A pair of Grande Prairie Regional College researchers have been invited to speak at the Colleges and Institutes Canada Conference. It gets going today in Ottawa.
Dr. Connie Korpan and Dr. Michelle Yeung will be talking about their work with the Grande Prairie Police and Crises Team, which deals with people going through a mental health crises.
Korpan says the team includes a police officer and a trained mental health expert.
“We are doing an evaluation on the Police and Crises Team. We are going to CICan to present some of our findings, but also to really emphasize the role of colleges in addressing pressing community issues and coming up with socially innovative solutions.”
Korpan says she will talk about the role of colleges, while Yeung will present some findings that have been collected so far.
“(What) we’re going to present in terms of findings is the nature of the client, some of the demographic information, what kinds of appropriate responses that the PACT team have been shown to provide, how the police officers who are not on the PACT team feel about mental health cases and their confidence and their stress and same with the ER nurses.”
Police and nurses are interviewed as part of this research.
Korpan and Yeung will make their presentation Monday as part of the conference’s sessions on rural and remote northern communities.
The Colleges and Institutes Conference starts today and runs through Tuesday.
(photo from GPRC’s The Ambassador blog)