Supporting the Wellbeing of Public Safety Personnel
Issue: December 2020
From the Director's Desk 
One year ago, on November 29, 2019, we launched the pilot for PSPNET in Saskatchewan. Since then, we have officially launched and are providing services to public safety personnel (PSP) in Saskatchewan and Quebec in both official languages. 

As of November 30, 2020, we have 118 clients from Saskatchewan and 31 clients from Quebec who are enrolled in our courses. 

In this issue, you can find out more about the improvements we have made to the PSP Wellbeing Course, meet our Saskatchewan clinicians, download an infographic we developed about PSPNET service outcomes and review highlights from the work we have completed in 2020. 

Thank you for your interest in our services and for taking the time to read this newsletter. We hope that you enjoy reading about our work, which would not be possible without the help of our team's hard work. Please feel free to contact us if you require any additional information or have any questions. 

From the PSPNET team, wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season, and all the best in 2021.
Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos
Director of PSPNET
2020 Highlights
When looking back at 2020, we are excited to show you how much we have accomplished with PSPNET.

January - March:
  • Developed an overview video of PSPNET
  • Developed promotional materials for PSPNET that you can find links to below. 
April - May:
  • Developed video introductions for our lesson videos for the PSP Wellbeing Course.
  • Included additional treatment resources for pain and grief. 
  • Added COVID-19 questions to the online screen surveys to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on PSP that are enrolling in our courses.
  • Developed a resource on how to sign up for PSPNET which can be found here.
June - September:
  • Launched PSPNET in Quebec.
  • Launched the PSP PTSD Course pilot in Saskatchewan.
October - December:
  • Announced the launch of the PSP PTSD course to Saskatchewan stakeholders. 
  • Developed additional materials and released a new version of the PSP Wellbeing Course. Read more about recent updates to the PSP Wellbeing Course below. 
Throughout the year, our lead clinicians in Saskatchewan and Quebec have been conducting outreach with various PSP organizations and agencies to get the word out about PSPNET. You can view our year to date outreach efforts below. 
Find out more about the courses we offer
PSP Wellbeing Course (Available in Saskatchewan and Quebec)
PSP PTSD Course (Available in Saskatchewan)
Recent updates to the PSP Wellbeing Course
On December 3, 2020, we released a new version of our PSP Wellbeing Course which incorporates feedback from past clients that have completed the course. 
  1. Developed audio materials for lessons 1 to 5 to supplement the lesson materials.
  2. Included de-identified quotes from PSP about their experience with individual lessons to support future PSP in applying the new skills they learn from the course materials. 
  3. Expanded our treatment materials related to sleep, alcohol misuse, and COVID-19 resources.
  4. Expanded graphs for PSP to track their symptom progression throughout the course.
  5. Expanded questions on sleep and resilience.
Similar changes will be implemented for the French version of the PSP Wellbeing Course in January 2021. Materials are currently being translated and finalized. 
Who are we helping?
Metrics provided in this newsletter are from November 29, 2019 up to November 30, 2020. 
Breakdown of clients enrolled by sectors. 
  • 27011 people have visited our website,
  • 163 PSP have completed a telephone assessment.
  • 150 PSP have started treatment.
  • 85 out of 99 have completed treatment.
What clients are saying
  • 99% agreed that PSPNET was worth their time.
  • 96% of PSP would refer PSPNET to a friend.
  • 90% of PSP reported increased confidence in managing their symptoms. 
What some of our clients are saying this month:
  • “It was very concrete. I did an enormous amount of introspective work on myself and I took the time to dwell on problems that had been present in my daily life for a long time. I had the opportunity to make decisions with guidance and structure to help me think deeply about problems and possible solutions. The weekly e-mail exchanges were a great source of motivation.”
  • “I liked the delivery method. The accessibility is what I feel is the biggest selling point. I can do this once the kids go to bed. I could not find the time to do this during a normal week with the demands of my job and family responsibilities.”
  • “I think the things I am learning about myself and the tools I have available to me can be useful for managing symptoms in the long run.“
  • "I enjoyed the one-on-one counseling. My assigned counselor was very encouraging and always had a suggestion if I needed one."
Click here to see a full list of our service outcomes
Meet our Saskatchewan clinicians
Dr. Jody Burnett, Clinical Research Associate
Jody is a registered doctoral psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of PsychologistsShe obtained her doctorate in educational psychology through the University of Regina. 
Curtis Hart, Clinical Research Associate
Curtis is a registered social worker through the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. He obtained his masters of social work through the University of Regina. 
Lis Hansen, Clinical Research Associate
Lis is a registered psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists. She obtained her masters in education (psychology) through the University of Regina. 
We have had extensive contact with various PSP organizations and agencies to promote PSPNET. 
  • 1646 people have attended PSPNET presentations across various PSP organizations. 
  • 289 presentations, meetings, and stakeholders surveys have been completed. 
  • 185 organizations have been provided with PSPNET promotional materials.
  • 99 organizations have agreed to refer PSPNET.
  • 77 organizations and agencies have incorporated PSPNET into their workplace practices. 
Request a presentation or PSPNET promotional materials
If you would like us to provide a presentation to your organization or send promotional materials (wallet cards, magnets, postcards) in English and French, contact us by email at or phone at 306-337-7233 or toll-free at 1-833-317-7233. 
Download our promotional materials
  • Click here to download a PDF of our poster. 
  • Click here to download a PDF of our PSP Wellbeing Course postcard. 
  • Click here to download a PDF of our PSP PTSD Course postcard. 
  • Click here to download a PDF of our service delivery outcomes infographic with metrics as of November 30, 2020.
Recent media
  • Dr. Hadjistavropoulos was a guest on the Mind Full: The Canadian Psychological Association's podcast and provided an overview of internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT). If you are interested in finding out more about ICBT and how shifting thoughts can be helpful, you can listen to the podcast here
Recent publications by our researchers
Click here to listen to the PSPNET Holiday Playlist
Thank you to our partners and funders
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