OAMFT Annual Conference 2022 Presents...

OAMFT Annual Conference 2022 Presents...

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"Honouring Indigenous Resistance to Colonial Violence: Helping people recover using Response-Based Practice"

When: Saturday, January 15, 2022 

Time: 9:30 AM (EST) to 2:30 PM (EST)

Where: Virtually (Zoom Platform)

*Note: All Live Participants will be eligible to receive 4 Continuing Education Credits

There will be opportunities for the following:

  • Theoretical Understanding
  • Applications and Skillful Practice
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Panel Q & A and much more...

About Our Speakers: Dr. Shelly Dean, Cathy Richardson, Ph.D., Allan Wade, Ph.D.

Shelly, Cathy, and Allan work as family therapists, scholars, consultants and educators and are motivated by a common interest in addressing violence, broadly defined, and promoting socially just institutional responses.  In this day-long presentation, they will present the core tenets and methods of response-based practice and applications across settings, including their work for and with Indigenous communities. 

Conference Description: 

Part 1:  Dignity and Resistance  

We will discuss how people assert their basic human dignity in every day social interactions and resist interpersonal violence overtly or covertly, as the situation allows.  Resistance is a complex response in context, not an 'effect' or 'impact' or 'brain reaction'.  We will provide examples from diverse social and cultural settings and show how simple interviewing methods can be used to honour resistance and uphold dignity. 

Part 2:  Addressing Violence in the Colonial Context

Building on Part 1, we will focus on the connection between violence and language and the role of institutional responses to violence.  In the colonial context, language is often used in a manner that (a) conceals violence, (b) obscures responsibility, (c) conceals responses and resistance, and (d) attributes blame and pathology to those who are victimized.  Misrepresentation is inherent to public institutions in societies that conceal the violence of their colonial past and present.   

Part 3:  Lessons from Pippi Longstocking

Children are social actors who are no less likely to resist violence than are adults.  In this section, we will focus on the responses of children and youth, especially in cases of domestic and sexualized violence, and consider its implications for diverse practice setting, including 'mental health' and child protection practice with children and youth "in care".