North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

EMS Provider Well Being and Mental Health Summit

July 26, 2021 9:30am- 5:00 pm CST

Ramada, Bismarck, ND

From patients to personnel, this summit's goal is to assist EMS Provider's knowledge and confidence when situations regarding mental health occur. What Every Agency Needs to do to Care for their Team's Mental Health.

NDEMSA Member $50.00

NDEMSA Nonmember $75.00

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930-1045 "It just got real..."  - Howard Walth

10 - 15 minute introduction covering de-escalation, the dangers involved, strength in numbers, weapons, showing respect etc.  The rest of the session will be hands-on practice with partners escaping from grabs, choke holds & scenarios the attendees may want to explore.

1045-1200 Psychological Trauma & Suicide in EMS- Dr. Chris Caulkins

What you don't know can kill you.  An explanation of the causes and mechanisms of psychological trauma and suicidality among EMS personnel.  Dr. Caulkins will highlight the importance of mental health awareness and psychological risks to EMS responders.

1200-1230 Lunch

1230-1330 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - Allen Irish

Learn about this psychotherapy treatment and how it can help stressors caused by traumatic memories.

1345-1500 What Every Agency Needs to do to Care for their Team's Wellbeing- Dr. Chris Caulkins

A moderated discussion about psychological trauma and suicide among emergency medical services responders.

1515-1600 Quick Review of Medication Interventions- Dr. Josey Hoff

This session will cover the different medications used in behavioral health emergencies.

1600-1700 Resources for EMS agencies and Peer Support – A Panel Discussion

The presenters and the NDEMSA Mental Health Committee members will talk Mental Health resources and what is occurring across the state. The ND EMS Association’s Committee will give an update on the current projects. Come prepared to engage in discussion about how we as EMS leaders can tackle these challenges.

Ramada Hotel

1400 Interchange Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501

Heritage Room

Times and presenters are subject to change. 

North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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