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IUP conference to focus on violence issue

by IUP News Service on May 12, 2014 10:50 AM

The Inaugural Research, Education and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) Conference, “Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma: A Community Health Initiative,” will be held May 20 through 23 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

This cross-disciplinary conference will provide an in-depth focus on prevention, response and coping with violence and trauma in the context of families, schools, medical settings, workplaces and the military.

It is especially designed for supervisors and principals in schools.

For each of the four days of training, there will be nationally known keynote speakers as well as variety of breakout sessions focused on both research and clinical training.

Daily panels within the larger conference are organized according to sub-themes.

Evening sessions will focus on in-depth training on special topics including ethical practice in clinical work with trauma victims.

Conference proceedings can be beneficial to practitioners and researchers in social, behavioral and medical science disciplines, agencies and professions. The proceedings are open to anyone interested in the topic.

“We are invested in the perspective that knowledge and education can contribute to the reduction of violence and the alleviation of pain for victims,” said Dr. Maureen McHugh, professor of psychology at IUP.

“This conference is the inaugural event for our violence education curriculum.

“Through this conference and our violence education curriculum we hope to successfully address violence in our region.”

To register or for more information, contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education at (724) 357-2292.

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