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Tuesday, October 30 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Provider Wellness and Mental Health Symposium

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The alarming rates of first responder PTSD, suicide and depression are at the forefront of the EMS industry at present.  What issues do you need to be aware of?  What can you do as a provider or decision-maker to recognize and respond to these issues?  Join a group of experts in the field who work directly with first responders as they explore the issues facing EMS providers and come away with concrete ideas and plans for how to make a difference.

1:00-1:20 Mental Health - Monique Rose and Pat Songer
Opening talk about the state of Mental Health in the US compared to other countries pertaining to EMS; removing the stigma and taboo surrounding Mental Health issues of our providers.

1:20-1:30 Brian LaCroix, Launching of emsgrit.org

1:35-1:50 Olivia Kvitne, Mindfulness Training

2:00-2:30 Chris Caulkins, Suicide Among Emergency Responders: The Nature of the Problem and Messaging

2:35-3:05 Ed Rupert, Treatment Modalities for Providers

3:10-3:35 Morgan Anderson, First Responder Stress Loads: Review of the Data

3:40-4:10 Tania Glenn, Author of First Responder Resilience: Caring for Public Servants

4:15-4:30 Lee Varner, Second Victim Phenomenon

4:30-5:00 Round Table Discussion led by presenters: Interactive discussion with resistance training, entry into EMS, and current technology available to EMS Leaders: work with fellow attendees to leave the workshop with a plan of action

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Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW, CCTP

Principal, Tania Glenn & Associates, PA
Dr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates (TGA), PA a clinical practice in Austin, TX that is focused on promoting resilience, critical incident response and peer support team training and activation. As a leading national clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic... Read More →
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Lee Varner, MS, EMS, CPPS, EMT-P

Patient Safety Director for EMS Services, Center for Patient Safety
Lee is the Patient Safety Director for EMS Services at the Center for Patient Safety. Lee is a certified Just Culture Trainer and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. Lee is also a founding member of the National EMS Safety Council and an active member of the NAEMT.
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Pat Songer, NREMT-P, BS, FACPE

Senior Vice President of Operations, Ready Responders
Pat Songer, NREMT-P, BS, FACPE, has been involved in EMS since 1990. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Ready Responders. Previously, he served as EMS Chief for UCHealth EMS in Fort Collins, CO.  UCHealth EMS responds to over 30,000 calls each year... Read More →

Edward Rupert, MA

Psychotherapist, Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors
Edward Rupert has seen and experienced firsthand the consequences of repeated stressors involved with the First Responder life for over 50 years. In an effort to deal with his own experiences and the toll that it takes on his fellow First Responders, Ed began a lifetime journey to... Read More →
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Morgan Anderson, MPH

Epidemiologist, ImageTrend
Morgan joined the ImageTrend team in January 2017. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology. Prior to coming to ImageTrend, Morgan spent 5 years with the Army Public Health Center as an Injury... Read More →
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Brian LaCroix, FACPE, NRP

President and EMS Chief, Allina Health Emergency Medical Services
Brian LaCroix has a 23-year emergency medical services career, which involves being an emergency medical technician, paramedic, educator, author, CISD peer counselor and manager. He has helped develop state emergency medical services for Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as extended... Read More →

Monique Rose, NRP

EMS Division Chief, UCHealth EMS
Monique Rose, NRP, is a Division Chief in Colorado. She is a founding partner and the Vice President of Reviving Responders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and find satisfactory resolution to the issues surrounding mental health and suicide in EMS. Chief... Read More →
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Chris Caulkins, MPH, MA, ABD, NRP

President and Executive Director, Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research
Having experienced the suicide deaths of his wife, brother, and over ten work colleagues, Chris has studied suicide and related phenomenon extensively and is passionate about saving lives.Chris’ 20+ years of experience as a paramedic and faculty in a college emergency medical services... Read More →
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Olivia Kvitne, ERYT 500, YACEP

CEO, Yoga for First Responders
Olivia Kvitne, ERYT 500, YACEP has been a yoga instructor since 2003 having studied with masters throughout the U.S. and India, obtaining the highest accreditation for yoga education and instruction. In 2011, after working with military and veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 207D