Research Briefings: Trauma and Violence-Informed Approaches

Safe and Understood: Intervening with families to promote healthy child outcomes and prevent abuse recurrence for young child victims of domestic violence exposure

Date and Time: October 26th, 2020 | 1:00 - 1:20 PM Eastern Standard Time



The main objective of the Safe and Understood project was to improve outcomes for young children (ages 0-4) at-risk because of domestic violence exposure, by enhancing the reach of two existing programs—Mothers in Mind and Caring Dads. The Mothers in Mind program focused on the parenting needs of mothers who have experienced family violence, childhood abuse, neglect, and sexual assault, while Caring Dads focused on the parenting needs of fathers who have abused, neglected, or exposed their children to domestic. Both programs helped parents build their stress management skills, enhance their self-esteem, prevent future maltreatment, and support the social, emotional and developmental health of their children. This presentation will focus on how these programs were adapted, implemented, and evaluated at select sites in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation you will: 

  • Have a better understanding of both programs and their applicability in different contexts (i.e., French speaking community, rural communities, and Indigenous child welfare community).
  • Learn how to use collaborative models to develop, enhance, and expand integration across community services for families experiencing domestic violence.
  • Learn about the program outcomes (i.e., service provider-, mother-, father-, child- focused). 



Dr. Angelique Jenney

resized_angelique.jpgDr. Angelique Jenney, PhD, RSW is the Associate Director of Safe and Understood, at the Child Development Institute. She is also Assistant Professor and the Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Wood’s Homes is a multi-service, non-profit children’s mental health center based in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Jenney has over 20 years of experience in intervention and prevention services within the child protection, children’s mental health and violence against women sectors. Dr. Jenney’s research and program development has been devoted to understanding and responding to the impact of violence in families. Her research and practice interests include: family-based interventions for childhood trauma; child protection responses to family violence cases; the experience of mothering in the context of violence/trauma; and reflective approaches to teaching and training social work students.


Dr. Katreena Scott

resized_katreena.jpgDr. Katreena Scott, PhD, C Psych is the Co-Principal Investigator for Safe and Understood at the University of Toronto. She is also a Psychologist, Professor and incoming Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Western University. She held the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention between 2008 and 2018. Dr. Scott leads an applied research program aimed at ending violence in family relationships, with specific expertise on addressing violence perpetration in men. The Caring Dads program that she developed is offered in in many sites across North American and Europe. She is a contributor to international networks including the DV@Work Network and the Safer Families Centre of Excellence.


Using Yoga in Your Work with Women, Children, Youth and Yourself!

Date & Time: November 3rd, 2020 | 1:00 - 1:20 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME 

To Register:

During this presentation, high level findings from the Reaching Out with Yoga project will be shared. Informed by those findings, we will share ideas of how you might incorporate some yoga and mindfulness practices into your own work, whether it be for your own self-care, or your work with clients as well as a list of resources for more learning.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summary of findings from the Reaching Out with Yoga project including an understanding of the intervention (trauma-informed yoga)
  • Yoga, breathing and grounding practices you can incorporate into your life or work or both



resized_renee.jpgRenee Turner is the Research Manager for the Reaching Out with Yoga project. Her background is in community-based research and she is passionate about bringing research and social services together to share and learn from each other. She is also a yoga teacher and has learned so much through this project about how the yoga community can and must become more trauma-informed, inclusive and accessible. 


Lessons learned from Evaluating the Bounce Back League (BBL): Implications for Policy and Practice Moving Forward

Date & Time: November 26, 2020 | 1:00 - 1:20 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME 

To Register:

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the evaluation approach used to examine the implementation and outcomes of the BBL. Lessons learned from the project will be shared to help inform practice and policy related to trauma-informed programming for youth moving forward. 

Learning Objectives

  • To share the value gained from the adoption of a Utilization-Focused Approach to Evaluation.  
  • To highlight the importance of a train the trainer model for fostering program sustainability within community organizations.



Tanya-Forneris-2--resized.jpgDr. Tanya Forneris is an Associate Professor of Teaching and the Associate Director of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada and her PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. Her area of expertise is the development, implementation and evaluation of community and sport-based life skills programming to enhance the development of youth. Most recently, Dr. Forneris has been working on an initiative to improve the well-being of university students to improve their levels of academic resilience.