CPN-PREV (Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence) is an evidence-based and practitioners-centered network established to bring forward Canadian leadership and develop excellence in countering violent radicalization. CPN-PREV supports best practices and collaborations among intervention teams, through sustained knowledge mobilization between researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and various community sectors.


We identify existing assets and examine the level of multisectoral collaboration through a Canada-wide interactive mapping of assets (training, prevention, and intervention-focused initiatives) in matters of violent radicalization.


We seek to reduce misinformation and improve the general public’s and practitioners’ understanding of the complex and quickly evolving contexts of violent radicalization, while promoting a non-stigmatizing approach.

Best Practices

We generate evidence-based best practice guidelines and related knowledge mobilization tools that address risk assessment in case management and prevention/intervention in matters of violent radicalization.


We strengthen collaborative resource development by and for practitioners across multiple sectors and disciplines, through capacity building. This is done by leveraging and connecting existing Canadian assets around joint interventions in matters of violent radicalization in areas of high need.


We provide training modules for practitioners from diverse sectors that are co-designed and tailored to their specific needs and contexts. We support local implementation and field test existing training programs, toolkits, and applications on prevention of radicalization.


We expand, improve, and increase access to the collection of best practices (in training, prevention, and intervention) tailored for Canadian practitioners, through a continuous knowledge mobilization process including diverse sets of outputs and activities.


L’hypothèse du mentorat pour combattre la radicalisation – L’avenir nous appartient, Télé-Québec

In an interview given for the television program ” l’avenir nous appartient “, Dr Ghayda Hassan – director of CPN-PREV, co-holder of the UNESCO-PREV Chair and psychologist – explain that “we can always make a difference”. Dr Hassan and Dr Cécile Rousseau – child psychiatrist – discuss a mentoring project to fight against radicalization and help its victims. Mentors are paired with individuals on a path towards violent radicalization in an effort to help them reconnect to reality through abandoned passions or loved ones from whom they have isolated themselves. In this interview, Dr. Hassan and Dr. Rousseau discuss this transformative initiative.

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“Skinhead”, documentary by CBC on Brad Galloway

This CBC-produced documentary features Brad Galloway, mentor at the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV) and member of CPN-PREV. For 15 years, Brad Galloway was at the center of right-wing extremism in Canada. “Skinhead” highlights how he left the movement and is now helping others to leave it and make healthy changes in their lives.

Not too late to combat conspiracy theories, despite Qanon’s spread in Canada

The presidency of Donald Trump came to an end on January 20th, 2021, but the conspiracy theories he inspired and sometimes encouraged will likely continue to spread. Dr Ghayda Hassan, co-holder of the UNESCO-PREV Chair and director of the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV), said she believes there is a way forward. In this interview, Dr Hassan discusses disinformation and conspiracy.