Unexpected Nightmares: A Paramedic attacked and stabbed on duty describes the hurdles of recovering from PTSD

This presentation will help attendees:

  • Understand the exact definition of PTSD
  • Realize the importance of having a mental health plan for first responders
  • Learn a systematic approach to establishing different mental health techniques to their department
  • Become educated about the treatment of PTSD with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Recognize the importance of having the RIGHT mental health clinicians available

*Length of keynote presentation can be between 60 – 90 minutes*


Workplace Violence: A Paramedic attacked and stabbed on duty shares the lessons learned about unexpected violence in the workplace

By attending this session, the participant will:

  • Review studies done about workplace violence in EMS
  • Understand that the statistics of violence among EMS is similar across the board
  • Refresh and learn new techniques for establishing a safe EMS scene
  • View a case study on a specific attack on a Firefighter/Paramedic caught on tape
  • Learn about the Overt Aggression Scale used by Psychologists to rate dangerous patients

*Length of breakout presentation can be between 45 – 60 minutes*

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“This was the BEST training I have had in a long time! I can’t say enough about how professional, emotional and impactful this was.”

“One of the best presentations I have ever seen. Truly emotional and inspirational.”

“Very powerful presentation. Ben brought it home and this will help others identify that they could have PTSD.”

“Hands down the best lecture ever at an EMS conference.”

“I wish all corrections staff could see and hear his story. It is very powerful.”

"His story was very inspiring. It helps me to realize it’s okay to seek help. And to help my coworkers realize it’s okay to seek help too. All the way around I thought he did a very good job of keeping everyone engaged and telling his story."

"I really enjoyed Ben's presentation. It was nice to hear from someone who has suffered due to the job and is willing to share his story. I truly think his speaking engagements will help paramedics across the country. Thank you for bringing him to the conference."

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  • San Pasqual Fire Academy
  • Peer Support for Public Safety Association (PSPSA)
  • San Diego Fire Rescue Department
  • New Jersey Statewide EMS Conference
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • EMS Today Conference 2017
  • Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department
  • Florida EMS Conference (Clincon 2017)
  • 2017 EMSKC Symposium
  • Hackensack New Jersey Continuing Education
  • Eastern PA EMS Conference
  • New Jersey Statewide EMS Conference
  • EMS Today Conference 2018
  • Firehouse World 2018 (San Diego)
  • Missouri EMS Conference & Expo 2018
  • EMS Update 2018
  • Fire-Rescue Med 2018



CSFA Conference

California Peer Association


PA Symposium – Change The Culture

“Ben is an amazing speaker and was right on target with his PTSD and vigilance points of knowledge. As a combat veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan, his talk hit home. Truly outstanding!”

– Attendee, 2017 EMSKC Symposium