Operational Stress Injury Treatment

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About Trauma, PTSD and Occupational Stress Injury


Some people have occupations where they are regularly exposed to trauma. These jobs put them at risk to develop occupational stress injuries. Examples include public safety personnel and first responders such as fire, police, paramedics, correctional officers, emergency room personnel and 911 operators or dispatchers.

When a potentially dangerous or deadly event occurs, it’s normal to go through a period of anxiety. However, for some people, the emotional effects of the trauma do not fade with time. Instead, stress levels remain high. As months and years pass, this consistently high level of anxiety takes a toll on their health. When this occurs, a person may be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress injury, commonly referred to as PTSD.  PTSD is a brain injury that impacts mental and physical health.  PTSD requires specialized treatment and intervention.

People can recover from PTSD; they can learn how to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. One way to achieve these skills is by combining therapy, mindfulness, regular exercise, making efforts to improve sleep quality and eat healthier meals, and taking medication (if appropriate).

Boreal Wellness Centres is a recognized leader in providing multi-disciplinary group therapy programs, including its Resilient Living™ Virtual Trauma Program and Resilient Living™ Trauma Day Program. Read the details below.


Our Approach

Our Resilient Living™ trauma programs aim to improve daily functioning and quality of life. This is achieved by reducing the impact of symptoms and emotional turmoil that can occur when a public safety person experiences trauma. Building upon a client’s strengths, our therapists assist them in improving functionality at home and work.

As clients learn to draw on their resiliency, they discover new paths for moving forward instead of being controlled by trauma. Upon completion of the program, clients will have new resiliency skills, insights, and resources to sustain a journey of recovery that includes our weekly support groups.

Our Resilient Living™ programs use evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches to improve psychological wellness. The core of our trauma programs is cognitive processing therapy (CPT), an approach proven to be effective in reducing symptoms of operational stress injuries.  

Topics covered in the trauma programs include:

  • PTSD and the brain
  • planning for and managing triggers
  • emotional awareness
  • challenging thoughts related to trauma(s)
  • post-traumatic growth


Clients participate in Resilient Living™ trauma programs with the same cohort of 6-10 people to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment.

Upon completion of the ten weeks of group activities, clients are encouraged to attend (at no additional cost) six months of aftercare (one-hour group sessions) led by a therapist.

Participants must have:

  • a documented diagnosis of PTSD
  • low risk of self-harm
  • no personality disorders, active psychosis or unmanaged substance use

Resilient Living™ Virtual Trauma Program

The Resilient Living™ Virtual Trauma Program consists of:

  • closed cohorts of 6-10 participants guided by two facilitators
  • 2 hour group meetings twice a week for 10 weeks via secure video conference
  • 4 x 30-minute individual check-in sessions via secure video conference
  • One-hour weekly aftercare support group sessions (available for 26 weeks after group therapy)
  • PTSD/PTSI education session for participants’ family members
  • Self-guided learning on trauma-informed yoga, nutrition, fitness and medication education

During each session, participants will be given practice assignments to complete prior to the next meeting.  This homework is designed to improve PTSD symptoms more rapidly and are fundamental to the participants maximizing their progress.



Resilient Living™ Trauma Day Program

The Resilient Living™ Trauma Day Program is an interdisciplinary approach to PTSD treatment with three therapeutic elements: multidisciplinary group activities, individual therapy and return-to-work planning.

The Resilient Living™ Trauma Day Treatment Program also includes family PTSD education sessions where loved ones can learn about PTSD and explore strategies to be helpful and take care of themselves.

The Resilient Living™ Trauma Day Program consists of:

  • closed cohorts of 6-10 participants guided by two facilitators
  • 4-5 hours of group meetings and activities, twice a week for 10 weeks
  • 8 x 50-minute individual sessions with a psychologist
  • One-hour weekly aftercare support group sessions (available for 26 weeks after group therapy)
  • PTSD/PTSI education session for participants’ family members
  • Self-guided learning on trauma-informed yoga, nutrition, fitness and medication education

This schedule allows clients to live at home and manage the challenges of daily life while implementing skills and tools from therapy sessions with guidance from the Boreal Wellness Centres clinical team.


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Start the intake process by clicking the button below. If you have any questions, please call us at (778) 725-0714 ext. 109 or contact us at info@borealwellness.com.

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