Working with Multicultural Families Experiencing Family Violence

*Coffee/Tea and morning refreshment will be provided at 8:45. The workshop will start at 9:00 a.m.


This engaging and interactive workshop is geared for front-line workers who wish to gain a better understanding of family violence in a cultural context and enhance their skills to work with multicultural families experiencing family violence.

Participants will:

  • Develop a better understanding of the migration pathways, settlement challenges, and significance of the immigration status of immigrant and refugee families.
  • Examine culture and power dynamics in immigrant and refugee families.
  • Learn about the Contextual Layers Model and how to apply it in their work.
  • Apply acquired knowledge and practice using the framework through case studies.
  • Gain analytical and critical skills that enhance their practice to help families.

Areas of discussion will include but not limited to, pre-migration context, immigration, settlement and integration, family violence, culture, family roles, and power dynamics.


*Notice to Registered Social Workers: REACH workshops are eligible for Category A credits with the Alberta College of Social Workers if they align with your personal learning goals for the year and you submit a Category A Summary Form in your personal portfolio.

To register, CLICK HERE.

About the Facilitator:

Funke Olokude, BA (Hons), BSW, is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. She currently works as a Research and Evaluation Analyst at the Multicultural Health Brokers Coop and brings years of extensive work experience in the social service sector working with and supporting different population in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta in the areas of mental health, child welfare, addictions, homelessness, settlement and domestic violence.

Tigist Dafla has been involved in settlement support for refugee and immigrant families soon after arriving in Canada in the early 80s. Tigist joined the MCHB Co-op in late 90’s and has focused on working with African families ever since. Over the years, she has initiated several innovative programs including immigrant and refugee youth initiatives in schools, refugee women’s mutual support groups and efforts to raise awareness around gender-specific issues such as female genital mutilation.


This training is presented in partnership with REACH Edmonton and Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op.