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In 18 November’s Toronto Star, Effat Ghassemi - Executive Director of the Newcomer Centre of Peel and FRAN PhD Candidate (FRHD) – discussed the readiness of the Peel Region to receive its share of the projected 25,000 Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the GTA by year’s end. “Mentally we are ready,” says Ghassemi: “If they come and knock at our door, we are ready to tackle it immediately.” Indeed, readiness is a theme shared among the article’s six featured agencies; however, as Ghassemi explains, across the region there is still an urgent need for greater support. As Ghassemi explains, “We’re looking to the federal government to provide the financial resources and enough funding to deal with the need and increase our capacity to deal with this group,” which for the Peel region would include the hiring of additional support workers (particularly those who can speak Arabic or Kurdish), as well as an increase in affordable housing options for new arrivals.
For more information about the GTA’s settlement agencies, please check out the full article from Wednesday’s Toronto Star.
Two of FRAN’s undergraduate students - Farial Hashimi (ADEV) and Sophie Kirby (CYF) - have been nominated in the ‘youth’ category for the 2015 YMCA Canada Peace Medal. These medals are awarded to individuals across Canada who “demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE [Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment] through contributions made within their local, national or global community.”
Farial and her family relocated to the Guelph region from Afghanistan in 2002, and she has since become greatly involved in the community through her events planning with the YMCA. She has twice been elected as a member of the Guelph YMCA Board of Directors. Sophie worked this summer as a lifeguard and swim instructor in the First Nations hamlet of Fort Liard, Northwest Territories, and has volunteered her time to organize an award-winning synchronized swimming team of 9 young women from the community.
The results of the nominations will be announced on Friday, November 20th.
Congratulations, and best of luck to Farial and Sophie!
For more information about the nominees, please check out the full article from the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph.
CFT granted Program Recognition status with CRPO
The MSc program in Couple and Family Therapy has been granted “Program Recognition” status by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The CFTP is now one of only six psychotherapy training programs in Ontario to be granted this recognition, and the only Program in Canada that is both recognized by a provincial licencing body and accredited by AAMFT. Program Recognition status will streamline the application process for past and future graduates, and will also help raise the profile of the program as the premier training program in relational and systemic psychotherapy.
The granting of Program Recognition status for the CRPO is undertaken by Curriculum Services Canada (CSC), an independent third party who specialises in evaluating a wide range of teaching, academic and training resources. In its evaluation findings, CSC noted that the CFT Program provides “exceptional attention” to the number of direct clinical contact and supervision hours - all of which surpass the minimum CRPO requirement - and recognizes the value and depth that the “close supervision” and video recording plays in strengthening the therapeutic process and assessing interns' readiness for clinical work. The CSC also noted the strength of attention paid to measuring observable outcomes and to the teaching and assessing of client risk; the “solid preparation” provided to work from systemic, constructivist and relational perspectives; and acknowledgment that the “effective use of self is well-integrated” in all aspects of program delivery. The CSC also clearly recognizes the CRPO and AAMFT competencies for practice are incorporated in the CFTP’s course design and delivery, and demonstration of these competencies is the primary focus of student evaluation throughout the curriculum.
The process to achieve Program Recognition has been a huge undertaking and great thanks to all those involved in its achievement, a job extremely well done! It is very exciting to receive this recognition as it helps to lay a framework for how to train the next generation of Family Therapists. It is also particularly exciting to now have the CRPO, a Canadian (Ontario) legislative body recognise the significant strength and value that the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition offers in its applied academic and research focused professional training program in Couple and Family Therapy.
Kevin VanDerZwet Stafford, Director of Clinical Training.
This October, FRAN’s Dr. Andrea Breen visited the Inuit hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut where she explored strategies for resilience with local youth and students in Nunavut’s Teacher Education Program. As Dr. Breen explains, past and present traumas create “challenging barriers to connection” for the community. Suicide has recently been declared a crisis by the Government of Nunavut and this crisis is keenly felt by the people of Arviat. Despite these challenges, Breen notes, the people of Arviat are resilient: "Everywhere we went we found people who are striving to build on the strengths they already hold".
Through new technology, remote communities are enhancing connections with each other and with the rest of the world. During her visit, the students at John Arnalukjuak High School participated in Global Dignity Day activities with the help of Connected North’s telepresence system, which allowed them to digitally connect with students from across the country and with Global Dignity Day speakers – including Ashley Callingbull, the first Canadian and first Indigenous person to hold the title of Mrs. Universe. The following day, TakingITGlobal and Nunavut Arctic College held a community feast in which recipes, stories, and arts were shared together. As Dr. Breen observes: “These kinds of events where people come together to build community, play, create, and experience joy together are much more than entertainment in places like Arviat. I’m convinced they can save lives."
To read more about Dr. Andrea Breen's experiences in Arviat, check out her blog post at socialconnectedness.org.
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