Creating Stronger Safety Nets: Ending Violence Through Risk Assessment and Safety Planning
November 20-21, 2008
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC
On November 20-21, more than 300 participants from across BC gathered for our annual training forum. The conference included six expert keynotes and 15 workshops on a broad range of topics related to the physical and emotional safety of clients and workers in the anti-violence sector.
Specific topics included risk assessment, safety planning, gang violence, child protection, working with marginalized communities such as immigrant women and sex workers, and collaboration across sectors.
Raven Bowen joined PACE in 1994, and was Executive Director of the Society from 2000-2005. As an award-winning community advocate with over 13 years experience, Raven works to involve sex industry workers in community development and social change and fights for sex worker leadership and inclusion in decision-making at all levels.
Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, is the Anna D Wolf Chair and a professor in the John Hopkins School of Nursing, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been conducting advocacy, policy work and research in the area of family violence, and addressing health disparities related to trauma since 1980, and has been at Hopkins since 1993.
Stephen Hart is an internationally recognized expert in the field of assessment and management of violence risk. He is also a professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Stephen has conducted training for legal, law enforcement, corrections and mental health professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Dr Pat Ogden is the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school that specializes in training psychotherapists in somatic/cognitive approaches for the treatment of trauma, developmental and attachment issues.
Ellen Pence has been a social activist working in the areas of housing, welfare reform, violence against women and child protection reform for 35 years. She received a PhD in Sociology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1996.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was appointed BC’s first Representative for Children and Youth in November 2006, for a five-year term. Ms. Turpel-Lafond, who took a five-year leave from the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, was appointed to the bench in 1998.