Graduate studies 505 course applies research for BC families

GS 505 graduate students stand alongside their professor and Ministry of Children and Family Development staff.

Students Jane Buchanan and Nadia Salman explored the results of Indigenous cultural empathy training.

Jacquelyn Boychuk and Addison Mott explained the role of cultural stereotyping in diagnosing Indigenous children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Paulina Gornicki presents research on Indigenous child welfare practices focusing on early intervention, family preservation, and preventing child removal.

Devon Caldwell and Melissa Nauta present on their country-wide review of child development screening practices.

GS 505 student research papers don’t end their journey on a professor’s desk. Their research fills a practical role in making the lives of children in BC better.

Drs. Wayne Mitic and Gord Miller of the University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care lead the Graduate Studies 505 research course. The instructors match interdisciplinary graduate students with Ministry of Children and Family Development research projects about current needs in child welfare.

“We are able to work on real-time projects. So often in academia we don’t have chances to do these real-time projects. We can get a sense of practicality. The importance of being able to apply, apply, and apply”, says Dr. Miller.

On April 10th, graduate student researchers of the 2018 cohort presented their findings directly to the practitioners and policymakers who can apply their recommendations.

2018’s GS 505 research topics were:

  • Response to MCFD’s Indigenous cultural understanding workshop
  • Universal developmental screening of children in care
  • The relationship between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnostic trends and colonialism
  • Early intervention to reduce children removal from Indigenous families

For more information about GS 505 visit student opportunities. To see summaries of previous GS 505 research visit Research Snapshots.

Research podcast by students Devon Caldwell and Melissa Nauta: