Commitment to Excellence was held April 30- May 2, 2013. Our next conference will take place in the spring of 2015.
|a) Reducing Barriers: Intersections of Violence, Mental Wellness, Substance Use||Laurie Parsons, Director of Women’s Services for the BC Society of Transition Houses|
|b) Modern Aboriginal Teachings||Sheryl Whitehawk|
|c) Solution Focused Brief Therapy: What Is It and How Can it Be Used With Victims of Violence||Colette Beaubien, Mental Health, Five Hills Health Region|
|d) Saving Lives by Identifying Victims of Strangulation||Morag McLean, RN, Victorian Order of Nurses Edmonton, People in Crisis Program|
|e) Nourishing Your Spirit: Avoiding Burnout & Achieving Fulfillment||Tracey Mitchell, Community Facilitator|
|f) Understanding Responses to Trauma||Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., R.D. Psych., Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Regina|
Laurie Parsons (BA Adult Education; MA Women’s Studies)
As the Director of Women’s Services for the BC Society of Transition Houses, Laurie develops and delivers face-to-face and on-line training and provides support and advocacy for the province’s Transition House, Second Stage and Safe Home programs. Laurie’s perspective is grounded by her experience as a front line transition house worker and Executive Director since 1985 and by her commitment to strive for alignment between feminist, anti-oppression values and program practices which honour those accessing and those providing services. In her spare time, Laurie teaches at the University of the Fraser Valley in the BA in Adult Education program.
Tracey Mitchell facilitates creative and courageous conversations for community organizations. Based in Saskatoon, Tracey uses engaging techniques to help groups establish and accomplish goals, build teams, develop leadership skills and make decisions together. She is also a campaigner, zinester, forum theatre-practitioner, organizer, reader and board game player.
Morag McLean has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years gaining experience in a variety of areas including the operating room, neurosurgery, medicine, government and parish nursing.
For over 5 years Morag has been employed by the Victorian Order of Nurses People in Crisis Program at two women’s shelters in Edmonton. In her work Morag provides nursing services to women and children fleeing domestic violence. Morag is the author of a VON protocol “Strangulation Identification, Advocacy and Care, information for front line workers and crisis advocates”, this document has been adopted by a number of local and national shelters dealing with family violence. The protocol has also been adopted by a number of government and non-government agencies for use in their family violence screening tools and education programs. These agencies include police, health care facilities, crisis assessment and counselling services, a university, and local Victims’ services. Morag has received a national Gold Award for Innovation for her work on strangulation identification.
Colette Beaubien is a registered Masters level Social Worker who has had work experiences both with Community Based Organizations as well as government since returning to live in Moose Jaw in 1993. She has held positions in various program areas within Mental Health and Addictions Services since 1997. Currently she is a counsellor with the Adult Team at Mental Health and Addictions Services. She is also the Clinical Lead for the Adult, Addictions and Intake teams.
Sherryl Whitehawk is a Dakota Native woman with family blood lines in North Dakota and Sioux Valley, Manitoba. She resides in Yorkton, Saskatchewan with her husband. She is the mother to one daughter and three sons. She has been blessed to this date with four grandchildren.
Sherryl has an extensive background and experience in the human services field. She has worked in suicide prevention, grief, domestic violence awareness, crisis response and other current mental health issues. She facilitates classes on these topics and advocates for change for the future of all children. She has worked with the Department of Social Services, Canadian Mental Health, Yorkton Tribal Council and Saskatchewan Mental Health Advisory. Ms Whitehawk also worked as a mental health therapist for a number of years.
Sherryl has spent a number of years researching the topic of “parenting and has gathered information from Elders and community leaders.
Sherryl has put together a traditional parenting class that can be taught to all ages. She has presented this work to schools, provincial groups, school boards, and too many community members. The class is given to each participant with the hope that they will pass it on to their community. She has written a children’s book entitled “Safe, Snug, Moss, Babies” that is about keeping all children safe in the knowledge that we are all special and we are all born as grandmothers. Each of us holds the gift of “FUTURE”.
R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., is a Doctoral Psychologist and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters exploring the fundamental bases of anxiety and related disorders. He has completed more than 140 national and international conference presentations serving as an active member of several national and international professional associations. He has completed clinical training with the Calgary Consortium, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, the University of Regina, and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. He has received several prestigious awards including most recently the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award in Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Natural Sciences, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Crowning Achievement Award from the University of Regina Alumni Association, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Brain Star Award. In addition, most recently he has received a prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant to study attention and pain. He is actively involved in clinical and experimental research, with his interests including the biopsychosocial measurement, assessment, and treatments of anxiety, mood, and somatic disorders, focusing on transdiagnostics, fundamental cognitions (i.e., lower-order factors such as intolerance of uncertainty), and shared emergent properties (i.e., higher-order factors such as extraversion). He enjoys teaching and supervision of graduate and graduate students, having been teaching since 2005, and having won an Inspiring Teaching Award in 2010. Dr. Carleton maintains a small private practice for adults who have anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress. Dr. Carleton is currently collaborating with an international team of researchers to develop the largest and longest prospective Canadian research study into posttraumatic stress disorder with RCMP and police that has ever been conducted.