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Webinar - October 22, 2020

Topic: To Move Youth Prevention Programs Online or Not? Things to consider when making that decision

PREVNet is very pleased to partner with 6 of the Community of Practice to Address Teen Dating Violence projects for an interactive panel discussion on whether to offer teen dating violence prevention programming to youth in an online format this year. This webinar will provide varied perspectives from projects who have chosen to move online and from those who have chosen not to. Learn more about the various challenges and considerations in deciding whether to move online during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The panel presentation will be followed by a Q and A opportunity for participants.  The presentation will be in English; we will provide the powerpoint slides in both French and English.  For those unable to join us, we will be recording the webinar and sharing with all of you afterwards.

WHEN:  Thursday, October 22 from 12 – 1:15pm Eastern



Meccana Ali is the Manager, National Programs for Respect2Connect at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Meccana is a registered social worker with years of experience engaging youth and families around violence prevention and healing strategies from a trauma-informed and health equity lens. She has worked with diverse populations from newcomers, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, marginalized and vulnerable youth and their families across Canada.

Roseline Carter(she/her) is a registered social worker and is currently the Director of Programs with the Centre for Sexuality. She has been with the Centre since 2012 and has worked in the not for profit sector in Calgary since 2004. She is passionate about non profit leadership, community development and partnership development. She is an avid camper which she enjoys with her partner, tiny human and dog.

Claire Crooks is a Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Centre for School Mental Health, and a Professor at Western University. She is passionate about developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based approaches to promoting mental health and preventing violence among children and youth. Claire co-developed the Fourth R program that has been implemented in more than 5000 schools around Canada and internationally. She is particularly committed to enhancing and evaluating approaches that reduce health inequities among vulnerable populations, including Indigenous, LGBT2Q+ and newcomer youth. Claire has co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications on violence prevention, child maltreatment, teen dating violence, exposure to family violence, mental health promotion, and resilience among Indigenous youth.

Amy Foreman (she/her) is the Dating Violence Prevention Program Coordinator at YWCA Metro Vancouver, where she balances her passions for working on youth programming with initiatives that support ending gender-based violence. Amy sits on a number of YWCA committees including the Gender Inclusion Committee, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee and the Anti-Sexualization Taskforce. Amy began her work in the non-profit space in 2010 as a Red Cross Anti-Bullying Facilitator, sparking her passion for working on curricular programming with youth and educators in schools. After completing her undergraduate degree in History, Amy started as a WE Charity Program Manager where she worked with schools in Washington State to help educators implement service-learning initiatives centred around issues young people were passionate about, before joining the YWCA. Amy would like to recognize that she is a white settler who is privileged to live, work, and play on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Katzie, Tsawwassen, Stó:lō, W̱SÁNEĆ, and Kwantlen First Nations.

Rachel MacLean is a Senior Project Officer with the Canadian Public Health Association where she manages various training and education initiatives related to sexual health, harm reduction, healthy relationships and stigma reduction. Rachel holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto and has been working in the field of sexual health for several years in various capacities. She is passionate about advancing healthy sexuality in Canada.

Maria Saona (she/her) joined the Centre for Sexuality in 2017 and is currently the Manager of WiseGuyz and Girls Program. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a focus on non-profit management and a Master of Education with a specialization in social innovation and anti-oppressive education. Her professional experience spans over a decade working with diverse populations in the areas of settlement and integration, diversity and inclusion, education, and community development. Maria is passionate and dedicated to supporting her team in delivering evidence-based gender transformative programs to youth exploring topics of healthy relationships, consent, human rights, sexual health, and gender and sexual diversity. She loves travelling, trying new foods, and spending time with her family.

Charlene Y. Senn, PhD is a feminist social psychologist. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and is a Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. She has been an activist and advocate on issues related to violence against women and women’s health for many years. She developed the feminist EAAA (aka Flip the ScriptTM) program which is proven to reduce the sexual violence women university students of all sexual identities experienced (30 – 64%) for at least two years. The program simultaneously increases women’s confidence and reduces their self-blame if they are sexually assaulted. In the current project, Charlene and her Co-PI Dr. Sara Crann have adapted and are now evaluating the Flip the ScriptTMprogram for girls 14-18.

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