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Ramapo to Host “Stopping Violence and Abuse: Protecting Our Children, Teens, and Young Adults,” Sponsored by the School of Social Science and Human Services

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 9, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College will hold the conference “Stopping Violence and Abuse: Protecting Our Children, Teens, and Young Adults” on Monday, March 26, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC219) in the Robert A. Scott Student Center.  The conference is sponsored by the School of Social Science and Human Services.

The conference is an interdisciplinary effort that will bring together professionals who serve children, teens and young adults in nearby communities as clinicians, educators and in other professions in social work.  By uniting professionals in the areas of social work, psychology and education, the conference will create a multi-disciplinary perspective on violence and abuse-an important issue affecting young people today.

Featured speakers include Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Children and Families Allison Blake who will provide Morning Remarks and Keynote speaker David Nash, Esq. of the NJPSA Staff Counsel who will deliver a speech concerning the new New Jersey teen dating violence law.

Breakout speakers include Assistant Professor of Social Work Kathryn Krase, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement and Coordinator of the Women’s Center Kat McGee, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Julie Norflus-Good, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Anne DeGroot, Associate Professor of Psychology Lysandra Perez-Strumulo, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and former specialist at St. Clare’s child abuse treatment program Jessica Platt and Associate Professor of Psychology Maya Poran, all of the College.

Other speakers include Clinical Director of the Audrey Hepburn House of Hackensack Medical Center Anthony D’Urso and Lyndhurst Public School District members Superintendent Dr. Tracey Marinelli, Supervisor of English & Fine and Performing Arts Lisa Klein and Executive Secretary Pat Norcia.  Also to speak are Art Therapist at Shelter Our Sisters Marta Levy, Executive Director at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey Rush Russell and New Milford High School Guidance Counselor, District SAC Coordinator, and District HIB Coordinator Dorene Zacher.

The conference will also include poster session featuring the work of Ramapo students.  Additionally, free breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.
The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please visit

For more information about the conference, please contact Diana Alspach at or at 201.684.7624.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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