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NOW AVAILABLE – Building Connections National Training Webinar

Building Connections: Using Trauma-Informed and Relational Approaches to Help Women and Children Experiencing Interpersonal Violence/Créer des liens: Soutenir les programmes communautaires pour lutter contre la violence interpersonnelle et la maltraitance des enfants

Margaret Leslie, Dip.C.S. C.Psych.Assoc.
Director, Early Intervention Programs, Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle

The National Training Webinar, delivered live on October 13, 2016 has now been archived and is available in English and French. Your feedback about the webinar is very important to us. Before watching the webinar, we invite you to take a brief survey to help us evaluate this training, and to plan future training initiatives. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. To complete the Pre-Webinar Survey now, just click on the "Take the Survey" button below.

A FREE Building Connections Resource Manual will be sent to all those who complete the Pre-Webinar Survey.

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The Government of Canada Invests in Community Projects across Canada to Support Victims of Violence

Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs

On February 20, 2015, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced a 10-year, $100 million investment to prevent, detect and combat family violence and child abuse. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=936429&wbdisable=true

On July 27, 2015 the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health announced that the Government of Canada is investing in five new community-based projects across Canada to support victims of family violence. Mothercraft's Building Connections project was one of the projects approved for funding. Building Connections is a five-year project that will enhance the capacity of community-based projects to identify and respond to mothers and young children experiencing interpersonal violence and child maltreatment http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1007099&tp=1

"Mothercraft applauds the federal government's commitment to stop family violence and prevent child abuse. We know that community-based, early intervention with high risk families is the best way to mitigate the impacts of violence and abuse for children and we look forward to sharing our approaches with others across the country and contributing to the body of knowledge regarding effective best practices." Michele Lupa, Executive Director, Mothercraft

Building Connections: Supporting Community-Based Programs to Address Interpersonal Violence and Child Maltreatment

Project Goal:

To enhance the capacity of support staff in Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), and Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) to identify and respond to mothers and young children experiencing interpersonal violence and child maltreatment

Project Objectives:

  • To build awareness, capacity and confidence among CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC project staff regarding interpersonal violence and/or child abuse using trauma-informed and relational approaches
  • To develop a community of practice of certified trainers to deliver the Connections intervention across Canada through CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC sites
  • To deliver the Connections intervention in 30 community-based sites across Canada
  • To evaluate and disseminate the knowledge developed from this initiative broadly and to a wide range of audiences

Project Activities:

  • Building awareness, capacity and confidence
    • Develop and deliver resources and training to community-based projects across Canada on ways to respond to interpersonal violence and child maltreatment using trauma-informed and relational approaches
  • Training and supporting facilitators
    • Train facilitators to deliver the Connections intervention in project sites and develop a community of practice to support facilitators in the delivery of the intervention
  • Delivering the Connections intervention
    • Deliver the Connections intervention to 400 participants in 30 CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC sites
  • Evaluating and sharing learnings
    • Evaluation and intervention research components will assess the implementation, fidelity, engagement and progress over time

Project Team:

Click here to meet the project team.

Research Partner: PREVNet - Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network

PREVNetPREVNet is an umbrella network of 122 leading Canadian research scientists and 62 national youth-serving organizations. Launched in 2006 with the Networks of Centres of Excellence, PREVNet’s mission is to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth. Created and led by Scientific Co-Directors, Dr. Debra Pepler of York University and Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen’s University, this national network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing an unprecedented opportunity to change the way we understand and deal with bullying problems in this country. http://www.prevnet.ca/

Building Connections Resources:

Download the resource manual Building Connections: Supporting Community-Based Programs to Address Interpersonal Violence and Child Maltreatment

To view the training webinar for community-based projects, Building Connections: Using Trauma-Informed and Relational Approaches to Help Women and Children Experiencing Interpersonal Violence, click here:

Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence

Connections is a group intervention for mothers and children experiencing family violence. The Connections intervention manual has two main objectives.

  • To present a thorough background to the issue of family violence, parenting and substance use.
  • To present a six week group model for working with mothers experiencing violence in relationships.

The Connections group helps mothers think about family violence and its impacts on their use of alcohol and other substances, parenting, and children's development. We provide key messages, step-by-step implementation, worksheets, facilitator information sheets, and other information sheets for each of the six weeks of the group.

The Connections intervention manual is available in English, French, and in a version for use in Aboriginal communities.

Download the intervention manual Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence

To view introductory webinars on the Connections intervention manual, click here.

The Connections group intervention was developed with the support of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General, and is delivered with funding support from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The Connections intervention manual and webinars were produced with the funding support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Contact

Lisa Howarth
Project Coordinator, Building Connections
Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle
860 Richmond Street West, Suite 100
Toronto, ON, M6J 1C9
Tel: 416-364-7373 ext. 218
Fax: 416-364-8008
E-Mail: lisa.howarth@mothercraft.org