DVAT Presentation Day 1
Provincial Family Violence Treatment Program
Knowledge Sharing Forum
Wednesday March 23rd, 2011
Session A. Effect of Culture on Family Violence in the Chinese Community by Anna Cheung, Phyllis Luk, & Dr. Daniel Lai
Anna Cheung, MSW, RSW, CSW is the Project Coordinator & Cultural Advocate Supervisor, Chinese Community Response to Family Violence. A project funded by the Alberta Solicitor General, Victim of Crime Fund.
Phyllis Luk, MSW, RSW, is the Research Coordinator at the University of Calgary and oversees research projects for Dr. Daniel Lai.
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Session C. Sexual Addiction in the Family: Pathways to Domestic Violence by Steven, Jennifer and Jackie Thibodeau
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2nd Concurrent Sessions of Day 1
Session A. Domestic & Sexual Violence: A Health & Safety Issue - one Health Region’s strategy to reduce risk by Linda McCracken
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Session B. Intimate Partner Violence: Working with New Canadians by Sarah Amies
Sarah Amies, B.A. Dist. (Anthropology), is closely involved with the settlement and integration of increasing numbers of new immigrants planning to make a life in Lethbridge. Under Sarah’s leadership, the Immigrant Services department has expanded programming and services significantly and the team currently includes a staff of 21.Sarah is an active community and provincial board member with executive experience. She is currently chairing the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies Communications sub-committee and has been an instrumental participant in the provincial association’s rebranding process. Sarah has well established business and community networks and is recognized in Lethbridge and area for developing and executing innovative community partnerships and collaborations. Sarah considers herself an active and committed participant in the drive to develop an increasingly welcoming and supportive community for new immigrants and their families.
Session Summary: A discussion of intimate partner violence within various cultural contexts and will provide insights and advice on best practice strategies for western practitioners working with newcomer clients.
Learning Objectives: Broader understanding of challenges associated with migration and resettlement processes; clearer understanding of mitigating factors leading to intimate partner violence situations within the settlement process; information on cultural norms that become illegal practices within Canada; best practice information on providing service to this demographic; and service providers encountering increasing cultural diversity in their daily practice and who are discovering that western based training is not as instrumental or effective when applied in silo without necessary levels of consideration and/or understanding of cultural norms, perceptions and expectations.
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Session C. Working with Women Who Use Aggression in Intimate Relationships, by Christine Berry
Christine Berry, Registered Psychologist has extensive experience working with couples, individuals, families and groups in the area of family violence having worked in the field of family violence for the past 17 years. She has been the Director of Family Violence Prevention Initiatives at the Calgary Counselling Centre since 2005. She has taught abuse prevention education, crisis intervention and domestic violence seminars to both professional and non-professional groups. She has been involved in the development of numerous community programs including the Men’s Domestic Conflict Help Line, the Male Domestic Abuse Outreach Program and Homefront. She is a member of over a dozen community committees in the area of family violence, supervises and trains student interns and residents, and oversees the delivery of the family violence treatment program.
Session Summary: The workshop will focus on working with women who use aggression in intimate relationships and have been system mandated to attend family violence prevention treatment.
Learning Objectives: Become aware of the contentious issues surrounding this population; identify challenges working with women who use aggression; become aware of a specific treatment approach.
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The Biology of Interpersonal Violence by Jacqui Linder
Learning Objective: This session will examine the neurobiological impact of interpersonal violence across the life-span from child abuse to domestic violence. Attachment trauma will be discussed along with the impact of interpersonal violence on brain development, the nervous system, cognition and emotional regulation.
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3rd Concurrent Session of Day 1
Session A. Provincial Family Violence Treatment Program Standards – Roundtable Discussion by Aggy King-Smith
Session B. Threat Assesment- How it Applies to High Risk Domestic Violence Cases by Tony Andrews
Session Summary: This session will examine ITRAC; a multi-disciplinary unit that assesses threats and develops risk reduction plans for high risk domestic violence and stalking cases in Alberta.
Learning Objective: Educate professionals about domestic violence threat assessment.
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Session C. Accountability for Change: New Options for IPV Offender Treatment by Erin Musick-Neily, Dave Shirley and John Thompson
Erin Musick-Neily is a Registered Provisional Psychologist at Lethbridge Family Services and in this role co-facilitates with the agency’s Accountability for Change Project, a treatment program for men and women who have been charged with a DV related offence. In her work as therapist, Erin works primarily with trauma, including victims of family violence and sexual violence and has a strong interest in the impact of early attachment experiences.
Dave Shirley MA, RSW, is the Program Coordinator for the Accountability for Change Project with Lethbridge Family Services and has been since 2006. Dave has over 30 years of work in the field of probation and has been working in the field of treatment of domestic violence offenders since 1990.
John Thompson B.A., RSW, is an Outreach & Education Worker with Lethbridge Family Services and works as a co-facilitator with the agency’s Accountability for Change Project, a treatment program for men and women charged with domestic violence related offences. John also co-facilitates with the agency’s accredited suicide intervention training. John has been working extensively in the field of suicide prevention for over 13 years and as well has worked in addictions recovery for over 10 years.
Session Summary: This presentation will discuss the Accountability for Change, a co-ed treatment program for mandated participants who have been charged with an IPV related offence. The Accountability for Change Project (AFC) has been in place for nearly 5 years at Lethbridge Family Services. Since that time, we have seen over 250 group participants go through our program. We will share some of our experiences, program statistics and successes, and what we have found works in terms of effective treatment for IPV offenders.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe the basic assumptions of the Accountability for Change treatment model. Participants will learn about specific interventions for working with intimate partner violence offender populations. Participants will be able to identify ways to measure treatment outcomes in providing group therapy treatment in the field of intimate partner violence. Participants will learn how to apply methods from the Accountability for Change model into their own practice.
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