Paula Walters, Founder and President, Standing Courageous, Inc.

Paula Walters, Founder and President, Standing Courageous, Inc.

Paula Walters is the Founder and President of Standing Courageous, Inc.; she developed and leads the team that provides education and awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Drawing on her own experiences as a survivor, Paula specializes in educating about the psychology of an abuser and victim, the impacts of abuse, and the role individuals have in stopping the cycle of violence and aiding in a victim’s recovery. Paula has joined the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Homicide Prevention Team in training first responders on domestic violence with nonfatal strangulation. 

Paula experienced a TBI from being abused that was misdiagnosed for over a decade. She is passionate about using her life experiences to help community members, public safety first responders, medical and legal personnel, and victim advocates at the local and state levels better understand their roles in these public health epidemics. 

Paula has been in the fire service and EMS since 1999; a paramedic since 2003and became an EMS instructor in 2009 (she received the Clinical Excellence Award while attending Medical College of Ohio). Paula has worked in OH, NC, and LA as a paramedic and in a variety of EMS and public service capacities.  

She enjoys painting, poetry, and writing and is currently working on a book of her life, tentatively to be published in late 2019. Residing in Toledo, OH, Paula enjoys attending church, life groups, and volunteering as a CASA/GAL for abused and neglected children. She can be contacted via e-mail at paula@paulawalters.org. 

CPTSD and PTSD – How the Body Keeps Score

Cascade E

Paula is a first responder who was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) in 2017. She promotes awareness and a better understanding of CPTSD by sharing her personal experiences, diagnosis, education, and ongoing recovery. The presentation also discusses the process of obtaining practical survival skills through recognition and therapy. Hopefully, by hearing her journey, […]

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The Big Picture – The Impact of Trauma on the Body

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The toxic stress that results from trauma often negatively influences brain development and can significantly impact individuals. The terror and isolation that is at the core of trauma literally reshape both the brain and body. This presentation explains why traumatized people experience anxiety, rage, and how trauma affects their capacity to concentrate, to remember, to […]

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Behind Those Angel Eyes

Cascade A-B

Child abuse is a growing epidemic in this country. Children exposed to trauma need a compassionate human connection. We as a society, ask “What is wrong with this child?” when a child is acting out emotionally and behaviorally, instead of “How can I help this child? How can I help them feel safe?” EMS providers […]

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Domestic Violence and the Streets

Cascade E

This presentation discusses domestic violence and strangulation, the psychology of a victim and abuser, and the scene concerns for all responding personnel. The presenter shares her own story of being victimized by domestic violence, near-fatal strangulation and its long-term impacts. This training is for all first responders as it covers the dynamics of an environment […]

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Prisoner in Your Head

Ballroom A

The goal of this presentation is to introduce Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including mechanisms of injury, signs, symptoms, severity levels, and rates of TBI. With nearly 2.8 million people acquiring a TBI each year, this is a growing interest in America. The presenter shares her journey through a decade long misdiagnosis and how it impacted […]

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The Big Picture – The Impact of Trauma on the Body

Ballroom C

The toxic stress that results from trauma often negatively influences brain development and can significantly impact individuals. The terror and isolation that is at the core of trauma literally reshape both the brain and body. This presentation explains why traumatized people experience anxiety, rage, and how trauma affects their capacity to concentrate, to remember, to […]

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