Foundation of Response Based Practice

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Come and participate in the Foundation of Response Based Practice presented by Linda Coates and Shelly Bonnah from the Centre for Response Based Practice. This is a two (2) day training at the Brooks, Heritage Inn & Convention Centre. Each day runs from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Your registration includes lunch on each day.

The Early Bird Registration of $200 is for everyone who registers by March 12. After March 12, the late registration fee of $250 applies. All ticket sales will end on March 21, at 4:00pm.
Who should attend?
This training is for human service workers -- counsellors, therapists, nurses, justice and court workers, lawyers, victims' services workers, transition house workers, social workers, child protection workers, police, journalists, researchers -- and anyone in the role of helping others, including those who have experienced violence, mistreatment or other forms of violation.
What is the purpose of the Training?
Where there is violence, the gap between what a person knows inwardly and expresses outwardly can grow to massive proportions. In this training, we will explore the myriad of forms of resistance to violence, examine the connection between violence and language and identify professional practices that restore dignity to victims of violence and promote accountability among perpetrators.
What will I learn?
Foundations of Response-Based Practice
    ▪ The key practices, lines of research & theories that make up Response-Based practice
Response-Based Interviewing: Introductory & Less Introductory
    ▪ Straight-forward & effective interviewing with diverse clients, effective with different forms of violence
Violence and Language in Legal and Therapeutic Settings
    ▪ How language is used to conceal violence, excuse perpetrators & blame victims
Rethinking the Cycle of Violence
    ▪ Understanding ongoing resistance to repeated assaults & other forms of violence
De-Colonizing Human Services Work
    ▪ Contesting the colonial code of relationship in direct service work
Microanalysis & Social Justice
    ▪ Bringing microanalysis to social justice work & social justice work to microanalysis. How Social Responses are linked to common ways of conceptualizing and “representing” violence, victims, and offenders. Social responses are possibly the single best predictor of the level of victim distress.
About the Trainers
Linda Coates, Ph.D.
Okanagan College, Psychology, Kelowna, BC; Co-Founder Centre for Response Based Practice
Linda is a Professor in the Dept. of Psychology, Okanagan College. Linda and Allan Wade developed Response Based Practice. She has published and presented on violence, social interaction, and language. Linda is particularly interested in social responses to violence and has investigated responses by the helping professions, legal professions, and the media. Linda has conducted numerous studies demonstrating how language can be used to conceal violence, mitigate perpetrators' responsibility, blame victims, and conceal victim resistance. She coined the phrases mutualizing to describe how unilateral violent actions are misrepresented as mutual.
Shelly Bonnah, PhD, RCC
Centre for Response Based Practice, Kamloops, BC.
Shelly operates the Centre for Response-Based Practice in the Interior of BC, and her experience includes over 20 years of direct counselling with children, youth, couples, and families. She also consults with a wide range of organizations, teaches in Universities, provides clinical supervision and offers organizational development in the social service sector. Shelly was a foster parent for 15 years and has a keen interest in working with children and youth, and particularly those who are growing up in the care of the government.