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APSAC's 23rd Annual Colloquium – Call for abstracts and save the date

Monday, September 15, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sponsoring Agency: 
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

APSAC's 23rd Annual Colloquium – Call for abstracts and save the date
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Saturday, July 25, 2015
Boston, MA
Sponsoring Agency:
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is now accepting submissions for its 23rd Annual Colloquium, July 22-25, 2015, at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts. APSAC is soliciting abstracts for training, research and poster presentations.  You do not need to be a member to submit your program abstract.
Join us at one of the field’s premier forums for child abuse professionals to offer training presentations and report new research findings concerning legal, medical, mental health, investigative, preventive, and protective services work with abused and neglected children, their families, and perpetrators of abuse. Presentations are encouraged on all aspects of child maltreatment, including cultural diversity.
Abstracts can be submitted online at

The deadline to submit is October 22, 2014.


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PTSD as a Shame Disorder

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CDT
Sponsoring Agency: 
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

PTSD was initially classified as an anxiety disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-III, 1980; DSM-IV, 1994). This designation led to a productive investigation of the neurobiology of fear. Pathological neuroses have been demonstrated in PTSD, and effective treatments have been developed aimed at reducing symptoms of pathologic fear. However, this fails to capture an essential characteristic of those traumas that are of human design, especially those that are repeated over an extended period of time. In these cases, where a relationship of dominance and subordination is established, feelings of humiliation, degradation, and shame are central to the victim’s experience. The result can be viewed as both as an anxiety disorder and a shame disorder. This webinar will explore the central role of shame in complex trauma.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify adaptive developmental and social functions of shame.
2. Discuss maladaptive forms of shame in complex trauma.
3. Apply effective therapeutic approaches to shame in trauma survivor

Trauma-Informed Care: Change the Culture to Change the Outcome

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Washington, DC
Sponsoring Agency: 
National Center on Family Homelessness: National Collaborative of Homeless Children & Trauma

Traumatic stress from such events as child abuse, homelessness or interpersonal violence can have life-long damaging effects on health, learning and social-development if it goes unaddressed. Advances in awareness and knowledge of the prevalence and impact of traumatic stress have led to a call to action by federal agencies, researchers and service providers to implement “trauma-informed care” across service systems. The growing consensus is that this approach can benefit children and youth, families and individuals, and civilians and veterans.

What is trauma-informed care? How is it different from trauma-specific services? How does it change the culture of organizations and service systems? What is needed to implement it? And, most important, what is its impact?  

The American Institutes for Research is hosting a luncheon discussion to explore these questions. You are invited to join an expert panel for an interactive dialogue on how to bring trauma-informed care to scale across service systems.

Carmela J. DeCandia
AIR’s Health and Social Development Program, Homeless and Trauma Practice Area
Director, The National Center on Family Homelessness


Larke N. Huang, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA
Cheryl Sharp, Senior Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
Bonnie Stone, President and CEO, Women in Need

Jane Stevens, Editor, Aces Too High News

PCIT Basic Training

Monday, October 20, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014
Oklahoma City
Sponsoring Agency: 
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, FIRST Program

The first 5-day workshop covers the basics of PCIT, coaching strategies, and implementing the first phase of treatment, the Child Directed Interaction (CDI). The 2-day workshop reviews CDI and coaching, but focuses more heavily on the second phase of treatment, the Parent Directed Interaction (PDI). Workshop size is limited to 12 participants.

After the 5-day workshop and continuing for 12 months (or until 1st case is completed and monthly until 2nd case is completed), all participants have weekly phone consultation calls with a PCIT trainer and up to 7 other trainees. In these phone calls, trainees track progress of cases and are able to ask questions, get feedback on the PCIT cases they are seeing, discuss adaptations of PCIT, and learn from the experiences of other trainees.

Cost: $4,300

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Physical Abuse: Empowering Families to Stop the Cycle of Violence with Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Thursday, October 23, 2014
Stratford, NJ
Sponsoring Agency: 
NJ - CARES Institute at Rowan University

Training Outline/Agenda:

• Development, Description, & Overview Research to CPC-CBT
• Importance of Assessment: Useful Measures for CPA Populations
• Overcoming Barriers to Implementation

Clinical Skills:

  • Engagement/Motivational Interviewing: Empirically-Validated
  • Engagement Strategies
  • Disclosure of Parent-Child Interactions
  • Engagement/Consequence Review/Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychoeducation for Parents and Children
  • Effective Coping Skills for Parents & Children
  • Positive Parenting Skills
  • Coaching of Parent-Child Interactions
  • Family Safety Planning
  • Development & Refinement of Child’s Trauma Narrative and Parent’s Abuse Clarification Letter
  • Joint Clarification Process

Melissa Runyon, Ph.D. is Treatment Services Director of the CARES (Child Abuse Research Education and Service) Institute and a professor of psychiatry at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Dr. Runyon and her colleagues at CARES have received research and/or service grant funding from the NIMH, SAMHSA, and private foundations to support their research, training and service efforts. Dr. Runyon is a developer and trainer in CPC-CBT.

Alissa Glickman Ph.D. is a Psychologist and Clinician at the CARES Institute at RowanSOM. Dr. Glickman who is a CPC-CBT trainer served as a therapist on the first NIMH-Funded trial evaluating CPC-CBT, and assisted in developing the CPC-CBT training curriculum.

Stephanie Cruthirds, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinician at the CARES Institute at RowanSOM. Ms. Cruthirds completed CPC-CBT Training in the Gulf Coast region where she had more than ten years of clinical experience working with children and families before joining the CPC-CBT clinical and training teams at CARES.

Aimee Sirois, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinician at the CARES Institute at RowanSOM. Ms. Sirois has more than ten years of clinical experience working with children and families.

Cost: 450

(856) 566-7036

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014
Torrance Marriott (near Los Angeles, CA)
Sponsoring Agency: 
University of Southern California Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC)

We are pleased to announce a two-day conference on INTEGRATIVE TREATMENT OF COMPLEX TRAUMA FOR ADOLESCENTS (ITCT-A) being hosted by the University of Southern California Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC) at the Torrance Marriott (near Los Angeles, CA) OCTOBER 23-24, 2014.
Please note these important points:
•        Tracks will be offered for both beginning and experienced clinicians.
•        We have limited space available, so you should submit your application early.
•        There is no cost to attend the conference, but you must complete the application and be approved to attend.
•        Conference attendance includes a complimentary hotel room for 2 nights at the Torrance Marriott.  Rooms will be provided at no cost to approved participants who live more than 50 miles from the conference hotel.
•        Approved applicants will be provided a link for hotel registration.  If you fail to attend the entire conference, you will be charged the hotel’s standard rate for your use of the room.
•        Transportation, meals, and other incidentals are the responsibility of the participants.
•       Please do NOT book flights until after your application has been approved.              
If you would like to attend, go to:  Upcoming Conference in LA  and complete the on-line application. 
ITCT-A is an evidence-based, multi-modal therapy that integrates treatment principles from the complex trauma literature, attachment theory, the self-trauma model, affect regulation skills development, and components of cognitive behavioral therapy.  It involves structured protocols and interventions that are customized to the specific issues of each client, since complex posttraumatic outcomes are notable for their variability across different individuals and different environments.
The University of Southern California Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA) grant number #1U79SM061262-01 as a Category II center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit us on the web at or email the conference coordinator, Karianne Chen, at 

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