March 23, 2023

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


This conference will take place remotely.
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Promising systemic practices in Quebec

This conference aims to give an overview of three promising initiatives that are underway in Quebec in the field of systemic and family therapies. First, the presentation will focus on the training of social work students in a university family therapy clinic. Secondly, a therapy training project for couples with a problem of addiction to substances or gambling will be presented. The presentation will conclude with a family work program aimed at families struggling with an addiction problem and whose one or more children have been placed by youth protection.

The speakers and their conference



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Director of Le Havre du Fjord (addiction and mental health center for adolescents), holder of a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. Author of the AddictA app


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Dr. Nathalie Sasseville is a social worker, professor and researcher at the Social Work Teaching Unit of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (Canada). She is also co-founder and director of the University Clinic of Social Work at UQAC. She has over 15 years of experience in systemic family intervention with vulnerable populations. She teaches intervention with families at the undergraduate and graduate level in social work.

Train future social workers in the systemic family approach within a unique university clinic in Canada!

The challenge of the university training program in social work is to properly prepare the next generation of professionals to deal with increasingly complex family problems in a context of major changes in the organization of health and social services in Quebec. . To achieve this, immersing future social workers in real and supervised professional practice situations is a preferred avenue. It is in this context that, since 2017, the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi has developed an educational approach leading to the establishment of a University Clinic of Social Work (CUTS) unique in Canada. It allows future social workers to better intervene according to a systemic family approach. This initiative is part of a course on the subject and allows the supervised application of this approach to families served by the Clinic. This presentation will present the educational approach by exemplifying how the approach is taught and deployed within the Clinic.


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Dr. Sandra Juneau is a social worker, professor and researcher at the Social Work Teaching Unit of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (Canada). She has also been responsible for practical training for 5 years. She has more than twenty years in social intervention. She co-teaches intervention with families since 2018.


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Joël Tremblay , Ph.D., psychologist, (UQTR, Quebec, Canada) is the scientific director of the RISQ research team ( ). He is interested in the role of family members in the effectiveness of addiction treatment, particularly through marital intervention. He is also interested in assessing population needs with regard to addiction services. He is co-author of the My Choices family of programs, an intervention that aims to support the achievement of moderate use of alcohol, other substances or even games of chance and money. The program is widely used in the Francophonie. He also works on the development of tests and directs the development of a reception evaluation battery that will be implemented within the addiction services of Quebec, Canada.

Integrative marital treatment in dependency (addiction)

Studies show that people with addictions to substances or gambling and living in a couple, improve more about their addiction by participating in a marital treatment of this addiction, rather than in an individual treatment. or group. The presentation aims to provide an overview of the Integrative marital addiction treatment, TCI-D (Tremblay and colleagues). This model largely takes up what was developed by the McCrady & Epstein teams, as well as O'Farrell and his colleagues, while adding a section on relational repair processes. Inspired by the work of Sue Johnson and her colleagues (Emotionaly Focused Couple Therapy), we work to help the couple identify their harmful relationship patterns around addiction, with a view to transforming them into an alliance where they learn to be secure. mutually as to their bond of attachment. The couple gradually migrates to a marital alliance against addiction itself.



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Marianne Saint-Jacques is a clinical psychologist and full professor at the University of Sherbrooke where she directs the Masters in Addiction Intervention. His research interests and teaching activities focus on early intervention in addiction, violence between spouses and marital addiction treatment. She collaborates in several projects for the development and implementation of intervention programs in addictology, in various populations and various settings and is interested in the continuing education of professionals in practice and the development of advanced clinical skills in addictology.

Stephane BUJOLD

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My main activity consists in offering individual and group supervision, providing training to workers on motivational interviewing, family intervention and mental health problems comorbid with addiction. I ensure the clinical coordination of a project for the prevention of addictions in schools and the clinical management of Havre du Fjord de Jonquière, which welcomes young people with addictions. An organization that has chosen to no longer exclude young people, to use a non-punitive approach and to improve care for young people with complex profiles. I also intervene with clients who are difficult to help, both individually and in groups. Among the difficult-to-help clientele are victims of abuse (sexual, violence, intimidation), clients with significant anxiety symptoms (PTSD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.), clients with strong impulsiveness and an aggressiveness that they find it difficult to control, clients at risk of radicalization which can lead to violence, young people in placement in youth centers who present severe behavioral problems. I also give conferences for various organizations that work with young people and adults. I have been called upon to train youth protection workers, addiction centres, lawyers and judges for the youth division and the administrative tribunal of Quebec, the Association des sexologues du Québec and organizations who take care of children in France and Switzerland.


The Alliance-Famille program (Bujold, 2017) is a method of systemic and family intervention offered to families with a dependency problem, who receive youth protection services under judicial measures and whose one or more family members family have a dependency problem. Thus, it may be a teenager placed for excessive consumption, behavioral and/or mental health problems. The situation often involves young parents reported for negligence and/or abuse due to their abusive lifestyle, parents whose children were born in withdrawal or admitted to intoxication during couple crises, etc. The Alliance-Famille program has been recognized as a promising practice by the National Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services (2019).