The Correctional Services of Canada and The University of the Fraser Valley warmly invite you to attend a public outreach forum on January 30, 2015 from 12:45PM to 4:30 PM at UFV, Rm B101. Building Resiliency: Mitigating the Effects of Trauma on Mental Health People who are traumatized by crime deserve the support and assistance of their communities. The care they receive, both from professionals and lay-supporters like family, friends and neighbours, can help them build resiliency. People affected by mental health concerns are disproportionately affected by trauma, both as victims and as people who cause harm. Trauma can adversely affect their mental health as well, which can be a barrier to a productive and happy life. Effects include medical and social struggles in both the short and long term. Matsqui Institution, Fraser Valley Institution, CSC Victim Services and UFV invite you to engage with us in this riveting conversation. Join us while we explore how lay-supporters can help crime victims, both in the short and long term, build resiliency. About the Forum: The forum will take place in Room B101, Abbotsford Campus, University of the Fraser Valley. Paid parking is available on campus. Registration will begin at 12:45pm; doors will open at 1:00pm. Planned Itinerary: 1:00 – Welcome 1:15 – Facilitated Conversation with Meredith Egan 1:45 – Keynote Address with Wilma Derksen 2:15 – Break and Networking 3:00 – Panel Discussion – the four expert panelists will contribute their expertise on how to support resilience with people who have experienced trauma and/or victimisation 4:00 – Questions and Answers – the five presenters will answer questions from the audience 4:30 – Conclusion of forum Wilma Derksen Since the abduction and murder of daughter Candace in 1984, Wilma Derksen has influenced victims, offenders and the community by telling her story. She’s also had an impact by facilitating support group of survivors of homicide, organizing dialogues between victims and inmates in prison, conducting trainings, giving lectures, participating in panel discussions, presenting her insights to the justice system, and addressing victims’ needs at restorative justice conferences throughout Canada and the United States. Wilma is the author of Have you seen Candace?, Confronting the Horror: the aftermath of violence, Path of the Heart, Echo of the Soul and most recently, The Mortal Coil. Facilitated Conversation: What wisdom do we, as participants, community members and experts, bring to this question: How can we help build resiliency? Meredith Egan Dr. Meredith Egan helps people and organizations build their ideal future through powerful engagement and bold performance. At Wild Goat Executive Coaching, Meredith’s extensive experience in conflict management, and group facilitation and training, serves clients creating and managing profound change. With decades of experience working in various sectors, Meredith’s diverse background is foundational in helping clients and organizations succeed. Her work in health care, justice and academic fields equips her to offer facilitated solutions in challenging situations, and team-based approaches to development and training. Meredith completed her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. and is an Associate Certified Coach. She holds a PharmD from the University of Alberta, and has extensive training and experience in mediation, and trauma & resiliency. Meredith is a member of the International Coach Federation, and abides by their high ethics and standards of competency and practice. Today, Meredith will lead us in a short facilitated conversation about how we, as community members, working alongside professionals, can help people who experience trauma to increase resiliency and support for our neighbours. Panel Discussion: Hear from the wisdom of those in the field. Panelists will address how lay-people can help mitigate the effects of trauma, and then all speakers will return for a Question and Answer period. Panelists include the following: Marie-France Lapierre Marie-France Lapierre has worked as a psychologist in high school and hospital settings, as well as in a mental health clinic prior to joining CSC. She has extensive experience working with at-risk school-aged children, and individuals who received services through social services and private clients. Prior to working with CSC, Marie-France had no experience working with offenders, but her background had prepared her well for this role. She had worked with them as youth, she had worked with their partners and children, and she had worked with crime victims. Since 1994, Marie-France has offered counselling and assessment to offenders. She has worked in the Atlantic and Pacific regions, at all levels of security. Currently, she works at Matsqui Institution, and became the Chief of the Mental Health Department in 2009. The department has the privilege to work with a wide range of expertise, including psychology, psychiatric nursing, and clinical social work. For the past 25 years Marie-France has presented at conferences and forums on a number of subjects, from parenting to suicide intervention. Alison Granger-Brown Alison Granger-Brown PhD. has worked with federally and provincially sentenced women for fourteen years in a restorative capacity, and is now mainly involved in research and writing in the area of women offenders and recently delivered training for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vietnam. Her educational career began with Nursing in UK, becoming a Recreation Therapist in 1999 and gaining an MA in Training and Leadership in 2007. Having completed an MA in Human Development in 2012 she completed a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems in 2014. The combination of this education and experience is the basis of her ongoing interest in issues relating to incarcerated women as well as organizational culture, wellness, and leadership. She approaches all of these areas through an appreciative and solutions focused lens with a particular interest in the learning barriers and needs of women with prison and addiction history. Her dissertation explored what the “done button” looks like for those women who have lived in the cycle of addiction and crime, who seem to spontaneously decide to live a different life. It found theories of hope, complex childhood trauma and transformational learning to be important particularly when contextualized within the systems that recovering individuals must negotiate and navigate: it identified a connected interactive approach to the rehabilitation journey. Tara George Tara began working in the field of corrections in 1994. She started her career working for non-profit agencies in the community and eventually accepted a position in the federal government with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). She has worked in the areas of child and youth care, volunteers, community parole supervision, sex offender relapse prevention facilitation, victim issues, restorative justice, and incident investigations. Within CSC she has worked out of the Vancouver Parole Office, Pacific Regional Headquarters in Abbotsford, B.C., and National Headquarters in Ottawa, O.N. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and a Master of Arts in European Criminology from Katholiek University Leuven in Belgium. Tara has held the position of Regional Victim Services Manager, Pacific Region since its creation in September 2007. Joanne Jefferson Joanne is a Sto:lo member. She has resided on the Skowkale Reserve for most of her life. She has been married for 29 years and has 4 children. She is a hereditary carrier of her family. She carries the Halq’eméylem name Síqwamíya. Joanne has worked for Stó:lõ Nation for 13 years. She is the Qwi:qwelstóm Manager. (Justice Manger) Qwi:qwelstóm is the Halq’emeylem word that best describes “justice” according to the Sto:lo worldview. It reflects a “way of life” that incorporates balance and harmony, it is a way of helping one another to survive and to care and share amongst all people; it is a form of justice that focuses on relationships and the interconnectedness of all living life. Qwi:qwelstóm is supported as an Aboriginal Justice Program that provides a means by which the Sto:lo people are achieving self-determination and self-governance as protected by section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. Registration Form Name: Organization: Phone: Email: I identify myself as (check all that apply): Victim-services provider Student Academic Victim of crime or other trauma Mental Health Worker Self-Advocate with Mental Health concerns Family or Supporter of crime victim Family or Supporter of person with Mental Health concerns CSC Volunteer Community Volunteer NGO/Non-Profit Organizations Faith Organization CSC Staff Other Please add my contact information to the CSC Outreach Network Group Please print off, fill out and scan the completed registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 16, 2015.
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