Attorney General Holder to keynote APA-ABA national conference on confronting family and community violence
Violence in homes and communities, its impact on children and families and how to confront the issue effectively are the focus of the joint APA and American Bar Association continuing education conference. “Confronting Family and Community Violence: The Intersection of Law and Psychology“ will be held May 1-3 in Washington, D.C. Keynote speaker, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will discuss recent national efforts to address the impact of violence on children and families, including his Defending Childhood initiative.
APA President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, and Past-President Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, will be among many presenters at the conference, which will open with a roundtable discussion on gun violence and will offer nearly 40 sessions addressing family and community violence prevention and intervention. Continuing education credits will be available for both psychologists and attorneys.
“Individuals attending this conference will get a strengthened understanding of practice principles, guidelines and standards for addressing family and community violence across the fields,” said Lauren G. Fasig, JD, PhD, director of APA’s Children, Youth and Families Office. “The unique format of this conference focuses expertise on violence and its implication for professional practice, from individual cases to social/cultural domains, with perspectives of prevention, responses and legal and public policy.”
APA’s Office of General Counsel has collaborated with ABA since 1995, addressing issues such as family psychology and law, psychological expertise in criminal justice, the application of the death penalty to persons with mental disabilities, the assessment of the capacity of older adults, child custody, teen dating violence and the use of scientific evidence in courts. The May event will be the sixth joint APA-ABA collaborative conference.