Paths to Healing conference
A Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Survival
with a focus on addressing male survivors
June 30, 2016
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Madison
Paths to Healing is a day-long conference to provide support and explore what we need to do as a community to respond to the needs of sexual abuse survivors. It is intended for child sex abuse survivors – particularly male survivors – supportive allies, advocates, health and mental health professionals, and law enforcement.
In 2016, we feature keynote speaker Michael Lew (bio), psychotherapist, group therapy leader, cultural anthropologist and Co-Director of The Next Step Counseling and Training Center. "As a cultural anthropologist specializing in the field of Culture and Personality (Psychological Anthropology), Mike worked with the late Margaret Mead and Colin Turnbull. After further training in Counseling Psychology, he became a leading expert on recovery from sexual child abuse, particularly issues of male survivors." (source)
In its inaugural debut in 2013, the event drew 75 attendees from around the upper Midwest to explore child sex abuse survival with presentations from Representative Chris Taylor, MaleSurvivor, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and more.
In 2014, Paths to Healing included topics such as healing from childhood sex abuse (with an emphasis on male sex abuse), survivor activism, foregiveness, art and drama therapy, play therapy, a theater workshop, the impact and coping patterns, and a very special keynote by Dr. David Lisak (co-founder and current Board member of 1in6, a well-known national organization dedicated to male survivors of childhood sex abuse).
In 2015, the keynote, entitled 'Hope & Healing', was delivered by Matt Sandusky (see bio), adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting many boys. Listen to the 6/3/15 interview with Matt on WORT-FM. Additionally, there were sessions held on healthy boundaries, creative coping skills for survivors, mindfulness meditation, human trafficking, working with male survivors in Latino communities and supporting transgender survivors
Paths to Healing will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison.
- Scholarships will be available for registration, lodging or mileage (applicants will rank their priorities)
- Preliminary schedule
8:00-8:45am Registration & Networking
WCASA has reserved a room block at the Crown Plaza Hotel (4402 East Washington, Madison, WI; 608-244-4703) for then nights of June 29 and 30 at the single occupancy rate of $82. Unless you have received a scholarship for lodging (you will receive a confirmation), you will be responsible for making your own reservation at your own cost. Just ask for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) block. The block will be open until Monday, May 30; after this date rooms will be available based on availability.
This event is presented by Solidarity with Child Abuse Victims/Survivors, in collaboration with OutReach, Inc, Rape Crisis Center, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Proud Theater, Canopy Center other participating organizations and individual donors.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to OutReach, Inc., 600 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703. Checks should be made out to OutReach, but please make sure to indicate that it is for Solidarity with Child Sex Abuse Victims/Survivors or for Paths to Healing.