Faculty & Staff

Brenda Bacon 
Associate Professor

Office: 418H Tier Building

Phone: 204-474-8454
Fax: 204-474-7594
Email: Brenda.Bacon@umanitoba.ca


1995 - Ph.D., Dissertation title "Systemic Effects of Sexual Abuse Survivors Group Therapy: Survivors, Male Partners and the Couple Relationship" University of Texas (Austin), School of Social Work
1980 - M.S.W., University of Toronto.
1975 - B.S.W., University of Regina.

Areas of Specialization:

Community mental health services
Treatment with sexual abuse survivors
Evaluation of interventions with men and women charged with domestic violence
Women's violence
Program evaluation

BSW: Introduction to Social Work Practice; Interpersonal Communication Skills; Mental Health Practice Seminar; Research Methods; Faculty Liaison
MSW: Introduction to Social Work Practice; Practice with Individuals: Theory and Research; Community Mental Health Practice; Practicum Supervision.


Family Violence, Outcomes in Criminal Justice (domestic violence), Separation/Divorce & Children, Mental Health, Program Evaluation, Practice Effectiveness, Marital and Family Systems.


Peer Reviewed Journals
Bacon, B.L. (2004). Multidisciplinary perspectives on parent education after separation & divorce. Social Work Forum, 43-62.

Bacon, B.L. & Gillman, P. (2003). Family-based services in child welfare: Client evaluations of usefulness & staff analysis of process. Envision: The Manitoba Journal of Child Welfare, 2 (2), 1-16.

Bacon, B.L., & Lein, L. (1996). Living with a female sexual abuse survivor: Male partners' perspectives. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 5, (2), 1-16.

Bacon, B.L. & McKenzie, B. (2004). Parent education after separation/divorce: Impact of the level of parental conflict on outcomes. Family Court Review, 42 (1), 85-97.

Bacon, B. L., & Wallace, R. M. M. (2004). Parent education after separation and divorce: Furthering the UN Convention Principle on the best interests of the child. Representing Children, 17,(1), 26-44.

McKenzie, B. & Bacon, B.L. (2002). Parent education after separation: Results from a national study, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Fall 2002, 73-88.

Invited Publications
Bacon, B.L. & McKenzie, B. (2001). Best practices in parent information and education programs after separation and divorce. Resolve, Summer/Fall, 2001. Kitchener, ON: Family Mediation Canada/Mediation Familiale Canada.

Bacon, B.L. & McKenzie, B. (2000). Post-separation conflict and family violence: Preliminary data from a multi-site comparative study. AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) Newsletter, Summer, 2000.

Contract Reports
Bacon, B. L. (2004). Evaluation of the Saskatchewan Justice Parenting After Separation/Divorce Program. Prepared for Policy & Evaluation Branch, Saskatchewan Justice.

Bracken, D. & Bacon, B. L. (2004) Issues in delivery of group programs to domestic abuse offenders: Follow-up to recommendations from the Lavoie Inquiry. Prepared for Community & Youth Corrections, Manitoba Justice.

Bacon, B.L. & Bracken, D. (2002). Evaluation of the Partner Abuse Short-Term (PAST Program. Prepared for Community & Youth Corrections, Manitoba Justice.

Bacon, B.L. & McKenzie, B. (2001). Best practices in parent information and education programs after separation and divorce. http//:www.fmc.ca/bestpractices.htm.

Bacon, B.L. & Bracken, D. (2001). Evaluation of Women’s Violence Groups: PAST Groups and Blended Domestic and Random Assault Groups. Prepared for Community Youth & Corrections, Manitoba Justice.

Bacon, B.L. (2001). Parent Support Program: Evaluation report. Prepared for New Directions & The Winnipeg Foundation.

Bacon, B.L. & Bracken, D. (2000). Winnipeg prostitution diversion program: Findings & recommendations. Prepared for Winnipeg Interagency Committee on the Sex Trade.


Bacon, B. (2004). Female Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Research on Attachment Issues from Childhood. Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Bacon, B. (2004). Women’s Violence Towards Intimate Partners: Intergenerational Explanations & Policy Considerations. British Society of Criminology Conference, Portsmouth, England.

Bacon, B.L., Bracken, D. & Simon, P. (2003). Mandated Treatment for Male Domestic Violence Perpetrators in Manitoba. Great Britain Practitioners Conference. Wales

Bacon, B.L. & Bracken, D. (2002). Mandated Batterers’ Treatment Groups: Results of an evaluation of a treatment group for mandated batterers. Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Bracken, D. & Bacon, B.L. (2002). Mandated Batterers’ Treatment Groups: Post-group motivation as a measure of program efficacy. British Criminological Society, Keele University, Manchester, England.

McKenzie, B. & Bacon, B. October, 2000. Parent Education Programs: Best Practices Research. Family Mediation Canada Annual Conference, Hull Quebec.

Bacon, B. November, 2000. ,. Best Practices in Parent Education: A Comparative Analysis. American Family Courts & Conciliation Fourth International Congress in Parent Education Programs, Kiawah, SC.

Bussey, D., et al. (May, 2000). Alternative Measures: the Winnipeg Prostitution Diversion Program. From Answers to Action: A Conference on Healing Sexual Exploitation & Prostitution, Edmonton.

McKenzie, B. & Bacon, B. (October, 1999). Determining Best Practices in Parent Education/Information Programs for Separating/Divorcing Parents: Issues in Research. Family Mediation Canada Annual Meeting, Toronto.

Bacon, B. (March, 1995). Systemic effects of sexual abuse survivors' group therapy on partners and relationships: Theory and research.. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Diego CA.

Bacon, B. (March, 1995). Working with male partners of sexual abuse survivors. Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Annual Conference, Beaumont, TX.