Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma
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San Diego Summit


  1. Adult Survivors of Maltreatment & Trauma

  2. At-Risk Youth

  3. Child Maltreatment/Adverse Childhood Experiences

  4. Human & Labor Trafficking

  5. Intimate Partner Violence Offenders

  6. Intimate Partner Violence Victims/Survivors

  7. Legal & Criminal Justice Issues

  8. Sexual Assault/Sexual Abuse Victimization & Offenders

  9. Trauma in General

  10. Trauma in Military Personnel, Veterans & Their Families

  11. Vulnerable Populations

  12. Campus Sexual Assault 

Summit Highlights

  1. Earn CEs and specialty certifications to fulfill your annual requirements and refine your skill set.

  2. Network and collaborate with professionals from across disciplines during Poster Session & Welcoming Reception and Awards Luncheon.

  3. Gain applied knowledge by hearing from acclaimed keynote speakers.

  4. Attend panels and workshops that cover hot-button topics like #MeToo, Campus Sexual Assault, and more.

  5. Refresh your self-care routine by attending a variety of self-care opportunities.


23rd Summit Highlighted Speakers

Making the Most of the 23rd Summit

This Summit has become a unique forum for professionals across all disciplines and philosophies to gather for in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. We are one of the very few events that include researchers, practitioners, advocates, survivors, and front-line workers from all disciplines to share information, discuss controversial issues, and engage in difficult dialogues. We strive to infuse our theme of Voices Against Violence: Breaking Through the Silence into the presentations as well as into the thoughtfulness and professionalism reflected throughout the Summit. We continue to focus on linking research, practice, policy and advocacy.

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September 5, 2018

Each year, the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence gathers for an annual forum to set their agenda. This meeting of the minds is a social justice think tank with the goal of unifying policy, advocacy, research, and practice to end Interpersonal Violence in all its forms.

This year's panel discussion, United Voices + Organizations Against Interpersonal Violence: How to Move
, will focus on bringing together organizations to learn more about one another, plan our work in
a coordinated way, support each other’s agendas, and move the work of #MeToo and #TimesUp forward
through positive action and media attention.


Poster Session & Welcoming Reception

Thursday 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Positioned on the first evening of the Summit, the Poster Session is a great opportunity to mix and mingle. Sharing ideas with diverse professionals in the fields of violence, abuse, and trauma, allows poster presenters and guests to engage in topical discussions. Music, appetizers and a cash bar provide a relaxing backdrop for posters on display.

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Networking &

Awards Luncheon

Saturday 12:20 pm - 2:30 pm
Come network with invited speakers, Summit Planning Committee, and other professionals from a diverse assortment of fields over a seated lunch. Awards to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the
fields of prevention, intervention and treatment of violence, abuse and trauma will be announced. This ticketed event is
included with registration for Saturday Summit. Tickets will be distributed at registration desk.


Continuing Education & IVAT Specialty Certifications

For information regarding continuing education, please contact:

Continuing Education Offerings


*Licensure Required Hours Approved

 IVAT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IVAT maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. This Summit and Post-Summit meet the qualifications for up to 26.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs &/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The BBS continues to recognize APA as an approved provider of CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, & LEPs. The BBS continues to recognize NASW-CA as an approved provider of CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, & LEPs. IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600). IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737). IVAT is approved by the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to offer continuing education for certified alcohol & drug counselors (Provider #1S-03-499-0219). IVAT has identified up to 26.5 hours of Victim Assistance related training to meet the renewal continuing education requirements for National Advocate Credentialing Program(NACP) Victim Advocates.  This Victim Assistance renewal training would also be applicable for the D-SAACP (DOD Sexual Assault Advocate Certificate Program) NACP Victim Advocates are required to receive 32 hours of victim assistance related continuing education every two years, two hours must be in ethics. Please note that CE credits approved by CA agencies are accepted in most states.

For information regarding continuing education, please contact:

Additional licensures for professionals, i.e. physicians, child custody evaluators, domestic violence offender treatment providers, etc. will be available. Due to the accreditation restrictions to not list prior to approval, we are prohibited from advertising them until approved.

Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center.  The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 26.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

IVAT Specialty Certifications

*IVAT Specialty Certification Training Hours Approved

Summit and Post-Summit Sessions meet many of the training requirements for the IVAT Specialty Certification Programs. 

Specialty Certification in Domestic Violence Offender Treatment includes training and experience in working with both male and female intimate partner violence offenders, understanding the dynamics and safety issues involved in intimate partner violence and typologies of domestic violence offenders. 

Specialty Certification in Child Custody Evaluations includes an understanding of the issues of child development, parenting abilities and issues, best interests of children, and assessment techniques in general and specifically regarding child custody cases. The dynamics of legal, forensic, and mental health issues are included. 

Specialty Certification in Trauma Care includes an understanding of the various forms of trauma, short and long-term effects of trauma, and assessing and treating adults and/or children who have experienced both simple and complex trauma. The dynamics of post-traumatic stress disorder are included. 

Child & Adult Advocacy Studies Training Maltreatment (Formerly known as CAAST) focuses on experiential, interdisciplinary, ethical, and culturally sensitive content that provides professionals a common knowledge base for responding to child and adult maltreatment. This certification focuses on development and understanding of the numerous factors that lead to child and adult maltreatment, and the existing responses to child and adult maltreatment. 

Additional Accommodations

Translation/Interpreters & Special Accommodations

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. Spanish-speaking and hearing-impaired Summit attendees (Plenary and selected Breakout Sessions) and anyone else needing special accommodations, please contact our Meeting & Event Manager, Mark Yunker at 858-527-1860 ext. 4550 no less than 30 days prior to the Summit to allow ample time to meet your requests.

Grievance Procedure

Please review IVAT's grievance procedure here.


Calling all volunteers! Are you looking to attend the Summit at a discounted rate?

Earn lowered or waived Summit Registration by signing up to volunteer your time. Every 5 hours worked will count towards one day of waived registration. Some fees may still apply. 

Planning Committee

To join IVAT's Summit Planning Committee please contact:

Become a Supporter

 IVAT invites organizations, groups, and companies to join the 23rd Summit's cause by becoming an Exhibitors, Sponsors, Advertiser, or Collaborator. Your contribution to enrich and diversify the Summit each year is welcomed and appreciated by attendees.

It is the best opportunity I have ever found for connecting with people across multiple disciplines with different areas of expertise. I always learn so much and leave energized and re-committed to working to end violence.
— Jackie White, PhD, University of North Carolina, Greensboro Co-Founder, National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan