A University of Windsor graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and a minor in Criminology and Psychology, Amy Boudreau has spent the last nine years as a Police Constable with a specialty in Crime Prevention. She holds a Professional Communications Certificate from the University of Toronto, has the International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) designation, and is currently enrolled in a Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Waterloo.
Amy serves as a Mental Health Ambassador, Peer Support Team Member, and is part of the First Responder Mindfulness Network (FRMN) run by the Ministry of the Solicitor General Corporate Healthcare and Wellness Branch. Amy has extensive training in crisis response, crisis intervention, and mental health awareness training. In 2016, she attended the International Meditation Centre located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for meditation training and in 2017, she began organizing meditation sessions at a local temple for police employees. At the same time, she launched her “@TheYogaCop” social media platforms to advocate, educate, inspire, and spread awareness. She holds a Corporate Yoga Certification, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) Certification, and uses Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) which assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma, to help others in reaching a state of balance.
Occupational Stress Injury (OSI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop over time from persistent work-related psychological injury or difficulty caused by traumatic experiences, prolonged high stress, or fatigue during service. Amy’s mission is to assist others in developing self-care, self-compassion, self-belief, and optimism, and to teach others how to maintain individual wellbeing protective factors against burn-out and psychological difficulties through a unique mental resiliency framework. Amy remains involved within the policing community through several activities:
- Executive Board Member for the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP)
- Community Liaison for the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing (CANSEBP)
- Advancing “We” in Policing (AWIP) Committee Member, Ontario Working Group
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Level 1 instructor
The Wellness Presentation file is a PDF that we were discussing during the show so you can follow along and also see the visuals that she provided.
The second download of resources contains the below resources as well as others for further research.
First Responder Wellness & Mental Health, with a focus on Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation
First Responder Mindfulness Network (FRMN): a network of officers and researchers across North America collaborating, information-sharing and pioneering to advocate, educate, and bring about change within their first-responder industries as it relates to wellness and mental health through the use of mindfulness modalities, led by the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Corporate Healthcare and Wellness Branch in Toronto, Canada. Co-leads: email@example.com & Vicente.Gannam@ontario.ca, if you’re interested in joining the network email Sarah & Vicente.
Healing Heroes Organization: is a holistic mind/body approach to healing trauma and PTSD for first responders and military personnel through Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), Meditation and Breath (pranayama). Their mission is to alleviate the mental and physical symptoms of stress and stress related conditions, including post-traumatic stress. Call: (289) 681-1356, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website Healing Heroes
Canadian Institute of Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched a Mental Wellness in Public Safety research project to support the development of new research evidence and tools needed to address existing and emerging gaps in post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) as it relates to public safety personnel (PSP) in Canada. Visit www.cipsrt-icrtsp.ca and follow Twitter: @CIPSRT_ICRTSP for updates, free training, free self-assessment tools, research publications and research participant opportunities.
Fo Guang Shan Temple (Buddha’s Light International Association): Offers FREE meditation training. For Canadian locations visit: www.english.fgs2.ca OR for North American locations visit: www.hsilai.org
MindFit Cop by Oscar Kilo (home of the National Police Wellbeing Service): is a FREE eight-week online mindfulness course. Oscar Kilo provides access to evidence-based research and resources that can be used to help shape wellbeing provision and encourage collaboration and innovation across not just policing, but all emergency services. Visit: https://oscarkilo.org.uk/mindfit-cop/
Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety: offers Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency professional development training for law enforcement, first responders, corrections, reentry, and treatment professionals. Visit: https://mindfulcorrections.org/
HeartMath Institute: empowers individuals, families, groups and organizations to enhance their life experiences using tools that enable them to better recognize and access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence. HeartMath has also developed Physical, Emotional and Mental Resources For Law Enforcement and First Responders. Visit: https://www.heartmath.org/training/resources-for-law-enforcement-and-first-responders/
Center for HealthyMinds, University of Wisconsin-Madison: conducted a research project on Exploring the Effects of Mindfulness Training on Police Officer Resilience and Well-Being. Visit: https://centerhealthyminds.org/science/studies/exploring-the-effects-of-mindfulness-training-on-police-officer-resilience-and-well-being
NutritionFacts.org: is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. The goal of this website is to present you and your doctor with the results of the latest in peer-reviewed nutrition and health research, presented in a way that is easy to understand. Visit: https://nutritionfacts.org/
NxtGenHealth (MeAwaken): Dr. Mitchell Abrams, a Canadian physician focused on creating healthy minds and connected communities. Meawaken is the result of his journey to the East and his deep immersion in a philosophy and practice that shifted his perspective in understanding the gaps in our Western Healthcare System. Cst. Amy Boudreau and Dr. Mitchell Abrams are currently collaborating on bringing a conscious healthcare model and workshop training to all community sectors. Visit: https://meawaken.com/nexgenhealth/
Evidence-based policing (EBP)
Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing (CANSEBP): is an Association of police practitioners, academic researchers, public policy-makers and others, whose mission is to foster the creation and mobilization of quality research in order to make evidence-based approaches a cornerstone of policing in Canada. Join as a member for FREE to gain access to EBP resources: https://www.can-sebp.net/
Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP): Symposium June 29, 2020 Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Visit: https://www2.gmu.edu/topic/list/all/21066
America Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP): Conference June 1-2, 2020 Washington, DC, USA. Visit: https://www.americansebp.org/
The Society of Evidence-Based Policing:
Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence-Based Policing