NFL Senior Advisor and Others to Speak at IVAT’s 20th International Summit

NFL Senior Advisor and Others to Speak at IVAT’s 20th International Summit


From August 23-26, 2015, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University will hold it’s 20th International Summit. The two-part event will be held at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California. The event is expected to draw more than 1300 professionals, advocates, researchers, and others from major organizations, foundations, educational and government institutions, universities, clinics, agencies and shelters. This event is considered to be one of the premier annual summits on violence, abuse and trauma worldwide. Special guests include Rita Smith, Senior Advisor to the NFL, Jennifer Freyd, Ph.D., author of “Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse,” Lauren Book, author of “It’s OK to Tell,” Holocaust survivor Rose Schindler and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick, director of “The Hunting Ground.”


Rita Smith

Rita Smith has been featured on numerous national radio and television news shows, including NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey Show. At this year’s summit she will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Interpersonal Violence Advocacy Award for her dedication as an activist, advocacy for victims of domestic violence and for her persistent efforts in establishing October as Domestic Violence Awareness month.


Jennifer Freyd, Ph.D.

Jennifer Freyd is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. She directs a laboratory investigating the impact of interpersonal and institutional trauma on mental and physical health, behavior and society. Dr. Freyd has received numerous honors including the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science in Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Trauma Division and speaks annually on the topic of survivors of mind control and ritual abuse.

IVAT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals on local, national and international levels by sharing and disseminating vital information, improving collaborations and networking, conducting research and training, assisting with direct professional services, program evaluation and consulting to promote violence-free living.

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