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Public Safety & Police Studies: Mental Health

This guide was created to support the Public Safety and Police Foundations community at Seneca College. It showcases articles, documents, websites, and other resources of interest to the program.

Mental Health eBooks

PTSD

Traces the fluctuations in definitions of and responses to traumatic psychic conditions. 

Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

Informed by DSM-5, includes adjustment disorders, acute stress disorder, and PTSD.

PTSD

Examines the causes, describes the symptoms and the effects of PTSD on individuals and their families.

EMDR Therapy with First Responders

Illuminates early intervention procedures for first responders in the aftermaths of catastrophic events.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Discussion and new research as to assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of PTSD. 

EMDR Toolbox

An overview of the principal issues in treatment of dissociative disorders in complex PTSD.

Field Exercises

For  those interested in the relationship between nature and human health. 

Compassion Fatigue Workbook

Creative Tools for Transformating Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization.

Hurting Memories & Beneficial Forgetting

Presents modes of treatment and reconciliation for individuals and social groups.

Healing World Trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model

Provides a succinct and accessible introduction to the Therapeutic Spiral Model in practice and its evolution.

EMDR Therapy with First Responders Copy 2

Illuminates early intervention procedures for first responders in the aftermaths of catastrophic events.

EMDR Toolbox Copy 2

An overview of the principal issues in treatment of dissociative disorders in complex PTSD.

Websites

Streaming Videos on Stress, Depression & Anxiety

Stress as a Psychological Process: Psychology Concepts

2019 | 10min | CC
This program defines stress and its causes then examines how our perception  of the situation impacts our experience of stress.  

Stress as a Biological Process: Psychology Concepts

2019 | 10min 34sec | CC
This program details the immediate physiological processes of fight or flight responses, as well as the stages of General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS). The negative effects of prolonged stress on the body are also explored.

Managing and Coping with Stress: Psychology Concepts

2019 | 10min 35sec | CC
This program explores the benefits and costs of two widely recognized strategies: Avoidance and Approach. Additional strategies of social support, exercise, drug therapy and biofeedback are also discussed.

Seriously Stressed

2006 | 45min | CC
In this program, an immunologist, a psychiatrist, and a mental skills coach lay bare the symptoms of chronic stress, the negative impact on the body of continual exposure to adrenalin and cortisol, and biological and psychological factors that influence vulnerability to overstressing.

Deeply Depressed

2006 | 45min | CC
This program sheds much-needed light on vulnerability to depression, the subtle symptoms of the disease, and treatments involving psychotherapy and antidepressants such as SSRIs.

Acutely Anxious

2006 | 47min | CC
This program explains how and why this happens as it examines the physiology and psychology of anxiety, its symptoms, its highly maladaptive consequences, and treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy.  

PTSD: Beyond Trauma

2017 | 43min 44sec | CC
Promising new discoveries raise key questions about the faultlines of fear and memory, and the roles geography and early development may play in predicting personal responses to trauma.

PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

2007 | 24min | CC
This program expands awareness and knowledge of the disorder and explores the latest treatment options available today.

Streaming Videos

Streaming Videos on Law Enforcement Job Stress & PTSD

PTSD: Beyond Trauma

2017 | 43min 44sec | CC
Promising new discoveries raise key questions about the faultlines of fear and memory, and the roles geography and early development may play in predicting personal responses to trauma.

Traffic Stops Put Drivers and Police Officers on Edge

2016 | 8min 19sec | CC
Traffic stops can be a "high stakes" encounter. Drivers and police officers have felt rising tension over what may happen after cops pull drivers over.

Lost on Arrival: Me, the Mounties & PTSD

2017 | 44min 9sec | CC
CBC journalist Curt Petrovich, diagnosed with PTSD, captures his courageous efforts to rebuild himself from the inside out.

RCMP First Responder Suicide

2014 | 8min | CC unavailable | Audio only
Ken Barker was a retired RCMP officer who had suffered with PTSD for many years killed himself. Mr. Barker's wife, Shari, says it's time for first responders to get the support and help they need.

The Hidden Wounds of War

2008 | 14min 28sec | CC unavailable
Examines the devastating psychological impact of war on soldiers.

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War

2011 | 14min 12sec | CC
We’ll look at how new treatments are offering new hope to many of our young soldiers.

Military Suicides in Canada

2014 | 18min 24sec | CC
More than 100 Canadian soldiers have taken their lives due to PTSD and people are calling on the military to do more to help people suffering from it.

The Forgotten Soldier: Helping Veterans with PTSD

2017 | 12min 24sec | CC
Jim Lowther, who served in the Canadian Army, launched VETS Canada – a network of dedicated volunteers, many PTSD sufferers themselves – who help former soldiers in crisis.

PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

2007 | 24min | CC
This program expands awareness and knowledge of the disorder and explores the latest treatment options available today.

PTSD and Veteran Response Teams

2019 | 1h 29min | CC
A panel discussion featured experts in the field of Veterans Response Teams, specialized law enforcement units that are trained to deescalate situations involving veterans in crisis due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other services-related injuries

Online Assessments

More Mental Health eBooks

Bulletproof Spirit

Offers field-tested expertise designed to be used by all first responders -- and their families.

First Responder Resilience

Provides solutions to burnout, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and first responder suicide.

EMDR Therapy with First Responders

Illuminates early intervention procedures for first responders in the aftermaths of catastrophic events.

Stress in Policing

Brings together the latest research findings and intervention strategies, shown to be effective, by an international group of experts. 

Leadership Resilience

Explores the challenges experienced by police officers, look at how they cope with them, and draw lessons for those undertaking leadership roles more generally.

Cop Doc's Guide

An advanced, specialized guide for clinicians to responsibly treat complex post-traumatic stress and grief syndromes in the context of the unique varieties of police personality styles. 

Traumatic Stress in Police Officers

Demonstrates how adopting a career perspective can provide a more comprehensive conceptualization of traumatic stress processes as they apply to police officers 

Under the Blue Shadow

A valuable resource for helping officers to survive this psychologically dangerous occupation. 

Stress in Policing

Seeks to help with understanding the antecedents and consequences of police stress.

Treating Police Stress

Includes discussion of critical issues aiming for prevention and provides recommendations for responding to a traumatic incident.

Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention

Offers strategies and tactics that may help to prevent suicides.

Police Suicide

Brings together 'old and new' information on police suicide and he introduces some promising findings.

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