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If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.

News and Resources

* Panel discussion on “Healing From Abuse: Ritual Abuse Survivors and Allies Speak Out.” Tuesday, January 17
Speakers: William Maria Rain, Jean Riseman, Hal Pepinsky, and Matt Akelay
If you would like to help, message Matt at https://www.facebook.com/matt2341. We could use help with all sorts of tasks, especially publicizing the panel.
 

* Here is a page with literally hundreds of articles on safety in all sort of places and situations. Well worth reading!  http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/

Many Voices: back issues from 1989 to 2012 are available online now. The list of articles on RA and sadistic abuse is here: http://www.manyvoicespress.org/subjectindex.html#ritualistic The link to open up those issues is here: http://manyvoicespress.org/newsletter.html

Important new books

Dear Little Ones: Dissociative Identity Disorder for Young Alters. Written by Jade Miller and illustrated by Germán Zaninetti. CreateSpace, 2015. Available from Createspace and Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Lacter, Ellen, Lewis, Robin Baird, and Callow,  Jen. A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. Read the introduction and order through  http://colortoheal.com

Miller, Alison (2014) Becoming Yourself: Overcoming Mind Control and Ritual Abuse. Karnac Books, London, England.

Miller, Alison. (2112) Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control. Karnac Books, London, England.

Noblitt, James Randal and Noblitt, Pamela Perskin (2014) Cult and Ritual Abuse: Narratives, Evidence, and Healing Approaches. Third Edition Praeger,

Whaleswan, Ani Rose, Editor. (2014) We Have Come Far: Gifts of Healing from Survivors of Extreme Trauma. Sojourn Press

*  Ritual Dates for 2015 can be found in these sections: Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, For and by Survivors, For Professionals, For Researchers, and International Resources. Dates observed by Satanic, Neo-Nazi, polytheist, and Thelemic groups are included. There is also a section on triggering symbols and objects.

* Arts and Healing Network. Resources include links to artist websites, artist grants, workshops and conferences, book publishing and marketing calls for exhibition entries. http://www.artheals.org/home.html

* David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages have been updated and new resources added. http://www.trauma-pages.com/

* RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) lists over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the US. It also has a hotline 800.656.HOPE and programs to prevent sexual assault and help victims.   www.rainn.org/ 

* An international inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, searchable by country, plus an index of domestic violence resources in over 80 languages. http://www.hotpeachpages.net

* The entire contents of the journal Dissociation (540 issues) are on the web in pdf format. Go to https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/search Enter “Dissociation” in the search box at the upper right.

COMING EVENTS

Call for Submissions

updated February 28, 2017 

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION
ESTD Conference: “Abuse and Neglect: Challenges for Therapy, Prevention, and Justice.”
Call for Abstracts: Deadline April 30
For information on submitting, see http://www.estd2017.org/Call-for-Abstracts/

INSTITUTE ON VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND TRAUMA (IVAT)
IVAT is calling for abstracts of papers for two Special Issues of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) “Financial Costs of Child Sexual Abuse Experienced by Individuals and Families across the Lifespan” and “Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of PreK-12 Students by School Personnel.” Deadline: May 18, 2017.
For information on submitting, see https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wcsa

Conferences and Workshops

updated April 22, 2017

Australia

DELPHI TRAINING AND CONSULTING

““What’s Snow White Got To Do With It? Working with Complex Trauma.”
 
12 May, Sydney: May 19, Melbourne: May 26, Brisbane: August 4, Perth
Presenter: Naomi Halpern

Information: http://delphicentre.com.au

TALOMIN BOOKS
“Treating PTSD”
May 11 - 12,  Brisbane: May 18 - 19, Melbourne: May 25 - 26, Sydney: June 8 - 9, Adelaide: June 15 - 16, Perth: June 22 - 23, Wellington, NZ:
Presenter: Leah Giarratano
Information: https://www.talominbooks.com/html/store/training/default.asp?catid=4
“Treating Complex Trauma.”
July 13 - 14,  Brisbane: July 20 - 21,  Melbourne:July 27 - 28,  Sydney: August 3 - 4,  Wellington NZ: October 19 - 20, Perth: October 26 - 27, 2Adelaide.  
Presenter: Leah Giarratano
Information: https://www.talominbooks.com/html/store/training/default.asp?catid=

Denmark

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR TRAUMATIC STRESS STUDIES
The 15th Annual Meeting of the ESTSS: “Child Maltreatment Across the Lifespan”
Pre-conference workshops
June 1, Odense Denmark.
Information: http://estss2017.eu/schedule/
June 2 - 4, Odense, Denmark.
Speakers include: Andrea Danese, Grete Dyb, Ester Deblinger, Maggie Schauer, David Fergussson, Martin Teicher, and Raija-Leena Punamaki.
Information: http://estss2017.eu/

Germany

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION
“The Changing Faces of Trauma Memory.”
Trauma Symposium of the Trauma-Institut-Leipzig.
June 16 -17,  Leipzig, Germany.
Presenters include: Rosemarie Barwinski, Valerie Sinason,
Renee Marks, Irina Vogt, Ralf Vogt, Winja Lutz, Thomas Haudel, Geogr. Salina Centgraf, and Sabine Hampf  
Information: http://www.estd.org/news/trauma-potentials-vi/

VILLA LINDENFEL
 
Offers one- and two-year courses on dissociation and extreme abuse as well as a variety of day-long and week-long workshops. 
Faculty include: Gaby Breitenbach, Michaela Dressler, Katharina Drexler, Monika Harsch, Thomas Kühler, Thomas Lang, Klaus Nouvertné, Harald Requardt, Werner Tschan, Ralf Vogt and invited guests.
 
Information: http://villa-lindenfels.de

Norway

International Conference “Trauma, Dissociation,and Psychosis: Complex Conditions - Diverse Approaches.”
Kilden Performing Arts Centre,  May 30 - June 1, Kristiansand Norway.
Keynote Speakers: Ellert Nijenhuis, Jim van Os, Janina Fisher, John Read, Monica Aas, Renee Potgieter Marks, Jean Frazier, and David van der Berg.
Days 1 and 2 will be in English: Day 3 will be in Norwegian.
Information: http://www.estd.org/news/trauma-dissociation-and-psychosis-international-conference-2/

Switzerland

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION
ESTD Conference: “Abuse and Neglect: Challenges for Therapy, Prevention, and Justice.”
Pre-conference: November 8, Berne, Switzerland.
November 9 - 11, Berne, Switzerland.
Presenters include: Karl Heinz Brisch, Kirsten Böök, Dolores Mosquera,  Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Regula Schwager, and Adrian Kaegi.
Information: http://www.estd2017.org/Programme/

United Kingdom

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION-UK with the National Health Service and PODS
“Facing the Challenge: Improving Services for People with Trauma-Related Dissociation”
March 30 - 31, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich, England.
Presenters are from the NHS, voluntary sector, and private sector and include: Remy Aquarone, Renee Marks, Angela Kennedy, Aad Stierum, Claire Harrison-Breed, Mike Lloyd, Kathryn Livingston, Melanie Goodwin, Paul William Miller, Iris Benson, Peter Garsden, Mel Temple,  Jo Russell, Sandra Buck, Zoe Pool,  Sue Richardson, Tammy Walker, Carolynne Murphy, Roger Kingerlee, Les Ryan, Claire Harrison-Breed, David Stimson, Hillary Freeman, Tanya Orr, Celia Harrison, Helena Crockford, Elizabeth Ross, Carol Broad, Kathryn Livingston, Lynne Ryan, Joy Hasler, Malin Wastlund, Jennie Ormerod, Ashleigh McLellan, Elly Hamsen, and Sam Warner.

Information: http://www.estduk-training.org.uk/estd-conference-introduction
Courses given by First Person Plural 
ESTD-UK Foundation Course: "Understanding and Working with Traumatic Dissociation.”
(must take all four sessions) May 13 - 14 May and June 17 - 18,   London. England
Information: http://www.firstpersonplural.org.uk/training/our-training-courses/
“Trauma-Related Complex Dissociation: Origins and Consequences: Part 1 and Part 2.”
(must take all four sessions) October 19 - 20, Cardiff, Wales.
 Information: https://bookwhen.com/fpp
ESTD-UK Post-Foundation Course: "Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation.”
(must take all four sessions) October 14 - 15 and November 18 - 19, London. England.
Information: https://bookwhen.com/fpp

POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR DISSOCIATIVE SURVIVORS (PODS)
“Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder and Complex PTSD.”
July 8, London.
“Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice.”
September 29, Peterborough: October 14, Bristol: November 4, Nottingham: December 2, London.
“Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals”
April 1, 2017,  Peterborough: May 5, London: May 13, Bradford: June 10, Stirling: June 24, Bristol: November 3, Nottingham 
Information: http://www.pods-online.org.uk/index.php/training/table-of-events

United States of America

ACADEMY FOR EATING DISORDERS 
(Surveys show that approximately 60% of RA/MC survivors have eating disorders.)
The Academy for Eating Disorders has a calendar that shows 1 - 4 conferences per month from around the world. Probably few of them discuss dissociative clients directly, but much of what they present would be useful in working with our population.
Information:  edweb.org/index.php/education/education-events

CAPE COD INSTITUTE
“Frontiers of Trauma Treatment.”
July 3 - 7, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk  
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/bessel_vanderkolk.html
“Internal Family Systems Workshop.”
July 24 - 28, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Richard Schwartz 
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/richard_schwartz.html
“Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models.”  
July 31 - August 4, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Deborah Korn 
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/deborah_korn.html
“Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation.”
August 7 - 11, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Janina Fisher  
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/janina_fisher.html

EMDR INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
“EMDR Therapy: New Frontiers.”
August 24 - 27, Bellevue, WA.
Information: http://www.emdria.org/page/2017EMDRIACo

HEALING THROUGH CREATIVITY
“West Virginia Arts - Healing Through Creativity - Pilot Mountain Poetry”
Free art event for survivors of all sorts of trauma, RA-friendly. You may submit art, which will me mounted, or poetry, which will be read for you.
September 30, Pilot VA.
Information: http://www.healingthroughcreativity.org/

HOSPITALS
Many hospitals offer free or low-cost workshops, some on issues that are pertinent to dissociative disorders.  It is useful to check your local hospitals as well as Intensive Trauma Therapy, Morgantown, WV, http://www.traumatherapy.us  Centre for Therapy, Kingston, Ont, Canada. http://www.centrefortherapy.ca/events The Meadows http://www.themeadows.net/ and River Oaks Hospital, http://www.riveroakshospital.com

IN INFINITE MIND
"Healing Together"
February 9 - 11, 2018, Orlando Fl.
Proposals open in June: full conference information available in October.
Information: http://aninfinitemind.com/

INSTITUTE ON VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND TRAUMA (IVAT)
22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
September 22 27, San Diego, CA.
Information: http://www.ivatcenters.org/Conferences.html

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION (ISSTD) 
34th Annual International Conference; “The Ripple Effect: Trauma and Dissociation in the Mainstream.”
  Pre-conference: March 30 - 31, Arlington, VA.
Presenters include: Richard Kluft, Sandra Paulson, Michael Coy, Richard Chefetz, Martin Dorahy, John O’Neil, and Su Baker.
Main Conference: April 1 - 3, Arlington, VA. 
Presenters include: Bruce Perry, Julian Ford. Warwick Middleton, Dolores Mosquera, John O’Neil, and Pamela Alexander.

Information: http://www.isst-d.org/default.asp?contentID=448 and http://www.isst-d.org/downloads/AnnualConference/2017/Preliminary%20Program%20Final.pdf
Anchorage Regional Conference
June 12- 17, Anchorage, AK.
Presenters: Renee Marks and Jim Knipe.
Information: https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=ISSTD&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=ed70b2bf-2360-4d5e-a128-d27b1afa62ff

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TRAUMATIC STRESS 
STUDIES (ISTSS)
33rd Annual Meeting: “trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells.”
Pre-meeting: November 8, Chicago IL.
A networking event for young researchers and clinicians.
Information: https://www.istss.org/am17/paper-in-a-day.aspx
Meeting: November 9 - 11,  Chicago IL.
Presenters include: Christine Heim, Kenneth Kendler, Bethany Brand, Julian Ford, Michael Mithoefer, Angelique Cramer and Nnamdi Pole,
Information: https://www.istss.org/am17/home.aspx

IVORY GARDEN
“Demystifying Trauma-Informed-Care within the Dissociative Spectrum.” 
October 19 - 27 2017, Seattle, WA.
 
Presenters include: Colin Ross, Sandra Paulsen, Dana Ross, Steven Frankel, Laura Brown, David Calof, Lynn Crook, Julie Valenti, Jerry Crimmins, Staci Sprout, Mary Knight, Kim Lincoln, Naomi Lombardi, Kate White, Joshua Moore, and Emily Jaeg
Information: https://igdid.org/

THE MEADOWS
Workshops for survivors, therapists, family and friends.
Survivors I, Survivors II, Strengthening Coupleship: Working Together, Love Addiction / Love Avoidance, Family Workshop, Men’s Sexual Recovery, Journey Of A Woman’s Heart: Finding True Intimacy, Healing Intimate Treason: For Partners of Sex Addiction, Healing Heartache: A Grief And Loss Workshop, Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop, Mind and Heart: A Mindful Path To Wholehearted Living.
For dates and other information, click the workshop titles at the left on http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/survivors-i-workshop

MINNEAPOLIS TRAUMA PROJECT
"Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:  Overcoming Self-Alienation.”
April 27 - 28, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Janina Fisher
Information: http://www.mntraumaproject.org/janina-fisher
“Attachment, Affect Regulation, and Sexuality.”
October 6, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Alex Katehakis
Information: http://www.mntraumaproject.org/alex-katehakis-workshop
“Engaging Traumatized Clients Who Avoid Attachment, Closeness, and Painful Feelings”
November 3 - 4, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Robert Muller, PhD
  
Information:http://www.mntraumaproject.org/robert-muller-workshop
There are also interesting workshops for professionals and for the general public.

NORDIC ASSOCIATION FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
10th Nordic Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
August 20 - 22, 2018 in Tórshavn, Faroe Isands.

RESTORATION IN CHRIST MINISTRIES  
Counselors' Retreat July 27 - 30, Hendersonville, NC.
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/Events-Upcoming.html
DID Training Program
Week 1: Primary Identity Approach
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/CDT-Week-1.html
July 31 - August 4, Hendersonville, NC.
Week 2: Prenatal Healing I
Aug 7 - 11, Hendersonville, NC.
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/CDT_Week-2.html
Ritual Abuse Training Program
Week 1: Ritual Abuse and Spiritual Warfare
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/Certification-Details.html
October 9 - 11, Hendersonville, NC.
Week 2: Ritual Abuse and Prenatal Healing
Aug 7 - 11, Hendersonville, NC.
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/CDT_Week-2.html
Week 3: Ritual Abuse Dynamics I & Spiritual Warfare Dynamics II
October 9-13, Grottoes, VA.
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/CDT_Week-3.html
Week 4: Ritual Abuse Dynamics II & Prenatal Healing II
October 16 - 20, Grottoes, VA.
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/CDT_Week-4.html

SMART
“The 2017 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference.”
 
August 11 - 13, 2017, 
Windsor Locks, CT.
Information: https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

SNAP (Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests)
The 2017 Annual SNAP Conference
August 11 - 13, 2017, Washington, DC.
  
Information: http://www.snapnetwork.org

SURVIVORSHIP
Full day training for licensed clinicians and students in the field.
May 19, Oakland CA.
Presenter: Alison Miller 
The Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2017 Conference
May 19 - 21, Oakland, CA.
Presenters Include: Alison Miller, Wendy Hoffman, and Neil Brick.
Information: https://survivorship.org/survivorship-ritual-abuse-and-child-abuse-2017-conference/

THE TRAUMA CENTER AT JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE 
28th Annual International Trauma Conference
“Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions.”
May 31 - June 3,  Boston, MA.
Sixth Annual Summer Training Institute
July 17 - 21, Hyannis, MA.
Presenters include: Joseph Spinazzola, David Emerson, Margaret Blaustein, Jana Pressly, Julie Brown, Richard Schwartz, JRI Trauma Drama Ensemble.
Information: http://www.traumacenter.org/training/summer_institute_2017.phpInformation: http://www.traumacenter.org/training/Trauma_Conf_2017.php
Bessel van der Kolk's complete speaking schedule is at: http://www.traumacenter.org/about/speaking_schedule.php

Webinars

updated April 22 2017

ACADEMY FOR EATING DISORDERS
Webinar series on issues in eating disorders: some are 4-session series. $25 per Webinar: some free. Recordings of past Webinars are available.
Information:  http://www.aedweb.org/web/index.php/education/education-events

CONFER
Seven on-line modules containing videos, audio tracks, , recommended reading, slides, texts, references and a forum for discussion., including “The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation.” There are also archives of seminars and conferences on a wide variety of subjects. Among the presenters are Remy Aquarone, Adah Sachs, and Valerie Sinason.
Discount code at http://www.estd.org/confer/
Information: http://www.confer.uk.com/

EMDRIA
Distance Learning Programs
On-line trainings, on-line workshops and presentations.
Information: http://www.emdria.org/?page=54

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION (ESTD)
Studies and Surveys: Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD)
Network study: a web-based educational video program for DD clients and their therapists which focuses on improving clients’ safety and their ability to manage dissociation and emotions.
Information: http://www.estd.org/

JANINA FISHER
Webinar series on complex trauma and dissociation "Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma," "Working with Trauma-Related Dissociation and Complexity," "Principles and Challenges of Trauma Treatment," and an Australian series.
Some titles: "Sadistic, Malevolent and/or Cult Abuse Alters"
"Working with Chronic Pain"
"'Pastel' Dissociative Disorders: the Challenges of Work with Underwhelming Clients"
"The Challenges of Integration: Homogeneity or Collaboration?"
Information: http://www.janinafisher.com/seminar.php

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION (ISSTD)
Downloads of past Webinars.
Presenters include Richard P. Kluft, Pat Ogden, Kathy Steele, Janina Fisher, Richard J. Lowenstein, Bethany Brand, and Catherine Fine, Lisa Danylchuk, Christine Forner, Bob Slater, Warwick Middleton,Victor Welzant, and Martin Dorahy.
Live Webinars (open to those who are not ISSTD members.
) Presenters include Richard P. Kluft, Pat Ogden, Kathy Steele, Janina Fisher, Richard J. Lowenstein, Bethany Brand, and Catherine Fine.
Information: http://www.isst-d.org/default.asp?contentID=58
A series of webinars on ritual abuse is being planned for 2017.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE CLINICAL APPLICATION OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
"Rethinking Trauma."
Presenters: Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Daniel Siegel, Sebern Fisher, Ruth Lanius, Laurel Parnell, Richard Schwartz, and David Grand.
“New Treatments for Trauma: 2013 Therapy Program”
Presenters: Peter Levina, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Francine Shapiro, Ruth Lanius.
Also “New Treatments for Trauma 2012 and "New Treatments for Trauma 2011.”
Information: http://www.nicabm.com/programs/trauma/

PROFESSIONAL PSYCH SEMINARS  
On-line courses on a wide variety of subjects, including trauma, eating disorders, adolescents and families, self-injury/suicide, and psychopharmacology.  

Information: http://www.psychsem.com/onlinecourses/

RESTORATION IN CHRIST MINISTRIES 
May 12: Understanding Primary Identities
June 9: Bringing Healing to DID
past webinars (video)www.rcm-usa.org/frm-March-2017-Recording-Webinar.asp
Training Webinar 1: Dynamics of DID
Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org/frm-recording-Feb-2017-webinar.asp
Training Webinar 2: Spiritual Warfare Dynamics

THE TRAUMA CENTER OF THE JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER 

National Action Partnership on Polyvictimization: Complex Trauma Webinar Series
The following webinars available as  web archives with downloadable slides.
“Diagnostic Issues in Polyvictimized Children and Adults.”
Presenter: Julian Ford (University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic )
“Polyvictimization Considerations in the Judicial System.”
Presenter: Julian Ford (University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic )
Biological and Developmental Impact of Polyvictimization.”
Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk (Trauma Center at JR)
“Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls and Women.”
Presenter: Lisa Goldblatt Grace (My Life My Choice Program )
“Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Boys and Men.”
Presenter: Steven Procopio (Trauma Center at JRI)
“Impact of Polyvictimization on K-12 Schools.”
Presenter: Christopher Blodgett (Washington State University)
“Polyvictimization and Urban Communities of Color.”
Presenters: Bradley Stolbach (Chicago Child Trauma Center)
Kathryn Bocanegra (Enlace Chicago)
Linda Rich (Drexel University College of Medicine)
“Impact of Polyvictimization on Early Learning.”
Presenters: Joshua Arvidson (Alaska Child Trauma Center)
Christopher Blodgett (Washington State University)
“Impact of Polyvictimization on LGBTQ Youth and Adults.”
Presenter: Aliza Yarrow (Trauma Center at JRI) 

Information: http://www.traumacenter.org/initiatives/Polyvictimization_Webinars_2014_rev.pdf