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Fourth draft of Atlantic Child Guidance Centre position paper : [draft typescript]

Item consists of the fourth draft of an Atlantic Child Guidance Centre position paper, dated August 31, 1972, prepared by the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre Policy Committtee (Dr. Alexander Murchison, Dr. G. Gordon, Norris Turner, Paul Norton, Dr. S. Bijoor, and Everett Harris). The item is addressed to "all Atlantic Child Guidance Centre staff for comment" before final submission, and has the goal of ensuring that "adolescents [...] not be forgotten either in terms of bureaucratic strucutre or in terms of submergence in adult designed and orientated programs", and that they "require advocates" to ensure that any public health legislation does not overlook the needs of those who are "underage [... in a] largely adult orientated society".

Proposal submitted to Halifax Children's Foundation by Children and Youth Action Council (CAYAC) : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a proposal submitted to the Halifax Children's Foundation by the Children and Youth Action Council (upon which Alexander Murchison served), dated August 2, 1974. The item outlines CAYAC's mission as a "grassroots response to perceived shortcomings in services and programs for young people in Nova Scotia", discusses the organization's objectives and activities (assessing and contributing to legislation, addressing services it provides, pushing for individual case representation, increasing public awareness, and engaging youth involvement). The proposal outlines a request that the Halifax Children's Foundation provide CAYAC with a "three-year demonstration grant" to employ a full-time coordinator and a secretary to achieve the organization's objectives.

A review: Nova Scotia mental health system and changes required : [draft typescript]

Item consists of an undated review of the current Nova Scotia mental health system, as well as an outline of required changes to the system, compiled by Alexander Murchison in the early 1970s. The item provides a brief outline of present mental health programs and facilities in the province -- the Cape Breton Mental Health Centre in Sydney, the Eastern Counties Mental Health Centre in Antigonish, the Pictou County Mental Health Centre in New Glasgow, the Cumberland County Mental Health Centre in Amherst, the Cobequid Mental Health Centre in Truro, the Funday [sic] Mental Health Centre in Wolfville, the Digby-Annapolis Mental Health Centre in Digby, the program at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, and the South Shore Mental Health Centre in Bridgewater -- as well as mental and public hospital services -- Nova Scotia Hospital, Abbie J. Lane Memorial Hospital, Halifax County Hospital, and Kings County Hospital -- and provides recommendations on how to improve the province-wide program addressing mental health. Item contains a few inked and whited-out corrections.

Group home development proposal, Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax : [draft typecript]

Item consists of a later draft of group home development proposal compiled by the Alexander Murchison (and others) for the Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax, dated March 9, 1973. The committee consisted of Dr. Murchison, Ron Smith, Pat Corkery, T. Daley, Mrs. Cleveland, Father O'Neil and John Letkeman. The purpose of the document is "to recommend proposals relative to the development of group homes by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax".

Group home development proposal, Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax : [draft typescript]

Item consists of an early draft of a "Group home development proposal" compiled by the Alexander Murchison (and others) for the Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax, dated March 5, 1973. The committee consisted of Dr. Murchison (chairman), Ron Smith, Pat Corkery, T. Daley, Mrs. Cleveland, and Father O'Neil. The purpose of the document is "to recommend proposals relative to the development of group homes by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax". Item also contains handwritten inked marginal notes and corrections.

Brief to Commission on Special Protection Services from Children's Aid Society of Halifax : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a draft typescript of a brief to be submitted to the Commission of Special Protection Services compiled by Dr. Alexander Murchison (and others) for the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, and was presented on May 29, 1972. Item consists of a report compiled for the purpose of stressing the importance of examining the "very fine line [...] between delinquent behavior resulting in direct Court Action under the Juvenile Delinquents Act and the behavior exhibited by a child in need of protection as defined in the Child Welfare Act" and making best practice recommendations, when determining foster home placements resulting from Family Court cases regarding child welfare and juvenile delinquency. Item also contains an appendix of three anonymous case studies from the Shelburne region. Item also contains a few penciled corrections.

Brief to the Premier with invitations to the Ministers of Health, Welfare and Education and to the Nova Scotia Health Council : [draft typescript]

Item consists of the final draft of a brief compiled by Dr. Alexander Murchison (and others) on an ad hoc committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Sylvia Keet, prepared for Premier Gerald Regan and his ministers, in April 1971. The subject of this item is "the need for [the] establishment of residential treatment centres for disturbed adolescents in Nova Scotia". The committee received support from Mr. Andrew Crook (Canadian Mental Health) and Mr. Tim Daley (Children's Aid Society and Department of Public Welfare". The data was initially collected by Mrs. Elaine Fraser in April 1970 when she was a student at the Maritime School of Social Work, and the final analysis was conducted by students of that school under the direction of Mr. Frank Winters.

Recommendations for revision of the Child Welfare Act of the Province of Nova Scotia : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a brief presented to the Minister's Committee to Re-write the Child Welfare Act by the Children and Youth Action Council -- upon which Alexander Murchison was a committee member -- drafted on May 15, 1974. The item consists of a report containing recommendations from the Council regarding amendments to the Child Welfare Act.. Other members of the committee include Mrs. Susan Burchell (Social worker), Mrs. Betty Curran (Student social worker, Maritime School of Social Work), Mr. Terry Donahoe (Barrister), Miss Emily Duffy (Student social worker, Maritime School of Social Work), Dr. Murchison (then of the Dartmouth Branch of the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre), Miss Cathy Neilson (Student, Dalhousie Legal Aid), Miss Ann Preyde (Girl's Residence Centre), and Mrs. Mary Zinck (Halifax Children's Aid Society), as well as co-chairpersons Dr. Joan Cummings (Maritime School of Social Work) and Mrs. Marilyn Peers (Dartmouth Branch, Atlantic Child Guidance Centre).

Review of literature re operation of Child Guidance Centre in hospital setting : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a draft typescript of a brief compiled by Alexander Murchison (and others) in 1973 or 1974, regarding the opening of a Child Guidance Centre. Item reviews reports and speeches (Clyde Marshall's 1969 working paper, a 1970 address by the Honourable R.A. Donahoe to the Conference of Mental Health Centre Boards, the Hastings Report, and the Government of Ontario's 'White Paper'), as a means of determining that the functioning of the Centre would be "impaired" if the Centre was to be located in the Abbie Lane Psychiatric Hospital. The item addresses concerns with the proposal arising from the schism between prevention (which the Centre would encourage) versus treatment (which the Hospital engages in), as well as the stigma associated with the Hospital, affecting negatively potential work with at-risk youth and their families.

A proposal to encourage the development of adolescent health care in the Province of Nova Scotia: Phase 2, 1973 : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a draft funding proposal compiled by Alexander Murchison (and others), submitted to the Atlantic Regional Office, Non-Medical Use of Drugs Directorate, Health Protection Branch, Department of National Health & Welfare, in February 1973, encouraging the funding and development of an adolescent health care program in Nova Scotia. The item addresses what was achieved from a similar proposal in 1972, and outline aims "to animate interested health care workers [in the province] to initiate changes within their own community and profession". The item contains a three-page budget appendix.

Child and adolescent services: Final draft 1 : [draft typescript]

Item consists of the final draft of a report entitled "Child and adolescent services", written by Alexander Murchison and Edward Newell in December 1972. The item outlines planning for children's and adolescent health services in Nova Scotia, describes current services available to children and adolescents, addresses the health of the province's children and adolescents, points out gaps and deficiencies in the services provided by the province, and raises points in order the direct meaningful change in improving those services.

School phobia: a review : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a report written by Alexander Murchison in December 1970, outlining the "acute psychiatric emergency" of school phobia, suggesting that it is more complicated than being simply "separation anxiety". The report defines the phobia, outlines the clinical features and symptoms, discusses the role of separation in the condition, and addresses potential treatments.

Cultural factors in a case of temporal lobe epilepsy associated with a schizophreniform psychosis : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a draft manuscript written by Alexander Murchison and T.A.H. McCulloch (of Canadian Forces Hospital Halifax) in the early 1970s. The item addresses a case study of an 18-year-old "leading seaman, unmarried and of Ojibwa indian extraction" who was admitted to the psychiatric unit of Canadian Forces Hospital in Halifax after a sudden onset of psychosis experienced by the patient (who had no history of any similar previous illnesses) shortly after his vessel left Halifax in 1968.

Proposal for interim funding to further develop a three year health grant demonstration project concerning a new approach in delivery of health services to children and youth : [draft typescript]

Item consists of an early draft proposal written by Alexander Murchison (and others) in 1972 or 1973, regarding obtaining funding for a health grant to improve the delivery of health services to children and youth in Nova Scotia. The proposal aims to "cut down on escalating health and social welfare costs and also to enhance the physical and mental fitness of Canadian citizens" by improving the services available to them. The proposal accompanies a report entitled "A time to act". Item also discusses the objectives of the proposal, and the methodology to be undertaken by those the proposal funds. Item includes many inked corrections and revisions.

A proposal for health grant: a new approach in delivery of health services to children and youth : [draft typescript]

Item consists of an early draft proposal written by Alexander Murchison (and others), likely in late-1973, regarding obtaining funding for a health grant to improve the delivery of health services to children and youth in Nova Scotia. The proposal aims to implement several programs in Halifax County in order to assist the province's youth in moving "toward optimum health", by implementing the following programs: a Life Development program (emphasizing proper nutrition, emotional and physical development), a Day Care and Pre-School program, a Teacher Training program, a Community Health Nurse program, an Environmental Control program (environmental effects on human growth and development), and a General Training program (for all professionals involved with children and adolescent care). The item also outlines the steps required to implement the program, and a plan upon which the program will be evaluated.

The group home and the community : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a report written by Alexander Murchison, dated January 9, 1975, and presented to the Dartmouth Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, regarding improving group home facilities not only for adolescents, but also for "older individuals", in Nova Scotia. Item suggests ways in which available group home services can be improved in order to promote "optimum health" as defined by the World Health Organization.