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2019


Ongoing until June 30th, 2019

Earn CE Credits Online: Psy Success – Progress Monitoring (PM) in Psychotherapy

    Location: Online
    The Science and Practice in Psychology (SAPP) Research Lab at McGill University is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer continuing education credits. The SAPP Lab maintains responsibility for this program.

    We have launched Psy Success, an online continuing education (CE) program on the topic of Progress Monitoring (PM) measures. Psy Success will provide you with an array of relevant and easy to understand material on PM measures. You can choose what you want to learn about and how. We want to know how effective Psy Success is and improve our understanding of how clinicians learn and come to implement research-based practices. You can earn 6 CE credits for participating in this study.

    What to expect: If you choose to participate in our study, you will be asked to complete a short survey before and after navigating Psy Success. You will also be asked to complete a PM quiz to assess your learning at the end of your time on Psy Success.

    Time investment: You may spend as much time as you like on Psy Success. There is over 6 hours of material available. You are not required to review all of the material but you need to pass the quiz to receive your CE credits.

    CE credit quiz: To receive the CE credits, you will be asked to complete a CE credit quiz on the content of Psy Success. You must attain at least a 75% on the quiz to pass and receive credit for your participation. You may take the CE credit quiz as many times as you like. A certificate of completion will be e-mailed to you shortly after you complete the final survey and quiz.

    Privacy concerns: In order to receive the CE credit certificate, you will be asked to provide us with your full name and e-mail address. Once your credits have been awarded, your data will be associated with a random ID number and no longer associated with you personally. All data will be analyzed at the aggregate level to ensure anonymity.

    Instructions: If you are interested in receiving CE credits, learning more about PM, and making a contribution to Knowledge Translation research, we invite you to follow the link below which will guide you through the following steps (please read carefully):

    1. Complete the pre-navigation survey. Upon completion you will automatically be taken to Psy Success.
    2. Navigate Psy Success. Choose which pages to visit and learn about the topics that interest you. Once you have completed the pre-navigation survey, you may leave and re-enter Psy Success as you please by using the link below:
      www.psysuccess.com
    3. When you are finished navigating Psy Success, scroll to the bottom of any page and click the, “I’M FINISHED. TAKE ME TO THE EXIT SURVEY” button.
    4. Complete the exit survey and CE credit quiz. If you score below 75%, you will be asked if you want to try again. You may take the quiz as many times as you like.

    You may participate at any time before June 30th, 2019.

    Start the pre-navigation survey:
    https://mcgilluecp.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_24f4bvJKUHSqNwh

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Knoll (megan.knoll@mail.mcgill.ca) or Marilyn Fitzpatrick (marilyn.fitzpatrick@mcgill.ca).

    Sincerely,

    Megan Knoll, PhD Candidate
    McGill University

    Marilyn Fitzpatrick, PhD
    Professor Emerita, McGill University



Date: Ongoing

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions
Training in Dual Diagnosis: is now available online at http://www.samhi.online/

    This 2 day advanced Dual Diagnosis Training is now available ONLINE
    https://www.udemy.com/samhi-dual-diagnosis-training-integrative-holistic-approach/?couponCode=SAMHIDUALDIAGNOSIS

    This training is also currently available LIVE in various locations as listed on the bottom of our website. This training has now been reduced from $290 to $145 (50% off) and will continue to be delivered on the Gold Coast and other locations as requested.

    If people want a certificate of attendance and also qualify for 12 points (ONLINE) or 15 points (Live) of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for their counselling peak body (such as; CPS, APS, AASW, ACS etc), they need to complete the full 12 hours of intensive training, covering all of the current evidence based, best practice in the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health industry from an integrated, holistic framework.


    The Dual Diagnosis Consultant delivering the training, has over 7 years lived experience as an ex-addict himself and spent over 10 years accessing various treatment and recovery programs to work through the underlying issues. Since then, he has 25 years of clinical experience as a counsellor and 16 years as an educator to Government and Non-Government organisations in Australia. The Dual Diagnosis Training Intro video on the website (www.dualdiagnosistraining.com.au/) introduces the 2 day advanced training that explains Substance Abuse, (with Alcohol & Other Drugs), as well as Mental Health Issues. The training is outlined in detail below at the end of this email and further information is also available on the website. This training will equip workers to be able to deliver a brief & early intervention to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues as well as advanced psychotherapeutic skills.
    Module 1. Drugs & Effects

    • Cycle of Addiction
    • Alcohol
    • Drink & Drug Driving
    • Tobacco
    • Cannabis
    • Stimulants (Speed, Ice, Ecstasy, Cocaine)
    • Inhalants (volatile substances)

    Module 2. Addictions & Mental Health

    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Integrative Holistic Model
    • Needs & Underlying Issues that drive addiction

    Module 3. Harm Minimisation & Optimal Health

    • Pharmacotherapies
    • Orthomolecular Science, Functional Medicine & Optimal Health

    Module 4. Neuropharmacology & Neurophysiology (Brian Works)

    • Neuroplasticity
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Psychosis vs Dissociation
    • Psychospirituality

    Module 5. Trauma model & Keys to Treatment

    • Memory formation
    • Locus of control shift
    • Guilt vs Shame
    • Anger, Rage & Forgiveness
    • Dealing with ambivalence

    Module 6. Brief & Early Intervention and Tripod of Support

    • Stages of Change
    • Costs vs Benefits – doing a brief intervention


June 17th-21st 2019

Summer Training Institute In-Person Workshops at Palo Alto University (California)

    Location: Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus, California
           5150 El Camino Real
           Los Altos, CA 94022
    Email: pzapf@ConCEPT-CE.com
    Phone: 650.433.3899 (Dr. Patricia Zapf)
    Event Website and Registration:: https://www.concept-ce.com/sti2019/

    Join us for our Summer Training Institute to be held at Palo Alto University in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Summer Training Institute is 5 days of mix-and-match workshops presented by internationally recognized experts.

    What could be better? Spending a few days in California in June, attending training sessions to develop your skills and build your practice by day, and hanging out with new friends and colleagues by night taking in all the Bay Area has to offer. Aside from the best professional training sessions you’ve ever attended, Summer Training Institute is the perfect way to enjoy a great location, at a great time of year, and meet friends and colleagues with similar interests. Invest in your professional development and enjoy a few days in a great location. Why not take a few days to come to California this June and hang out with us?

    Build your practice and expand your skill set with expert professional training by Drs. Stephen Hart, Brianne Layden, David Martindale, Martin Sellbom, Jaime Brower, Yotam Heidenberg, and Philip Trompetter.

    Select from 10 different 1-day workshops to meet your practice needs. This 5 day professional training opportunity is perfect for all mental health professionals, legal professionals, law enforcement & correctional professionals, forensic evaluators, and those wishing to add forensic evaluation to their clinical practice. All workshops are CE approved by the Canadian Psychological Association.

    Topics:

    • Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations presented by Dr. David Martindale
    • Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists presented by Dr. David Martindale
    • Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) presented by Dr. Yotam Heidenberg
    • Self-Directed Violence (Suicide) presented by: Dr. Brianne Layden
    • Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom
    • Assessment of Psychopathy via the CAPP and Clinical Assessment Instruments presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom
    • Diversity Issues in Violence presented by: Dr. Stephen Hart
    • Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know presented by: Dr. Jaime Brower
    • Mental Disorder and Violence Risk presented by: Dr. Stephen Hart
    • Introduction to Police Psychology presented by: Dr. Philip Trompetter and Dr. Jaime Brower

    Includes:

    • Professional training by internationally recognized experts in mental health
    • Evidence-based best practices, relevant research outcomes, clinical applications
    • Build the knowledge, skill set, & expertise to take your practice to the next level

June 18th & 19th, 2019

Sex in the City Conference

Sex In The City Conference
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sex-in-the-city-tickets-59079638790
    SEX IN THE CITY
    Date: June 18, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm June 19, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Prices: Two-Day Extravaganza: $130.00 Conference Only: $125.00 Networking Night: $25.00 JOIN US! For the 1st Annual Sex in the City Conference! Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness is excited to put on our first Sexual Health Conference, Sex in the City! The theme for this years conference is “Supporting Communities in Sexual Health”.

    June 18th – Networking Night
    Location: Edmonton City Hall
    Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

    June 19th – Sex in the City Conference
    Location: University of Alberta – South Education Building
    Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Information:
    Join us for Sex in the City presented by Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness! Take in Sex in the City this June with a night of community performances and a day filled with learning and acceptance. Featuring performances by local artists and an Indigenous Drum Circle, come to the Networking Night to meet with the organizations of Edmonton. June 19th is a full day of skill based learning focused on sexual health.

    The theme for this years conference is “Supporting Communities in Sexual Health”. The facilitators of this conference intend for attendees to leave the conference with the tools, skills and understanding to better support Women’s Sexual Health, LGBTQIA2S+ Sexual Health, and Sexual Health and Disabilities.

    Networking Night:

    • Chubby Cree – Indigenous Drum Circle
    • NIUBOI – Glass Washrooms
    • Graffiti Artists
    • Local Edmonton Non Profits

    Sex in the City Conference

    • Dr. Tracy Bear – Red Erotic: The Fall and Rise of Indigenous Erotics
    • Jessica Blake – So How Many Genders and Orientations Can You Name?
    • Nicola Fairbrother – Sex and Disabilities
    • Dr. Brian Parker – Being a Sex-Positive and Approachable Professional
    • Angel Sumka – Kink Aware Professionals
    • Ann Sinyard – Communicating Consent to Increase Intimacy
    • Mary Wood – Pelvic Floor Exercises

    Contact Person: Veronica Bishop
    Contact Number: 780.423.3737 ext 101

    Email: partnerships@compasscentre.ca
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June 24th – 26th, 2019

The DBT Skills: A Three Day Training
DBT Centre of Vancouver

    Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
    Email: info@dbtvancouver.com
    Website: http://dbtvancouver.com/our-events/dbt-skills-three-day-training-van-2019/
    The skills taught in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) contain an array of strategies designed to help people struggling in life lead happier and more productive lives. This 3 day training will cover the majority of the skills taught in DBT skills groups and can be used with clients both individually and in group settings. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including didactics, video and audio clips, role-plays, and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide mental health professionals with an assortment of skills they can use in better assisting their clients.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – Thursday, July 4, 2019

2 Day Intensive: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques
Presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – Friday, July 5, 2019

3 Day Intensive: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Mental Health Practice
Presented by John P. Forsyth,Ph.D. and Jamie R. Forsyth,Ph.D.

Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc.

Friday, July 5, 2019

The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques
Presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc.

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Wednesday, July 10, 2019

3 Day Intensive: DBT Made Simple Using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to Treat Emotion Regulation Disorders
Presented by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc.

July 8 – 12, 2019 & August 26 – 30, 2019

Professional Trainings
CBT Five Day Foundational & DBT Five Day Foundational

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    Location: Manhatten/Westchester, New York
    CBT Five Day Foundational, July 8 – 12, 2019. Dr. Lata K. McGinn and other experts will lead an Intensive 5-day training on the Fundamentals of CBT. Clinicians will get broad and in-depth training in the essential skills in CBT that can be applied across patient populations. Attendees will qualify to apply to the Academy of Cognitive Therapy to become credentialed in CBT.

    DBT Five Day Foundational, Adolescent – Family Emphasis, August 26 – 30, 2019. Dr. Alec Miller and other experts will lead a 5-day training on the fundamentals of DBT for adolescents. Clinicians will receive in-depth training in Comprehensive DBT-A for multi-problem adolescents and their families. For clinicians and members of existing consultation teams in agencies and schools.

    Both trainings will include didactics, videos, role-play demonstrations, and participant exercises. Each workshop offers 33 Continuing Education Credit Hours for all Psychologists and for NYS Social Workers. Questions: Saranda Krasniqi, 914-385-1150. CBC Schwartzberg Training Center, White Plains, NY

    Website: https://www.cbc-psychology.com/continuing-education-for-therapists/

    CBC has blocked rooms at a deeply discounted rate at the Cambria Hotel across the street from the training and close to train station to NYC.


Monday, July 15, 2019 – Thursday, July 18, 2019

4 Day Intensive: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and TEAM Techniques
Presented by David Burns, M.D.

Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc.

July 18 – 20, 2019

International Attachment Conference 2019, Vancouver
Science & Practice Over the Lifespan

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    Location: Vancouver, Canada
    The International Attachment Conference is hosted by The Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS). SEAS is devoted to the dissemination of basic research, translational science and evidence based clinical practice in the field of attachment. There have been seven outstanding International Attachment Conferences, most recently in London in June 2017, which attracted over 500 registrants from across the world. We invite you to join other researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of attachment.

    REGISTER Register now and enjoy discounted rates!
    A one-day option is also available for Delegates. Current IAN/SEAS Members and Students will also enjoy reduced registration fees.

    SUBMIT Submit by March 1st, 2019!
    Submission formats include individual papers (oral), symposium presentations, and poster presentations.

    WORKSHOPS Conference Workshops

  • Reflective-Functioning Training
  • Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting & Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD)
  • Attachment-Focused Coding System for Story Stems (AFCS)
  • Video Intervention Therapy (VIT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Trauma Couples: Guiding Principles for Effective Practice
  • Connect Parent Group Leader Training
  • Book your accommodations now! Availability of reduced rate rooms are limited.


March 7-11, 2019, June 6-10, 2019, August 15-19, 2019

Transforming the Experience-Based Brain: A Somatic Touch Model of Resolving Developmental Trauma Certification Series with Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP

    Location: St. Catharines, ON

    Transforming the Experience-Based Brain (TEB) is focused on the lasting imprints of experiencinon-verbal Developmental Trauma and how the neurological regulation system is compromised. This compromised system develops defensive accommodations to over ride the missing pieces of development which affect the client’s ability to learn, socially engage, use imagination, gain a greater protective of the world, and attachment. The students will understand and gain both knowledge and skills in how the neurological regulation system works and experience in applying tactile touch in building capacity in the system. This awareness of how the system responds to early ruptures is also powerful in repairing shock trauma in the client through the awareness that a stronger initial developmental platform supports the systems automatic healing to trauma.
    Somatic Awareness brings forth the clinicians ability to recognize dysregulation in the client and touch brings forth a safe and effect way to work in the system without bringing forth more overwhelm. Even for those who don’t use touch in their practice because of external restraints, this method of working with intention and attention can bring about a sense of healing and relief for your clients. Through experiences and process, the student will move through the healing process from understanding the basic physiology of trauma to more advanced skills of working within specific systems affected by early ruptures.

    TEB is a learning process for anyone who works directly with trauma including but not limited to Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Workers, Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, Massage Therapist, Body Workers, Acupuncturist, Counselors, Hakomi Practitioners, Sensory Motor Practitioners, Play Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapist.

    TEB is presented through a combination of lectures, videos, and actual experience of using somatic touch as clinician, client, and observer. By adding skills each module, the student will develop a greater awareness of working directly with neurobiological ruptures in the system and the ways that these early ruptures have affected the clients. We will also bring into focus Maslow’s work on developmental platforms and integrate it with Porges work on Polyvagal System along with the impact regulation on the client’s ability to self regulate.

    Learn more and register: https://www.attachment-and-trauma-treatment-centre-for-healing.com/uploads/4/0/5/4/4054075/2019_stephen_terrell.pdf.


July 8 – 12, 2019 & August 26 – 30, 2019

Professional Trainings
CBT Five Day Foundational & DBT Five Day Foundational

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    Location: Manhatten/Westchester, New York
    CBT Five Day Foundational, July 8 – 12, 2019. Dr. Lata K. McGinn and other experts will lead an Intensive 5-day training on the Fundamentals of CBT. Clinicians will get broad and in-depth training in the essential skills in CBT that can be applied across patient populations. Attendees will qualify to apply to the Academy of Cognitive Therapy to become credentialed in CBT.

    DBT Five Day Foundational, Adolescent – Family Emphasis, August 26 – 30, 2019. Dr. Alec Miller and other experts will lead a 5-day training on the fundamentals of DBT for adolescents. Clinicians will receive in-depth training in Comprehensive DBT-A for multi-problem adolescents and their families. For clinicians and members of existing consultation teams in agencies and schools.

    Both trainings will include didactics, videos, role-play demonstrations, and participant exercises. Each workshop offers 33 Continuing Education Credit Hours for all Psychologists and for NYS Social Workers. Questions: Saranda Krasniqi, 914-385-1150. CBC Schwartzberg Training Center, White Plains, NY

    Website: https://www.cbc-psychology.com/continuing-education-for-therapists/

    CBC has blocked rooms at a deeply discounted rate at the Cambria Hotel across the street from the training and close to train station to NYC.


September 5th and 6th, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference

Recovery Capital Conference

September 11th, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference

Recovery Capital Conference
    Recovery Capital Conference Calgary
    Best Western Calgary Plaza Hotel and Convention Centre, Calgary, AB

    Featured Speakers

    • Dr. Gabor Mate
    • Johann Hari
    • Steven Page
    • Dr. Andrea Barthwell
    • David Sheff (Author of Book Beautiful Boy)
    • Nuno Capaz
    • And many more

    Register Here


September 13th, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference

Recovery Capital Conference

September 20th, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference

Recovery Capital Conference
    Recovery Capital Conference Regina
    Queensbury Convention Centre, Regina, SK

    Featured Speakers

    • Dr. Gabor Mate
    • Johann Hari
    • Steven Page
    • Dr. Andrea Barthwell
    • David Sheff (Author of Book Beautiful Boy)
    • Nuno Capaz
    • And many more

    Register Here


September 24th, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference

Recovery Capital Conference

Date: September 26 – 27, 2019

Recovery Capital Conference Toronto

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    Location: Delta Hotels Toronto 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Email: events@ehncanada.com
    Contact Phone Number: 416-659-5259
    Website: http://recoverycapitalconferenceto.com/
    World renowned experts. Cutting edge content. Most continuing education credits. Attend Canada’s Premier Addiction Conference.

    After a highly successful first year, Recovery Capital conference Toronto is returning September 26th – 27th with the most innovative two-day event designed to provide accessible, accredited, and multi-disciplinary professional education on the latest innovations in the fields of Addiction Medicine, concurrent disorders and Recovery.

    The second annual Recovery Capital conference will once again feature relevant, thought-provoking, and cutting-edge content with world-renowned experts, policy influencers and disrupters who will discuss, share, and collaborate on the many facets of what recovery looks like today.

    The ultimate goal of the conference is to increase the collective understanding of the full continuum of options, including evidence-based treatment, behavioral and psychological interventions, harm reduction, medication assisted therapies and peer support/12-step recovery.

    In the wake of the opiate crisis and recent legalization of cannabis, there has never been a more critical time for these discussions. We hope you will be a part of the conference this year!

    Register Today! www.recoverycapitalconferenceto.com

    For more information click here


October 3-5, 2019

The 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia

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    Location: Quebec City Convention Centre, 1000 Boulevard René-Lévesque E., Québec, QC
    Email: Conferences@uhn.ca
    Phone: 416-597-3422 x3448
    Website: http://www.canadianconferenceondementia.com/
    Highlights:
    The 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia organizing committee is putting together an exciting program that has attracted a world-renowned faculty of national and international speakers, featuring plenary and parallel sessions, an exciting debate, interactive workshops, as well as oral and poster presentations! Be part of the action by submitting an abstract. Visit https://events.myconferencesuite.com/10thCCD/page/Abstracts for more information.

October 7-8 2019

Gottman Level 1 Training Vancouver

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October 9-11 2019

Gottman Level 2 Training Vancouver

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Friday, October 18, 2019

Dr Ross Greene’s 3 day Advanced Training in his Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Model
Presented by 4children.ca

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Friday, October 25, 2019

Dr Ross Greene’s 3 day Advanced Training in his Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Model
Presented by 4children.ca

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October 26-27 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Vancouver

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November 2-3 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Calgary

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November 18-19 2019

Gottman Level 1 Training Calgary

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November 20-22 2019

Gottman Level 2 Training Calgary

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – Friday, November 22, 2019

The Canadian Mental Health Summit: Advanced Interventions and Strategies For Frontline Professionals
Co-Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc.
    Location: CALGARY, AB
    Email: registration@jackhirose.com
    Website: http://www.jackhirose.com/workshop/cmhs-2019/
    Phone Number: 604.924.0296
    Presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. and Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D., LPC and Richard W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D. ABPP and Jamie R. Forsyth,Ph.D. and John P. Forsyth,Ph.D. and Randy Paterson, Ph.D. and Laurel Parnell Ph.D. and Lisa Ferentz, LCSW, DAPA and Henny Westra, Ph.D. and Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP and Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D. and Reid Wilson, Ph.D.,

    For a full list of Spring 2019 Events click here


November 21-22, 2019

2019 Canadian Violence Link Conference

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    Location: Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
    Website: https://clc.humanecanada.ca

    About the Canadian Violence Link Conference The Canadian Violence Link Conference, by Humane Canada, is an innovative, ground-breaking conference that examines the link between violence against human beings and animals, looking at the vulnerabilities in both populations and how they intersect. In 2017, we brought together 203 professionals from 10 key Canadian sectors that work to prevent and address violence against people or animals for cross-sector training on how to stop the cycles of violence. This was the first time a national conference of this kind happened in Canada, and it has kick-started much-needed action on violence.

    Learning and networking opportunities at #LINK2019:
    Skills to examine the correlation between human vulnerability and animal vulnerability The opportunity to create new networks and relationships that will enhance your work toward ending violence An understanding of the roots of animal abuse and its connection to interpersonal and societal violence An ability to identify the indicators of interpersonal violence and the steps to responding An ability to identify the indicators of animal abuse and the steps to investigation and prosecution of these crimes The opportunity to explore community-level partnerships involving social service providers, prosecutors, animal welfare organizations, the courts and law enforcement agencies, veterinarians and municipal/provincial/federal governments Conference Highlights

    200+ delegates from 10+ sectors across Canada
    Expert speakers on violence prevention for people and animals Cross-collaboration with social workers, police, Crown prosecutors, politicians, anti-violence workers, animal welfare representatives, veterinarians and more Networking events and opportunities Interactive, practical sessions Inclusive and supportive environment Who is this conference for?
    This conference is intended for social workers, police officers, animal cruelty enforcement personnel, judges, anti-violence advocates, politicians, bureaucrats, Crown prosecutors, animal welfare advocates, policy experts, veterinarians and RVTs. More than 200 professionals from across Canada attended our 2017 conference to focus on how sectors can work together to improve Canada’s response to violence. This cross-sectoral collaboration has led to a number of powerful insights and proposed strategies to prevent and address violence against people and animals.

    What is the violence link?
    Violence against animals and violence against people are not distinct and separate problems. Rather, they are part of a larger pattern of violent crimes that often co-exist. Research shows a significant correlation between animal cruelty and crimes of domestic violence, the physical and sexual abuse of children, sexual assault and other violent crimes. This emerging concept that looks at the relationship between violence against animals and people is commonly known as the violence link and has evolved to encompass prevention and intervention practices to reduce vulnerability in animals and humans. This conference will highlight the latest research and promising new practices to advance the criminal justice and social service responses to the violence link, bringing together the field’s leading experts in the areas of law, enforcement, behaviour, interpersonal violence, veterinary medicine and social services.