Call for Proposals: CIC 2017

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Cultural Impact Conference

March 17, 2017 Chicago, Illinois


Title: Resiliency and Healing: The Aftermath of Violence in Marginalized Communities

Theme Description: Violence in marginalized communities is a byproduct of institutionalized racism with historical and present-day harmful repercussions. Institutional racism includes policies and structures that deprive certain individuals within a society equal opportunity to social, economic and political advantages. It is reflected in disparities regarding criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education.  Consequently, marginalized communities fraught with violence are created and sustained.  The witnessing, victimization and exposure to racism and violence for individuals residing in marginalized communities may lead to detrimental long lasting psychological effects (Alvarez, Liang & Neville, 2016). As engaged members of our community, we have an obligation and responsibility to address the cycle of violence and promote resiliency and healing.

The conference will explore how various systems (e.g. mental health providers, community advocates, legal advocates, business and policy leaders, educators and students) can work together to help promote individual and community empowerment through their efforts towards social justice.

Conference Objectives:

  • Explore individual, community and social interventions to promote resiliency and healing from violence in marginalized communities
  • Apply innovative research and theories in practice for positive change in communities
  • Form interprofessional alliances to engage in systemic and sustainable change

Suggested Topics:

  • Institutionalized racism and policy
  • Trauma and violence in communities: psychological impact
  • Gang prevention and intervention programs; breaking the school to prison pipeline
  • Social justice responses/community interventions: mental health education in marginalized communities, effective social forums
  • Universities as intervening organizations: Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model, critical race theory
  • Community Interventions: building social trust and civic engagement
  • Police violence and racial profiling
  • Environmental justice issues
  • Psychological residuals of slavery and colonization impacting communities
  • Effects of privilege on marginalized communities
  • Media portrayals and creation of negative stereotypes
  • Modern day racism: covert discrimination, microaggressions
  • Protective and resiliency factors: ethnic/racial socialization, family system supports

Proposal Application Process:

Conference Website:

Inquiries: email  [email protected]

Sessions will be 60 or 90 minute presentations; we will consider formal and less structured presentations, panels, and creative/interactive sessions.

Submissions are welcome any time, and due October 2, 2016. Please submit your proposal via email at [email protected] You will be notified if your proposal is accepted by October 14.

Submissions should include:

  • Name and affiliation of presenters, proposed session format
  • Abstract with a maximum up to 300 words. This abstract will appear in the conference program if the proposal is accepted

Please indicate if your presentation can fit both a 60 and 90 minute time slot.

If you intend to provide Continuing Education Units for your session you will also need to include the following:

o Learning objectives (one for 60-min presentation and two for 90-min presentation)

o  References (one for 60-min presentation and two for 90-min presentation)

o Bio and CV (for each presenter)

o Instructional level of programming: Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced

o  Describe one instructional method that will be used to help enhance the acquisition of knowledge and facilitate the transition of the program into current practice