March 18th - Dr. Megan McElheran: "Mental Health in the time of COVID: How to Find Meaning in the Midst of Adversity"
Join the Canadian Club of Calgary for our March speaker. Dr. McElheran is a Clinical Psychologist and the Chief Executive Officer of Wayfound Mental Health Group (formerly WGM Psychology), practicing in Calgary, AB. Her work over the last 16 years has been exclusively in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) in active-duty military, Veterans, and public safety personnel (e.g., police, firefighters, paramedics, corrections, etc.). She will be speaking to our club on the subject of "Mental Health in the time of COVID: How to Find Meaning in the Midst of Adversity."
She is particularly interested in the prevention of OSI’s and how to enhance resiliency factors in public safety personnel. She has developed the Before Operational Stress (BOS) program which is a group-based resiliency program for PSP. Dr. McElheran has a developing interest in the use of psychedelic medicine to treat psychological injuries. She is regularly called on to participate in civic and national speaking and teaching events. She has most recently published an article in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology called “Functional Disconnection and Reconnection: An Alternative Strategy to Stoicism in Public Safety Personnel”.
Also joining us for this luncheon is Kelly Blackshaw, BFE, CEP. Kelly is a Virtual Healthcare Expert and brings over 40 years experience in healthcare innovation to Wayfound Mental Health Group as their VP of Business Development. She was co-owner and President of Foothills Health Consultants until 2008 when Foothills Health was acquired by Coril Holdings. Kelly retired in 2019 as Director of Business Development for Wello, a division of INLIV. Kelly has always followed her passion of helping people live their healthiest life. She believes that healthy people, working in healthy organizations build healthier communities. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Pioneer Award for Workplace Health and in 2006 was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as co-founder of KidSport Alberta - so all kids can play!