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March 28, 2022

Virtual Town Hall: Spotlight on research: The RCMP Study

Keywords: Mental Health, RCMP

Date & Time: April 21, 2022 11:00 am CST (1:00 pm EST)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), like all public safety personnel (PSP), are frequently exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events (PPTEs). PPTEs contribute to substantial and growing challenges from posttraumatic stress injuries (PTSIs). Addressing the challenges has been limited by a lack of research.

In 2016 the RCMP partnered with Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton to run a groundbreaking study with RCMP cadets beginning in training and following them through their first five years on the job. The RCMP Study is part of a concerted effort to reduce PTSI by improving access to evidence-based assessments, treatments, and training.

The study was designed to:

  • Develop, deploy, and assess the impact of a system for ongoing evidence-based assessments
  • Evaluate associations between demographic variables and PTSI
  • Assess individual differences associated with PTSI longitudinally
  • Augment the RCMP cadet training program with skills that proactively mitigate PTSI
  • Assess the difference between the standard program and the new augmented one

Learn more about this remarkable study, which is being expanded to other PSP sectors, and how the work may benefit participants’ mental health.

Presenter: Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Scientific Director of CIPSRT

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