April 26 Symposium on Occupational Stress Injury


Bringing together research, treatment, and support

Everyone is welcome to join the one-day symposium on the topic of occupational stress injury. Geared towards front-line service providers, practitioners, not-for-profit agencies, researchers, staff, volunteers, and students; all will find immense benefit attending. Occupational stress injury, also known as compassion fatigue or burnout, occur frequently in people who work in the emergency services and if left untreated, can result in PTSD, addiction, and suicide. Our symposium aims to bring everyone together to share information and best practices, current research, facilitate support, and mobilize knowledge.


  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    08:00 – 16:30 Mountain Time
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  • Mount Royal University – Ross Glen Hall (EC 1050)
    4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
    Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6


8-8:30 – Registration and coffee service

8:30-8:45 – Welcome address

8:45-9:35 – Panel 1:  Canadian Perspective

9:40-10:40 – Panel 2: Municipal Approaches

10:45 – 11:15 – Nutrition break and browse displays

11:20 – 12:10 – Panel 3: Research

12:15 – 13:30 – Lunch and browse displays

13:30 – 14:15 – Panel 4: Corrections

14:20 – 15:15 – Panel 5: People with lived experience

15:15 – 15:45 – Nutrition Break and browse displays

15:45 – 16:30 – Panel 6: Treatment Options

16:30-16:40 – Closing address

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A Symposium on Occupational Stress Injury

Bringing together research, treatment, and support

Panel 1: Canadian perspective

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    • Anita Watts – Wellness/Mental Health Strategy Advisor “K” & “G” Divisions
  •  Road to Mental Health Readiness in the Canadian Forces
    • Major Laforest – Social Work Officer, 1 Field Ambulance clinic
  • University of Calgary and the Mental Health Commission of Canada  
    • Dr. Andrew Szeto – Director, Mental Health Strategy

Panel 2: Municipal approaches 

  • Calgary Police Service Peer Support Team  – Sgt. Chris Gauvin
  • Calgary Police Service Psychologist  -Dr. Adriana Celser
  • Calgary Humane Society Animal Cruelty Investigations  -Officer Brad Nichols
  • Managing OSI’s in The City of Calgary Fire Department  -Chief Steve Dongworth

Nutrition Break 

Panel 3: Research 

  • The Wellness Project with Alberta Police-Based Victim Assistance Units
    • Dr. Scott McLean & Dr. Scharie Tavcer & Dr. Pat Kostouros, Mount Royal University
  • Vulnerabilities at Work: Exploring Occupational Stress among Animal Law Enforcement Officers in Alberta
    • Dawn Rault PhD(c), University of Calgary
  • Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment: Research Updates
    • Dr. Nick Carleton, University of Regina

Lunch & Browse Displays

Panel 4: Corrections 

  • Solicitor General of Alberta
    • Sgt. Jamie Miskow High Risk Caseworker Calgary Correctional Centre
  • Correctional Service of Canada
    • Nathalie Dufresne-Meek, Director General at National Headquarters

Panel 5: People with lived experience 

  • Erik Johanson – Corrections
  • Pete Barker – Policing
  • Dave McAllister – Paramedics

Nutrition Break 

Panel 6: Treatment options

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