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Founder of the Centre for Building Resilience through Anti-Violence Education (BRAVE) honoured with Award

(L-R): Dr. Jennifer Bernier recently joined CDI’s Dr. Leena Augimeri and Sarah Woods at a conference in New Orleans.
Today Jennifer Bernier, PhD., Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Building Resilience through Anti-Violence Education (BRAVE) in Halifax, received the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention for her work with high-risk children. BRAVE provides a comprehensive set of services and supports for girls, their families and school-based peers using SNAP.
“I’m honoured to receive the Minister’s award, which goes beyond just me to include the entire team at BRAVE who provide valuable services to young girls struggling with behavioural issues, their families and school peers. We could not do this work without the generous support of Public Safety Canada, which invests pilot funding in programs like ours to provide much-needed support that otherwise may not be available. We appreciate that this award will bring increased awareness of BRAVE as we look to expand services for high-risk children.”
Presented each year by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to crime prevention and enhancing the safety of their communities.
Since launching the SNAP program in March 2015, BRAVE has worked directly with 115 families, and 450 children through the school system, in the Halifax Regional Municipality. BRAVE is currently conducting intake for the spring and fall sessions, with programming offered at no cost to families.
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The Slaight Family Foundation supports SNAP’s work with Indigenous communities #SlaightGifts2017

As part of our SNAP National Expansion strategy, we are working to address the needs of Indigenous communities where there is an urgent need for children’s mental health care.

Through their generous investment of $500,000, The Slaight Family Foundation has provided CDI with the resources to develop, in collaboration with Indigenous groups, a culturally safe framework for taking SNAP to more Indigenous communities over the next five years.

With the support of the Foundation, SNAP will work in partnership with Indigenous communities to improve the mental health and life outcomes of their children and families, as well as evaluate the program for impact so that the SNAP Indigenous model can be replicated.
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Six Nations of the Grand River Child and Family Services joins forces with Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services to deliver SNAP

CDI is pleased to be able to develop partnerships with agencies to deliver service that is collaborative, and makes sense for the local community.
Located in Ohsweken—a First Nations community close to Hamilton, Ontario—The Six Nations of the Grand River Child and Family Services joined forces with nearby Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services in Brantford to provide SNAP to children with serious conduct problems, and their families. Having completed the first year of SNAP programming, staff from both communities are co-facilitating service delivery between the two sites in an effort to share expertise and learnings, while maximizing effectiveness by working closely together.
When asked about the impact that SNAP has had on their young people, one program worker at Six Nations said, “After the family attended five SNAP sessions, the classroom no longer had to be evacuated. The child is able to use his SNAP skills to regulate himself and identify a plan to keep himself, and others, safe. As well, the level of violence displayed by the boy has lessened tremendously.”
As a result of introducing SNAP to this region, local schools and parents have begun asking how they can be part of the program. CDI’s SNAP team looks forward to continuing to work with Six Nations and Woodview to ensure that young people and their families receive timely service through the SNAP clinical model.

SNAP in the Field

Tyler Small, SNAP Community Development Specialist, represented SNAP at a recent conference in London, Ontario.
On February 15, 2017, Dr. Leena Augimeri facilitated a full-day workshop on The Art of Conducting Structured Professional Judgement Risk/Need Assessments of Elementary School-Aged Students using the EARL-PC and EARL-20B.21G (Early Assessment Risk List for Boys & Girls) at Western University’s Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth: Breaking Down the Silos in Addressing Mental Health and Violence conference.
The following day, Leena presented on How to Improve Emotion Regulation and Self-Control in Children Experiencing Conduct Problems and their Families: The SNAP Model in London, Ontario. This presentation was well received. Tyler Small, SNAP Community Development Specialist, attended the conference and interacted with attendees at the SNAP information booth. Leena and Tyler made some meaningful connections and had a good time meeting with colleagues in the sector.
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