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ATSPA has transformed our annual conference into a 6 part webinar series that will take place from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesdays in April and May. This series serves as an opportunity for our members and the healthcare community to earn continuing education credits for nursing*, pre-hospital, and physician**. As a thank you to the many sacrifices made by the healthcare community, ATSPA will offer this series free of charge


All webinars will take place on a Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Use the buttons below to register for each webinar individually. 

If requesting nursing credits, a certificate will be sent after the series concludes.


If requesting pre-hospital credits, names and/or certification numbers will be entered shortly after each session.


If requesting physician credits, the PA Medical Society will send an evaluation link after the series concludes. 

May 5: The Effects of Emotional Trauma
Melissa Porrey, NCC, LPC – Mental Health Associate, American Red Cross

For many healthcare professionals, trauma is thought of in the physical sense - as potentially life-threatening injuries that impact the body. But, there is also a very important psychological component to trauma, and it affects more than the trauma patient. This session will outline the effects of emotional trauma by looking at traumatic responses from a whole-person perspective. It will define the automatic psychological trauma response and how it protects us and will outline the negative long-term outcomes when this response no longer serves us. Participants will learn about the ways psychological trauma can affect healthcare workers so they may assess their own level of burnout. This session will also provide evidence-based interventions that can alleviate the automatic psychological trauma response and encourage healthy coping.

May 12: Acute Stress: A Normal Response To An Abnormal Event
Richard Kamin, MD, FACEP – EMS Program Director, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, UConn Health

Through his experience as a physician providing medical support for law enforcement, Dr. Kamin learned first-hand about the symptoms of acute stress and how this normal response after a traumatic event differs from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although he was fortunate to have good guidance during this time in his life, Dr. Kamin realized that many who are subjecting themselves to the same potential are not well enough informed or resourced properly. Based on these insights, this talk aims to help prepare willing responders to be better informed and able to do the job they are called upon to do.

*This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Emergency Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

**This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Trauma Society, PA Division. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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