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PSI Professor Publishes Article in Blue Line Magazine

PSI Professor Publishes Article in Blue Line Magazine

Thu, October 31, 2019

PSI Professor, Kerry Watkins, published an article in Blue Line Magazine on dealing effectively with suspect ultimatums during police questions.

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CYC Faculty and Students Travel to South Africa

CYC Faculty and Students Travel to South Africa

Thu, October 31, 2019

Professor, Dr. Bal, and students Zanubia and Sherene presented research at the National Association of Child Care Workers conference in South Africa.

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Powerful Pedagogy in Practice

Powerful Pedagogy in Practice

Thu, October 24, 2019

Faculty and staff gathered on October 22nd for a fall conference organized by the FSCS Teaching and Learning Work Group (TLWG).

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ADMH Students Host Art Therapy Workshop

ADMH Students Host Art Therapy Workshop

Fri, October 18, 2019

Students from the Addictions and Mental Health program participated in Mind Map, organized by the Canadian mental health charity Jack.Org.

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Go Abroad!

Go Abroad!

Wed, October 16, 2019

The FSCS will be offering three faculty-led programs abroad in May 2020. Students can accrue placement hours through participation.

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Students Organize Gallery Walk to Raise Awareness for Child Abuse

Students Organize Gallery Walk to Raise Awareness for Child Abuse

Tue, October 15, 2019

In honour of Child Abuse Awareness month this October, BCYC students alongside their professor, Joselin Zak, organized a Gallery Walk.

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CYC Professor Launches Research Website

CYC Professor Launches Research Website

Tue, October 15, 2019

Dr. Sara Nickerson-White launched the Lived Experience Narrative (LEN) Program of Research website as a central point for web-based data collection.

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FSCS Hosts Third Annual Alexandre Boucher Memorial Lecture

FSCS Hosts Third Annual Alexandre Boucher Memorial Lecture

Fri, October 11, 2019

The Faculty of Social and Community Service hosted its third annual Alexandre Boucher Memorial Lecture as part of Mental Health Month.

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Students Walk For Mental Health Awareness Month

Students Walk For Mental Health Awareness Month

Fri, October 11, 2019

On October 9th, the 4km Move for Mental Health Awareness Walk/Run was held at Lakeshore Campus.

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Sim Lab Team Develops Tech to Support Experiential Learning

Sim Lab Team Develops Tech to Support Experiential Learning

Fri, October 11, 2019

The Sim Lab team along with faculty member John Kosmopoulos developed interactive simulation videos to help prepare students for their placement work.

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FSCS Welcomes Students and Faculty From the Nanjing Forest Police College

FSCS Welcomes Students and Faculty From the Nanjing Forest Police College

Tue, October 01, 2019

In September, the Faculty of Social and Community Services welcomed its third group of students from the Nanjing Forest Police College in China.

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Criminal Justice Professor Gets Published in the Toronto Star

Criminal Justice Professor Gets Published in the Toronto Star

Tue, October 01, 2019

Criminal Justice Professor, Dr. Daniel Bear, has recently published an opinion editorial piece in the Toronto Star.

Daniel also recently presented his research at the Regulating Cannabis Edibles conference in Toronto. He is a drug policy expert, with more than 15 years of experience conducting research on a variety of policy issues.

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Students Discuss Research at the Canadian Mental Health Association Conference

Students Discuss Research at the Canadian Mental Health Association Conference

Tue, October 01, 2019

Addictions and Mental Health students presented their research at the Canadian Mental Health Association's National Conference.

Students Kendra Baker, Nicole Renwick, Laura Hamer, Nellie Klump and Halyna Vinnichenko displayed a poster of their research at the conference in Toronto on September 24th. Combining trauma-informed skills with capacity building techniques and knowledge exchange tools, they developed a mental health promotion model that addressed deteriorating working and living conditions in Ontario correctional facilities.

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Behavioural Science Students Embark on a New Research Project

Behavioural Science Students Embark on a New Research Project

Tue, October 01, 2019

The Bachelor of Behavioural Science program and Community Living Central York began a new research project this summer.

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Criminal Justice Professor Presents at the Neighbourhood Community Officer Media Launch

Criminal Justice Professor Presents at the Neighbourhood Community Officer Media Launch

Fri, September 13, 2019

Dr. Doug Thomson presented an update on Humber’s continuing evaluation of the Enhanced Neighborhood Officer Policing Program.

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FSCS Students and Faculty travel to Lima, Peru and Kingston, Jamaica

FSCS Students and Faculty travel to Lima, Peru and Kingston, Jamaica

Wed, June 19, 2019

The FSCS had two faculty-led trips embark on two exciting global learning experiences in Peru and Jamaica. Combined, 

Combined, FSCS students accrued more than 7,000 hours of placement credit.

Under the leadership of Linda Hill and Philip Burge in collaboration with Cross-Cultural Solutions, 19 students from a variety of FSCS programs worked with young children at a primary school in a small community outside of Lima. Students spent their mornings facilitating educational lessons and activities with the children, and in the afternoons, took part in learning experiences that focused on Peruvian history and culture such as cooking lessons, art and calligraphy lessons, and visiting local sites and museums.

Later in the month, 16 FSCS students embarked to Kingston, Jamaica where they engaged in lectures, volunteer projects, and cultural learning experiences that focused on criminal justice and youth in Jamaica. This trip was developed under the leadership of Sheria Myrie, Lisa Cummings, and Coura Niang in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of West Indies – Mona. Highlights from the trip included visiting the Jamaica Defense Force Base, the Ministry of National Security, and volunteering at Annie Dawson’s Children Home, Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School, and with the We Transform project at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre.

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22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew Investiture

22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew Investiture

Wed, June 19, 2019

43 new members were invested into the 22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew at a ceremony at the Toronto Police College.

Members are all Police Foundation students in Humber College’s Faculty of Social & Community Services. The 22nd Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew is a Scouts Canada group consisting of students from Humber’s Faculty of Social & Community Services that volunteers with the Toronto Police Service. In addition to working alongside the TPS, the Rovers are active in the community, providing opportunities for leadership and volunteering. Some of the initiatives the group participates in include the 55 Division community barbecue, the Etobicoke Park Clean Up, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon campaign and the Humber RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) check. The investiture was featured as a Toronto Police Services news story in February. The full article can be found here.

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TPS Neighbourhood Officer Evaluation

TPS Neighbourhood Officer Evaluation

Wed, June 19, 2019

The Faculty of Social and Community Services is partnered with the Toronto Police Services to offer feedback and insights.

Focus groups were held in January 2019 to gather feedback from current Neighbourhood Officers as to what is working and what needs improvements within the Enhanced Model of the NOP (which was launched in Oct 2018). The Associate Dean, Dr. Joanna Amirault, faculty members Dr. Alyssa Ferns and Dr. Doug Thomson, and Program Coordinator – Forensic Identification, Michael Gamble, led focus groups with officers and presented their data collection plans to the divisions that are supported by the Community Partnership Engagement Unit. Currently, two Humber student Research Assistants, Trisha Harber and Dominika Kubica, are working with two Humber BSS Criminal Justice alumni, Jeremi Berg and Crystial Stone, and Research Coordinator, Tanvir Kaukab, to collect data in the enhanced model neighbourhoods – 11, 22, 41, 42. Data collection started in May 2019 and will continue into the Fall 2019 across these communities to ask questions about community knowledge of the NOP and trust in their neighbourhood officers at reducing crime, as well as the fear of crime in these micro-neighbourhoods.

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FSCS Global Summer School

FSCS Global Summer School

Tue, June 18, 2019

From July 5 to July 27, Humber College will hosted its first Global Summer School (GSS).

The GSS offers a unique opportunity for both Humber and non-Humber students to work together with peers from around the world to explore and discuss critical issues that require multidisciplinary solutions with global perspectives. The FSCS was thrilled to host two Global Summer School courses: Transformational Leadership & Advocacy and the Summer Police Program. Through the two courses, 28 Humber students and 21 non-Humber students from China, Indonesia and Jamaica completed the program for academic credit and experiential learning experience in a truly global and interdisciplinary environment.

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Society of Police and Criminal Psychology Conference

Society of Police and Criminal Psychology Conference

Tue, June 18, 2019

FSCS Faculty for the Criminal Justice Degree Program, Dr. Alyssa Ferns, will present at the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology conference.

She will present on the Toronto Police Services Neighbourhood Officer initiatives to a multi-disciplinary group with the theme of “Working and Engaging in a Diverse World.” Building upon a program evaluation that was conducted on the Neighbourhood Officer Program by Humber ITAL from 2014 onwards, a specific exploration of the strengths and challenges within one micro-neighbourhood was explored. A total of 154 surveys were completed showing various strengths (i.e., public library access, friendly neighbours, and community centres for youth) and also some challenges (i.e., gun violence, unemployment and gang activity). The overall results showed that the community had a positive outlook on the Neighbourhood Policing Program. This will be presented to an audience of current law enforcement, applied researchers, policy makers, and academics.

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FSCS Faculty Receive Teaching Innovation Fund Grant

FSCS Faculty Receive Teaching Innovation Fund Grant

Tue, June 18, 2019

Dr. Daniel Bear, Charlotte Serpa, and Julie Muravsky, are currently finishing up a research project supported by the Teaching Innovation Fund.

They are conducting a mixed methods research project examining how faculty engage with the topic of harm reduction across different programs at Humber. Their work is supported by a Research Assistant from the Criminal Justice degree program.

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FSCS Faculty Co-Authors Book

FSCS Faculty Co-Authors Book

Tue, June 18, 2019

Kerry Watkins co-authored the second edition of the book “Evidence and Investigation, From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom”.

The second edition, released in January 2019 is the latest guide for readers seeking the technical and practical knowledge needed to effectively manage evidence from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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Artful Education

Artful Education

Tue, June 18, 2019

Students from the Community Development Degree program hosted a learning event in Humber's L-Space Gallery for Community Justice students.

Working closely with the gallery's curator, Danica Evering, and faculty members, Dr. Soheila Pashang and Linda Hill, CD students created interactive activities that supported CJ students in exploring issues of race, culture and migration. The partnership offered leadership and project management opportunities for CD students and experiential learning for CJ students through social justice art.

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Faculty Conference Day

Faculty Conference Day

Tue, June 18, 2019

This year's Faculty Conference Day on May 29, hosted by the Teaching and Learning Work Group, included 'something for everyone'.

The event started with a keynote on "Cultural Humility", presented by Keynote Speaker, Rapinder Kaur. Rapinder Kaur is a sought-after speaker, Registered Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and educator. Her keynote explored how power and privilege in relationships and institutions hinder a learner-centered environment. Based on research, Rapinder discussed how the framework of cultural humility provides a compelling alternative to cultural competency and can support the work of educators, especially when working with students who come from underserved and marginalized groups of people. Following the keynote, a series of workshops were offered covering a range of topics from Blackboard, Learning Portal, International Students, and Accessible Documents to Arts-Based Learning. A lunchtime marketplace offered participants the opportunity to peruse research posters, faculty publications and new learning resources from three key publishers. Overall, it was a high-energy day of learning and connecting with colleagues.

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FSCS Hosts Information Sessions

FSCS Hosts Information Sessions

Tue, June 18, 2019

The Faculty of Social and Community Services held its annual Spring Information Sessions for prospective students. 

At the event, guests learned more about the programs offered in the Criminal Justice and Human Services clusters. Representatives from each program along with student services representatives from across the College were available to discuss opportunities and resources available to Humber students, and to answer questions. 

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Annual Partnership Appreciation Event

Annual Partnership Appreciation Event

Tue, June 18, 2019

The Faculty of Social and Community Services hosted the 2019 Annual Partnership Appreciation Event on June 12th.

This is a special annual event to celebrate and recognize the invaluable contributions of partnering agencies who help bring learning to life for our students in the field. A series of professional development sessions were offered as part of the event including sessions on Social Innovation in the Classroom, Collaborating with Humber on Projects and Applied Research, Grant Writing 101 and Managing Difficult Situations in the Field. To bring the event to a close, a cocktail happy hour with a performance by the Humber Jazz Band provided a perfect environment for attendees to share their impressions and ideas generated from the workshops and from their experiences with placement students.

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BSS Criminal Justice Degree Instructor Presents at the Study of Drug Policy Conference in Paris

BSS Criminal Justice Degree Instructor Presents at the Study of Drug Policy Conference in Paris

Tue, June 18, 2019

In May, BSS Criminal Justice Degree instructor, Daniel Bear, presented a paper based on his research.

Presenting at the 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drugs Policy, his paper examined young people’s decision-making about cannabis use. The conference was held at the Paris School of Economics. His research was aided by three Research Assistants, all from the Criminal Justice degree. The findings of this research will be used to support the development of drug education materials distributed at more than 20 colleges and universities across Canada.

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Partnership Building in China

Partnership Building in China

Tue, June 18, 2019

A Humber FSCS delegation visited China in March 2019 to strengthen relations with its partner institute, Nanjing Forest Police College.

As a key outcome of this visit, the FSCS developed a Summer Police Program specifically for NFPC which will host 18 students from Nanjing as part of Humber’s innovative Global Summer School program. The FSCS is also looking forward to welcoming the third cohort of students from Nanjing who will be studying at Humber College in the FSCS Forensic Identification Graduate Certificate Program in Fall 2019. Accompanying the newest cohort will be two visiting faculty members who will be working closely with FSCS faculty in the Criminal Justice cluster for the 2019-20 academic year.

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DUVE Project

DUVE Project

Tue, June 18, 2019

Jaspreet Bal is a part of the DUVE project which connects colleges from Denmark, Uganda, Vietnam and Humber here in Canada.

The project aims to end violence in the respective countries and has set out to create an e-learning platform that serves this goal. After their kick-off seminar in December, the professors split into two teams according to their various subject matter expertise. One team, comprised of professors, nurses and midwives have taken on violence in health settings. The other team, comprised of educators, CYCs and ECEs, has taken on the task of addressing violence in institutional settings.

Students and professors have since visited each other across the globe! From midwifery students in Hoima, Uganda, to a conference on Kindergartens in Hanoi, Vietnam, colleagues have continued to connect and build content. The e-learning activities are being submitted. Stay tuned for the material that will be made available when the project closes in 2020.

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Pumped for Post-Secondary

Pumped for Post-Secondary

Tue, June 18, 2019

The Faculty of Social and Community Services hosted mentees in grade 10 and 11 from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto.

The mentees attended the Pumped for Post-Secondary program at our Lakeshore and North campuses. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the Developmental Service Worker programs and had a great time checking out the Crime Scene Lab. Mentees were also very engaged in the SIM lab demonstrations. At the North Campus, the participants had an amazing time learning about careers in the fire services, meeting student volunteers, and getting into the gear!

The experience of getting dressed up in fire gear, going out to the truck and competing in the relay was a lot of fun and an eye-opening experience for the mentees!

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Community Development Degree Students Take the Plunge

Community Development Degree Students Take the Plunge

Tue, June 18, 2019

On a cold, blustery day in February, Community Development Degree students jumped into Lake Ontario to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Students helped to plan the Polar Plunge alongside Constable Ryan Park from the Toronto Police Services. This partnership enabled students to apply community engagement skills in building numbers and excitement around the event. Just over $33,000 was raised!

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CYC Travels to South Africa

CYC Travels to South Africa

Tue, June 18, 2019

Child and Youth Care faculty member Dr. Jaspreet Bal and three students are headed to Durban, South Africa. 

The purpose of their trip is to attend the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) and CYC-NET world conference.

Two of the CYC students will be presenting their 4th-year thesis research on relational gaps in Toronto Police Service youth programs. Jaspreet and her team of research assistants will be presenting on their research funded by a Cultivate grant, looking at calls to action for the profession from Indigenous, Black and other People of Color who are service users and providers.

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FSCS Students Attend the Police Officer of the Year Event

FSCS Students Attend the Police Officer of the Year Event

Tue, June 18, 2019

On May 7, 2019 student research assistants had the opportunity to meet Chief Marc Saunders at the Police Officer of the Year Event. 

These student research assistants - who are in the Community Development and Criminal Justice degree programs - have been working on the TPS Neighbourhood Officer Evaluation.

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FSCS Faculty Travel to Peru for Collaborative Virtual Mobility Project

FSCS Faculty Travel to Peru for Collaborative Virtual Mobility Project

Tue, June 18, 2019

In collaboration with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, FSCS was a recipient of the pilot 2018 Faculty Mobility Program Scholarship.  

Receiving $7000.00 in funding from the Government of Canada, the joint-project proposal was one of 33 selected from a competition open to post-secondary institutes across Canada. For a three-week period in May and June, faculty member Dr. Christine McKenzie and Community Development Program Coordinator, Linda Hill traveled to Lima and Cusco, Peru to work on the project titled “Case-based Curriculum through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).” Together with two USIL faculty members, Julio Rivera Castillo and Luis Santillan, they designed and developed cases that focus on people coming together to identify and address local issues. During their first week in Lima, the faculty had the opportunity to pilot a lesson with USIL students at USIL’s Centre for Global Education. They also had the opportunity to learn more about USIL’s Sustainability Initiatives such as solar-powered cell charging stations around campus. Using Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) models, Humber and USIL plan to connect their classrooms and integrate the modules in Fall 2019 curriculum for an innovative virtual mobility experience between the two institutes.

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Orangeville Students Get Involved!

Orangeville Students Get Involved!

Tue, June 18, 2019

Orangeville Social Service Worker students attended the opening ceremony of the Black History Month 2019 at the Humber College North campus.

This was an amazing opportunity for many local students who don’t often have opportunities to attend the North and Lakeshore Campuses and access different resources.

By the end of the day the students were buzzing with excitement from their newly learned information from the exhibits, speakers and the lunch and learn session.

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Criminal Justice Thesis Poster Presentation Event

Criminal Justice Thesis Poster Presentation Event

Tue, June 18, 2019

100 4th year students in the Bachelor of Social Science Criminal Justice program gathered in the G-Commons to present their thesis research projects.

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BSS Criminal Justice Students Develop Non-Profit Agency

BSS Criminal Justice Students Develop Non-Profit Agency

Mon, June 17, 2019

This past academic year, a group of Faculty of Social and Community Services students began to develop a potential non-profit agency.

The Cycle Ends Now was initiated as a school project by four students in the Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice program: Meshanda Phillips, Anna-Lori Stennett-Thomas, Nadel Dolcy and Tonya Lyttle. Cycle Ends Now, a soon to be registered non- profit organization has a vision to end intimate partner violence against all women and children of different cultural, and religious background by providing shelter, counseling and life-skills based programs. In May 2019, the first C.E.N give back event was initiated. Cycle Ends Now partnered with Anduhyaun Women Shelter, by donating various grocery items. The founder of C.E.N also made grocery and two gift card donations to a client of The Gatehouse. Additionally, C.E.N began its first annual Christmas Toy Drive in December 2018. All toys received were donated to the Toronto Community Housing.

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FSCS Faculty Featured on University of Toronto Podcast

FSCS Faculty Featured on University of Toronto Podcast

Mon, June 17, 2019

Dr. Doug Thomson and part-time instructor Joe Couto were featured on a University of Toronto podcast run by a former student.

Entitled: Beyond the Headlines' Gun Violence show with Joe and Doug. The episode discusses the policy responses to address the increase in gun-related violence. The episode also discussed how, as strategies to combat gun violence have been a focal point within all levels of government, various stakeholders have proposed solutions that target the policing and sociological issues that contribute to gun crime.

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School of Social and Community Services Receives Funding from Global Affairs Canada

School of Social and Community Services Receives Funding from Global Affairs Canada

Sat, December 01, 2018

In collaboration with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, the FFCS was a successful recipient of the 2018 Faculty Mobility Program Scholarship.

Receiving $7,000.00 in funding from the Government of Canada, the joint-project proposal was one of 33 selected from a competition open to post-secondary institutes across Canada. Overall, 33 projects from 22 institutes across seven provinces were selected. The Faculty Mobility Program provides full-time faculty at Canadian post-secondary institutes with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin Americas and the Caribbean, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels. In collaboration with USIL, the SSCS submitted a project proposal titled “Case-based Curriculum through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).” In May 2019, Community Development faculty from USIL and Humber College will create case-based learning (CBL) modules that focus on people coming together to identify and address local issues. Each case will include detailed background information on socio-cultural, political and economic realities that impact decision making and outcomes related to community work in each country. The cases will support students in examining root causes of community problems and resources/solutions available to address issues through different cultural lenses. Using Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) models, faculty from Canada and Peru will connect their classrooms via webinars to work through cases and learn from one another.

For more information on the Faculty Mobility Program, please click here.

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Experiential Learning for Traffic Management Students

Experiential Learning for Traffic Management Students

Sat, December 01, 2018

One of the most effective ways of learning is engaging in a real life experience.

As part of Sgt. West's, Traffic Management Course, students were thrilled to participate in the operation of a radar gun (provided and facilitated by PC Tony Foster, Toronto Police) which allowed them the opportunity to witness first-hand the workings of the hand held unit while increasing their knowledge and understanding of the 'facts-in-issue' required by police in obtaining a conviction. 

Humber College Traffic students were also educated on the first ever Draeger 5000 Drug Tester in determining if a driver has marijuana or Cocaine in their system.

The Draeger Drug Tester is the first and only piece of equipment authorized by the Attorney General in allowing Police to demand a saliva sample from a driver in determining if they have a drug in their system, including a sufficient amount to cause impairment acceptable to the courts.

Students were very excited to be involved in this process.

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CYC Student Presents at the Annual Children’s Mental Health Ontario Conference

CYC Student Presents at the Annual Children’s Mental Health Ontario Conference

Sat, December 01, 2018

Valerie Hazlett presented research on youth engagement in health and the health care system at the annual Children's Mental Health Ontario Conference.

The study was conducted in partnership with the Sandbox Project's Young Canadian Roundtable on Health and the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement at the Students Commission.

Valerie said that she was "grateful to have had the opportunity to have been around so many dedicated mental health professionals, to see the research being done and to hear the inspirational words of all the speakers." She strives to "continue to push the boundaries of what CYC undergrads are capable of."

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Successful Completion of Accreditation for CYC Programs

Successful Completion of Accreditation for CYC Programs

Sat, December 01, 2018

Effective August 2, 2018, three programs are now accredited programs with Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB). 

The programs are Advanced Diploma, Accelerated Diploma and Honours Degree in Child and Youth Care.

The Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada has set standards and reviews programs for compliance to ensure professionals educated in the field of Child and Youth Care are trained to a specific standard of Child and Youth Care competence. The objective of accreditation is to ensure accredited programs in Child and Youth Care support students to meet or exceed established competencies of Child and Youth Care practice, and outcome measures are used to continuously improve programs. Humber is one of three programs in the province and one of four in the country!

Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the successful completion of the accreditation process!

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SSCS is Awarded Wofford Scholarship

SSCS is Awarded Wofford Scholarship

Sat, December 01, 2018

The SSCS was successful in its third consecutive application for funding from the Wofford Fellowship.

This funding will go directly to supporting students embarking on a faculty-led trip to Lima, Peru in May, 2019. This funding covers 50% of the program cost. This is an excellent opportunity for students who may not consider this experience because of financial barriers to participate.

The trip will provide students with service learning opportunities in Villa El Salvador; an area that is organizing and building community capacity many years after the Shining Path movement. Students will learn about leadership development within the community, how people are engaged locally and how local services and resources have been accessed and developed after a forced-migration period. Students will develop their cultural competence and gain an appreciation for 'personal resiliency' and 'post-traumatic growth' in relation to people's ability to 'start over' and care for their community and one another. In keeping with our school commitment to recognizing study abroad opportunities as field experience, the trip will be recognized as a field and seminar course for some programs of study within the School. Faculty are encouraged to promote the trip to their students.

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Rai Reece Receives the Research Excellence Award

Rai Reece Receives the Research Excellence Award

Sat, December 01, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Rai Reece on receiving the Research Excellence Award.

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SSCS Staff Celebrate Ten Year Career Milestone at Humber

SSCS Staff Celebrate Ten Year Career Milestone at Humber

Sat, December 01, 2018

Congratulations to three outstanding faculty members on their ten-year anniversary at Humber College. 

Sana Mahmood, SSCS Operations Manager, Michael Gamble, Program Coordinator CSI, and Greg McElligott, Faculty – Community and Justice Services, celebrated this milestone at the Career Milestone Awards Reception on November 15, 2018. We would like to thank them all for their ongoing contributions to the SSCS and to Humber College at large.

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Child and Youth Care Professor Participates in DUVE Project

Child and Youth Care Professor Participates in DUVE Project

Sat, December 01, 2018

Dr. Jaspreet Bal, a professor in the Child and Youth Care program, recently returned from an incredible week at the University College Absalon. 

The purpose of her visit to Denmark was to participate in the DUVE project. Project members all had the chance to teach about the state of violence against children in their respective countries including Denmark, Uganda, Vietnam, and Canada. The interdisciplinary group including a physiotherapist, a nurse, a midwife, a teacher, an Early Childhood Educator and of course, a Child and Youth Care worker!

There were also many people working on different prevention strategies including a national helpline, health researchers and even a preschool that works with children rejected from other schools. The next steps in the project are to build an online platform with all four countries including e-learning modules for students and different tools for the prevention of violence against children in varied cultural settings.

Jaspreet will continue this important work as part of a team that will meet monthly to help create this module. Also, as a part of the Erasmus funding, the project team will be disseminating information about the work they are doing.

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Doug Thomson Receives the John and Suanne Roueche Award

Doug Thomson Receives the John and Suanne Roueche Award

Sat, December 01, 2018

Congratulations to Doug Thomson as the recipient of the 2018 John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. 

The honour is given to teachers who show exceptional teaching, learning and demonstrated leadership. Each year, Humber celebrates the outstanding contributions of its faculty by honouring one faculty member who has demonstrated an enthusiasm for teaching, has enabled student success through an ongoing commitment to inclusion, has demonstrated leadership amongst one’s peers and who has worked to build capacity in his/her department.

Doug takes an ‘out-of-the-box’’ approach to teaching, learning and student support, creatively collaborating across schools. He challenges his students to push their scholarly potential to the limit, spending time outside of class helping students prepare for significant learning experiences, and has developed applied projects that incorporate inter-disciplinary subject matter experts. As a researcher, Doug is involved in both the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Applied Research, with a TIF-funded project examining student connectedness using a cultural cookbook assignment, and an SSHRC-funded project on Neighbourhood Policing Evaluation. As the winner of the 2018 award, Doug will be celebrated at the 2019 League for Innovations Conference in New York, February 2019 where he will receive a medal and plaque.

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Crime Scene Investigation Photo Contest

Crime Scene Investigation Photo Contest

Sat, December 01, 2018

Photography is a feature of crime scene investigation, but with the advent of smartphones, most of our students haven’t held a traditional camera.

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Inbound Exchange Students

Inbound Exchange Students

Sat, December 01, 2018

The SSCS is pleased was thrilled to welcome two inbound exchange students to the BSS – Criminal Justice degree program from UMEA University (Sweden).

Three inbound students from University College Lillebaelt (Denmark) also arrived in late November to take part in a unique opportunity to complete a six month placement facilitated through the Child and Youth Care programs. Tom, Line and Jacob are Social Work students and will working with SSCS partner organizations with children in youth.

The SSCS is also excited to be hosting the second group of students from the Nanjing Forest Police College, China. Taking courses in Crime Scene Investigation, Police Foundations, and English Language studies this group of 24 students have the unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of basic crime scene investigation skills and techniques and are exposed to the Canadian justice and college system. A celebration for this group was held on December 20th where the students received a Certificate of Participation.

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CYC Alumni Establish Diversely Creative

CYC Alumni Establish Diversely Creative

Sat, December 01, 2018

Diversely Creative is an educational resource for children and youth, encouraging learning through fun and interactive games.

Diversely Creative was started by two Humber College Child and Youth Care Alumni’s who have a passion for life-skill program development. Their goal is to empower each child to reach their full potential by providing alternative ways of learning and communicating. Diversely Creative is passionate about supporting children's diverse ways of learning, and believe that by giving them the right tools, they will have the ability to succeed. Most recently, Diversely Creative launched a self-regulation board game, Game of Emotions, for children to learn positive ways of expressing their emotions and promote the development of self-awareness and communication skills.

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Amazing Race

Amazing Race

Sat, December 01, 2018

Humber College teamed up with Toronto Police Services to host the Toronto Youth Amazing Race event at our beautiful Lakeshore campus.

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Child and Youth Care Program Updates

Child and Youth Care Program Updates

Sat, December 01, 2018

The first Class Representative Council meeting for students across all three Child and Youth Care programs took place this September.

Students came to provide feedback and take information back to their peers within their cohorts. We have planned out our semester and upcoming class rep projects. Stay tuned!

The HBCYC faculty held a grad school info session for our students thinking of furthering their education after completing their HBCYC degrees and diplomas. Students came out to receive information on how to find a program that suits them and the steps in the application process.

Humber was also well represented at this year’s Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care’s Annual General Meeting. Student Amplifiers are hard at work making classroom visits and promoting the importance of OACYC membership and engagement.

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Crime Scene Investigation Students Get Their Hands Dirty

Crime Scene Investigation Students Get Their Hands Dirty

Sat, December 01, 2018

Crime Scene Investigation students got their hands dirty with the forensic exhumation of two (imitation) human skeletons buried on Lakeshore campus.

The project replicated the process of planning, excavating and documenting the recovery of the bodies and other evidence related to a homicide investigation. The weather was quite warm leaving our students taking frequent water and rest breaks in a physically demanding and detail-oriented task that left everyone hot, sweaty, dirty, exhausted and smiling. This will be in sharp contrast to night photography in the snow and frigid temperatures they will experience later in the term.

If you are looking for a little adventure, this program will offer a Forensic Identification graduate certificate credential in the fall of 2019 with any diploma or degree qualifying for admission.

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Research Release: Look at my Life: ‘Sparks’ for Firearm Possession among Young People in Toronto

Research Release: Look at my Life: ‘Sparks’ for Firearm Possession among Young People in Toronto

Sat, December 01, 2018

Humber College, in partnership with The City of Toronto’s Youth Equity Strategy, Amadeusz, and The Laidlaw Foundation, launched a research project.

The project is titled: Look at my Life: Youth Identified ‘Sparks’ for Firearm Possession Among Young People in Toronto.

Tina-Nadia Gopal Chambers, a faculty member of the Child and Youth Care program, was the Principal Researcher on the project. The research findings were released in July, 2018 which identified the following influences that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime:

  • Risk factors, including trauma, family environment, lack of non-family adults/mentors, lack of community programs, negative peers, and negative school experiences;
  • Systemic barriers, including racism, poverty, lack of community safety; and
  • Barriers after being incarcerated, including accessing employment due to a criminal record and a lack of education, and returning to the same environment with little support.

A copy of the report is available at: http://www.amadeusz.ca/research-2/.

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Visiting Scholar from China

Visiting Scholar from China

Sat, December 01, 2018

For the 2017/2018 academic year, the SSCS hosted two visiting scholars, Henry Ke and Iris Zhou, from the Nanjing Forest Police College.

Currently, the SSCS is hosting a third visiting scholar, Lisa Zhang, until July 2019. Lisa will be conducting joint applied research with a focus on the differences between China and Canadian policing and postsecondary education. The SSCS and Nanjing Forest Police College are exploring further opportunities for collaborative research and knowledge exchange with faculty from both partner institutes.

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Mindfulness Practice in CYC

Mindfulness Practice in CYC

Sat, December 01, 2018

First and third semester Child and Youth Care Practitioner diploma students have been embarking on a weekly mindfulness practice.

By embodying the practice themselves, they are gaining a stronger sense of mind/body connection and the impact it can have on one’s emotions, feelings and thoughts. Insight and exposure to a variety of meditations and mindfulness activities are supporting not only personal growth and self-care but an awareness of alternative ways to support children and youth with their emotional regulation and wellbeing. A significant portion of the students embark on this ‘optional’ practice for the first 10-15 minutes of one of their classes each week. What an incredible demonstration of personal and professional commitment by these students.

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The Forensic Dual Diagnostic Specialty Service Conference

The Forensic Dual Diagnostic Specialty Service Conference

Sat, December 01, 2018

On September 19th and 20th, the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health held its inaugural Forensic Dual Diagnostic Specialty Service Conference.

The Conference was entitled Exploring Risk and Recovery in Dual Diagnosis. The School of Social and Community Services, represented by the Bachelor of Behavioural Science, was a Conference co-sponsor. Over 250 participants were in attendance.

Jo Anne Nugent, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Behavioural Science, and John Kosmopoulos, Coordinator of the Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate, were in attendance. Both programs had a table at the Conference, which was an excellent opportunity to highlight our two programs.

Presenters included the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, and experts in the field of forensic services to a wide range of service recipient groups. Sessions focused on service delivery and research.

Thanks to Louis Busch, a member of the BBS Program Advisory Committee, a key player in Humber’s participation in the FDDSS Conference. We look forward to participating in the 2nd annual conference next year!

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