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Psychological Trauma in Emergency Medical Services & Patients (PTEP)


Topics covered include:

  • The invisible wounds of psychological trauma

  • Reducing psychological traumatic stress

  • Understanding the physiological stress response

  • Applying the eSCAPe principle to patient care

  • Patient simulations

  • Recognizing psychological trauma within EMS

Immediate Care Paramedics Psychological Trauma (PTEP) course gives EMS practitioners and other prehospital emergency workers, the resources they need to help alleviate patients’ and colleagues hidden wounds – intense fear, stress and pain – during a medical emergency. 


Psychological Trauma is now a recognised condition, just as any physical injury would be viewed. Just because we can't see the injury doesn't mean it's not there.


We train and educate ourselves to manage physical conditions and accidents and emergencies, so why not train to recognise, treat and manage psychological injuries.


PTEP educates EMS practitioners about the biological underpinnings of psychological trauma, the short and long-term impact on the brain and body, and warning signs that a patient or colleague is experiencing extreme psychological distress.


EMS practitioners are also taught strategies and techniques to alleviate patients’, colleagues and their own distress to cope with what they’re experiencing, enabling them to ward off lingering effects in the future.

Psychological Education

PTEP is designed for EMS practitioners and other prehospital providers.
The course is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT. 
Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card good for 4 years, and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.
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