Sequoia Retreat Center is the location of our first 2014 Level I Weekend of Recovery. Nestled amid 200 acres of majestic coastal redwoods, madrones and tan oaks, the Sequoia Retreat Center provides a beautiful setting in which each of you can take the risks necessary to make this weekend a significant one in your recovery.While at Sequoia, you will take part in California style meals with an emphasis on fresh, organic, and local foods. We'll have single, double, and triple cabins available for lodging. All of the cabins have hardwood floors, have been modernized, and each has its own private bathroom. There will be space for up to 28 men on this weekend. *Please be aware that Sequoia Retreat Center is not wheelchair-accessible, however all of our other sites used for Weekends of Recovery are wheelchair accessible. "Before attending the WoR, I was on a crash course with disaster. My marriage and family were bearing the weight of my abuse! Processing the experience makes me thankful the facilitators care so much! I felt like they guided me personally off the tracks of destruction! The deep dark hole of depression and self loathing have very little power over me now! Get to the next WoR, you'll leave the past where it belongs!"--Hope Springs alumnus, October, 2013 Registration Costs Fees start at $695 for early registration. Registration includes the costs of the facilitated Weekend of Recovery program, with our 8 skilled facilitators from the MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Facilitator Team, plus lodging, 7 meals, and snacks. Bottled water, juices, tea and coffee will be available throughout the weekend. Scholarships are available on a limited basis to help offset registration costs. If you are seeking financial assistance to attend the Weekend, the first thing to do is consider your health insurance plan. Some of the larger carriers do provide reimbursement for specific interventions such as the Weekend of Recovery if you ask. Call the utilization management office of your insurance company and be sure to stress the weekend is facilitated by licensed mental health clinicians.But that's just the start of an exciting 2014! MaleSurvivor has a full slate of Weekends, Trainings, and other events planned for 2014! All leading up to our 14th International Conference that will be held at the Newark Airport Marriott in Newark, NJ Oct. 31 to Nov. 2!We encourage survivors, mental health professionals, researchers, academicians and others to submit their work on a wide range of topics. Our call for Submissions ends February 10. And for more information on bringing a MaleSurvivor training or a Dare to Dream awareness event to your campus or community, please contact Community Outreach Director Trisha Massa or visit the website.
Holistic Healing Through Nature: Reconnecting with the Help of Animal Companions Reports by Renae Griggs, To Ripley, With Love...
Providing Services to Survivors of Sexual Abuse Behind Bars by Gwyn Smith-Downes, Just Detention International and Lt Wynnie Testamark-Samuels, Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Yoga: An Innovative Approach to Working through Trauma by Maren Villavisanis, LCSW, Betty Griffin House
Prevention track: Innovations in Community Mobilization
Clinical track: Transformation Through a Trauma Informed Lens by Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, Coaching for LIFE, and
Advanced Crisis Intervention: Contemporary Approaches by Jane Dwyer, MSW, Florida State University
Workshops will include the following tracks: focus on adolescents or children who have sexually abused, focus on adults who perpetrate sexual violence, and a track with focus on bringing a victim centered approach to this work. Learn more about the MASOC/MATSA Annual Joint Conference.
Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania (IUP) Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute (MARTI) and the IUP Center for Applied Psychology
This cross-disciplinary conference will provide an in-depth focus on prevention, response, and coping with violence and trauma in the context of families, schools, medical settings, workplace, and in the military. For each of the four days of training, breakout sessions will include panels focused on both research and skill-building. Daily panels within the larger conference are organized according to subthemes. Evening sessions focused on ethics training will be offered May 22–24. Learn more about Inaugural REACH Conference.
The Blueprints conference provides information on cost-effective and proven programs that help young people reach their full potential. Get a head start on preparing children for success with programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. Professionals who work to promote healthy youth development will be provided support, guidance, and tools to help implement these programs successfully in their own communities. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from seasoned practitioners in the field and to network with others in the industry. View full details about the conference.
The National Symposium on Child Abuse is an informative and innovative multidisciplinary conference which offers more than 130 workshops presented by nationally-recognized experts from all facets of the child maltreatment field. Professionals receive practical instruction, the latest research and information, and the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. This is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child maltreatment, including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poly-victimization, exploitation, intervention, and prevention. The National Symposium on Child Abuse is a premiere conference that provides expert training and numerous networking opportunities to professionals in the child maltreatment field. View full details.
This conference will explore the magnitude of sex trafficking across Tribal Nations, Hawaiian & Alaska Native Villages, and Native Communities. Walking With Our Sisters Who Are Victims & Survivors of Sex Trafficking is co-hosted by Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, First Nations Women’s Alliance (ND), Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Montana Native Women’s Coalition, and Spirit Lake Victims Assistance (ND).
The Wyoming Division of Victim Services has contracted with the JCVVS to offer the program Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance: Professional Action to Effect Change. The program is planned for March 11-13, 2014 in Casper, Wyoming. This intensive professional development program challenges participants to analyze professional practice, organizational policies, and societal responses. Using program resources and supports, participants develop an actional plan to effect change. Continued support is offered post-program for implementation.
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence & JCVVS
The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has contracted with the JCVVS to offer a full day professional development on ethics in victim services. Dr. Dan Petersen from Washburn University will represent the JCVVS in this session scheduled for January 30 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Dr. Petersen will guide a facilitated discussion of professional values and relationships with other service providers. Participants will explore legal and ethical dilemmas that face victim service practitioners with a framework for critical decision making skills related to ethical pitfalls and problems.
The event will focus on how faith communities can work together to combat human trafficking and support victims. Workshops will be offered 9-11am and 1-3pm. Presenters Bethany Woodcock of Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY), Kim Stoltzfus of the North Star Initiative and Lynn Kolb of Transport for Christ/Exit 58 will discuss a victim's experience and ways to help; restoration and after care for victims; and pornography, prostitution and consumer demand. This event is free.
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