Collaboration and partnerships
CRIPCAS is meant to be a space for exchanges between clinicians and researchers, allowing for a dialogue between the concerns of researchers and those of professionals in practice settings. CRIPCAS favours collaboration and research activities carried out in partnership with practice setting organizations working with couples and victims of sexual abuse. On a regular basis, around thirty organizations from across Québec work with CRIPCAS researchers. As well, short-term collaborative efforts are possible with different organizations, depending on the needs of the practice setting and expertise available within the Centre. These organizations are mainly from the public health and social services network, but they can also be from the community or private sectors.
An indispensable tool for knowledge transfer and application
Social science researchers need practice settings in order to reach a clientele. Practice settings turn to researchers for their expertise in order to update or enhance their knowledge base, to evaluate the impact of their practice and occasionally, to gain insight into their practice. Beyond these complimentary needs, CRIPCAS believes that a true process of knowledge transfer calls for the establishment of partnerships based on a mutual recognition of the expertise of all parties and links between everyone’s skills, working together toward a common goal. In this sense, developing a ”relational capital” - to quote Chagnon (2010) - between research and practice optimizes not only knowledge transfer but also knowledge application. It is not enough to simply “transfer” knowledge in order to ensure its application. As well, it is essential to take into account actions and interventions carried out daily in practice settings, as sources of tacit and creative knowledge. In sum, it is a question of looking at partnerships as an ongoing process, allowing for the taking into account and application of both scientific and practical knowledge. This process, from knowledge generation to application, can lead to the identification of new issues and possible avenues for research.
Activities for knowledge transfer and application
Knowledge transfer and application activities occupy an important role within CRIPCAS’ programming. Many scientific activities are organized each year for our members and occasionally, for non-members. This commitment allows for constant renewal, not only of knowledge, but also of intervention practices and evaluation models. Our activities include pluridisciplinary seminars, conferences, training sessions on sexual abuse and intimate relationship problems, participation on scientific committees at a number of organizations, clinical supervision, etc.
As well, many student members of CRIPCAS have the opportunity to carry out a placement within our partner practice settings. These students specialize in one or the other of the Centre’s themes. The main academic disciplines of our students are psychology, sexology and psychoeducation. We are mindful of providing our students and our partners in practice settings with an environment that is rich in scientific knowledge.
International Collaborative Efforts
Beyond the pursuit and the establishment of collaborative efforts with national and international colleagues, 2006 saw the development of a new alliance with the Centre Violence et Traumatisme (VITRA) at the Université de Liège in Belgium. This collaboration allows us to access the world knowledge base. It also permits us to develop comparisons between key questions and to bring together knowledge and resources to bear on complex world issues. As well, this collaboration allows for the promotion of the specific contribution of Canadian reserch to international research programmes. Set up in 2005, VITRA brings together 15 researchers from different research units within the Université de Liège. The centre’s research axes include different forms of violence and trauma, including conjugal violence and sexual abuse. VITRA’s mission is to 1) develop an expertise around violence and trauma through a multidisciplinary research approach; 2) offer specialized intervention services; 3) transfer skills to those professions concerned by violence and trauma; 4) provide doctoral and postdoctoral training, by supervising and helping both Belgian and foreigh researchers.