Domestic Violence: The Intersection of Policy Advocacy and Clinical Interventions

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Yeshiva University Museum
15 West 16th Street, New York
(between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Registration: 2 CEU Credit Hours

  • General: $60
  • Wurzweiler Alums/Current Field Instructors: $40
  • Students (with ID): $15

Domestic violence is a significant social problem, and social workers in a variety of fields need to know how to effectively intervene and to advocate when existing policy fails to support survivors. Social workers are well-positioned to address these issues from both policy and clinical perspectives. In this presentation, Representative Gilchrest will draw on stories from her own experience in direct practice and her expertise in the policy process to help participants find ways in which they and their clients can change policies to reflect the needs of those most affected. Maya Williamson will share interventions that she uses to provide strengths-based services to culturally diverse clients who are impacted by domestic violence and related trauma.

Jillian Gilchrest

Jillian Gilchrest represents the 18th District of West Hartford in the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA). Previously, she served as the Director of Health Professional Outreach for the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Chair for the State’s Trafficking in Persons Council for the CGA. Jillian has extensive experience advocating for women’s health and safety. Her policy achievements as an advocate and lawmaker include Connecticut’s landmark campus sexual assault policy, the first of its kind in the nation, paid family and medical leave, affirmative consent legislation, and standards to address and prevent Connecticut’s rape kit backlog.

Jillian holds a master’s degree in social work with a focus in Policy Practice from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Jillian currently teaches for the University of Saint Joseph, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Hartford.

Maya Williamson

Maya Williamson graduated from Columbia School of Social Work in May 2014 after spending two years working with adults living with HIV/AIDs. During her time tutoring these clients participating in a job training program, Maya became acutely aware of the multiple traumas they had endured and how they informed their well-being. Ultimately, it was the passion for this work that led Maya to pursue her master’s degree in social work. Her chosen second year internship at Sanctuary for Families only furthered her interest in supporting trauma-survivors. Since, Maya has been providing trauma-focused therapeutic counseling to adults who have survived domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence.

Sanctuary for Families is the largest nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence survivors and their children. Each year, Sanctuary helps thousands of survivors and their children build safe lives by offering a range of high-quality services to meet their complex needs. These services include clinical, legal, shelter, children’s and economic stability services. Sanctuary also works to end domestic violence and its far-reaching impact through outreach, education, and advocacy.

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