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2012 Conference Proceedings

2012 Canadian Community Psychology Conference

In this section, we present author selected submissions from the 2012 Canadian Community Psychology Conference, held in May 2012.

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Implementing Housing First: Interim Findings from a Mixed Methods Fidelity Evaluation

The At Home/Chez soi project is a demonstration project examining the Pathways/Housing First (HF) model in five sites across Canada (Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg & Vancouver).  In contrast to the usual continuum of care model (or “supportive housing”), HF works by offering immediate access to regular apartments and providing mobile support, regardless of traditional “readiness” criteria (e.g. engagement in mental health care).

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Effective, Just and Humane: A Case for Client-Centered Collaboration A Case Study of John Howard Society of Toronto’s Housing Program

This poster describes a community psychology approach to collaboration, housing and mental health treatment.

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Let’s Make it Happen: Improving the Lives of Youth in Low-Income Families

This qualitative evaluation of the “Youth Futures” program from 2011 found that participants reported fostering new friendships with co-workers and were pleased with their job placements for their paid employment. Participants reported that the post-secondary experience gave them an opportunity to feel connected to other students on campus, and more confident in pursuing a university program of their choice (e.g., social sciences). Several improvements for the “Youth Futures” program were suggested including rotating job placements and more flexibility in the leadership training schedule. Overall this program shows enormous promise in making a difference in the lives of low-income youth.

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Navigate This! Youth Contest: A case study of social advertising and social media marketing in action

The author designed an integrated social media and social advertising plan, the centre of which was the "Youth4Health Navigate This Youth Contest."  The contest consisted of different sets of activities (e.g., physical or artistic) that offered Ontario youth age 16-25 a wide variety of opportunities to: (i) experience health navigation in a fun and engaging way; and (ii) to experience the insight that they already have some health navigation skills, and that by exploring some activities and videos on the Navigate This! webpage, they could further develop their existent health navigation skills.

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Designing a people-focused approach to behaviour change: Using community based social marketing to support a nascent Transition Town initiative

This poster describes each tool in the CBSM toolbox and how we applied a community- (as opposed to individual)-focused style of social marketing to the challenges faced by for that grassroots group.

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The Accepting Schools Act: The potential of an Ontario Anti-bullying Legislation from the Perspective of LGBT Youth

This research project intends to investigate the value and merits of the Premier’s proposal by exploring the perspectives and insights of those who will be affected by its legislation the most. By giving voice to the lived experiences and epistemic privilege of the bullied LGBT youth, this study intends to uncover the risks and potential benefits of the Accepting Schools Act as a social policy that could effect transformative change.

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A Consumer Approach to Knowledge Translation of Health Promotion Information in Primary Care

This study explored consumer preferences related to topics and vehicles of health promotion information in a primary care clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 204 adult patients from one clinic completed a brief survey on these topics. Respondents expressed an interest in receiving information on a wide range of health promotion topics. In terms of preferred sources of health promotion information, 60% preferred to receive information from their own doctor, 50% from a recommended website, and 50% from brochures or booklets. Using multiple channels to assess interest and provide health promotion information may be the most promising approach in the long run. Given the limited time available in consultations with primary care providers, an effective approach may be to combine brief assessment of health status and interest in receiving health promotion information, discussion with a primary care provider, educational information provided in the form of a brochure or recommended websites, and then follow up by the primary care provider. The results of this study are a first step towards improving our understanding of the needs of the general public related to health promotion within primary care.

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Alternate Level of Care: Hospital Beds as a Costly Housing Substitute for People with Mental Health Issues

In 2009 the Mental Health Commission of Canada contracted the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Council on Social Development to undertake a national scan of housing and related supports for people living with mental illness across Canada. The ALC issue was widely mentioned across the country by people who contributed to the Turning the Key report, and in many provinces and territories as an important priority. Many studies have turned to examine the economic case for providing supported housing options as a financially viable alternative to bed blocking in hospitals.

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TURNING THE KEY: Assessing Housing and Related Supports for Persons Living with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses

The Turning the Key project is designed to inform the Mental Health Commission of Canada of the current housing and community support needs for people living with mental illness in Canada. The project, which was carried out by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Council on Social Development, provides a comprehensive national scan along a number of different dimensions. The result is designed to support planning and policy work in housing and related supports regionally, provincially/territorially, and nationally.