Family Violence Across the Lifespan

Family Violence Across the Lifespan is an interactive, online training that gives service providers a basic understanding of family violence, delivered over four sessions. Participants will learn about types of abuse, the cycle of abuse, dispel common family violence myths, understand barriers, safety planning, and how to respond to disclosures. Participants will also examine the impacts of family violence on children, seniors, newcomers, and those in LGBTQ+ relationships. This training aims to develop skills to identify, respond to, and support clients within their organization and community.

Training facilitators: Monique Methot from The Today Centre, and Lorraine Walters-Brown from The Family Violence Prevention Centre.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

Family Violence & the LGBTQ+ Community

Kristy Harcourt is a long-time educator and consultant focused on the inclusion and thriving of LGBTQ people and on the prevention of violence.

Her work includes:

  • LGBTQ perspectives on the experience of family violence and service delivery implications,
  • fostering safety in workplace gender transitions, and how to attract, retain and support LGBTQ clients and colleagues
  • promoting awareness and skills, and developing policies and practices related to gender diversity in organizations
  • and the development of training curricula to foster the inclusion of sexual and gender diversity.

Kristy is finishing a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary focused on LGBTQ community resilience. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Indigenous Family Violence: Understanding Trauma and Building Resiliency

Indigenous Family Violence: Understanding Trauma and Building Resiliency will provide insight into Indigenous family violence and working within the family circle. Learn about Indigenous family violence and its impacts on the whole family system. Participants will hear from the voices of survivors, learn how to respond to safety and risk issues and increase knowledge regarding the impact intergenerational trauma has on the brain and nervous system. This training aims to develop skills in understanding and acknowledging vicarious trauma, learning how to support one another manage personal triggers when working with clients and developing your own tools for self-care.
Training facilitator: Sue Languedoc, Executive Director from Aboriginal Counseling Services of Alberta

Legal GPS 

Lois Gander the Vice President of the Centre for Public Legal Education and Professor at the University of Alberta will be presenting on how to navigate the legal system.

  • Lois has a background is in the theory and practice of public legal education which is an interdisciplinary field that draws on the insights of law, education, library science, communications, and public health. Lois has been involved in public legal education since 1968 and has seen the field become an accepted component of the Canadian justice system. Public legal education is spreading throughout the world, particularly as an aspect of legal aid services.

Strangulation Identification Training

Morag McLean, Registered Nurse & Strangulation Identification Specialist

  • The participant with knowledge and understanding of strangulation in domestic violence and sexual assault including; the mechanism of injury, the signs, and symptoms of strangulation and causes identifying and assessing victims, the short and long-term health implications of strangulation, informed consent, and erotic asphyxiation, and documenting and advocating for the victim.
  • On completion of this workshop, the participant will have a good understanding of strangulation and the process of identification, assessment, and care of strangulation victims. Contact [email protected] for more information.