I am PhD student in counselling psychology at McGill University. Thank you for taking the time to consider participating in my study on self-care in Canadian law enforcement communities, which will contribute to my dissertation. This short letter is to provide you will some brief information about myself and the study. This will allow you to come to an informed decision as to whether or not participating is right for you.
If you choose to participate, your contribution will help produce the first study to look at self- care in police officers in a Canadian sample. The goal of all my research to have some practical application at the end, so another benefit for participants is contributing to a wider range of practical tools that can be added to a police officer’s utility belt. Those that participate will also be eligible to enter a raffle to win one of three Tim Hortons gift cards valued at $50.00.
The study will take 30-45 minutes in total and consists of eight brief surveys. All responses are submitted online using LimeSurvey, a secure survey tool utilized by McGill. The surveys are set up so you can complete them anywhere you choose, while also allowing you to stop at any point and return later should you need to attend to another task. Importantly, all survey responses will be kept anonymous and confidential, with only the researchers on this study having access to the data (myself, my supervisor, and two other graduate students). This study has been approved by McGill’s Research Ethics Board (file # 291-1218).
Thank you again for taking the time to consider participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the email address below.
Matthew Fleischmann, MA (Forensic Psychology) PhD Student, Counselling Psychology
Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology McGill Mindfulness Research Lab
McGill University firstname.lastname@example.org