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Recognizing and Responding to the Commonly Misunderstood Reactions to Sexual Assault: Exploring a New Online Curriculum

Date & Time: January 29, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Presented by: Robin Mason, PhD and Stephanie Lanthier, MEd, PhD Candidate, Women’s College Research Institute

Speakers Bios:

Robin Mason is a scientist in the Violence and Health research program at Women’s College Hospital, Women’s College Research Institute and an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a cross-appointment to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is also the Scientific Lead for Women’s Xchange, a research knowledge and exchange centre focused on supporting and disseminating women’s health research across the province of Ontario and ensuring the integration of sex and gender in all health research. Dr. Mason has been working in the field of intimate partner violence and medical education for nearly 20 years, has contributed to policies at the local, provincial and national level; and, developed four evidence-informed online curricula. Her work is focused on improving the systems’ response to women who experience abuse and related sequelae by educating health and social service providers, developing policies and guidelines to reduce barriers and improve practices, and giving voice to diverse women’s needs and preferences.

Stephanie Lanthier is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School Public Health, University of Toronto and a Trainee and Research Assistant with the Violence and Health Research program at Women's College Hospital, Women's College Research Institute. She holds a Master of Education from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Education and Honours Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation work aims to better understand experiences of intersectional stigma among adolescent and adult survivors of sexual assault who disclose to formal support providers. Stephanie spent several years working in the non-profit and education sectors prior to beginning the doctoral program, including work with the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto and Women’s Place at Malvern Family Resource Centre.

Presentation: As there is “nothing normative about being sexually victimized, there cannot be a ‘normal’ reaction to such a traumatic event” (Fanflik, 2007). Yet, recent media attention has highlighted general beliefs that there are normal reactions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and that these are the acceptable reactions. Survivors who experience other common, but less well understood reactions, such as pretending that everything is fine, convincing oneself that ‘it could have been worse’, or maintaining a relationship with the perpetrator after an assault can be met with disbelief and judgmental comments, potentially further traumatizing the survivor and sabotaging her efforts at healing.

This webinar will explore a new evidence-informed, competency-based online curriculum on recognizing and responding to the ‘commonly misunderstood’ reactions to sexual assault. In particular, it will: discuss the context within which the idea for the curriculum arose; outline the process followed in developing the curriculum; and describe the curriculum content. Excerpts of the curriculum will be shared with participants.


Engaging Men to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence

Date & Time: February 26, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Presented by: Dr. Katreena Scott, Associate Professor & Chair, Applied Psychology & Human Development, University of Toronto and Baldev Mutta, CEO, Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)

Description: There are many Canadians projects and programs that work to engage men and boys to help reduce and prevent gender-based violence and address masculinity. This webinar will present two existing programs within Ontario around involved fatherhood and men who have used violence.

The Caring Dads program was specifically designed from the premise that violence agai nst women and violence against children are intricately intertwined, and that these two issues both can and should be addressed together. The program was developed in collaboration with child protective services, batterer intervention programs, children's mental health agencies, women's advocates, centers for children and families involved in the justice system, family resource agencies and probation and parole services. The Caring Dads curriculum works with fathers to change patterns of abuse, increase fathers’ awareness and application of child-centered fathering and to promote respectful co-parenting with children’s mothers. Learn more.

The Punjabi Community Health Services began in 1990 as a community development project and it offers culturally relevant services and supports to youth and their families in the areas of mental health, cultural conflict, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Services are provided in English, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. Learn more.

Join us in this webinar and learn more about the Caring Dads program and programs and supports offered by the Punjabi Community Health Services.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Katreena Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention. Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. She has authored over 40 articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of service to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and ethically sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators. 

Baldev Mutta is the Chief Executive Officer of the Punjabi Community Health Services in Peel Region. He founded the Punjabi Community Health Services in July 1990 and was instrumental in making it an accredited, charitable and culturally appropriate organization. The organization now provides services in the areas of addictions, mental health, geriatric, settlement and a variety of other social programs and services to the South Asian community. He has developed an Integrated Holistic Service Delivery Model which encompasses the way services are to be provided to the community. As South Asian culture values “we” over “I”, the services also reflect the coopting of the family into treatment rather than treating only the individual. This model also allows for the provision of services to be provided to the family at right time, right place and using the right intervention. He has received many community awards for his work on equity, community development, diversity management, and organizational change. He also hosts his own television show, Community ConneXion.


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