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The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource and training center at Alliant International University.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals on local, national and international levels by sharing & disseminating vital information, improving collaborations & networking, conducting research & trainings, assisting with direct professional services, program evaluation, & consulting to promote violence-free living.
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IVAT International and Hawaii Conferences

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20th International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

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CAST (Child Advocacy Studies Training) includes three two-day modules. Modules may be taken consecutively or individually as needed.  Module two includes two days of training at our new “Mock house”. Here simulated practice is recorded and analyzed to give participants a method of refining their techniques and applying their knowledge with a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Participants will take part in a full house investigation while assessing the evidence/clues of Child Maltreatment through activities that develop critical thinking. Upcoming training dates:

  • September 26 & 27 – CAST MODULE 2, Alliant International University, San Diego Campus, M18 - REGISTRATION & INFORMATION:

  • September 24 & 25 – CAST MODULE 3, Alliant International University, San Diego Campus, M18 - REGISTRATION & INFORMATION:

  • September 28 & 29 – CAST MODULE 2, Alliant International University, San Diego Campus, M18 - REGISTRATION & INFORMATION:
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Scholarship Inquiries for California professionals only:
Please contact Barbara Stein-Stover @ (858) 635-4778


ChildFirst® National Conferences
ChildFirst® is the forensic interview training program of the Gundersen NCPTC. This course is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys and forensic interviewers. Students receive training on the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol, child development, memory and suggestibility, testifying in court, legal issues and preparing children for court. This training incorporates lecture and discussion, review of electronically recorded interviews, skill-building exercises and an interview practicum.

July 13-17, 2015
Alliant International University, San Diego, CA 92131
CEU credits will be available for an additional $45
Registration Fee: $749

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Important IVAT Highlights

Alliant’s Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma partners with National Taiwan University to Taiwan Partnershipimprove justice system and forensic process for victims of child abuse. >>See Press Release
Web Site Supports Pediatricians’ Efforts To Assist Children Exposed to Violence
The American Academy of Pediatrics, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), has launched a new Web site that provides pediatricians the resources they need to modify the operations of their practice to identify, treat, and refer children who have been victims of or witnesses to violence.

Resources: (click below)

- AAP children exposed website
- Defending Childhood Initiative.
- OJJDP publications- children's exposure to violence.
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

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San Diego Based Domestic Violence Assessment and Therapeutic Services


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IVAT is now accepting INTERNS! > More Info

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IVAT provides local assessment & therapeutic services on a sliding fee scale.

For more information please call (858)-527-1860 x 4560 or email

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For a booklist or to order books, please contact Patricia Smith at or 858-527-1860 x4570

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