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Announcement of the PHAC’s funding of iHeal Project
Thursday, December 15, 2016

"iHeal in Context: Testing the effectiveness of health promotion intervention for women who have experienced intimate partner violence" Announcement of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s funding.

The iHeal project received $3,050,674 in funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to examine the impacts of an innovative, evidence-based intervention called iHEAL, specifically designed to meet the needs of women who have separated from an abusive partner. The research team is led by Dr. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Women’s Health Research Chair in Rural Health at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University, and includes four other Western researchers. The study will be co-led by partners at the University of British Columbia (Dr. Colleen Varcoe) and the University of New Brunswick (Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey), and includes researchers at McMaster University, University of Montreal, and Johns Hopkins University.  Learn more at http://mediarelations.uwo.ca/2016/12/13/researchers-receive-3-million-federal-funding-project-addressing-domestic-violence/

WEBINAR TODAY!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The First Knowledge Hub Webinar is scheduled today from 1:00 to 2:15pm EST and is presented by Colleen Varcoe on Trauma-and Violence-informed practice.

Access the webinar at: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2011320&username=&password=M.EEFE6970E634D8331E3AB5C19BFBDB 

The Knowledge Hub is excited to announce its new Trauma-and violence-informed Webinar Series!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Register Now! http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub-webinar-series-2017

Our first webinar is coming up on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:15 pm EST.
In this webinar, Dr. Colleen Varcoe, Professor at the University of British Columbia will provide a foundational understanding of trauma and violence and their complex and lasting impacts, demonstrate the need to shift from trauma-informed to trauma- and violence-informed, and explain the principles and strategies of trauma-and violence-informed approaches.

Other Upcoming Webinars:

What it takes to be a Trauma-informed Organization

Date & Time: January 31, 2017 | 1:00pm to 2:15 pm Eastern Standard Time

Presented by: Ms. Holly Murphy, Advanced Practice Leader for Trauma Informed Care, the IWK Health Center and Ms. Sue McWilliam, Advanced Practice Leader for Outcomes & Evaluation Research, IWK Health Centre.

The IWK Health Centre is a pediatric and obstetric hospital that provides care to women, children, youth, and their families from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Centre 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”.

Reaching Youth through Sports: Trauma-Informed Physical Activity

Date & Time: March 7, 2017 | 1:00pm to 2:15pm Eastern Standard Time

Presented by: Ms. Rebekah Roulier, Chief Operating Officer, Doc Wayne

Doc Wayne, a non-profit that connects with youth through sports has a specially designed curriculum, Do the Good (DtG), built on the therapeutic model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Framework. In this webinar, you will learn about Do the Good, a trauma-informed sports intervention.

Register at: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub-webinar-series-2017

Shape Your Life project calls out Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau to join them at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club
Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Shape Your Life (SYL) project is calling out to Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau to join them at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club on November 25th for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On the same day, representatives from the Public Health Agency of Canada will be present to announce the new funding for the Shape Your Life program. Learn more and watch the boxing challenge video! Read the full article at http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/11/01/trudeau-female-boxers_n_12758252.html.

Knowledge Hub Welcomes Five New PHAC Funded Projects to its Community of Practice
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Five new projects have received funding under the Public Health Agency of Canada’s call for proposal, “Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs”.  Learn about the projects.

Project Title: Building Internal Resilience Through Horses
Description: This project will deliver and test expressive arts and psycho-educational group therapy, and facilitated equine experiential learning. The project will further existing research on the benefits of equine assisted learning for survivors of child maltreatment and for young women exposed to intimate partner violence.

Project Title: Creative Solutions to Easing Victimization’s Effects
Description: The organization will design, implement and evaluate a 12-week trauma-informed, artistic and cultural program for Indigenous women living off-reserve who are survivors of intimate partner violence. The project will measure changes in women’s symptoms of PTSD related to intimate partner violence and abuse; abuse-related guilt; depression; anxiety; substance use; and self-esteem.

Project Title: Soutenir la transition et l'engagement dans la parentalité (STEP) chez les adultes ayant vécu de mauvais traitement au cours de leur enfance / STEP: Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood in adults who experienced maltreatment as children
Description: This project, led by The Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l’enfant et la famille (CEIDEF), Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, will pilot, implement and evaluate a mentalization-based group intervention for expectant mothers and fathers who were victims of childhood maltreatment. The project will take place in the Mauricie and the Central Québec Region and also include health and social services professionals, caseworkers, community agencies, and youth protection services.

Project Title: iHEAL in Context: Testing the effectiveness of a health promotion intervention for women who have experienced intimate partner violence
Description: iHEAL is a health promotion intervention designed to support women who are in the transition of separating from an abusive partner to improve their health and quality of life. The intervention will be co-delivered by community health nurses and a community partner, in BC, Ontario and New Brunswick. The project includes a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that will assess the impact of the intervention on a number of health outcomes, including mental health, quality of life, and self-efficacy.

Project Title: Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Aboriginal Youth Experiencing Teen Dating Violence in the Northwest Territories
Description: This evidence-based intervention is grounded in the theoretical framework of social ecological learning and will reach Indigenous and Northern teenage girls (ages 13-17) through school-based programming across the Northwest Territories (NWT). This arts-based intervention uses drama, visual arts, moose hide beading, traditional hand drumming, photography, digital storytelling, and music to educate and facilitate discussion about issues that affect Northern youth, including violence, relationships, sexual health and mental health.

Project Name Change
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Project Name Change: The Participant Action for Health Promotion through Peer Support project is now called P.E.A.C.E. – Peer Education And Connection through Empowerment. 

The Building Connections
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Building Connections bilingual manual is released! “Building Connections: Supporting Community-Based Programs to Address Interpersonal Violence and Child Maltreatment/ CRÉER DES LIENS:  Soutenir les programmes communautaires pour lutter contre la violence interpersonnelle et la maltraitance des enfants”.  The manuals are currently available at http://www.mothercraft.ca/index.php?q=ei-connections.   

Mothercraft Society
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mothercraft Society is pleased to announce the launch of its Building Connections webpage at http://www.mothercraft.ca/index.php?q=ei-connections, which  will be home for all the resources, links and updates that Building Connections will provide to the community-based projects and the public throughout the course of the project.

Reaching out with Yoga
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reaching out with Yoga project is currently delivering trauma-informed yoga at one of its pilot sites in Revelstoke, B.

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