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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/

What it takes to be a Trauma-informed organization
Monday, January 30, 2017

The second Knowledge Hub and Learning Network webinar is coming up on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST and can be accessed at the following link: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2011320&username=&password=M.39FB165FA70A4056F54359A0513393

Presented By: Holly Murphy & Sue McWilliam, IWK Health Centre

The IWK Health Centre, a pediatric and obstetric hospital that provides care to women, children, youth, and their families from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, is currently in the process of becoming a fully trauma-informed organization and examining their trauma-specific services to better serve those who have experienced trauma. Learn more about how this initiative is being implemented through trauma awareness and education sessions to staff and community partners through their campaign, “Your Experiences Matter”.

As a participant, you will have to download and open the file that is prompted as you login. This may take a few minutes so please do this ahead of time. 
Please note that you will not be able to access the webinar until 30 minutes before it is scheduled to start and you only need to enter your name to join the webinar session. Visit this support page by Blackboard if you have technical problems.  

Register for our other upcoming webinars at: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub-webinar-series-2017

Exciting news from the Building Internal Resilience through Horses project!
Monday, January 30, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s funding for the Building Internal Resilience through Horses project was announced by the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and the Mane Intent. The “federal government is making it easier for horses in the Peterborough area to help people heal.”

Building Internal Resilience through Horses project is a collaborative project between the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, the Mane Intent, and Trent University. The project “is designed to promote resilience and life skills in survivors of child maltreatment and those who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. The program is 12 weeks long — four weeks of expressive arts and psychoeducational programming followed by eight weeks of equine-assisted learning — and is expected to be delivered to 60 to 80 women aged 13 to 18 living in and around the County and City of Peterborough.” Check out this news story and learn more about this exciting project: http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7073176-new-program-harnesses-the-healing-power-of-peterborough-area-horses/

From Trauma-informed to Trauma-and violence-informed with Dr. Colleen Varcoe
Monday, January 30, 2017

The webinar recording and presentation slides are now available and can be accessed at: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub/trauma-informed-trauma-and-violence-informed

In this Webinar, Dr. Varcoe shared ‘in process’ thoughts on the evolution of the concept of trauma- and violence-informed practice and discussed some practical approaches to integrating trauma- and violence-informed care and structural competence in health care.

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