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Abuse Prevention Is Focus of January Summit in Newport

By Tricia Schug

On Friday, Jan. 12, regional experts in the field of violence prevention will meet in Newport to increase awareness for the problems of abuse and neglect of children and elders, and to offer resources that make communities safer and stronger. The Abuse Prevention Summit, sponsored by Samaritan Health Services, will be held at the Center for Health Education in Newport, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public, and would be especially useful for those who work in clinical settings, law enforcement, emergency response and schools.

Keynote speaker, psychologist Judy Neighbours of the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center at Oregon State University, will present on the topic of Trauma Informed Care (TIC). As an organizational structure and treatment framework, TIC involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Following her presentation, Erin Carrington, PA-C, with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, will discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), stressful and traumatic events that adversely affect children, and Karley’s Law, an Oregon law that reformed child abuse investigation standards and procedures in the state.

Additionally, participants will attend breakout sessions focused on identification and response to child sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse. 

Registration is required.