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DCADV's 17th Annual Advocates' Retreat

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May 6 & 7, 2013
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

You Asked and We Delivered!

Part workshop and part learning exchange, this year's new conference format aims to examine the confines that limit us while challenging us to dig deeper for solutions within our collective reach. We will begin by exploring religion, health, media, and the broader economic, cultural, and social systems in place. Through this examination, we will see how these systems shape the experience and impact of sexual and domestic violence and how the lenses through which we view these systems affect our ability to respond effectively to victims and survivors. Through authentic and stimulating conversations, we will share and celebrate our many voices and experiences, reflect on the information we learned, build connections, and ultimately through these relationships work together to cultivate the health and well-being of our communities.

Workshop Schedule
Registration Form - Registration Deadline is Friday, April 19
Keynote Speakers
Retreat Sponsors
Conference Rates
Accommodations - Reservation Deadline for Group Rate is April 4
Meal Options
Parking and Directions

Keynote Speakers

Gail Wyatt, Ph.D.

Gail WyattDr. Wyatt is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist, and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She was an NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for 17 years. Her research examines the consensual and abusive sexual relationships of women and men, the effects of these experiences on their psychological well-being, and the cultural context of risks for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. She has conducted national and international research since 1980, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and state and private foundations. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Wyatt has to her credit more than 110 journal articles and book chapters, and has co-edited or written five books, including Stolen Women: Reclaiming our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives and No More Clueless Sex: 10 Secrets to a Sex Life That Works for Both of You. Dr. Wyatt is an Associate Director of the UCLA AIDS Institute and coordinates a core of behavioral scientists who consult with other researchers to recruit underserved populations and conduct research that effectively incorporates sociocultural factors into HIV/AIDS research. Dr. Wyatt has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific accomplishments, mentoring, and teaching. She has also testified before the United States Congress eight times on issues related to health policy. She was the first African American woman to be licensed as a psychologist in the state of California.

Antonia A. Vann

Antonia A. VannAntonia A. Vann is a nationally recognized activist and expert in the field of violence against women prevention and cultural competency. She is a nationally Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and is CEO and founder of Asha Family Services, Inc., in Milwaukee, WI. Asha, a private, nonprofit, spiritually based agency, is the first and only recognized culturally specific comprehensive sexual and domestic violence intervention and prevention agency in Wisconsin for African Americans. Asha'’s holistic approach includes services for incarcerated men and women, a transitional housing program, an outpatient substance abuse treatment clinic that also includes STD and HIV/AIDS education, testing, and counseling, and micro-enterprises to support job training and development. Ms. Vann, a formerly battered wife and survivor, began studying the impact of violence in her life and the lives of women and children in 1985. She began to research and develop Asha'’s programming through her life experiences, studies, and most importantly, listening to the authentic experiences of “like” women.

Retreat Sponsors

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This training is partially supported by the following grants: FVPSA 2013G991540, OVW Sexual Assault Services Program grant 2012-SW-AX-0007, and the Allstate Foundation Financial Empowerment grant.

Conference Rates*

Early Registration Rates: March 22-April 4

2-Day Registration $100
Discounted 2-Day Registration for DCADV Certified DV Specialists $75
Discounted 2-Day Registration for DCADV Members $85
Monday Only Registration (no discount rates apply)* $70

Late Registration Rates: April 5-April 19

2-Day Registration $110
Discounted 2-Day Registration for DCADV Certified DV Specialists $85
Discounted 2-Day Registration for DCADV Members $95
Monday Only Registration (no discount rates apply)* $80

*Conference rates do not include meals. Because new U.S. Department of Justice restrictions no longer allow us to provide food and beverages, breakfast and lunch are on your own. A la carte breakfast items and boxed lunches will be available for purchase (cash only) from the Atlantic Sands Hotel. Read about the hotel's meal options here. You are also welcome to bring a bag breakfast or lunch and eat it on the premises, and a directory of nearby eateries open preseason will be provided to all participants.

**One-day-only registration is not available for Tuesday because the learning exchange format is contingent upon participation on Monday.

Accommodations - Group Rates as low as $105/night!

Atlantic SandsThe Atlantic Sands is offering group rates as low as $105/night plus tax for Retreat participants. Group rates are offered based on availability and are good for Saturday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 7.

Call 1.800.422.0600 and reserve your room using the booking code #6703 no later than April 4.

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