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Dr. Raymond 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

Dr. Raymond Shelton

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.


Dr. Raymond Shelton travels from Hicksville, New York United States. For more information regarding US, international and keynote speaker fees please contact Ms. Annmarie Arleo, Director of Operations, by email at or by telephone at 800-810-7550.







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 (

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

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.



  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

New York Times

Fox News

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation