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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the virtual workshop?

Approximately 4 hours.

Things like the number of participants, and the number of questions during a session means it could end a little earlier or a little later.

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Are there any pre-workshop assignments?

Yes.

There are a few important assignments that must be completed prior to your participation in the workshop.

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Do I have to identify myself or can I remain anonymous?

At the start of the workshop, you will be asked to identify yourself to the group by a first name only.

Furthermore, you will not be asked to reveal where you live or what your occupation is unless you are comfortable sharing that information with the other participants.

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How much does the workshop cost?

$200 + HST per couple.

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What will be expected of us during the workshop?

The workshop consists of you and your partner working through a series of facilitated questions and modules.

You will then use your answers and decisions to create your own action plan that can be immediately activated in time of need.

There will be breakout room group discussions.

There is no role playing.

You will not be asked to reveal any personal information about yourselves.

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Your website says “shared real-life experiences from someone who suffers from a mental injury or illness”.  Does that mean the facilitator will be providing graphic details of events they experienced?

No.

Our facilitators will not discuss any of the events that led to their PTSD/OSI diagnosis as it serves no purpose for this program.

In addition, our facilitators will not entertain any questions or stories about specific events or details from those attending the workshop.

It is our strong belief that stories such as these may upset some in attendance, and for others, they may re-traumatize them.

These are standard ground rules that are established at the start of each workshop.

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I am not a first responder, but I am considered "at-risk" because of my occupation (nurse, child welfare worker, social worker, prison guard, etc.).  Am I excluded from attending this program?

Not at all.

All are encouraged to attend, regardless of occupation.

The program is designed for anyone, in any occupation, who is at risk of developing a mental injury/illness as a result of exposure to trauma as a function of their employment.

In fact, your occupation has no bearing on this program.

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I am an employer of an “at-risk” group.  What are the benefits of my employees attending?

Early detection and intervention through pre-planning greatly increases the likelihood of your employee returning to work in a shorter time.

It is widely agreed that dealing with a mental injury/illness at the onset could mean a return to work in 3-6 months.

Additionally, the employee stands a much better chance of keeping their relationship and family intact.

Left untreated/undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time can result in an absence of 3 or more years and there is always the possibility they may never be able to return to work.

Other employees will have to fill the gap of this prolonged absence which can lead to mental and/or physical health issues for them as well.

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What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Just a few things...

Your partner.

Printed copies of your completed pre-workshop assignments.

2-3 pens for notes (in case one runs out).

A calculator.

Highlighter pen.

Paper in which to take notes.

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I am not married and I don't currently have a partner.  Can I still attend this workshop?

Yes.

You can bring a close friend or a family member who is 18 years or older that you see most often (click here and scroll down to Who Is A Partner).

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I have been diagnosed and living with PTSD/OSI for some time.  Will this program still be beneficial for me?

Yes.

While primarily a proactive program for those "at-risk" of developing a mental injury/illness in the future, you will likely gain some much-needed information and support to help you along your journey.

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