MVP is a gender violence prevention program which uses the unique Bystander Approach to motivate both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that have historically been considered “women’s issues”: rape, battery, and sexual harassment. The MVP program views all individuals not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront abuse.MVP Institutes are three-day interactive trainings designed for adults and adult educators. The Institute consists of two phases: during the first phase individuals go through the training as participants. During the second phase participants practice facilitating the MVP curriculum and create MVP implementation plans. Upon completion of the Institute, participants receive a digital copy of the MVP curriculum and are certified to utilize it with their direct service population.Male and female adult educators and youth service providers are encouraged to attend. The Institute is also open to other adults who are interested in exploring the topic of men’s violence against women. Participants are eligible to receive 21 PDP’s from the Massachusetts Department of Education.
This Conference has become a unique forum for people from all disciplines and philosophies to gather for in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. We are one of the very few conferences that actually includes researchers, practitioners, advocates, consumer-survivors, and front-line workers from all disciplines to share information, discuss controversial issues, and have the difficult dialogues. Topic tracks span intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, children exposed to violence, at risk youth, criminal justice issues, sexual assault, people with disabilities, treatment of victims and offenders, elder abuse, trauma, and more. This year’s Conference also includes the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan Summit and Research Sessions: A Conference within A Conference! We have strived to infuse our theme of Working Together to End Violence, Abuse and Trauma - Best Practices: Compassion in Action” into the presentations as well as into the thoughtfulness and professionalism reflected in the Conference content.
Stalking affects 6.6 million people in the United States each year and stalking victims recount the fear and distress they have experienced as a result of this crime in courtrooms throughout the country everyday. Far too often, these victims’ reports are taken seriously only after the stalkers escalate their behaviors and cause significant property damage, physical harm, or death to their victims. Stalkers create and exploit vulnerabilities in their victims while relying on technology and their ability to manipulate the justice system in order to conceal their crimes and cast doubt on their victim’s credibility. This conference will address the challenges stalking crimes present, the use of technology to commit and conceal the crime and innovative strategies for investigating and prosecuting stalkers and promoting victim safety.AEquitas is partnering with the Stalking Resource Center and the Battered Women’s Justice Project to host a national conference that will include topical and skill building sessions designed to enhance the ability of participants to prosecute intimate partner stalking cases.
Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
The conference will focus on self reflection, individual discovery and learning ways to best support ourselves while supporting others. This conference will bring together advocates, educators, health professionals and community members who want to learn about making positive changes to the way we do our work.Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships will be provided to current MCADSV members based on need. To apply for a scholarship please type the link below into your web browser:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScholarshipApplicationFormAnnualConferenceThe scholarship application deadline is July 30, 2012. Please note that we will not accept scholarship applications after the deadline.
The 2012 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities: Reaching Out to Missing Partners is a training conference that emphasizes the unique challenges of conducting youth prevention in rural communities. The conference was founded by one of the most successful prevention coalitions in the country in hopes of raising awareness of the plight that many rural communities face with regards to the prevention of youth substance abuse.
Arte Sana; Co-Sponsor: Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Save the DateThe Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference will travel out of Texas for the very first time in 2013! The conference will be held in Iowa in partnership with the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assatul.
So often, men’s issues of trauma go unaddressed in their treatment for mental health and addiction, which complicates or frustrates the recovery process and threatens long term recovery. This workshop is designed to provide information, support and intervention strategy to clinical and assessment professionals in their work with male clients who also have a history of trauma.Presenter:Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIIIVice President of Client and Clinical ServicesCleveland Rape Crisis CenterCEU’s: 6Fee: $65
The Institute, sponsored by NIJ's Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC), is targeted/designed for the command staff/supervisory personnel of small, rural, tribal and border law enforcement agencies containing fewer than 50 sworn officers. Participants will receive information and assistance on existing and developing technologies, work through problems relating to technology implementation, and exchange technology lessons learned that are important to the small, rural, tribal and border law enforcement community.As part of the program, participants are required to give a brief presentation on a technology issue that their department has encountered or is in the process of implementing. The presentation can be either an issue to be dealt with or a lessons-learned format, depending on whether the program has been completed, and must be submitted with the application.
MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery are open to any man, 18 or older, who has been sexually victimized as a child and/or as an adult.Hope Springs Institute is the location of our October Level I Weekend of Recovery. Hope Springs is located in the solitude of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the small rural southwestern Ohio town of Peebles. Hope Springs offers a combination of colorful, very comfortable housing and 130 rolling acres of ridges, ravines, wooded acres and meadows, including two ponds, walking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, a campfire circle and a labyrinth. Hope Springs offers groups a chance for discovery and practice, for privacy and company, for safety and challenges. The Institute's priorities are to offer you personal comfort and a challenge to grow utilizing the Land, your Body and your Spirit as primary teachers and caretakers. While at Hope Springs, you will take part in delicious, healthy food, warm, inviting accommodations and exquisite grounds. The vision of the Hope Springs Institute fits perfectly with the mission of MaleSurvivor: "The Center was established to ignite spirit and bring balance to lives. Our vision is of a world family in which people cherish each person's uniqueness. We encourage dialogues across differences, creative resolution of conflict and nurturing of mind, body and spirit. Hope Spring honors and welcomes people of all faiths, cultures, races, ages, sexual orientations and abilities." You can visit their website at www.hopespringsinstitute.com A variety of accommodations will be available, and we'll have space for 28 men for this weekend. This weekend is one of our most popular weekends, so we encourage you to register early if you are interested.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 your sense of wonder and playfulnessDare to dream you will be able to leave Hope Springs 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!
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
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