Enhancing Family Safety with Newcomer Families: Lessons learned from working with the Muslim community

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 23:00 to Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 00:30

How can we best support the complex needs of immigrant families and enhance family safety? Join Drs. Baobaid and Ashbourne as they present a coordinated community response of formal and informal supports to address risk factors for family violence with refugee families who are migrating from conflict zones and have complex trauma histories. Oriented to the unique aspects of collectivist cultural communities, they will describe their model of service and current implementation in London, ON. They will also talk about what they have learned from research and practice for enhancing community services.

This discussion will provide insights into the Safe Integration Program, which supports families to interrupt potential escalation of families conflicts, as well as conflicts between collectivist cultures and the individualist model of Canadian services and interventions. Presenters will also introduce the Culturally Integrative Family Saftey Response model, which they developed to enhance collaboration and coordination amongst a range of services, including those that are mandated (e.g. child protection).


Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, Executive Director, Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (London, ON

Dr. Lynda Ashbourne, Associate Professor and Academic Program Director (Couple & Family Therapy), Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Drs Baobaid and Ashbourne are co-authors of the upcoming book Enhancing Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response in Muslim Communities (expected publication in October 2016; Routledge).

This is a free event.

RSVP at http://bit.ly/ResearchInActionMay18 



Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph , ON
Ontario CA

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