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Treatment 101 for Public Safety Personnel

Treatment 101 for Public Safety Personnel is an online course designed to guide participants through the process of deciding upon and obtaining services from professional mental health care practitioners. The course addresses topics of specific relevance to Public Safety Personnel (PSP), PSP leaders, and administrators in PSP service organizations. 

Treatment 101 for Public Safety Personnel is an eight-module online course designed to support Public Safety Personnel (PSP) in making informed decisions about their mental health care. This course will walk participants through the process of deciding upon and obtaining mental health services; and includes topics such as insurance coverage, types of service providers, relevant terms and definitions, evidence-based treatment options, tips for choosing a mental health service provider, and what to expect at the first appointment with a mental health care professional.  

Treatment 101 for Public Safety Personnel is offered in a fully online format and combines written content, images, videos, and interactive learning elements. This course builds upon the concepts introduced in CIPSRT’s Six Steps to Finding a Clinician guide, with the goal of supporting PSP in learning how to navigate mental health service offerings and make informed decisions about their mental health care.  

For more information or questions regarding the Treatment 101 training program, please email 

Who is eligible for this training?  

The Treatment 101 training program 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 entirety of the training program 
  • Interested in mental wellness and enhanced mental well-being within yourself and your peers 
  • Interested in mental health care 
  • Interested in knowing how to access mental health care for the benefit of yourself and your peers 
  • Able to successfully complete a self-guided asynchronous course

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

This training is also useful to individuals who work with, or around PSP. This includes but is not limited to… 

  • PSP leaders 
  • Members of organizations that support PSP 
  • Mental health care professionals with an interest in PSP mental health, or who regularly work with PSP 
  • Researchers with an interest in PSP 
  • Administrators within PSP services and organizations 

Outcome / Benefits 

  • Obtain a certificate of completion  
  • Know how to make an informed decision that is best suited to your mental health 
  • Knowledge on the types of coverage available to pay for mental health services and where to seek more information about individual eligibility  
  • Understanding of differences between various types of mental health professions and the types of services that professionals within each field may offer  
  • Understand terms and concepts that are of particular relevance to the mental health of PSP  
  • Discover evidence-based treatment options designed to treat common mental health concerns  
  • Know how to choose a mental healthcare professional who is a good fit for one’s individual needs  
  • Know what to expect at the first appointment with a mental health care professional 

Training and Registration Details 

Information on Treatment 101 training course opportunities will be updated as it becomes available. Those who are interested in participating can expect multiple course offerings through Fall 2022. Check this page often for updates on the upcoming launch date and course details. 

  • Facilitator(s): TBA
  • Language(s): English
  • Dates: TBA
  • Time Commitment: Approximately six hours over the course of two weeks. The course may be completed in one sitting, or participants may save their progress and complete the content at their own pace.
  • Modality: Asynchronous
  • Delivery: Online — Course platform
  • Achievement: Certificate of Completion 
  • Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

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