Webinar event date: 
mar 17, 2022 9:00 am EDT
Webinar Presenters: 

Dana Warren


Dana is a lifelong learner and feminist social worker. Her passion for equity and access to robust mental health services has led her to create and influence programming and service approaches that centre folks as experts. Her specialized focus on gender-based violence (GBV) came from necessity. Using the concept of person in environment brought to light the significant implications of GBV not only for those who experience it but also for our communities in general. Whether in counselling, facilitation, supervision, or policy work, she has lived by the notion that people are knowledged and deserve to be heard. Services must offer flexibility and meaning for folks if we want the world to shift. She has been instrumental in the creation of accessible, low barrier, trauma-informed individual and group counselling, supervision models, innovative professional development and training, and community skill building. Dana’s critical eye and collaborative approach is embodied in her role as the clinical team Lead Counsellor at the St. John’s Women’s Centre. Her latest passion project, Empowering Them, is the first free and accessible e-course about GBV of its kind available throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.


This webinar will be hosted at 9:00am EST, 10:30am NST.

This webinar will look at how we work with folks who are experiencing or have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) and how we ourselves deal with the proliferation of stigma and stereotypes surrounding GBV in our society. Over the years, many participants accessing services at the Women’s Centre share their experiences of GBV for the first time, even though they are often connected to service providers like doctors, lawyers, social workers, and counsellors. Stigma and shame also play a significant role in how we work, despite our values and ethics. This workshop will help you enhance your understanding of GBV and more importantly, build your capacity to work with a highly stigmatizing issue that is arguably the most evaded yet common in our workplaces and communities. Through a before, during and after framework, you will feel more empowered to provide appropriate trauma informed support and ask difficult questions while taking care of your own needs in this very challenging arena. The good news is you already have the skills, interest, and ability to check in in a manner that demonstrates respect and dignity.