Healthy Relationships Newsletter

Children's Aid Uses Healthy Relationships

Gloucester, Ontario - The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton has incorporated sections of Healthy Relationships into its Healthy Sexuality curriculum, which the centre delivers to boys in its care.

"The boys have had problems in relation to sexuality," explains Susan Rich, who is clinical coordinator of psychological services at the Gloucester, Ont. facility. "This is both in terms of sexual acting out of problems and sexual perpetrating. We have found it a very useful reference and resource."

A year ago, the curriculum was presented in a 15-week course to six boys, divided into two groups. Six boys, aged 14 to 17, are currently enrolled in the same program.

At another Children's Aid residence, a graduate student from the University of Montreal's Sexuality program has folded parts of the curriculum involving gender identity and gender roles into an intensive treatment program for adolescent sexual offenders.

Rich and her colleagues collected materials "from all over" when they were preparing to design these courses. What she likes about Healthy Relationships is "it's simple and straightforward. The unit on gender roles is a very strong one, and it's one of the ones the kids enjoyed a lot."




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  3. The Making of this Curriculum
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  5. Educating for Change
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  9. Breaking New Ground With Youth Corrections Programming
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  10. Students Promote Zero Tolerance for Violence
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  11. Going to the Heart of the Matter in Dade County, Florida
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  12. A Foundation for Other Programs
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  13. Children's Aid Uses Healthy Relationships
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  14. Curriculum Supplement: Gender Justice
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  15. Organizations that have ordered Healthy Relationships
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