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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”.

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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.

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.

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