Public safety personnel family and community supports

Session details



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


Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Tim Black

Session objectives

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

  1. Identify the impacts public safety personnel (PSP) service has on PSP family members.
  2. Differentiate between the needs of support services for PSP members and that of PSP families.
  3. Identify resources that are available for PSP and their families.

Session resources

Al-Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of a problem drinker in their lives. It is not group therapy and is not led by a counselor or therapist. This support network complements and supports professional treatment. Source: Al-Anon Family Group
Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers. Alateen is not a program for young people seeking sobriety. Source: Al-Anon Family Group
Didactic presentation: PSP family and community supports
In this presentation, Dr. Tim Black discusses the impacts that public safety personnel (PSP) service has on PSP family members, differentiates between the needs of support services for PSP members and that of PSP families, and identifies resources that are available for PSP and their families.
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PSPNET Families
With funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, PSPNET Families is a collaboration between PSPNET, the Families Matter Research Group at Queen’s University, and the Child Trauma Research Centre at the University of Regina. Source: PSPNET Families

About presenter

Before joining Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) as their National Clinical Director in January 2024, Dr. Black spent more than 20 years as a pre-tenure, then tenured Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, teaching and conducting research in the graduate counselling psychology program. Black has spent his clinical and academic career working with veterans, public safety personnel, first responders and other Trauma Exposed Professionals (TExP), co-founding and developing multiple national programs in Canada for PSP and their families. Now, as National Clinical Director, Black works with and supports teams of highly skilled, dedicated, and compassionate clinicians facilitating WWC programs across Canada.

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).