Halifax, NS – Dr. John Whelan
“Assessment and treatment of trauma and mental health concerns among military and first responders.”
Dr. Whelan is a registered Psychologist and Director of Assessment-Treatment Services for Whelan Psychological Services. He is a clinician, researcher, and program administrator. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 and left in 1985 to pursue academic training. Dr. Whelan served as Executive Director of a long-term facility for addiction treatment from 1986 to 1991. He completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical/Community Psychology in 1994, conducting research and publishing academic articles on the effectiveness of workplace employee assistance programs. In the mid-1990s he was an Employee Assistance Program Specialist providing clinical services (i.e., assessment, therapy, CISD, and case management), program management and consultation to hospitals, public companies, and federal government agencies. Dr. Whelan completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology focusing on the effectiveness of addiction treatment programs. He served as Director of Addiction Services for the Canadian Forces Atlantic (1997-2004) and entered full-time private practice in 2004 providing assessment, therapy, and consultation to civilian and federal organizations. He is frequently called upon to provide assessment and treatment of traumatic stress and concurrent disorders (e.g., alcohol and depression; drug abuse and trauma). Dr. Whelan is active in a number of professional organizations, including International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research, Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Psychological Association.