Psychotherapist Sutton Burke

Cayman-based psychotherapist Sutton Burke this week gave a presentation on providing mental health treatment to first responders, at the 45th annual conference of the Society for Police & Criminal Psychology held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

At a Monday, 23 Sept. session of the conference, themed ‘Working and Engaging in a Diverse World’, Burke said she explored ways to build acceptance of a mental health and wellness programme among multicultural first responders.

During her talk on ‘Alternative Ways of Providing Mental Health Treatment to First Responders: A Cayman Perspective’, she also discussed the different programmes her centre, Infinite Mindcare, offers specifically to first responder agencies in Cayman.

She explained that representatives of the centre attend this particular conference “to feed their passion of working with police officers, keep up with evidence-based trends in the field, and expand their pool of knowledge in order to support local, first responder agencies in the Cayman Islands”.

The SPCP is a professional organisation that encourages the scientific study of police and criminal psychology and the application of scientific knowledge to problems in criminal justice, according to its website.

The annual conference looks at the “interface between criminal justice and the behavioural sciences”.