The Maison La Vigile has four divisions. The first is the therapy centre, which has six distinct therapeutic services. I will come back to it later. The second is PAPV, the assistance program. The third is training. And the fourth component is research and development.
The star in the logo represents those who watch over others in society. It also symbolizes the lucky star of those protecting the public. It is also La Vigile's mission to protect those who come to meet us. The heart in the logo symbolizes the humanity of those people, the staff and the clients. The double bar is a roof, symbolizing the Maison, a place of comfort for those in uniform. You will also see in the logo three unidentified individuals, suggesting that all those in uniform have access to La Vigile therapy centre.
La Vigile therapy centre is in Quebec City. We can accommodate 16 people at a time for stays ranging from one week to one month. We are a not-for-profit agency that assists past and present uniformed front-line workers. We also provide a 24-hour help line to our clients and their families.
We are well known in the entire province of Quebec. Our clients include police officers, military personnel, veterans, firefighters, peace officers, health professionals—nurses, psychologists, social workers, doctors, pharmacists, and so on—family members, spouses and children over 18 years of age, persons retired from uniformed positions, and other members of the public as needed.
We provide two 30-day programs, the addiction program and the depression program. All our programs entail psychoeducational workshops and a cognitive behavioural approach, the approach recommended by health professionals, particularly for past and present uniformed members.
The addiction program provides an opportunity to follow an alcohol and drug withdrawal program under medical supervision. It is available 24 hours a day. We also provide one-on-one meetings with a worker twice a week, and more than 20 group sessions and weekly workshops on various addiction-related topics.
The depression program seeks to improve self-awareness and understanding of depression and its impacts, to develop coping strategies and to improve interpersonal relationships. It also includes the teaching of calming techniques and a personal development component with eight one-on-one meetings.
The short workshop on post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is part of the psychoeducational workshops. We focus on general facts about PTSD, core beliefs, symptom management strategies, managing emotions, cognitive distortions and various calming techniques. Our goal is to help program participants understand why they have certain ailments or certain negative thoughts and reactions. According to Kessler, 80% of people with PTSD also have another psychological condition.
Anxiety management focuses on signs of anxiety, cognitive distortions, coping strategies, automatic thoughts, risk factors for stress, self-medication risks, control strategies and calming techniques.
We also have an eight-day anger management program. The basic principle is that anger in and of itself is fine as an emotion, but that someone who channels it in a different way may end up in a bad situation. We look at anger and how it can be productive, the consequences of poor anger management, triggers, perceptions and reality, as well as the stages of emotional management.
Respite services are available to individuals who come to us and need some downtime for various reasons.
The length varies. It can take from two days to four and a half months. I will not elaborate, since I want to have time to finish my presentation.
The second division is the assistance program, PAPV. We have service contracts with Sûreté du Québec, the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and the CSN Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux to serve their clients with an external assistance program. All those employees have free access to the Maison La Vigile and external consultation, with no interview limit.
Our third division is training. We are experts in training those in uniform. We provide sentinel training and training on stress-related interventions in particular.
We provide sentinel training to police officers in the City of Lévis and the people of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais. We are also preparing training for the dispatchers of the City of Montreal Police Service.
We also provided in-house training to the firefighters of Lévis, Kingsey Falls and Danville, as well as the Radio-Canada cameramen and journalists. We also provided training on stress to the members of the Quebec City Police Service.
The fourth division is research and development. We give students from Laval University and CEGEPs an opportunity to do internships with us in psychoeducation, social services, as well as delinquency and addiction intervention techniques.
La Vigile is also organizing an international conference, in partnership with the École nationale de police du Québec. The conference will take place in 2018 and focus on health and public security issues.
That is the end of my presentation. Ms. Dussault will continue.