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Public Education Workshops


Join the Pennsylvania Psychological Association on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Harrisburg Hilton for FREE public education workshops. There will be four, one-hour workshops available between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM with a half hour break.  The majority of the workshops will be related to this year's convention theme which is Overcoming Interpersonal Violence Throughout the Lifespan. The topics that will be covered are: elder abuse, sexual assault, bullying, and divorce care.

Psychologists are highly trained to help people cope more effectively with life's problems. It is out hope that these workshops will give you new ideas for helping yourself and those you love.

Registrations are not required, but you can reserve your seat by emailing


9:00 - 10:00 AM
Divorce Common Sense: What You Need to Know About Divorce
Sheila Brennan, CPC

Nearly 50% of married couples will experience divorce. A client headed to divorce court needs to be educated regarding process and options, prior to selecting an attorney. This program will provide the audience with the basics of divorce common sense.
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the difficult transition clients experience as they move from a state of married couple to divorced individual
2. Describe the issues faced by individuals as they travel the divorce journey
3. Compile a list of other professionals that an individual can refer to when they are going through a divorce

10:15 - 11:15 AM
The Many Faces of Elder Abuse: Recognition, Prevention, Advocacy.
Dr. Beatrice Chakraborty, Psy.D.

In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), the presenter aims to raise awareness of elder abuse in our community, help participants recognize signs and risk factors of abuse, illustrate preventive care measures and promote advocacy for laws and policies that protect the elderly.
At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Define elder abuse and articulate 5 prevailing types of abuse
2. Identify/explain 3 (of many) signs of suspected abuse and 3 risk factors for potential abuse
3. Recite when and where to go to report real or suspected abuse

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sexual Victimization Across the Lifespan
Dr. Bruce Mapes, Ph.D.

The program will describe the types of contact and non contact sexual offenses committed against people of all ages, as well as physical and psychological effects of sexual victimization. Participants will learn when to suspect sexual victimization and what to do when one is suspected of being victimized.
At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the difference between contact and non contact sexual victimization
2. List five signs of suspected sexual victimization
3. Describe five things to do if you suspect someone is being sexually victimized

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Cyberbullying: The New Interpersonal Violence
Dr. Gail Karafin, Ed.D.

This program addresses the new form of bullying that has emanated from the electronic age. It provides information about cyberbullying and its impact on others. This program will discuss some strategies for combating this problem.
At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize cyberbullying
2. Describe the impact of cyberbullying on victims
3. Understand the differences between cyberbullying and traditional bullying
4. Learn strategies for combating cyberbullying


Questions? Please contact the PPA Office by calling (717) 232-3817 or sending an email to

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