APA-ABA National Conference

A continuing education conference co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the American Bar Association.

APA-ABA National Conference

May 1-3, 2014 ● Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

APA and ABA are joining together to co-sponsor this continuing education national conference, addressing the broad range of issues related to the exposure of children, youth and families to violence in and around the home, community and society.

The conference will:

  • Present nearly 40 plenary and invited sessions addressing prevention and intervention. View the program for details about sessions and speakers.
  • Focus on violence across individual, family, community and social contexts.
  • Have broad appeal to psychologists, attorneys, judges, legal scholars, behavioral and social science scholars, social workers, and other professionals in legal, mental health, social service and education fields. 
  • Offer continuing education credits to both psychologists and attorneys (CE and CLE).
  • Close with a networking session, to give participants an opportunity to exchange information and views about critical issues and promote strategies for addressing violence.

Register online to attend.


The conference welcomes two renowned experts on issues associated with violence as keynote speakers.

Robert L. Listenbee Jr., JD Robert L. Listenbee Jr., JD, administrator of the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Listenbee joins the conference to build on recent national efforts to address the effects of violence on children, youth and families, including the U.S. Attorney General's Defending Childhood initiative, the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and the Community Based Violence Prevention program. 

Listenbee is a highly respected public defender and juvenile justice system reformer. As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, he advised the president and Congress on policy matters. He served as co-chair of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, and was instrumental in developing recommendations for a national response to address children’s exposure to violence.

Robert D. Macy, PhD Robert D. Macy, PhD, founder and president of the International Trauma Center, Boston
Macy practices as clinical psychologist, traumatologist and neuroscience researcher with 30 years practice in psychological trauma interventions and disaster medicine, and building trauma informed care assessment and intervention service delivery systems in the United States and overseas.

Macy is also a founding member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, working as primary content provider for the development of Psychological First Aid and skills for psychological recovery. He co-chairs NCTSN’s Terrorism-Disaster Network Committee leading numerous response and behavioral health recovery teams during national and international disasters.

Plenary Panel on Gun Violence

Kicking off the conference on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., will be a special plenary panel: "Gun Violence Prevention: A Need for Community, Public Health and Legal Collaboration."

The panel will feature psychologists that contributed to APA's recent report on gun violence prediction, prevention and policy as well as attorneys from ABA's Standing Committee on Gun Violence. Together, they will review research-based conclusions about gun violence and discuss policies to reduce and prevent incidences of violence nationwide.

Conference Objectives

Provide professional education and training on the issue of family and community violence.

  • Increase awareness of the scope of the problem of family and community violence.

  • Improve legal and psychological practitioners’ ability to identify and assess children and families experiencing violence.

  • Improve legal and psychological practitioners’ ability to include the impact of violence in their consideration of clients’ needs.

  • Improve legal and psychological practitioners’ ability to provide evidence-based treatment and trauma-informed services within the scope of their professional expertise.

Share information and explore coordinated approaches to addressing family and community violence.

  • Disseminate cutting-edge, evidence-based perspectives from law and psychology in preventing and treating family and community violence.

  • Explore the range of approaches developed in each field to consider potential collaborations and cross-field support in providing programs and services to prevent and ameliorate violence.

Strengthen understanding of practice principles, guidelines, and standards for addressing family and community violence across fields.

  • Explore similarities and differences in legal and psychological principles, guidelines, and standards for addressing violence.

  • Explore models for integrated/collaborative planning and response to family and community violence.

  • Consider approaches for addressing cultural differences that impact both responses to violence and responses to efforts to prevent or ameliorate violence.

Continuing Education
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