Dr. Vivien Lee, C.Psych.
Dr. Vivien Lee, PhD, C.Psych. is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Centre for Trauma Recovery & Growth in Toronto, ON. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety and has extensive experience working with and training first responders (e.g., police, paramedics, firefighters, corrections, dispatchers) and military. Particular interests for Dr. Lee also include optimizing peer support and family support.
Dr. Lee worked as a staff psychologist in the Psychological Trauma Program and Work, Stress and Health program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 2010-2017. She is a clinician for Wounded Warriors Canada’s Trauma Resiliency Program (TRP) and Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE). In addition, Dr. Lee serves as a clinical advisor and board member for Toronto Beyond the Blue, an organization providing support to families of Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers; and is the clinical advisor for Boots on the Ground, a peer support telephone line for first responders across Ontario.
She also serves on the board of directors for the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), and sits as an ex-officio board member with the Traumatic Stress section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). She served as the Student Director for the Board of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA; 2008-2011).
Dr. Lee is registered as a provider for injured/traumatized workers in the WSIB Community Mental Health Program (CMHP), and as provider for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)/Department of National Defence (DND) and Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) through Medavie Blue Cross.
Dr. Lee is regularly involved in public education and workshops, and has spoken at the Globe and Mail’s Solving Workplace Challenges 2018 and presented to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, House of Commons, on the need for mental health supports for jurors in December 2017.
Dr. Lee earned her PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology from Western University, and Hon.BSc. in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Toronto. Her graduate research focused on the impacts of trauma on child and adolescent development. Her PhD research received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC; Canada Graduate Scholarship) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Leah Hartman, C.Psych.
Dr. Leah Hartman, C.Psych., is a clinical and forensic psychologist who earned her PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology from York University. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, operational stress injuries, depression and anxiety, compassion fatigue, and grief and bereavement. She has experience working with first responders, helping professionals and those in high trauma sectors.
Dr. Hartman aims to provide personalized client care and takes a collaborative approach in working with clients. Drawing upon advanced training and experience, Dr. Hartman provides evidence-based psychological treatment in which she aims to reduce stigma, increase self-compassion, enhance self-care and adaptive coping strategies, and utilize a person’s strengths to work towards achieving important life goals and enhance overall well-being. In addition to treatment, Dr. Hartman is also skilled in Fitness for Duty Evaluations, as well as Psychological Screening Evaluations for various police and security organizations.
Dr. Hartman is registered as a provider for injured/traumatized workers in the WSIB Community Mental Health Program (CMHP), and as a provider for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)/Department of National Defence (DND) and Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) through Medavie Blue Cross.
Peer Support Trainer & Consultant
Shawn McCowell is a retired Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer who served for thirty years in a variety of capacities including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Use of Force instruction, Professional Standards, and the Organizational Wellness Bureau where he retired in 2018 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. As Staff Sergeant, he oversaw PRP’s health and wellness programs, critical incident stress response, and peer support for uniformed and civilian staff, in addition to providing direct peer support to front-line officers. For over 20 years, Shawn was an active member of PRPs peer support team and also trained peer support teams across Ontario.
Since retirement, Shawn has continued his work in peer support, both formally and informally. He is the peer support team trainer for all peer support volunteers for Boots on the Ground, a 24/7 telephone and in-person peer support line for first responders across Ontario.
Throughout his career, Shawn remained actively involved in his community with several charitable endeavours that benefit youth from marginalized families, particularly those with special needs. Charitable work includes: the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, the Catholic Youth Organization of his native Hamilton, and the Cop Camp Fund which he founded. In 2012 he received the Knights of Columbus Humanitarian Award for exemplary service to his community.
To help cope with the numerous exposures to traumatic scenes throughout his career, Shawn poured much of his energy into art. His paintings have been featured in shows throughout southern Ontario; many of his paintings portray the complex emotions involved in first responder work. Shawn is the founder and Chair of the Police Artists of Peel which raises funds for charitable initiatives through the donation of original works of art. In 2017 he received the “Together Endeavours Achieve Milestones Award” (TEAM) Award.
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