The Frontline Program

Specialized addiction, trauma, and mental health treatment for military and first responders

The Frontline Program is a specialized, seven-week program designed for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs, the RCMP, and first responders who need treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and operational stress injuries (OSI). Frontline programs also address any other concurrent disorders including addiction, depression, and anxiety.

Patients in Frontline Program attend specialized trauma therapy groups that are for Frontline patients only. According to their individual needs, they also attend addiction therapy groups, or mood and anxiety therapy groups, together with EHN Canada patients in non-Frontline programs.

Frontline Program Goals

The goal of the Frontline Program is to provide tools for processing trauma, managing strong emotions, and improving day-to-day functioning. Patients will also identify their own personal goals at the start of the program. This includes helping patients address who may be struggling with addictions, or depression and anxiety symptoms.

Main Components of the Frontline Program

The Frontline Program is seven weeks long and includes evidenced-based group therapy as well as one-on-one counselling sessions. It includes the following key components to help patients process their traumas and manage their symptoms.

  • Psychoeducation to learn about the trauma process
  • Cognitive processing to target trauma symptoms
  • Distress tolerance strategies to manage strong emotions
  • Cognitive therapy to address unhelpful beliefs and emotions
  • Mindfulness for developing emotional awareness
  • Exposure and activation to begin to approach and resume normal daily activities

Additionally, the Frontline Program includes programming to address addiction, depression, or anxiety, according to each patient’s particular needs.

Specific Therapeutic Interventions

The Frontline Program uses the the following evidenced-based treatment modalities:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Safety precautions against COVID-19

COVID-19 should not prevent someone from being able to receive life-saving addiction and mental health treatment. Rest assured that we are taking every step possible to protect our current patient population from contracting the infection.

Our facilities have policies and protocols in place to protect patients, including screening new patients, limiting visitors, and moving aftercare groups to online meetings.

Continue to our action plan to see what we are doing to protect our patients from COVID-19.