Irene Barath Bio: My educational
background consists of a BA in Law and Psychology
from the Carleton University in Ottawa. In addition
I have completed courses related to stress with
emergency services personnel. As a serving police
officer for 15 years I have observed peers deal
with stress in negative and positive ways. My
policing background is diverse but my primary
duties dealt with conducting criminal investigations.
Currently, I am an instructor at the Ontario
Police College where I am responsible for the
design and delivery of training in the areas
of Sexual Assault Investigations, Investigating
Offences Against Children and internet investigations
relating to child pornography and luring. These
are difficult areas for investigators to work
in particularly where children are the victims
of heinous offences.
In addition I facilitate training to both new
and experienced police officers in the area
of CISM and stress management. I have authored
two articles on Stress Management for police
officers and have another waiting publication.
The newest article discusses results of research
projects undertaken in 2006 examining the areas
of stress management and performance for recruits
utilizing a use of force scenario and ongoing
research into stress identification and management
for experienced police officers.
The research with the recruits was conducted
in partnership with the Professor and Dean of
the Faculty of Social Work and the Assistant
Professor from the Faculty of Medicine, both
from the University of Toronto and a Professor
from the University of Prince Edward Island.
The purpose of the research with recruits and
experienced officer is to examine areas where
stress is impacting on officers abilities to
enjoy their lives at work and at home to the
Ontario Police College
Criminal Investigations Training Unit