Inaugural REACH Conference

Reach LogoUnderstanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma: A Community Health Initiative

May 20-23, 2014, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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. Many C.E. workshops will be offered in the evenings, including ones that cover professional ethics.

Reach Registration Attendees can select from single day or full conference registration options.

  • Full Conference: $150
  • Per Day: $50
  • IUP Students: $25 per day
  • Students enrolled in PSYC 481, SOC 481, PSYC 981, or SOC 781/881: Free*

*Please contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education for registration: 724-357-2292

Sponsored by the IUP Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute (MARTI) and the IUP Center for Applied Psychology (CAP)

Presentation Schedule

Hotel Accommodations

Private suites on campus are available at the rate of $34 per night. Suite housing is an option on the registration site.

Keynote Speakers:

David Finkelhor - Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center; renowned advocate and expert on child victimization, child maltreatment, and family violence

Ed Gondolf - Former director of Research at MARTI, founding president of Domestic Abuse Counseling Center of Pittsburgh, and expert evaluator of batterer intervention program

Coreen Farris - Associate behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation, expert researcher on military sexual trauma, and program evaluator for psychological health following a military deployment

Nan Stein - Senior research scientist at Wellesley Centers for Women; director of national research projects on sexual harassment, gender violence, and bullying in schools

Victor Vieth - Director of the National Child Protection Training Center; acclaimed trainer of child-protection professionals on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions, and prevention

Conference Sub-Themes: Violence Prevention, Immediate Responses to Violence, Reducing Trauma in Victims, Special Populations: Military, School/Child, Elderly, Dating, Suicide

Call for Papers

We are inviting researchers on violence and trauma from all disciplines including: education, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, family studies, nursing and health profession, and military studies to submit research papers or posters to be included in the conference regula sessions. In particular, we are seeking research papers that provide insight to preventing, responding, and coping with trauma and violence in a variety of social contexts. Research subtopics can include, but are not limited to, school violence and bullying, sexual and dating violence, child and elder abuse, military trauma, and LGBT abuse and bullying.

Guidelines for Submission

For nursing, psychology, and education, please contact:
For sociology, criminology, and other disciplines, please contact:
For general questions, please contact: