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Sleep 101

Poor sleep can impact your physical and mental health. Research has shown in samples of public safety personnel (PSP) that the majority reported symptoms consistent with insomnia, and PSP consistently get less sleep than the general population (Angehrn et al., 2020; Cramm et al., 2021). Research has also shown that structured sleep education provided to PSP can help improve their sleep (Nakada, Sugimoto, Kadotani, & Yamada, 2017; Sullivan et al., 2021).

Given the increased understanding of the importance of sleep to both mental and physical health, CIPSRT has partnered with Dr. Colleen Carney, Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Toronto Metropolitan University, to develop a sleep course for PSP.

Sleep 101 is offered in a fully online format with 4 live sessions that build upon the concepts introduced in CIPSRT’s Sleep Toolkit for Public Safety Personnel. The first session is mandatory for anyone who wants to take the remaining sessions.  Those who complete the first session may then choose to participate in some or all three of the additional sessions, depending on which elements of sleep they want to explore.

Each session will feature a discussion led by Dr. Carney, and an opportunity for interactive activities and questions.

A registration request is required to participate in Sleep 101. To request, please complete the form below. Space is limited for this virtual course, and registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you submit a request and no seats are remaining, CIPSRT will place you on a waitlist either for seats in this course or for future offerings of the course.

Due to high demand from Fall 2022 we will not, at this time, be opening registrations for Winter 2023.

Please note these sessions will not be recorded. Participants must be able to attend on the date and time listed above.

If your registration request is accepted you will be contacted with the registration link.

Who is eligible for this training? 

The Sleep 101 Course was developed for Public Safety Personnel who meet the following requirements… 

  • Currently employed within a public safety service or a related field
  • Able to commit to the required first session
  • Interested in mental wellness and enhanced mental well-being within yourself and your peers.

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 

  • Improve individual understanding of sleep from evidence-informed research
  • Improve knowledge of sleep problems commonly experienced by PSP
  • Identify possible sleep concerns
  • Gain tips and suggestions to improve sleep quality
  • Access information on determining the ideal sleep pattern based on individual needs

Training and Registration Details 

  • Facilitator(s): Dr. Colleen Carney
  • Language(s): English
  • Estimated Time Commitment: 6.5 hours for the full course (4 sessions)
  • Modality: Synchronous Learning (live sessions). Sessions will not be recorded.
  • Delivery: Online — Zoom
  • Achievement: A letter of completion will be provided by CIPSRT for each module attended. A certificate of full completion will be provided to those who participate in all 4 sessions of the course
  • Cost: No cost to participants

Session 1- Sleeping Well for Public Safety Personnel

Date: Sept 27, 2022

Estimated Time Commitment: 2 hours

Additional information: Session completion required to continue in course.

Session 2- Addressing Insomnia in Public Safety Personnel

Date: Oct 4, 2022

Estimated Time Commitment: 1.5 hours

Additional information: Must have completed session 1 to register

Session 3- Addressing Apnea in Public Safety Personnel, and why Treatment will Improve and Prolong Your Life

Date: Oct 5, 2022

Estimated Time Commitment: 1.5 hours

Additional information: Must have completed session 1 to register

Session 4- Coping with Shift Work and Working with your Clock

Date: Oct 6, 2022

Estimated Time Commitment: 1.5 hours

Additional information: Must have completed session 1 to register


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