Family Violence Across the Lifespan

Monique Methot from the Today Family Violence Help Centre & Michelle Holubisky from the City of Edmonton’s Family Violence Prevention team are the educators of this 2-day training.

  • A 2-Day interactive and engaging workshop that gives service providers a basic understanding of family violence.  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, and in LGBTQ+ relationships.  This workshop aims to develop skills to identify, respond, and support clients within their organization and community. 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 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.

Family Violence & the Indigenous Community

Sue Languedoc, Executive Director from Aboriginal Counseling Services of Alberta

  • Sue is a Metis mother of two young men. Her Indigenous roots come from the Wood Mountain reserve in Saskatchewan. Sue has worked in the counseling profession since 1980 and is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. She is Executive Director of Aboriginal Counseling Services Association of Alberta which she co-founded in 1992.
  • Her area of expertise is working in the area of Aboriginal Family Violence and is the co-chair of the CIAFV Leadership Team.
  • Sue has conducted Canada wide research and co-wrote Reducing Family Violence in Canadian Aboriginal Communities; The Development of a Comprehensive Prevention Program, which led to the development and implementation of the Circle of Safety Family Violence program. The program has been in operation since 2004 and continues to evolve as the men, women, and children continue to teach us. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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.