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The Interplay of Domestic Violence, Mental Illness, & Substance Abuse Symposium – SOLD OUT

September 29, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm



Join the YWCA Kalamazoo and our partners, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Southwest Behavioral Health, and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services – Kalamazoo Office to learn more about the intersection of domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and the systems and interventions that connect them. The overall goal of the symposium is to increase participant understanding regarding the consequences of domestic violence trauma, and to improve their skills in effectively responding to patients and clients who have experienced trauma.

During the symposium, participants will learn how to:

  1. Identify the physical, mental and addiction problems that results from domestic violence trauma
  2. Describe the systematic barriers victims of trauma face, and the consequences of those barriers
  3. Explain how to identify victims of trauma within the various systems they cross (health, social, legal)
  4. Illustrate how to speak with patients and clients about domestic violence (ask questions, provide information and respond to disclosures)
  5. Demonstrate how to safety plan with patients and clients who have experienced domestic violence trauma
  6. Describe how to make referrals to community resources that can further assist patients and clients who have experienced domestic violence trauma
  7. Explain mandated reporting and considerations in filing CPS or police reports

Meet our speakers:

  • David Mandel, MA, LPC, is an international trainer and consultant who focuses on improving systems’ responses to domestic violence when children are involved. David developed the the Safe and Together (TM) model to improve case practice and cross system collaboration in domestic violence cases involving children. He has also identified how a perpetrator pattern-based approach can improve our ability to help families and promote the development of domestic violence-informed child welfare systems.
  • Catherine Cerulli, PhD, JD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Cerulli is the Director of Susan B. Anthony Center and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. Dr. Cerulli received the Excellence in Public Service award from the SUNY Albany Alumni Association in 2014 and the National Institute of Mental Health New Investigator Award in 2005. She has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence and child abuse for over three decades, as a researcher, an advocate, an educator and a public policy expert. Dr. Cerulli currently has funding from the Center for Disease Control to work with a national IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. She recently received a PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) award to establish a legal clinic within a hospital setting. She is a founding Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children.
  • Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, is a social worker and health services researcher, with expertise in understanding and addressing health and social service needs related to experience of intimate partner violence (IPV). She has conducted multiple studies related to IPV among women veterans and her work has informed the development of clinical practices and policies in VA medical centers. In addition to her research work, she collaborated with the Philadelphia VA Women Veterans Program Manager to secure and direct a clinical grant from VA Women’s Health Services to provide an IPV education, screening, and services program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. As a member of the national VA IPV Assistance Program Steering Committee, she works with the national IPV Program Manager, the National Director of Social Work, and the Chief Consultant for Care Management and Social Work Services, to develop and implement national policy for assessing and responding to IPV within VHA. She has been the principal investigator on multiple research projects, has authored over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented research findings at numerous academic and professional conferences across the country.
  • Catherine Kothari, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, and Director of Community Research Section within the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Biomedical Services. She has conducted multiple research studies, published in peer reviewed journals, on the social determinants of health, health service delivery and the intersection of trauma, mental health and service utilization. She has been the primary investigator of prospective, longitudinal studies of women at-risk for perinatal depression, of qualitative semistructured interview studies of domestic violence victims, and of largescale multidisciplinary secondary analyses of infant mortality and racial disparities. In addition to traditional quantitative and qualitative research methods, she has conducted geospatial analysis for mapping and multi-level analyses of health outcomes. Finally, she is co-lead in a communitywide infant mortality initiative, coordinates the local Fetal Infant Mortality Review and participates in several local, state and national collaboratives regarding domestic violence, behavioral health, infant mortality and public health prevention services.


September 29, 2016
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sherry Brockway
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Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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