MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery are open to any man, 18 or older, who have been sexually victimized as a child and/or assaulted or raped as an adult.This will be the 10th visit to Alta Lodge, which tells you how much they love the facility, its extremely supportive and nurturing staff, and the gorgeous surroundings. Alta Lodge is located at 8,600 feet (2,700 meters) at the base of the Alta Ski Area in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Alta Lodge, nestled in a quaint alpine setting at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, offers spectacular mountain views. During September, the cottonwood and aspen trees are usually in the prime of their fall yellow plumage, adding to the beauty of this setting. Alta Lodge is part of a rare tradition of country inns where the attentiveness and warmth of family hoteliers is combined with the pleasures of excellent dining and comfortable surroundings. The atmosphere of the Alta Lodge is relaxed, intimate and informal. There will be space for up to 28 men on this weekend.The facilitator team invites you to:Dare to dream you can leave your isolation behind you at this weekend;Dare to dream you can make real connections with the participants and facilitators at the weekend;Dare to dream you can co-create and experience a sense of real safety and mindfulness;Dare to dream you can claim your right to use your voice to become a powerful male survivor who is sensitive to his own feelings and experiences and those of other survivors here;Dare to dream you can tell your story this time and be understood, believed and supported like you have always deserved;Dare to dream you can experiment with being more creative, more vulnerable and letting go and still feel safe enough;Dare to dream you can connect with the boy inside you so both of you can learn to play safely and enjoy the experience;Dare to dream you will be able to leave Alta a freer, less burdened, and even a happier man, taking the connections you make here with you to utilize as you continue to heal and recover!Weekends of Recovery are facilitated by trained psychotherapists, utilizing the same clinical boundaries and code of ethics as adopted by the American Psychological Association. The weekends are adjuncts to participants’ ongoing recovery work with individual and/or group psychotherapy, twelve step programs, and individual spiritual work, and are not meant to substitute for the participants’ local support systems that are consistent with their own recovery. Dr. Howard Fradkin, a Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with male survivors, co-chairs the facilitator team, along with Jim Struve, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience working with male survivors. The team of facilitators includes other Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors. Biographies of all staff members for this weekend can be found on the MaleSurvivor website at www.malesurvivor.org
This national conference will provide opportunities for tribal, state, and federal participants to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing and improving strategies and programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.The goals of this conference include:
Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims/Survivors
Major advances have been made in the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress in the past 20 years. Despite these advances, the vast majority of those affected by traumatic stress still do not receive any type of services or care. For many, no services are available. Others are reluctant to seek care or do not find the services offered appealing. In addition, treatments are not effective for some who receive them. The effectiveness of services or clinical care may be limited if our conceptualizations, research methods and practices do not match the clinical realities for some trauma survivors.This meeting will provide a forum to discuss innovative strategies for outreach, assessment, treatments and programs that will enable us to deliver services in a wider variety of contexts and reach more trauma survivors. A shift in focus from mental disorder and diagnosis to the promotion of mental health can help reduce stigma and facilitate wider dissemination of information and tools to promote recovery from traumatic stress. Innovations in conceptualization, measurement and clinical methods may help us better understand the diversity of responses to traumatic stress and tailor our services and treatments to groups and individuals with different post-traumatic presentations.
This international conference provides a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, networking, and the dissemination of new knowledge in the area of sexually traumatized boys and men. This four-day event will feature numerous workshops for male survivors of sexual abuse, their loved ones/partners, and professionals who work with them.
ISSTD will explore this theme of Integrating Science and Practice: Moving forward together in the field of Trauma and Dissociation. Come be a part of the conference. Submit your proposals to explore this idea together.Complex trauma and dissociation cause a great deal of distress worldwide. It is a problem that touches everyone to some degree. Come join us to learn and become part of the solution.
Affiliated Trainings are specialized trainings that are occurring on September 6 through 8 prior to the main conference. They are partnering with various agencies to provide these trainings. These trainings must be registered for separately from the Conference (There is only one CE fee for everything you attend).
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center & the Dallas Police Department
A nationally and internationally-recognized conference for professionals from the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime.
How does this conference differ from other child abuse/family violence conferences?Every year, many excellent conferences on youth victimization and family violence take place around the country and the world. Our conferences differ because of their research focus. Our conferences offer a unique opportunity for researchers and scientist-practitioners from many disciplines to come together to share the latest cutting-edge data on the dynamics and consequences of violence and evidence-based prevention and intervention.We also hope that one feature that distinguishes our conferences is collegiality. In addition to the conference sessions, there are numerous opportunities to interact informally at receptions, breakfasts, and lunches where you can dine with Murray Straus, David Finkelhor, journal editors, and others. The number of attendees is small enough to give students and senior people alike a chance to mingle and meet others with similar interests. Many fruitful collaborations have arisen from our meetings. We hope to make the 2012 conference the most interactive of all!Can people who are not researchers attend? Are students welcome?Absolutely! At previous meetings, participants have included professionals and graduate students from psychology, sociology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, women's studies, law, criminology, criminal justice, anthropology, medicine, public health, and child development. We are especially interested in encouraging students to attend and present. For 2012, we are adding a data blitz option for poster presentations that is an especially good opportunity for students to get experience presenting in a brief format and promote their work.What is the conference format?This year we are adding two new formats, 20X20 presentations and a data blitz, to the three traditional types of submissions, papers, symposia, and posters. There is also our invited program of outstanding researchers giving longer addresses. 20 x 20 presentations are fast-paced slide presentations. The name comes from the standardized format: each presentation is 20 slides set on a 20-second automatic advance (totaling 6 minutes, 40 seconds). The 20-second advance favors slides that focus on a few (even one or two) words or images, not densely packed text. A data blitz gives each poster presenter 3 minutes and 3 slides to present their key findings. Traditional poster presentations will be accepted both with and without a data blitz component. Oral paper presentations are talks of approximately 20 minutes each. We will also accept proposals for symposia comprised of 3 or 4 papers focused on one theme.
This Conference is for anyone interested in learning more and participating in a dialogue about mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery for women and girls. This conference will focus on current policy and evidence-based strategies, as well as leadership, collaboration, and planning for women and girls' health, empowerment, resilience, and recovery. Program directors, clinicians, administrators, researchers, policy-makers, individuals in recovery, students and other stakeholders serving women and girls will find attendance at this conference to be relevant and worthwhile. The intent of the co-sponsors is to create a conference filled with informed dialogue and stimulating resources that inform, inspire and encourage the best possible prevention, mental health and addictions services for women and girls.As suggested by the conference theme, "It's All About HERR - Health, Empowerment, Resilience and Recovery" the 2012 conference will be:-Implementation Focused: Effective practices and policies to improve outcomes for women and girls and the capacity to use them.-Building Alignment and Unity: Creating a better shared understanding across prevention, mental health and addictions treatment and recovery fields.-Creating a Learning Community Focused on Women and Girls: Exchanging research and practice on what works. The conference embodies gender-responsive, recovery-oriented, culturally-competent, trauma-informed principles and practices and celebrates diversity.
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