If you haven’t registered yet for this year’s NWMAF Self Defense Instructors’ Conference – Special Training 2012, our outstanding trainer and presenter lineup is sure to put you over the edge. Our Self-Defense Instructors’ Conference starts with our Early Program (10 AM on Wednesday, July 25, through Thursday, July 26 lunch), and continues with offerings open to all camp participants until noon on Sunday, July 29. We are delighted to announce that Katy Mattingly has will be presenting a workshop on Self Care, and another on Intimate Partner Violence. In addition, she’ll be moderating a panel of esteemed colleagues to be announced on the topic of Teaching Self Defense in Higher Education Communities. Please see more information about Katy and her workshops, below, and we’ll see you at Oberlin College in July!
Katy Mattingly is the author of Self-Defense: Steps to Survival (Human Kinetics, 2007) and was the director of WAMM Self-Defense in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1996-2005. She was trained in the IMPACT system, which emphasizes physical and emotional realism, full-force practice against padded instructors, and individualized instruction designed for and by survivors of violence. Katy currently serves as the Chair of the Self-Defense Subcommittee of the Student Safety Work Group at the University of Michigan, a pilot program exploring student safety from a broad lens, which will make recommendations for programming to the Dean of Students, the Ann Arbor Chief of Police, and the UM Department of Public Safety in the summer of 2012. As a survivor of sexual assault, Katy knows firsthand the challenges that survivors face learning self-defense and deeply honors each student’s path to healing and freedom. Her teaching includes defenses against physical, verbal and emotional attacks by friends, family, and strangers. She has been teaching for more than 15 years in a variety of venues, including corporations, universities, community centers, and domestic violence shelters. Katy recently completed a field placement at the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center as part of her work toward a Masters of Social Work. She can be reached at http://www.YouCanDefendYourself.com.
Building a Sustainable Movement: Violence Prevention, Social Justice, & Self-Care….. So When Am I Supposed to Sleep? Many women, survivors of violence, teachers, social workers and people who identify with oppressed communities find long-term, sustainable self-care to be a challenge. And for good reasons! Whether you are a seasoned self-care practitioner, or someone who hasn’t taken a day off in a decade, this presentation will help you to assess the current state of your self-care skills and strategies, as well as to explore any changes you would like to make. We will be looking deeply into broad and meaningful definitions of care for ourselves (hint: it’s not pampering!) and the connection of self-care to sustainable social and community change.
Intimate Partner Violence: Recognizing & Responding, Teaching & Healing. Intimate partner violence (other terms include domestic violence, battering, abusive relationships, and dating violence) is present in all communities and affects all people. As self-defense instructors, we must assume that many of our students, friends, colleagues, and partners have witnessed or experienced intimate relationships that are physically, sexually, economically and/or emotionally abusive, coercive and controlling. This session will enhance our ability to recognize and respond to the tactics of perpetrators and the needs of survivors from a variety of social identity communities. We’ll explore resources for teaching healthy relationship skills and discuss the challenges and opportunities of working with students who are being hurt.
Panel: Teaching Self-Defense in Higher Education Communities. This panel presentation will feature self-defense instructors who have taught a variety of self-defense workshops, classes, and programs in higher education, including colleges, universities, and community colleges. Some issues of interest for those who teach in or wish to teach in higher education include:
- Gender – How do we think about limitations on gender-restricted classes, as well as specified outreach to women and men, and to LGBT communities)?
- Stakeholders – Challenges of community organizing with diverse sponsors, departments, and funders; the worlds of for-credit and non-credited classes.
- Hook-up Culture – In some schools and for some students there has been a recent dramatic transformation from “dating” to “hook-up” culture; how do we assure our teaching strategies remain relevant and accessible?
- Responding to Incidents – How can we be nimble and responsive when high profile crimes raise interest in self-defense, while also prioritizing long-term planning and realistic understanding of the dynamics of violence?
- Policies – How might the Clery Act, the new Title IX guidance, and school specific Sexual Assault policies affect our work as self-defense instructors?
Panelists will share about their work in higher education and welcome questions from attendees. Moderated by Katy Mattingly. Katy currently serves as the Chair of the Self-Defense Subcommittee of the Student Safety Work Group at the University of Michigan.