DVAT Presentation Day 1

Provincial Family Violence Treatment Program

Knowledge Sharing Forum

Speaker Biography

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.

Presentation Summary: The first part of the workshop will look at the most recent findings on the pathways of adult Chinese women’s experience in family violence and help seeking behavior. The research was done by Dr. Daniel Lai in 2008-2009 in Calgary. The second part will focus on cultural considerations and suggestions for service providers working with family violence in Chinese families.
Learning Objectives: Participants will get a better understanding of the cultural dynamics involved in family violence.

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Session B. Inspiring Teens: A comprehensive model for building capacity to address violence by Andrea Silverstone, Trina Lonsberry
Andrea Silverstone is an RSW and has been Executive Director of Peer Support Services for Abused Women for 6 years.  Andrea has over 10 years experience working in the domestic violence community with abused women and their children.
Trina Lonsberry is an LPN and the Project Coordinator of Peer Support Services for Abused Women. Trina has been delivering the Inspiring Teens program since 2009, and has helped in the ongoing development of the program. She has a strong a passion for supporting teens to make decisions to stay violence free.
Presentation Summary: Inspiring Teens is a program for teens that builds capacity to address violence both as a victims and bystander. This workshop will explore the scope of and strategies used to build capacity among the teens of Mountain View County.
Learning Objectives: Through the Inspiring Teen program delivered collaboratively between Peer Support Services for Abused Women and the Chinooks Edge School Division, this challenge is addressed through a comprehensive program delivered to all grade 10 students in Mountain View County. This workshop will allow service providers to:
    1.Explore the scope of the challenges facing teens who are impacted by violence
    2.Explore the strategies used by the Inspiring Teens program to address those challenges
    3.Explore the effectiveness of those strategies

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Session C
. Sexual Addiction in the Family: Pathways to Domestic Violence by Steven, Jennifer and Jackie Thibodeau
Steven Thibodeau, PhD, RSW, CSAT* (C) (Cert. Sexual Addiction Therapist*) Assistant Prof, U of L, Faculty of Health Sciences (Addictions Program) doctoral studies focused on domestic violence in Alberta Aboriginal Communities, currently investigating and researching clinical aspects of sexual addiction and its impact on family systems. Private Practitioner for 20 years and assistant professor at the U of L, Faculty of Health Sciences, (Addictions Counselling Program) since 2005. 
Jennifer Thibodeau, MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker, CSAT (C) Private Clinical Practice (Thibodeau & Thibodeau Inc) general private practice (20 yrs) which includes work with clients who are sexually addicted and violent in intimate relationships.
Jackie Thibodeau, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Addictions Counselling Program) Private Practice (Thibodeau & Thibodeau Inc) recent graduate of the Facility of Health Sciences  (Addictions Counseling Program) Interest in addictive behaviors leading to violence in family systems. 
Session Summary: To discuss the cycle and characteristics of sexual addiction and how it can lead to domestic violence.
Learning Objectives:  Identify the cycle and common characteristics of sexual addiction and how it can lead to domestic violence; discuss common screening tests for sexual addiction and to identify treatment options for sexual addicts and their families.

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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
Linda McCracken RN, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Forensic Nursing Consultant has 37 yrs nursing practice- 32 years in Emergency both rural and urban. She is also the core educator for health care providers, both urban & rural in the AHS-Calgary Zone domestic violence intervention initiative; sexual assault response trainer for Victim Assistance Unit –Calgary Police Services and Victim Services, RCMP- Rural Alberta. She has presented at numerous conferences- local/national & international - on the topic of Domestic Violence & health implications to a multidisciplinary audience. She is also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Educator of the Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team (CSART) and has membership standing in many domestic-violence related action groups throughout the city of Calgary and on-going working partnership with “CONNECT- Family & Sexual Abuse Network”.

Session Summary: An overview of the associated health conditions, injury patterns & potentially lethal outcomes related to Domestic & Sexual Violence that often go undetected when no one raises “the question”.

Learning Objectives: Better understanding of injury recognition & chronic illness in the context of abuse; what to ask or look for from a medical standpoint; what denotes a medical emergency; medical referral options and health’s response to sexual assault & abuse.

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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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Keynote Address 

The Biology of Interpersonal Violence by Jacqui Linder
Jacqui Linder is a certified Clinical Traumatologist and provisional psychologist specializing in the treatment of complex trauma. She is an experienced facilitator and has conducted many trauma workshops throughout the Northwest Territories and in Edmonton. She is also an associate professor at City University in Edmonton where she teaches several graduate courses in psychology. Jacqui has extensive clinical experience treating diverse populations including offenders, military members, commercial sex workers as well as survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where her research is focused on developing complementary treatments for psychological trauma.

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
Tony Andrews is a 21 year member of Lethbridge Regional Police Service (Major Crimes Section) with a background in violent crime investigations presently assigned to the Integrated Threat and Risk Assessment Centre also known as ITRAC.

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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