Upcoming Resource Spotlights

Resource Spotlights hosted by the Learning Network feature Ontario-based resources, trainings, and organizations that focus on gender-based violence.

Go to a specific Resource Spotlight:

september 29, 2022 - Maltreatment in Sport: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

October 4, 2022 - Connecting to Community after Intimate Partner Violence: The Building Opportunities for Women (B.O.W.) Program, at Sudbury YWCA Genevra House

 


Maltreatment in Sport: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

Presented by: Gretchen Kerr and Erin Willson
Date | Time: Thursday, September 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)

This Resource Spotlight will have ASL interpretation as well as English closed-captioning. 

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As indicated by research and recent media reports, sport contexts can be characterized by toxic cultures in which athletes experience maltreatment, including microaggressions and discrimination. The emphasis on performance outcomes, misuse of power by adults in positions of trust and authority, cultural norms that are incongruent with those in other sectors, and the self-regulating nature of sport, contribute to the occurrence and perpetuation of maltreatment in sport. Moreover, these characteristics also contribute to the silencing of athletes about their maltreatment experiences and the active resistance by sport leaders to addressing maltreatment. This presentation will review the current evidence regarding maltreatment in sport, contributing factors, effects on athletes, and recommendations for prevention and intervention. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain further knowledge of the prevalence of maltreatment in sport, the nature of the maltreatment, causes, and effects on athletes;
  2. Connect the contextual norms in sport to the challenges of preventing and addressing maltreatment in sport, and;
  3. Expand knowledge of prevention and intervention initiatives.

Speakers

Gretchen-Kerr-Webinar.pngGretchen Kerr PhD is a Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and a co-Director of E-Alliance, the Canadian Gender Equity in Sport Research Hub. Her research focuses on safe sport and specifically on athletes’ experiences of gender-based violence and maltreatment. Gretchen was the senior author of Canada’s first national prevalence study of maltreatment among current and former national team members and was the subject matter expert in the development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment, a policy mandated for all National Sport Organizations by Sport Canada. For over 30 years, she has served as a volunteer athlete welfare officer, a role that involves managing and investigating complaints of athlete maltreatment.

Erin-Willson-Webinar.pngErin Willson is an Olympian in the sport of artistic swimming and is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her areas of research interest include maltreatment in sport, athlete empowerment and advocacy, which stemmed from her own experience training on the Canadian National Team. Erin is also the current President of AthletesCAN, which advocates for the rights of national team athletes in Canada.  

  

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Connecting to Community after Intimate Partner Violence: The Building Opportunities for Women (B.O.W.) Program, at Sudbury YWCA Genevra House

Presented by: Jen Johnson and Bernouse Davilus
Date | Time: Tuesday, October 4 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)

This Resource Spotlight will have ASL interpretation as well as English closed-captioning.

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In this Resource Spotlight Presentation, the presenters will share and explain the goals and purpose of the Building Opportunities for Women (BOW) Program. Learn about how this Program was implemented to serve the needs of diverse women within smaller cities and towns in Northern Ontario.

The BOW Program is a 12-week support group for women 16+ who self-identify as having experienced, or feel they are at risk of experiencing, intimate partner violence in Sudbury & District, Northeastern Ontario, Canada. The program can be delivered virtually or in-person to groups of 10-15 participants. A skilled facilitator supports women in exploring their potential and achieving greater personal, social, and financial stability in their lives while also learning about gendered violence. Both the BOW Program curriculum and an ongoing qualitative program evaluation are based on a methodology of connection, reflection and skill building that is trauma-informed. The BOW Program is an educational and support service offered by Sudbury YWCA Genevra House that reflects a commitment to activism through education and awareness about gender-based violence, in addition to providing emergency shelter services. Presenters will share how the BOW Program engages with women who have experienced intimate partner violence or may be at risk of experiencing violence as they examine their own sense of self-esteem and vulnerabilities, as well as identify their future education and training needs.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will know more about:

  • The BOW Program curriculum
  • The context and reasoning behind the establishment of the BOW Program as a virtual and in-person group support for women in Northeastern Ontario
  • The importance of program evaluation and participants’ responses to the BOW Program

Speakers

Representatives from YWCA Sudbury

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Jen Johnson (PhD York, MSt. Oxon) is a Program Evaluator of the Building Opportunities for Women Program (BOW). With 22 years of postsecondary teaching and research experience, Jen contributes pedagogical support as well as critical evaluation of the BOW Program. Formerly associate professor and chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Thorneloe University at Laurentian) and is currently Adjunct at Laurentian University in the School of Liberal Arts. Her research and teaching interests include feminist geographical approaches to the study of social reproduction, gender, race and racism and structural violence in the context of workplaces, and feminist pedagogies. Contacts: jljohnson@laurentian.ca

Bernouse Davilus (RSW, BSW Laurentian) is a Community Outreach Worker with YWCA Sudbury where she coordinates and facilitates the Building Opportunities for Women Program (BOW). She is currently a Master of Social Work Student at Laurentian University where she is researching the experience of Francophone immigrant caregivers in Northern Ontario who are caring for elderly relatives. She also worked in the Violence Against Women sector (VAW) as counsellor, providing individual counselling to victims of Intimate Partner Violence at the Sudbury Counselling Centre. Bernouse enjoys working with women and feels that it is a privilege to be able to help them gain meaningful skills to enhance their personal growth. Contacts: b.davilus@ywcasudbury.ca

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Go to a specific Resource Spotlight:

september 29, 2022 - Maltreatment in Sport: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

October 4, 2022 - Connecting to Community after Intimate Partner Violence: The Building Opportunities for Women (B.O.W.) Program, at Sudbury YWCA Genevra House

 


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