Providing peer support for families of children with complex needs: A best practice toolkit

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/07/27 20:35

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Together with community partners and family leaders, Evidence to Care at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital created the Peer Support Best Practice Toolkit.  This toolkit is a resource for individuals developing and offering peer support programs for families of children with medical complexity and other lifelong disabilities.

The Toolkit includes: an overview of peer models, a summary of a rapid review of the peer support literature, Ontario-based case studies, family stories, resources, templates and links. The toolkit is freely available for download at www.hollandbloorview.ca/peertoolkit

Please join as we provide an overview of how the Toolkit was developed, key content and examples of existing programs. We will showcase how the Toolkit can be used to help inform peer support program development and delivery in a variety of settings.  


 

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Shauna Kingsnorth has been the Lead of Evidence to Care since its launch. Shauna holds a Doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto, an Advanced Certificate of Study in Program Evaluation from Claremont University and has completed the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training through the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also a Clinical Study Investigator in the Bloorview Research Institute and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Shauna has worked in the field of childhood disability conducting clinically-driven research and driving knowledge translation for 10 years.








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Christine Provvidenza has been a Knowledge Translation Specialist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for 3 years.  Christine has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Physical Health and Education from the University of Toronto and has completed the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate through the Hospital for Sick Children.  Christine is also a Kinesiologist who has worked in the injury prevention field for over 10 years.  Her work has focused on the development and delivery of sport-based injury prevention programs and concussion education and knowledge transfer initiatives for athletes, coaches and parents.






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Julia Schippke has been a Knowledge Broker at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for 2.5 years.  Julia has a Master’s degree in Health Policy & Equity from York University and a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Promotion from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to Holland Bloorview, Julia worked in public health and patient education and completed the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate through the Hospital for Sick Children.  Julia is passionate about translating research evidence into practice in the field of childhood disability.  






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Lori Beesley is a Family-Centred Care Specialist at Holland Bloorview and the Bloorview Research Institute. She currently manages the Family Leadership Program and is involved in expanding family engagement in research. Lori also leads two Parent Talk groups, which engages experts and families in peer support settings for parents of children with disabilities. Lori is a Senior Director of the Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada, and co-chair of a regional council for Community Living Toronto. Lori’s personal experiences and perspectives as a parent of a young man with disabilities helps her advocate for families in a sensitive and empathetic way.

Created by Ann Watkins on 2016/04/04 16:20