Wednesday Aug 9
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Most EMS agency leaders are significantly challenged to understand and provide effective mental health care to their healthcare providers. Building over time, EMTs and paramedics face emotionally charged situations that can impact their professional and personal lives in ways that are hard for others to comprehend.
Coping mechanisms in EMS vary widely, and research has shown that conventional employee assistance programs often miss the mark. Improving mental wellness and handling substance abuse issues and suicide in the public safety setting have received much more attention in recent years—but the conversations often fail to include solutions. In this session, leading experts in the field will present effective strategies and therapies that can be employed to encourage caregivers to become more resilient.
Jim Marshall, MA, is a certified therapist and the Director of the 911 Training Institute; Krista Haugen is the Director of the Survivors Network for the Air Medical Community.