REACH Conference Topics

Sex Trafficking: It's Happening in a Neighborhood Near You

This workshop will address issues on sex trafficking, what to watch for, and how to report it.

Utilizing Social Psychological Principles to Treat Traumatized Teens and Adults

This presentation will discuss very powerful, therapeutic methods of that resonate with clients’ inner sense of self and have led to significant progress in treatment by utilizing social psychological research and techniques.

ChildFirst

This presentation will describe the ChildFirst training program within the state of Pennsylvania which is associated with the National Child Protection Training Center in Winona, Minnesota.

Assessment of Violence Across the Lifespan: Experiential Practice with Case of Elder Abuse

This presentation will describe strategies for assessing violence exposure across the lifespan, the impact of gender roles on victimization and perpetration of violence, and the impact of violence on development.

Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and Neglect

Successful prosecution of child abuse requires different approaches than are typically used in response to other forms of crime.

Unto a Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse in Three Generations

In this moving, hopeful address, participants will learn the five obstacles that prevent us from ending child abuse and will learn of sweeping changes now taking place in our child protection system that will enable us to significantly reduce and perhaps eliminate child abuse over the course of the next three generations.

The Project to End Human Trafficking

Human trafficking can take many shapes, but in essence it is the modern form of human slavery. Come learn how human trafficking operates in the modern world, and how you can be part of the solution.

A Monster in the Closet: Understanding Child Sexual Abuse

Child abuse is not uncommon but often misdiagnosed despite physical findings; child sexual abuse is far more insidious and often reported long after the abuse occurred.

Prosecuted, But Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children

Many custody/parenting time cases include allegations of “parental alienation” or “parental alienation syndrome” (PAS), a term coined by Richard Gardner, M.D. that is unsubstantiated in the research literature (Fink, 2010). This discredited and debunked “syndrome” by the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations, continues to be used to remove children from custody/parenting time with their protective parent (primarily mothers).

Hidden Faces of Abuse in Older Populations: The Aging Networks Response

This presentation will discuss the plight of a vast number of persons growing older and/or with disabilities who are abused, neglected and/or exploited.

Preliminary Findings on Protective Factors in Families after Prevention and Diversion Child Welfare Services

This presentation will describe the planning, implementation, and outcomes data from Lehigh County’s use of the Protective Factors Survey as a measure of the effectiveness of its community-based prevention and diversion services within its child welfare system.

Panel Discussion: Adverse Childhood Events and Health

This panel presentation will discuss the adverse childhood events and how they can effect college students health.

Findings from Project DATE: Implications for the Treatment and Prevention of Teen Dating Violence

This presentation will cover the risk factors and protective factors that research indicates are associated with teen dating violence among at-risk youth using the findings from Project DATE.

Training for School-Based Staff on Identifying and Preventing Peer Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Violence in Schools

This presentation will cover the statistics on the prevalence and extent of peer sexual harassment, teen dating violence, and sexual violence among adolescents.

What's the Law Got to Do with It?: Talking and Teaching about Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Gender Violence in K-12 Schools

Sexual harassment and gender violence in schools is often hidden by the use of other terms. “Bullying,” a popular and more palatable term is frequently used to describe these sexually harassing, sexually violent incidents.

Leadership and School Violence Prevention

America’s schools are safe places however the unfortunate reality is that schools face crises and acts of violence.

Lived Experiences of Trauma and the Real-world Impact of Violence Targeting Women, People with Disabilities, and the LGBTQI Community at Post-Secondary Institutions

Violence targeting women, people with disabilities and LGBTQ communities is common at universities.

Invisible Damage: The Victimization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children, Youth, and Adults

This presentation will describe the status of the LGBT population in the maltreatment literature, and suggest factors leading to their invisibility.

Stalking: An Overlooked Form of Sexual Violence

Stalking is one of the most overlooked forms of sexual violence, yet it is estimated that 6.6 million people in the United States are stalked in a year.

Slut Bashing and Other Forms of Sexual Harassment

In this presentation McHugh examines the research documenting the extent and the impact of slut bashing as a particular form of sexual harassment of girls in school.

Healing Trauma Through Somatic Experiencing and Gestalt Intervention Strategies

Disclosure of trauma (sexual, physical & emotional abuse; family violence; parental or sibling death, accidents) has challenged mental health and addiction professionals.

Creating Safe Places for LGBTQIA Students and Co-workers

This workshop will address current terminology, pronoun usage, as well as distinctions between sexual orientation and gender identity.

Creating a Prevention Model to Increase Help Seeking Behaviors in College Women that have Experienced Sexual Violence

Over the past decade the Haven Project has gathered data to learn why college female students chose to seek help when they experience sexual violence.

A Training Model for Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Victimization and Title IX Compliance

This presentation will introduce key concepts used in training relating to sexual victimization on a college campus for faculty, staff and student leaders

Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders

This clinical workshop will include information about the laws in our country and Pennsylvania, including registering and how this impacts both society and the offenders.

Three Potential Solutions to Veterans Suicide

This presentation will cover statistics associated both with the epidemic of veteran suicide in our country as well as past unsuccessful prevention approaches.

Community Rape Prevention and Reduction: What Can We All Do?

In response to an increasing concern about the negative effects of sexual violence, and as the result of increased psychological research focused on causes of violence, multiple community based psycho-educational programs have been developed to prevent or reduce rape.

PTSD and Gender Differences in a Military Population

This presentation examines the literature and research surrounding gender differences associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a military population.

Targeting Alcohol Misuse: A Promising Strategy for Reducing Military Sexual Assaults

This presentation will review the relationship that alcohol plays in sexual assault in both civilian and military samples.

Serial Rapists on Campuses and in the Military

This presentation will discuss empirical evidence based on a longitudinal trajectory analysis that undermines the assumption of serial predators. The studies that support the notion of serial rapists will be critiqued.

Physical and Psychological Health Following Military Sexual Assault

This presentation will review the epidemiology of sexual victimization among civilians and within the military service.

Military Sexual Assault: Acknowledging the Past to Forge the Future

During this presentation, Lt. Col Papakie will share her personal journey of “acknowledging the past and forging the future.”

Cultural Barriers and Kuwait: Interplay Between Arab Cultural Variables and the Dynamics of Violence Against Women and Children

This presentation will cover the interplay between Arab cultural variables and the dynamics of violence against women and children as a center stage topic, yet the literature and research are lacking in this domain.

Supporting Student Veterans and Mitigating Traumatic Experience on College Campuses

This panel discussion will first provide an overview of the services and processes that universities put in place for detecting, engaging, and alleviating trauma-induced distress in student veterans.

Panel Discussion: Issues of Diversity in Military Trauma

Issues of diversity in military trauma will be discussed during this panel presentation.

Trauma-Informed Violence Prevention in Community Mental Health Care

Trauma-related violence is a single most frequent, predictable and preventable type of violent behavior seen in the mental health care setting.

Boundary Fluidity: The Slippery Slope Between Sexual Health & Sexual Violence

Perceptions and realities of sexual violence in the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their understanding of social sexual nuances, behavior, etiquette and violence will be explored.

Treating Sex Abuse and Trauma Identity in Substance Abuse Recovery

This workshop defines identity, explores trauma identity and links the implications of living out of a trauma identity to the development of addictions.

Internet Safety Education

The publicity about online "predators" who prey on naïve children using trickery and violence is largely inaccurate.

Enhancing Batterer Programs with Risk Management and Community Coordinated Response: Opportunities and Issues

The research in the criminal justice field, and particularly community corrections, points to some supplemental components to batterer programs in order to improve outcomes.

Violence, Crime and Abuse in the Lives of Children: Developmental Victimology as an Integrative Concept

This presentation will describe the broad range of crimes and victimizations children suffer from and discuss some of the reasons for this vulnerability.

The Nature and Effectiveness of Programs for Domestic Violence Offenders: Controversies Over Evidence-Based Practice

In recent years, the development of counseling and educational programs for men arrested for domestic violence (i.e., batterer intervention programs) has faced much controversy over the most appropriate and effective program approach.

Supervision of Interventions with Trauma Victims

Intervention with victims of trauma has many features in common with best intervention practices. However, intervention with persons who have been traumatized may present unusual challenges to the practitioner.

Does Research Support Public Perceptions of the Battered Woman?

This presentation will first outline the common perceptions of the battered woman, and then describe some of the research done on intimate partner violence.

We All Have a Role in Responding to Child Abuse: What is the Children's Advocacy Center Role and What is Your Role?

Children's Advocacy Centers provide assistance to a multidisciplinary investigative team during the investigation and intervention of child abuse.

Coping with Family Trauma: A Therapeutic Process Group Treatment for College Students

College students often seek services for trauma inflicted by families, including physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and parental substance abuse and/or mental illness.

Ethical Issues Unique to Victims of Trauma

Intervention with victims of trauma has many features in common with best intervention practices.