first responders/ essential workers, and critical incident stress debriefing.

I’m a New Orleans native, a Beverly Southsider, a Saints fan, a mom, a step-mom, and a spouse of a police officer who has been on the job for 20+ years.  Several years ago, my husband (who is also a psychologist) and I began our private practice, with a particular focus on serving first responders & their families. I’m also a part of Goodman Psychologist Associates, a group practice based in Oakbrook & St Charles.

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