Public safety professionals are passionate about serving others; however, this calling can take its toll. High stress, low sleep, dealing with the worst of society and witnessing human tragedy reduces employees’ mental and physical health. The effects of cumulative stress and PTSD are real. Dr. Chard is an expert on cumulative stress and PTSD and will talk about the physiologic effects related to first responder jobs.

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD, is Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. As the VA Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Implementation Director, Dr. Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to VA clinicians across the United States. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and a board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Chard is a recipient of the Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership from the VA and the Heroes of Military Medicine Award from the United Service Organization. Known for her research on dissemination and clinical implementation of evidence-based treatments for civilians and veterans, she is the creator of the CPT for Sexual Abuse manual.

During this two hour presentation you will:

• Learn about the physiologic effects of cumulative stress and traumatic events on first responders
• Understand PTSD
• Learn about the Clermont County First Responder Peer Support Team
• Meet First Responder Peer team members
• Learn about vetted resources for first responders to manage their mental health

Date: April 16, 2019,

Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am,
Where: Nathanael Greene Lodge

6394 Wesselman Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45248 
• Plenty of parking, food and coffee. •

If you have questions, contact Amy Foley 513-607-9290.

2.0 hours of EMS CEU through Green Township Township Fire/EMS

The Peer Support Team was formed to support our own.  Fellow brothers and sisters who walk your walk and talk your talk; that can relate to you like no one else can.  In times of professional or personal struggles, they understand what you are going through and can give guidance or offer you assistance; they know the resources that can help you get back to doing what you love.


Supporting those that support our community

The Hamilton County First Responder Peer Support Team presents Dr. Kate Chard