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Innovative Mental Health Training for First Responders!

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  Atlanta, GA - 03/06/2019 (PRESS RELEASE JET)

A free continuing education workshop for first responder professionals in Georgia.

The Georgia Psychological Foundation will present Georgia’s Heroes: Mental Health Support, a training workshop for First Responders taking place at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center on April 14, 2019, and featuring Dr. Mark Evces and Dr. Carla Moore.

The Georgia Psychological Foundation is proud to bring this innovative mental health training for First Responders in Georgia for the first time in anticipation of future workshops supporting the First Responders community.  This workshop is approved under OEMS-2019-319-G for 3.0 hours of continuing education under the General Category for Georgia licensed EMS personnel.

Dr. Mark Evces and Dr. Carla Moore will describe their experiences supporting first responders and present research describing the unique mental health challenges of first responder professionals.  First Responder attendees will have the opportunity to identify and discuss mental health challenges in the workplace.  The workshop will close with an open discussion of ways mental health professionals and First Responders can work together to promote First Responder health and performance, including planning for future collaborations.

Georgia’s Heroes: Mental Health Support Workshop is free for First Responders.  To register, go to:


Georgia Psychological Foundation (GPF) is non-profit [Section 501 (c)(3)] with a focus on public interest. Specifically, the purpose of the Foundation is to contribute to the health and well-being of the public in the state of Georgia through psychological services, research, education and training.  GPF’s mission is to build a collaborative network to increase the visibility and value of psychology with the vision of expanding the impact of psychology in Georgia. GPF is inclusive and values diversity and is therefore seeking support from a wide range of constituents supportive of the Foundation’s purpose, mission and vision.

Dr. Mark Evces provides and supervises integrative, evidence-based psychotherapy for first responders, workers and volunteers who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts in response to the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. Dr. Evces also maintains a psychotherapy and organizational consulting practice. His consulting practice focuses on integrating psychological knowledge into organizations, including

trauma informed care policies and procedures, and fostering resilience in organizations and individuals in the helping professions. He is co-editor, with Gertie Quitangon, MD, of Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience, published by Routledge Press.

Dr. Carla Sutton Moore enjoys her current work providing counseling and support to City of Atlanta employees, including Atlanta Police Officers and Atlanta Firefighters. Dr. Moore also consults with other Atlanta metropolitan agencies regarding prevention, resilience, and mental health wellness for public safety members. Dr. Moore is an active member of the Fire Service Psychological Association, and participates in conferences and trainings with the Society for Criminal and Police Psychology. Dr. Moore has conducted research and presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference and the Fire-Rescue International Conference on issues specific to mental health.


If you would like more information about the Georgia Psychological Foundation or this event, please contact Dr. Betsy Gard at

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person_outline  Full Name:Betsy Gard, PhD
phone  Phone Number:(404) 798-3531
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