Videos: Mind the Gap 2015
Social Justice Activism & Community Work
Vikki Reynolds invites a critique of the tenuous, strained, yet hopeful relationship between social justice activism and community work and therapy. She addresses the tensions of community work replicating oppressive practices, and invites a critique of our practice with an aim to move us more in line with our collective ethics for justice-doing. This critique entails addressing our positioning in relation to power, privilege, and disadvantage; resisting neutrality and taking an overt position for justice-doing; naming and beginning to respond to white supremacy and colonialism in our traditions of practice; problematizing our relationship to social control and social change in our work; resisting competition as affronts to our solidarity; and problematizing the role of academia in relation to justice-doing.
Panel Discussion Session
In this session, the panelists discuss the use of response-based practice when assisting women who have been harmed by violence: the issues they face in their work and how response-based informed practices assist them in meeting these challenges.
Rethinking Stocholm Syndrome
“Stockholm Syndrome” was invented in 1973 after a hostage taking at a bank in central Stockholm, Sweden. One of the hostages, Kristin Enmark, criticized police and government responses as dangerous and disorganized. After the hostage taking, Kristin became the first person said to have “Stockholm Syndrome,” a new label invented just for the occasion.
In this presentation, Dr. Wade will discuss his recent conversations with Kristin Enmark and present original source material to present a quite different and contextual view of the hostage taking and the notion of “Stockholm Syndrome.”
Misinforming the Public
Will Bratt shares his research on how Canadian anti-violence agencies represent violence and victims’ responses to it. Will applies the four operations of language outlined by Wade & Coates in an analysis of the online public information provided by anti-violence agencies on violence and abuse.
Islands of Safety
In this presentation Cathy Richardson and Cheryle Henry discuss the Islands of Safety model and its use with Indigenous families in child protection settings. This model and process were implemented in a pilot project on Vancouver Island. The presenters discuss the development of the model, its foundations, assumptions and the kinds of questions that are used to assess and plan for safety.
Social Responses to Violence and Adversity
The presenters provide a definition of “social response” and discuss how the quality of the social response relates to the victim’s recovery or ongoing distress. They will each provide examples from their work, highlighting some of the forms of prejudice and structural violence that create barriers for people and often violate their rights.