New SIMTEC Research Publication now in Print

The influence of organizational support on the life course of trauma in emergency responders from British Columbia

I am very pleased to announce that another paper resulting from the research conducted on the SIMTEC project has just been published. This paper should be of great interest to all first responders (abstract below). I would like to thank Adam Vaughan, Ciara Moran and Laurie Hearty for their hard work on doing the research and following up with the recommendations from the peer review process to get us to publication. I would also like to thank our project champion, Health Canada, and our funder Defence Research and Development Canada.

Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health

The influence of organizational support on the life course of trauma in emergency responders from British Columbia

Adam D. Vaughan, Ciara B. Moran, Laurie D. R. Pearce & Laurie Hearty

DOI:10.1080/15555240.2016.1195693
Published online: 24 Jun 2016
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15555240.2016.1195693

ABSTRACT
Research has consistently demonstrated that following a response to an emergency incident, first responders and first receivers, support staff, and civilian responders are likely to experience trauma. The aim of this article is to explore if the traumatization of emergency responders is influenced by the nature of organizational support toward the psychosocial recovery of staff and volunteers. Twenty-two qualitative interviews were conducted with emergency responders from British Columbia, Canada. Using content analysis, findings indicate that there are similarities in how organizational support (or the lack thereof) influences the life course of traumatization. Pertinent factors include the occupational requirements of each agency, their organizational culture, and the quality and quantity of policies and practices that place emphasis on well-being. Possible methods for improving organizational support for emergency responders include providing additional post-event information to responders to permit emotional closure from the event, empowering field supervisors to provide timely and appropriate treatment options, and lastly, to shift organizational culture to recognizing and responding to the psychological well-being of staff and volunteers as vital to the operation of an organization.

Cheers
Laurie

Laurie Pearce
Research Chair, JIBC

Acknowledgements

This project received funding from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

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