Impact of Violence, Abuse and Neglect on Children (Edmonton)

Friday, November 3 - Friday, November 3
Fantasyland Hotel17700-87 AvenueRoom 5Edmonton AB

Time: 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Alberta Home Visitation Network Association



With Diane Benoit, MD, FRCPC


Research findings show that starting early during the first year of life, children can be negatively affected, and even traumatized, by what they experience or witness.  The purpose of this 1-day workshop is to review pertinent aspects of theory and findings from research pertaining to the impact of exposure to violence, abuse, and neglect on children, and to apply the theoretical knowledge and research evidence to everyday work.  A special emphasis is placed on the impact at the emotional, behavioral, and developmental levels, as well as the impact on brain development and functioning.  Caregiving styles associated with difficulty or inability to protect children from violence, abuse, and neglect are discussed.  Videotaped vignettes of actual interactions between caregivers and children are used extensively throughout the workshop, together with audio-recorded vignettes, to illustrate the various concepts discussed.  The critical role of first responders on scenes of violence where a child is present is discussed, especially in terms of direct interaction with the child.  The role of first responders and other professionals is discussed in terms of how each can reduce the negative impact of exposure to violence, abuse, and neglect on children.  General principles of trauma-focused interventions are discussed. 

By the end of this 1-day workshop, participants should be able to: 

  • define (domestic) violence, emotional abuse and neglect 
  • describe some relevant statistics pertaining to the impact of exposure to violence, abuse and neglect on children 
  • describe and illustrate the impact of exposure to violence, abuse, and neglect on children of various ages - brain and behavior 
  • describe the effects of trauma on children’s brain development and functioning 
  • describe types of parenting associated with violence, abuse, and neglect 
  • discuss the critical role of first responders in potentially reducing harm to the child 
  • describe collaborative programs with police officers, children’s mental health professionals, child protection workers, and other professionals that could reduce the negative impact of exposure to violence, abuse, and neglect 
  • describe general principles of intervention 

Who should attend:

Child protection workers, home visitors, family support workers, law enforcement officers, crown attorneys, judges, mental health professionals, health professionals, women’s shelter staff, early childhood educators, teachers, day care providers, foster parents, and any other professional involved with children exposed to violence, abuse, and neglect.



Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 (register by October 20, 2017)

Time: 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Fantasyland Hotel, 17700-87 Avenue, Room 5, Edmonton, AB


AHVNA Members: $100.00

Non Members: $175.00

Please note: Code 355 provincially funded home visitation programs are covered under a grant for this workshop, the fee will be waived for their agency staff. Indicate in the comments section that you are part of a funded home visitation program.


Register For Event!

AHVNA Members: $100

Non-members: $175

Advance registration is required for all participants.

For more information or to register contact the AHVNA office
9321 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5H 3T7
Phone: 780-429-4787
Fax: 780-429-4784

Payment: We accept payment by credit, cash or cheque.
Please make cheques payable to:
Alberta Home Visitation Network Association

Payments may be dropped off at the office or mailed to the address listed above prior to the workshop date. Receipts will be issued after the workshop.

Cancellation Policy:
We encourage you to send a substitute if you are unable to attend the workshop, as there is a NO SHOW charge for all absent registrants (as we will have made arrangements for food, etc). Cancellations need to be made ONE WEEK prior to the workshop date. Registration fees are non-refundable. Should a workshop not reach its minimum registration requirement, it will be cancelled ONE WEEK prior to the workshop commencement date. Registrants will be informed by email or telephone, and registration fees will be refunded.