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Apr 10, 2020
Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations
Facilitated by Dr. Megan McElheran

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PAA Presents

Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations

Facilitated by Dr. Megan McElheran


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


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
  • Developing treatment plans to address PTSD conditions with complex traumatic exposure presentations


Date             Friday 10 April 2020


Time            9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Location      Sandman Hotel, 25 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary




  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 (6.0) 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.

Registration Fees

Early Bird
(by Jan 10, 2020)
Jan 10, 2020
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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