In 2019, Dr. Lynn Corcoran, Dr, Deinera Exner-Cortens and Lana Wells published a paper that describes the design and implementation of the Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and Communities graduate certificate program, which received the 2017 University of Calgary Teaching Award for Curriculum Development. Between 2015 and 2018, 73 students completed the program.
Launched in 2015, in partnership with the Werklund School of Education, the interdisciplinary program offers educators, health care providers, social workers and community service workers four courses in primary violence prevention. Topics covered in the program include promoting healthy relationships, recognizing systems of oppression, understanding trauma and resilience, and cultivating social justice with youth and those who support youth.
The certificate is part of a larger provincial strategy to promote healthy youth relationships by enhancing the knowledge and skills of those who work with youth in schools and communities. Students expressed that coursework provided critical information and skills for primary prevention to reduce instances of teen dating violence.
Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and Communities: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program is published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.