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Topic: How to Reduce the Risk of Abuse for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Presenter: Nora Baladarian, Ph.D. 10:00 AM LACPA Office Encino

When: 4/4/2014
10 to 11:30 AM
Where: LACPA Office
17277 Ventura Blvd., #202
Encino, CA  91316
Presenter: Nora Baladarian, Ph.D.
Contact: Jennifer D. Cassatly, Psy.D.

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Title: How to Reduce the Risk of Abuse for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities....or without a disability at all

The presenter will describe the strategies she has used with her clients since 1994. She will describe her frustration with prevention models that discuss what to do after an abuse event occurs, and with an absence of models that teach what to do that would lessen one's vulnerability.

Dr. Baladerian has been focused on abuse of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for many years, since the mid-seventies when she first became aware of incest within the population. At that time, she began to search for information and specialists knowledgeable about this area, but found only one, a psychologist in Canada, Dr. Dick Sobsey.


She then turned to other fields to learn what she could: child abuse, rape treatment centers, trauma and treatment of trauma, developmental psychology, and as they emerged the fields of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, etc. She merged her learning and her skills in working with sexual assault victims with developmental disabilities, and worked with multidisciplinary teams (child abuse advocates, police/sheriff, judges, prosecutors, etc.) to secure equal justice for kids with developmental disabilities. Adult Protective Services focused in those days mostly on the elderly and neither APS nor CPS were much interested in training or discussions about people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Baladerian created a book for survivors of sexual assault with developmental disabilities with companion books for the adults around the victims, namely parents facing a reality for which they were ill prepared. She joined with St. John's Hospital in the mid '80's and hosted the first of 10 National Conferences on Abuse of People with Disabilities.She started to receive grants to do her work, in the mid-'90's through 2006 during which time she created teams to assist her in developing Law Enforcement Training DVD's under grants from the US DOJ to teach forensic interviewing skills and first response strategies. She has authored books on forensic interviewing, a curriculum on first response, risk reduction planning, the rules of sex, Forensic Assessment of Consent to Sex, among others. Her websites providing additional information: www.norabaladerian.com and www.disabilityandabuse.org




As a reminder-do not park in the parking lot on weekdays at the LACPA office. There is plenty of metered street parking


RSVP to Jennifer Cassatly, Psy.D. info@drjcassatly.com



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