The Community Social Pediatrics Symposium is a Fondation du Dr Julien initiative that is part of a collective effort to build on what we have learned from practice. It is a biannual event bringing together practitioners, scientists, academics, researchers and political decision-makers who wish to influence the ways in which we can help children at risk.

The Community Social Pediatrics Symposium 2015

The 4th Community Social Pediatrics Symposium was held from September 16 to 18, 2015 at the Montréal Science Centre. Exchanges focused on health-related quality of life and the best interests of the child.

Children coping with inequities are less likely to reach their full potential; this can work against them, their families, their communities and, in the long-term, against society as a whole. Several sources of inequality linked to children’s health and well-being are rooted in the complex interplay involving a range of social and environmental determinants that are not adequately addressed by professionals.

  • What are the factors that can improve children’s health-related quality of life?
  • What are the child’s best interests from an overall health perspective?
  • What roles do society, neighbourhoods, families, professionals, schools, policy makers and others play in this?

These werethe questions that leaders in social pediatrics and internationally renowned thinkers tackled during this symposium.

To learn more about this symposium

Watch the presentations


Earlier Editions 

By setting up the first symposium in 2011, the Fondation du Dr Julien wished to make community social pediatrics better known and more widely recognized. The Foundation believes that spreading knowledge and training newcomers to the field will help us fulfill our mission. Community social pediatrics practice will become more accessible and will benefit more children living with the impacts of toxic stress on their development.


The 3rd edition of the Symposium took place on April 10 and 11, 2014, at Espace Réunion, in Montreal. The theme of this symposium was “Best Practices and Social Innovation” and it provided an opportunity for professionals from the Community Social Pediatrics Movement in Quebec to share different intervention initiatives tailored to their own communities.

To learn more about this symposium

Listen to Édith Luc: What is shared leadership? [in French only]

The 2nd edition of the Symposium was held on April 11 and 12, 2013, at the Montréal Science Centre. It gave participants an opportunity to think about the main challenges related to the impact of toxic stress harmful to child development. This edition welcomed both national and international speakers and more than 250 participants.

To learn more about this symposium

See our report  Working Together to Reduce the Impact of Toxic Stress on Children

 Watch our interviews:

Dr. Jeffrey Kaczorowski: What do social pediatricians bring in terms of change for kids and families?

Dr. Adele Diamond: How can we understand children’s complex behaviours from a neurosciences perspective?

Dr. Andrew Aligne: What is the effect of a relationship-based approach on a medical practice?

Dr. Gilles Julien: Pourquoi l’ancrage dans la communauté est-il essentiel? [in French only ]

Hélène (Sioui) Trudel: Comment aborder le droit dans une pratique de pédiatrie sociale en communauté? [in French only]

Dr. Judith Lynam: Partnering with the community, how and why? 

Watch our panels:

The impact of toxic stress on children’s development (Part 1)

Different models of Community Social Pediatrics and best practises (Part 1)

Different models of Community Social Pediatrics and best practises (Part 2)

Interdisciplinary university program and integration of local knowledge (Part 1)


The first Community Social Pediatrics Symposium took place on December 1 and 2, 2011, in Montreal. More than 165 participants were gathered on site to take part in social pediatrics training within the framework of the integrated social medicine model developed by Dr. Gilles Julien. These two days focused mainly on the three major themes at the heart of community social pediatrics: attachment theory, the notion of identity and the concept of resilience.