Developed by
First Responder Health

Designed for Alberta
Healthcare Providers

Introduction to First Responder Culture in Alberta©

Let us help you bring your expertise to uniformed service personnel with this unique course.

It is designed to increase your understanding of first responder culture and trauma and the challenge these individuals face in balancing paramilitary work culture with personal life.

It will increase learner competencies in how to provide accessible, culturally competent mental healthcare support for uniformed service personnel and their loved ones.

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Course curriculum

    1. How to successfully complete this course:

    2. Course Information

    3. Course Walkthrough

    1. Intellectual Property

    2. Learning Objectives

    1. Instructor for this course: Matt Johnston

    2. Instructor for this course: Dr. Megan McElheran

    1. Class Workbook

    2. Complete Class Workbook (Optional to Download)

    1. Understanding Current Landscape

    1. Introducing the Network of Occupationally Aware Healthcare Providers

About this course

  • $150.00
  • 33 lessons
  • 5.5 hours of video content


Matt Johnston

Senior Instructor

Matt Johnston is the co-founder of First Responder Health, an organization dedicated to enhancing the behavioural health and well-being of first responders through online counselling, training for healthcare professionals and organizational support services. He also serves as the Clinical Director for Wounded Warriors Canada.

A registered mental health professional and full-time firefighter, Matt has mastered the art of closing the gap between service providers and first responders. Matt’s skill set is grounded by twenty years of study in the field of psychology and over ten years in clinical practice. His unique approach to conceptualizing trauma is an introspective blend of academic training, clinical practice and direct experience of attending over 3,000 emergency calls as a firefighter in Metro Vancouver. Through his proactive, strengths-based approach, Matt’s ultimate goal is to alleviate the mental health crisis gripping public safety personnel across North America.

Dr. Megan McElheran

Wayfound CEO & Registered Psychologist

My name is Dr. Megan McElheran and I am a clinical psychologist and CEO of Wayfound. For the past 16 years, I have had the privilege to work almost exclusively with uniformed service personnel and have witnessed the devastating psychological effects operational stress can have on those who serve our communities. I was motivated several years ago to develop the Before Operational Stress (BOS) program out of a desire to provide public safety personnel with an intervention that could support greater psychological protection relative to their occupational roles. I am steadfast in my commitment to finding proactive ways to support public safety personnel and will continue to disseminate and evaluate BOS to ensure its effectiveness and utility for the members it serves.