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The Call for Proposals is Now Open for APSAC's 35th Anniversary Colloquium in New Orleans

Join APSAC in Honoring Resilience in Our Communities | The Call for Proposals is Now Open for APSAC's 35th Anniversary Colloquium in New Orleans

Submit by November 18, 2021

APSAC has held its national colloquium in New Orleans every other year for the past 15 years. Although this will be a marathon and not a sprint, we know that whether dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, or structural and systemic racism, affected communities will rebuild, recover, and demonstrate strength, courage, and resilience along the way. Join APSAC in supporting recovery and celebrating resilience next summer in New Orleans by submitting your proposals.

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APSAC is excited to announce the Call for Proposals for the 29th APSAC Colloquium to be held in New Orleans, LA, June 6-10, 2022. APSAC's 29th Colloquium will bring high-quality learning opportunities to child maltreatment researchers and practitioners across experience levels and professions. Sessions will be designated as beginning, intermediate, or advanced level content.

In honor of APSAC's 35th Anniversary, the 2022 theme is Celebrating Resilience.

Please submit your proposals, save the date and come Celebrate Resilience with APSAC in New Orleans. Deadline to submit is November 18, 2021.

Note: Abstracts should be designed for professionals in mental health, social work, medicine and nursing, law, education, law enforcement, prevention, research, advocacy, child protective services, forensic interviewing, and allied fields.

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is thinking of all the children, families, and colleagues in Louisiana and the surrounding areas impacted by Hurricane Ida. With difficult days ahead, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed the following resources to help children, families, and communities:

  • Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Hurricane (En Español)

  • After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal

  • Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (En Español)

  • Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

  • Trinka and Sam: The Rainy Windy Day—e-book for young children (En Español; In Creole)

  • College Students Coping After a Hurricane

  • Teacher Guidelines Helping Students After a Hurricane

  • Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

  • Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

  • Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

  • The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies

  • Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of Traumatic Events

  • After the Injury—website for families with injured children

  • Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children

  • Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing—for responders

  • Here for Each Other: Helping Families After a Hurricane (from Sesame Street)

  • Tips for Families on Addressing the Anniversary

Psychological First Aid The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. The PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provides a quick reminder of the core actions. PFA Handouts include:

  • Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers (En Español)

  • Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers (En Español)

  • Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children (En Español)

  • Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents (En Español)

  • Tips for Adults (En Español)

For community and mental health providers who plan to continue working with affected communities long-term, review Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR; En Español) and take the SPR Online course. Mobile Apps

  • Help Kids Cope

  • PFA Mobile

  • SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App

  • Bounce Back Now

Available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University:

  • Sustaining the Psychological Well-Being of Caregivers While Caring for Disaster Victims

  • Safety, Recovery and Hope after Disaster: Helping Communities and Families Recovery

  • Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events

Disaster Helpline SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.

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