Dr. Beverley Bouffard
Dr. Bouffard is a Doctoral Level Registered Clinical Psychologist in Ontario. Dr. Bouffard completed her graduate training—Master’s and PhD—in Clinical psychology at York University, Toronto, and undertook a Postdoctoral fellowship at Sunnybrook & Women’s College Hospital/WCRI, University of Toronto.
At her private practice in Toronto and York Region she provides clinical assessments, clinical and crisis intervention and support, and evidence-based treatments for first responders experiencing Operational Stress injuries from acute /chronic trauma (PTSD), and other co-related psychological/psychiatric disorders. She specializes in anxiety and sleep disorders, work-related stress (OSI). She also has extensive experience working with youth and young adults on the Autism spectrum.
Dr. Bouffard enjoys her teaching activities as a university instructor at the Faculty of Health York University and University of Toronto Scarborough, and as a Clinical Consultant/Educator at MedSleep (University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Continuing Education).
The highlight of her career has been the years she spent working intensively with the York Regional Police during the launch of their “Project Safeguard” programme-only the second police force in Canada to include psychologists to provide “Safeguard” services directly to the organization including suitability assessments for both sworn officers and civilians entering high risk positions (i.e., Internet Child Exploitation (ICE), Special Victims Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Technical Data Recovery Unit, Homicide, Domestic Violence, Collision Investigation and Communications); and directly to the members –diagnostic assessments for WSIB, crisis intervention, treatment, psychological accommodations and return to work planning, as well as clinical consultation to their newly created Peer Support Team through in–house training workshops on suicide education and prevention, stress management and resiliency ‘boosting’ training.
Working closely within the police subculture, or “blue fraternity” allowed her to experience firsthand the multiple layers of both the organizational culture as well as job/unit-specific challenges that sworn and civilian members face that contribute to stigma and treatment seeking barriers, and the often disabling impact of suicide, and other mental health issues on themselves and their families.
Dr. Bouffard was invited to an initiative by the Ontario Psychological Association to conduct the first ever provincial training for other Ontario psychologists at the OPA’s first Cultural Competency in Psychological Services workshop for Police in 2015 as well as to present the role of psychologists working with first responders at the Annual OPA Reception at Queen’s Park. Dr. Bouffard.
Dr.Bouffard is passionate mental health and suicide prevention advocate. When not providing clinical services, you’ll find her at the hockey arena, or walking with her son and his therapy dog on the hiking trails in York Region.