Monday, November 27. 1978 Ottawa Journal Metro Child abuse i 'Time for people to get involved' where traditional help doesn't work ? " 3 Mike Rldewood Journal CP Photo Huff and puff Mickey Mouse had a lot of little helpers to blow out all Ave., huffed and puffed for their favorite cartoon hero the candles on a giant birthday cake Saturday after- and then ate every single bit of Mickey's cake. Mickey noon. Children at the Gowling School Hall, at 250 Anna was officially 50 last weekend. Psychic surgeons can heal, rabbi tells city workshop Through the use (if religion and psychic phenomena, people can "come to grips with their problems and be healed of their illnesses," a leading U.S. theologian and researcher said Sunday. In a series of workshops held at the YM-YWCA, Rabbi Alvin Bo-broff of New York's New School of Social Research told about 20 area residents if people have faith in "Ihe psychic phenomena or the unknown, then religion can help them come to terms with themselves." Bobroff said people have been known to be cured of illnesses even their doctors can't explain. And the numbers of such people, who have evidently turned their backs on medical science, arc growing. "Dozens and dozens of people have come to me asking how they can become involved in psychic phenomena," he said. "And because spiritual healing has been proven, I'm involved in attempts to bring Judaism into what has now been an exclusively Christian field." He cited an example where his wife had been plagued with an eye problem for many years until she visited a "psychic surgeon," a healer without medical training. Following the visit, her problem had cleared and the doctors were puzzled. "They (doctors) are now beginning to think there is something to psychic phenomena after all," he added. "Thai was ten years ago and I have been conducting research into psychic phenomena ever since." Bobroff said "faith healing" was common in Biblical days but is now-shunned by Judaism. "The New York board of rabbis told mc bluntly thai-they don't believe in psychic phenomena," lu-said. "And they ask me, 'What are you? A witch?' "But through my research, I have been able to prove to them that healing has its roots In the By Julia Weston Journal Reporter As social workers become more knowledgeable about the type of family situations in which child abuse is likely to occur, they are also increasingly aware that the type of help needed is not being met through the traditional types of services. With this in mind, Children's Aid Society worker Pat Russell, speaking at a conference on child abuse Saturday, expressed the hope that more people from the community would become involved in order to build up a network of resources that would aid problem families. "We know what we have to do and we are not trying to shirk our responsibilities," said Russell, who is a worker in the protection division of the CAS,"but with the case loads that each worker has to carry we simply cannot give as much support and time to any one family as we would like." She added that high risk families were those in which all the indications of a child abuse situation were building up, "but so far no injury has been reported to us, nor has the parent asked for our intervention. In sucht-ases we are very limited as to the amount of help we can impose - sometimes we just wait in dread for the situation to blow.' Russell was one of several speakers who dealt with the problem of child abuse, its cause and prevention, at a symposium on violence arranged by the Family Service Centre of Ottawa. The conference which was held at Carleton University on Saturday also dealt with the stress situations thai give rise to marital abuse and suicide. Teachers, social workers and members of the public who sat in on the child abuse section, heard from members of a multi-specialist team attached to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. This team, of which Russell is a member, has been working for the past four years to identify cases of child abuse as they appear at the hospital and elsewhere. But it, too, has reached the conclusion that more public involvement is needed at each stage of Intervention. Luc Legault, a psychiatric social worker at the hospital, said that they were shortly hoping to hire a community development organizer who would form a liasion between the hospital team of specialists and families who could provide more in the way of peer support. The type of child that is most likely to be at risk, was described to the audience by psychiatric worker Diane Ponee. She said it is generally the child that is unwanted or in cases where there has been insufficient bonding between the child and its parents. This could occur with premature babies, with babies that had been almost therapeutically aborted, or temporarily relinquished for adoption, and with babies that - ' " V ' - .'-.'ft. - ,M 5 mmmt-mmmimmmmmmmm ft Vfir fin mmmiM Mike Ridcwood Journal Rabbi Bobroff: 'Faith in the unknown' Bible and they are beginning to believe me." One participant Norman Fin-kelstcin of Montreal's International Institute of Integral Human Sciences agreed with Bobroff, saying that faith healing is gaining eredibllty in the academic world. "Ifs an area even psychiatrists won't handle," he said. "And the medical world is starting to open its eyes to some of these things." Almost a legend' Paul Horsdal dies mm ODD Paul Horsdal, a prominent portrait photographer of Ottawa's leading citizens for a number of decades, died last Wednesday In his sleep at his home in Fulford Harbor, B.C. Horsdal, described by his wife Lillian as "almost a legend in his lifetime," came to Canada In 1926 from Denmark. He was on a world tour and, after working for some time in a studio in Montreal, he visited Ottawa. He liked the city so much that he decided to settle down here. He worked at Imlach's studio for two to three years before starting his own business at US Sparks Street In the early '30s. After the building was sold to E. R. Fisher, he established a residence-studio at 286 MacLaren Street In 1946. He functioned out of that address till 1964, when he sold the house. Soon aflerward, he started work out of a studio at 60 Sparks Street. He retired in' 1973 and went to Fulford Harbor to spend the last years of his life. Lillian Horsdal said her husband made "all kinds of pictures of Mackenzie King" and of all federal ministers. She added it was Hors-dal's Idea, in the early '30s, to establish a bird and game preserve in the Gatineau. Prime Minister King liked the idea, she added, and the House of Commons debated the suggestion for a full day. "The time was well-spent because we now have Gatineau Park," Lillian said. Besides his wife, Horsdal is survived by son Valdy, and daughters Elsa Fraser and Maralyn Horsdal. All the family members live In Fulford Harbor. Two Ottawa men face holdup charge Two Ottawa men will appear in provincial court today charged with armed robbery after a Bay-shore Mall restaurant employee was robbed at knifepoint by a masked man Saturday night. Charged are Gregory John Power, 19, of 1237 I'inecrest Rd .and Dennis Roger Fortin, 19, of 971 Watson Rd. City man killed An Ottawa man died Sunday in a two-car collision at Napanee, about 45 kilometres west of Kingston. Ontario provincial police said Thomas Marshall, 24, of Rex Avenue, died after his car collided with another vehicle travelling westbound on Highway 401 near the Walton Road Interchange. had been frequently in hospital during the first six months of life, causing prolonged separation. In some cases stepchildren and adopted children were also at risk as were children who were seen to be difficult, provocative and perceived by the parents to frequently misbehave. The abusing parents, she said, could also be characterized in a number of ways: Often the parent had been repeatedly beaten or deprived as a child; the parent had violent temper outbursts towards the child or to others, and did not appear to care whether someone : either child or spouse - got physically hurt; the parent had low self-esteem, was socially isolated and depressed. She added that poor work stability, debts, recent or frequent moves, overcrowded living conditions could also aggravate the situation. However she also warned that it would be unfair to confuse most child abuse cases with the "battered baby syndrome." The child that is repeatedly battered may be the victim of a very mentally disturbed onjjotally uncontrolled parent who has to be removed from it" she said, "but most cases of child abuse may occur only when three things come together - parent, child and stress -and suddenly there is an explosive situation." Another member of the hospital team, Dr.Suzanne Buckley, said that teachers and other members of the school community could help by looking out for the child that seemed to have a number of bruises about its body but could not clearly explain where they came from. "If there is a contradiction between the parent's story or the child's story about where the bruises have come from, or if the parent has not sought medical aid for the child, then take your concern from there," she said Babies and children under fivcyears of age are the most vulnerable to abuse, she said, but it could also happen to children of any age. "If you are suspicious don't wait until your suspicions are confirmed before alerting a social worker," she urged, "because it often takes a very long time to get a complete picture of what happened." Explaining the law as it relates to reports of child abuse, social worker Russell said that the offence could fall under either the Criminal Code which was punitive or the Child Welfare Act which tried to work in the best interests of the child and towards the rehabilitation of the family. "The majority of child abuse cases are dealt with under this act and in the family court," she said. Under Section 41 of the Child Welfare Act "it is primarily a community responsibility to let us know if they suspect a case of child abuse," she said, and she urged her audience to "resolve any doubt that you may have in favor of the child, and think of this report as a referral situation that can ultimately benefit both the child and the family." I & C i i. ;. v.. . 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