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      2nd Annual CARA (Child Advocacy and Resiliency in Alberta) Conference in Edmonton

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      April 30, 2019

      Tuesday   8:30 AM

      10611-110 Avenue NW
      Edmonton, Alberta T5H 1H7

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      2nd Annual CARA (Child Advocacy and Resiliency in Alberta) Conference

      The Zebra Child Protection Centre will be hosting a one-day conference on Child Advocacy and Resilience. The CARA conference is intended for those who respond to and support children, youth, and families who have experienced abuse.  Training will include sessions to discuss the unique and vital work of Child Advocacy Centres in Alberta with a focus on supporting our Indigenous children and youth with Cheryl Whiskeyjack, executive director of Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, our sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth with André P. Grace, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as half-day training on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma led by the highly sought-after Francoise Mathieu, Co-Executive Director of TEND.  Below is this are the sessions' topics and descriptions: André P. Grace: "The Chew Project: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth, Comprehensive Health, and the Need for a Team of Caring and Accommodating Professionals" Dr. Grace discusses his resilience typology focused on recognizing and accommodating sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth, which he developed in his book Growing into Resilience. Drawing on understandings of resilience as a process and outcome, he examines stressors, risk taking, asset building, and indicators of thriving in the lives of SGM youth dealing with adversity and trauma. Here he uses a social ecological framework that surveys complexities impacting how these youth who live in intersections with racial, cultural, and other differences grow into resilience. He then explains how he applies his research in operationalizing the Comprehensive Health Education Workers (Chew) Project, an initiative he developed to focus on the sexual, mental, physical, and social health of SGM youth. The project focuses particularly on SGM youth whose vulnerabilities are intensified when they are street-involved, homeless, living in foster care or group homes, living with HIV, dealing with addictions, and/or dealing with suicide ideation. Dr. Grace uses the Chew Project to address pressing health, social, and cultural issues that are impacting SGM youth in Edmonton, knowing their safety, security, well-being and accommodation are still not fully guaranteed in post-Charter Canada. Francoise Mathieu: "The Edge of Compassion: Staying Well while working in High Stress, Trauma-Exposed Environments”  What is the sweet spot between caring too much and not caring at all?  We now have over two decades of research demonstrating that working in high stress, trauma-exposed professions such as criminal justice, youth diversion, child advocacy, community mental health, law enforcement and health care carries elements of risk to the care provider: compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and burnout can take a cumulative toll on us as individuals and as teams. What can professionals do to protect themselves and their teams from the difficult stories that they work with on a regular basis, limited resources and high volume of work, while still remaining effective and compassionate? Using the most recent research in the field, this workshop will explore assumptions about compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, the organizational and personal barriers that professionals face in their daily lives and offer new and creative approaches to transforming these occupational hazards. Who should attend: Child Advocacy Centre staff and management, as well as any partner agencies that support children, youth and/or families who have experienced abuse.  These agencies include: victims services, child welfare workers, mental health professionals, Crown Prosecutors and support staff, police agencies, health care providers, community agencies, and education professionals. COST: $75 registration fee (includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, catered lunch, networking reception).Limited sponsorships available for Child Advocacy Centre staff.When registering, please RSVP to the free networking event at 4:30PM so we have a better idea of numbers for this portion of the conference. Space is limited as we expect a full-house. Attendance is first-come first-serve. Please email with any questions.

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