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Abuse Within the Jewish Community Across the Age Span

Abuse Within the Jewish Community Across the Age Span

This session was part of Judaism, Health, and Healing, a daylong Chicago Community Resource Conference addressing issues and providing resources on health-related topics that impact every individual and every family. The conference featured experts in the fields of healthcare, law, and Jewish studies.

Abuse Within the Jewish Community Across the Age Span
is a Session 2 selection (takes place 10:45 am – 12:15 pm)


Presented by 
Dr. Vivian Skolnick and Dr. Susan Zoline.

This program will address a variety of forms of abuse encountered within the Jewish community and society at large: child physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; domestic partner abuse; abuse of individuals with disabilities; and elder abuse. The presenters will address detection, assessment, intervention, education, and prevention strategies relevant to the individual victim, family, service providers, and broader community. Historical and cultural challenges in addressing issues of abuse within the community will be examined. Paths to healing for the survivor will be identified and discussed.

In this program participants will learn about:

  • definitions and prevalence rates of different forms of abuse
  • professionally mandated reporting requirements related to various forms of abuse, including key provisions of specific relevant laws
  • detection, assessment, and intervention strategies, with distinctions noted between professionals and lay persons 
  • community level prevention, education and intervention efforts, including notable model programs
  • historical and cultural challenges in addressing issues of abuse within the community
  • paths for healing for survivors
  • readings and resources relevant to the topic of abuse

Vivian Skolnick, PhD received her doctorate in psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is in private practice as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst providing both treatment and supervision. She is a graduate of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, where she serves as a member of the faculty. She is an affiliate member of the Society of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and served as Membership Chairperson of Nefesh International.

Dr. Skolnick has published in professional journals, presented papers on topics related to psychology and religion, and is the author of The Biblical Path to Psychological Maturity (Trafford, 2010). She has been very active in prevention and education of child abuse in the Orthodox community.

Susan Zoline, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing, teaching, and consulting in the Chicago area for over 30 years. Dr. Zoline is associate professor of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, where she has been teaching master’s and doctoral students in Clinical Psychology since 1988. Her areas of professional expertise include professional ethics, suicide, violence, risk management, and abuse prevention.

Dr. Zoline has worked clinically in a broad variety of settings including private practice, medical settings, community mental health centers, and university counseling centers. She is a member of the Illinois Psychological Association Ethics Committee and is currently a co-chair. Additionally, she has served as an expert witness for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding Clinical Psychologist licensure issues.




Offered by Spertus InstituteDePaul
University College of Law Center for
Jewish Law & Judaic Studies
, and
University of Illinois at Chicago College 
of Medicine
in cooperation with the 
Jewish Healing Network of Chicago
the Center for Jewish Genetics, and 
Metro Chicago Hillel, with foundation 
support through The Charles 
& M.R. Shapiro Foundation.

DePaul University College of Law 
is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This conference has been approved
for up to 6.5 hours of General Illinois Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
 
The cost for these optional credits is $54.00 in addition to the pricing at left.

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This conference has been approved for up to 6.5 hours
of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
The cost for these optional credits is $54.00 in addition
to the pricing at left.