Research Projects


Trauma at the Root: Exploring Paths to Healing with Formerly Incarcerated Men

Status: Active

Project Lead: Chris Richardson, Project Manager: Kate Roth

The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, in partnership with the John Howard Society of Canada, has received funding from the Vancouver Foundation and Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program for this five-year project. The overall goal of this project is to foster resilience among men who have been incarcerated and equip them with a greater capacity to understand and manage traumatic stress and its relationship to substance use.

To achieve our goal, we are engaging formerly incarcerated men to develop and pilot test a health literacy resource that will raise awareness of the concepts/processes of trauma and resilience, and how they relate to substance use. We will explore how men want to foster resilience and how men perceive the effects of trauma and resilience on their inter-personal relationships, their incarceration and reintegration experiences, and their help-seeking behaviour.

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