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April 26, 2021
Virtual town Hall: First Responders to the First Responders: Listening to Voices of Strength and Need from PSP Families
Date & Time- May 13, 2021 11:00 am CST (1:00 pm EST)
On a daily basis, public safety personnel (PSP) are often faced with extraordinary physical, emotional, and social challenges as they serve to bring peace, rescue, and emergent medical response to the public. As mental health professionals, we are finding ways to support and provide intervention to first responders as they cope with operational stress, but we may have neglected to address the needs and the strengths of the PSP family members who are the “first responders to the first responders.” This webinar will explore the recent literature on how operational stress impacts PSP families and share new results from a study on the strengths and needs of Canadian police, fire, and paramedic members and their families. The voices of PSP family members will be prominent in this webinar.
Presenter : Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz, Associate Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary
Panelist: Tara Ernst, President Calgary Beyond the Blue