By setting up the 1st Community Social Pediatrics Symposium, the Fondation du Dr Julien wished to provide even greater access to community-based social pediatrics content. We believe that it is by spreading knowledge and by training up-and-comers that we can fulfil our mission. This way, our practice will become more accessible to Quebec as a whole, to the greatest benefit of children suffering from the impacts of toxic stressors on their development.
The 1st Community Social Pediatrics Symposium organized by the Fondation du Dr Julien took place on December 1 and 2, 2011, in Montreal. More than 165 participants were gathered on site to take part in social pediatrics training within the framework of the integrated social medicine model developed by Dr. Gilles Julien. These two days hinged mainly on the three major themes at the heart of community social paediatrics: the attachment theory, the concept of identity and that of resilience.
The 2nd edition of the Community Social Pediatrics Symposium was held on April 11 and 12, 2013, at the Montréal Science Centre. It allowed participants to initiate reflection on the main challenges related to the impact of toxic stress impeding child development. This edition welcomed both national and international speakers and more than 250 participants.
The 3rd edition of the Symposium took place on April 10 and 11, 2014, at Espace Réunion, in Montreal. This edition was held under the theme of best practices and social innovation and it provided an opportunity for professionals from the Community Social Pediatrics Movement to share different intervention initiatives adapted to their environment.
The 4th edition of the Symposium took place on September 17 and 18, 2015 at the Montreal Science Centre. Participants discussed the challenges in measuring quality of life with respect to a children’s health and best interests. Speakers from around the world as well as numerous exhibitors also shared their expertise with the event’s over 350 attendees.