Human understanding, upon which clinical practice is based, is rooted in compassion derived from contact with experiences outside our own. One irony about this comes with the realization that we are more alike than the differences which have been made of us. ICSW’s full day conference will focus on experiences of women who are living —often— off our symbolic professional register, whose lives are beyond the reach of our formal theories and practices. We will hear from (and about) women —both globally and locally— who have suffered violence and injustice. In coming together we can expand the domain of our understanding and learn something about ourselves, as clinicians and as citizens.
1) Attendees will learn about the physical and psychological impact of the global and local scope of human rights violations against women.
2) Attendees will learn the unique clinical needs and medical outcomes of women who have suffered gender-based violence, oppression, and discrimination.
8:00am - Coffee, Light Breakfast
8:45am Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Jennifer Tolleson, PhD, ICSW Faculty, Chair of Continuing Education
Female Genital Mutilation: Human Rights Versus Cultural Rites. The practice of female genital cutting has been followed by many different cultures and societies across the ages and continents. It is an ancient, culturally sanctioned trauma involving the removal of parts or all of the external female genitalia. Approximately 200
million women have undergone FGM/C worldwide, while in Africa a further 3 million girls are at risk of the practice this year. As a result of migration, cases of this practice have been documented in
the United States where 500,000 women, between the ages of 15 and 49, are estimated to have been cut or are at risk of being cut. Trauma imprints from this injurious tradition may include lifelong health
complications. In addition to medical consequences, many girls and young
women suffer serious psychological distress, sexual difficulties and social
stigmatisms from the effects of FGM/C. This presentation will discuss the significant psycho-neurological and psycho-sexual impacts, as well as explore the historical transmission and subsequent intergenerational trauma of FGM/C. Clinical examples will be included in the presentation.
9:00am - Joanna Vergoth, LCSW, Founder/Executive Director, forma. (Keynote)
10:30am - Break
10:45am - Julia Geynisman-Tan, MD, Fellow, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital. (Keynote)
11:15am - F.A. Cole, Humanitarian, author, and anti-FGM activist (Keynote)
11:45am - Lunch (and Moderated Table Talk)
12:45pm - Discussion
1:15pm - Setting the Frame
Carleen Miller, PhD, Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service, Aimee Hilado, PhD, LCSW, RefugeeOne, and Wahidah Abu Taib, RefugeeOne
These three speakers will focus on the experience of displaced women and girls, particularly refugees forced to flee their own countries. Clinical considerations for understanding the experience of forcibly displaced females will be explored.
2:00pm - Jennifer Bing, Director the Palestine-Israel program for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
Ms. Bing will discuss the unique intersections of being Muslim, Arab, and female in these times.
2:30pm - Cindy Eigler, MSW, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Chicago Torture Justice Center
Out from the Shadows: The True Magnitude and Impact of State Violence Against Women.
3:00pm - Break
3:15pm - Milka Ramirez, PhD, Associate Dean, ICSW
Dr. Ramirez will discuss how the matrix of oppression, unseen violence, compulsory heterosexuality and heteropatriarchy serve as interlocking systems of oppression that give rise to gender-based violence against women who love women.
3:45pm - Marianne Joyce, LCSW, Kovler Center of the Heartland Alliance.
Ms. Joyce will address the global scope of human rights violations against women, and the unique clinical needs of women who have been tortured.
4:15pm - Panel Roundtable
5:15pm - Closing Remarks: Ida Roldan, PhD, Academic Dean, ICSW