Welcome to CHIRP International

Inspiring healthcare through the open exchange of knowledge, collaboration and the discovery of new directions in both research and practice.

Environmental & Social Justice

Environmental & Social Justice

Marie Burge heads our Environmental and Social Justice committee, sharing over four decades of expertise in volunteer co-ordination, popular education, community development, and participatory action research.
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As head of our Health committee, Pradeepa Gunasena brings her extensive knowledge of global paediatric, geriatric and neurosurgical medicine to CHIRP International for the benefit of all its members and interested publics.
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Developmental & Education

Developmental & Education

Jim Karle brings his specialized knowledge of cognition and neuroscience to his role as head of our Developmental and Education committee.
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Murray Rusk heads our Research committee. A dedicated researcher, his studies in the relationship between vision and learning problems — particularly among those with autism spectrum disorders, brain and emotional issues — are invaluable assets in his work as a noted Neuro Behavioral optometrist.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Seminar

CHIRP INTERNATIONAL (Council for Health Improvement through Research and Practice)
invites health researchers, health care professionals, and all interested Islanders to a seminar on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10:00 am to Noon It will be held at the Robert L Cotton Centre, 57 Bunbury Road, Stratford, PEI. The seminar topic is Assessment and Treatment of Trauma: A Comprehensive Model. The Presenter is Caroline LeBlanc M.A., Clinical Psychologist.
While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not new, the awareness of its causes and effects has increased in the past decades. PTSD can result from exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence. It is now known that some professions and employment put people in dangerous situations. Military personnel, first responders (police, firefighters, and
paramedics), doctors, and nurses experience higher rates of PTSD than other professions. The
experience of sexual abuse in childhood often results in PTSD in youth and adults. It is important for sufferers of PTSD and their families to know and recognize the symptoms. It is also essential for health care professionals to discover the many options there are for diagnosing and treating PTSD. Pharmaceuticals may not be the answer for many people.
The seminar presenter, Caroline LeBlanc, will address the wide range of treatments available. She is a Masters graduate (1991) in Clinical Psychology from the Université de Moncton. Her work background includes: Correctional Services of Canada, Provincial Government Corrections and
Employee Assistance Programs, Veterans Affairs Office of Conflict Resolution and Director of
Holland College’s Assessment Services for Adults. Since 2002, she has been in full time private practice. Her areas of interest are trauma, PTSD, and anxiety. She has also been involved in the community by being an active member of the PEI Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Network since 1996, the Psychologists Association of PEI, the Francophone community of PEI. She was involved in the Swissair recovery in 1998 and subsequently was part of Health Canada’s Psychosocial
Emergency Response Team for several years. In October 2013, Caroline opened Serene View Ranch, a psychological clinic which offers assessment and treatment of trauma and PTSD. A
multidisciplinary team works in offering a wide variety of evidence-based approaches for the
treatment of trauma. Services at the clinic include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), Trauma Focused Yoga, Occupational Therapy, massage, heart math and a variety of forms of equine therapy.
The seminar will provide participants with the opportunity learn more about PTSD and to
dialogue with Caroline LeBlanc about the diverse assessment and treatment models she is presenting.
Pre-Registration for the seminar is preferred: by June 1, 2016. Registration fee: $20.
Register at: http://www.chirpintl.comor phone Marie Burge at 902-894-4573.




Contact Person: Marie Burge 902-894-4573

Forging a Paradigm Shift in Health and Healthcare

Welcome to the Website for the Council for Health Improvement through Research and Practice (CHIRP) International. Founded in 2013, CHIRP International’s mission is to foster the exchange of knowledge and to promote collaboration between researchers, practitioners and industry in health sciences for the purpose of introducing and/or developing novel forms of healthcare delivery to the public via new directions in both research and practice.

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