Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the workshop?
Approximately 6 hours.
Things like the number of participants and the number of questions during the session means it could end a little earlier or a little bit later.
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 is no role playing.
You will not be asked to reveal any personal information about yourselves.
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?
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 other, they may re-traumatize them.
These are standard ground rules that are established at the start of each workshop.
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.
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 liklihood 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 3-4 years.
What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A few things.
Bring your financial module information required to be completed before the workshop.
Bring a partner (click here and scroll down to Who Is A Partner).
Bring a complete list of your medical coverage through your employer, if any, as well as any extended coverage you are entitled to through your spouse/partner.
Bring 2-3 pens for notes (in case one runs out).
Paper is not necessary as you will be provided with a workbook in which to take notes.
I am not married and I don't currently have a partner. Can I still attend this workshop?
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).
I have been diagnosed and living with PTSD/OSI for some time. Can this program still be beneficial for me?
While primarily a proactive program for those "at-risk" of developing a mental injury/illness in the future, it's quite possible you could still gain some much-needed information and support to help you along your journey.
If you have been recently diagnosed, only professional therapy can assist you in moving forward.
Any “fallout” associated with your partner/family/friends has already occurred.