[Psychmasters] Still Hiring! - PAID GRA position in weTHRIVE Lab

Hillegass, Charlotte cjh049 at SHSU.EDU
Fri Jun 4 13:36:52 CDT 2021

​Good Afternoon Everyone!

The weTHRIVE Lab is still looking for 1 to 2 master level research assistants to help with the Post Critical Incident Seminar. This is a PAID position for .25 time (10 hours a week) or .50 time (20 hours a week). In this position, you will gain experience evaluating program effectiveness. More information on the program and position are below as well as in the attached flyer.

Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS)
Following exposure to a critical incident, police departments tend to have policies and procedures surrounding debriefing, intervention, and support (see Addis & Stephens, 2008; Ramchand et al., 2018). To date, however, debriefings and stress management interventions have not shown to be effective methods of mitigating health consequences of critical incidents (see Addis & Stephens, 2008; Patterson, Chung, & Swan, 2014). This ineffectiveness may be due to a variety of reasons, including a short time frame between the event and the debriefing and the psychoeducational components, among others (see Devilly, Gist, & Cotton, 2006). One factor that has received some preliminary support as being an effective component is peer support programs (Lambert et al., 2017). In group-based settings, using peers as facilitators has been shown to increase knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions surrounding mental health (Ramchand et al., 2017). This is important since due to cultural norms of law enforcement, peer supporters can provide a necessary bridge between mental health providers and law enforcement officers (Bohl-Penrod & Clark, 2017). The PCIS program through the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (Director: Rita Watkins) seeks to meet the needs of law enforcement officers and their spouses while addressing the concerns of the ineffectiveness of debriefings through a standardized, peer-driven, and evidence-supported three-day program. The weTHRIVE lab has been contracted as an independent research team with the goal of examining the effectiveness of the PCIS program.

Thank You,

Charlotte Hillegass

Graduate Research Assistant
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