Projet STEP : un programme prénatal pour les survivantes de traumatismes complexes visant à prévenir la violence familiale et à promouvoir la santé maternelle et infantile

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The University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières is scaling up, adapting, and evaluating the Supporting the Transition to and Engagement in Parenthood (STEP) program in 4 regions in the province of Quebec. 

This trauma-informed prenatal program for survivors of complex trauma will promote maternal health and support the health and development of their children. The project is also being adapted to respond to the needs of populations that are disproportionally affected by family violence: Indigenous communities, cultural minorities, and individuals with a psychiatric disorder. 


Community of Practice members:

Nicolas Berthelot


Nicolas Berthelot received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Laval University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Quebec in Montreal and at the Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Quebec. He is now assistant professor in mental health in the department of Nursing at the University du Quebec in Trois-Rivieres (UQTR). He is also regular researcher at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le développement de l’enfant et la famille (CEIDEF) and at the Groupe de recherche et d’intervention en négligence (GRIN) and associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Québec (CRIUSMQ). His current research interests focus on the developmental mechanisms of risk, resilience and psychopathology in the context of childhood trauma and on the intergenerational impacts of child maltreatment. He practices clinical psychology with children, adolescents and adults and aims to integrate research and clinical practice. Nicolas Berthelot collaborates with colleagues from different disciplines in the conception, implementation and evaluation of personalized clinical interventions with survivors of child abuse or neglect in order to prevent a wide array of psychological and physical health problems in this population

Kim Deschenes


Kim Deschênes is a doctoral student in psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Research Coordinator for the STEP project (Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood). Her doctoral thesis focuses on prenatal parental mentalization capacities in parents who have experienced abuse during childhood, and on their child's general and socio-emotional development.