2018 WORKSHOPS

 

Block 1 Workshops- 10:45 am to 12:15 pm:

 

Bystander Intervention: How to go From Inaction to Action When You Witness Harassment

Presenter:

  • Emily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hollaback!

This training will arm you with the tools you need to respond to harassment and protect the rights of everyone.  Research shows that as little as a knowing glance can reduce trauma in the face of harassment, but the wrong response can actually increase trauma. With so many eager to step up, we need everyone to be equipped with the right information on how to be an effective bystander in the midst of violence enacted within our communities.

The First 96 Hours, What to Do and Where to Go

Presenters:

  • Amanda Burke, J.D., Deputy Bureau Chief of Special Victims Bureau, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

  • Barbara Lopez-Heffernan, NP, RN, SANE-A, Director of SAFE/SANE Program at Nassau University Medical Center

  • Janine Sadowski, LCSW, CASAC, Director Rape/Sexual Assault Services at The Safe Center

  • Luis Salazar, Detective, Special Victims Squad of the Nassau County Police Department

This presentation will provide an overview of the multidisciplinary response to sexual assault in Nassau County through the scope of medical, mental health, advocacy, and law enforcement lenses.  Participants will learn the process that follows when a survivor of sexual assault comes forward, including critical time frames for collecting potential evidence, where to go for services, what to expect during the process, and the challenges that can arise .

 

Clinical Group Work Interventions to Build Community Among Latinx Families Affected by Child Sexual Abuse

Presenters:

  • Evelyn A. Page, LCSW, RPT, Assistant Director of Children’s Mental Health at The Safe Center

  • Thomas Neuschul, LMSW, Group Work Coordinator at The Safe Center

This workshop will demonstrate how clinicians can provide safe spaces to help Latinx families affected by sexual abuse develop needed connections and communities.  Group based expressive interventions can help this community address both the complex trauma they have experienced and reduce the isolation this population often faces.

 

Treatment of Trauma in Human Trafficking Survivors

Presenter:

  • Emily Waters LMSW, MPA, PhDc, Director of Human Trafficking Programs at The Safe Center

This presentation will provide an overview of therapeutic modalities beneficial for working with trafficking survivors, as well as red flags to be aware of during treatment.  Modalities and evidence based interventions will be explored, as well as common barriers to treatment and ways to mitigate those challenges.

Oppression 101: Understanding Power and Oppression in the #MeToo Era

Presenter:

  • Dr. Heather Parrott, Associate Professor of Sociology at LIU Post

  • Dr. Colby Valentine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at LIU Post

Over the last year, many powerful individuals have been accused of sexual misconduct and numerous women and men have come forward to say that they too have been victims of such misconduct. In this workshop, we will discuss power, privilege, and oppression. We will use these concepts to discuss the perpetuation of gendered violence in our culture, including how we may (continue to) challenge the power structure that has allowed such violence to persist. We will also discuss what can be done at the service and practitioner level to best support survivors.

 

Block 2 Workshops- 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm:

 

Trauma Across the Lifespan

Presenter:

  • Stephanie Jean, Education Coordinator at The Safe Center

Through interactive discussions, this workshop will look at the impact that abuse and violence has on the development of a child’s brain, including the potential adverse effects over the course of the lifespan.  Participants will learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and the correlation between trauma and negative health outcomes.  Preventive measures and resources that can help counteract these effects will be explored. 

 

The Hunting Ground: A Look into Campus Sexual Assault, Part 1

Presenters:

  • Marisa Mazzola, LMSW, School Rape/Sexual Assault Advocate at The Safe Center

  • Cheryl Monticciolo, Director of Compliance & Title IX Coordinator at New York Institute of Technology

  • Tom Pascale, Deputy Chief of University Police at SUNY College at Old Westbury

  • Jessica Wallace, Campus Sexual Assault Coordinator at The Safe Center

  • Katie Wigdzinski, LMSW, Rape & Sexual Assault Counselor at The Safe Center

In part 1 of this 2 part workshop, participants will view a screening of The Hunting Ground, a documentary highlighting the experiences of several campus sexual assault survivors and the injustices they encountered from academic institutions, administrators, community partners, and fellow students.

 

The Relationship between Teen Sexual Assault and Self-Harming Behaviors

Presenter:

  • Lauren McCabe, LCSW, Dating Violence Project Coordinator at The Safe Center

Teens who grow up without healthy role models and/or are exposed to family violence are more likely to experience sexual assault. Being sexually assaulted can lead to unhealthy coping skills such as self-harming behaviors (i.e. cutting, substance abuse, eating disorders, running away, and/or high risk sexual behaviors).  This workshop will address the impact of dating violence and sexual assault on teens and young adults, including high risk behaviors and harm reduction strategies.

 

Switching the Topic From Sex Offenders to Sexual Abuse

Presenter:

  • Dr. Bill O’Leary, PsyD, Forensic Therapist

Despite all of our knowledge and research to date, most experts in the field agree that there will be 500,000 babies born in the US this year that will be sexually abused before they turn 18.  Since 94% of sexual crimes against children are perpetrated by individuals unknown to law enforcement as sexual offenders, we would be remiss to not focus on prevention and earlier identification.  This workshop will explore what works and what doesn’t work in preventing child sexual abuse based on current research.

 
 

Domestic Violence and the Link to Animal Abuse

Presenters:

  • Robin Sturtz, DVM, Director of Veterinary Technology Program at LIU-Post; member of Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People

  • Susan Urban, CSW , Adjunct Professor at Manhattan CC; Consultant; co-founder Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People

  • Elaine Wolff, LMSW, Consultant; co-founder Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People

This workshop will explore “The Link”, which refers to the association between domestic violence and animal abuse. Presenters will discuss issues such as the lack of domestic violence shelters that accept animals, the emotional support needs that companion animals fulfill, and the unfortunate use of companion animals by batterers to control the abused family members will be discussed.

 

Block 3 Workshops-3:00 pm to 4:30 pm:

 

Violence in the LGBT Community

Presenter:

  • Maggie Berke, Community Educator for the LGBT Network

This workshop will provide an overview of domestic and sexual violence within the LGBT Community. To build a thorough understanding of the topic, we will discuss the similarities and differences in instances of sexual and domestic violence between heterosexual and LGBT+ relationships. This workshop will also discuss acts of violence committed against members of the LGBT+ community.

 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning – the EAGALA Model

Presenters:

  • Lisa A. Gatti, Founder/CEO of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian

  • Mandi Budah, MA, LMSW, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian

The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and how

this experiential, solution focused model can be used when working with a variety of clients.  The workshop will address a specific focus on its application to sexual and interpersonal violence.

 

Playing Nice in the Sandbox: A Collaborative Multidisciplinary Response to Child Sex Abuse

Presenter:

  • Debbie Lyons, LMFT  Director of the Nassau County Child Advocacy Center at The Safe Center

This workshop focuses on the Nassau County response to child sex abuse allegations.  It will provide background on the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model and how Nassau County has  implemented a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to best meet the needs of the families we encounter.  The workshop will guide participants through the family’s interactions with investigators, prosecutors, and service providers following an allegation of child sex abuse. 

 

Elder Abuse and Working with the Criminal Justice System

Presenter:

  • Arlene M. Markarian, J.D., Assistant District Attorney, Chief, Elder Abuse Unit 

This workshop will discuss the types of elder abuse, including signs of abuse, the profile of an abuser, and the impact of ageism.  Participants will learn suggested interviewing techniques, recommended documentation and preservation of evidence, and some safety planning tips.  Finally, this workshop will provide information on working with law enforcement and a brief discussion of what happens with a criminal case after a person has been arrested. 

 

The Hunting Ground: A Look into Campus Sexual Assault, Part 2

Presenters:

  • Marisa Mazzola, LMSW, School Rape/Sexual Assault Advocate at The Safe Center

  • Cheryl Monticciolo, Director of Compliance & Title IX Coordinator at New York Institute of Technology

  • Tom Pascale, Deputy Chief of University Police at SUNY College at Old Westbury

  • Jessica Wallace, Campus Sexual Assault Coordinator at The Safe Center

  • Katie Wigdzinski, LMSW, Rape & Sexual Assault Counselor at The Safe Center

 In part 2 of this 2 part workshop, a panel of professionals working with the campus community on varying levels will discuss barriers that campus sexual assault survivors face and what the community can do to address this issue.

 

Stop Letting Your Past Control You: With a Focus on Sexual Abuse

Presenter:

  • Dr. Bill O’Leary, PsyD, Forensic Therapist

Our early experiences can influence far into adulthood. This can be positive and/or negative depending on our experiences and how they impact us. This workshop explores the concept of taking control of our past in a way that we direct and will focus predominantly on child sexual abuse.