Trauma & Social Justice Conference

Engaging Men and Boys in the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence

The 3rd Annual Trauma & Social Justice Conference
Friday, September 9, 2016, 9am - 4pm
George Fox University - Portland (Tigard) Center

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Keynote Address:

The conference keynote will focus on key components of a trauma informed approach, transformative relational collaborations with survivors of sexual violence, and engaging men and boys in sexual violence prevention and response. A short documentary, MY MASCULINITY HELPS, will also be shown as a part of the multifaceted response needed to address sexual trauma that includes education, prevent, and support strategies that focus on the role of males and masculinity in the prevention of sexual violence. Dr. Grimmett will offer a focus on engaging African American men and boys in sexual violence prevention as an example of taking an ecosystemic approach to undertanding and responding to trauma.

Marc A. Grimmett, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, coordinator for clinical mental health counseling, and director of the Community Counseling, Education, and Research Clinic of the counselor education program at North Carolina State University.  His research and scholarship includes preventing gender-based violence through education, activism, male engagement, and community partnerships. The conceptual framework for his research agenda is titled RADICAL scholarship, which means Research Action to Deconstruct Institutionalized Cultures and Advocate for Liberation. He is the executive producer, co-director, and co-writer of MY MASCULINITY HELPS, an educational documentary that explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. This project was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 

Dr. Grimmett has presented nationally and internationally, as well as facilitated numerous educational and corporate trainings on cultural competence,  intersections of oppression and engaging males in sexual violence prevention and response. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia and is a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Grimmett completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina Counseling and Human Development Center, where his training focused on multicultural counseling, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, and sexual trauma. He has over 19 years of professional mental health experience working in different settings including university counseling, community mental health, and substance abuse treatment centers, as well as in-home counseling services and private practice. 

Group Facilitators

Our small group discussions will be hosted by a variety of professionals with demonstrated expertise in identifying and responding to domestic violence. 

Aparticipant-working conference* for mental health, education, ministerial, social policy, public health & humanitarian aid professionals serving marginalized populations most vulnerable to chronic stress and trauma.


8:30am: Check In 12:00pm: Working Lunch
9:00am: Welcome 1:00pm: Small Group 1
9:10am: Keynote Address Pt. 1 2:15pm: Small Group 2
10:15am: Break 3:15pm: Break
10:30am: Keynote Address Pt. 2 3:30pm: Large Group
11:30am: Small Group Organization 4:00pm: Adjourn

Conference Organizers
Keith Dempsey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling, Chair of the Graduate School of Counseling
Anna A. Berardi, Ph.D., Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, & Director of the Trauma Response Institute


Payment Options: Directions for payment are found within the form. Payment can be accepted online, by mail via check, or at the door (cash, card, or check).

*Students: If you are a current Graduate School of Counseling student and would like to attend this conference you may either register at the student rate via the above process or for elective credit by enrolling in TRMA 540 P1 via the registrar. 


Cost: $90 / person.
Group/Student Rate: $70 / person.

Groups: 3 or more people per agency, school, organization employees, or volunteers.
Students: Valid school ID required for conference admittance.

Optional Box Lunch: $10.50 (Regular, Gluten Free, or Vegan options.)


Cancellations must be received in writing no later than September 5, 2016. Refunds prior to deadline are subject to a $25 processing fee.

Continuing Education Availability

CE certificates will be distributed. As a department within the School of Education at George Fox University, the Graduate School of Counseling (GSC) adheres to the educational standards set forth by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, the GSC has been approved to provide continuing education (CEs) for the National Board of Certified Counselors. The GSC adheres to the continuing education guidelines of these organizations, and maintains responsibility for the program. This program may comply with additional organizations’ CE requirements upon content verification by the participant. Please retain program description and schedule for this purpose.

As an Approved Continuing Education Provider through the NBCC (#4447), the George Fox University Graduate School of Counseling will offer 6.5 CE Hours to participants in this conference, which are accepted by LPC, LMFT, LMHC, and LCSW Boards in  Oregon, Washington, and California.

Trauma & Social Justice Annual Conference

Held the 2nd week of September, the Trauma and Social Justice Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Trauma Response Institute at George Fox University. It is designed to promote and support the work of humanitarian aid, mental health, education, ministerial, and health care professionals dedicated to naming and responding to socio-cultural factors that increase stress and trauma among marginalized and vulnerable populations. Our gathering is a time to share research, programs, successes, and struggles for mutual support and furthering of our work toward building more safe, equitable, and resilient communities.

*What's A Participant-Working Conference?
Come ready to learn and share! The Trauma & Social Justice Conference recognizes that all of us are both learners and experts in effecting change. We strive to further challenge and deepen our work, as well as resource one another through guided discussions, including the sharing of our successes and challenges as new skills or calls to respond are identified.

Contact us at or 503.554.6065.

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