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MOMENTUM 2020: Beyond Victimhood
The 2020 Canadian National Men’s Issues Conference

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CAFE is excited to announce MOMENTUM 2020: Beyond Victimhood – The 2020 Canadian National Men’s Issues Conference, to be hosted virtually via Zoom video on Saturday, December 12, 2020. This is the largest annual Canadian conference of its kind. MOMENTUM provides a platform to address a range of critical issues and timely current events, while working together to chart a path forward, building on the tremendous progress that has recently been made.

This exciting full-day event is being offered at an incredibly reduced price of only $20.20! Don’t miss this unique and affordable opportunity to hear from our group of international experts and meet with amazing activists from across the country.

Join us for an all-star packed event. The following early speaker information is available. Speaker biographical and presentation information will be updated regularly.

Denise Hines
Denise Hines, World authority on family violence and the physical and mental health of men who sustain partner violence from their female partners, as well as their experiences in help-seeking.

Dr. Denise Hines, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Dr. Hines’ expertise includes the causes, consequences, and prevention of family violence and sexual assault, with a particular focus on under-recognized victims of violence. As the former director of the Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars, she also has a specialization in translating university-based research for policymakers. Dr. Hines’ work on under-recognized victims of family violence has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, while her interpersonal violence prevention work has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

Dan Bilsker
Registered Psychologist, UBC Assistant Professor, Spokesperson for the BC government Stop Overdose BC Campaign.

Dan Bilsker is a Vancouver-based Registered Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He received the Scientist-Practitioner Award from the British Columbia Psychological Association and was Chair of the Innovative Methods Working Group, Mental Health Advisory Committee for Veterans Affairs Canada from 2009-2010. He was appointed by the British Columbia government as a spokesperson for their Stop Overdose BC Campaign, which aims to de-stigmatize mental health and addiction.

Steve Doherty
Executive Director, Youth Without Shelter, Toronto’s shelter for homeless young people.

Steve Doherty is Executive Director of Youth Without Shelter. Steve’s career has been devoted to children’s mental health and family treatment as well as developmental services for over 25 years. Steve has managed residential treatment facilities and day treatment programs including the first substance abuse treatment program for youth incorporating both harm reduction and family therapy. Steve is a former instructor in the child and youth worker program at Sheridan College. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and has presented at local, provincial, and national conferences. Greatest YWS inspiration: the youth who despite their struggles find a way to keep moving forward. He launched his career 24 years ago as a Child and Youth Care Worker at the George Hull Centre. Steve has counselled youth with addictions using a harm-reduction approach to treatment, and believes strongly in a strength-based model of care.

Jean-Jacques Desgranges
Lawyer, and Bencher with the Law Society of Ontario

In his late twenties he earned a degree in Music – for which he was awarded the Governor-General’s Silver Medal for academic achievement, and Bachelor’s degree in Education. After teaching for a few years, Jean-Jacques undertook legal studies at the University of Ottawa, earned an LL.B. in 1995 and after very successful articles in Hawkesbury, was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1997. He has been practicing law in numerous fields including administrative law, agricultural law, commercial and corporate law and family law. He was also a senior policy analyst at the Canada Revenue Agency. In 2019, he was elected a Bencher (the governing body) of the Law Society of Ontario. He has been active in many non-profit organisations and sits on the Boards of a number of community foundations in Ottawa such as the Fondation franco-ontarienne, Fondation Jean-Claude Bergeron (bursaries) and the Fonds Richelieu Fondateur. He is the proud father of a daughter who is presently travelling the world.

Geoff Thompson
Director of the Manitoba Men’s Resource Centre, the only Canadian shelter for men fleeing intimate partner violence

In this presentation I will share with those in attendance 3 inspiring lessons I have learned while helping men heal from trauma and establishing a reconnection to their personal, professional, and spiritual lives. Geoff Thompson, B. Kin, MACP, RSW, spent two years organizing and running the only emergency shelter in Canada for men fleeing intimate partner violence, at the Manitoba Men’s Resource Centre, followed by an additional two years acting as a supervising consultant. He is a psychotherapist and social worker currently practicing in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s only resource centre directly serving men and their families. Geoff is now primarily focused on delivering individual and group therapy services for the same not-for-profit men’s centre with an additional role as a mentor for students from the fields of counselling psychology and social work.

Daniel Singley
The Center for Men’s Excellence

Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. The first 30 or so years of study in psychology regarding men’s issues largely took a deficits-focused approach in addressing concerns ranging from suicide, homicide, depression, absentee fathers, and domestic violence among others. However in the past fifteen years or so, the field has begun to focus scholarly attention on “what’s right with men” and this presentation will provide an overview of the current state of the art in strengths-based masculinities in psychology. Blending advances in the fields of positive psychology and men’s issues, the presenter will discuss common barriers and ways to foster an environment that overtly calls for a view of males which balances ways to manage areas of difficulty with ways to identify and develop men’s areas of strength. Hope Theory, Values in Action Strengths Survey, the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0, the Positive Psychology-Positive Masculinity paradigm, and Generative Fatherhood are a few areas of research, theory, and practice to be discussed.

Samuel Paul Louis Veissière
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Co-director, Culture, Mind, and Brain Program, McGill University

An anthropologist and cognitive scientist, Professor Veissière’s work examines social and evolutionary dimensions of cognition, mental health, and human well-being through a variety of projects including placebo effects and hypnosis, hyper-sociality in smartphone addiction, social polarization, gender and mental health, and the study of cultural evolution. Drawing on anthropological data from the evolutionary, ethnographic and historical record, as well as recent surveys on contemporary attitudes toward men, I argue that the APA makes wrong causal assumptions about the aetiology of problematic masculine behaviour, and accidentally contributes to a cultural shift that is detrimental to both men’s and women’s mental health, gendered relations, and the well-being of our societies at large.

Lloyd Robertson
Lead Psychologist with the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina.

While the self has been described as the most precious thing we own, the male self has been described as “toxic.” Drawing on original research into mapping the self and into the stigmatization of men, Dr. Robertson illustrates this male self and the challenges men face in self-construction in contemporary society. Workshop participants will learn how they can take charge of their own self-construction. Clinicians and organizations working with such men will understand the importance of creating a supportive culture that will permit this to happen.

Tim Goldich
Author, “Loving Men, Respecting Women; The Future of Gender Politics”

Articulating their victimhood, as feminists have done, works for women because our gender conditioning makes us respond with empathy. But articulating men’s victimhood, as MRAs do, has not worked and will not work for men. Tim Goldich will unpack the reasons for this, and offer an inspiring vision of a new, gender-equal advocacy approach that goes right past victimhood and builds on men’s strengths.

David Shackleton
Author, “Daughters of Feminism: Women Supporting Men’s Equality”

In the two years serving as Executive Director of a Men’s Centre in Ottawa, David has interacted with hundreds of men who are struggling with massive, undesired life changes. Divorce, custody battles, false allegations of abuse, intimate partner violence, and the realization of endemic bias against men in police, court and social service institutions. There is a tendency for men to become stuck in angry victimhood, outrage at the injustice that has entered and now dominates their lives. The anger of MRAs (Men’s Rights Activists) is emblematic of this trap. Escape from this trap is achieved through grieving, coming to emotional acceptance of the facts of their new reality, and the crafting of a new vision of what they want to create in their lives. This presentation will outline this process, discuss the theory behind why it works and describe how it can be presented to men in ways that they find accessible.