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Rencontre d’échanges du Centre de connaissances

Le Centre de connaissances a organisé les 20 et 21 octobre 2016 à Richmond, en C.-B, une rencontre fondatrice d’échanges de connaissances, en présence de deux responsables pour chacun des projets financés par l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada dans le cadre de l’investissement Contribuer à la santé des victimes de violence conjugale et des enfants victimes de mauvais traitements au moyen de programmes communautaires.

(de gauche à droite): Tania Smutylo, Cathy van Ingen, Tania Jivraj, Sara Mohamed, Jennifer Lapum, Denise Silverstone, Jo-Anne Dusel, Nicolas Berthelot, Renee Turner , Hannah Lee, Roxanne Lemieux, Mary Motz, Margaret Leslie, Katreena Scott, Angelique Jenney, Sherill Macdonald, Sonya Vellenga, Jennifer Garland, Shannon Hurley, Denise Lamanna, Anna-Lee Straatman, Maria Garcia, Candice Lys, Crystal Giesbrecht, Marilyn Ford Gilboe, Linda Baker, Karyn Kennedy, Kayley Mackay, and Jassamine Tabibi.

Les objectifs de la rencontre étaient les suivants :

  • permettre aux membres de la communauté de pratique de nouer des liens;
  • établir des liens entre les projets;
  • relever les enjeux et les aspects de la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes qui, d’après les membres, devraient être privilégiés;
  • réfléchir à l’adoption d’une série de principes et de compétences essentielles en matière de promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes; et
  • étudier les processus et les indicateurs de rendement communs aux projets de l’investissement Contribuer à la santé des victimes de violence conjugale et des enfants victimes de mauvais traitements au moyen de programmes communautaires de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada.
Les membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes, lors d’une activité de la rencontre d’échanges du CC

Le Centre de connaissances a offert pour la première fois aux participants l’occasion de se rencontrer, de nouer des liens et de discuter de ce en quoi consiste l’appartenance à la Communauté de pratique sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes. Le rapport Bâtir une Communauté de pratique sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes résume les principaux thèmes qui ont émergé de la rencontre.

Les membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes, lors d’une activité de la rencontre d’échanges du CC

Wébinaire du Centre de connaissances : From Trauma-Informed to trauma-and violence-informed / Tenir compte des traumatismes, mais aussi de la violence 

Le 29 novembre 2016, le Centre de connaissances et le Learning Network, en collaboration avec la Dre Colleen Varcoe, professeure à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et membre de la Communauté de pratique sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes, ont offert un wébinaire sur le concept de « soins tenant compte des traumatismes et de la violence » (STCTV).

À cette occasion, la Dre Varcoe a cherché à :

  • aider les participants à mieux comprendre les pratiques tenant compte des traumatismes et à les intégrer à leur travail;
  • amener les participants à tenir compte dans leur pratique non seulement des traumatismes, mais aussi de la violence; et
  • discuter d’approches concrètes pour intégrer à la pratique les STCTV et les compétences structurelles.

Nous vous invitons à visionner l’enregistrement du wébinaire et à consulter les diapositives de la présentation de la Dre Varcoe (documents sont en anglais).

Ressources vedettes

Approches tenant compte des traumatismes et de la violence pour le soutien des victimes de violence : dimensions stratégiques et pratiques (par Pamela Ponic, Colleen Varcoe, et Tania Smutylo).

Ce document offre :

  • un aperçu du traumatisme et de ses répercussions complexes et durables;
  • un débat sur l’évolution du langage de façon à tenir compte des traumatismes, mais aussi de la violence dans son ensemble;
  • des réflexions sur le genre et la culture; et
  • une explication des principes et des stratégies associés aux approches tenant compte des traumatismes et de la violence.

“Briefing Note: Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care” (“Note d’information : Soins de santé tenant compte des traumatismes et de la violence) (2016), par le Project Vega & PreVail Research Network, offre un aperçu des différences entre les soins tenant compte des traumatismes (STCT) et les soins tenant compte des traumatismes et de la violence (STCTV).

“Enhancing health care equity with Indigenous populations: evidence-based strategies from an ethnographic study” (« Améliorer l’égalité de l’accès des populations autochtones aux soins de santé : Stratégies fondées sur une étude ethnographique », par Browne, Annette J., Varcoe, Colleen, et al., traite d’un cadre fondé sur l’expérience clinique et de stratégies spécifiques pour promouvoir l’accès équitable des populations autochtones aux soins de santé.

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Pleins feux sur…

Shape Your Life (SYL)

Shape Your Life (« Façonne ta vie »), un programme gratuit de boxe récréative pour les femmes et les trans qui ont survécu à la violence, a diffusé début novembre une vidéo qui met le Premier ministre Justin Trudeau au défi de les retrouver au club Newsgirls Boxing de Toronto le 25 novembre 2016, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des Nations-Unies pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes et des personnes trans. On y annonce également le financement du projet par l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada.

Le Premier ministre Justin Trudeau a répondu par un message vidéo envoyé à Shape Your Life le jour de l’événement. Tom Traves, le président de l’Université Brock et Kamal Khera, la secrétaire parlementaire du ministre de la Santé, se sont rendus sur place pour témoigner de leur soutien.

Lancé il y a 10 ans, le projet Shape Your Life est le fruit d’une collaboration entre l’Université Brock, le club Newsgirls Boxing de Toronto et Opportunity for Advancement. Ces organisations ont élaboré une approche tenant compte des traumatismes pour offrir aux personnes ayant survécu à la violence la possibilité de participer un programme qui est axé sur l’activité physique et qui leur donne aussi accès à de l’information, du soutien et des ressources communautaires. Le projet mesurera les effets bénéfiques du projet sur la santé des personnes ayant survécu à la violence.

Crédit photo: Shape Your Life
(de gauche à droite): Tania Jivraj, Program Coordinator, Shape Your Life (SYL), Savoy Howe, SYL and Toronto Newsgirls Head Coach, Dr. Joffre Mercier, Vice-President of Research, Brock University, Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth , Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Joanne Green, Executive Director, Opportunity for Advancement & SYL Partner, and Dr. Cathy van Ingen, Associate Professor, Brock University & Founder of SYL.

Une bonne nouvelle

Le Centre de connaissances est heureux d’accueillir au sein de sa Communauté de pratique sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes (la « CP ») cinq nouveaux projets qui ont bénéficié d’un financement de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada dans le cadre de l’investissement Contribuer à la santé des victimes de violence conjugale et des enfants victimes de mauvais traitements au moyen de programmes communautaires.

Building Internal Resilience through Horses (Développer la résilience grâce aux chevaux) mettra en œuvre et évaluera un programme d’intervention de 12 semaines axé sur la résilience. Ce programme fera intervenir l'apprentissage au contact des chevaux, allié à des ateliers d’expression artistique et de psychoéducation. Il fera la promotion des recherches sur les avantages qu’offre aux enfants victimes de mauvais traitements et aux jeunes femmes exposées à la violence conjugale l'apprentissage au contact des chevaux. Ce projet est issu d’une collaboration entre le Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, l’Université Trent, et The Mane Intent.

Membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes : Jennifer Garland, Kateryna Keefer et Sonya Vallenga.

Creative Solutions to Easing Victimization’s Effects (Des solutions originales pour atténuer les effets de la victimisation) mettra au point et offrira un programme artistique et culturel de 12 semaines axé sur les traumatismes et la violence, afin d’améliorer le bien-être physique et mental des femmes autochtones qui ont été exposées à la violence conjugale. Ce projet est dirigé par l’association provinciale des maisons de transition et des services de la Saskatchewan, la Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan, en partenariat avec Indigenous Knowledge Keepers et des chercheurs de l’Université de Regina.

Membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes : Jo-Anne Dusel et Crystal Giesbrecht.

iHEAL in Context : Testing the effectiveness of health promotion intervention for women who have experienced intimate partner violence. (Tester l’efficacité de l’intervention sur la promotion de la santé auprès des femmes victimes de violence conjugale). Ce projet étudiera les effets d’une intervention novatrice fondée sur des faits probants, iHEAL (Je guéris), spécialement conçue pour répondre aux besoins des femmes qui ont quitté un partenaire violent. iHEAL est dispensé par des agents de santé communautaire et par un organisme communautaire qui travaille en  partenariat avec des femmes pendant une période de six mois. Ce projet collaboratif regroupe l'Université Western , l’Université de Colombie-Britannique et l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes : Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Kelly Scott-Storey et Colleen Varcoe.

Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Aboriginal Youth Experiencing Teen Dating Violence in the Northwest Territories (Aider les victimes et améliorer la santé des jeunes autochtones dans les collectivités des Territoires du Nord-Ouest dont les fréquentations sont empreintes de violence). Ce projet utilise le théâtre, les arts visuels, le perlage sur peau d’orignal, le tambour traditionnel avec les mains, la photographie, la narration numérique et la musique pour éduquer et favoriser les discussions sur les enjeux qui  touchent les jeunes du Nord, parmi lesquels la violence, les relations, la santé sexuelle et la santé mentale. Ce projet est dirigé par Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY), en partenariat avec le Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work de l'Université de Toronto, Blachford Lake Lodge, le Réseau canadien autochtone du sida, la Coalition arc-en-ciel de Yellowknife, le Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, la School of Health and Human Services du collège Aurora Northwestern Air et First Air.

Membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes : Candice Lys et Kayley Allin Mackay.

STEP : Soutenir la transition et l’engagement dans la parentalité auprès des adultes exposés à de mauvais traitements au cours de leur enfance. Ce projet vise à concevoir, implanter et évaluer une intervention novatrice qui s’adresse aux adultes victimes de maltraitance ou de négligence pendant leur enfance et qui attendent un enfant. Cette intervention cherche à soutenir la santé psychosociale de l’enfant et à intercepter les cycles intergénérationnels de maltraitance. Ce projet est issu d’une collaboration entre le Centre d'études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l'enfant et la famille (CEIDEF), l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) et le Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ).

Membres de la CP sur la promotion de la santé tenant compte des traumatismes : Nicolas Berthelot et Roxanne Lemieux.

Événementsà venir

Inscrivez-vous aux prochains wébinaires du Centre de connaissances et du Learning Network!

What it takes to be a Trauma-informed Organization / Ce qu’il faut pour devenir une organisation tenant compte des traumatismes
Date et heure : 31 janvier 2017 | 13h à 14h15 (heure normale de l’Est)
Présentatrices : Mme Holly Murphy, responsable de la pratique avancée, section des soins tenant compte des traumatismes, IWK Health Center et Mme Sue McWilliam, responsable de la pratique avancée, section de la recherche en matière de résultats et d’évaluation, IWK Health Centre.

L’IWK Health Centre est un hôpital pédiatrique et obstétrique pour les femmes, les enfants, les jeunes et leurs familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse, du Nouveau-Brunswick et de l’île du Prince-Édouard. Au cours de ce wébinaire, vous vous familiarisez avec la démarche entreprise par le centre pour devenir une organisation pleinement axée sur les traumatismes.

Reaching Youth through Sports : Trauma-Informed Physical Activity / Rejoindre les jeunes par le sport : l’activité physique tenant compte des traumatismes
Date et heure : 7 mars 2017 | 13h30 à 14h15 (heure normale de l’Est)
Présentatrice : Mme Rebekah Roulier, chef de l’exploitation, Doc Wayne

Doc Wayne, un organisme sans but lucratif qui s’appuie sur le sport pour toucher les jeunes, utilise Do the Good (Fais le bien), un programme d’intervention tenant compte des traumatismes conçu spécialement sur le modèle thérapeutique de la psychothérapie cognitivo-comportementale et sur le modèle ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency, c'est-à-dire attachement, autorégulation et compétence). Au cours de ce wébinaire, vous vous familiariserez avec le programme d’interventions sportives tenant compte des traumatismes, Do the Good.

Trauma and Children : Closing the Gap between What We Know and What We Can Do / Les traumatismes et les enfants : combler le fossé entre ce que nous savons et ce que nous pouvons faire
L’atelier précédera la Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth (Conférence canadienne sur la promotion de rapports sains entre jeunes)
Date et heure : 15 février 2017 | 9h00 à 16h00 (heure normale de l'Est)
Présentatrices : Linda Baker, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Joanne Baker et Renee Turner, BC Society of Transition Houses, et Heather Gregory et Sandra Pribanic, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

Au cours de cet atelier, des chefs de file d’initiatives novatrices s’appuyant sur des activités physiques tenant compte des traumatismes décriront leurs programmes respectifs, parmi lesquels le yoga pour les enfants, les jeunes et les femmes dans des abris des maisons de transition, ainsi que la danse tenant compte des traumatismes pour les jeunes de 12 à 17 ans participant à un programme communautaire.  Renseignements et inscriptions (en anglais).

 

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BREAKOUT SESSION A - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Safe and Understood: Intervening with Families to Promote Healthy Child Outcomes and Prevent Abuse Recurrence for Young Child Victims of Domestic Violence Exposure

Dr. Angelique Jenney, Principal Investigator; Dr. Katreena Scott, Principal Investigator; and Dr. Elisabeth Godbout, Researcher

This presentation will provide an overview on two intervention programs—Mothers in Mind and Caring Dads.  Mothers in Mind is a 10 week, trauma-informed, relationship-focused, mother-child group intervention. Designed to meet the parenting needs of mothers who experienced interpersonal abuse and trauma (e.g., childhood abuse, neglect, sexual assault or woman abuse) and/or are currently parenting children under the age of four, who are at risk due to domestic violence exposure. Caring Dads is 17-week group intervention for fathers who have been violent in the families. In collaboration with others involved in the family, Caring Dads aims to ensure child safety and well-being.  Challenges to implementation, evaluation and embedding in a French-speaking context will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to embed and use the interventions in a child protection services context
  • To understand the importance of including fathers in the process of improving outcomes for children at risk due to domestic violence exposure
  • To explore how to adapt the interventions to fit different context (i.e., French speaking population)

Workshop Streams: Women, Men, Parenting


What You Really Need to Know About Intellectual Disability and Trauma

Dave Hingsburger, Director of Clinical & Educational Services, VITA Mens Sana

We all know that people with physical disabilities often need ramps – that makes sense. But what about ‘cognitive ramping’ – what about the idea of adapting the environment and even your approach to maximize success? And what would cognitive ramping look like to best serve individuals who have experienced trauma. By understanding what ‘intellectual disability’ and “experiencing trauma” means in terms of everyday interactions and in terms of learning, staff can develop approaches that work and patience that comes from understanding. This workshop is highly practical and those attending will leave with ideas for how to better serve those living with intellectual disabilities and trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand intellectual disability and cognitive ramping
  • To understand cognitive ramping within the context of trauma
  • To learn strategies/approaches to better support individuals living with intellectual disabilities and trauma

Workshop Streams: Disability, Professional Development


Nato' we ho win: An Arts-Based Cultural Healing Program for Indigenous Women who have Experienced Violence

Barb Frazer (Indigenous Knowledge Systems Educator/ Nato' we ho win Facilitator) & Crystal Giesbrecht (Director of Research and Communications, Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)

Nato’ we ho win is a trauma-and-violence-informed, artistic and cultural program that encourages women participants to build resilience and connection. This presentation will provide an overview of the Nato’ we ho win program, including the teachings and philosophy that inform the program and the practical considerations for delivering the program. Research results (quantitative measures and qualitative focus groups conducted with women before and after participating in Nato’ we ho win) will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how art can be used to promote healing among survivors of violence
  • To learn how Indigenous cultural teachings can be used to promote healing in a group of survivors of violence
  • To receive an overview of the Nato' we ho win program and think about how the program content could be altered for use in other communities and/or agencies)
  • To learn about the research process of collecting data with this group (Indigenous women who have experienced IPV) and the findings (the effectiveness of the Nato' we ho win program design)
Workshop Streams: Indigenous, Women, Arts-Based Activities

Preventing Youth Dating Violence: Advancing a National Community of Practice

Deinera Exner-Cortens, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary

This presentation will review a Youth Dating Violence National Community of Practice, led by the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The presenter will describe the purpose and activities of this Community of Practice; highlight lessons learned from both youth and adult members; and share resources created to support evidence-informed prevention among community of practice members. A brief review of youth dating violence in Canada will also be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand key information on youth dating violence
  • To learn the purpose of the Youth Dating Violence National Community of Practice
  • To be familiar with activities completed in the first year of the Community of Practice
  • To obtain resources developed for the Community of Practice

Workshop Streams: Children and Youth, Professional Development


Building Internal Resilience Through Horses: Trauma-Informed, Community-based Experiential Learning for Young Women

Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent Inc. Owner/Program Director; Katie McKeiver BSW, RSW Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Social Worker

Learn how a gentle herd of horses is helping young women find strength, connection and build coping skills following family violence. Building Internal Resilience Through Horses is an innovative community group program that works with young women aged 13-18 years who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, child maltreatment or dating violence. Using trauma and violence informed principles, the program includes 10 weeks of hands-on experience combining equine-assisted learning, expressive arts and psychoeducational information-sharing, designed to help young women reduce post-traumatic symptoms, improve mental health, enhance personal coping skills and resilience, while reducing their risk of harm in the future. The workshop will include an overview of the program delivery and design, as well as its adaptation for specific populations we will include experiential learning opportunities reflective of program content and design.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to design and build an innovative community program with strong evaluative outcomes
  • To understand how equine assisted learning is an effective evidence-based intervention strategy for building resilience in young women who have experienced trauma c) Provide an opportunity to experience trauma informed experiential learning
  • To outline challenges and barriers encountered throughout the program and how they were addressed

Workshop Streams: Arts-Based Activities, Children and Youth


From Trauma Recovery to Trauma Resilience: A 'Blue/Pinkprint' for Trauma with Sexual/Gender Minorities

Daniel Pugh, Daniel Pugh Psychotherapy & Social Consulting & Sherbourne Health

This workshop will share insights and experiences about a unique, (psychoeducational) trauma recovery skills group for sexual/gender minorities. Trauma Recovery Education Empowerment (T.R.E.E.) attends to trauma while recognizing the distinct and unique relationship that sex and gender play in our trauma processes and responses. This session is designed for service providers, mental health practitioners, educators, clinicians, students and researchers. The proposed format of this workshop will include a mixture of lecture, small group discussion, exercises and question/answer periods.

Learning Objectives:

  • To explore the impact that gendered messages have on sexual/gender minorities to process and recover from trauma/PTSD;
  • To participate in a review of the T.R.E.E program as an adapted model of trauma-informed/specific programming;
  • To enhance networks working to connect sex & gender into trauma-informed practice.

Workshop Streams: LGBTQ+, Men


Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organization- The YWCA Toronto Experience

Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters, Girls’ and Family Programs, YWCA Toronto

The YWCA Toronto is creating an organization-wide shift to incorporate trauma-informed practices across all departments at its large multi-sector not-for-profit organization. The project has developed educational resources to enhance awareness, skills and practices of the organization’s service staff, leadership, and program partners and has incorporated a Framework for Organizational Change guided by trauma-informed principles which is being evaluated at the participant, program/site and organizational levels.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to implement the Organizational Change Framework  
  • To identify challenges and lessons learned when undertaking a trauma-informed organizational change – what we learned and what we would do differently
  • To identify advantages and successes of integrating and adopting trauma-informed practice into an organization

Workshop Streams: Professional Development

BREAKOUT SESSION B - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Supporting the Transition to and Engagement in Parenthood in Adults who Experienced Maltreatment as Children

Nicolas Berthelot (PhD), Roxanne Lemieux (PhD), Christine Drouin-Maziade (PsyD), Julia Garon-Bissonnette (BA)

Developmental trauma have long-term consequences and their effects may be particularly salient during challenging periods such as pregnancy and the year following childbirth. Early in their development, offspring of parents exposed to childhood trauma are correspondingly more likely to present difficulties and are 3-times more at risk than children of non-exposed parents to be maltreated themselves. Recent research evidence suggest that parents’ mentalization abilities have substantial protective effects. The presentation will introduce a trauma-informed prenatal program targeting mentalization in future parents with a history of developmental trauma: STEP: Supporting the Transition to and Engagement in Parenthood.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the concept of mentalization and its protective role in the aftermath of trauma
  • To learn about the prenatal program STEP
  • To identify trauma-informed interventions with parents having a personal history of trauma

Workshop Streams: Women, Men, Parenting


The Sole Expression Project: An Experiential Trauma-Informed Hip-Hop Workshop

Rachael Edge, Program Coordinator, UNITY; Linda Liu, Research manager, Ryerson University; Kaitlin Winslow, Trauma Therapist, Boost CYAC

Sole Expression is a ten-week trauma-informed Hip-hop intervention program for youth who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence. The curriculum was co-created by trauma clinicians, researchers, and professional hip-hop dancers/graffiti artists. The intervention program is delivered by a facilitator team of two experienced hip-hop dance instructors and one trauma therapist. In this session, the facilitator team will guide attendees through an experiential workshop highlighting how hip-hop dance, graffiti and trauma-informed principles weave together restorative concepts of self, relationships and community. We will conclude by presenting preliminary research findings of youth’s experiences in Sole Expression.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the integration of movement-based grounding activities, dance and Hip-hop pedagogy in a trauma-informed intervention for youth who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence
  • To describe the principles and considerations of designing and implementing a trauma-informed Hip-hop dance intervention
  • To increase participants’ knowledge in applying trauma-informed principles in research and program delivery

Workshop Streams: Body Work, Children and Youth


Applying Trauma-Informed Practice in Peer-Led Program Delivery

Kasia Ignatowska, Health Promotion Coordinator, Covenant House Toronto and Thanara Rajakulendran, Research Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

This presentation will share lessons learned through the process of creating a peer-led, trauma-informed program for women-identifying youth who have experienced gender-based violence. The program perspective will demonstrate how the needs and insights of peer mentors, participants, volunteers and community partners have shaped the community-based program model. The research perspective will provide qualitative evidence on group members' quality of experience with the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand importance of how to select peer mentor facilitators
  • To describe how to adapt feedback from cohort to program activities
  • To demonstrate the efficacy of launching a successful program

Workshop Streams: Children and Youth, Arts-Based Activities


iHEAL: A Woman-Led Approach for Promoting Safety, Hope and Healing in the Transition of Separating from an Abusive Partner

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Professor, Arthur Labatt School of Nursing, Western University; Kelly Scott-Storey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Colleen Varcoe, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia (for the iHEAL Team)

iHEAL is a promising health promotion intervention for women who are in the transition of separating from an abusive partner. Community health nurses, who have completed standardized IHEAL Education, work in partnership with women for ~ 6 months (10-18 sessions) to address a broad range of issues that affect women’s safety, health and well-being. iHEAL is woman-led, and flexible enough to fit the needs of all women, with potential to reduce inequities. Tailoring iHEAL to each community increases the possibility of successful integration with existing services. This session provides an orientation to iHEAL and its’ unique delivery model; summarizes key lessons from research completed to date, including 3 feasibility studies and a current randomized controlled trial of 331 Canadian women; and explores how these lessons can be used to help strengthen services for women living with violence and inequity.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the principles, components and unique delivery model of iHEAL
  • To explain how iHEAL nurses personalize the support they provide to women living in different contexts, including approaches for working with existing services and supports.
  • To describe the evidence-base behind iHEAL including it's safety and acceptability to women, and short-term impacts, and the conditions and resources needed to successfully deliver this intervention.
  • To consider how the lessons from iHEAL could be used to strengthen services for women in your local community.

Workshop Streams: Women


Doing Justice for LGBTQ2+ Communities in Services and Programs

Lisa Lachance, Doctoral Candidate, Dalhousie University; Fae Johnstone, Wisdom2Action

Homophobia and transphobia fundamentally shape the health and well-being of LGBTQ2+ young people. LGBTQ2+ youth are significantly more likely to struggle with mental health problems, to experience homelessness and to have substance use issues, but are less likely to access health and social services, and less likely to receive the inclusive care they need when they do. This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to LGBTQ2+ inclusion and trauma-informed health and social services, with a particular emphasis on shifting organizational culture, and bringing LGBTQ2+ inclusion into your everyday practice. This workshop will build on two key reports co-authored by Wisdom2Action on LGBTQ2+ youth and Gender-Based Violence, and the mental health of LGBTQ2+ emerging adults, both of which highlight the systemic barriers that shape the health of LGBTQ2+ young people.

Learning Objectives:

  • To increase knowledge of the specific barriers facing LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities when accessing services
  • To increase knowledge of Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) terminology
  • To understand how an anti-oppressive, youth engaged approach can support trauma-informed and inclusive services
  • To provide tips for more inclusive services

Workshop Streams: LGBTQ+, Professional Development


Being Trauma Aware: Understanding the Impacts of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

Crystal Hincks and Brenda Neis

Being Trauma Aware (BTA) is a free, on-line trauma-informed course that aims to improve the understanding of the impacts of child abuse and maltreatment. The course provides foundational knowledge for a range of professionals working with children and youth who may have experienced abuse and/or trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe what childhood trauma is and its impacts
  • To describe how childhood trauma impacts the developing brain
  • To list the impacts of trauma on a variety of domains and the connection to physical and mental health, and substance use disorders
  • To identify tools for healing and resilience

Workshop Streams: Professional Development, Children and Youth  


Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Initiatives to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Structural forms of GBV and trauma-informed approaches

Dr. Margarita Pintin-Perez, Senior Coordinator, Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence and Dr. Sajedeh Zahraei, Senior Manager of Professional Development and Training, OCASI

OCASI's Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities provides resources, education and leadership to the settlement sector and the broader community on gender-based violence prevention and survivor support. In this presentation, we will share the development of a national project focused on the leadership and capacity of survivors of gender-based violence from an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach. We share insights from our research and the process of integrating trauma-informed concepts to better understand structural forms of gender-based violence against non-status, refugee and immigrant women across Canada. 

Learning Objectives:

  • To deepen understandings of ongoing, systemic forms of trauma and its impact on refugee and immigrant communities 
  • To describe and identify the intersect of systemic trauma and structural gendered violence against non-status, refugee and immigrant women 
  • Identify examples of trauma-informed approaches that service providers can integrate, including advocacy strategies and critical reflective everyday practices 

BREAKOUT SESSION C - Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:45 – 10:45 AM

The Story of the Inunnguiniq Program (Inuit Parenting/Childrearing Practices) and some Practical Hands-on Activities

Gwen Healey Akearok and Nancy Mike

Our presentation will focus on storytelling and practical hands-on activities from the Inunnguiniq Parenting/Childrearing Program. This program was made in Nunavut by Nunavummiut and is based on Inuit childrearing philosophy.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand community development of a parenting program
  • To understand basic concepts from Inuit childrearing philosophy
  • To understand the diverse needs and traumatic histories of Inuit communities and families

Workshop Streams: Women, Parenting, Indigenous People


Bounce Back League: A Universal Trauma-Informed Sport Program

Jan Vesna, Manager, National Programs, and Denise Silverstone, Director, National Programs & Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Join us as we look at how Boys and Girls Clubs staff have been using trauma-informed coaching practices to help increase confidence and resiliency in program participants through a new initiative – the Bounce Back League. Basic information about trauma-informed approaches to recreation/coaching will be explored and participants will have the opportunity to try out some Bounce Back League activities in a fun, supportive environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • To deepen understanding of trauma
  • To investigate the ways sport, physical activity, and play can heal
  • To learn how trauma shapes behavior 4. Learn and try-on trauma-informed practices

Workshop Streams: Children and Youth, Body Work, Professional Development 


Building Internal Resilience through Horses: Program Evaluation Research on a Trauma-Informed Resiliency Intervention

Roya Ghahremani, Graduate Research Assistant, Trent University; Kateryna Keefer, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Trent University

This presentation highlights research results for Building Internal Resilience Through Horses, a 10-week community-based Equine Assisted Learning Program for young women (ages 13-18 years) who have experienced or witnessed interpersonal violence. The program utilises ground-based work with horses as a forum for enhancing participants’ resiliency-related competencies and outcomes. The research team will report program evaluation results based on 10 groups of participants who completed the program to date. Weekly attendance and participant feedback data are integrated with quantitative measures of mental health and resiliency outcomes, as well as qualitative interviews with individual participants, to paint a comprehensive picture of the unique promises and potential boundaries of this innovative form of intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • To explore the use of mixed-methods research design for program evaluation
  • To learn about changes in participants’ mental health and resiliency outcomes after the program
  • To understand participants’ experiences and perceptions of the program and its impacts
  • To share challenges and considerations in conducting program evaluation research

Workshop Streams: Children and Youth, Arts-Based Activities


MindUp Research Journey

Claire Crooks (Ph.D., C.Psych.), Director of Centre for School Mental Health, Western University; Sandra Savage (MSW), Mental Health Lead, London District Catholic School Board; Andrea Lapp, MindUP Project Manager, Centre for School Mental Health

The MindUP for Young Children project involves the implementation and evaluation of a mindfulness-informed, evidence-based, social and emotional learning intervention. The program is being delivered within a trauma-informed framework to primary students in the London District Catholic School Board. Through 15 teacher-led lessons that integrate neuroscience, mindful awareness, and positive psychology, students have the opportunity to develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills. The project is currently in its fourth year of implementation and evaluation. The presentation will cover the research journey since 2016 and the quantitative/qualitative findings collected throughout the years.

Learning Objectives:

  • To illustrate the path from feasibility to effectiveness evaluation using our school-based MindUP project as an example
  • To identify factors that contribute to research and evaluation successes and challenges
  • To explore the effects of MindUP on student/teacher well-being

Workshop Streams: Children and Youth, Professional Development


Building Connections: Replicating and Evaluating an Interpersonal Violence Intervention in Communities across Canada - Outcomes for Practitioners, Organizations and Communities

Margaret Leslie, Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc., Director - Child and Family Services, Mothercraft; Mary Motz, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle

Mothers who experience violence in adult relationships have often experienced childhood abuse and trauma, or have witnessed violence as they grew up. The Connections interpersonal violence intervention is premised on a lifespan perspective of trauma, and uses a developmental-relational lens to understand the intergenerational transmission of trauma. This presentation will describe the replication of the Connections interpersonal violence intervention in 34 communities across Canada. Research and clinical information that led to decision to embed Connections in community programs – including a videotaped presentation by a mother who shares her story of trauma and healing – will be discussed, as will the opportunities and challenges of such a national replication. The presentation will provide a broad overview of the replication activities, including site recruitment and selection, certified training, site consultations, and community of practice. Finally, qualitative data evaluating the impact of Connections on: 1) practitioner capacity; 2) organizational/program capacity; and 3) community capacity, will be presented to illustrate changes in capacity to respond to IPV as a result of the intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the opportunities and challenges of scaling trauma-informed interventions in community-based settings;
  • To consider the ethical implications – clinical and research - of embedding an IPV intervention in community-based settings;
  • To understand the implications to practitioners, organizations/projects and communities of integrating trauma-informed interventions into community-based settings.

Workshop Streams: Professional Development


Trauma and Violence-Informed Health Promotion and Research: Mobilizing Knowledge

Linda Baker, Sara Mohamed, Anna-Lee Straatman, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, Western University 

The Knowledge Hub connects 17 trauma-and violence-informed intervention research projects funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This workshop will describe strategies for building capacity among project leads and the broader Canadian community. The preliminary findings of the external evaluation will be used to discuss challenges and lessons learned.  

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn strategies for knowledge mobilization
  • To understand challenges and benefits of connecting researchers and practitioners across the country
  • To benefit from lessons learned

Workshop Stream: Professional Development


VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action) Family Violence Project: Supporting Healthcare and Social Service Providers to Respond Safely to Family Violence

Jill McTavish, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and Harriet MacMillan, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University

This workshop will introduce approaches to identifying and responding safely to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence based on new educational resources developed through the VEGA Project with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.  VEGA’s Family Violence Education Resources, comprised of learning modules (e.g., care pathways, scripts, how-to videos), interactive educational scenarios and a Handbook, were developed based on systematic reviews and in collaboration with 22 Canadian healthcare and social service organizations. Drawing from presented resources, attendees will have opportunities to practice asking about and responding safely to scenarios in which family violence is suspected or disclosed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To identify signs and symptoms associated with child maltreatment and intimate partner violence.
  2. To demonstrate how to inquire about and respond to family violence in an assessment.
  3. To identify VEGA clinical and teaching resources to address family violence.

Workshop Streams: Professional Development

BREAKOUT SESSION D - Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:20 – 3:20 PM

Building Connections: Supporting Families Experiencing Interpersonal Violence through Community-Based Intervention

Mary Motz, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle; Margaret Leslie, Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc., Director - Child and Family Services, Mothercraft

This presentation will introduce participants to Connections, an intervention for women experiencing interpersonal violence who are pregnant and/or parenting children under 6 years. Connections is a six-week manualized group which incorporates a relational and trauma-based lens. The aim of Connections is to provide information, increase awareness, and create a safe opportunity for mothers to explore their experiences of unhealthy relationships and to consider its impact on: a) their own well-being; b) their parenting; and c) the well-being of their children. The Connections manual is available in English and French, and as a version that has been written and adapted for Canadian Indigenous communities. Through the Building Connections initiative, Connections was disseminated into 34 community-based projects across Canada. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation results indicated that women have reported improvements in self-esteem, self-efficacy, relationship capacity, parenting stress, knowledge of community services, and understanding of relevant concepts compared to before the intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of Connections, a manualized, family-focused intervention for mothers of infants and young children who are experiencing risks related to interpersonal violence, which was implemented in communities across Canada.
  • To examine both quantitative and qualitative research outcomes for mothers and children related to delivery of the Connections intervention.
  • To consider the benefit of adopting trauma-informed, relational approaches to interpersonal violence interventions in communities and the importance of providing integrated services to vulnerable families.

Workshop Streams: Parenting, Women, Children and Youth


Sharing our Learning from the Reaching Out with Yoga Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Women and Children who have Experienced Violence

Renee Turner, Research Manager, BC Society of Transition Houses; Sarah Holmes de Castro, Director of Training and Programs, Yoga Outreach

This workshop will describe and offer a demonstration of a trauma-informed yoga program (Reaching out with yoga (ROWY)) which was developed and implemented in transition homes in British Columbia for women and children who have experienced intimate partner violence, and for staff.  Successes and obstacles to project implementations will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the ROWY project methodology
  • To gain insight into a trauma-informed approach to doing research
  • To have an embodied experience of the intervention (trauma-informed chair yoga)
  • To learn applications of how one could integrate it into their work with survivors

Workshop Streams: Women, Children and Youth, Body Work, Professional Development


Bringing Social-Emotional Learning and Mindful Awareness to the Community: Creating a Partnership and a Community Program

Karen Bax, Ph.D., C.Psych; Assistant Professor, Western Ontario. Director, The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount. Sarah Wells, B. A., C.T.S., Merrymount Children's Centre, Melissa Read, M.A., and Alyssa Mueller, B.Sc. (Hons).

This presentation will share a unique community-university model that bridges research and practice in early child and family well-being and how through this partnership, the Making Mindfulness Matter (M3) program was created. M3 is a mindfulness-based concurrent parent and child (ages 4-10 years) 8- week program that supports parents by offering a new approach to parenting in stressful situations and helps children build skills to manage their emotions and behaviours. We will present preliminary findings for the past three years of the feasibility of this universal program, which has been delivered to families experiencing adversity.

Learning Objectives:

  • To acquire knowledge about a unique community-university partnership working across systems to bridge the gap between science and practice in early childhood mental health and family well-being
  • To learn about a newly developed community program that teaches resiliency skills to parents and children through mindfulness
  • To share some of the findings from the first three years of the evaluation of the program

Workshop Streams: Parenting, Children and Youth


Examining Land-Based and Indigenous Approaches to Health and Well-Being with Northern and Indigenous Young Women in the Northwest Territories

Candice Lys, Executive Director

Land-based and Indigenous approaches are important for decolonization and have been associated with wellness. This is particularly salient in the Northwest Territories (NWT), where there are among Canada’s highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI), suicide, and gender-based violence, rooted in intergenerational trauma and effects of colonization. This study with Indigenous and Northern young women in the NWT evaluated whether, in comparison to before a land-based retreat, participants demonstrated increased leadership, emotional empowerment, sexual health knowledge, and safer sex self-efficacy following the retreat.

Learning Objectives: 

  • To learn about a 10-day peer leadership retreat intervention developed by and for Northern and Indigenous youth
  • To learn about the evaluation methods of a peer leadership retreat intervention
  • To learn about findings regarding leadership, emotional empowerment, sexual health knowledge, and safer sex self-efficacy from retreat participants

Workshop Streams: Indigenous, Children and Youth, Arts-Based Activities


Healing and Empowering through Storytelling: Building Block Approaches to Building Survivor led Interventions

Wangari Tharao and Entisar Yusuf

This presentation will describe the approaches and interventions we used to engage the community and survivors to address Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) in a Canadian context. Given the private and sensitive nature of FGM/C, most women do not want information about their FGM status to be public knowledge and therefore will not want to mention or discuss FGM/C in a public place. We will highlight how we engaged women in digital story telling by creating safe and empowering space and how that helped them to talk about a difficult subject.  Their stories have contributed to the development of tools for health care providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to understand FGM/C as one of women's reproductive health concerns.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand steps in organizing digital story telling for sensitive topics like FGM/C
  • To learn why it is important for women to tell their stories and how to create safe spaces

Workshop Streams: Women, Arts-Based Activities


TransFormed

Wendy Komiotis, METRAC, Tatiana Ferguson

More information to follow.

Workshop streams: LGBTQ+


Exploring the Relationship Between Trauma and Care Planning Needs in Children Referred for Mental Health Services

Shannon Stewart, Katherine Rupert, and Armush Salahadin

This presentation will provide an overview of care planning needs for children and youth exposed to domestic violence and abuse (DVA). Our aim is to engage a diverse team of knowledge users, researchers and decision-makers in a collaborative effort to strengthen the delivery of mental health care for children and youth exposed to DVA. Based on interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) assessment data with children, youth and families from over 70 agencies, initial findings will be shared, and a case study will be used to illustrate the use of the ChYMH and InterRAI Collaborative Action plan trauma-informed guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about Ontario’s mental health initiative to improve outcomes for children through the use of high quality data.
  • To learn a new approach to assessment that links assessment information to evidence-informed care planning related to trauma.
  • To learn about the intervention and care-planning needs of the most vulnerable children and youth within Ontario.

Workshop Streams: Children and Youth, Professional Development