AHL Presented at the Prairie Child Welfare Symposium on October 26, 2016


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On Wednesday October 26th, 2016 Dr. Moretti presented at the 8th Biennial Prairie Child Welfare Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Reclaiming Connections Workshop also took place all day (9 am – 3:30 pm). Please see below for the workshop description!

Reclaiming Connections Workshop

The development of culturally sensitive and safe parenting programs for Aboriginal families is among the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Although programs are available for caregivers of young children, few address the needs of parents and caregivers of teens. Reclaiming Connections is a relationally focused program for caregivers of teens, developed in partnership with parents, community partners and government stakeholders. Using role plays and reflection exercises, this group-based, 10 week program supports caregivers in understanding how their relationships with teens promote healthy social, emotional and neuro-development. We discuss how traditional knowledge, ceremonial and healing practices in each community can be integrated to fit the needs of families. Reclaiming Connections recognizes the historical and continuing trauma on Aboriginal families and communities. Safety, respect, trust and a strength based approach is emphasized throughout. In the morning session of this workshop we describe the development of Reclaiming Connections, implementation in communities across British Columbia, and feedback and evidence provided by caregivers, program leaders and community partners. In the afternoon of this workshop we introduce the first four principles/sessions of Reclaiming Connections, presenting role plays and reflection exercises that help caregivers see opportunities for shared partnership with their needs, strengthening their connection and promoting healthy teen development.

Speakers: Marlene Moretti | Simon Fraser University

Annette McComb | Simon Fraser University

Karla Braber |Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre

Marlene Moretti: Marlene Moretti, Professor, Simon Fraser University, expertise in adolescence, attachment, trauma and intervention.

Annette McComb: Annette McComb, SFU Research Associate, Senior Aboriginal support worker, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie & Kwantlen First Nation.

Karla Braber: Karla Braber, Provincial Coordinator, Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre.