Inter-Provincial Occupational Awareness Training
Understanding First Responder Culture
Designed for Canadian Healthcare Providers
This course is designed to introduce you to provincial first responder culture and trauma as well as 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 first responders and their loved ones in your community.
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How to successfully complete this course:
Instructor for this course: Matt Johnston
Instructor for this course: Dr. Megan McElheran
Complete Class Workbook (Optional to Download)
Understanding Current Landscape
Introducing the Network of Occupationally Aware Healthcare Providers
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.