The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) are co-hosting a National Conference on Confronting Family and Community Violence from May 1-3 , 2014 in Washington, DC.
Confronting Family and Community Violence
APA and ABA are joining together to co-sponsor this continuing education national conference, addressing the broad range of issues related to the exposure of children, youth and families to violence in and around the home, community and society. The conference will:
- Present more than 40 plenary and invited sessions addressing prevention and intervention.
- Focus on violence across individual, family, community and social contexts.
- Have broad appeal to psychologists, attorneys, judges, legal scholars, behavioral and social science scholars, social workers, and other professionals in legal, mental health, social service and education fields.
- Offer continuing education credits to both psychologists and attorneys (CE and CLE).
- Close with a networking session, to give participants an opportunity to exchange information and views about critical issues and promote strategies for addressing violence.
The conference builds on recent national efforts to address the effects of violence on children, youth and families, including Attorney General Eric Holder’s Defending Childhood initiative. Attorney General Holder is the invited keynote speaker.
Provide professional education and training on the issue of family and community violence.
- Increase awareness of the scope of the problem of family and community violence.
- Improve legal and psychological practitioners’ ability to identify and assess children and families experiencing violence.
- Improve legal and psychological practitioners’ ability to include the impact of violence in their consideration of clients’ needs.
- Improve legal and psychological practitioners’ ability to provide evidence-based treatment and trauma-informed services within the scope of their professional expertise.
Share information and explore coordinated approaches to addressing family and community violence.
- Disseminate cutting-edge, evidence-based perspectives from law and psychology in preventing and treating family and community violence.
- Explore the range of approaches developed in each field to consider potential collaborations and cross-field support in providing programs and services to prevent and ameliorate violence.
Strengthen understanding of practice principles, guidelines, and standards for addressing family and community violence across fields.
- Explore similarities and differences in legal and psychological principles, guidelines, and standards for addressing violence.
- Explore models for integrated/collaborative planning and response to family and community violence.
- Consider approaches for addressing cultural differences that impact both responses to violence and responses to efforts to prevent or ameliorate violence.