Surviving Spouses’ Program
The Surviving Spouses’ Program is designed to support spouses who have lost their partner in the line of duty or as a result of death by suicide.
The Surviving Spouses’ Program (SSP) is a five day, clinically-facilitated group program that draws on leading grief and trauma research. It provides opportunity for survivors to explore their traumatic loss and to make meaning of their life without their spouse. This program helps participants recognize the function of emotions and offers evidenced-based opportunities to understand and process traumatic grief and sanctuary trauma.
The SSP assists survivors in exploring the wounds resulting from traumatic loss and guides them to integrate and make meaning of their relationship with their spouse. It teaches and strengthens regulation and resourcing skills. The group-based delivery builds participant capacity to provide the clinically-indicated giving and receiving of support with therapeutic assistance and feedback; thus, reducing isolation and facilitating connection with others who have lived through traumatic loss. The SSP culminates with participants identifying and claiming future-focused needs and goals promoting renewal and hope. All participants receive a 2-week post-program clinician follow-up to support the integration of new skills.
CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM
CLAUDINE BARRETTE, M.PS.,CONSEILLÈRE CLINIQUE
CAROLYNN TURNER, MA, RCC, CLINICAL ADVISOR
ANGELA GEVAUDAN, PROGRAM ADVISOR
Angela is a sensitive and intuitive soul with a strong desire to assist people that manifested itself in her becoming a 911 communicator/dispatcher.
On the evening of June 4th, 2014, she was impacted in the most traumatic way when her husband, an RCMP officer, was murdered on duty along with two of their colleagues and friends. This personal and professional loss led to a post traumatic stress injury. The more Angela has learned about trauma through her own experience, from peers and health professionals, the more she realizes it has shaped who she is in so many ways. She has developed a heightened awareness of her experiences and the experiences of others and this awareness has aided in her ability to communicate with and assist others dealing with stress injuries.
Knowing how difficult it can be and possessing a strong desire to understand this injury for herself, has also driven her to be a tireless advocate for other first responders with injuries, for surviving families and to advocate for the health and safety of those who serve our communities. To that end she was able to contribute to the development of the Wounded Warriors Canada Surviving Spouses’ Program and has been a keynote speaker at various conferences and fund raising events that support those suffering from traumatic stress injuries.