Bonach Invited Speaker at International Summit and Training on Violence and Trauma Across the Lifespan

Posted on 9/2/2015 10:08:22 AM

Kathryn Bonach was an invited speaker at the 20th International Summit and Training on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Across the Lifespan, August 23–26, 2015, in San Diego, California.

The summit is a unique forum for people of all disciplines and philosophies to gather for in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention, and research.

Bonach presented her original research on “Secondary Trauma Among Forensic Interviewers of Child Maltreatment” and her research with co-investigator Dana Hysock Witham of the IUP Sociology Department on “Supporting Victims, Families, and Communities: Factors that Impact Collaboration between Children’s Advocacy centers and Rape Crisis Centers.”

A peer-reviewed session, “Starting an Advocacy Studies Program at your Institution: Best Practices,” was also presented by Bonach along with copresenters Pearl Berman of the IUP Psychology Department and Amy Russell, MSED, JD, NCC, executive director for the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center.

The vision of those involved in the summit is to make a significant, positive impact on eliminating all forms of abuse everywhere. Attendees are from around the globe and come together for an appreciation of multi-ethnic and multicultural perspectives. This year, 17 countries were represented, including the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Nigeria, Uganda, Guam, Ghana, and the U.K.

Bonach is a professor of sociology and currently serves as the dean’s associate for Administration for the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research.