OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offer an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues. You can read about the experts in Guest Host Biographies. Check the following list for the topics that interest you and mark the dates for the upcoming session. For more information, questions, comments, or to suggest a topic, send an e-mail to OVCproviderforum@ncjrs.gov.
April 2014–Scheduled for 04/23/2014
Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners
Join David Corwin, M.D., Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah and President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and James Henry, MSW, Ph.D., Cofounder and Project Director for the Western Michigan University (WMU) Children's Trauma Assessment Center, for the live discussion.
Model Standards for Serving Victims and Survivors of Crime
Join Dana DeHart, research faculty member of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work, and Angela McCown, Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division, for the live discussion.
April 2014–Scheduled for 04/15/2014
CACs and SARTs Partnering for Sexual Violence Victims
Join Chris Newlin, M.S., L.P.C., Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), and Sally Laskey, Director of Special Projects for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, for the live discussion.
March 2014–Held on 03/26/2014
Helping Victims of Financial Fraud
Join Joshua Bailes, Esq., Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Association, and Christine Kieffer, Senior Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, for the live discussion.
March 2014–Held on 03/12/2014
Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims
Join Dr. Steve Dakai, Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tribe’s Mental Health Transformation Grant, and Lydia Watts, Esq., Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, for the live discussion.
February 2014–Held on 02/28/2014
Teen Victimization in the Digital Age
Join Parry Aftab, lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy, and Laurel Broten, public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate, for the live discussion.
February 2014–Held on 2/25/2014
Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Join Jennifer Stith, Executive Director of WINGS Foundation, Inc., and Dr. Sheri Vanino, licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with victims of trauma and sexual assault, for the live discussion.
January 2014–Held on 01/29/2014
Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan
Join Mary Atlas-Terry, Victim Justice Program Specialist (OVC), Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons (HHS), and Corey Walz, Special Assistant to the Chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, for the live discussion. Download the Strategic Action Plan and review prior to the session.
January 2014–Scheduled for 01/22/2014
Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus
Join Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center, and Connie Kirkland, MA, NCC, Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, for the live discussion.
December 2013–Held on 12/18/13
Coordinating SANEs—SARTs in Indian Country
Join Charity White, M.S.W., Kumeyaay Family Services Director, for the live discussion.
December 2013–Held on 12/04/13
Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse
Join Jeannie Beidler, Elder Advocate, and Shelly Jackson, Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, for the live discussion.
November 2013–Held on 11/20/13
Innovative Practices in Victim Assistance and Compensation
Join Laura Banks Reed, J.D., Director of the D.C. Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Program and Shontel Wright, Program Director for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, for the live discussion.
October 2013–Held on 10/30/13
Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into College and University Curricula
Join Dr. Alison Cares, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Assumption College, Dr. Mario Gaboury, Dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, Connecticut, and Dr. Linda Williams, Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, for the live discussion.
September 2013–Held on 09/27/13
Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities
Join Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, M.S.W., President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, for the live discussion.
September 2013–Held on 09/04/13
Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis
Join Ginger Bankston Bailey, Director of Community Outreach and Training at Methodist Behavioral Hospital/Methodist Family Health in Arkansas, and Lori Gerber, experienced professional in the field of crisis response and victim advocacy, for the live discussion.
July 2013–Held on 07/24/13
Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims
Join Debbie Deem, Federal Bureau of Investigation Victim Specialist, and Theresa Ronnebaum, Identity Theft Victim Services Program Specialist for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, for the live discussion.
June 2013–Held on 06/05/13
Incorporating LGBTQ Victims Needs into Mainstream Victim Services
Join Robin Parker, Executive Director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center, and Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for the live discussion.
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