(3 CE credit program)
Registration 8:30am, Program 9:00am – 12:15pm.
Presenter – Dr. Nicole Johnson, a faculty member from Lehigh University College of Education and Counseling Psychology Department, will be presenting on the topic of Prevention of Gender Based Violence.
Dr. Nicole “Nicki” Johnson graduated from the University of Akron in 2015 with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. During her training she worked with survivors residing in Domestic Violence Shelters, as well as seeking treatment at Community Centers, Hospitals, and the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress. She completed her clinical internship at Gulf Coast Veterans’ Healthcare System in Biloxi, Mississippi, focusing on the treatment of survivors of Military Sexual Trauma and individuals with Gender Dysphoria. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship for the Center for Research on Women’s Empowerment focusing on the treatment of survivors of gender-based violence. Her program of research is dedicated to the exploration and implementation of prevention programming (primary, secondary, and tertiary) for gender-based violence (e.g., rape, intimate partner violence, trans* violence). She has conducted research on a wide variety of factors related to gender-based violence including: cultural norms, social support, social reactions to disclosure, addiction, risky sexual behavior, and chronic health conditions (e.g. HIV, chronic pain). She has also assisted in the implementation of two shelter-based treatment programs for women with a history of intimate partner violence, as well as created/implemented a “bystander-plus” prevention program for college students, incorporating traditional bystander rape prevention programming with feminist consciousness-raising techniques. Her professional interests include: the implementation/evaluation of culturally sensitive treatment, advocacy, outreach, feminist theory and practice (including teaching, supervision, and mentorship) and mixed method research.
A brief description of the program
The overall goal of the current program is to increase providers’ understanding and effectiveness in working with survivors of gender-based violence. Gender-based violence (GBV) will be defined and rates of particular forms of GBV (such as, intimate partner violence, rape, and violence against gender non-conforming individuals) will be discussed. Unique factors to consider when working with survivors will be reviewed, as well as an analysis of the current state of research regarding GBV and effective treatments. Judith Herman’s three-phase approach to trauma treatment will be reviewed and applied to GBV. Appropriate interventions and techniques for working with survivors will also be reviewed within the framework of Herman’s model.
- Achieve a clear conceptualization of gender-based violence
- Identify unique factors to consider when working with survivors of gender-based violence
- Gain a general understanding of the current state of research on gender-based violence
- Understand the three-level model of trauma treatment proposed by Judith Herman
- Identify appropriate interventions for working with survivors of gender-based violence