How Dentists Help Protect Smiles & Possibly Save Lives by Knowing Signs of Abuse & Working with Multi-Disciplinary Partners

November 10, 2020

Webinar video and slides are available upon request

Learn how the unique knowledge base of dentistry can be useful in daily patient & practice evaluations to help protect not just your patients’ teeth & smiles, but their lives and/or family lifestyles, by knowing:

• the individual & practice scope, role & responsibility in both criminal & civil matters;
• how & why teeth can be important in forensic investigations;
• importance of asking the right questions in regular & daily dental record-keeping;
• why few dentists know their legal & mandated roles & responsibility; what is the “Child, Youth & Family      Services Act” (CYFSA)
• ramifications to dentists when not abiding by these mandates;
• how to recognize accidental compared to suspected abusive injuries in patients of all ages;
• how & when to release your patient records to the proper authorities;
• who are the “proper authorities”?
Please note: Actual cases of forensic incidents and victim abuse will be highlighted.
Attendee discretion is strongly advised due to mature content and graphic material of this topic.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the importance of basic dental knowledge in forensics;
• Understand a dentist’s specific role in working with multi-disciplinary partners such as: police, children's       aid society workers, fire & other judicial agencies;
• Understand mandated regulations under the Child, Youth & Family Services Act (CYFSA) 2017;
• Recognition of key signs / symptoms of suspected abuse on patients of all ages;
• What is a dentist’s “Duty to Report”?
• Know how and where to report your suspicions.


Reframing inaccessibility as structural violence in the lives of mothers with disabilities

January 26, 2021


Melanie Stone will present the findings of her Photovoice research project, located in London, Ontario. This project examined the experiences of mothers with disabilities with employment engagement. Through this research project which included narrative interviews, photovoice focus groups and semi-structured interviews over the course of 18 months, the women shared their experiences of community mobility, structural violence, the motherwork of disability, and the structures which keep mothers in poverty.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will better understand the difference between “barriers” and structural violence
  • Understand better how ableism contributes to the continued surveillance of mothers with disabilities and child removal.
  • Provide tools to identify ableism in practices and to better understand the community violence that mothers with disabilities face
  • Learn how to support interventions, and advocate for improved opportunities for parents with disabilities in our communities.

Melanie Stone is currently the Accessibility Specialist for the City of London and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western University.

Back to Basics

March 9, 2021


Back to the Basics: Learning how to recognize and respond to domestic violence featuring Barb MacQuarrie and Margaret MacPherson of CREVAWC.