Innovation and Research

At carya, we respond to a changing world with flexibility, creativity and innovation. Through cutting edge research, multi-agency collaboratives and participation in global initiatives, we’re always developing ideas that move our work forward. Our evidence-based programs and services are constantly evolving to ensure that we are responding to the needs of Calgarians.

Brain Awareness Week:

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.  Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide to celebrate the brain for all ages.

For the past 3 years, carya has participated in the celebration of the brain during BAW by providing presentations across the city to all age groups about different topics specific to brain health and development. Presentations are given by professionals and experts in our community on the impact or our environment on the brain; childhood brain development; aging and brain health and the importance of connection and community to our overall brain health.

We invite all Calgarians to participate not only in the presentations but all activities put on throughout the week including Brain Trivia Night!

Functioning Families Together (FFT):

A research project undertaken in partnership with carya and Catholic Family Service.

The project uses Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an evidenced based model, to engage families and build skills that reduce risk factors and increase internal individual, family, and community strengths.

FFT is part of the continuum of services off­ering counselling for families experiencing issues related to risk factors for criminal and/or crime involvement, family conflict, substance use, school truancy, mental health, AND have a youth 7 – 18 years old who are living at home.

Functioning Families Together is a randomized study that is designed to help identify how to best utilize the continuum of care model with families experiencing low, moderate and high risks for criminal involvement.

Engaging Men in the Reduction of Violence Initiative:

The Engaging Men in the Violence Prevention Learning Collaborative (EMC) is a  pilot project collaborative with Shift and the University of Calgary comprised of several Human Service agencies that are exploring strategies to cultivate norms and behaviors that support healthy, egalitarian, non violent interpersonal relationships within settings where men naturally congregate.

At carya, we are committed to finding solutions for social problems including the increase of incidents of domestic violence within our city. Through the EMC, we are working together with community  leaders and other stakeholders across Calgary towards finding a non-programmatic solution that will shift cultural norms by looking at gender equity, healthy masculinities and healthy relationships.