Program overview

ECHO Public Safety Personnel (PSP) offers two program cycles with 12 virtual sessions each.

Cycle 1 ran from September 20 to December 6, 2023 on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Cycle 2 will run from April 10 to June 26, 2024 on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Toronto time.

Learning objectives of ECHO PSP

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

Objective 1 – Support public safety personnel (PSP) with complex mental health injuries that affect their ability to work 

Objective 2 – Identify the unique features of PSP workplace cultures that may influence how PSP experience, report, and seek assistance for mental health concerns

Objective 3 – Communicate and collaborate effectively with workplace parties, insurance and care providers to improve access to and quality of care for PSP

Benefits of participating

  • ECHO PSP provides a community of practice for Ontario care providers to gain up-to-date knowledge, skills, resources, and expert advice.
  • Participants learn how to identify and support patients/clients with mental health injuries in their recovery and return to work or stay at work.
  • Participants build confidence and skills by taking part in case-based discussions, presenting their own cases and hearing presentations on key PSP topics by experts in the field.
  • ECHO PSP is free. It is a no-cost way to get expert, specialist advice, reducing patient referrals to specialists in other areas.
  • Participants earn CE credits. 
  • Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing codes K707 or K701). Learn more about presenting a case.

Expectations of participants

Participants register for an entire ECHO PSP cycle (12 sessions). They are expected to:

  • attend as many of the sessions as possible
  • complete surveys to evaluate each session and the ECHO PSP program
  • present a short, de-identified patient/client case, if applicable
  • contribute to case discussions as appropriate 

How ECHO PSP works

ECHO PSP links care providers with an expert interprofessional “hub” team through weekly videoconference sessions. Each session involves a case presentation and discussion and a didactic presentation on a key PSP topic by experts in the field. 

Before a session:

  • an agenda is sent to participants with the videoconference link and session materials
  • participants prepare their equipment (computer or smart device with a stable internet connection, web cam, and microphone)

During a session:

  • a short didactic is presented by a content expert and discussed
  • a patient/client case is presented and discussed
  • all participants, including the case presenter, receive a summary of recommendations provided by participants and the expert hub

After a session:

  • participants can apply their new knowledge in practice
  • case presenters and other participants can use recommendations from the session to modify patient/client care
  • participants complete a feedback survey

After the program cycle:

  • Participants receive a certificate of attendance with CE credits for the sessions attended

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