Dr. Ray Shelton

  • Director Professional Development, National Center for Crisis Management/American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Consultant & Trainer in Crisis / Disaster Catastrophe Response
  • Consultant & Trainer in Emergency Service Stress Management, Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management
  • Consultant & Trainer in Workplace Crisis Trauma Management
  • New York State Emergency Medical Service Certified Instructor Coordinator
  • New York State Certified Master Police Instructor

Dr. Raymond D. Shelton is an author, consultant, international conference presenter, workshop and seminar leader. He has been a member of the Emergency Service community for 40 years, serving as a fire fighter and EMS educator. As co-author of the book Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management, he develops programs in the hospital, corporate, government, mental health, religious and emergency service communities to safely and effectively manage the stress of crisis and catastrophe.

Dr. Shelton provides consultation and training to organizations in the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management (CATSM) program. Dr. Shelton regularly provides expert commentary to the media regarding traumatic stress following traumatic incidents. His seminars and workshops cover a wide range of topics and have been described as high energy, practical and down to earth. His presentation style allows each participant to feel personally involved and connected to the material.

Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

For Our Schools

Managing a School-Based CRISIS

From professional development workshops to superintendent’s conference days, this dynamic presentation will empower all members of the school family. Beyond “who calls who” and “who does what,” attendees will learn practical skills to address the emotional needs of people during and in the aftermath of a crisis. By reaching members of the school family early, we can keep people functioning, mitigate ongoing emotional suffering and restore the educational process.

All attendees will need to purchase a copy of A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools. With over 150 thousand copies in print,this guide is the most widely utilized school crisis response plan in the world. Attendees at the workshop training programs are additionally provided with the opportunity to complete an examination for Board Certification in School Crisis Response (www.SchoolCrisisResponse.com).

For Health Care Providers and/or Emergency Responders

Acute Traumatic Stress Management

Based on the Acute Traumatic Stress Management intervention model, this program aims to empower all health care providers and emergency responders to look beyond the physical and safety needs of people and also address emergent psychological needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete an application and examination for Board Certification in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. For further information about ATSM, please visit www.ATSM.org.

Preparing for Crisis / Disaster & Catastrophe Response

This program prepares organizations and First Responders to effectively and safely deal with a crisis. First Responders from various organizations are also provided with the tools necessary to assist individuals who were involved in a crisis event. Additionally, stress management techniques are presented to insure the overall health of the responder’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Managing Stress in Emergency Service

This seminar presents the issue of stress as it relates to Fire, Police and EMS personnel and is based on Dr. Shelton’s book: EMS Stress, An Emergency Responders Handbook for Living Well; Stress and its effect on the Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual aspects of the responder is discussed. In addition, the impact of Traumatic Incidents on responders is explained. This program further discusses the impact Emergency Service Stress has on relationships. Techniques are presented to assist responders with managing this powerful stress as well as methods to guard against destructive relationship patterns.

Crisis and Traumatic Stress – Role of the Manager, Supervisor, Line Officer

Crisis in the lives of employees are experienced in a variety of ways, many of which create traumatic stress reactions. First responders and Catastrophe response personnel are exposed to difficult, traumatic events in the performance of their work. The role of managers, supervisors and line officers includes insuring the safety and well-being of staff. This program discusses Crisis and Traumatic Stress as it relates to Safety and performance. Various intervention methods are discussed that will allow management personnel to protect staff during crisis events while ensuring their safety and ability to perform.

Following is a list of organizations with whom Dr. Shelton has interviewed, consulted or trained:

Nassau County Fire Service
Nassau County Police
Nassau County Health Department
Suffolk County Health Department
Suffolk County Office of Mental Health
New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
New York State Division of Criminal Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Lutheran Disaster Response New York
American Red Cross
American Heart Association
American Hospital Association
Levittown School District
Massapequa School District
North Bellmore School District
Hicksville School District
Garden City School District
United Hospital Service, Binghamton NY
North Shore, LIJ Health Systems
Winthrop University Hospital
St. Francis Hospital Heart Center
North Shore Syosset Hospital
North Shore Franklin Medical Center
North Shore Huntington Hospital
Nassau University Medical Center
Stony Brook University Hospital
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
New York Hospital, Booth Memorial
LIU CW Post College
Stony Brook University
Brown University
Boston University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Hofstra University
Nassau Community College
Suffolk Community College
New York Times
Fox News
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Apple Bank
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
Carpenter Steel
Underwriters Laboratories
Dioceses of Rockville Center
International Association of Firearms Instructors
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
State Farm Insurance Company
MetLife Insurance Company


Dr. Ray Shelton
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