PAA & CRC’s Psychological Trauma Program

PAA & CRC’s Psychological Trauma Program: FINAL Outcomes

The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) approved funding to the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) on 01 April 2017 under their Alberta Wildfires 2016: Community Organization Partnership Program for a program that was completed June 2020.

Funding was used to directly resource psychological trauma assessment & trauma treatment. Outcome informed practices (OIP) were employed to empirically validate treatment response. OIP aligns with PAA’s mandate of advancing the science-based profession of psychology by using the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS).

16 approved psychologists provided trauma-informed services to 349 clients over 3 years with the ORS completed at 5-session intervals.

Results indicates a very low level of functioning. Perceived well being among clients at intake and, for adults, that overall average functioning & well-being increased over the treatment period with average results indicating a 65%, 57% and a 100% reported increase in perceived well-being by the 5th, 10th, and 15th session, respectively.

Treatment made a significant difference for clients.


  • Screening is required and must be trauma informed.
  • Children and youth have unique needs and risks to address.
  • Address barriers to men’s access to psychological treatment.
  • Funding should be for 15+ sessions and barrier removal.

The Mission of the PAA is to advance the science-based profession of psychology and to promote the well-being and potential of all Albertans.

PAA applauds the resiliency of all impacted by the 2016 Wood Buffalo Wildfires

Read full report and overview below

2020 Aug CRC PAA Final Research Report

2020 Aug CRC PAA Final Research Overview