Gangs, Trauma and Community: Improving Outcomes is a one day conference aimed at service providers:  community agencies, teachers, youth workers, and police officers, who work with gang members, youth at risk of gang membership and communities affected by gang activity.  The conference is organized by the Ottawa Gang Strategy Steering Committee.
The goals of the day include: strengthening collaboration, expanding our collective knowledge base and improving our intervention skills. There will be a keynote speaker, Tom Walker, focusing on trauma issues, a structured networking session, a youth and parent panel and a wide array of workshops. The workshop topics include examples of successful programs from other cities; an update on the gang situation in Ottawa; an update on the provincial approach; an examination of gang membership and identity; and skills based workshops like motivational interviewing for criminally involved youth, mentoring and referral skills.
There are 8 concurrent workshop sessions, each will be run twice. Please rate your first three choices and give zeros to those you do not want to attend. We will try our best to accommodate your first two choices. See short workshop descriptions on the main event description and attached PDF.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue. Ottawa, ON K2G 1W2
Registration: 8-8:30
Conference: 8:30-3:30
Cost: $60 (Bursaries available)