Protecting Youth Mental Health: Practical Strategies for Violence Prevention

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CAPHC is once again pleased to welcome our partners from the CYCC Network. This webinar is a presentation of one of CYCC's "Knowledge Synthesis Reports". For more information, go to

Violence can create devastating mental health outcomes for young people and break families and communities apart. This webinar will identify major themes in violence prevention for children and youth in complex emergencies. It will discuss identifying important gaps in the research and provide humanitarian organizations and practitioners with a valuable resource for the development of future programs and areas where more research is needed. It will showcase what researchers, practitioners and communities already know about helping young people cope in the face of violence and preventing further exposure to the many negative mental health outcomes that are linked with violence. 

The CYCC Network is a knowledge mobilization network that was created to improve mental health and well-being for vulnerable and at-risk children and youth in Canada. It promotes the use of research, best and promising practices, and local knowledge in mental health programming for vulnerable and at-risk young people. The CYCC Network is funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence and involves a growing number of members from community based organizations, healthcare, and government, as well as researchers from universities across Canada and internationally.



Click here to see Dr. Christine Wekerle's Presentation- Adolescent Dating Violence & Prevention PDF

Click here to see Judi Fairholm's Presentation - Violence Prevention for Children in Disasters and Complex Emergencies PDF 

Click here to see Lisa Lachance's Introduction to CYCC  PDF 


Judi Fairholm

As Director, Judi Fairholm spearheaded the growth of Canadian Red Cross RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention from a grassroots initiative to a national, award winning program to work in 28 other countries; RespectED works toward creating safe environments through preventing violence against children and youth. In 2002 Judi received a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her tireless work, and in 2007 she won the International Florence Nightingale Medal for her contribution to child and youth safety. Since 2000 she has worked on international projects in Turkey, Sri Lanka, India, Guyana, Benin, Chad, Indonesia, Liberia, Australia, Panama, Malaysia, Geneva and Portugal. Judi’s role as educator, writer, consultant, and mentor, both nationally and internationally, gives her a wide range of skills and knowledge within a global perspective. Her cross-cultural experience and collaborative and development skills have enhanced her work with youth, educators, health and welfare professionals, Aboriginal communities and organizations, justice professionals, and sport and recreation organizations. In addition to her leadership of RespectED, Judi has closely worked with the International Federation’s Secretariat on a Global Strategy on Violence Prevention, Mitigation and Response for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and its 187 National Societies – a strategy that is integrated into the Federation’s work until 2020.

Dr. Christine Wekerle


Dr. Wekerle is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. She obtained her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario, an American and Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, and conducted her accredited internship at McMaster in Pediatrics. Dr. Wekerle's research areas are broadly in the areas of parenting and the prevention of family violence. She has edited a book on the overlap among child maltreatment, dating and courtship violence, partner violence, and substance abuse ("The Violence and Addiction Equation;" Wekerle & Wall, 2002; Taylor Francis), written a book for a broad audience on maltreatment ("Child Maltreatment;" Wekerle, Wolfe, Miller & Spindel, 2006; Hogrefe, translated into Japanese and Spanish), as well as a book and treatment manual on a dating violence prevention program ("The Youth Relationships Project") which remains one of the few programs evaluated in a randomized control trial with at-risk youth. Dr. Wekerle is Co-editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Editor for special issues of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. She has also been an active scientist, publishing in peer-reviewed journals since 1987. Dr. Wekerle's current research focuses on child welfare populations, particularly adolescents who are receiving child protection services and their outcome across physical, mental, and financial health domains. She is invested in supporting health and resilience within maltreated populations, and disseminates actively to policy and practice. In 2012, she co-founded the International Society of Child and Adolescent Resilience (

Dion et al. (2014). Relationships between stressful life events, psychological distress and resilience among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adolescents.

Tanaka & Wekerle (2014). Dating violence among child welfare-involved youth: Results from the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathway (MAP) Longitudinal Study.

Dr. David (Dave) Este


Dr Este joined the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary in 1992. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he was employed as a medical social worker and a researcher.He has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, including courses in social work practice with immigrants and refugees, management of human service organizations, qualitative research methods and mental health. Este is involved in a number of national multi-site research projects including 

a) Reducing stigma of mental illness among boys and men in Asian communities in Canada: An innovative intervention study
b) Reconceptualising the role of diversity in group work
c) Building the Bridge(s)-The diaspora declaration-Development of a global HIV-AIDS research framework and agenda
d) Exploring performance ethnography as an innovative approach to change stigma and promote empowerment among sexual and gender minorities in Lesotho and Swaziland
e) Exploring collaboration processes across sectors: Bridging services for newcomer women.

Lisa Lachance


Lisa Lachance is the Executive Director of the CYCC Network and Institute and joined the team in April 2013. Prior to this, she spent the majority of her career in the public sector, working first with the federal government in Ottawa, primarily at CIDA and with stints at PCO and DFO. At CIDA, Lisa worked in both programs and policy with a particular focus on children’s rights and participation. Since returning to Halifax in 2008, Lisa worked at the Nova Scotia Department of Finance, as well as consulting for Canadian, international and UN organizations, including children’s rights and gender equality projects. Lisa's areas of expertise include policy development and implementation; strategic and operational planning and implementation; facilitation; and Results Based Management. Lisa has also been recognized as an effective non-profit leader as past President and Board member of a range of national Canadian non-profit organizations. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Administration(both degrees from Dalhousie University).

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