Overcoming Interpersonal Violence Throughout the Lifespan
PPA is addressing multiple areas of interpersonal violence, including the lasting impact of these experiences on the attainment of developmental stages, positive interpersonal relationships and healthy coping skills. Areas that will be addressed include child abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, school violence including bullying, workplace violence, elder abuse, abuse of the disabled and sexual abuse across the lifespan.
The goal is to establish strategies to help our communities move from cultures of detachment and violence to cultures of cooperation, peacefulness and nonviolence. Topics will seek to identify ways to highlight psychology's value in homes, schools, workplaces and our communities at large. We, as psychologists, can become change agents by working with other professionals and agencies to identify causes that fuel violence and develop concrete tools that address and remedy these issues. Nonviolence can be promoted through advocacy and the dissemination of educational tools that reinforce an evolving view of cultural differences, self-awareness, violence and trauma.