Qualaxia Network
Quazette May 2010  
  Working with young children living in vulnerable conditions  
  A team from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) prepared a report on effective interventions among young children living in vulnerable conditions. Liane Comeau, Ph.D. and Daniel Beauregard B. Sc present the report's important aspects in Quintessence.

In the continuous research for improving populational mental health it is important to target young children from birth, or even before. We know that children living in vulnerable conditions are at greater risk, therefore, we suggest several interesting publications on the subject.

Beginning in June, the Qualaxia team will work on the development of new thematic issues. For a more focused, enriched product that responds effectively to audiences interested in our activities, Quazette and Quintessence will break for July and August and will return this September in a newly revised format.

For the optimal development of children living in vulnerable conditions: early intervention and parental support
Volume 2, issue 6, June 2010 - Liane Comeau, Ph.D. and Daniel Beauregard, B.Sc.

The authors and scientific counsellors at the Direction du développement des individus et des communautés at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec deal with effective interventions supporting the development of children living in vulnerable conditions with the help of the Perinatal and Early Childhood Services (SIPPE). They present and describe the different types of interventions as well as conditions associated to their effectiveness.
  Publications – Child mental health and development  
Avis scientifique sur les interventions efficaces en promotion de la santé mentale et en prévention des troubles mentaux
Desjardins, D'Amours, Poissant, & Manseau (2008)
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) asked the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) to develop a scientific review responding to recommendations from several partners on the importance of adding elements to promote mental health and prevent mental disorder to the MSSS's 2005-2010 Mental Health Action Plan. As a result, the Quebec public health program on mental health must also be reviewed. The INSPQ's recommendations will permit decision-makers to make relevant choices when promoting mental health and preventing mental disorder in accordance with their priorities. Several of these measures concern children's mental health.
Early child development: A powerful equalizer
Irwin, Siddiqi, & Hertzman (2007)
This document, by the World Health Organization (WHO), synthesizes knowledge about opportunities to improve the state of early child development on a global scale. In keeping with international policy standards, early childhood is defined as the period from prenatal development to eight years of age. What a child experiences during the early years sets a critical foundation for his/her entire life. This is because early child development (ECD), including health, physical, social/emotional and language/cognitive areas, strongly influences basic learning, school success, economic participation, social citizenry and health.
Factors of risk, vulnerability and school readiness among preschoolers: evidence from Quebec
Japel (2008)
The main purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between children's lives in Quebec and their level of adaptation, measured by various indicators from birth to kindergarten. This study was made possible by the data collected as part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD) that allowed us to draw a detailed portrait of a group of children that have been monitored annually since 1998.
Early years study 2: putting science into action
McCain, Mustard, & Shanker (2007)
Released in 1999, the original Early Years Study (EYS) sparked a surge of interest in early brain development. In the past eight years, the field has grown more rapidly than could have been imagined. The Early Years Study 2 uses new empirical findings to broaden and deepen the conclusions put forward in the original EYS, and uses new technologies to examine more closely the processes involved in healthy brain development.
Les services intégrés en périnatalité et pour la petite enfance à l'intention des familles vivant en contexte de vulnérabilité : Cadre de référence
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (2004)
This document briefly describes integrated perinatal and early childhood services. It is primarily intended for professionals and managers of local and regional health and social services authorities involved in the implementation of these services as well as those working in community organizations or who participate in intersectoral groups. The information will also benefit the many resources in the health, education or justice field, among others, working directly or indirectly with families.
Les services intégrés en périnatalité et pour la petite enfance à l'intention des familles vivant en contexte de vulnérabilité : Guide pour soutenir le développement de l'attachement sécurisant de la grossesse à 1 an
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (2005)
This guide is a tool to strengthen and support the development of parenting behaviours associated with parent-child secure attachment. The guide is divided into three sections. The first briefly introduces the intervention's conceptual framework and effective strategies promoting the child's secure attachment development. The second part deals with the intervention's characteristics. The third part is in the form of fact sheets and suggests activities accompanied by suggestions and comments supporting the intervention.
Favoriser le développement des enfants âgés de 1 à 5 ans : Guide d'intervention pour soutenir les pratiques parentales
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (2009)
This guide is a tool for service providers, which helps strengthen and support parenting practices of families with children between the ages of 1 and 5 living in vulnerable conditions. The first section presents theoretical concepts addressing the optimal development of 1 to 5-year-old children. The second section explains the intervention's target: parenting practices. These are discussed from the perspective of the child-parent relationship quality, the challenges associated with child development and the incidental temporary difficulties. The third section discusses the intervention's characteristics and the fourth provides 48 activity sheets for families to complete.
  Website/online tools  
  Encyclopedia on the development of young children
This free Encyclopedia is published online and covers 39 themes discussing the psychosocial development of children from conception to five years. It also presents the latest scientific knowledge.

Dialogue Project: preliminary results on the entire study
During the 8th biannual mental health days (JBASM) organized by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) from May 11 to 14, the Dialogue project's research team gave three presentations announcing the preliminary results on the three study's components. These presentations are available in the Publication section of the Dialogue website and on the Qualaxia network website.

En quoi les particularités des CSSS et des cliniques médicales sont-elles associées à l'évolution de l'état de santé des personnes souffrant de troubles mentaux courants? Louise Fournier

Trajectoires de changement dans la mise en œuvre des orientations du Plan d'action en santé mentale : influence des éléments de contexte et des dynamiques d'acteurs. Denise Aubé & Léo-Roch Poirier

Comment soigne-t-on les personnes souffrant de troubles anxieux ou dépressifs? Examen des trajectoires de soins et d'indicateurs de qualité dans le projet Dialogue. Arnaud Duhoux, Pasquale Roberge & Louise Fournier
  6th Biennial International Meaning Conference: Creating a psychologically healthy work place
5 to 8 August 2010, Vancouver, Canada

This conference focuses on the positive psychology of meaning, spirituality and engagement in happy and productive organizations. This event also stresses existential and positive psychotherapy. World's leading researchers and practitioners from different disciplines will be attending this meeting. Deadline for submitting abstract proposals: 15 June 2010.

  Thriving In 2010 And Beyond
22 to 24 October 2010, London, Canada

TI2010 is a national conference on mental health, bringing together consumers, family members, service providers, researchers and decision-makers to build on what is working to help people thrive and succeed in Canadian society. The program will focus on an open examination of the roles and responsibilities of all system participants, the control and influence they exert, and the key design elements for the mental health system from their perspective. Deadline for submitting presentation proposals : June 25, 2010.

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