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Register Now: Learning Network & Knowledge Hub Webinars!
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sexual Harassment and Precarious Workplaces
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST
Presented by: Kaitlyn Matulewicz, Retail Action Network

Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST
Presented by: Hannah Lee, Louise Godard, & Sarah Yercich

To learn more & register, visit: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/webinar-series

Knowledge Hub Welcomes the Transformed Project
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A new project recently received funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s investment, “Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs”.

The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) will engage trans*, gender diverse and two spirit individuals in the greater Toronto area who have experienced intimate partner violence, to develop resources and improve supports for survivors. This project aims to increase understanding of how intimate partner violence is experienced by trans*, gender diverse and two spirit people, build peer intervention approaches, and develop tools and training to equip health and social service providers to provide effective, equitable care and support. (Note: Trans* is an inclusive term that refers to individuals who identify as transsexual, transitioned, transgender, trans men (FTM), trans women (MTF), genderqueer, gender-fluid, gender nonconforming, third gender, non-binary and intersex.)

Learn More (PDF)

Welcome Wendy Komiotis, Marion Newrick, Ilene Hyman, and Tatiana Ferguson to the Trauma- and Violence-Informed Health Promotion Community of Practice (CoP)

MindUP for Young Children
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The MindUP for Young Children project has currently wrapped up the pilot year, completing MindUP in a Trauma Informed Framework in 15 LDCSB classrooms and two parent/ child groups at Merrymount. Check out the findings from the 2016-2017 Pilot of MindUP in LDCSB Kindergarten Classes.

School Board Report: http://www.csmh.uwo.ca/research/mindup_schoolboard_report.html

Parent Report: http://www.csmh.uwo.ca/research/pilotreport_parents_online_20170905.pdf

Mental Health First Aid First Nations Webinar Series
Thursday, August 24, 2017

REGISTER NOW for the Centre for School Mental Health upcoming Mental Health First Aid First Nations (MHFAFN) Webinar Series!

Webinar #1: Ann Seymour, Indigenous Program Specialist, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m. EST

Webinar #2: Claire Crooks, Director, Centre for School Mental Health
Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m EST

Webinar #3: Andrea Lapp, Project Coordinator, Centre for School Mental Health
Date: September 19, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m EST

Registration link: http://www.csmh.uwo.ca/research/webinar_series.html

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.

  1. News release
  2. Backgrounder
  3. Fact Sheets
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.

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