Monday, November 6, 2017
5:30–7:30 p.m.


Adelphi University
Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Uncloaking the Veil of Secrecy: Social, Educational, and Clinical Interventions for Addressing Abuse within Religious Communities

With David Pelcovitz, Ph.D.

2 CEs

Faith communities can pose unique challenges to survivors of abuse, who often face stigma, denial, and pressure to remain silent about their victimization. Clinicians and child protection professionals seek more informed approaches in providing effective support to survivors while forging effective collaboration and partnerships with clergy, schools and parents.

Join David Pelcovitz, Ph.D.,world-renowned trauma expert, who has over forty years of experience in working with abused children in partnership with clergy and community leaders in the U.S., Europe, Australia and South Africa. He will share clinical and research-based insights he has found effective in offering culturally sensitive approaches to effectively break the silence in insular communities. 

Learning objectives:

  • To identify the challenges faced by survivors of abuse who are members of religious communities.
  • To explore global theories on effecting change in communities.
  • To apply specific strategies for developing effective collaborations with religious leaders to help insular communities become more trauma-sensitive.
  • To describe culturally sensitive methods for engaging professionals and caregivers around the topic of abuse.

Light snacks will be available prior to the start of the event.


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Cost: $35 (Reduced fee made possible through federal funding from SAMHSA)

About the Speaker

David Pelcovitz, Ph.D., holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School where he serves as Special Assistant to the President of Yeshiva University and also teaches pastoral psychology courses. As a clinical psychologist with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Pelcovitz has focused his clinical practice and research efforts in areas related to trauma, child abuse and parenting. Before assuming his position at Yeshiva University, Dr. Pelcovitz was Director of Psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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