Christopher Hicks

Bio

Chris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. His is interested in how teams work, or fail to work, during crisis events. To that end, he has studied all sorts of peculiar stuff, from mental practice to stress inoculation training, in an effort to help make teams safer and more effective. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, occasional runner, semi-retired pianist, proud husband and father of three lunatic boys. He is thrilled — and frankly a bit surprised — to be speaking again at SMACC.

“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” –T.S. Eliot


Into the Deep: Developing The Resuscitative Collective Unconscious

Mood manipulation, self-regulation, mental preparation, stress inoculation -- this is the vocabulary of elite teams, and central to the concept of the resuscitative collective unconscious.
The vocabulary of elite teams is changing. Understanding the roots of grit, resilience and poise under pressure requires a deep dive into the challenging, sometimes ugly world of our emotions, fear, anxiety and expectations. This is the good news: the science of human performance has evolved as well, and offers insight on how to train for a focused and enlightened team mindset. Emotional regulation, environmental manipulation, stress inoculation, mental preparation — these are the concepts that define the new resuscitative collective unconscious. In this session, we will discuss how the science of human performance and psychology can inform the development of expert teams, from heart rate and tactical breathing to emotional valence and cortisol surges.




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