Trauma Risk Management takes centre stage at the FSPA conference

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Understanding trauma management in the fire service

Dr Kristen Wheldon, a renowned Licensed Psychologist and the President & Founder of the Fire Service Psychology Association, is set to present on Trauma Risk Management at the upcoming FSPA Conference.

Scheduled for day two, on October 6th 2023, her session promises insights into current strategies for managing acute stress within organisations.

Key areas of focus in Trauma Risk Management

Participants attending the conference will delve into:

  • Organisational methods for addressing immediate stress.
  • The progression of peer support programs in the fire service.
  • The undeniable advantages of psychological first aid models.
  • The essential role clinical oversight plays in fire service behavioural health initiatives.

About the conference: A blend of fire service and psychology

Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, the sixth annual conference is set to span two days from 5-6 October 2023.

Hosted at the Exhibition Hall – Midtown Room at Georgia Tech, this event offers attendees an in-depth look into the intricacies of the fire service, coupled with the latest in psychological research.

A unique networking opportunity, the conference aims to bridge the divide between professional psychology and the fire service.

Attendees have the added benefit of earning up to twelve continuing education credits, proudly sponsored by the American Psychological Association.

For more information and registration details, visit the official FSPA Conference page.

IFSJ Comment

In the demanding world of the fire service, the mental well-being of firefighters is paramount.

This conference, with its focus on Trauma Risk Management, acknowledges the importance of psychological health in the industry.

The inclusion of esteemed professionals, like Dr Kristen Wheldon, underscores the emphasis on providing quality information and tools.

The fusion of practical fire service knowledge with cutting-edge psychological research offers a holistic view, aiming to enhance the support structures for those bravely serving in the front lines.

By facilitating education and fostering connections between the fire service and psychology professionals, the FSPA conference truly champions the well-being of its heroes.

About Fire Service Psychology Association (FSPA)

The Fire Service Psychology Association is a pioneer in promoting mental health and well-being within the fire service community.

Founded by Dr Kristen Wheldon, the organisation actively bridges the gap between psychology professionals and firefighters.

Through events like their annual conference, FSPA continually strives to equip fire service personnel with the tools and knowledge to manage the unique stresses and traumas they encounter.

With a vision rooted in supporting the mental resilience of these brave individuals, FSPA remains at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.

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