The CAMH Centre for Prevention Science (CPS) in London, Ontario is part of the Child, Youth and Family Program at CAMH and
the University of Toronto. CPS houses the "Fourth R" project for schools, a comprehensive violence prevention and healthy relationship program which is currently being used
in a number of high schools.
Dr. David Wolfe, RBC Chair in Children's Mental Health at CAMH leads CPS's research, which addresses issues in prevention of health-related
problems among children and youth.
Strategies for Healthy Youth Relationships, featuring the "Fourth R" is a school-based program developed to help adolescents form healthy relationships and make better choices while they navigate
critical developmental minefields such as substance use, sexual relationships, bullying and violence. Through open dialogue
and role-playing, the curriculum engages teachers and students in enthusiastic discussion about peer pressure, media literacy,
emotional and psychological abuse and healthy communication. The core program is offered in Grade 9 Health and Physical Education
classes. There are also curricula on healthy relationships developed for English classes in Grades 9-12.
The CAMH Centre for Prevention Science works closely with academic researchers and community partners, collaborating closely
with the University of Western Ontario's Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children to implement
effective, long-lasting prevention initiatives for children and youth. CAMH is committed to transforming new knowledge into
practical resources, and through careful evaluation and dissemination CPS aims to elevate the study of prevention to that
of a science, making it a fundamental part of our services to children, youth, and families.
The CAMH Centre for Prevention Science is located at the University of Western Ontario Research and Development Park, Mogenson
100-100 Collip Circle