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        Paths to Healing conference


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        You will be routed to the LGBT Outreach donate page where you'll be given the option to select 'Paths to Healing'

        Paths to Healing is a day-long conference that provides support and explores 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.


        Date / Time:

        Friday, June 22 - 8:45-4:15 (Registration 8:00-8:45)



        8:45a Welcome
        9 - 9:45a Keynote by Callen Harty
        9:50 - 10:35a Breakout session #1 (Disability, LGBTQ, Latinx communities)
        10:35 - 10:45a Break
        10:45 - 11:30a Breakout session #2 (Disability, LGBTQ, Latinx communities)
        11:35 - 12:20p Breakout session #3 (Disability, LGBTQ, Latinx communities)
        12:20 - 1:20p Lunch
        1:20 - 2:05p Breakout session #4 (Black, Native, Hmong communities)
        2:10 - 2:55p Breakout session #5 (Black, Native, Hmong communities)
        2:55 - 3:05p Break
        3:05 - 3:50p Breakout session #6 (Black, Native, Hmong communities)
        3:55 - 4:15p Wrap-up
        4:20 - 4:30p Self-care demonstration (optional) 

        * Participants will be assigned to groups and rotate to each of the sessions. Sessions will repeat.



        American Family Insurance Training Center, 6000 American Pkwy., Madison, WI 53783); The conference will be located in Building A. The American Family general line is (800) 692-6326. See map. 



        Keynote: Callen Harty, author, queer activist, and survivor will share his survivor story and talk about survival and his journey from despair to hope from a gay male perspective

        LGBTQ Community: Chelsea O'Neil Karcher, MA, LPC-IT, Art Psychotherapist and Owen Karcher, Center for Community Healing, Madison

        Latinx Community: Carmin Valerdi, Bilingual Help Line Coordinator & Fatima Macias, Bilingual Youth Advocate, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence, Madison

        Black Community: Aaron J. Evans, MS, LPC, TIC, Healing Counselor, Aurora Healing Center on Bruce, Milwaukee

        Disability Community: Maureen Ryan, Executive Director, Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers, Inc., Madison

        Hmong Community: Vong Khang, Hmong Youth Services Coordinator, The Family Center, WI Rapids

        Native Community: Waylon Pahona, Arizona



        $40 for advanced registration and $50 the day of the event. This cost includes lunch

        LGBT Outreach is handling payments for this training. If you are paying by check, please make out your check to "Paths to Healing" with a note saying who you are paying for.

        You can send payment to:

        Paths to Healing
        C/O Outreach
        2701 International Lane Ste 101
        Madison WI 53704

        Outreach is in the process of setting up online payments for this training. If you need to pay with credit card in the meantime, please contact Angie Rehling at Outreach (608-255-8582)



        Each year, Paths to Healing relies on Solidarity with Child Abuse Victims/Survivors, in collaboration with OutReach, Inc, Rape Crisis Center, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Canopy CenterProud Theater, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence other participating organizations and individual donors.

        Tax-deductible donations may be sent to OutReach, Inc., 2701 International Ln #101, Madison, WI 53704. Checks should be made out to OutReach, but please make sure to indicate that the payment is for the Paths to Healing Conference 2018 and who the payment is covering.


        Past Conferences:

        In 2017, the keynote speaker was Corey Ingram, MSW, consultant with A.I.R. Consulting as well as board member for Project Unity, USA (Columbia Branch). As a male victim advocate, Ingram leads efforts to engage men around issues related to interpersonal violence, bystander accountability and healthy masculinity through his program ‘True Strength’. The program provides advocacy for male survivors, seeks to increase male programming and establishes more support groups for male survivors.

        In 2016, we featured 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 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.

        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 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.