• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


Karen  Bridson

Karen is an award-winning journalist specializing in women's issues and is the author of three women's health books. A former crime reporter who has been specializing in women's issues, health, pregnancy and parenting for the past eight years, Karen has a particular talent for personal essay-style columns. Over her 17-year career as a newswoman, Karen has published in many national newspapers and magazines including Shape Magazine, Runner's World Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Montreal Gazette, among others.
As a "born-again feminist," she is the co-founder of Third Wave Feminists Toronto, a consciousness raising mothers' group and the creator of Pregnancy Fitness Awareness Day. Since the birth of her son Adlai almost five years ago, she has been a student of feminist theory, reading every title she can get her hands on. She is the author of surprisingly feminist The Secrets of Skinny Chicks: How to Feel Great in your Favorite Jeans when it Doesn't Come Naturally (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Nine Months Strong: Shaping Up for Labor and Delivery and the Toughest Physical Day of Your Life (Lifeline Press, 2004) and Run for It: A Woman's Guide to Running for Emotional and Physical Health.
Karen has won a number of journalism awards, including back-to-back Toronto Police Media Awards for Best Editorial (writing in a personal, engaging tone is what she does best) while covering the police beat, and was honored as the best in her class in newspaper journalism when awarded a scholarship from Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star.

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