CALGARY, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - As a fatality inquiry looking into the
murder-suicide of a Drumheller man and his three-year-old son makes
headlines this week, the YWCA of Calgary is launching a new program
that aims to prevent future incidences of domestic violence in bitter
The intervention program — which will provide a blend of specialized
counselling for parents and children, trauma therapy for children
exposed to domestic violence, and legal representation — addresses the
risk of domestic violence after marital separation.
It's a story that's becoming all too common, says Bill Eddy, who will
facilitate a two-day workshop from June 9-10 for counsellors and legal
professionals on managing high-conflict divorce situations.
"You have angry parents out there who are only thinking about how to
hurt each other, and the tragedy is that, sometimes, a parent will
become abusive toward the children, whether physically or emotionally,"
says Eddy, who has 30-plus years of experience as a social worker,
lawyer and mediator.
The workshop will train participants in his method of dealing with
high-conflict personalities, which includes teaching parents skills in
flexible thinking, managing emotions and moderating behaviours.
Afterwards, the parents are required to teach the same skills to their
"It's a really structured approach to dealing with high-conflict
parents," he adds. "They don't need to be told what not to do; instead,
they need to be taught what to do, with a lot of repetition and
"The program is designed to help contain conflict, to maintain peace in
the family and, ultimately, to protect children."
Made possible through a $750,000 grant from the Alberta government, the
intervention program is the first of its kind in Canada, according to
Eddy: "Calgary and Medicine Hat are the first cities to get grants to
implement our method, and we will be doing formal research on the
YWCA New Ways for Families workshop with Bill Eddy, focusing on how to
deal with high-conflict divorce situations
Emerald Ballroom, Executive Royal Inn, 2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB
Thursday, June 9 - Friday, June 10
Bill Eddy is available for interviews Thursday, June 9 from noon until 1
YWCA of Calgary
Dating back to 1910, the YWCA of Calgary is one of the oldest and most
established social service organizations in Calgary. Women
experiencing domestic violence, homelessness and poverty are at the
core of our work. Although other agencies focus on violence and abuse
against women, the YWCA also focuses on moving women from a position of
vulnerability to one of health and wellness, by offering child care,
language and skills training, transitional housing and outreach
For more information, visit the YWCA of Calgary's website: www.ywcaofcalgary.com.
Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.
With 30-years of experience as a social worker, lawyer and mediator,
Bill Eddy is co-founder of the High Conflict Institute, which provides education and resources to anyone dealing with
high-conflict people and situations. In addition to facilitating
workshops on his New Ways for Families approach, Eddy is also author of
Splitting: Protecting Yourself while Divorcing Someone with Borderline
or Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Silvana Saccomani, MA Associate Director, Communications YWCA of Calgary 320 5th Avenue SE Calgary AB T2G 0E5 Tel: 403.705.5779 |
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or to arrange an interview, please contact: Silvana Saccomani, YWCA of Calgary: 403.705.5779 or cell 403.874.5266