2017 Interpersonal Violence Conference

Hope & Resilience:
Reducing Interpersonal Violence for Sexually & Gender Diverse Individuals

Program Description
This conference will present a broad overview of the diverse issues that impact interpersonal violence for sexual and gender diverse individuals and families. The conference will prepare professionals and advocates to work with this range of issues. Hope and resilience will be an underlying theme for all sessions, providing inspiration for expanding resources.

Program Goals
  1. 1. To catalyze discussion about issues related to sexual and gender diverse communities.
    2. To empower participants to return to their communities with expanded hope and confidence.
    3. To provide a forum for networking amongst professionals and advocates working on these issues within communities throughout Utah.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. 1. Identify 3 changes in prevailing public policies that could contribute to harm reduction of interpersonal violence as a risk factor for sexual and gender diverse individuals.
  2. 2. Identify 3 clinical interventions that can improve trauma recovery for sexual and gender diverse individuals who have been victims of interpersonal violence.
  3. 3. Identify 3 communication skills for interacting with sexual and gender diverse individuals that can foster resilience.
  4. 4. Identify 3 examples within our Utah communities that provide sources of hope that decreasing risk factors for interpersonal violence that effects sexual and gender diverse individuals is possible.

Keynote Speaker
Orchid Pusey, MA - Associate Director - San Francisco Asian Women's Shelter
Topic: Wellness & Safety: Pathways for Hope & Resilience for Queer Victims of Interpersonal Violence

Session 1:
Fostering Resilience In Response to Trauma
Moderator: TBA

The Impact of Micro-Aggressions on Sexual and Gender Diverse Individuals – Karen Tao, PhD Assistant Professor, University of Utah Department of Educational Psychology
Clinical Approaches to Help Sexual and Gender Diverse Victims of Sexual Trauma - Jim Struve, LCSW - Private Practice
Exploitation & Vulnerability of Transgender Individuals in Intimate Relationships - Candice Metzler, MS - Ph.D. Candidate in Social Work; President of TEA-Utah

Session 2:
Signposts For A Resilient Future
Moderator: David Matheson, CMHC – Reconciliation and Growth Project

Well-being of Mid-Life and Older People Who Are Sexual and Gender Diverse - Charlie Hoy-Ellis, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, University of Utah -College of Social Work
Extending Support Within Religiously Conservative Communities - Scott MackIntosh, parent of gay son, mormonandgay.org
Overcoming Homelessness & Interpersonal Violence for Sexual & Gender Diverse Youth - Selina Gorst, Community Activist

Coalition Partners








Limited number of reduced fee registrations available upon request.
Contact Jim Struve:
Email or call 385-355-0965

Date: Friday, June 2
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Palmer Court
The Road Home
999 S. Main Street, SLC

Deadline to register is May 30, 2017
Space is limited and no conference
day walk-ins will be accepted.

This Conference is made possible by a grant from the Domestic Violence Program, Division of Child and Family Services, Utah Department of Human Services


8:30 – 8:40 am Welcome & Overview
Jim Struve – Coordinator, LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah

8:40 – 9:55 am Keynote Speaker
Orchid Pusey, MA - Associate Director,
San Francisco Asian Women's Shelter

9:55 – 10:10 am Break

10:10 – 11:25 am Panel Session 1
Fostering Resilience in Response to Trauma
11:25 – 11:35 am Stretch/Panel Transition

11:35 – 12:50 pm Panel Session 2
Signposts for a Resilient Future

12:50 – 1:00 pm Closing

Applications submitted for 4 hours of ceu's from the following:
-Utah NASW
-Utah Psychological Association
-Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

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