UW-Madison Odyssey Project features students and special guests in the pre-Election Day event ‘Why Vote?’

Voter turnout has emerged as a key con­cern in Wisconsin’s hotly con­tested midterm elec­tions. Hear novel per­spec­tives on the issue in a com­mu­nity event called “Why Vote?” pre­sented by the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project. It fea­tures Odyssey stu­dents read­ing their win­ning entries from the “Why Vote?” essay con­test, along with appear­ances by Jean Fer­aca, dis­tin­guished broad­caster emerita of Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio; Andrea Kamin­ski, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the League of Women Vot­ers of Wis­con­sin; and Dave Zweifel, edi­tor emer­i­tus of The Cap­i­tal Times.

Why Vote?” is held on Sun­day, Oct. 26 — a week and a half before the Nov. 4 Elec­tion Day — at the Madi­son Pub­lic Library’s Cen­tral Branch, 201 W. Mif­flin St., 3rd Flood Com­mu­nity Room, from 2–3:30 p.m.

The UW-Odyssey Project empow­ers low-income adults to get a jump­start at earn­ing col­lege degrees. Grad­u­ates of the pro­gram have jour­neyed from home­less­ness to UW-Madison degrees, from incar­cer­a­tion to mean­ing­ful work in the community.

Along with brief remarks by Fer­aca, Kamin­ski and Zweifel, “Why Vote?” will involve the audi­ence in a dis­cus­sion of how to encour­age bet­ter voter turnout. Audi­ence mem­bers can also enjoy free gourmet refresh­ments from Choco­latier Cater­ing, funded by the UW Credit Union.

One of our goals in the Odyssey Project is to empower our often-marginalized stu­dents to find their voices and become more engaged cit­i­zens,” explains Project Direc­tor Emily Auer­bach. “Most of our stu­dents come from eth­nic minori­ties, face severe finan­cial bur­dens, and feel oth­ers don’t value their opin­ions. By hold­ing a ‘Why Vote?’ essay con­test, reg­is­ter­ing new vot­ers this fall out at our class­room in the Good­man South Madi­son Library and hold­ing a com­mu­nity event at the down­town library, we hope our stu­dents will feel their votes, voices and visions do indeed matter.”

 “Why Vote?” is spon­sored by UW’s Divi­sion of Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, UW Credit Union, Madi­son Pub­lic Library, the League of Women Vot­ers of Wis­con­sin, and The Cap­i­tal Times. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Odyssey Project Direc­tor Emily Auer­bach, eauerbach@​dcs.​wisc.​edu, 608–262-3733.

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Professional Life Coaching Certificate program receives coveted accreditation

The Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison’s Pro­fes­sional Life Coach­ing Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram has been approved for accred­i­ta­tion by the Inter­na­tional Coach Fed­er­a­tion, the accred­it­ing body for life coach­ing. This rare honor makes the UW the only aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tion in the Mid­west with an Accred­ited Coach Train­ing Pro­gram (ACTP).

Stu­dents in the Pro­fes­sional Life Coach­ing Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram (PLCC) work toward pro­fes­sional cre­den­tial­ing as a life coach. Through a nine-month series of face-to-face classes and tele­con­fer­ences, they learn to help peo­ple reach their poten­tial and change their lives. Par­tic­i­pants include those seek­ing to become a pro­fes­sional coach as well as prac­tic­ing coaches who want to improve their skills.

The PLCC is the only pro­gram of its kind in the Mid­west in a higher edu­ca­tion set­ting. It is unique in offer­ing a cohort model, in which stu­dents go through the pro­gram together and gain a sense of community.

Those who par­tic­i­pated in the 2013–14 Pro­fes­sional Life Coach­ing Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram gave it a unan­i­mous rat­ing of “excel­lent” in the final eval­u­a­tion. “The PLCC teaches through a rig­or­ous cur­ricu­lum, then coaches the par­tic­i­pants through the expe­ri­ence,” says Mary Ann Marx, com­mu­nity edu­ca­tion coör­di­na­tor at Sauk Prairie School Dis­trict. “I have never been in a course that has done such a great job of teach­ing, nur­tur­ing and empow­er­ing par­tic­i­pants to grow above and beyond what they believe is even pos­si­ble. This is truly the essence of coaching.”

The Inter­na­tional Coach Fed­er­a­tion is the sole orga­ni­za­tion that accred­its life coach­ing pro­grams. The PLCC’s lead instruc­tor, Darcy Luoma, recently received her Mas­ter Cer­ti­fied Coach cre­den­tial, granted to only a small num­ber of experts in the field.

Learn more about the PLCC’s cur­ricu­lum, require­ments and instruc­tors.
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Conference on Child Sexual Abuse features nationally renowned speakers and new research

MADISON, Wis. – The 2014 Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison Con­fer­ence on Child Sex­ual Abuse offers the lat­est infor­ma­tion on child sex­ual abuse treat­ment, inter­ven­tion, assess­ment and pre­ven­tion. Now in its 30th year, it is the leader in pro­vid­ing aca­d­e­mic and evidence-based research for those who work with sex­u­ally abused chil­dren, adults who were abused as chil­dren, and offenders.

The con­fer­ence meets Oct. 27–29 at Madi­son Mar­riott West in Mid­dle­ton, offer­ing pre­sen­ta­tions by nation­ally renowned speak­ers and more than 50 work­shops and insti­tutes on a wide range of topics.

A fea­tured pre­sen­ter is Prof. Ross Cheit, Brown Uni­ver­sity, whose book The Witch-Hunt Nar­ra­tive: Pol­i­tics, Psy­chol­ogy, and the Sex­ual Abuse of Chil­dren chal­lenges the view that high-profile sex­ual abuse cases in the 1980s and ‘90s were hoaxes.

Other keynote speak­ers are Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in adult attach­ment the­ory and mod­els, trauma res­o­lu­tion, and inte­gra­tive heal­ing tech­niques; and Mare Chap­man, M.A., a Madi­son spe­cial­ist in holis­tic psy­chother­apy, guided imagery and mind­ful­ness meditation.

The UW-Madison Con­fer­ence on Child Sex­ual Abuse is aimed at ther­a­pists, child pro­tec­tion work­ers, attor­neys, law enforce­ment offi­cers and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to apply effec­tive assess­ment meth­ods and explore best prac­tices for treat­ment methods.

Con­fer­ence co-director Prof. James Camp­bell, UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, says, “Our con­fer­ence is known for its excel­lence in pro­vid­ing cur­rent aca­d­e­mic research as well as focus­ing on treat­ment strate­gies that can be used with clients. We are proud to cel­e­brate our 30th year.”

The UW-Madison Con­fer­ence on Child Sex­ual Abuse is proud of its con­tin­u­ing part­ner­ship with Fam­ily Sex­ual Abuse Treat­ment (FSAT), a pro­gram of the Canopy Cen­ter, which is a non­profit agency that coor­di­nates the pro­vi­sion of high-quality, community-based treat­ment ser­vices for fam­i­lies that have a his­tory of intra-family sex­ual abuse. Pro­vid­ing ser­vices to more than 200 par­tic­i­pants a year in the Dane County, Wis., area, FSAT deliv­ers coör­di­na­tion, refer­rals, train­ing and sup­port to the broader com­mu­nity. Through your reg­is­tra­tion fee, the con­fer­ence directly sup­ports FSAT and its mission.

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Con­tact:  Denise Nolden, dnolden@​dcs.​wisc.​edu, 608–263-5130 (toll free 800–442-7107)

 

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Witch-Hunt Narrative’ author to discuss child sexual abuse cases at fall conference

Prof Ross Chiet of Brown University is a conference keynote

Prof. Ross Chiet of Brown Uni­ver­sity, a con­fer­ence keynote, will dis­cuss his research on sev­eral child sex­ual abuse cases.

A noted Brown Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor and author of a recent book is the keynote at Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madison’s 30th Annual Con­fer­ence on Child Sex­ual Abuse that will be attended by more than 600 men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als from around the Midwest.

The UW Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies con­fer­ence meets Oct. 27–29 at Madi­son Mar­riott West in Mid­dle­ton, and offers pre­sen­ta­tions by lead­ing pro­fes­sional experts and dis­cus­sions of research-based assess­ment and treat­ment strategies.

A main con­fer­ence pre­sen­ter is Prof. Ross Cheit, Brown Uni­ver­sity, whose recent book chal­lenges the view that high-profile child sex­ual abuse cases in the 1980s and 90s were hoaxes. His book, The Witch-Hunt Nar­ra­tive: Pol­i­tics, Psy­chol­ogy, and the Sex­ual Abuse of Chil­dren, has been reviewed in many pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing The New York Times.

Cheit wrote the book after 15 years of research which included exam­in­ing court records and media accounts of the child sex­ual abuse cases.

Other keynote pre­sen­ters are Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in adult attach­ment the­ory and mod­els, trauma res­o­lu­tion, and inte­gra­tive heal­ing tech­niques; and Mare Chap­man, MA, a Madison.specialist in holis­tic psy­chother­apy, guided imagery, and mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion with 27 years of expe­ri­ence using these formats.

The con­fer­ence fea­tures 50 new work­shops and insti­tutes. This year work­shop top­ics include devel­op­men­tally sen­si­tive trauma treat­ment, sex­ual behav­ior prob­lems, early inter­ven­tion with chil­dren and fam­i­lies, the impact of pornog­ra­phy on chil­dren, effec­tive brief trauma ther­apy, empow­er­ing with move­ment and song, deal­ing with grief, eval­u­a­tion of sex offend­ers, and many others.

Con­fer­ence co-director Prof. James Camp­bell, UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, says, “Our con­fer­ence is known for its excel­lence in pro­vid­ing cur­rent aca­d­e­mic research as well as focus­ing on treat­ment strate­gies that can be used with clients. We are proud to cel­e­brate our 30th year.”

The con­fer­ence is offered in part­ner­ship with Fam­ily Sex­ual Abuse Treat­ment (FSAT), a pro­gram of the Dane County non­profit agency, Canopy Cen­ter, serv­ing more than 200 a year. A per­cent­age of con­fer­ence fees sup­port FSAT and its ser­vice to fam­i­lies impacted by child sex­ual abuse. Par­tic­i­pants also earn pro­fes­sional up to 19 hours of con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cred­its for participation.

For more infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence visit the web­site. The early reg­is­tra­tion dis­count ends Sept. 26. Online reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able here.

 

 

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