Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention

12/14/2009 (All day)
Sponsoring Agency: 
Sexual Violence Justice Institue at MNCASA

Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention

Problems associated with sexual exploitation and victimization among homeless and runaway youth impact society on a daily basis. Statistics and anecdotal accounts consistently show that these youth are at great risk of sexual exploitation and sexual violence. In many communities, the services available for these youth are often not coordinated, resulting in inconsistent and disjointed services. The Safe Harbor Youth Intervention Project of Ramsey County, Minnesota (SHYIP) was formed in response to these needs. The goal of the team is to effectively intervene on behalf of these youths and to change the way systems respond to homeless and runaway youth. To date the teams’ efforts have resulted in significant success and notable system change!

The SHYIP team used the 8-Step Protocol Development Cycle (PDC) to assess needs, develop protocols and to design and conduct training initiatives. This webinar will give you an overview of the SHYIP team and how the PDC can help multi-disciplinary teams navigate the waters of collaboration and system change to improve services and outcomes for victims. 

Presenter Information
Anita Berg is the Executive Director of Partners for Violence Prevention (PVP).  PVP provides facilitation and coordination that brings a variety of disciplines together to solve problems and create system change in St. Paul, Minnesota. PVP facilitates and coordinates the Ramsey County SHYIP team.  Ms. Berg has been with PVP since January of 2000. Prior to her current position, Ms. Berg was the Director of Research and Quality for Allina Medical Transportation. Anita completed her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Management from Metropolitan State University in 1995, and was previously a Paramedic.
Emily Huemann, MS has been working in the field of sexual violence and domestic violence for over 19 years.  Since 1996, Ms Huemann has worked at Sexual Offense Services (SOS) of Ramsey County and since 2000 has been supervising the program.  SOS is the rape crisis program in Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving Ramsey County.  The SOS program includes 2 staff and 40+ volunteer crisis counselors.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Sociology Department teaching on criminal justice. 

Ms. Huemann has her Bachelor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice with her academic work concentrated on violence against women.  This included her graduate thesis: a teaching practicum.  The course topic was Domestic Violence taught to undergraduate criminal justice students.  She currently serves on the Family Tree Clinic Board of Directors as President and previously served on the KFAI Board of Directors. 

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