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.


Educational Session – Preventing Violent Radicalization – Building “Awareness”

Our director Ghayda Hassan and our Training Coordinator Paola Porcelli recently took part in an educational session – Preventing Violent Radicalization : Building “Awareness” – organized by Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

The whole session has now been edited and uploaded online.

London Terroriste Attack: Interview with Dr Ghayda Hassan, Radio Canada

On June 6, 2021, an Islamophobic attack was carried out against a Muslim family in London, Ontario. A 20-years old individual struck three adults, a teenager, and a child before being arrested for committing a terrorist attack. How do we recover from this tragedy and not harbor hatred? Dr. Ghayda Hassan, psychologist, director of CPN-PREV discusses the issue in an interview on 24-60 on Radio-Canada.

*Content in French.

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.

*Content in French