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Dr. Robert Mitchell's family history

  • MS-13-27, SF Box 65, Folder 9
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  • 1984
Item features a copy of Dr. Mitchell's 1859 convocation record from the University of Edinburgh.

Mitchell, Robert

The group home and the community : [draft typescript]

Item is 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 and older individuals in Nova Scotia.

Proposal submitted to Halifax Children's Foundation by the Children and Youth Action Council (CAYAC)

Item is a proposal submitted to the Halifax Children's Foundation by the Children and Youth Action Council 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.

Recommendations for revision of the Child Welfare Act of the Province of Nova Scotia

Item is a brief presented to the Minister's Committee to Re-write the Child Welfare Act by the Children and Youth Action Council drafted on May 15, 1974. The report contains 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).

Group homes—let's get going : program papers from Annual Meeting of Nova Scotia Family and Child Welfare Association

File also contains copies of presentations given at the 23 May 1973 meeting: "Why an Alternate Family? (The Child and the Group Home," by Alexander Murchison; "The Orphan and Society," by Jean Paton-Kittson; "Social Services and the Group Home," by Frank Capstick; "Democratic Perspectives on Group Home Supervision," by Ronald L. Smith; "Houseparents Forum," by Mr. and Mrs. Salvador Renaldo; "Public Relations in a Group Home Program," by A.S. Kyte; and "Funding of Group Homes," by Timothy T. Daley.

Group home development proposal prepared by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax

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.

Review of literature regarding the operation of a Child Guidance Centre in a hospital setting

Item is a draft 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

Item is 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.

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

Item is an early draft proposal written by Alexander Murchison and others ca. 1973 regarding funding for a 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 to assist the province's youth in moving "toward optimum health" by implementing the following programs: Life Development program (emphasizing proper nutrition, emotional and physical development); Day Care and Pre-School program; Teacher Training program; Community Health Nurse program; Environmental Control program (environmental effects on human growth and development); and General Training program (for professionals involved with children and adolescent care).

Group home development proposal prepared by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax

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."

Fourth draft of Atlantic Child Guidance Centre position paper

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."

Brief to the Commission on Special Protection Services prepared by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax

Item consists of a draft brief submitted to the Commission of Special Protection Services compiled by Dr. Alexander Murchison and others for the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, presented on May 29, 1972. The report was 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.

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

Item is an early draft proposal written by Alexander Murchison and others in 1972 or 1973, regarding funding for a health grant to improve the delivery of health services to children and youth in Nova Scotia. The proposal accompanies a report entitled "A Time to Act."

Notes and manuscripts related child guidance clinics review

File contains notes and manuscripts written by Alexander Murchison and Norris Turner between 1972–1975 reviewing child guidance clinics and group homes in Nova Scotia. File also contains the June 1973 issue of the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers Newsletter, with articles by Norris Turner , Patricia Hardy, Ernie Rafuse, F.M. Fraser, Martin M. Dolan, Linda Isitt, and Barrie R. MacFarlane.

Child and adolescent services / Alexander Murchison and Edward Newell

Item is a final draft of a report "Child and adolescent services," written by Alexander Murchison and Edward Newell in December 1972. It 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 to direct meaningful change.

Brief to the Premier with invitations to the Ministers of Health, Welfare and Education and to the Nova Scotia Health Council

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 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.
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