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Oct 20, 2017
Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations
Facilitated by Dr Megan McElheran

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Those who register for “Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations” will receive free registration to “Between Emergencies - A Look at Mental Health in EMS

 

Intended Audience

 

This workshop will be most useful for clinicians with a basic understanding of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  While there will be a brief review of diagnostic criteria, the workshop will address those with an existing knowledge base who are interested in developing greater clinical skill and understanding related to the first responder population.

 

Learning Objectives

 

  • To understand the history and development of trauma-related conditions and PTSD in first responders
  • To facilitate recognition of empirically-supported, “gold standard” treatment of PTSD, and how principles can be applied in clinical settings
  • To provide clarification and awareness regarding contextual, cultural and occupational factors that are unique to first responders
  • To identify issues related to the impact of first responder mental health problems on family systems

 

Program Format and Schedule

 

This workshop will use a combination of didactic instruction and case presentation to address the following subject areas:

  • A brief review of the changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5 relative to the diagnosis of PTSD
  • Clinical considerations when addressing complex trauma and PTSD, including issues related to dissociation and how to manage this clinically
  • The importance of assessing and monitoring symptoms of PTSD throughout the treatment process
  • Client engagement and how this relates to occupational culture of the first responder
  • Occupational issues of the first responder, and how these relate to initial occupational screening and career trajectory
  • A discussion of the impact of first responder careers on the first responding family and how to conceptualize work with the individual in the context of the family

 

Date          Friday 20 October 2017

 

Time          10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

 

Location   TBD, Calgary, AB

 

Presenter

 

  Dr. Megan McElheran R.Psych. is a Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of WGM Psychological Services Ltd..  Dr. McElheran completed several years training at the National Center for Posttrauamtic Stress Disorder in Menlo Park, CA, as well as more recently having developed specialization in application and dissemination of Prolonged Exposure for the treatment of PTSD.  WGM Psychological Services Ltd. is a community-based psychology practice that works primarily with first responders, including members of the RCMP, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Firefighters, EMS and Canadian Forces.

 

 

Continuing Education Credits

 

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists.  This workshop is offered for six (5.0) hours of CE Credit.  Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits.  Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits.  PAA maintains responsibility for the program.

 

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY:

 

Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office.  Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee.  PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. 

 

Non-members please click here to access the non-member registration form and return it completed to brittany@paa-ab.ca


Registration Fees

Early Bird
(by Sep 22, 2017)
Sep 22, 2017
and after
PAA Members & Affiliate Members $200.00 $225.00
PAA Student Members $140.00 $165.00
PAA Provisional Members $140.00 $165.00
Non-Members $265.00 $290.00

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