The role of peer support in prevention, recovery and return to work

Session details



12:00pm - 1:30pm (Toronto time)


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Beth Milliard

Session objectives

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

  1. Describe the difference between formal and informal peer support for public safety personnel (PSP)
  2. Describe the goals of peer support for PSP
  3. Identify the desired characteristics and role of a peer supporter for PSP 

Session resources

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps patients learn how to modify and challenge unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma.
Didactic presentation: The Role of Peer Support in Prevention, Recovery and Return to Work
In this presentation, Staff Sergeant Beth Milliard, PhD, discusses the difference between formal and informal peer support for PSP, the goals of peer support for PSP, and the desired characteristics of a peer supporter for PSP.
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The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)
The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure is an evidence-based outcome measure designed to capture a client’s self-perception of performance in everyday living, over time. Originally published in 1991, it is used in over 40 countries and has been translated into more than 35 languages. Source: COMP

About presenter

Dr. Beth Milliard is a police officer in her 21st year and is currently serving as a Uniform Staff Sergeant overseeing a platoon. Before returning to uniform duties, she was assigned by her Chief to develop a unit dedicated to the mental wellness of all members and their family.  She also worked as a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Regina in the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) conducting research in peer support and mental health support for PSP.

Milliard is also an adjunct professor with Georgian College in the Police Studies degree program and previous instructor and creator of the Peer Support Code of Ethics for Public Safety Personnel (PSP) course at Simon Fraser University. Currently she is volunteering with the Mental Health Secretariat (MHS) as the Chair of the Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAT), co-lead for the Peer Support task team and member of the Joint Knowledge Sub-Committee and is the co-chair for the National Peer Support Community Network (PSCN) with Atlas Institute for Veteran’s and Family.

As a subject matter expert and consultant in PSP assessments, safeguard, and peer support, she has had the opportunity to speak at venues internationally, and has been asked to participate in various podcasts on her work as a leader in police wellness. She has been the author and peer reviewer of many articles and book chapters related to PSP mental health and wellness. She is a board member for Canada Beyond the Blue and Resilient Kids Canada. Her PhD is in Criminal Justice/Law and Public Policy with an emphasis in mental health.

Case presentations

Most of the learning in ECHO happens through presenting and discussing case presentations. If you have a case you would like to present, please submit a completed case presentation form to the ECHO PSP project coordinator.

Physicians presenting a case may bill OHIP for case conferences (billing code K701).