HOW WILL THE FIREFIGHTERS ACCESING CARE FOR TRAUMA PROGRAM WORK?
- Initial contact. First, you will contact us by email or phone if you are interested in learning more about the study and to see if you are eligible to participate.
- Online survey. We will give you more information about the program. If you are interested, we will ask you to complete a 30-minute online survey to see if you met the requirements for participating. This survey will ask questions about who you are, your current mental health, and whether you have experienced traumatic events.
- Information and consent process. If you meet the requirements for participating, we will talk to you over the phone and give you information about the study so that you could provide informed consent to participate.
- E-NET. After that, you will be matched with a coach who will guide you through the e-NET intervention.
- You will complete 12 weekly video chat sessions lasting 60-90 minutes each.
- You will need: a private room that you feel comfortable in, high speed Internet, and a computer, laptop, or table.
- Who is the coach? Coaches are university graduates with relevant degrees and extensive training in e-NET. They are familiar with the unique challenges of firefighting. They are all closely supervised by senior staff with experience in e-NET and distance programs.
- Online survey. When the intervention is done, we will ask you to complete the online survey again. The questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete.
Interview. Then, we will ask you to complete a 30-minute interview with a member our research staff to give us your feedback on the intervention.
Follow-up surveys. Two and six months after completing the intervention, you will be asked to complete the online survey a third and final time.
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE?
Contact us! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (506) 458-7924. We will give you more information about the program and help you figure out if it is something you are interested in and eligible for.
There are risks with this, or any, study.
NET involves the recall of traumatic events which may cause distress. That means that you might experience discomfort at times during intervention sessions when certain topics arise. This is a normal part of an intervention and is important in helping you to learn skills and strategies that will help you in the future. Your coach will be well trained to help you deal with any distress or discomfort you might experience during the intervention.
You may find the interview and survey you complete upsetting because they may remind you of past negative events. You do not have to answer those questions you find too upsetting.
You may or may not benefit directly from participating in this research study. Possible benefits include receiving new skills to help you manage and reduce your mental health concerns. Your participation may or may not help other people with similar mental health conditions in the future.
You can choose to end your participation at any time.
You can contact the research team to find out results of the study.
All the information you share will be kept confidential (e.g., in locked filing cabinets and password protected computer files) and not released to anyone outside of the research team.
Your online survey responses will be protected by the online survey software’s encryption. Your intervention sessions take place via Zoom, which is compliant with Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act. Note that it is not possible for us to guarantee the security of online activity. For example, if you choose to communicate with the research team via email, security of your emails cannot be ensured.
During the informed consent process, the research team will give you more detailed information about confidentiality and limits to confidentiality and you can ask all questions you have.