Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by violence and the aftermath of violence each year. Annually, 1.5 million women are raped or physically assaulted by an intimate partner, and nearly 900,000 children experience or are at risk for child abuse or neglect.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's Second Annual Behavioral Health Education Conference will challenge educators, counselors, social workers and others about professional and social assumptions regarding the psychology and impact of violence. The conference is scheduled on New Mexico Violence Awareness Day, Saturday, September 6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE.

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, renowned professor, researcher and clinician at Johns Hopkins University in the field of domestic violence, will be the featured keynote speaker. New Mexico First Lady Barbara Richardson will be an honored guest.

"This conference absolutely will challenge and develop behavioral health professionals' skills, offering direct experience and insight from hospital, law enforcement and clinical experts," asserts conference organizer Anne Mitchell.

Following Campbell's keynote address are concurrent afternoon sessions that include:

  • The Soprano Syndrome: Violence and Its Impact on the Family, presented by Bart Leuser, MSSA, LISW, operations manager, RTC, UNM Children's Psychiatric Center.
  • Shedding Light on the Darkside: Perspectives of Juvenile Violence, presented by Gerald Chavez. MA, PhD candidate program director for Children's RTC at Albuquerque's Memorial Psychiatric Hospital.
  • The Hunters: Perpetrators of Violence, presented by Paul Clements, PhD, RN, CS, assistant professor, UNM College of Nursing.
  • The Criminal Justice Response: Balancing Victims' and Defendants' Rights While Protecting Society, presented by Bruce Fox, JD, Juvenile Law attorney, NM Public Defender Department, Mental Health Unit.

Practical Crisis Interventions in the Face of Violence: Lessons Learned from Law Enforcement, presented by Gene Pettit, retired APD sergeant, Crisis Intervention Consultant and Trainer.

Enrollment is limited and CE certificates are available. For more information, contact Anne Mitchell, UNM-HSC Behavioral Health Education, at 505/272-9266, or amitchel@salud.unm.edu.

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