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2007 Training Forum

Freedom from Violence: Navigating the Intersections of Trauma, Mental Health and Substance Use

November 21-23, 2007
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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Birds of the West Coast by Sheila Norgate

Birds of the West Coast by Sheila Norgate

This year’s focus was on a key issue for anti-violence workers across BC: the inter-connections between violence, substance use and mental health. These two days were full of information and practical skills for workers. This Training Forum was an important step towards improving services for survivors of violence with mental health and/or addictions issues. Our goal was to increase service providers’ knowledge and skills, and to promote collaboration within our own anti-violence sector and between the anti-violence sector and the mental health and addictions sectors. We offered keynote addresses and workshops from leaders and innovators in the field, and also launched our Freedom from Violence Resource Toolkit, funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

Keynote Speakers

Charlotte Sophia Kasl, PhD, has been a psychotherapist for 30 years and is the author of eight books. She is a certified addiction specialist in the areas of alcohol, other drugs and sex. She received a lifetime achievement award for her work with sexuality and addiction from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and the Edward A Swinyard award for her pioneering 16-step empowerment model for overcoming trauma and addiction.

Gloria Larocque is from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. She is in her third year at UBC, majoring in First Nations Studies and taking courses in Women’s Studies. Gloria integrates her learnings from these courses into her own advocacy for the 500 Missing/Murdered Aboriginal women of Canada, raising awareness outside and inside the classroom.

 John Briere, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at LAC-USC Medical Center, and Co-Director of the MCAVIC-USC Child and Adolescent Trauma Program, National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Angela Marie MacDougall draws on her own experiences of oppression, violence, abuse, substance use and trauma responses to speak about survival and personal transformation. Currently, Angela is Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver.

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