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Revitalizing Practice

Monday, May 16 - Morning

(60 MINUTES: 10:45 - 11:45 AM)



1. Bourque, RCMP KARE
- RCMP KARE Pro Active Unit - High Risk Person Canvas & Human Trafficking Seminar


Our mandate is youth-focused, where RCMP KARE Pro Active members meet with youth

throughout Alberta, going to the hot spots identified to them such as group homes (Kindred

House, Grimmond House, Red Deer area homes), drop-in centres such as YESS and the

Armoury providing education on tactics used by exploiters to recruit or trap vulnerable youth into

the sex / drug trade.




2. Crosby, University of Alberta

- Take good care of yourself; take good care of youth: Frontline workers and self-care


Taking care of youth is emotionally draining and rewarding work. The workshop will consist of

two parts. First, Daena will discuss the relationship between frontline worker self-care and care

for youth from her research in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Second, participants will engage in a

peacemaking circle to explore: What is self-care? How do I/don’t I take good care of myself?




3. Tremblay, University of Alberta - Developing a model of supportive housing for teen families

Recognizing the challenges of teen parenting, Terra Centre and Brentwood Housing Society

partnered to develop a supportive housing model for teen families. Through this presentation,

we will share successes and challenges experienced by staff and teen families involved, and

discuss how our participatory research agenda will capture the programs innovative practices.




4. Hallborg, REACH Edmonton - WrapED
- Collaborative youth gang prevention in Edmonton


WrapED is a collaborative program that uses the wraparound approach to help youth move

away from the threat of gangs and to learn to thrive in community. While building resiliency of

youth on the ground, WrapED is also contributing to a national body of knowledge about

evidence-based programs in gang prevention. Learn about our collaborative model, the

wraparound approach, our successes, our challenges, and key learnings to date.




5. Jeffares, Create Your Whole Self
- Re-discovering the magic of our work


Do you have mindfulness practices that help you and your work in service to others? Does your

work feel magical? This workshop will explore helping others and caring for yourself. Join us for

an interactive, playful hour designed to enable you to experience the magic of you and your





6. Puddu, MacEwan
- Voices from the street: Stories of vulnerable youth in the shadow of urban development


This presentation will showcase preliminary findings of an engaged, Community-Based

Participatory Research project that partners with homeless Edmonton youth. In this project,

youth created narratives to explore their experiences of living on the streets and the impact of

downtown revitalization on their health and resilience. Youth participants will be co-presenting.




7. Tamara D. Gartner, Registered Social Worker, Registered Psychologist  
- Supporting Sexual and Gender Minority (LGBTQ) Children, Youth, and Families: Considerations for Inclusive Practice


In this session Tamara will help you to understand the lived and learned realities of sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families and to explore and engage with LGBTQ terminology. She will identify our professional responsibility to create safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ children, youth, and families, as well as useful community resources and professional supports.






Monday, May 16 - Afternoon

(60 MINUTES: 1:45 - 2:45 PM)




1. Rusich, REACH Edmonton

- Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP)


Youth from the Oromo, Sudanese, Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities built capacity

and developed leadership skills to plan a week long program (PYEP) for youth ages 12 – 24 in

August, 2015. They learned about the role of police, community engagement, mentorship and

the importance of feedback to influence change. Youth, police and Community Animator will

share their experience and learnings.




2. Twilley, AB Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
- Using gov’t administrative data to inform policy for Alberta’s high-risk youth


Analysis plans for the Child and Youth Data Laboratory’s Longitudinal Project will be discussed

in the context of high-risk youth. Panelists will discuss the nature and scope of the project, and

plans for investigating homeless youth, youth involved in the justice system, and youth facing

multiple challenges.




3. Kapasi, University of Alberta; Hobbs,
Early Childhood Development Support Services

- Moving the Mountain: The past, the present, the future


This presentation introduces Moving the Mountain, an integrated, holistic, and individualized approach to learning for at-risk Aboriginal girls. It highlights the successes and challenges as the program moves from prototype to pilot, focusing on the realities of this process from the perspective of the youth and facilitators.




4. Trefry, Streetworks
- Youth 2 youth: Alternatives to abstinence following a harm reduction framework


Streetworks is in the 5th year of its drug education project “Youth to Youth: Keeping kids safer

and healthier”. This project aims to use Harm Reduction as a strategy to ensure that youth have

truthful drug information, allowing them to make decisions that are realistic and appropriate for

their life circumstances.




5. Pearson, Boys and Girls Clubs. BBBS Edmonton, et al.
- Sharing lessons learned and successes: Mentoring children & youth in care


An Advisory Group came together to expand mentoring for children in care and support

meaningful relationships between mentors & vulnerable youth. The project focuses on

innovative practices in recruitment, screening, matching and enhanced training. Panel

members (including pilot sites, mentor & mentee) will share lessons learned and collaborations

from the first year, next steps and celebrate successes to date.




6. Broomfield, iHuman

- Being a hero to creativity - The iHuman model


In this engaging presentation, the audience will encounter the narratives of 'high risk' youth who

find community and purpose through engaging in creativity. Learn how iHuman's model is

implemented, share in the youths' storytelling through various art forms and be inspired to "be a

hero to creativity".




7. Laporte, Children Services

- Fostering High Risk Youth


Renee is a foster carer who supports high risk teens in her home. She has been a licensed

foster care home for a year and a half, but she has been taking in high risk girls for 2.5 years.

She started in this role to help out girls who were living on the streets. She takes a creative and

supportive approach to each situation. Learn more about who Renee is, what fostering high risk

girls is like, and her role in the community.






Tuesday, May 17 - Morning

(90 MINUTES: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM)




1. Hamilton F., MacEwan

- Trauma exposure response and the practitioner


We are all affected by the work that we do. This workshop will focus on discussing what

happens to all of us whose work involves supporting others through trauma. We will talk about

theoretical perspectives as well as considering ways to manage this impact.




2. VanDomselaar, Denise, A Muse Inc.
Embracing Change


“Embracing Change” is an interactive Expressive Arts, Restorative Circle process dealing with

the human experiences of change and loss. Expressive Arts require no artistic skill and are a

gentle way to connect with one’s own experience and express it in a non-threatening way. It

encourages a notion of “trusting the process” rather than “controlling the process,” which is a

great metaphor for life as we move through loss and embrace change. The Restorative Circle

process provides a respectful means for participants to connect meaningfully with others as they

feel ready to. We will be using a variety of art supplies such as markers, crayons, paper, glue.

Limited to 25 participants.




3. Polzin, CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
- Understanding the role of trauma and adverse childhood experiences in high risk youth with mental health and addiction challenges


Recognizing the role that trauma plays in the lives of complex youth struggling with mental

health and addictions leads to better services and outcomes. We will describe the journey at

CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health towards embedding the narrative of trauma

and resilience into our organization and services.




4. Puligandla, Homeward Trust
- Reinvisioning the Edmonton youth system: Developing and implementing the community strategy to end youth homelessness in Edmonton


Edmonton’s recent progress in addressing youth homelessness is unique: through development

of a youth-specific local community strategy that aligns with both the municipal and provincial

plans to end homelessness, Homeward Trust has engaged government systems, community

stakeholders, and youth with lived experience towards transforming our homeless youth





5. Smyth, Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services
- The critical need to understand trauma, attachment and brain development when working with youth in the child welfare system


High-risk youth, many who have experienced significant trauma in their lives, identify that they

often have strained and challenging connections to their case worker and service providers in

the child welfare system. This workshop examines the need to better understand these

relationship dynamics and shift from punishment-consequence intervention to a relationshipbased





6. Stevens, University of Calgary
- Using design thinking for the prevention of ethnocultural youth gang involvement


Join members of a Calgary project working to help immigrant youth discover their voices and

identities through a Wraparound approach, with the aim of preventing gang involvement. The

presentation will discuss ongoing learning, and will include interactive components for attendees

to discover the innovation that comes with combining ideas.




7. Dr. Sophie Yohani

Coming soon…






Tuesday, May 17 - Afternoon

(90 MINUTES: 3:00 - 4:30 PM)



1. Stephen Gaetz

Coming soon…




2. Zarn, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

- Script Program, We can all relate


An interactive discussion about building relationships with high-risk youth; what a ‘relationship

focus’ looks like on the ground and in the community. With our Guiding Principles and building

on our continuum of services, we’ve developed our approach with the aim to be as “relationship

based” as we can. In this session we will also discuss the challenges that can arise from being

too relationship focused (if that’s even possible!).




3. Fortune, Boys and Girls Club Calgary

- Harm reduction vs. harm acceptance: A lens on youth recovery


Explore the principles of Harm Reduction and how to better support youth who are living with

high risk choices. This presentation will introduce the concept of “Harm Acceptance” a new

dimension of Harm Reduction practice. Harm Acceptance refers to practitioners operating from

a harm reduction model who accept clients where they are at….and nothing else. These

practitioners are not maximizing the model and do not strive to move youth toward a future

where their behaviours are healthier, have less negative impacts and have a recovery

orientation to client centred care. (Fortune, Poffenroth)




4. Kamps, Calgary and Area Child & Family Services

- Finding connections and building safety for high risk youth - Calgary Region CFS


Calgary Region, Child and Family Services, want to share its innovative practice shifts. We will

highlight theory and foundation of these practices as developed by other leaders throughout the

United States and Australia, and we will provide case examples of how we have incorporated

this into our work with youth.




5. Basisty, Boyle Street Ed. Centre, Youth Transit Access Project

Youth living in poverty depend on public transit, but are at risk of entering the criminal justice

system when they accrue fines for being unable to afford the fare. The Youth Transit Access

Project is collaborative initiative offering high-risk youth opportunities for transit access, and

seeking to improve relationships between youth and enforcement.




6. Kasper, Youth Empowerment and Support Services

- TBRI - Innovative intervention and empowerment strategies for high risk youth


Learn powerful and innovative approaches to working with high risk youth. Through a proactive

and evidence based framework, Trust Based Relational Intervention educates and informs front

line workers and parents on why youth act out, what their needs are and teaches effective ways

to facilitate improved behaviour and optimal development.




7. Cramer, Child & Family Services

- We’re all in this together: Creating and maintaining collaborative service teams in front line work with high risk youth


As the needs of our youth become more complex, so to do the demands on frontline

practitioners. This session looks at the innovative practice of creating better outcomes through

the development of multidisciplinary, collaborative service teams. Topics include identifying and

engaging members, communication, information sharing, shared responsibility and

expectations. Session includes a panel discussion with one such collaborative team.






Monday, May 16 - Plenary

(3:15 - 5:00 PM)



1. Hamilton, Cipher 5, Cipher5

The HipHop Healing


At Cipher5, we are proud advocates for the empowering and transformative power of hip-hop

culture in all its forms and practices. We, at Cipher5, use Hip Hop and its elements to empower

marginalized and silenced youth and young adults. We promote Hip Hop as a path to selfmastery

as we use the Cipher as a sacred space. A highly enriched, magical and powerful

space that facilitates our own metamorphosis into a greater self. Megamorphosis.




2. Hunt, iHuman Youth Society, iHuman's Uncensored presents

- The Criminalization Simulation


In this interactive presentation, the audience will encounter the performance of forum theatre

scenes in the form of a game, which simulates the stereotypical experience of "high risk youth"

who are often "criminalized" for their engagement in everyday activities such as sitting in a park

or hanging with friends.




3. Young, University of Calgary

A phenomenological study on the experience of composing rap lyrics among ‘at-risk’ youth


Youth who have had adverse life experiences are often categorized by symptomology, leading

to pathology-based interventions. Professionals must utilize methods that reduce the focus on

pathology-based interventions and are relevant to youth. The presentation introduces thesis

work exploring the perceptions of ‘at-risk’ youth regarding the process of composing rap lyrics.




4. Mac Donald, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Understanding Their Story


“Understanding Their Story” incorporates a combination of strategies based on best and

promising practice. Our approach focuses on integrating the principles of Attachment; Trauma,

Grief and Loss, child development as well as Experiential Learning to support children and

youth through new and positive experiences that will pave the way to a more fulfilling tomorrow.




5. Inner City Drama Group, Inner City Youth Development Association

Listen to Our Voices, Discuss the Issues, Create a Shared Narrative


First, youth from Inner City High will use Image Theatre to show you the barriers they encounter

on a daily basis. Then participate in our process….group building games, issue discussion and

the creation of image theatre…. youth participants and conference delegates join together to

create and share short presentations.




Session Schedule for HRYC 2016

Sessions are listed below by last name of the primary presenter, their organization and a brief

description. Sessions and schedule are subject to change.

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