Paths to Healing conference
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.
Now in its 5th year, the Paths to Healing Conference continues to provide support and explore what communities can do to respond to the needs of sexual abuse survivors. The conference is intended for child sex abuse survivors – particularly male survivors – supportive allies, advocates, health and mental health professionals, and law enforcement.
Paths to Healing will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison from 8:30am-5:00pm. See 2017 event flyer
Payments should be made to LGBT Outreach at 2701 International Ln #101, Madison, WI 53704 or via Outreach's payment page.
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, 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.
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.