Trauma, Mental Health, and Our Front Line Responders: Why Our Approach has Been Wrong All Along and Why We Have to Change

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Login: 8:30 am Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver, BC)
Session: 9:00 am–11:00 am Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver, BC)
90-minute session, with a 30-minute Q&A to follow

Ticket pricing:
$39 USD for single tickets.
For groups of 11-30 attendees from within the same organization, we are offering a flat fee of $399 USD. Your cart will automatically update once 11-30 tickets are added.

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Trauma, Mental Health, and Our Front Line Responders: Why Our Approach has Been Wrong All Along and Why We Have to Change

According to Bob Rich, former Chief of Police for the Abbotsford Police Department, “The average person encounters around 4 events in their lifetime that could cause them a traumatic injury.  During their career a police officer will encounter around 100-400 events  that may cause trauma and lead to PTSD.”

Chief Rich is no stranger to the impact trauma can have on a police force. In 2015, Abbotsford PD lost two members to suicide. In 2017, his detachment lost Const. John Davidson when he was killed in the line of duty. It was at Davidson’s memorial that Chief Rich instructed his members to “take a knee” and urged them to take their mental health just as seriously as they take their physical health. “If you’re struggling, get help. Talk to a counsellor, ask your family for help, take sick days, do whatever it takes to get well.”

Chief Rich says that far too often, police officers ignore operational stress injuries. He says that the “suck it up attitude” in policing needs to end. In this session, Chief Rich will share why he has become an advocate for police mental health. Using data and research, Chief Rich will answer the question that many members often ask themselves in the aftermath of traumatic events, “Can we do this job and still be ok?”

This session will include:

  • Stats on mental health for police officers and first responders
  • Is PTSD inevitable for police officers?
  • The stress wheel – What is pushing in on us?
  • “Organizational stress” – A euphemism for how we are hurting our own people
  • Prevention Strategies: Rather than try to fix the people who get seriously hurt, how about if we stop it from happening?
  • How we can minimize the potential for trauma for members who are going to hard calls
  • Brain Science: What happens with trauma and how does it become PTSD?
  • How we can interrupt the process of trauma leading to PTSD?
  • Building healthy organizations
  • Fostering true resiliency
  • The way forward
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Building Trust and Relationships: Policing in LGBTQ2S+ and Indigenous Communities

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Login: 7:30 am (Pacific Time)
Session: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Please note, this session is intended for members of Law Enforcement agencies

Ticket pricing:
$159 USD for an individual FULL DAY ticket (up to 5 purchased) or $99/Part 1 or Part 2 ONLY.
For FULL DAY groups of 6 attendees or more, we are offering a flat fee of $799 USD.  Your cart will automatically update once 6+ tickets are added to it.  

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Policing in the LGBTQ2S+ community:
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am (Pacific Time)

This session provides knowledge, insight and a unique perspective from Constable Dale Quiring who created the first LGBTQ2S+ liaison position in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Historically and along with today’s climate, police agencies have and continue to face many challenges developing and maintaining trust within the LGBTQ2S+ community.


Constable Dale Quiring

Establishing the first ever LGBTQ2S+ Liaison Officer position both within the Vancouver Police Department and the province of British Columbia, Constable Dale Quiring has been integral to the improvement of policies, procedures and most importantly relationship building with LGBTQ2S+ community. Over the course of his 19-year policing career thus far, he has spent time working in the Public Order Unit and the Source Handling Unit, while his time in patrol was primarily in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Most recently, as the Hate Crimes Detective in the Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section, Constable Quiring received the BC Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award in 2016, as well as a Chief’s Constable Commendation in 2017 for his work with the LGBTQ2S+ community.


Policing in the Indigenous Community:
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)

This session provides expert insight from a frontline police officer who is working directly with Indigenous Communities. Indigenous persons are still overrepresented in the criminal justice system and underrepresented within the law enforcement profession. In today’s climate it is imperative to understand Indigenous history and struggles which affect the relationship with police today.


Constable Tyler Urqhart

Tyler Urquhart was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. He had been a police officer with the VPD for 12 years, 6 of which were spent policing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Currently, Tyler is the Indigenous Community Policing Centre Liaison. He takes great pride in building relationships with Vancouver’s Urban Indigenous Community as the work toward reconciliation continues.

Norm Leech

Norm Leech is Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre operating in the Downtown East side of Vancouver. He is a member of T’it’q’et, a St’at’imc Nation community where he served as Chief and then manager for several years. Norm is trained in Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT), Computer Systems, Facilitation, and Restorative Justice. He is qualified to train in Naloxone, Harm Reduction, Human Rights, and Indigenous Tools for Living. He has 25+ years of recovery, three children and a wonderful granddaughter.

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