TRAUMA INFORMED WORKPLACE TRAINING
Before Operational Stress (BOS)
An innovative Operational Stress Injury program for public safety officers: Before Operational Stress (BOS).
The Wounded Warriors Canada BOS (Before Operational Stress) program has been carefully designed to provide public safety personnel with theoretical, practical and experiential learning to enhance their resilience and mental health. Developed by Dr. Megan McElheran, BOS is a unique program that brings together cutting-edge clinical approaches with recognized scientific expertise to support psychological health and wellness of public safety 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 equips our public safety professionals with important education and information to help protect them 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.
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.
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.
The ideal delivery 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.
1) Who delivers the BOS program?
BOS is delivered by one or two certified mental health care professionals, depending on class size.
2) Where/when is the program delivered?
BOS is delivered at the convenience of the participants at a location chosen by the individual group. Times will be customized to facilitate specific group need’s and size.
3) Who should take the BOS program?
The BOS program is designed for any individual who has been or is likely to be exposed to traumatic events. BOS is not appropriate for individuals currently experiencing acute OSI symptoms.
4) What makes BOS unique?
BOS uniquely combines theoretical and experiential learning procedures to mitigate the effects of operational stress. As we work to continue understanding of the impact of operational stress, our evidence tells us there are things we can do to mitigate the impact of their work so that public safety personal can do their jobs without tragic consequences. BOS empowers public safety employees to take charge of their mental health. We know that there is information these employees need to protect themselves from the effects of operational stress. Further, we know they need practice and support to incorporate this knowledge and these experiences into their operational roles. BOS delivers on these three objectives.
BOS CLINICIAN REGISTRY
Dr. Lawrence Deck
Dr. Megan McElheran
Dr. Jennifer Short
MOOSE JAW, SK
Dr. Chassidy Carruthers
Dr. Regan Hart
Dr. Samantha Horswill
Dr. Marilee Zaharia
Dr. Kim Buchanan
Dr. David Paul
PRINCE ALBERT, SK
Dr. Lisa Berg-Kolody
RED DEER, AB
Dr. Tania Safnuk
Dr. Chelsea Delparte
Dr. Allisson Quine
Dr. Megan Tuttle
Dr. Laura Nichols