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Jan 18, 2019
Between Emergencies - A Look at Mental Health in EMS
Facilitated by Alberta Paramedic Association

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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


The PAA acknowledges the wisdom and insight of the Alberta Paramedic Association (APA) in formally recognizing psychologists as premier professional providers of trauma treatment. In their First Stop, Right Stop report, the Alberta Paramedic Association sets standards for therapists to be on their specialized registry for their members, Alberta paramedics. They have limited that registry to APA approved Physicians or Registered Psychologists.

We commend this workplace/professional mental health initiative to assist Alberta paramedics in dealing with stressors and trauma (particularly relevant in their profession). The APA First Stop, Right Stop Registry will facilitate access to appropriately trained psychologists who have met their criteria and screening process and completed their brief competency assessment based on an APA awareness session. Interested members are encouraged to attend this first live information session. This one-hour seminar, facilitated by the PAA, will provide the core information for the APA competency assessment for registration (which they will later make available online).

The PAA has endorsed the Alberta Paramedic Association Paramedic Therapist Registry Standards and applauds this initiative. Psychologically healthy workplaces benefit all Albertans


Intended Audience

This presentation is intended for Psychologists or Physicians interested in applying for the Alberta Paramedic Association’s Trauma Therapist Registry (First Stop, Right Stop), those interested in learning about the initiative, or for those interested in learning more about psychological health considerations for Emergency Medical Service practitioners.


Learning Objectives

  •      Introduction to the First Stop, Right Stop EMS Initiative
  •      EMS Environment and Culture
  •      Existing Mental Integrity Support
  •      Political EMS Considerations
  •      Practitioners’ Testimonials


Program Format and Schedule


This 1-hour presentation will introduce attendees to the First Stop, Right Stop initiative, which was created by the Alberta Paramedic Association to ensure EMS practitioners receive the appropriate treatment for mental-health concerns and work related trauma.  The intent of this presentation is to provide a front-line practitioners’ perspective on day-to-day EMS operations. The topics will be explored through a Power Point presentation, which will highlight the considerations present when dealing with EMS staff. Attendance at this presentation will meet one of four requirements to qualify for registration on the First Stop, Right Stop approved provider list.


The APA Trauma Therapist Registry Requirements:

  •      Registration with the College of Alberta Psychologists or the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons
  •      Demonstrated experience and training in at least one of the following therapies:  Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Stress Inoculation Training, Present Centered Therapy.
  •      Participation in this training event or similar (as approved by the APA)
  •      Completion of an APA subject matter expertise screening exam

Interested applicants can submit their CVs to for vetting towards registration as a recognized service provider for Alberta’s EMS staff. Approved providers will be posted on an approved provider list by the APA.


Date        Friday 18 January 2019


Time       9:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.


Location   Edmonton, AB




  Greg Gorecki is an Alberta Paramedic that has worked in EMS for 10 years. He has experienced many perspectives of the occupation, in environments ranging from the isolated dry Arctic, to the humid heat of post-hurricane Katrina, Baton Rouge, LA.  Greg is also a serving member of 18 years in the Canadian Reserve as a Combat Engineer, with front-line deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan.



Cancellation & 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. 


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