Victims’ Rights Conference

Crime Victim Center is hosting our 2018 “Crime Victims’ Rights Conference: EXPAND THE CIRCLE – REACH ALL VICTIMS” on Friday, April 27th, from 9am to 4:15pm, at the Avalon Hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania. This conference will host a range of amazing speakers in three breakout sessions, in addition to a speaking program during lunch. Continuing Education credits for Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors are available.

The cost of the conference is $90 for professionals, $45 for students, which includes breakfast, lunch, and Continuing Education as applicable. Please print and complete the offiline registration form below and return it, along with payment, to: Crime Victim Center, Attn: Amy Blackman, 125 West 18th St, Erie, PA 16501. Make checks payable to Crime Victim Center. You may email completed registration for to amyb@cvcerie.org and make your payment below.

Please note: Registration is not complete until we receive your payment.

Click the link below to print your registration form

Offline registration form 2018


Professionals $90


Student $45

Workshop details

(select links for workshop summaries)

9:00-9:30 Morning Plenary Session: Crime Victims’ Rights Week

9:45-11:15 Morning Breakout Session

  • “Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercise (TRE),” presented by Kevin Berceli, LPC, Counterpoise Solutions, LLC **This is an experiential workshop. Participants must provide consent to participate, should wear clothing that allows for movement, and bring a yoga mat or towel for lying on the ground.** workshop summary: Tension-Trauma Releasing
  • “Flight. Fight. Freeze. Exploring the Common Response to Fear and Trauma Observed in Humans and Horses,” presented by Danielle Clark, MA, Stephanie Sawtelle, Kimberly Danylko, and Betty Rositer, MA, Hope on Horseback Workshop Summary: Flight. Fight. Freeze..docx Saturday event details: Flight. Fight. Freeze-Saturday Event

11:30-12:30 Lunch & Keynote Speaker: “Human Trafficking,” Carol Finotti, Crime Victim Center, and founding member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

12:45-2:15 Afternoon Breakout Session 1

  • “Trauma and Addiction,” presented by Ann Ludwig, MA, Gaudenzia Erie House of Healing; and Miriam
    Brisley, MA, Crime Victim Center Workshop Summary: Trauma & Addiction
  • “Going to the Next Level: Supervising Clinicians and Providers Exposed to Vicarious Trauma,”
    presented by Angela Chambers, LPC, TF-CBT Therapist, and Tara Durkin ,LCSW, TF-CBT
    Therapist, Family Services of NW PA Workshop Summary: Going to the Next Level.docx
  • “LGBTQ Seniors: Understanding the Physical, Mental, Social, and Cultural Struggles of the Aging LGBTQ Community,” presented by Rachel Lohr, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality Workshop Summary: LGBTQ Seniors

2:30-4:00 Afternoon Breakout Session 2

  • “Medicine’s Role in Caring for Victims of Violence,” presented by Dr. Karin Wickwire, DNP, AG-ACNP,
    SANE-A, UPMC Hamot Forensics Workshop Summary: Medicine’s Role
  • “Sex Offender Grooming Methods for Child Sexual Abuse,” presented by Dr. Molly Wolf, LMSW, PhD, Edinboro University; and Tracy Leet, LCSW, Parkside Psychological Associates **The subject
    matter of this presentation may be disturbing or triggering to some participants. Please see the workshop summaries for a more detailed description.** Workshop Summary: Sex Offender Grooming
  • “Unpacking the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): Identification, Investigation, and Resource
    Allocation to Vulnerable Inmate Populations,” presented by Brenda Atkin, Pennsylvania
    Department of Corrections; and Dr. Maria Garase, PhD, Mercyhurst University Workshop Summary: Unpacking PREA