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Education & Resources

Education and resources are available for DPS volunteers and a wide variety of responder groups and their communities.

Education and Training

Psychological First Aid (PFA) training provides first responders and ESS with the knowledge to assist people who have been affected by disasters. PFA is provided within days of a disaster to reduce the initial distress caused by an event and to help those affected by fostering short-term and long-term coping skills. (Note: Registration for the following course has been extended until 4PM PST , Thursday, April 18th, 2024)

Saturday, April, 20 2024: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Saturday, April 27, 2024: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
The Wellness Exchange is a free skill-building curriculum consisting of five modules offered in weekly, virtual sessions that are an hour in length. It provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on our well-being, actively identify what we need, and consider strategies that help us enhance our wellbeing.

The Wellness Exchange is available to anyone who is interested in building additional skills around resiliency and coping. It is offered in a virtual group format with a focus on self-reflection and opportunities for interaction. Participants can join as few or as many sessions as they want. 

Register here or read more information in this flyer (PDF).

Problem Solving
Tuesday, April 2, 2024: 7-8pm (PST)
Thursday, April 4, 2024: 12-1pm (PST)
Positive Activities

Tuesday, April 9, 2024: 7-8pm (PST)
Thursday, April 11, 2024: 12-1pm (PST)
Managing Reactions

Tuesday, April 16, 2024: 7-8pm (PST)
Thursday, April 18, 2024: 12-1pm (PST)
Helpful Thinking

Tuesday, April 23, 2024: 7-8pm (PST)
Thursday, April 25, 2024: 12-1pm (PST)
Healthy Connections

Tuesday, April 30, 2024: 7-8pm (PST)
Thursday, May 2, 2024: 12-1pm (PST)

Planning Resources

Provincial Psychosocial Services works closely with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, the regional health authorities as well as non-government organizations to support disaster response and recovery in B.C.  If requested, consultation services are available.  Please send an email to for more information.


The Disaster Recovery Toolkit for Community Mental Health and Wellness (PDF) is a guide to help communities plan, prepare, and respond to the mental health and wellness impacts of a disaster in their community. It includes best practices with a scalable, flexible, and adaptable approach for communities. If requested, Provincial Psychosocial Services can consult with local governments interested in using the toolkit to help implement it and support other needs. 


Compiled by Provincial Psychosocial Services, the Wellness Resource List (PDF) includes contact information for counselling, wellness and self-care services, and crisis lines.

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