Researchers, Practitioners Tackle Tough Child and Youth Care Issues

Those working with children, youth, families and communities face daunting challenges and enormous rewards. They are involved in treating suicidal youth, addressing the effects of bullying violence, intervening in and preventing substance misuse and working with war-affected children. But practitioners and researchers are also witness to the strength of children’s spirituality and the ability of young people to improve their own lives.

At an upcoming conference, faculty members, graduate students, visiting faculty, and alumni from the University of Victoria’s school of child and youth care will present the latest in research and practice in child and youth care. Four keynote speakers and a variety of workshops will cover a wide range of issues during “Child and Youth Care in Action” on May 25 and 26 at UVic.

The keynote speakers’ topics include building capacity in communities, both in Canada and abroad, to deliver successful early childhood education programs and the role media images play in girls’ eating disorders and their recoveries.

Other presentations include:
• an examination of programs to protect children from the effects of armed conflict
• dispute resolution programs for ‘at risk’ adolescent youth
• the use of marijuana and other substances at a younger age and how this can be prevented
• incarcerated mothers’ experience of motherhood in prison
• girls’ diaries as a means for maintaining their true ‘voice’ and identity amidst increasing adult pressures
• effective youth suicide prevention practices

The full program is on the conference website at along with a registration form and cost details.

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