Sat Apr 21 2018

17th Biennial Symposium on Violence & Aggression

Written by Jim Germain

Poster for the University of Saskatchewan's 17th Biennial Symposium on Violence and Agression

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan will host its 17th Biennial Violence and Aggression Symposium at the University of Saskatchewan May 6-8, 2018. The Biennial Symposium on Violence & Aggression has been a collaborative effort of the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Correctional Service Canada, and the University of Saskatchewan since 1986. Designed for front-line workers, as well as clinicians and other professionals and administrators in criminal justice and forensic mental health, the Symposium translates research and theory into practice and provides an opportunity to highlight excellence and innovation within a variety of policing, correctional, and other criminal justice environments.

The registration fee for the symposium includes 4 plenary sessions and 4 concurrent sessions (a choice of 3 workshops during each session), plus a welcome reception, breakfasts, lunches, and banquet prepared by chefs who recently competed in the Gold Medal Plates and Canadian Culinary Championships. Day registrations are also welcomed. Additional banquet tickets for guests can be purchased separately. On-site registration will be available. This year there will also be an option to watch the plenary sessions by live stream.

Plenary sessions include culturally responsive and restorative decision making with Lisa Allgaier (Director General, Aboriginal Initiative Directorate, Correctional Service Canada), impacts of operational and organizational stress on public safety personnel with Nick Carleton (Professor of Psychology, University of Regina), lived experience of substance abuse disorder with Gord Garner (Chair, Recovery Day Ottawa), and perceptions, assessment, and treatment of violence and mental health with Daryl Kroner (Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University).

Concurrent session topics include aggressive sexual behaviours, FASD and corrections, human trafficking, mental health, offender assessment, policing issues, substance abuse and harm reduction, transgender offenders, and the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System of the RCMP. Concurrent speakers include Greg Brown (Ph.D. candidate, Carleton University), Dean Carey (Director of Offender Programs, Offender Services, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice), Brian Danyliw (Director, Addictions Services, Saskatchewan Health Authority), Bruce Fenske (Criminal Intelligence Analyst, RCMP), William Hebert (Ph.D. candidate, University of Toronto), Lindsey Houghton (Media Relations Officer, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC), Natalie Jones (Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University), Roz Kelsey (Director of Gendered Violence Prevention, University of Regina), Samantha Lytle (ViCLAS Analyst, RCMP), Kaitlyn McLachlan (Assistant Professor, University of Guelph), Kevin Nunes (Associate Professor, Carleton University), Colleen Quinlan (Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Offender Services, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice), Doris Schnell (Executive Director, Offender Services, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice), Natasha Selinger (ViCLAS Analyst, RCMP), Keira Stockdale (Clinical Psychologist of Policing, Saskatoon Police Service), Peter Vatic (Director of Strategic Research, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC), John Weekes (Senior Research Manager, Research Branch, Correctional Service Canada), and Catherine Wilson (Strategic Research Analyst, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC).

Poster submissions are invited on any topic related to crime, criminal justice or corrections, as considered from a social science, health science, legal, management or multidisciplinary perspective. Submissions are welcomed from anyone working on justice- related matters with a prize ($100) for the best student poster. All abstracts must be written in English and be submitted electronically to by April 13, 2018. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels: Holiday Inn Express, Park Town Hotel, Refresh Inn and Suites, and the University of Saskatchewan. It is recommended to book accommodations early.

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