Cynthia Brunet (2011)


Master's degree in Social Work (2011), University of Sherbrooke.

Bachelor's degree in Psychology, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières.



Cynthia is currently a social worker at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS.


Reflection on issues related to the implementation of the In Hand practice guideline and factors encouraging its appropriation and use.


FLSH Institutional Fellowship (paired with the CDRV) (2011) : $2000

Research Chair Fellowship (2011) : $2500


Successfully completed preparatory courses in 2008/2009, and started her Master’s degree in Social Work in the fall of 2009. She completed an internship in Fall 2010 and wrote her thesis in the winter and summer of 2011. 


Objective 3: Producing a program of evaluative research regarding prevention, detection and follow-up practices against mistreatment of older adults.


The use of the In Hand practice guideline is embedded within psychosocial practice. The clinical tool is not neutral and is closely linked to the context ot practice. It is therefore important to describe psychosocial practice in situations of mistreatment of older adults, in order to better grasp the issues that can be encountered in such interventions. Professionals are using clinical tools in their practice. These intervention tools provide guidance for practice and establish guidelines to professionals and managers. In addition to the clinical tools, training programs on mistreatment allow professionals to provide a framework for their practice or to propose intervention strategies.


This essay aims to identify issues related to the implementation process of the In Hand practice guideline among health and social services professionals.




• Developing a reflection on the topic based on an internship experience with practitioners who provide services to seniors in a health and social services centre located in the Eastern Townships;

• Describing psychosocial practice in the field of mistreatment of older adults;

• Describing the way clinical tools are used in the field of mistreatment of older adults;

• Presenting training programs that are used in the field of mistreatment of older adults;

• Analyzing certain practice issues related to the appropriation and use of the In Hand practice guideline.


Cynthia completed her Master's degree in the summer of 2011, which dealt with clinical and organizational determinants regarding the implantation of the In Hand practice guideline. This essay falls in line with her internship, completed in the fall of 2010, which focused on experimenting an implementation process of the In Hand practice guideline. She already gave two lectures and wrote an article in line with her essay.


Brunet, C., & Beaulieu, M. (October 23, 2011). Une programmation d'implantation du guide de pratique En mains afin de favoriser son appropriation et utilisation. 40th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the CAG / Pan-American Congress of the IAGG. Ottawa (Canada).

Brunet, C., & Beaulieu, M. (May 11, 2011). Les enjeux liés à l'implantation du guide de pratique en maltraitance envers les personnes aînées En Mains. 79e congrès de l'ACFAS. Sherbrooke (Québec).


Scientific articles

Brunet, C., & Beaulieu, M. (2011). Bonifier les changements de pratique à la suite d'une formation continue en milieu de travail : réflexion tirée de l'expérience d'implantation du guide de pratique En Mains (intervention en maltraitance envers les aînés). Vie et Vieillissement, 9(2), 52-58.


Brunet, C. (2011). Réflexion sur les enjeux liés à l'implantation du guide de pratique En Mains et les facteurs favorisant son appropriation et utilisation (Essai de maîtrise). Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines, École de travail social, Université de Sherbrooke, 111p.


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