INCAR in Media



PART Webinar: Trauma and Technology-Based Interventions

Dr. Christine Wekerle & Dr. Paul Frewen

For adolescents and young adults, especially those transitioning out of care, technology-based supports and interventions can be instrumental to their health, resilience, and wellness. These can be considered within a rights-based approach, with the sustainable development goals of a right to mental health promotion education, as well as the adverse childhood experiences, prevention of non-communicable diseases, and stages of development approaches. Targeting trauma directly, and its impact on emotion regulation and cognition, has been shown to be a promising approach to establishing day-to-day resilience. Dr. Frewen will present on his 4-D trauma model and his current work with virtual reality-based intervention. Dr. Wekerle will present on trauma and resilience, and her current work on a resilience in youth app, "JoyPop" to support resilience factors such as quick access to crisis support, safe supportive social connecting, emotive journaling, gaming, and art-based activities.

ISPCAN Journal Club Webinar: Social Media and Knowledge Mobilization: The Case of Twitter and Sexual Violence Prevention

Dr. Christine Wekerle

Social media is increasingly being utilized in testing the impact of research. Wekerle and colleagues evaluated the use of Twitter to engage stakeholders in their research project focused on sexual violence victimization, health, and resilience. Learn about what they discovered and the implications for ending violence against children.

TEDed Lesson: Male Child Sexual Abuse and Resilience

Katherine Kim, Savanah Smith, & Dr. Christine Wekerle

This interactive lesson provides a definition, prevalence estimates and an overview of the research on of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). This lesson examines the impacts of male CSA victimization for a psychosocial lens and the resulting implications on reporting, coping, and risk-taking. Resilience in the context of male CSA victimization is discussed and a list of helpful resources is provided.


The 2nd International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Caribbean Conference, Jamaica Congress

Symposium Theme: Impact of Child Abuse and Violence on Development
Symposium Title: Child Maltreatment, Substance Abuse, and Interventions: Pathways to Risk and Resiliency

  1. Resilience in Youth: Presenting an App for Youth Experiencing Challenges
    Christine Wekerle, Savanah Smith (CIHRTeamSV)
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  2. Improving Health and Behavioral Outcomes among Sexually Victimized Male Youth: A Qualitative Investigation Among Trauma Treatment Providers
    Ashwini Tiwari, Christine Wekerle, Andrea Gonzalez (CIHRTeamSV)
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  3. Personality-targeted Interventions for Building Resilience against Substance Use and Mental Health Problems among Adolescents Involved in Child Welfare System
    Hanie Edalati, Patricia Conrod
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  4. Investigating the Path from Child Maltreatment to Alcohol Problems in a Sample of Child Welfare-Involved Youth
    Sherry Stewart, Tristan Park, Kara Thompson, Mohammed Al-Hamdani, Amanda Hudson, Christine Wekerle, Savanah Smith (CIHRTeamSV)
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  5. The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children's Functioning: Care Planning Approaches to Foster Trauma-Informed Care
    Shannon Stewart, Yasmin Garad, Natalia Lapshini
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Building the JoyPop app

Complex Trauma Symposium: Canadian Perspectives and Initiatives

Symposium - June 14 -15, 2018

The 2nd annual Complex Trauma Symposium in Montreal saw over 280 people attending, filling every available seat. Participants represented 12 CISSS/CIUSSS, 10 school boards, 15 universities, and over 25 additional organizations. We are eager to continue building upon this passion and creating opportunities for exchange, and planning is already in process for the 3rd annual symposium for summer 2019.

The presentations from the symposium are now accessible on our website (thank you for your patience!):


Research Features Magazine - Issue #127


International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN) European Regional Meeting

Youth Rights & Resilience Symposium
Session 3; Training Professionals

Abstract: Adolescents and young adults are experiencing a high rate of risk for sexual violence, which may be re-victimization experiences. Research in sexual violence risk highlights the needs and areas for resilience interventions within a trauma-informed approach. Current resilience work supports meeting the needs of youth with complex trauma histories by creating the therapeutic context, with a focus on relationship-based resilience and matching to personality styles. Similarly, professionals' resilience in child maltreatment is augmented by novel learning approaches, involving arts education alongside clinical problem-based learning. This symposium looks to present on programming developed with youth voice and extended to special populations of youth where context is critical, youth rights are potentially compromised, and resilience resources are important to galvanize youth resilience processes.

  1. Youth Rights & Resilience
    C. Wekerle, McMaster University & A. Goldstein, University of Toronto
  2. Indigenous Youth Resilience: Contextual & Cultural Considerations
    E. Toombs, C. Mushquash, Lakehead University
  3. Personality and Risk for Substance Abuse: The Preventure Program for Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention
    S. Stewart, Dalhousie University & P. Conrod, University of Montreal
  4. Trauma Informed Practices: The Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) Model: Adolescents in group care
    L. Milne, D. Collin-Vézina, McGill University



Understanding health risks and promoting resilience in male youth with sexual violence experience.

Does social media in violence prevention make sense?
Christine Wekerle, Negar Vakili, Sherry Stewart, Tara Black

Wisdom2Actions: From Trauma To Resilience

Element High School, Ottawa
March 24, 2017

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Boys' and Men's Health partnered with INCAR, to deliver a Wisdom-to-Action, W2A, Knowledge Mobilization Event bringing together Youth, Practitioners, Researchers, and Policy Persons to discuss the issue of sexual violence victimization. W2A-TR allows people passionate about improving the mental health and well-being of young people to build their networks and be exposed to best and promising practices.The event was hosted by the CYCCNetwork (now W2A) called W2A: From Trauma to Resilience, held in March in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This W2ATR model and report was recently workshopped at an invited presentation at the 6th Dialogue and Ideas Series, The Centre for the Study of Resilience in the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, following a workshop presented at the The 4th Pathways to Resilience conference, Capetown, South Africa.

In the media



Faces of #W2ATR

W2A Collaborating Scientists

Dr. Elisa Romano, University of Ottawa
Dr. Delphine Collin-Vezina, McGill University;
Dr. Christine Wekerle, McMaster University.



Drs. Christine Wekerle, Sherry Stewart, and Amanda Hudson
Peace for Victims of Violence
Peace for Victims of Violence
The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways Research Study, Secondary Analyses
Positively Impacting on the Lives of Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Martine Hébert
Childhood Sexual Abuse & Adolescent Dating Violence
Validating Vehicles of Recovery for Violence Victims

Drs. Elizabeth Saewyc, Katherine Mitchell, Jones Adjei, and Claire Pitcher, Melissa Moynihan and the SARAVYC Team
Youth experience sexual exploitation and adolescent and young adult health outcomes
Sexual Exploitation Among Youth

Dr. Delphine Collin-Vezina
Removing the Barriers to Effetive Abuse Therapy

Dr. Christopher Musquash
Conceptualizing resilience for Indigenous child, families and communities; assessment and programming
In With the Old, In With The New

CIHR Team Collaborating Scientists

Dr. Erica Bowen
Adolescent dating violence
Preventing Violence to Secure Brighter Futures

Dr. Gord Flett, Dr. Abby Goldstein
Personality vulnerabilities, youth and young adult health outcomes
Adverse Conditions

Dr. Sarah Brown
Emotional-cognitive information programming among at-risk youth
A Partnership to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse


International Innovation's "Into the Light" Issue
Capturing various initiatives and resources on victims of violence, services, and research directions.

International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference
Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
July 10th - July 12th, 2016

Community Collaborators:

Advocate, Mr. Sheldon Kennedy: Breaking the Ice

Picturing Wellness Conference 2016: Conference Program

Contributions of Interest:

Blog piece: Peace for Victims of Violence

NSPCC: Fighting for the Future

Elizabeth Broderick: The Vicious Circle of Violence and Inequality

Rachad Antonius: Islam and the West: A Multidimentional Relationship

Dr Ralf Puchert, European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Violent Men Can Change

Elly de Decker: Are You Achieving What You Set Out to Achieve?

Jessica Howard, Canadian Women's Foundation: Why Don't Women in Abusive Relationships Just Leave?

One in Three Campaign: Male Victims of Domestic Violence, a Hidden Battle

Further Interest:

Elisa Romano: Improving Intervention

Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC): https://www.saravyc.ubc.ca

Sheherazade Hirji: Be the Change You Want to See

Carol Hagemann-White and Maria José Magalhães: Interventions against gender violence and child abuse

Francine Saillant: Curating a Collective Memory


Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc on male sexual victimization:

Dr. Christine Wekerle at UBC:

Dr. Christine Wekerle at UBC/SFU:

Carol Podedworny and Knicole Knibb, McMaster Museum of Art: The Art of Healing

For McMaster Museum Catalogue Publications, See: https://museum.mcmaster.ca/about/publications/


The 5th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Management of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Keynote speakers in resilience: https://www.interprofessional.ubc.ca/Obesity2014/presenters.asp


Improving the setting and adoption of international standards to drive innovation

World Research Innovation Congress - Watch the 20 minute talk, download slides: https://www.timetag.tv/wric?rm=19534

International Innovation Issue 119: Women in Science

Mapping Adolescent Pathways



2012 TED talk: Mental Health Superhero

By Alicia Raimundo, who has been a mental health advocate since she was 13, after she experienced serious bouts of suicidal ideation as the result of her depression and anxiety. Read more and watch the video.

2010 This Emotional Life - PBS 3-episode series

The Emmy Award-winning team of Vulcan Productions and the producers of NOVA have created a three-part series that explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals.The series was produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions. Read more and watch the video.

Psychological child abuse needs more attention, doctors say.

Hamilton Spectator article about psychological abuse.

Psychological Abuse Can Scar Children, Says AAP.


Deprogramming Abuse.

By Christine Wekerle, International Inovations, Health Care Issue 16, Page 28.

Child maltreatment, mental health and resilience.

By Christine Wekerle, CYCC Network, July 2012

Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, Community of Practice.

International Network of Child and Adolescent Resilience will be hosting its first Fall Colloquium in September 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

EMPOWERING TO EXCEL: Why a child's success begins at home

By Veronica Boodhan | June 17, 2012
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