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.
Statewide Law Enforcment Training on Violence Agaisnt Women (VAWT)
The Statewide Training on Violence Against Women Program (VAWT) was created by the Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigators Course (SAFVIC) in 2010 to create a statewide conference for law enforcement and telecommunication personnel. The purpose of the VAWT program is to assist in developing and strengthening effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in such cases. The program was initially funded in 2010 through the American Recovery andReinvestment Act of 2009, S.T.O.P Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program Grant from the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Texas Governor’s Office.
The Statewide Training on Violence Against Women Program (VAWT) held its first successful conference in February 2011. With subsequent funding from the Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor’s Office and the S.T.O.P ViolenceAgainst Women Act (VAWA) Program Grant, the program coordinated additional successful conferences in San Antonio in July 2012 and in Irving in 2013.
Location:Omni San Antonio, Texas Hotel at the Colonnade
Date: July 28-30, 2014
Selected Attendees: All selected attendees will be notified of their selection status on or before May 1, 2014 but no later than May 21, 2014.
Conference fees: All training, registration, and lodging fees will be at no cost to the conference attendee. The VAWT program will only cover lodging fees for Monday, July 28th and Tuesday, July 30th. Any conference attendee can elect to arrive a day or two prior to the conference, or depart after the conference at their expense.
Overnight Accommodations: Applicants selected to attend the conference must reside more than 50 miles (one-way) from the conference location to qualify for overnight accommodations. Selected attendees who resides less than 50 miles from the conference location may still attend the conference as a daily attendee.
Travel Expenses: The VAWT program does not cover any travel, meal, or hotel incidental expenses. All travel expenses for early arrival/late departure, meals, movies, room service, fuel, airfare, etc. are the sole responsibility of the conference attendee.
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