The Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health

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In the field of children’s mental health, we are good at knowing how treatment and therapy works, but we often don’t know why. This makes measuring our outcomes so vital to our 35+ programs and services.

So, back in 2001, Wood’s Homes started a Research Department - rare among non-profits. Initially with one full-time researcher, we began collecting and analysing data. The goal being to provide excellence in service delivery within the agency, but also to contribute to the larger service community by sharing successes with others. As well, the department gathers information about successful programs and services developed by similar agencies across Canada and around the world. We benchmark ourselves against these results.

Today, with a staff complement of four full-time researchers, the department continues to work hard to enhance the body of practical and applicable knowledge in the children’s mental health field. We also look to develop innovative and evidence-based interventions that will further help children and their families with the far-reaching effects of mental illnesses of all types.

On that note, we launched the Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health in 2014. This longtime dream come true will lead research focused on practice – combining theory and testing with action and intervention. In partnership with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work, the Chair (which will be based in the community) bridges academic research and education with service delivery. As of June, 2015, the search for a Chair remains under way.