INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROJECT
Principal Investigator : Dave Blackburn, Ph.D.
Co-investigator : Fanny Robichaud, Ph.D.
Co-investigator : Éric Tchouaket, Ph.D.
Co-investigator : Drissa Sia, Ph.D.
Equine Specialist : Émilie Lecompte-Chatel, MPsyed
Research Profesionnal : Suzie Rodrigue, MSW
Are you a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran living with a mental health condition?
Source : Équi-Sens, 2015
Pilot Study on Equine-Assisted Therapies and Veterans with Mental Health Conditions.
(En français : Étude pilote sur les thérapies assistées par le cheval et les anciens combattants avec une condition de santé mentale.)
We would like to invite you to participate in this research study entitled “Pilot Study on Equine-Assisted Therapies and Veterans with Mental Health Conditions” (in French: “Étude pilote sur les thérapies assistées par le cheval et les anciens combattants avec une condition de santé mentale”).
This project is a qualitative study that will run from March 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, and that has been funded in the form of a contract from the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR). This study is funded by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and carried out by an independent university-based research team led by veteran and associate professor Dave Blackburn, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. There is no connection whatsoever between participation in this study and your eligibility for or receipt of benefits from VAC or any other agency.
The purpose of this qualitative study is to better understand the potential impact, effectiveness and safety of equine-assisted therapy for veterans living with service-related mental health conditions and their families. The study will be conducted in two phases over an 18-month period. As participants, you will only be involved in the second phase, which is Objectives 4 and 5.
The specific objectives of this research project are to:
Provide a literature review of current peer-reviewed research on the use of equine therapy to assist veterans and the general public with mental health conditions.
Provide an environmental scan of mental health-focused equine therapy in Canada and internationally as well as any relevant certifications or standards for organizations or staff working in this field.
Identify, in consultation with VAC, equine therapy organizations that will participate in the study.
Identify the potential impact and effectiveness of equine therapy on CAF veterans with mental health conditions.
Identify how veteran participation in equine therapy programs impacts family members.
Based on the findings, identify areas for VAC consideration from a policy and program perspective.
Description of procedures
In addition to the equine-assisted therapy program (which varies according to programs and equestrian centres), your participation in this research project consists of completing a short socio-demographic questionnaire once only and an individual, semi-directed interview that will be recorded using a digital recorder. You will need to complete the socio-demographic questionnaire before starting the equine-assisted therapy program. The semi-directed interview will be conducted with one of the research team members between two (2) to four (4) weeks after completion of the equine-assisted therapy program.
The following table summarizes the veteran's participation.
The following summary tables provide further information on family members' participation
If you are a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who served in the Regular Force and have been released for a maximum of 20 years, and you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder related to your military service, we are very interested in your knowledge and experience.
In order to participate in the study, your spouse, children aged 18 and over or relatives who live with you must also be willing to participate in the research project. All family members participating in the research project will be required to complete a socio-demographic questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. Depending on whether the equine centre program in your area includes family members, they may also be able to participate in equine-assisted therapy.
VERY IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN A REASONABLE DRIVING DISTANCE OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES:
Quesnel (British Columbia); Kars (Ontario); Terrebonne (Quebec);
If you are interested in participating, please complete the form below including all requested information. We will then contact you by telephone to explain in detail the outline of the project and the methodologies to be used. Subsequently, a consent form will be emailed to you.
Registration deadline: May 21, 2018
The Research Ethics Board of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) approved and authorized this research project, which will run from March 2018 to March 2020.
Project Number: 2695
This research project is a contract awarded by the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.
For information on the research project, please contact Professor / Veteran Dave Blackburn, Ph.D. at 1-800-567-1283 ext. 4486 or EATS-ETAC@uqo.ca
TO REGISTER, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FORM WITH ALL INFORMATION REQUIRED