First Responders Final Project

First Responders are likely to experience a singular or series of traumatic events throughout the duration of their career. Traumatic events can directly or indirectly affect individuals in different ways and in varying degrees that may have a lasting negative impact on one’s mental health.

In this ten-week capstone course, you will be integrating personal knowledge and experiences and applying them to course learnings. Upon completion of this course, you will have created a project proposal that will serve as a strategic framework towards advancing the mental health agenda for the First Responder Community, and that addresses the particular needs of an organization.

In this course, you will be introduced to several key publicly and privately funded initiatives that serve to heighten the level of awareness and education associated with advancing the agenda of First Responders and mental health. We will examine these concepts and elements through initiatives in academia and government, relevant legislation, not for profit organizations, corporate stewardship programs, media, and online resources.

You will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the previous courses of this program by synthesizing and self-reflecting upon the knowledge you have gained. You will engage in a variety of experiential learning activities framed as case studies, scenarios, and a final project in order to apply the skills acquired against the backcloth of what you have learned throughout the entire program—integrating personal knowledge and/or experiences.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $650.00 26 Register
Online - - TBD $650.00 30 Register

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the broader spectrum of initiatives aimed at advancing mental health for first responders
  • Identify the core pillars—awareness, education and prevention—that provide a foundation and framework for addressing mental health
  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities of a number of proactive initiatives (such as Bill C211, or other initiatives by governmental or first responder agencies)
  • Integrate experiential knowledge with an appropriate initiative to determine which one aligns to your organizational needs
  • Formulate and present critical commentary relevant to the advancement of mental health and the first responder community

How will I learn?

  • Assignments
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas