Welcome and Introductions

As the news media is reckoning with its own historic failures to adequately cover marginalized communities in the wake of Me Too and national conversations on racial injustice, there are opportunities to shine a light on the complexities of sexual violence, its root causes and range of survivors’ experiences. This session will include lessons on working with the press, and how to better highlight underrepresented populations in the news.


Technology – websites, apps, video conferencing software, and more – is critical in connecting
people with the help they need and communities of support. But is your technology trustworthy
from the perspective of those you serve? Or does it unintentionally stop people, especially
underserved communities, from getting the information, services, or care they need to heal?
Clinicians and organizations work hard to be trauma-informed, but what about making your
technology trauma-informed? And what fosters trust online anyway?
We’ll explain why trauma-informed technology is important for organizations to consider. We’ll
discuss how the six principles of trauma-informed care from the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Administration can be applied to technology, with a focus on fostering trust online. You’ll
walk away with practical strategies and tools to use when creating websites, apps, online forms,
and other digital tools. Join this interactive workshop with both lecture and discussion to learn
about trauma-informed technology to promote trust and healing in our communities.

This discussion will be hosted by two survivors of human trafficking- one male and one female.  The hosts will lead a discussion on the current problem areas and gaps for survivors entering the workplace and the need for trauma competent workplaces. The attendees will be given a clear plan for hiring survivors and a list of dos and don’ts. 

This  workshop will focus on the programs that our agency has created catering to marginalized individuals in the communities we serve.   Ideas on different outreach projects they can do, and how to safely market these community events.

StandUp-SpeakOut of North Carolina (SUSO-NC) was founded on the belief
that every child has a right to feel safe, free from fear, violence, and all
forms of abuse. SUSO-NC seeks to decrease the cycle of abuse by providing
holistic therapeutic services for children and families who are witnesses
and victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. We believe through
holistic art therapeutic programming, advocacy, education, leadership, and
prevention we begin the process of breaking violent barriers and creating a
world of people free from the psychological and physical cycles of abuse.
At SUSO we focus on empowering the “whole person” the “whole family”to
enable them to dream, believe, and encourage them to succeed. Embracing
Art, Wellness, and Healing with Survivors is an interactive workshop
designed to take participants on a journey to explore the power of using art
and wellness as a component of a survivors healing journey. Explore holistic
approaches, wellness and resiliency tools, and implement and practice the
tools in this interactive session. Learn positive practices when working with
survivors, specifically black and brown families.

This discussion will provide tangible tools to build and maintain relationships in rural
schools. Rural students are left behind with little to no resources in their community.
Therefore, prevention educators must be prepared for students that will connect with
them because they have nobody else to reach out to. It is beneficial for the prevention
educator to learn how to maintain a positive relationship with students and with the
school. The presentation will include a summary of a climate survey from a rural school
that I currently work in. It will also include an activity to practice building new

SisterSong’s Reproductive Justice Primer guides participants through a history of the RJ movement and SisterSong’s conception as the first RJ collective. Reproductive Justice was created for Black and Brown women, by Black and Brown women, and serves to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. Our RJ Primer invites folks to view all social justice issues, including sexual and gender-based violence, through a Reproductive Justice lens and explore how we can care for the people most impacted by intersecting oppressions.

In our fast-paced, instant gratification society, self-care has become a buzz word an aesthetic to have. Have we deviated from its true meaning? In this workshop we will explore the misconceptions around self-care and how we can transform our practices into nurturing activities that support our mind, body and spirit. We will end with an experiential practice to embody nurturing practices.