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Primer: Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations

Date 2021-03-30
Time 00:00 - 00:01
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Audience Public
Non-member Cost $50.00 CAD
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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 unique nature of operational stress on first responders and how this relates to engagement with this population
  • To facilitate recognition of empirically-supported, “gold standard” treatments of PTSD, and how principles can be applied in clinical settings
  • To provide clarification and awareness regarding systemic issues faced by first responders and how these impact access to care
  • To discuss current treatment options in the context of WCB legislation and how to navigate systemic issues when working with this population
Megan McElheran, Ph.D.

Megan McElheran, Ph.D.

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.