Service Provider Reference Group (Updated Sept. 14)



Call for Reference Group Members to inform the work of the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions

About the Centre
The Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions (the Centre) builds strong community networks to create the best possible supports and services for Veterans, first responders, and their families. We bring people together, take what we all know about PTSD and mental health conditions and how to treat them, widely share that information, and ensure our collective knowledge is reflected in the work we do.

The Centre was envisioned by a collaborative group of people with lived and living experience as well as professionals in the fields of mental health and Veteran services. It was created because our Veterans and their families deserve the utmost respect and top quality support after all they have given to our country.

What We Do
Our work focuses on a cycle of knowledge, practice, and policy, built upon a foundation of collective action. Our partnerships with Veterans and their families, service providers, and researchers take a Veteran-centred approach to respect the power and wisdom of lived and living experience.

Our work is only as strong as our network, which helps guide and co-create what we do.

A Network of Networks
The Centre functions as a “Network of Networks” made up of an Advisory Committee, community-based Reference Groups, and communities of practice where lived experience is valued as much as technical expertise.

 

The Centre is currently seeking applicants for its Reference Groups and Advisory Committee.
We are looking to establish four Reference Groups, comprised of:

  • Veterans
  • Family members of Veterans 
  • Researchers on PTSD and related mental health conditions
  • Service providers (i.e. psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, community workers, peer supporters, etc.) with expertise in PTSD and related mental health conditions

Reference Group responsibilities may include:

  • Attending virtual or in-person meetings on a regular basis;
  • Supporting the development, review, and dissemination of the Centre’s projects and initiatives;
  • Incubating new ideas for future research or knowledge mobilization;
  • Communicating on behalf of the Centre and serving as ambassadors at workshops, conferences, or other public events;
  • Seeking input from other stakeholders on issues of importance to the reference group and Advisory Committee;
  • Making connections with new stakeholders in Canada and internationally

How it works
The role of the Reference Group is to provide the Centre with strategic advice and expertise on specific initiatives and priority areas, while serving as ambassadors on behalf of the Centre at external events. The Reference Group operates under the authority of Centre Executive Leadership Team and has an advisory function only. The Reference Group(s) will make recommendations to the Centre’s Advisory Committee (through the Co-Chair), but decision-making remains the responsibility of the Centre Executive Leadership Team.

Each Reference Group will have a dedicated Chair, Vice Chair, and Co-chair. The Chair will hold a seat in the Centre’s Advisory Committee and will be responsible for bringing recommendations and advice from the Reference Group to the Centre’s organization-wide Advisory Committee. The Vice-Chair will also hold a seat in the Centre’s Advisory Committee and, in the Chair’s absence, may act for and serve as Chair. The Vice-Chair will be the successor to the Chair at the end of the Chair’s term. The Co-Chair (a senior Centre staff person) and Chair will work together, assisted by secretariat support from the Centre to keep the work on track.

Reference Group positions are voluntary. The Centre will cover applicable expenses related to participation in meetings, including reasonable and customary travel costs for in-person meetings, and, where applicable, an honorarium and/or stipend will be paid as compensation for time spent. Honorarium payment rates and travel compensation are outlined in a separate honorarium and travel policy document.

Reference Groups will be inclusive of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. In establishing membership of the groups, the Centre is seeking First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representation, geographic diversity, sexual and gender diversity, persons with disabilities, ethno-cultural and racialized diversity, and French-speaking Canadians. Lived experience with mental health problems or illnesses is a strong asset in the selection of new members.

This call for Reference Group members is open until September 14, 2020. The Centre will contact short-listed candidates for an interview in late September. The first meeting of the Reference Groups will take place in late Fall of 2020.

How to Apply:
There are two ways that you can apply:

1. Apply via Mail
Please send the following documents to the address listed below: 
  • A clear statement about which reference group to which you are applying;
  • A cover letter and current CV or resume with contact information;
  • A 500-1000 word written summary of your expertise in Veterans’ mental health in Canada and how it will contribute to the mandate of the Centre.
Please note, if you are applying to be a member of a Reference Group and would like to put your name forward for the Chair position, please state this clearly in your written summary.
 
Centre of Excellence – PTSD
Attn: Jessica Trottier, Network Coordinator
1145 Carling Avenue, Suite 700
Ottawa, ON, K1Z 7K4

2. Apply Online
Please submit your application using the electronic form below and email a cover letter and current CV or resume, and a 500-1000 word written summary of your expertise in Veterans’ mental health in Canada and how it will contribute to the mandate of the Centre to Jessica.Trottier@TheRoyal.ca.

Service Provider Reference Group

It is vital that Reference Groups be inclusive of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. In establishing membership of the groups, the Centre is seeking First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representation, geographic diversity, sexual and gender diversity, persons with disabilities, ethno-cultural and racialized diversity, and French-speaking Canadians. We encourage applicants to self-identify as they feel comfortable in their written summary.

The Centre is seeking service providers who work in the context of assessing and treating Veterans and first responders for PTSD, depression and related mental health problems and illnesses. We are seeking a broad spectrum of service providers who provide mental health services or supports at all parts of a service continuum, which include: psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, community workers, peer supporters, family physicians, and other providers. We are seeking service provides who have experience and expertise treating PTSD, moral injury, military sexual trauma and other forms of trauma. This Reference Group creates a formal opportunity for service providers to shape and provide input into the work of the Centre, ensuring that we are in-line with best and promising practice in Veteran clinical assessment and treatment.


Additional Information
- Any information that you share as part of your application package will be stored on a secure server and will not be shared outside of the Centre of Excellence for PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions.
- All questions related to this call for Reference Group members should be directed to Jessica.Trottier@TheRoyal.ca.
- Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the recruitment process.
- The Centre sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in participating in one of our Reference Groups; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.​

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Each Reference Group will have one member Chair participate in the Centre’s organization-wide Advisory Committee, ensuring the Centre has a broad level of input to guide its work. Are you also interested in being considered for the Chair position?