Courses and Training Resources
Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT-ICRTSP) Training and Development for Public Safety Personnel (University of Regina) - Financial Contribution from Public Health Agency of Canada
Through its national network and support from Canadian public safety personnel leadership, the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) responds to the identified needs of public safety personnel, clinicians, researchers, and other stakeholders. Through the facilitation of high quality and easily accessible care and resources, CIPSRT has become a hub for addressing the health research needs of personnel and their families. Training for public safety personnel (PSP) may take on many forms, such as efforts to reduce stigma, increase knowledge, or minimize mental health disorders through resiliency training and early intervention programs. CIPSRT’s mandate further includes efforts to build long-term training capacity, accessibility, and overall wellness. Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) is offering free training opportunities for Public Safety Personnel (PSP), which includes those in emergency management. For more information or to register for these courses, please see the CIPSRT Training and Development page: https://www.cipsrt-icrtsp.ca/en/training-opportunities
The listed courses below are available for PSP to access:
Treatment 101: Treatment 101 for public safety personnel is a five-module online course designed to support public safety personnel (PSP) in making informed decisions about their mental health care. This course discusses 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
o Offering #5: September 11 - September 23, 2023
o Offering #6: October 16 - October 28, 2023
o Offering #7: November 20 - December 2, 2023
o Offering #8: December 4 - December 16, 2023
o Offering #9: January 15 - January 27, 2024
o Offering #10: February 5 - February 17, 2024
Sleep 101: Given the increased understanding of the importance of sleep to both mental and physical health, CIPSRT has collaborated with Dr. Colleen Carney, Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Toronto Metropolitan University, to develop a 4-session sleep course for PSP.
o Offering #2: September 13th (10:00 – 12:00 CST) & September 19 - 21st, 2023 (10:00 – 11:30 CST).
o Offering #3: January 16th (11:00 – 13:00 CST) & January 23 - 25th, 2024 (11:00 – 12:30 CST).
ER2MR: Through the Electronic (online) Road to Mental Readiness program, PSP gain key mental toughness skills including tactical breathing, mental rehearsal, goal setting, self-talk, and attention control. The training additionally includes generic mental health education, including early identification of signs of mental illness; adaptive coping strategies to respond to the risks inherent in these occupations; the importance of peer and leadership support; appropriate leader actions; barriers to seeking mental health care, including stigma; and outlining procedures for assessing mental health resources. These skills and tools directly serve to enhance the overall mental well-being of participating PSP and their peers.
o Offering #3: September 11-12 & September 18-19, 2023 (8:30 AM - 3:00 PM CST)
o Offering #4: October 26-27 & November 2-3, 2023 ((8:30 AM - 3:00 PM CST)
For more information, contact: Derek Shogren, BA Program Coordinator Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT-ICRTSP) Training and Development for PSP Project University of Regina, Office: (306) 337-8861
U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program
The U.S. National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training creates training tools to aid in the development of awareness-level courses and materials. These tools provide health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities.
The tools may be used as self-directed learning or for presentation by a trainer.
Materials are in the public domain and may be reproduced fully or partially without permission. Source credit is requested but not required.
PLEASE NOTE: Training materials should be reviewed and may need to be edited/adapted to meet Canadian standards and experience.
Disaster Worker Resiliency Training
Protecting Yourself While Responding to Earthquakes
Safety Awareness for Oil Spill Cleanup Workers
Protecting Yourself While Responding to Wildfires
Safety Awareness for Responders to Hurricanes
Safety Awareness for Responders to Floods