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
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.”
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.