Category: Children and Youth

What research should teach us about bullying and its prevention– Lunch and Learn

From Ron Ensom of Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA).  Learn at Lunch series, It Takes a Community to Address Bullying

  •  on Friday, October 27.
  • The presenter will be Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor and Head of Psychology and Scientific Co-director of PREVNet, Queen’s University. Dr. Craig will discuss what research should teach us about bullying and its prevention.

RSVP by October 20th as seating is limited!
Contact OCCCA at


Gord Phaneuf talk on Child Abuse Prevention in Canada: Challenges & Opportunities

Ron Ensom shared this presentation of the Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA)

Speaker: Gord Phaneuf
Executive Director, Child Welfare League of Canada …the voice for child welfare issues across Canada

This LEARN at LUNCH will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities.

RSVP by November 14th as seating is limited!
Contact OCCCA at

** Bring your own lunch **

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12-1:30 pm
820 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa (near Carling and Woodroffe)



Children who witness violence, Immigrant Women Services Ottawa share their practice, June 17

From Ron Ensom, Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA) 

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and visible minority women. This Learn at Lunch with Olga Yakovleva Theraputic Counsellor,  will provide an overview of the IWSO and discuss their Children Who Witness Violence Program. 

OCCCA_Learn at Lunch Flyer June 17_2016

OCCCA_Learn at Lunch Flyer June 17_2016

OASW – Eastern Branch 80th Anniversary – Professional Development, Celebration and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 13:00 – 21:00

Kanata Golf and Country Club 7000 Campeau Drive, Kanata

Professional Development 13:00 – 16:00 Strengthening Interventions with High Risk Youth David Falardeau and Dr. Ben Roebuck Presentation of the Joan Gullen Awards for Media Excellence

Join us for a Meet and Greet at 16:00. Bring your business cards. For those joining us for the evening, registration is scheduled for 17:00 followed by the introduction of Keith Adamson, OASW President, and Joan MacKenzie Davies, OASW Executive Director,

….a buffet dinner, entertainment, and the premiere of Heritage Moments: The Pioneers of the Eastern Branch An open forum to follow.

Presentation of the Bessie Touzel Award to Geneviève Côté

Presentation of the Glenn Drover National Award for Outstanding Service

Annual General Meeting

Please confirm your attendance at 613 238-8406, or by e-mail at by March 14, 2016.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and the Lifespan impacts –“Learn at Lunch” seminar

Ron Ensom announced the Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA) will share a key study that helps our ” understanding of the mechanisms by which Adverse Childhood Experiences influence health and well-being throughout the lifespan.” Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Pyramid

ACE Study – Part 1
The term “ACE” has become part of our
professional vocabulary. The landmark
ACE study is a paradigm shift in our
understanding of the mechanisms by
which Adverse Childhood Experiences
in,uence health and well-being
throughout the lifespan.
In the next two LAL’s, the ACE study’s
principal researchers Vincent Feli1i, MD
and Robert Anda, MD will present, via
DVD, the study’s findings and implications.

Friday, November 13, 2015 12-1:30 pm Location:
820 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa

RSVP by November 6
Contact OCCCA at

poster is here: OCCCA Learn at Lunch #3_Nov 13

For study background, here is a “start”

Learning Service aims for comprehensive approach to training about children and youth

Resource for practice skills training, with multiple approaches to advance learning and development.

Get your professional education catalogue

CPRI catalogueChild & Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) has launched the new comprehensive 2015-16 Professional Education Catalogue.

With over 45 educational offerings, available in-person and online, CPRI strives to support evidence-informed learning for individuals and organizations working in child and youth mental health and developmental services.

To view the catalogue click here. To be added to the CPRI education mailing list click here.

This resource shared from EENET

Understanding trauma is key to any successful gang strategy

Kathy Stiell shared this CBC news article that describes efforts in Ottawa and Toronto to address gangs.

Deal with youth trauma to deal with gang problems, says social worker

The keynote speaker at a city-wide summit of police, youth workers, educators, and community agencies on the front line of the struggle against street gangs says understanding trauma is key to any successful gang strategy.

Tom Walker, a social worker and trauma counsellor who played a key role in Toronto’s successful “Breaking the Cycle” program, says early childhood trauma is often at the root of gang involvement later in life.

He says some young people struggle to control their emotions because of their rough upbringing.

“I have kids that will shoot kids because they’re looking at them. We’ve got to understand why that’s happening. It’s a key, key issue,” Walker told the conference.

“A lot of the kids I work with, they think they’re going to be dead before they’re 18, 19. They’re not looking at the future, they’re looking at living today.

Walker said he’s seen firsthand the effects of childhood neglect, even in the most hardened gang members. He says young people turn to gangs because that’s where they finally feel safe.

“We have to understand what we’re up against,” Walker said. “It’s about relationship, it’s about engaging.”

The one-day conference, organized by Crime Prevention Ottawa, was called “Gangs, Trauma and Community: Improving Outcomes.

Police say getting people to talk a big problem

The conference also heard from Ottawa Police Staff Sgt. Ken Bryden, who’s spent four years with the force’s guns and gangs unit.

“These men and women, these young kids, have been subject to a different upbringing, a different lifestyle,” Bryden said. “All the good things these guys and girls never got, the gang gives it to them: Self-confidence, self-esteem, friendship, all that stuff.”

To illustrate how difficult is can be for police it investigate gang-related shootings, Bryden showed two surveillance videos.

The first, from 2009, shows a suspect poking a gun inside the front door of the NuDen strip club and firing off five rounds. A doorman was hit twice in the abdomen, but survived.

The second, from last year, shows a chaotic scene in a parking lot near Merivale Road and Shillington Avenue. Seventeen shots are fired.

Numerous people witnessed the two incidents, but only one — the injured doorman — ever talked to police, Bryden said.

“We’ve got everything we need in place to put together a hell of a prosecution package, but nobody wants to talk to us,” Bryden said. “And I get it, I really do.”

Bryden said judicial releases — when suspects in gang-related crimes are set free with conditions — pose another “huge challenge” for police.

Budget money just the beginning, says Watson

“We put the time and effort and resources into doing what we do and holding people accountable for these acts of violence…now we need to invest that time again to supervise.”

The City of Ottawa has earmarked $400,000 in its 2015 draft budget for an exit strategy and employment program for adult gang members, but mayor Jim Watson acknowledged that alone won’t solve the city’s gang problem.

“We have to start somewhere,” Watson told the conference, adding this is the first time the municipality has committed money to such a program.

Conference organizers also acknowledge there’s easy solution to such a complicated issue, but say getting all the agencies involved in the issue under one roof to talk develop a cooperative approach is a vital first step.

“What we’re doing here today is trying to raise the bar on our understanding,” said Nancy Worsfold, executive director of Crime Prevention Ottawa. “These are complex issues and we need a sophisticated response.”

There were a record-high 49 gang-related shootings in Ottawa last year; so far in 2015, there has only been one incident.