Are Continuing Education (CE) credits available for this conference?

Yes, for many disciplines.

This conference is co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University. 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. IVAT is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (Provider #5659). IVAT adheres to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. IVAT is approved by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE #33) to offer continuing education for LCSWs and MFTs. This conference meets the qualifications for approximately 15 to 20 hours of continuing education (pending final review of schedule) for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737). IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600). IVAT is approved by the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Counselors (CAADAC) to offer continuing education for certified alcohol and drug counselors (Provider #1S-03-499-0112). CE credits approved by CA agencies are accepted in most states.

For information on continuing education, contact psmith@alliant.edu

My research is on interpersonal violence, but not child abuse or spouse abuse. Are other types of violence research welcome?

Yes, over the years this conference has expanded in scope. This year we are expecting research on bullying, cyberbullying, sexting, and other internet victimization, and other peer violence. The topic of family violence has expanded to include same-sex relationships and other family constellations that were once consider "non-traditional." We are interested in other types of victimization and perpetration too, especially with regard to how other types of violence may relate or co-occur with family and youth violence.

My research is on treatment or prevention. Are topics related to intervention and prevention welcome?

Yes, most definitely. We have always featured many talks on treatment and prevention of violence. This year we expect to have some talks presenting data from randomized controlled trials of programs as well as other types of program evaluation. We are interested in the scientific study of all aspects of violence and the societal response to it.

What are data blitzes and 20X20 sessions? Where did they come from? Did you invent them?

A variety of short talk formats have emerged in the last 10 to 15 years. They appear to have originated independently in multiple settings. A computer programming conference (Python) did one in 1997. Mark Dominus coined the term "lightning talk" for another computer programming conference in 2000 and "pecha kucha" was coined in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. "Ignite" is a similar format started in the tech community in 2006.

In psychology, "data blitzes" have become popular short oral presentations added on to poster presentations. They were included at the 2007 APA conference  and the 2012 SPSP conference. It proved very popular at APA and is becoming a regular feature there.

All of them are meant to provide a new, faster-paced, idea-sharing forum to help facilitate communication among professionals in the same field. We hope these will prove to be a useful alternative to more traditional paper presentations and encourage you to experiment!

APA Data Blitz