Resources for Professionals

A Booklet for Service Providers Who Work with Immigrant Families on Issues Relating to Child Discipline, Child Abuse and Child Neglect

This booklet explains some of the challenges in dealing with families from non-Canadian ethno-cultural backgrounds and offers some pointers for doing so in a sensitive manner.

Health Canada, 20 p., 2001
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A Sense of Belonging: Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

This is a holistic guide to working with aboriginal families. There is little in this manual that is specific to the issue of child physical abuse but it offers very useful suggestions to building effective relationships with aboriginal families and communities.

Best Start/Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, 2006, 71 p.
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Child Maltreatment: A “What to Do” Guide for Professionals Who Work With Children

This overview paper highlights evidence-based interventions for child maltreatment. Sections include signs and symptoms of maltreatment, reporting and legal implications, prevention and intervention approaches, and what practitioners can do if they suspect or receive a disclosure of child maltreatment.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, 2006, 16 p.
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Les mauvais traitements infligés aux adolescents au Canada

Renseignements pour les professionnels

Agence de la santé publique du Canada, 2006
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Making Choices Parenting Program Inventory

This is an excellent website with a comprehensive list of parent-education courses that gives information on the price, the languages available, and feedback from parent educators who have used these programs. It would be a great help to anyone looking to set up or improve a parent-education class. (Although this website lists most parenting programs of note, I have included a few of these programs on this best resources list and I am including some programs not mentioned in the Making Choices inventory.)

FRP Canada (Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs)
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Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program

From the Public Health Agency of Canada

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Nurturing Skills for Families Program

This is a program designed specifically for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. It is a competency-based program that allows parent educators to customize sessions to suit an individual family or a group of parents. It is for us in home or group settings. To make use of this program, the facilitator must assess each family individually according to an evaluation and scoring system provided by and then put together an appropriate program for the family or families involved. It includes and optional accompanying course for children. Material includes a parent handbook, DVDs and CDs, and are available in Spanish and English.

Note: The program was developed in the United States and may be more culturally appropriate in that setting.

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Parenting Education Saskatchewan

This is a useful site for parent educators looking for tips. It includes information of professional growth, a section of frequently asked questions and a database of provincial and national parent educators.

Family Service Saskatchewan
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Parenting Today's Teens: A Survey and Review of Resources

There is a shortage of educational programs and resources for parents of teens in Canada, according to this study. The authors discuss these gaps and provide a well-annotated list of programs that can be used for parents of teens and other resources that could be of use.

Health Canada, 1999, 60 p.
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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Parent Education

This book discusses service delivery of parent education programs from research on 25 distinct parenting programs. They give suggestions for planning, evaluating and strengthening programs and provide case studies. The book is clearly-written and very informative.

Author(s): 
Reppucci, N. Dickon, Preston A. Britner, and Jennifer L. Woolard.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect through Parent Education. Baltimore, London, Toronto and Sydney: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. 1997


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