Peer Support and Crisis-Focused Psychological Intervention Programs in Canadian First Responders: Blue Paper

CIPSRT Designations(s): Scientific Director, Public Safety Steering Committee Member
REB Project Title: Crisis Intervention and Peer Support Programs for First Responders in Canada
Publication Project Title: Peer Support and Crisis-Focused Psychological Intervention Programs in Canadian First Responders: Blue Paper
CIPSRT Safety Agency Representatives: Mark Chatterbok, Co-Chair, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Human Resources and Learning Committee; Deputy Chief, Saskatoon Police Service Gregory Krätzig, Ph.D., Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Depot Division, Research and Training InnovationJennifer Malloy, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Police Governance (CAPG)Scott Marks, General Manager, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), CanadaKen McMullen, Board Member and Lead on Mental Health, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), Assistant Deputy Chief, Calgary Fire DepartmentRandy Mellow, President, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), Chief of Peterborough County/City ParamedicsPierre Poirier, Executive Director, Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC)Steven Schnitzer, Director, Co-Chair, CACP, Human Resources and Learning Committee; Director, Police Academy, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)Tom Stamatakis, President, Canadian Police Association (CPA), President, Vancouver Police Union,President, British Columbia Police AssociationRob Stephanson, FCPA, FCGA, President, Canadian Association of Police Governance (CAPG)

Public Safety Categories:

  • Border Services
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Services
  • Career Fire and Rescue
  • Coast Guard
  • Correctional Service of Canada
  • Dispatcher and Call Centre Operations
  • First Nation Chiefs of Police Association
  • Military
  • Municipal Police
  • Paramedics (ACP/PCP/CCP), Emergency Medical Services
  • Provincial Police
  • Provincial/Territorial Corrections
  • RCMP
  • Self-Administered Police Service
  • Sheriff's office, Provincial
  • Surete Du Quebec
  • Union of Solicitor General Employees
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue
REB Approval?: Yes
REB Approval Date: August 31, 2015
Study Data Collection Start Date: September 1, 2015
Study Data Collection End Date: April 30, 2016
Geographic Area(s) involved: Canada wide
Funding Sources: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (FRN: 13666) Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety University of Regina
Synopsis:
Results from a review conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Regina have shown that there is an urgent need for more research on the effectiveness of peer support and crisis-focused psychological intervention programs designed to help First Responders — police, paramedics, and fire and rescue personnel — cope with the trauma often associated with their work. The Blue Paper was published by a research team led by Dr. Shadi Beshai and Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton with the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT). The “operational stressors” that First Responders regularly confront at work, including death, violence, and threats to their own lives, put them at risk for psychological challenges, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and anger. Such challenges can lead to other problems, such as substance abuse, relationship difficulties, and absenteeism.
Status: Complete
Completion Date: August 8, 2016