Sue Johnston

Critical Incident Stress Consultants
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Brief Bio

Sue Johnston, MSW, LICSW brings 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist treating medical professionals and first responders experiencing work-related acute stress, and psychological trauma. She has personally tested her evidence-based, practical and solution-focused resilience and stress management strategies as a responder to multiple mass casualty events and while she worked for Doctors Without Borders/MSF, living in a war zone in Myanmar. Sue has had the opportunity to shadow OPO staff through the process of organ and tissue procurement and, for the past five years, has had the opportunity to engage in “destress” conversations with OPO and hospital staff.

Patient Group: Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal
Areas of Practice: In-patient, Living Donation, Outreach, Post-transplant, Pre-Transplant, Procurement

Connections to the Cause


Alliance Presentations

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What is Resiliency and How Can I Develop It?

Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 2:00pm

After a world-wide pandemic and what has felt like constant upheaval in both our professional and personal lives, how can we navigate the ongoing forces of internal and external stressors? Resiliency is defined as the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, adversity, trauma or challenge (HeartMath definition) and in this course we will discuss what resilience could look like in donation and transplant work, identify the personal and organizational roadblocks to better resilience and explore practices for improved resiliency.

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Combatting the Stress Endured by First Responders of Organ Donation

Thursday, December 09, 2021, at 2:00pm

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

Sessions are designed to be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: Working in the field of organ donation and transplant involves exposure to unique human stressors. The traditional approach to mitigating the negative impact of these stressors has been to suppress, deny or override. This approach may not be entirely successful. New ways of viewing stress and practices for mitigating the impact of excessive stress during the work shift will be discussed.

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