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What to Expect

Our 2021 conference will be virtual, welcoming 3 keynote speakers, 22 workshops, identity-based affinity groups, and more. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing a link. This link, only released to those who have registered, leads to a menu of Zoom links, where the conference events will take place.

About

2021 marks our 9th year hosting this annual conference, inviting partners from all over the state to convene, network, and share ideas and best practices. There will be 20.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available from the National Association of Social Workers! We are also awaiting approval on 12 units of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and will update this page when received.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works with survivors of sexual violence or in the prevention field is encouraged to attend. This includes victim advocates, prevention educators, outreach staff, mental health professionals, campus professionals, medical providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, military command and advocacy, offender treatment professionals, school counselors, and other related roles.

Conference Theme

Restoring Our Roots: Cultivating Community. Fostering Innovation. Nourishing Relationships.

Restoring our roots takes time. Any arborist would agree. Last year was a testament to the gradual, continual process of restoration. We did some digging, tested the soil, planted some seeds, and did some necessary pruning. We need these trees to be free of the weeds that have hindered their growth for years. To be restored in the roots of accountability, restorative and transformative justice, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in order for it to bloom!

Last year, we all had to quickly change course to respond to a global crisis unseen in 100 years. Our colleague, Olivia Montgomery, and her partner in leadership, Timiza Wash, strategized together ways to stay connected during this time of a virtual world. From there blossomed our Cultivating Conversations in Crisis series, which still continues today. This year, we are dedicating ourselves to continuing that cultivation beyond the pandemic and into our work.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as by the Rape Crisis Funding awarded by the Ohio Governor’s office, administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services or of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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