These are students enrolled in the Licentiate in Safeguarding program at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, along with Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina. They come from 5 different continents. Dr. Collin-Vézina participated in the development of the program and is an instructor of lectures on ‘assistance and therapy of sexually abused children and adolescents’.

Dr. Christine Courtois presented at the Complex Trauma Symposium 2019 - Canadian Perspectives and Initiatives, held in Montreal in June and sponsored by the CRCF. 

Dr. Bruce Perry presented at the Complex Trauma Symposium 2019 - Canadian Perspectives and Initiatives, held in Montreal in June and was sponsored by the CRCF. The 2 day symposium offered 24 different workshops to it's 300 participants.

CRCF members presented at the 2019 International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) conference in New York. Pictured are CRCF members Jacqui Liljequist, Aviva Segal, Denise Brend, Delphine Collin-Vézina and Irene Beeman along with Christine Forner, chair of the ISSTD board of directors. CRCF member Heather MacIntosh also presented.

A Sioux Star Quilt, made by Mary Brink, Hunkpati Dakota, was gifted to the CRCF in February 2018 by Dr. Nancy Lucero, Choctaw, a Native American scholar and researcher who's work centers on American Indian child protection practices, which she coordinates from the Bulter Institute in Denver, Colorado.

CRCF team, summer 2017

Centre for Research on Children and Families

The McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) is home to cutting-edge research on effective programs and policies for children and their families. The CRCF brings together 25 faculty members who lead 30 different projects, provides training to 40 graduate students yearly, and offers a unique platform to develop local, national and international collaborations with academic and non-academic milieus. The CRCF is affiliated with McGill's School of Social Work, and is home to the Royal Bank of Canada-funded Children's Services Data Laboratory. CRCF is also one of the main partners in Child Welfare Research PortalCRCF members are actively committed to pursuing research that aims to significantly impact the lives of children, youth, and families.

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It is my pleasure to announce that Delphine Collin-Vézina has been awarded a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership grant over 7 years to set up and run the Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care. This Partnership unites 39 co-applicants, 18 collaborators, and 43 partner organizations from across Canada. This consortium aims to improve the quality of life and trajectories of trauma-impacted children and youth by expanding social responses to child trauma across provinces, linguistic and service sectors, disciplines, and mandates. Congratulations Delphine & team!


Melanie Doucet has published an important article in La Conversation, Covid-19 : il faut un moratoire pour les jeunes de la DPJ, calling for the Quebec government to place a moratorium on cuts to child protection services for those yourth aging out of care during the pandemic.


In order to support CRCF researchers who are responding to the COVID pandemic by addressing innovative social sciences and humanities research questions, the CRCF Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Children’s Services Research & Training Program has awarded grants to seven projects. To see a description of these projects, as well as other CRCF COVID rapid response projects funded through different sources, please click here.

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