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How This Study Is Conducted

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THIS POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH explores how to improve the health and criminal justice system responses to people with mental illness in conflict with the law in Nunavut.

My previous PhD work used a multiple case study comprising interviews and focus group sessions with justice and health workers, community organizations and Inuit elders in three communities in Nunavut—Iqaluit, Arviat and Qikiqtarjuaq. The research has three objectives: (1) to identify problem-solving principles used by mental health programs in criminal courts to provide therapeutic justice and to identify the particular goals and objectives of each principle; (2) to determine whether and how the objectives of these problem-solving principles could be met in Arctic communities given available resources, geographic isolation, and Inuit cultural considerations; and  (3) to develop benchmark indicators as practical tools to assess whether or not the problem-solving principles behind mental health programs in criminal courts are achieved in any future program to deliver therapeutic justice in Nunavut.

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