Traumatic Stress Recovery Program

ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM June 12 – 14, 2024


DAY 1 – June 12th

MC – Alan Treddenick

Alan is the CEO of ATNOH Group, a Global Public Safety and Risk Consultancy. Prior to founding the company, Alan spent 32 years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), involved in extensive counter-terrorism operations within Canada and abroad.
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11: 30 am – 11: 45 am Opening MC
Alan Treddenick

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Welcome – Derek Sienko, Chief Mental Health Officer/CEO

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Walk Around Iremia

Paulina Sienko

Paulina Sienko has over eight years of experience working with injured workers with various physical and mental health conditions. Paulina’s professional background includes her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UBC Okanagan with expertise in mental health and vocational rehabilitation.

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Darcy Kuhl

Darcy Kuhl holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of British Columbia. Over the course of his career, he has developed many clinical programs designed to resolve struggles with anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges.

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Embarking on a journey of transformation
Paulina Sienko & Darcy Kuhl

Through dynamic collaboration with Diversified Rehabilitation Group’s mental health clinicians, veterans, first responders, their loved ones, and the pivotal referring organizations, Paulina and Darcy will delve into innovative strategies aimed at fostering healing among veterans and first responders grappling with the profound challenges of occupational stress injuries, PTSD, and the often-overlooked burden of secondary trauma. Their insights will offer an overview, illuminating pathways toward resilience and recovery.

Christina Groth

I am Christina Groth, an esteemed Psychologist registered in the province of Alberta and British Columbia, who has recently set roots in the captivating province of British Columbia. I have a wealth of experience in diverse settings, from educational institutions to residential environments, and have flourished through years of dedicated training and application.

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Integrating close significant others in assessment and treatment.
Christina Groth

In the landscape of mental health care, the involvement of significant others is often underestimated yet undeniably crucial. These trusted individuals – whether family, friends, or partners – offer unique perspectives and support that profoundly influence assessment and treatment outcomes. Christina explores the importance of integrating significant others into the therapeutic process, highlighting the benefits of assessment and treatment, as well as the transformative impact of their active participation.

Lynne Wiseman

Lynne joined the Diversified team in 2021. She specializes with individuals with anxiety, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders, intellectual disabilities, and acquired brain injuries. Prior to this, she worked as a behaviour consultant in-home and within community settings and was the program director at a private centre.

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Dr. Alan Smitton

I haven’t always been a psychologist. I came into this field later in life compared to my colleagues. As a lad in my early 20’s I pursued a career with the RCMP and thus because a RCMP Auxiliary member in Richmond, BC. In those days, the early mid-seventies, auxiliary members did most things a regular general duty member does including carrying a side-arm, driving police cars, attending autopsies and issuing tickets for moving violations. We also would attend court in support of the regular member with whom we rode with and if the file necessitated us attending by Crown.

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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Stepping Stones to Success: Navigating PTSD Recovery and Return to Work for First Responders and Veterans Moderator: Derek Sienko
Panel: Lyne Wiseman, Dr. Alan Smitton, Phil - past client

This panel aims to delve into the intricate challenges clinicians encounter when assisting clients in their journey to overcome PTSD and prepare them for a successful return to work. Moreover, it will explore effective strategies tailored to bridge the gap in returning to work for first responders and veterans, highlighting the unique complexities they face.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Ned’s Wish - The Lasting Bond: A Voyage with Ned’s Wish Ambassador into the Lives of Retired K-9 Partners

Join Ned’s Wish ambassador on a journey into the world of retired K-9 police officers – loyal companions who’ve dedicated their lives to protect and serve alongside humans. These brave dogs symbolize loyalty and service, standing steadfast in the face of danger to safeguard our communities. But what happens when their duty ends? Ensuring their physical and emotional well-being post-retirement is crucial. From medical care to reintegration programs, we must support them as they transition to civilian life.
Honoring their legacy isn’t just a gesture; it’s a duty. By caring for these heroes, we uphold values of loyalty, compassion, and justice.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan’s journey has been one of resilience and transformation. At 35, he embarked on a career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, leaving behind his family to undergo rigorous training. His commitment and dedication were recognized with the Comradeship Award from the Royal Canadian Legion.

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4:30 pm – 5:30 pm BREAK

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Performance by Jonathan Williams.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm BBQ DINNER & NETWORKING

DAY 2 – JUNE 13th

Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh

Morning Coffee and Muffins provided

8:30 am – 9:30 am Fostering a Smooth Return-to- Work and Innovative Strategies for Retention and Recruitment
Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh

Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh will discuss a critical aspect of law enforcement that often goes overlooked. Whether due to injury, trauma, or other reasons, the process of returning to work can be challenging for officers and their departments alike. However, by adopting a collaborative approach involving police officers, employers, and treatment providers, we can pave the way for a smoother transition and ensure the well-being of our law enforcement personnel.

Shahin will also highlight innovative strategies for recruitment and retention that foster a supportive environment and strengthen law enforcement agencies.

Sergeant Ray Savage

Ray Savage began his policing career in 2001. He is currently the national coordinator for the RCMP’s Reintegration Program – a member-led and peer-driven program, dedicated to ensuring members involved in traumatic or critical incidents, transitioning from administrative duties, or returning from extended leave are confident returning to full operational duties

9:30 am – 10:30 The National Reintegration Program: An initiative of the RCMP Employee Well-being Strategy
Sergeant Ray Savage

Staff Sergeant, Ray Savage’s presentation promises to deliver a comprehensive overview of an innovative program that has quickly become a standard of support within the RCMP community. Throughout the presentation, attendees will gain insights into the establishment of the program and the compelling data that underscored its necessity. Detailed discussions will cover the organizational structure, operational mechanics, and efficacy of the NRP, drawing from both internal metrics and external validation. Additionally, attendees can expect to be moved by compelling video testimonials highlighting the program’s impact. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a forward-looking discussion on the Next Steps, ensuring that all participants are informed and prepared for the future of this groundbreaking initiative.

Grant Edwards

Outside of a strongman and sporting career, Grant pursued a career within the Australian police. A commanding figure in the Australian police force, grappled silently with PTSD beneath his imposing exterior, confronting the stigma surrounding mental health within law enforcement.

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10:30 am – 10:45 am BREAK

10:45 am – 11:45 am Silent Struggle: A Strong Man's Battle with PTSD in Policing
Grant Edwards

Grant will speak about confronting his trauma head-on through therapy, self-care practices, and other support. He will also speak about the importance of mental health awareness and resilience, giving hope to those who are silently battling their demons.

Andy Traver

Andrew Traver most recently worked as an Executive in Residence/Special Advisor to the President for Leadership Development at Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver, Colorado, a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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11:45 pm – 12:30 pm LUNCH

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Blueprint for Health and Wellness

Andy’s discussion on health and wellness strategies for US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents will provide valuable insights and actionable strategies for optimizing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By prioritizing self-care and adopting healthy habits, NCIS personnel can enhance their performance, resilience, and overall quality of life, ultimately supporting mission success and organizational effectiveness.

Deputy Chief Lucie Tremblay

Deputy Chief Lucie Tremblay (Retired) has over 35 years of public safety experience at the federal government. Upon joining the VIA Rail Canada Police Service in 2016, she was entrusted with managing police operations and administration. She also supported the corporate security strategy, contributing to the safety and security of passengers, employees, infrastructure, and rail operations.

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1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Between Duty and Family: Navigating the Impact of Military and First esponder Cultures on Family Life

In this presentation Lucie will talk about military culture and first responders’ culture significantly impacting family life, leading to challenges such as separation, stress, and uncertainty. She will also discuss some of the struggles that family members experience including supportive strategies.
She will examine if the organizations play a crucial role in supporting military and first responders’ families and what support and resources should be allocated to address the unique needs of families to promote well-being.

Moderator: Derek Sienko
Panel: Phil, Amanda , Johathan, and Rod – past clients.

Join us for an enriching panel experience where you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the inspiring narratives of individuals who’ve participated in Diversified’s mental health programs. They’ll candidly share their initial hurdles, emphasizing the pivotal role of a nurturing environment in igniting their paths to recovery. Discover firsthand the empowering strategies they’ve employed and gain invaluable insights into how they sustain their mental well-being. Moreover, this session invites you to engage directly with our panelists, offering a platform for your inquiries and curiosities.

2:15 pm – 2:30 BREAK

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Navigating the Path to Mental Wellness: Insights from Diversified‘s Participants"

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mindfulness / Exercise

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DINNER & Networking

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