*Note* This scheduling program was not designed by folks who do a lot with APA Style and unfortunately it defaults to listing authors in alphabetical order. We cannot fix this for this online schedule, but the author orders are posted in the order submitted in the printed program available via pdf here.
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Thursday, March 5

8:00am PST

Sacrificial Advocates: A Restorative Justice Experience to reflect upon our conditions, gather our resources, reaffirm our strength, and choose our responses
This workshop is developed as a restorative justice experience for women who have experienced the stress of being an advocate for social justice while holding a “marginalized” status. This workshop is a space to reflect upon our conditions, gather our resources, reaffirm our goals and strength, and choose our responses.

Thursday March 5, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm PST

1:00pm PST

Implicit Attitudes: A Research-based model for understanding and interrupting subtle forms of bias and oppression
This workshop provides an introduction to implicit attitudes, a framework for thinking about issues around diversity that bypasses shame and blame while offering a vehicle for taking responsibility for creating real change. The research on implicit attitudes suggests one important empirically based avenue for understanding how, despite so much laudable institutional change, different forms of oppression continue to present members of target (and non-target) groups with constraints and challenges. The implicit attitudes framework allows us to label some of the more subtle forms in which oppression occur and provides clear implications for intervention. This workshop will demonstrate applications of this model to such areas as diversity training, psychotherapy/counseling, academic skills development, group therapy, work with members of targeted groups and groups of allies, and varied teaching, outreach and consultation interventions. This workshop will begin with a thorough exploration of the implicit attitudes model and how it can be used to understand subtler dynamics in issues of oppression. We will create a community of participants who will focus on developing a working understanding of the model, with attention to the dynamics of sexism, racism, homophobia/heterosexism, ableism, classism, genderism, anti-immigrant bias, and religious bias. We will be sharing real life examples of applying the implicit attitudes model in an array of settings looking at both successes and challenges. Participants will take part in interactive and experiential activities to allow for practice with labeling, explaining, and interrupting these attitudes and addressing them at personal, interpersonal, institutional, and climate levels. Participants will leave with clear action steps of how the implicit attitudes model can be used in their own personal and professional work.

Thursday March 5, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Friday, March 6

10:45am PST

Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Reproductive Justice: Re-tracing boundaries of access and identity
This symposium utilizes a reproductive justice framework to present current research on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. This framework extends reproductive-rights beyond individual choice to address inequalities imbricated in reproductive medicine. Research topics include access-to-care, third-party and selective-reproductive technologies in neoliberal and postcolonial contexts. Implications for practice, policy, and activism are discussed. Presenters discuss intersecting issues of neoliberalism, colonialism, stratified reproduction, and commodification.

Title I:  Stratified Reproduction in the U.S.: Racial and Sexual Minority Issues

Bernadette V. Blanchfield, Ph.D. Pre-Candidate, Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia


Additional author: Charlotte J. Patterson, Professor of Psychology, Director, Women Gender & Sexuality Program


This talk presents two studies that compared rates at which women in the U.S. reported receiving medical help to become pregnant as a function of race and sexual orientation, using data from two cycles of the National Survey of Family Growth (2002 wave in Study 1; 2006-2010 wave in Study 2). Working within a framework of stratified reproduction, we investigated how income and insurance coverage disparities mediated differences in receipt of fertility assistance between groups. In both studies, heterosexual White women reported receiving assistance at double the rates of women who identified as non-White, sexual minority (i.e., lesbian or bisexual), or both. Insurance and income discrepancies accounted for all differences between sexual minority and heterosexual women’s receipt of pregnancy help in Study 1, but insurance coverage alone explained differences in Study 2. Mediation analyses indicated income and insurance coverage only partially explained differences between White and non-White groups. Although socioeconomic factors did not explain all differences based on racial group membership, the results indicate that lack of insurance coverage seems to limit access to reproductive healthcare among sexual minority women. Implications of these disparities are discussed.


Title II: “It’s not fair, but that’s the way the world works”: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) for BRCA and Healthcare Neoliberalisms

Emily Breitkopf, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, New School for Social Research 


Additional authors:

Richard Knight, MA Candidate, New School for Social Research


Individuals with hereditary cancer risk due to a BRCA-mutation have a 50% chance that BRCA-related risk will be transmitted to their children. Reproductive concerns are often prominent among BRCA-mutation carriers. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a controversial ART that enables couples to select preferred embryos. In the U.S., PGD for BRCA is an available, albeit expensive, option for individuals/couples who can afford its use. This paper presents results from a qualitative study of 39 (x-female, X-male) reproductive-age BRCA-mutation carriers, highlighting participants’ attitudes and concerns about access to PGD for BRCA. Participants were predominantly White, affluent, and heterosexual. Analyzed through a post-structuralist discourse-analytic framework, we examine the discursive dilemmas participants face as they consider systems of stratification that make PGD available to some and not others. We trace converging discourses throughout the analysis and consider the implications of PGD within the U.S. neoliberal health-care context.


Title III:  Reproductive Hierarchies: Transnational Reproduction and the Reification of Colonial Spaces



Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Chair

University of California, Irvine School of Law


Race exploitation and poverty are key, tolerated components of assisted reproductive technology (ART) domestically and abroad. According to a study conducted by the Center for Social Research in India, “[a]dvances in assisted reproductive techniques such as donor insemination and, embryo transfer methods, have revolutionized the reproductive environment, resulting in ‘surrogacy’, as the most desirable option.” Scholars and policy makers frequently observe that “[t]he system of surrogacy has given hope to many infertile couples, who long to have a child of their own” and has expanded reproductive options for gay men, lesbian women, and single persons intending to parent. However, the attention to the advancements in reproductive technologies and the communities they benefit may obscure externalities worth studying. Desperately missing from ART scholarship are more nuanced analytics that feature race and sex in international surrogacy, particularly its commodification of racialized bodies.  This project takes up that issue.


Friday March 6, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm PST

1:05pm PST

A New Look at Women's Objectification: Christianity, Social Media, and Sisterhood
Objectification theory posits the objectification of women by their culture leads to a mental separation of the woman from her body, creating self-valuation tied closely to societal ideals (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997; Stratemeyer, 2012). A variety of mental health issues have arisen from women's experience of objectification (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). Objectification also negatively impacts women's interpersonal relationships (Daniels & Zurbriggen, 2014) and leads to increased violence against women (Stratemeyer, 2014). This symposium presents three perspectives on the application of restorative justice to women’s objectification. A restorative justice approach is more humanistic in nature focusing on victim-centered reparations and often includes community involvement (van Wormer, 2009). Several considerations will be reviewed regarding the way objectification of women has been perpetuated through US culture. These considerations may provide a pathway to social justice by deconstructing women's objectification experiences and initiating opportunities for community healing. The current considerations include objectification of women in Christian purity culture, social media as perpetuating objectification and sister relationships as a potential mitigating factor for adolescent girls’ experience of objectification. We intend to focus on the way women are impacted by objectification as it intersects with religiosity, social media, and sibling relationships separately. Our presentation will focus on literature surrounding these topics and the ways current research can be applied to working with women dealing with intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of objectification. The purpose of this symposium is to initiate a conversation regarding contemporary factors related to objectification of women with a focus on restorative justice. References Daniels, E.A., & Zurbriggen, E.L. (2014). The price of sexy: Viewers' perceptions of a sexualized versus nonsexualized Facebook profile photograph. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/ppmm0000048 Fredrickson, B.L., & Roberts, T.A. (1997). Objectification theory: Toward understanding women’s lived experiences and mental health risks. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 173-206. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1997.tb00108.x Stratemeyer, M. (2014). "Here's looking at you": Psychological perspectives on sexual objectification. Issues, 107, 24-26. van Wormer, K. (2009). Restorative justice as social justice for victims of gendered violence: A standpoint feminist perspective. Social Work, 54(2), 107-116.

Friday March 6, 2015 1:05pm - 2:05pm PST

2:25pm PST

3:45pm PST

Peacekeeping circles: A unique method in counseling training and supervision
The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the use of peacekeeping circles as a unique supervision and training approach for therapists-in-training. The workshop will describe the peacekeeping circle process, its history, and its roots in the Restorative Justice model. Then, we will overview the model adopted by Northwestern University’s Mental Health Human Rights Clinic (MHHRC) as an example of peacekeeping circles in supervision and training. The MHHRC primarily serves clients who are immigrants, political refugees, and asylum seekers and who have survived traumatic histories by providing psychological evaluations and culturally sensitive counseling. Peacekeeping circles are utilized in supervision and training as a mechanism to build trainees’ awareness, skills, and confidence in order to increase comfort and competence in providing services to the clients. In this workshop, we will describe the structure and process used in the weekly healing circles as a mechanism by which trainees are able to explore their clinical work and experiences with clients. We will also overview current adaptations in different settings and the benefits and limitations of using peacekeeping circles as a clinical supervision and training model. Its target audience includes clinical supervisors, clinical trainees, educators, and individuals interested in the application of restorative justice based practices in counseling. The content will be presented via an interactive workshop with didactic and experiential components.

Friday March 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm PST

6:00pm PST

Coming Out Ceremony

Friday March 6, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Saturday, March 7

10:45am PST

Invited Workshop: The Emerging Field of Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is quickly emerging as a desired set of principles and practices to mediate conflict, strengthen community, and repair harm in multiple contexts. It is currently practiced in schools, community groups, and along the entire continuum of the justice process, whether as an alternative to incarceration, education program in prisons or for re-entry. It is used by social workers, students, justice advocates, professors, school teachers, psychologists, community activists, and others in the U.S. and around the globe, most notably in South Africa and New Zealand. This session is a continuation of the morning keynote panel. In the first half of the session, Sonya Shah will offer a deeper overview of restorative justice — its history, current applications and evidence-based successes and continue to explore the most critical questions emerging in the field of restorative justice. In the second part of this session, Gary Malachi Scott will engage the group in a circle process — utilizing the heart of a restorative justice practices.


Gary “Malachi” Scott

Gary “Malachi” Scott … is a 32 year old African American male who works as a Peer Community Liaison and a Restorative Justice Coordinator. During his childhood he resented his poor single parent mother for neglect and allowing one of her boyfriends to physically abuse not only... Read More →

Sonya Shah

Sonya Shah is the Justice Program Director at Insight Prison Project and responsible for the oversight of the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) program statewide and nationally. She serves on the leadership team for Californians for Safety and Justice. Sonya has served on the... Read More →

Saturday March 7, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm PST

1:05pm PST

A Conversation about Empowering Clients Living with Physical Disabilities & Chronic Illnesses: Learning Lessons from a Feminist Clinical Practice, Personal Experiences, & Kafer's Relational/Social Model of Disability.

"A crippled politics of access and engagement …. yearning for an “elsewhen” - in which disability is understood ….. as political, as valuable as integral. (Kafer presents) … a hybrid political/relational model …..mak(ing) room for people to acknowledge – even mourn – a change in form or function while also acknowledging that those changes can not be understood apart from the context in which they occur. …. allow(ing) for important questions about healthcare and social justice (Kafer, 2013, pp. 3-6)." In this workshop we will talk about relational, political, existential, & practical issues clients face living with physical disabilities & chronic illnesses. We will explore how the above quote from Kafer challenges those with and without disabilities to engage this issue. Presenter will encourage participants to draw on their wisdom in this discussion. Reference: Kafer, A. (2013). Feminist, queer, crip. Indiana University Press.

Saturday March 7, 2015 1:05pm - 2:05pm PST

3:45pm PST

A Review of Screening Tools Used within the Healthcare Field to Detect Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health concern that affects the medical and psychological health of approximately 32 million people within the U.S. (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000). The National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS) estimated that women aged 18 and older experienced approximately 5.3 million IPV incidents annually (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control [NCIPC], 2003). It thus seems imperative that routine screening be utilized within general healthcare settings in order to meet the needs of clientele. Routine IPV screenings can increase rates of disclosure and subsequent ability to provide support, education, and resources to victims (Punukollu, 2003). This presentation will provide a short review of the problem, including public health population surveillance results that provide IPV rates within the U.S., with special note of high- risk populations. Further, the multiple negative physical and mental health outcomes as a result of IPV victimization will be reviewed, and make the case for the importance of routine screening within all healthcare venues. A targeted literature review exploring IPV screening tools that are currently utilized in healthcare settings will be provided. Each screening tool will be assessed for its ability to detect IPV. A variety of screening tools will be examined ranging from self- report to structured interviews, and each tool will be assessed on four domains: the extent and type of training each provider needs to become proficient with the tool, the availability of referral information in the community, the ease of use for providers, and the time it takes to complete with each client. A “best practices” universal tool for healthcare providers that is based on the screening tools examined will be recommended. Additionally relevant research on clinical, educational, or training components that should be included pre/during/post IPV screening will be reviewed.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST

3:45pm PST

Do College Students Feel Unsafe on Campus or at Home? And If So, Which Ones?
Do College Students Feel Unsafe on Campus or at Home? And If So, Which Ones? Many college campuses recently have become concerned about the issue of students’ safety on campus. The current study examines college students’ feeling of being unsafe both on campus and at home. In addition, the students who report feeling unsafe in each context were examined along demographic lines to determine which students feel unsafe on campus, which feel unsafe at home, and whether there is any overlap between the two groups. Participants were 439 college students at a Midwestern university. The sample was 71.9% female and 81.7% were White US citizens. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire including how often they had experienced each of a number of behaviors since they had been in college, as well as demographic questions. A chi-square analysis was conducted on the variables of whether a student had experienced feeling unsafe on campus and experienced feeling unsafe at home, to examine the degree of overlap. The variables were significantly related, Χ2 (1, N = 433) = 37.21, p

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST

3:45pm PST

Examining Intimate Partner Violence in Kenya
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a major public health problem and global human rights violation (Djamba & Kimuna, 2008; Goo & Harlow, 2012; Laisser, Nyström, Lugina & Emmelin, 2011; Simister, 2010; World Health Organization [WHO], 2013). Hence, IPV in the developing world has increasingly become a topic of public health discourse (Swart, 2013). The devastating effects of IPV on individuals, families and communities are well documented. It is a complex social issue deeply rooted in the interaction of social, cultural, political, economic and biological factors (Dahlberg, & Butchart, 2005). As such, perceptions, prevalence and manifestations of IPV differ from one society to another as they are influenced differently by cultural beliefs and traditions (Akinsulure-Smith, Chu, Keatley, & Rasmussen, 2013; Dada Ojo, 2013). Effective interventions can only be formulated upon conducting qualitative studies that explore the cultural context of an affected population and how they interpret their experiences (Jewkes, 2002). To date, limited research and literature has focused on IPV in Kenya. This qualitative study explored the experiences of Kenyan survivors and IPV perceptions of female community members. Data analysis was conducted using a conventional content analysis approach (Hsieh & Shannon, 2005). Seven primary themes emerged from survivor focus group data: cultural context of violence; risk factors for violence; types of violence; consequences of violence; response to violence; perseverance; and, helpseeking. Seven primary themes also emerged from the female community members’ focus group data: snapshot of violence; poverty; cultural context; masculinity; women taking action; resources; and, prevention strategies. Sentiments expressed by these survivors and community members provide powerful insight into experiences of violence including the risk factors, consequences, how the community responds and how survivors cope with the violence they experience. Emergent themes inform us as we think about IPV prevention efforts and restorative justice within this cultural context.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST

3:45pm PST

My Lover, My Assailant: Intimate Partner Homicide Perpetrators
Intimate partner homicide (IPH) is the most severe form of intimate partner violence. According to the Violence Policy Center (2014) four to five women are murdered daily by an intimate partner. This statistic comes from reports submitted voluntarily by police departments; however, reporting methods may contribute to this problem being under-reported Most researchers have failed to address the risk factors which characterize an increasingly lethal relationship. However, a small subset of researchers have combed through archival reports and interviewed survivors (e.g., Campbell, 2009) to identify risk factors which predict the likelihood of IPH. While notable, IPH researchers have predominantly focused on heterosexual relationships in White and Black communities. Thus there are significant gaps in our knowledge of IPH for different minority communities. There are currently several risk assessment measures utilized to recognize women at risk of victimization as well as identify potential perpetrators. The majority of these instruments are used in the criminal justice system to make decisions regarding a perpetrator’s likelihood recidivism and probation rulings. Additionally, an increasing number of health clinics and hospitals are using risk assessments to identify potential victims in general practice and obstetrics. Could psychology benefit from adopting this practice? This presentation provides brief overview of the IPH literature and addresses gaps in the research. The presenter will identify risk factors in heterosexual, predominantly white relationships with a male perpetrator. Although women as the homicide victims are provided with more attention than their perpetrator counterparts, risk factors related to female perpetrators will also be highlighted. The presentation will also increase participants’ awareness and ability to assess risk factors for IPH in their clients. Lastly, the utility of risk assessments in clinical practice will be discussed.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST
Sunday, March 8

8:30am PDT

Feminism and The Trans* Revolution: Because Patriarchy is bad for every body
Feminism and the trans* revolution share a common foundation in the struggles against patriarchy, and for the full humanity of all people. A system of power and privilege that values white, young, cisgender, able-bodied men over all others limits people’s access to a rich and full life, and oversimplifies complex experiences and expressions of identity. Trans* activists and feminists share a desire to inhabit a body that is transgressive and challenges systems of beauty, sexuality, and body autonomy. Feminists and trans* activists share an adversarial relationship with the medical community that continues to be centered on the needs of cisgender white men. We also share an extensive history of having ordinary needs dismissed, pathologized and criminalized, from hysteria to limiting reproductive rights to forcing a narrative of gender transition. We share being part of a patriarchy that defines access to housing, healthcare, etc. according to bodies that count. Bodies that do not count are institutionalized and criminalized. In this interactive workshop, we want to build on the strengths of these movements, and to acknowledge that being a trans* activist and being a feminist are not only compatible, but they empower one another. Valuing interdependence, acknowledging systems of oppression, and empowering people relationally only serve to strengthen the realization of feminist vision, challenging patriarchy and helping all oppressed and marginalized people (including women of all gender identities, expressions, races, abilities, and gender nonconforming people) to thrive. We will look at the richness and complexities of intersecting identities, highlighting how systems of oppression make false dichotomies. Over the last several decades in the feminist movement, we have seen incredible and positive change: women working against being pathologized, having consistent access to healthcare, and having access to the workforce. These same changes have been gaining momentum in the trans* rights movement, especially over the past 15 years. Our movements cannot exist without one another. The feminist and trans* movements are strengthened when connections are made between racial, gender and economic justice. Both movements have learned and are learning about building true solidarity with people of color, people living in poverty, people living with disabilities, and people of all sexual and gender identities and expressions. Race and class divides among women continue to run deep. This is true for trans* and cisgender women of color who continue to live at an intense level of poverty and endangerment compared to white wealthy women. Trans* women of color especially experience extreme rates of unemployment and job discrimination, incarceration, and HIV infection. The foundations of the feminist movement compel us to value the lives of trans* women. There are many places where our movements are pitted against one another, and this is not new in the struggle for social justice. We are constantly invited to feed on each other rather than looking toward a common goal. This is how oppression works, in a systematic way. Patriarchy sustains the ways that our people and our movements are pitted against one another. We are working toward a common goal of ending oppression, and we have and continue to encounter misogyny in all social movements. Scarcity and fear, both in feeling and reality, can compel us to see others working toward similar goals as the enemy. By emphasizing the strengths of the feminist and trans* movements, we will come to a place where we remember and recognize that we are not at odds. In fact, we need one another to create a world where people of all genders have access to what they need to build not just healthy, but vibrant, thriving lives.

Sunday March 8, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am PDT

10:05am PDT

A Curriculum of Healing: Therapy and Education in the Cracks of Capitalism
Neoliberalism promotes social injustice through hyper-capitalism and relentless advertising (among other things), and social injustice is a form of trauma. Experiencing this trauma (e.g. poverty, discrimination, oppression, etc.) offends our dignity and taxes our spirit to the extent that we are forced into docility as a means for survival. While, indeed, the demise of capitalism seems a distant, if not impossible, dream, we take seriously John Holloway’s (2010) notion of working within the cracks of capitalism as a means for undermining this oppressive force. Because neoliberalism is so traumatizing (and, in fact, thrives on the wounded), we view healing as an essential mode of resistance. Our presentation provides an overview of a curriculum designed for a thirteen-week therapy group to be implemented in a college counseling center during a sixteen-week semester. A major premise of our work is that college students are increasingly relying on counseling services as more and more of the population feels the detrimental effects of neoliberalism.


Sunday March 8, 2015 10:05am - 11:20am PDT

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