Picturing Wellness: Art Innovations in Knowledge Exchange for the CIHR Team grant on sexual victimization in boys' and men's health.

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While hospital-based care is very familiar with the need for training on delivering "bad news," there remains concern and confusion on reporting reasonable suspicions of child abuse and neglect.  This collective "gaze aversion" comes at the cost of child abuse prevention, part of the International 2015 Global Goals for Healthy Living and Peace & Justice. Increasingly, research work is highlighting the under-attended concern of child sexual abuse in particular in family, in sports, and in community.  Picturing Wellness is an initiative of the CIHR IGH and PHAC-funded Team in boys' and men's health on the health and resilience from adverse contexts, such as the child maltreatment.  This arts- and case-based approach combines the tradition of formal art analysis to systematically view a complex visual with emphasis on observed evidence. This approach is applied to the problem-based learning of child abuse and neglect clinical cases. Funded by McMaster University Forward with Integrity, Ontario Provincial Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health, and CIHR, this knowledge exchange and research initiative provides an opportunity for inter-professional and community collaboration and professionals' resilience.



Wekerle.jpgDr. Christine Wekerle

Dr. Wekerle is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. She obtained her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario, an American and Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, and conducted her accredited internship at McMaster in Pediatrics. Dr. Wekerle's research areas are broadly in the areas of parenting and the prevention of family violence. She has edited a book on the overlap among child maltreatment, dating and courtship violence, partner violence, and substance abuse ("The Violence and Addiction Equation;" Wekerle & Wall, 2002; Taylor Francis), written a book for a broad audience on maltreatment ("Child Maltreatment;" Wekerle, Wolfe, Miller & Spindel, 2006; Hogrefe, translated into Japanese and Spanish), as well as a book and treatment manual on a dating violence prevention program ("The Youth Relationships Project") which remains one of the few programs evaluated in a randomized control trial with at-risk youth. Dr. Wekerle is Co-editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Editor for special issues of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. She has also been an active scientist, publishing in peer-reviewed journals since 1987. Dr. Wekerle's current research focuses on child welfare populations, particularly adolescents who are receiving child protection services and their outcome across physical, mental, and financial health domains. She is invested in supporting health and resilience within maltreated populations, and disseminates actively to policy and practice. In 2012, she co-founded the International Network of Child and Adolescent Resilience (www.in-car.ca).

316b532.jpgMargaret Shkimba 

Margaret Shkimba has a background in the history of medicine and health care, gender and interdisciplinary health education.  She is a regular columnist with the Hamilton Spectator, writing on social and political issues.  She is a partner in the Picturing Wellness initiative.


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