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Save the Date Community of Practice Members!
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Knowledge Hub is pleased to announce that three distinguished guests will be joining the Knowledge Exchange on September 20-21, 2017 for different sessions. 
The meeting will be held at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Rd, London, ON, N5X 2T1.
Full agenda to follow.

Emily Paradis HeadshotEmily Paradis  “Inclusive Processes in Community-Based Research”

Emily Paradis is Senior Research Associate in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at University of Toronto. Her scholarship and practice aim to support marginalized communities’ claims to spaces and rights in the city. A researcher, advocate and front-line service provider on issues of homelessness for 25 years, her research has examined homelessness among women and families, human rights dimensions of homelessness and housing, community-based research and action, and participatory interventions to address socio-spatial inequalities between and within urban neighbourhoods. She is research manager of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership; adjunct faculty in the Urban Studies Program at Innis College, University of Toronto; member of the Right to Housing Coalition; collaborator on the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness; and founding ally member of the Lived Experience Advisory Council. Dr. Paradis received her PhD in 2009 from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation was a feminist, participatory human rights advocacy project in which she worked with a group of women at a Toronto drop-in to develop and deliver a report to the United Nations on women’s homelessness in Canada.

Heather Bullock headshotHeather Bullock “Knowledge Mobilization Basics and Beyond”

Heather Bullock, is pursuing her PhD in the Health Policy program at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and is part of the McMaster Health Forum's Impact Lab. In 2016, Heather was awarded the prestigious national Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and also received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Heather has an extensive background in health care policy and knowledge translation, holding progressive leadership positions. She is on leave from her position as Director of Knowledge Exchange at the CAMH, Canada’s largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital. Heather’s research interests lie in how large jurisdictions implement evidence-informed policy directions in mental health systems. Her dissertation is exploring how developed countries structure their implementation efforts as well as the process of policy implementation in Ontario’s mental health and addiction system. Heather serves in an advisory capacity for several provincial, national, and international initiatives such as the International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology from Queen’s University.

It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

News Release from Status of Women Canada

On June 19, 2017, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.

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STEP : Soutenir la transition et l’engagement dans la parentalité | Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood in adults who experienced maltreatment as children
Monday, May 29, 2017

STEP is pleased to announce the release of its first bulletin! STEP’s Bulletin will be produced periodically with updates on the project’s progress.  This first issue is focused on the expert panel meeting held on February 21, 2017 at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Learn more about STEP and their February meeting in this issue:

Link to bulletin: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub/knowledge-hub-bulletin-5#STEP

March 2017 Knowledge Exchange Report
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This discussion paper is informed by the Knowledge Exchange held in Toronto, Ontario on March 20-21, 2017. It summarizes key themes from the discussions between members of the Trauma- and Violence-Informed Community of Practice projects funded under the Public Health Agency of Canada investment, Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence Abuse through Community Programs. Discussions focused on highlighting investment objectives, reviewing proposed common outcome indicators among projects, issues related to trauma- and violence-informed research and practice, and lessons learned from project challenges and solutions.
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Registrations are now open for the P.E.A.C.E project activities!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The activities are open for female identified youth between the ages of 16-24 who have experienced some form of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Check out the below posters by the P.E.A.C.E project for more information on the project’s activitiesPDF 1

What is the  P.E.A.C.E Project? (PDF)

 P.E.A.C.E Project Postcard (PDF)

For information on the project’s unique goals, objectives and key activities, check out the project’s fact sheet on our website: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub/peace-project-peer-education-and-connection-through-empowerment

Knowledge Hub & Learning Network Upcoming Webinars
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Register now for our two upcoming webinars, “Trauma-Informed Practice with Indigenous Peoples across the Life Span” and “Conducting Research with Indigenous Populations”.

Registration Link: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub-webinar-series-2017#reg

Trauma-Informed Practice with Indigenous Peoples across the Life Span

Date & Time: May 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm Eastern Standard Time
Presented by: Natalie Clark, Associate Professor School of Social Work and Human Service, Thompson River University.
Presentation: Natalie Clark will examine the beginnings of a trauma practice framework that is Indigenous, intersectional and holistic and that considers how experiences of trauma and of healing are shaped by the interlocking impact of Indigeneity, age, gender, sexuality, and (dis) ability, among others. She will discuss the development of Indigenous intersectional, trauma-informed and culturally safe practice approaches with people of different age groups. Ms. Clark will also describe how to assist Indigenous peoples in understanding and improving their coping responses to daily triggers including the impact of experiences of racism, poverty, sexism, and colonialism.

Conducting Research with Indigenous Populations

Date & Time: June 6, 2017 1:00 to 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presented by: Dr. Gwen Healey, Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit
Presentation: There is a growing awareness that Indigenous knowledge must be perceived, collected, and shared in ways that are unique to and shaped by the communities and individuals from which this knowledge is gathered. In this webinar, Dr. Healey will offer a model based on Inuit perspectives on health-related research epistemologies and methodologies to inform research. In particular, webinar participants will be introduced to the Piliriqatigiinniq Community Health Research Model rooted in Inuit concepts and perspectives on health, wellness, and research. This approach may inspire other communities to develop similar frameworks.

Registrations are now open for the Building Internal Resilience Through Horses Program!
Friday, February 10, 2017

The program is open to young women aged 13-18 who have witnessed or experienced family conflict, dating violence, or other forms of abuse. The program is designed to promote healthy self-esteem, emotional awareness, coping skills, and personal resilience.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and grow through a free 12-week group program which combines expressive arts, education and an opportunity to work in partnership with horses. All activities will be ground-based, no riding is involved.

Check out the program’s pamphlet for more information.

Building Internal Resilience Through Horses brochure

NOW AVAILABLE – Building Connections National Training Webinar
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Building Connections: Using Trauma-Informed and Relational Approaches to Help Women and Children Experiencing Interpersonal Violence/Créer des liens: Soutenir les programmes communautaires pour lutter contre la violence interpersonnelle et la maltraitance des enfants.

The Building Connections Project National Training Webinar, delivered live on October 13, 2016 has now been archived and is available in English and French at Mothercraft’s website. You can access the webinar at: http://www.mothercraft.ca/index.php?q=ei-connections

Announcement of Three New PHAC funded Projects
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Three new projects have been approved under the "Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs" investment.

Funding recipient:  University of Western Ontario
Project Title: MindUP for Young Children 
Project Description: The project is implementing and evaluating a mindfulness-informed, evidence-based social and emotional learning intervention within a trauma-informed framework to full-day kindergarten children as well as in a community-based organization which provides services to child victims of violence and their families. The project builds on MindUp which is a universal school and mindfulness-based education program that incorporates social-emotional learning into 15, teacher-led lessons. These lessons integrate attentional, self-regulatory, social and emotional strategies for children and are taught once a week for 40-50 minutes. 

Funding recipient:  University of Western Ontario
Project Title:  Child and Youth Mental Health: The implementation of the interRAI Collaborative Action Plans to improve outcomes for children and youth exposed to domestic violence
Project Description: This project is implementing and testing an innovative tool that assesses the health needs of children between the ages of 4 to 18 who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse, and subsequently develops health interventions that are both evidence-informed and community based. The goal of the project is to facilitate greater information sharing, collaboration and service integration across organizations with the overall objective to improve mental health care for children and youth exposed to domestic violence/abuse.

Funding recipient:  Qaujigiartit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU)
Project Title: Inunnguiniq (childrearing): Developing and piloting an evidence-based intervention to support high-risk families who experience family violence in Nunavut
Project Description: Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre is adapting, piloting and evaluating the Inunnguiniq Parenting Program for high-risk parents and caregivers who are involved in the criminal justice system, accessing social services and/or are in treatment for substance abuse in Nunavut. The Inunnguiniq Parenting Program works to revive Inuit pathways to wellness-building on Inuit societal values and the importance of family connections and rearing children through a strengths-based and holistic approach. This intervention works to address root causes of family violence including intergenerational trauma and disrupted parent-child attachments resulting from the traumatic experiences of the settlement and residential school eras.

In the News: “Hip hop dance program helping traumatized Toronto youth”
Thursday, February 2, 2017

“Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, not-for-profit charity Unity and others have teamed up to develop a new dance-themed program called Sole Expression: Trauma-Informed Dance Intervention for Youth Who Have Experienced Child Abuse and/or Domestic Violence. The program is geared toward helping young people deal with the effects of violence and trauma. Launched at Ryerson University on Thursday, Jan. 19, Sole Expression will run as a five-year pilot project thanks to $1.1 million in funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.”

Read more: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/7077340-hip-hop-dance-program-helping-traumatized-toronto-youth/

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