Before Operational
Stress Program (BOS)

Proudly Partnered With
Wounded Warriors Canada

Be the BOS of Your Mental Health

Front-line workers are exposed to operational stress every day, but the effects of operational stress don’t have to last a lifetime.

BOS is about empowering public safety employees to be in charge of the effects of operational stress, versus the effects of operational stress being in charge of them.

This program has been designed to serve and protect public safety personnel as they serve and protect us all.

Research Participation

As a part of this project, all individuals are invited to participate in a research project evaluating the BOS program. The research is being conducted independently by researchers at the Canadian Institute of Public Research and Treatment (CIPSRT).

Participation in the research is voluntary and is not a requirement for participation in the BOS program.

Why BOS?

Decrease the Effects of Operational Stress

  • Evidenced Based

    BOS uniquely combines theoretical and experiential learning procedures to decrease the effects of operational stress. Our evidence tells us we can mitigate the impact of public safety personnel’s work so that they can do their jobs without tragic consequences.

  • Impacting Lives

    While public safety employees will continue to be exposed to operational stress, they are not destined to have their lives ruined by the psychological effects of their work. BOS empowers public safety employees to take charge of their mental health.

  • BOS Objectives

    We know these employees need information to protect themselves from the effects of operational stress. Further, we know they need practice and support to incorporate this knowledge & these experiences into their operational roles.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome to BOS - A Message from Dr. Megan McElheran, BOS Creator

    2. Tell Us About You - Disclaimer

    3. About You:

    4. BOS Overview

    5. Participation Consent

    6. Research Overview

    7. Research Survey Link

    1. How to Successfully Complete this Course:

    2. Course Player Instructions

    3. Download Instructions

    1. Mental Health Support and Crisis Lines

    2. Mental Health Resources - Find a Psychologist Right For You

    3. RCMP Member Resources

    1. Education Disclaimer

    2. Intellectual Property and Copyright

    1. BOS Learning Objectives

    2. BOS References

    1. Orientation

    2. Manual and Introduction Video

    3. Public Safety Introduction and Manual

    4. Healthcare Introduction and Manual

    5. Legal Services and Prosecutors Introduction and Manual

About this course

  • Free
  • 125 lessons
  • 5.5 hours of video content

BOS Leadership Team

Dr. Megan McElheran

Clinical Psychologist and CEO

My name is Dr. Megan McElheran and I am a clinical psychologist and CEO of Wayfound. For the past 16 years, I have had the privilege to work almost exclusively with uniformed service personnel and have witnessed the devastating psychological effects operational stress can have on those who serve our communities. I was motivated several years ago to develop the Before Operational Stress (BOS) program out of a desire to provide public safety personnel with an intervention that could support greater psychological protection relative to their occupational roles. I am steadfast in my commitment to finding proactive ways to support public safety personnel and will continue to disseminate and evaluate BOS to ensure its effectiveness and utility for the members it serves.

Dr. Milena Spasojevic

Senior Clinical Lead

My name is Dr. Milena Spasojevic and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Senior Clinical Lead of BOS. I have had the privilege of being involved with BOS since co-facilitating the pilot group in August of 2018, and have since joined Dr. McElheran in training clinicians across Canada in its delivery. Developing and disseminating this cutting-edge and empirically-supported program has become my passion and it is an honour to serve in this role.

Dr. Andrew Carlquist

BOS Clinical Lead

My name is Dr. Andrew Carlquist and I am a clinical psychologist in Ontario. I moved to Canada to join the BOS team in November 2018 after completing my clinical training in the US Veteran Affairs system. I am passionate about working with uniformed service personnel and other front-line workers, as I believe it is vital to provide the absolute best support to folks who serve, support, heal, and defend our communities. The BOS program is a culmination of research, clinical experience, cultural competence, and feedback from the "front-lines" and I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to provide it to our members.

BOS Is Proudly Partnered With
Wounded Warriors Canada