Before Operational Stress (BOS)

We are proud to announce the launch of an innovative new Operational Stress Injury program for public safety officers, Before Operational Stress (BOS). BOS has been been carefully designed to provide Military, Police, Fire, Paramedic and Corrections officials with theoretical, practical and experiential learning to enhance their resilience and mental health as they continue to operate within their public service positions. It is a unique program, facilitated by trauma therapists, that brings together cutting-edge clinical approaches with recognized scientific expertise to support psychological health and wellness of public service personnel over the course of their operational careers.

Through our interactions with public safety personnel, we have heard, repeatedly, the need for additional support to assist in their efforts to create trauma-informed workplaces. The Wounded Warriors Canada Before Operational Stress program will equip our public safety professionals with important education and information to help protect themselves from the effects of operational stress. In the end, it doesn’t matter where, when or how operational stress injuries occur. What matters is that our public safety members know that we are in this together – working to ensure they receive the support they so rightly deserve.

“It gave us the opportunity to examining the thoughts and emotions of ourselves, and our peers, while understand the stress and stressors that our job entails. I felt that it made me more aware that the challenges, struggles and emotions that first responders share are similar across the board.”

Before Operational Stress (BOS) Program Graduate

“It was a great resource for different types of stress, the way we deal with it and some coping mechanisms. The binder they supplied us with is also probably the best resource I have received so far.”

Before Operational Stress (BOS) Program Graduate

“The instructor, Dr. Vivien Lee, was fantastic. Very knowledgable and engaging. Could tell Vivien actually cared, wanted to get to know us, wanted to make a difference.

Before Operational Stress (BOS) Program Graduate

How it Works

Different from classroom based instruction, BOS is a 16-hour program divided into eight modules, all delivered in a group setting of up to 10 participants.

The ideal dosage of BOS is over eight consecutive weeks which allows participants opportunities between group sessions to incorporate the learning from week to week. This can, however, be modified to meet the unique organizational demands of public service agencies.

An additional unique feature of BOS is that following the delivery the 16-hour program, scheduled monthly follow-ups will occur to enhance consolidation of the learning and experience of the program.

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