Dwight Polk

Dwight Polk

MSW, LCSW-C, NRP (retired)

Dwight Polk is a career EMS educator with over 40 years in the field of prehospital emergency medicine, and he has been a licensed social worker for over 20 years. He is the owner of Freestate Behavioral Health Associates in Baltimore, MD, where he is a licensed trauma therapist who specializes in “taking care of our own.” Dwight specializes in trauma counseling for those in fire, police, EMS, and military, and others with significant traumatic events in their lives. He sees clients with depression, anxiety or occupational or life trauma such as sexual assault, violent death, or unresolved grief He is a nationally certified therapist who uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of psychological trauma. 

He is the retired Paramedic Program Director and Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the UMBC in Baltimore. Dwight has a master’s degree in Occupational Social Work and is a mental health consultant for the Baltimore City Fire Department and the Maryland Natural Resources Police CISM teams. 

  • Keynote: All Stressed Out – Looking at Stress Disorders and PTSD in Emergency Services Personnel 
  • No Place to Call Home – Homelessness in America 
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia – Not Your Typical Day at the Office 
  • The Unspoken – Child Abuse and Neglect 
  • Crisis in the Field – Managing Behavioral Emergencies 

Crisis in the Field – Managing Behavioral Emergencies

Ballroom C

Behavioral emergencies can be scary calls!  Patients are often unpredictable and can become violent.  This presentation is designed to provide a basic overview and management of the patient in psychological crisis.  Upon the completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to: Define behavioral emergency Understand factors specific to those in crisis Identify components […]

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The Unspoken – Child Abuse and Neglect

Ballroom A

This presentation is back by popular demand!!  Child abuse is one of society’s most devastating events.  For the EMS provider, it’s the call that we all wish we could avoid.  This presentation looks at the symptomatology of child abuse and the prehospital management of this situation.  Warning: This is a very graphic presentation.  Those with […]

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Psychosis and Schizophrenia – Not Your Typical Day at the Office

Ballroom C

It’s 3:00 am and you’ve just been dispatched to that “crazy old lady” who lives down the street.  After attending this session, you’ll have a better understanding of schizophrenia and why some people act “differently”.  This presentation includes case studies that will answer many of your questions about this misunderstood disease.  You shouldn’t miss this […]

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The Unspoken – Child Abuse and Neglect

Cascade A-B

This presentation is back by popular demand!!  Child abuse is one of society’s most devastating events.  For the EMS provider, it’s the call that we all wish we could avoid.  This presentation looks at the symptomatology of child abuse and the prehospital management of this situation.  Warning: This is a very graphic presentation.  Those with […]

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All Stressed Out – Looking at Stress Disorders and PTSD in Emergency Services Personnel

Grand Ballroom

This presentation focuses on the three most common types of stress disorders experienced by fire, EMS, police, and military personnel: acute, cumulative, and post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD). Is there a different from “rust out” and “burnout?” What’s it mean when you become irritable, can’t sleep, and experience no pleasure in your life? What happens when […]

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No Place to Call Home – Homelessness in America

Ballroom C

No Place to Call Home: Homelessness in America  (Medical) The homeless patient presents many challenges to the EMS provider.  Most patients have complicated medical histories which can make a diagnosis and treatment difficult. This dynamic presentation will explore many of the common problems seen in the homeless including medical emergencies, trauma, mental illness, and substance […]

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