17th Annual Conference
Preventative Interventions with Children, Adolescents and Their Families
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Friday, May 3, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
New location this year!
Christ the King Lutheran Church
11295 Southwest 57th Avenue
(Red Road and SW 112 Street)
[Secure Online Registration Form]
In the richest country in the world, 22.5% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty. These 16.4 million children include 6.1 million who are under six years old. In addition, 45 percent – 32.7 million of America's children – live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Their young bodies and brains experience multiple stressors which have long-term negative impact on their physiological, social, emotional and cognitive health as well as academic development. Research shows many children are entering school with multiple "high risk" exposures from the trauma of physical/emotional victimization, neglect, loss, natural disasters, familial dysfunction and disruption. These stressful early life experiences may be exacerbated during the school age years. This conference will review the state-of-the-art effective preventions and interventions from a lifespan perspective. The real economic value of implementing such interventions will be highlighted.
Upon completion of this conference, participants will be able to:
• Critically evaluate the state-of-the art preventative interventions from a life-span perspective.
• Implement preventative programs in schools and communities using "TOP DOWN" and "BOTTOM UP" intervention strategies utilizing Primary, Secondary and Tertiary approaches. (How to use evidence-based programs and implement "kernels" of behavioral change procedures.)
• Consider ways computer technology and the Internet are being used to deliver preventative interventions and look at future applications.
• Anticipate and address potential BARRIERS to preventative programs.
• Convince POLICY MAKERS that advocating preventative programs will have "payoffs" and represents a winning platform that they can support.
[Secure Online Registration Form]
A Framework for Understanding
and Teaching Literacy
The site was developed by Dr. Dale Willows of the University of Toronto, a member of both the National Reading panel and the Scientific Board of the Institute.
We wish to thank everyone who supported the development of this important website. We know with scientific certainty that violence and illiteracy are linked together. We urge you to support our efforts to teach every child to read on grade level by the end of third grade and to help remediate those who missed that important milestone.
ACT Raising Safe Kids Training Program”
Adults and Children Together Against Violence (ACT) has a program
designed by the American Psychological Association (APA) to train early
childhood, mental health and service agency professionals to deliver an
enhanced parent and child caregiver’s education curriculum. Formerly known as Parents Raising Safe Kids, the newly renamed ACT Raising Safe Kids continues to emphasize the importance of
all the adults in children’s lives. Our actions, our words, our abilities serve
as role models for the young children living and learning in our care.
April 11-12, 2013 – ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitator Training, South Miami Hospital [Info & Registration]
October 7-8, 2013 – ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitator Training, South Miami Hospital [Info & Registration]
For more information and to register, contact The Melissa
Institute 786-662-5210. To sign up for the training program and other information,
click links above
Check Out Our Handouts!
Handouts from all conferences from our most recent in 2012 back to 2003 are now available in the Downloads section. See the growth of The Melissa Institute through the years in our Community Reports first published in 1997.
Read our 2013 Report to the Community - Making Connections - to learn more about our activities.
The Melissa Institute was founded after the murder of Melissa Aptman to honor her memory and share the science of violence prevention.
Below are some personal writings from Dr. Michael Aptman and Lynn Aptman, Melissa's parents and the founders of The Melissa Institute:
Violence is Preventable - presented at Peace and Harmony 2009 by Dr. Michael Aptman. [PDF]
One In A Million? - an article by Dr. Michael Aptman published in Neurology, a medical journal. It expresses his professional and personal experiences as a result of Melissa's murder. [PDF]
Silence the Violence - lyrics of a song composed by Lynn Aptman, which she performed at the Peace & Harmony concert, Music for a Better World. [PDF]
Uncertainty - a poem written by Melissa Aptman shortly before her death. [PDF]
This I Believe - NRP article by Jessica Aptman. [PDF]
You will also find on this site scientific papers and educational presentations from our Scientific Board, Workshops and Conferences dealing with specific areas of violence prevention and treatment.
Roadmap to Resilience:
A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims
and Their Families
"Don Meichenbaum's Roadmap to Resilience should be on the desk of every clinician, in the back pack of every soldier, and in the hands of every leader."
--Bret Moore, PsyD, Asst. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Texas, Health Science Center
Order below or visit our website:
Click here for the Table of Contents
Click here for the Introduction
Click here to learn How to Use This Book
Click here to see the Resilience Checklist
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2012
Institute nurtures the work of young scientists by
awarding annual scholarships to support doctoral
students' dissertation research in the field of
violence prevention. The 2012 winners have been announced! Please click
here to find out more information.
May 3, 2012 – 17th Annual Conference. Join the mailing list to receive conference details.
The Melissa Institute has a website for
school violence prevention. We invite you to visit TeachSafeSchools.org to access relevant, research based information for educators.