Key Recent Projects

Trauma-informed Practice

A range of projects are in process designed to facilitate the introduction of trauma-informed approaches to service provision in the mental health and substance use fields, as well as the child and youth services. BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, health authority planners, BC Ministry of Health, BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, and people involved at all levels of treatment and community-based organizations are involved in these system change-oriented projects

Funding: BC Mental Health Foundation
Investigators and Collaborators: Nancy Poole, Tina Talbot, Lorraine Greaves, Diane Smylie, Rose Schmidt


Repairing the Holes in the Net: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Northern Homeless Women

Repairing the Holes in the Net is an applied health services study designed to improve the mental health of Northern women who have unstable housing or are homeless, through the development of research-based models for more effective health services delivery and policy development in Canada’s three Northern territories. Through the use of communities of practice, the research is designed to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations and territorial governments, including key decision makers and mental health service providers in both the government and non-government sectors.

Funding: Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Investigators and Collaborators: Nancy Poole, Rose Schmidt, Pam Ponic, Annette Browne, Judie Bopp Four Worlds Development Centre, Charlotte Hrenchuck, Yukon Status of Women, Lyda Fuller, YWCA Yellowknife, Sheila Levy, Iqaluit Systematic Review of Interventions to Prevent Domestic Violence


Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Poole, N. (2009). Trauma informed: Symposium examines trauma, addictions and mental health. Network/Reseau, Canadian Women’s Health Network. 11(2), 8.
  2. Morrow, M., Dagg, P. & A. Pederson. (2008). Is deinstitutionalization a ‘failed experiment’? The ethics of re-institutionalization. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 3(2), 1-7.
  3. Poole, N. (2007). Connecting virtually: Webcast on women, violence and substance use. Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal, 3(3), 25-26.
  4. Poole, N. (2007). Trauma-Informed Integrated Practice. Perspectives: Newsletter of the BC Association of Social Workers, 30(3), 14-15

Recent Books

  1. Poole, N., & Greaves, L. (Eds.). (2012). Becoming trauma informed. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
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Recent Reports and Knowledge Exchange Materials

  1. Trauma Informed Practice Guide, 2013
  2. Research Summary: Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services, 2011
  3. Gendering the National Framework: Girl-Centred Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment, 2010

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