Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence
The American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office (VPO) received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime to develop the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence initiative, a national training program to increase victim service providers’ capacity to serve children and adolescents exposed to violence.
The EP Program’s objective is to increase mental health providers’ awareness and knowledge of the impact of victimization and trauma on children and adolescents and to help develop their skills for providing effective trauma-focused, family-centered, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based assessments and treatments.
By assembling the most effective and widely used trauma-focused, evidence-based assessments and treatments for use with victimized children and adolescents, the EP Program helps to reduce the burdens on busy mental health practitioners by offering them a simplified training package aimed to help them become more effective in building resilience and facilitating recovery. Our training provides mental health professionals across the service spectrum with the best available science on violence, victimization, and trauma’s impact on children and adolescents; practical strategies for selecting effective trauma-focused assessments and treatments; and user-friendly resources for accessing technical assistance and in-depth training on evidence-based treatment programs.
In conjunction with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), Childhelp and the Office of Continuing Education in Psychology, VPO will offer nationwide training and APA-approved CE credits via in-person workshops, an online classroom and a training DVD.
Trauma-Focused Workshop at the 2012 APA Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
** 7 APA-approved CE Credits **
Increasing the Effectiveness of Providers for Child Victims of Violence and Trauma
A Continuing Education Workshop
Location: APA Annual Convention 2012 Hilton Orlando Hotel (6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819)
Date: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
Time: 8 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
CE Credits: 7
(Early Bird enrollment fee ends June 30, 2012.)
This intermediate workshop presents an overview of six effective, empirically supported trauma assessment measures and five evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment models (EBTs) for busy mental health professionals’ use with victimized children and adolescents. It provides participants with a review of the risk factors and consequences of children’s exposure to violence; the role of diversity and culture on victimization; strategies for selecting effective trauma assessment tools and EBTs; a family-centered, culturally-sensitive, collaborative treatment approach; strategies for clinicians’ self-care; and resources for accessing in-depth training and technical assistance on EBTs for child victims of violence and trauma.
Who Should Attend?
Participants will include psychologists and allied mental health professionals who provide services to children and adolescents exposed to violence and trauma.
Michael de Arellano, PhD
Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. de Arellano is a professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 with a degree in clinical psychology, and he completed an NIMH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in violence and traumatic stress research at the NCVC. De Arellano's clinical work and research focus on developing and evaluating treatment services for child victims of traumatic events from traditionally underserved population groups (e.g., rural, economically disadvantaged, Latino, African-American). He is the director and founder of the NCVC Hispanic Outreach Program — Esperanza (HOPE) and the Community Outreach Program — Esperanza (COPE) clinics, which provide community-based clinical services, advocacy and intensive case management to underserved children and families who have been victimized by crime or other traumatic events. His research and clinical work also have focused on evaluating and adapting evidence-based interventions for use with Latino child victims of traumatic events.
Anthony Mannarino, PhD
Director of the Allegheny General Hospital Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Michael de Arellano, PhD
Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC
Clinical Supervisor and Trauma Specialist
Child Trauma Center, Family & Children’s Services
American Psychological Association
Founded in 1892, the American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's worldwide membership is nearly 160,000 researchers, practitioners, educators and consultants in business and industry.
For nearly half a century, psychologists have been at the forefront of research on aggression, violence, child development, and the relationship between psychological and social factors and behavior change. The Association has undertaken a number of projects designed to support research in the area of violence prevention and to bring what is learned in this research to a broad audience. These projects include books, monographs, special editions of scholarly journals, public information materials and developing and evaluating training programs on such issues as family violence, youth violence, violence against women and violence in the workplace.
Violence Prevention Office
Who We Are
This area of Public Interest Directorate is responsible for disseminating research-based knowledge and information on violence and injury prevention. It is the coordination point for the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence and ACT Parents Raising Safe Kids programs. We also work to integrate different approaches on violence in the family.
What We Do
We train and provide technical assistance and materials to professionals and community-based organizations to implement our programs. In addition, we develop publications and provide information and resources to professionals, policymakers and the general public on violence prevention issues.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) & Childhelp
APA has partnered with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and Childhelp to capitalize on their experience and capacity to reach out to thousands of professionals who are experts on children and youth victimized by violence, and to ensure that it meets the needs of victim service providers.
NCVC is the nation’s leading agency providing resources and advocacy for victims of violence and those who provide services to them.
Childhelp is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of violence and abuse; its focus is on treatment, prevention and community outreach.
NCVC and Childhelp are involved with the development and implementation of the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence national training plan, training curriculum, and training materials. In addition, they are collaborating with APA’s Violence Prevention Office to organize in-person workshops in communities nationwide. Their missions, longstanding experience working on behalf of victims and service providers, and commitment to partnerships that allow them to reach more victims and providers make them APA’s natural partners for this program.
Office of Continuing Education in Psychology
The Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) offers a wide range of continuing professional education opportunities for psychologists. This office works with the Continuing Education Committee (CEC) which is responsible for overseeing the review and approval of CE Workshops and sessions at the annual convention. In addition, the CEP Office develops a variety of Independent Study programs, offers in-house workshops, and co-sponsors a range of other workshops, seminars and conferences for CE credit.