How to Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support

Author: Sylvio (Syd) A. Gravel


In this revised edition, there is information for both police and emergency services recruiters, trainers and college/university professors who prepare people to work in police and emergency services and other stress-related environments. This book provides 25 teaching points and insightful techniques to address the correlation between recruiting and new recruit-training practices, and the ability of employees and organizations to address trauma within the workplace, as well as build peer support. These techniques were acquired over 10 years of recruiting and training, when Syd was the officer-in-charge, and 22 years as a PTSD survivor. It also includes the five key questions that senior police and emergency services executives should ask to help their employees survive trauma and address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As in 56 Seconds, Syd shares his story, and what he learned over 25 years of reacting to PTSD and in developing peer-driven infrastructure to provide peer support. This edition also includes stories from the spouses of PTSD and other survivors. As a bonus, this edition includes comprehensive information, written and previously published by Dr. Anna Baranowsky, clinical psychologist and CEO of the Traumatology Institute; and Teresa Lauer, LMHC. This information includes: > what is PTSD > how the brain and body work after trauma > and much more . . . As an added bonus, this edition discusses whether survivor experience and certification is required for peers.

Print length

200 pages




1799455 Ont. Inc.

Publication date

Sept. 9, 2013


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.