Presented by TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
PTSD is debilitating to those who endure it. Those who work with first responders, military veterans, and citizens who experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder should be aware of the impact it has on the individual, and the challenges PTSD presents. This presentation comes from the first person perspective of one of the first responders to the Pentagon on 9/11 and looks at his struggles with PTSD, which almost caused him to end his life, yet become the catalyst for attaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, start his own company, write a children’s book on the discussions with his young son regarding his struggles, and to become an advocate for those struggling with PTSD. The presenter will provide those who work with individuals with PTSD a better understanding of the internal and external battles they endure, as well as effective methods to aid them.
Captain J.P. McMichael is a 22-year law enforcement veteran. Captain McMichael is currently the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office in Arlington, Virginia, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University. Captain McMichael is the owner of Catalyst of Change Associates, and has spoken across the United States and Canada on leadership, mental health and wellness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Americans with Disabilities Act in law enforcement and corrections, and anti-bullying and body image for children and young adults.
Captain McMichael has authored two children’s books, the first on the conversations he had with his son regarding his battles with PTSD following his response to the Pentagon on 9/11, and the other on body image and anti-bullying. Captain McMichael holds a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University.