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Video: No Place for Abuse, a conference on domestic violence

November 4, 2014

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as a community that supports this cause, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary would like to encourage the students, faculty, staff, administration as well as pastors, theologians, therapists, researchers, victim/survivors, shelter workers and faith community members to join us in raising the awareness, not only through the month of October but throughout the next year.

Last year Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology) Chapter organized a local conference, NO PLACE FOR ABUSE: Bridging the Gap in Situations of Domestic Violence, Abuse and Sexual Assault, that took place on September 28, 2013 in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Our keynote speakers were sociologist Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark and former U.S. Senator, Mr. Scott Brown. Dr. Nason-Clark, who is the Chair of the Department of Sociology at University of New Brunswick, Canada, spoke from a wealth of experience through many years of teaching and her research program, The Rave Project that examines the relationship between abuse, faith, gender and culture. Mr. Brown shared his personal experience with domestic violence and sexual assault.

The conference was in memory of Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger (1925-2011). Dr. Kroeger was Ranked Adjunct Professor of Classical and Ministry Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Our ten conference speakers (including: President Dennis Hollinger, Dr. Ken Swetland, Dr. Pablo Polischuk, Mrs. Lita Schlueter, Dr. Bonnie Prizio, Dr. Marjorie Kroeger and others) and the topics discussed brought exposure to faith-based and secular responses to abuse. In addition, it helped to redefine spiritual and emotional Christian wholeness and growth in understanding domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault.

The conference was attended by more than 165 participants from Massachusetts, and the surrounding New England states, as well as those from as far away as North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Canada. Out of the 165 participants, more than 80 were mental health professionals.

Below you will find few of the videos from the conference.


Goran Kojchev, MACO/MANT (cand.)
President Emeritus – Psi Chi Chapter

Shiri Messina, MACO
Administrator of MA in Counseling Program

Kristin Beattie, MACO (cand.)
President – Psi Chi Chapter