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R2MR Train the Trainer Program – Level 2 Training

The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program was created by the Department of National Defence (DND) to build awareness of mental illness and operational stress injuries (OSIs) through education. Their intent was to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase understanding and support for these conditions. The goal of R2MR is to improve short-term performance and long-term mental health outcomes in Public Safety Personnel (PSP), as well as provide key resiliency and mental toughness skills.  

Public Safety Personnel are often exposed to adverse situations and face increased psychological risk due to the nature of their occupational demands. As a result, an increasing number of reports have been released which recommend that PSP receive specialized training in these areas. This training aims to assist Public Safety Personnel in optimizing performance and protecting their own mental health, along with ensuring that they are using the best possible approaches for managing those in distress or crisis. 

Research has shown that R2MR benefits Public Safety Personnel (PSP) in terms of short-term psychological functioning, mitigating long-term mental health problems, resiliency training, and increasing positive attitudes toward mental health and help-seeking. In addition to obtaining these skills and tools, learners will become certified to facilitate the program and its contents to front-line personnel. 

The Train the Trainer program allows for the successfully selected learners to become certified Level 2 R2MR Trainers.  Once the certification is complete, Level 2 R2MR Trainers will then be eligible to offer the Level 1 R2MR face to face front-line training to other PSP in their geographical region.   

For more information or questions regarding the R2MR training program, please email CIPSRT.Training@uregina.ca 

Read more about the research behind R2MR

Who is eligible for this training? 

The R2MR Train the Trainer Program was developed for Public Safety Personnel or others who meet the following requirements… 

  • 5 years of experience within a public safety service or a related field  
  • Able to commit to the entirety of the scheduled training program 
  • Experience dealing with mental health 
  • Experience instructing/facilitating  
  • Comfortable delivering training material pertaining to mental health issues 
  • Support from supervisor and HR to facilitate two or more training events per year 
  • Able to accommodate a flexible work schedule for training facilitation  
  • Has the personal characteristics of an exemplar who can model the R2MR content with an optimistic and respectful outlook of themselves, their family, their peers, and their service  
  • R2MR front-line Level 1 training strongly recommended 

Public Safety Personnel refers to personnel who ensure the safety and security of Canadians. This includes but is not limited to… 

  • border services officers 
  • public safety communicators 
  • correctional workers 
  • firefighters (career and volunteer) 
  • Indigenous emergency managers 
  • operational intelligence personnel 
  • paramedics 
  • police (municipal, provincial, federal) 
  • search and rescue personnel 

Outcome / Benefits 

  • Certified Level 2 R2MR Trainer 
  • Authorized to facilitate the face-to-face R2MR (Level 1) program to front-line personnel 
  • Increased awareness of mental health and mental health conditions 
  • Ability to identify and challenge stigma and barriers to care which prevent access to mental health resources 
  • Enhanced mental toughness and resiliency 
  • Mental resiliency skills and coaching for mental resiliency skills 
  • Goal setting and coaching goal setting actions 
  • Visualization and coaching visualization actions 
  • Self-talk and coaching self-talk actions 
  • Tactical breathing and coaching tactical breathing  
  • Activation control and coaching activation control actions 
  • Attention control and coaching attention control actions  

Disclaimer 

Learners interested in the Train the Trainer Level 2 Training program will be required to complete an Application Form. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee successful enrollment into the R2MR Train the Trainer Program. CIPSRT will evaluate all applications to confirm eligibility and ensure balance in terms of sector representation.

R2MR Train the Trainer Level 2 Application Form 

Please review the application form in its entirety to ensure you have met all of the requirements and can fill out the application form in full.  You will not be able to save and continue in the form, nor will you be able to make edits once submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Application form, please contact CIPSRT.Training@uregina.ca. 

Training and Registration DetailsApply Now

Training session information will be updated as it becomes available. Check this page often for updates on session details or additional sessions.  

Toronto, Ontario   

Application Deadline: November 25, 2022  

      • Venue: One King West Hotel
      • Facilitator(s): Marc-Antoine Deschamps & Kevin Farrell
      • Language(s): English
      • Dates: December 5 – 9, 2022
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information: 
        • Accommodations: One King West Hotel
          • Guestrooms: Hotel group block rate is under University of Regina, CIPSRT: R2MR Training
          • Guestrooms offered at a special rate of $249 + tax/night
          • Please note: Block rate and room availability only available until November 18, 2022. Block rate and room availability are no longer guaranteed past this date.
          • Please call the hotel at 1-800-470-5464 to book.

Vancouver, British Columbia      

Application Deadline: January 27, 2023

      • Venue: Delta Vancouver Downtown Suites
      • Facilitator(s): Sheri Wild & Kevin Farrell
      • Language(s): English
      • Dates: February 6 – February 10, 2023 *Updated Dates*
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information: 
      • Accommodations: Delta Vancouver Downtown Suites
        • Guestrooms: Hotel group block rate is under University of Regina Meeting Vancouver 2023.
        • Guest rooms offered at a special rate of $219 + tax/night
        • Please note: Block rate and room availability only available until January 5, 2023. Block rate and room availability are no longer guaranteed past this date.
        • Please call the hotel directly at 1 (844) 254-5048 or visit the reservations page to book.

Completed Sessions

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Application Deadline: August 12, 2022

      • Venue: Explorer Hotel
      • Facilitator(s): Kevin Farrell & Josh Klassen
      • Language(s): English
      • Dates: August 22 – 26, 2022
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information:
        • Accommodations: Explorer Hotel
          • Guestrooms: Hotel group block rate code is R2MR22
          • Superior King Bed – $166 + 5% tax = $174.30/night
          • Deluxe King Bed – $186 + 5% tax = $195.30/night
          • Please note: Block rate and room availability only available until July 21, 2022. Block rate and room availability are no longer guaranteed past this date.
          • Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-661-0892 to reserve. Rooms with 2 beds may be available.

Regina, Saskatchewan

Application Deadline: September 2, 2022

      • Venue: The Atlas Hotel
      • Facilitator(s): Sheri Wild, Rob Power, & Kevin Farrell
      • Language(s): English
      • Dates: September 12-16, 2022
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information:
      • Accommodations: The Atlas Hotel
        • Guestrooms: Hotel group block rate code is 091122CIP
        • Block rate to be around $129.95 = tax
        • Please note: Block rate and room availability only available until August 26, 2022. Block rate and room availability are no longer guaranteed past this date.
        • Please call the hotel directly at (306) 586-3443 or 1-844-586-3443 to reserve.
        • To reserve via email, please contact groups@atlashotel.com

Montreal, Quebec  

Application Deadline: September 9, 2022

      • Venue: Delta Hotel Montreal
      • Facilitator(s): Marc-Antoine Deschamps & Monique Ritchie
      • Language(s): French (bi-lingual)
      • Dates: September 19 – 23, 2022
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information:
        • Accommodations: Delta Hotel Montreal – Reservation
          • Guestrooms: Hotel group block rate name is R2MR
          • Standard Room – $249 + tax/night
          • Please note: Block rate and room availability only available until August 23, 2022. Block rate and room availability are no longer guaranteed past this date.
          • Please call the hotel directly at 1-844-860-3753  to reserve.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Application Deadline: October 21, 2022

      • Venue: Muir Hotel Halifax
      • Facilitator(s): Josh Klassen & Kevin Farrell
      • Language(s): English
      • Dates: October 31 – November 4, 2022
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information:
        • Accommodations: Muir Hotel Halifax
        • Hotel group block rate under R2MR Train the Trainer.
        • Guest rooms offered at a special rate of $250 + tax/night.
        • Please note: Block rate and room availability are only guaranteed until October 12, 2022. Muir Hotel will extend the block past this date if there is space available.
        • Please call the hotel directly at (902) 407-6847 to reserve.

Edmonton, Alberta   

Application Deadline: November 11, 2022

      • Venue: The Westin Edmonton
      • Facilitator(s): Kevin Farrell & Josh Klassen
      • Language(s): English
      • Dates: November 21 – 25, 2022
      • Approximate Time Commitment: 08:00-16:00 (Monday-Thursday), 08:00-14:30 (Friday), plus travel time if required
      • Modality: Synchronous
      • Delivery: Face to face
      • Achievement: Certified R2MR Trainer – Level 2
      • Program Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
      • Additional Information:

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