Dr Patti Ranahan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Applied Human Sciences
Patti Ranahan joined the Department of Applied Human Sciences in December 2011. From 2008 to 2011, she worked as an instructor at Vancouver Island University in the Faculty of Health and Human Services, Child and Youth Care Programs. Dr. Ranahan has over 18 years of practice experience working as a child and youth care professional in a variety of settings including residential care, crisis shelters, school-based practice, mental health outpatient services, and community-based foster parent support. She has facilitated suicide intervention education programs, and currently acts as a clinical supervisor of Connect - an attachment-based psycho-educational group for parents and caregivers. Her practice experiences inform her research and teaching activities. Her research focuses on examination of youth workers' experiences and responses to adolescent suicidality, education as part of youth suicide prevention efforts, mental health literacies in youth work, pedagogical approaches within pre-service programs in youth work and child and youth care, and qualitative research methods including grounded theory, discourse analysis, and case study. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
2011 Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria
2007 MA, Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
2001 BA, Child and Youth Care, Malaspina University College
1995 BA, Sociology/Anthropology and English, Carleton University
Adolescent suicide , Suicide education and practice, Youth Work and Child and Youth Care pedagogy and practice, Mental health literacy education and application to youth work practice, Grounded theory , Phenomenological inquiry, Discourse analysis, Life-writing in arts-based research (e.g., metissage)
Fundamentals of Child and Youth Care Work
AHSC 485 Internship in Youth Work
AHSC 527 Advanced Youth Work Intervention: Case Management and Supervision
AHSC 540 Mental Health and Addictions: Youth Work Perspectives, Policies, and Practices
AHSC 535 Internship in Youth Work
AHSC 536 Extended Internship in Youth Work
Perspectives on Mental Health Literacy Needs in Youth Work Education and Practice
The purpose of this qualitative survey was examine how youth work educators and practitioners perceive mental health literacy in youthwork pre-service education and practice so literacies (or competencies) might be identified for curriculum development to ensure youth workers are adequately prepared to support young people experiencing mental health concerns and play an active role on a mental health care team.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Concordia University Research Start Up Grant
A Discourse Analysis of Mental Health Literacies in Youth Workers' Practice with Young People who are Suicidal
The purpose of this study is to identify and describe the mental health literacies of youth workers working with young people who are suicidal in a variety of settings (e.g., residential care, outreach and community-based settings, school programs), and explicate how their mental health literacies influence their subsequent actions in the provision of care.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Concordia University Research Start-Up Grant
Kitinikêwin misiwanacihisowin: Arts-based wellness promotion for suicide prevention among Aboriginal youth
This study examines the issue of Aboriginal youth suicide through arts-based wellness promotion based on Marshall’s “two-eyed seeing” (2009). Indigenous, qualitative, and arts-based research methods are combined with epidemiological and quantitative approaches, taking a proactive approach to integrated knowledge translation and policy formulation.
Funded by: CIHR
Addressing Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide Concerns: Enhancing Attachment Security in Francophone Parent-Youth Relationships
Attachment insecurity may increase the risk of mental health concerns, such as suicide ideation. The purpose of this innovative pilot studyis to explicate the process of attachment security development withinfrancophone parent-youth relationships where the parent is attending anattachment-based, educational intervention entitled the “Connect Parent Group”and the youth is experiencing mental health and/or suicide concerns.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Applying Mental Health Literacy to Youth Work Practice: A Pilot Case Study
This innovative pilot project is the first qualitative examination of how a mental health literacy curriculum specifically designed for youth work practice is applied in interventions with young people suffering from suicidality or mental health concerns. Using an exploratory case study design, this project aims to analyze how youth workers apply mental health literacy to practice with young people while completing a series of educational mental health literacy workshops.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Seed/Accelerator Funding Program - Individual, Concordia University
Ranahan, P., & Thomas, T. (under review). Mental health literacies for interprofessional collaboration: Youth workers' perspectives on constraining and supporting factors.
Ranahan, P. (under review). Protocols or principles? Re-imagining suicide risk assessment as an embedded, principle-based ongoing conversation in youth work practice.
Ranahan, P., & White, J. (in press). Re-envisioning youth work professional development and education in mental health and suicide care. In K. M. Pozzobonoini & B. Kirshner (Eds.), The Changing Landscape of Youth Work: Theory and Practice for an Evolving Field. Information Age Press.
Ranahan, P. (2015). Mental health literacies in youth work practice with adolescents. In D. Begoray & E. Banister (Eds.) Adolescent Health Literacy and Learning, (pp. 119-134). New York: Nova.
Ranahan, P. & Pellissier, R. (2015). Youth workers in mental health care: Role, mental health literacy development, and framing future research.Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 25, 229-247.
Ranahan, P., Blanchet-Cohen, N., Mann-Feder, V. (2015). Moving towards an integrated approach to youth work education. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 6(4), 516-538.
Ranahan, P., & Pellissier, R. (2015). Being green: A discourse analysis of youth workers' initial touchstone experiences with suicidal youth. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 27(4), 11-22.
Ranahan, P. (2014). Watching: A potentially disengaging practice for child and youth care professionals in their encounters with suicidal adolescents. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 5(1), 4-23.
Ranahan, P. (2013). Pathways for preparation: Locating suicide education in preparing professionals for encounters with suicidal adolescents. Child & Youth Services, 34(4), 387-401. doi:10.1080/0145935X.2013.859908
Ranahan, P. (2013). Being with: Child and youth care professionals practice with suicidal adolescents. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 26(1), 6-17.
Ranahan, P. (2013). Why did you call for them? Child and youth care professionals practice of flooding the zone during encounters with suicidal adolescents. Child Care in Practice, 19(2), 138-161. doi: 10.1080/13575279.2012.750598.
Ranahan, P., Fogarty, C., Henderson, J., Kornberger, K., Palm, D., Phillips, H., & Scott, K. (2012). Braiding narratives of relating, being and growing: A metissage of students experiences in pre-service child and youth care education. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 25(4), 13-24.
Sanrud, H., & Ranahan, P. (2012). Pedagogical encounters of the case-based kind. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 3(2-3), 234-247.
Ranahan, P. (2010). Mental health literacy: A conceptual framework for future inquiry into child and youth care professionals practice with suicidal adolescents. Child & Youth Care Forum, 39(1), 11-25, doi:10.1007/s10566-009-9087-5
Ranahan, P. (2015, June). A potentially underutilized resource: How youth workers are on the bandwagon in providing mental health care. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference, Calgary, Alberta.
Ranahan, P. (2014, October). A discourse analysis of youth workers' talk about practice with suicidal adolescents. Paper presented at the Qualitative Health Research Conference, Victoria, Canada.
Ranahan, P., & Pellissier, R. (2014, October). Youth workers' discursive constructions of practice with suicidal youth. Paper presented at the National Child and Youth Care Conference, Moncton, Canada.
Mann-Feder, V., Blanchet-Cohen, N., & Ranahan, P. (2014). Responding to our current times: An approach to youth work education. Paper presented at the Child and Youth Care in Action IV conference, Victoria, Canada.
Ranahan, P. (2013, June). Situated, localized and relational: Re-envisioning the concept of mental health literacy for collaborative mental health care with suicidal adolescents. Paper presented at the 14th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference, Montreal, Canada.
Ranahan, P. (2013, June). The Balancing Proximity and Perimeter Process: A grounded theory study of child and youth care professionals' practice with suicidal adolescents. Poster presented at the Suicide World Congress, Montreal, Canada.
Ranahan, P. (2012, October). Lessons from CYC professionals' encounters with suicidal adolescents: Care for our self when providing suicide care. Paper presented at the International Child and Youth Care Conference, Canmore, Alberta.
Ranahan, P. (2012, August). Celebrating the role of youth workers in interventions with suicidal young people. Paper presented at the International Youth Conference on Youth Work and Youth Studies, Glasgow, Scotland.
Ranahan, P. (2011, April). Circling: The complexities and contributories of child and youth care practice with suicidal adolescents. Paper presented at the Child & Youth Care in Action III, Leading Conversations in Research, Practice & Policy, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sanrud, H., & Ranahan, P. (2011, April). Pedagogical encounters of the case-based kind. Paper presented at the Child & Youth Care in Action III, Leading Conversations in Research, Practice & Policy, Victoria, British Columbia.
Ranahan, P. (2010, June). Child and youth care professionals mental health literacy practices in their encounters with suicidal adolescents: A grounded theory study. Poster presented at the Thinking Qualitively Workshop Series, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Edmonton, Alberta.
Ranahan, P. (2010, May). Making connections across disciplines: Mental health literacy as a "bridging" concept for the interprofessional care of suicidal youth. Paper presented at the National Child and Youth Care Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ranahan, P. (2009, July). Foster caregivers role in recognizing, managing, and preventing adolescent suicide: Lessons from the literature on adolescent help-seeking. Paper presented at the International Foster Care Organization International Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Ranahan, P., & Spivak, E. (2009, July). From Bowlby to your backyard: Fostering attachment in fostering. Paper presented at the International Foster Care Organization International Conference, Dublin, Ireland.