March 12, 2011 Domestic Violence – Who’s really impacted

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Sharika Mc. Fadden Michael Saxton Talisa Beasley


Domestic Violence: Is anyone exempt?

Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
1. How are you impacted by Domestic Violence?
2. What are the programs available?
3. Who do you believe can be a victim of Domestic Violence?
4. What are the signs that a person can identify a victim?
5. What are the steps can a victim take to be healed?

Guest: Sharika Mc. Fadden has a MA in Counseling and a BA in Psychology. She has several years of experience working with children and families in areas ranging from support services (both in-home and community), foster care, abuse, special education, teaching, counseling, advocacy, parenting workshops, group and family skill-building activities, and one-on-one skill enhancement/therapeutic mentoring.

As a teacher, Ms. McFadden saw the need for students and their families to receive assistance to better understand their rights; to become empowered, and to highlight strengths for academic and behavioral success. As a therapist, she has viewed the devastating effects of traumatic experiences, lack of abilities to bond and poor parenting. Ms. McFadden recognized the need for focus on building individual skills, reconstructing family bonds, and connecting individuals and families to community systems that will provide support and an environment for growth.

Currently, Ms McFadden is conducting research on children perceptions of experiences when being separated from their family of origin, what can reduce separation, and enhance the family relationship as part of academic requirements of the PhD in Psychology dissertation process.

Guest: Mike Sexton is a Prevention and Public Awareness Specialist and has worked within the domestic violence community for the past 9 years for Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC. He is responsible for all media relations and public relations, news releases and marketing, as well as special events planning for Mecklenburg County’s Community Support Services Women’s Commission Domestic Violence programs.
Mike coordinates all Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau requests for trainings and health fairs using a pool of 85 volunteers. He has conducted 50 community outreach presentations within the past year, as well as facilitating an annual “Breaking Barriers” workshop series and monthly DV Lunch & Learns reaching over 60,000 participants in the last 3 years.
Mike is on the Board of the Crime Victims’ Coalition and a member of the Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force, Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC) and the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (NCCADV) Men In The Movement.

Guest: Talisa Beasley is a clinical therapist that specializes in a systemic framework that serves to provide a holistic view for the clients that she serves. Talisa holds a Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in Professional Counseling with a Marriage and Family concentration. Talisa has trained extensively by working with families in areas that would include domestic violence, women’s issues, family systems, and parenting. She is currently on the track for a doctorate in Human Development to assist families, and ultimately communities, in improving interpersonal relations for the purpose of helping families to strengthen their foundations. Talisa is a sought after therapist and professional speaker. She has been privileged to train under John and Julie Gottman on helping to improve marriages and families. She speaks with a high energy and with a passionate message that motivates. Talisa is deeply committed to helping people to become unstuck, balanced, and be empowered within their lives.

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