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2018 PCAR State Conference: Beyond Barriers

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:15pm


PCAR 2018 State Conference: Beyond Barriers

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011


PCAR sexual assault center staff and all allied professionals.


This two-day conference will provide participants with an opportunity to share information, network, and learn about the latest developments in the sexual assault movement. The conference theme, Beyond Barriers, will showcase how different parts of the field are tackling sexual violence by going above and beyond to reach the un-served, underserved, & inadequately served populations. At this year's conference there will be a Prevention track and a track hosted by The PA Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers. Additional conference topics include self-care, human trafficking, and much more.


Day 1- July 18, 2018

  • 9:30am-10:00am: Registration
  • 10:00am-11:30am:Session One
  • 11:30am-1:30pm
    VOH Award/Introductions (12:00pm-12:15pm)
    Plenary (12:15pm-1:15pm): Vanessa McNeal
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm:Session 2
  • 3:15pm-4:45pm:Session 3

After Hours

  • 5:00pm-6:30pm: PREA Networking Meeting
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm: Voiceless Movie Screening w/ snacks 

Day 2- July 19, 2018

  • 8:30am-9:00am:Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am-12:00am: Session 4 (3 hrs)
  • 9:00am-10:30am: Session 4 (1.5 hrs)
  • 10:30am-12:00: Session 4 (1.5 hrs)
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch
    Plenary (12:30pm-1:30pm) Roots of Justice
  • 1:45pm-3:15pm: Session 5


Plenary Speakers

     Vanessa McNeal, MSW
Vanessa McNeal MSW, is a tenacious and thought provoking national speaker, film producer, and business owner. She speaks nationally on how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others. She is known for her investment and wisdom in topics that are often difficult to talk about. Her message has resonated with audiences around the world through the influential topics of overcoming adversity, sexual violence, social change, leadership and empowerment. At an early age, Vanessa experienced child sexual abuse and neglect. Due to the neglect, she wasn’t taken to school regularly, so she was placed in a remedial class. She spent time in foster care before she was raised by her grandparents. At age 15, Vanessa was sexually assaulted at a college preparatory program and overcame the many faces of rape culture. Vanessa was the first in her family to graduate high school and went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2017, Vanessa founded her production company McNeal Media with the goal of creating social change through the art of storytelling. She is the director and producer of the internationally recognized documentary, “The Voiceless”. The film features the stories of male survivors of sexual violence. She won "Best Director" for the documentary at the Newark International Film Festival. At Indiefest she received Women Filmmaker Award of Recognition. Vanessa won the 2017 YWCA "Woman of Tomorrow" award and was honored with a nomination as a 2017 STATEment maker in the entrepreneurial spirit category. She has also been featured in numerous publications, articles, and news broadcasts.


     Nick Miron
Nick Miron has spent over 10 years working and training for transforming communities and our society to one based on justice, affirmation, and value for all the beautiful kinds of diversity found in the human existence. His work has ranged from small group facilitation to keynote speaking engagements for several hundred people, focusing on systemic and structural oppression such as racism and white supremacy, sexism and sexual violence prevention, and ableism. He has done this work with a variety of community groups and nonprofit organizations, churches and faith-based congregations, numerous schools and universities, and businesses in the central and south-eastern Pennsylvania region. Nick is currently enrolled at Chicago Theological Seminary pursuing an MA in religious studies and identity. He lives with Allison, the woman who married him, Sierra and Christian, his children, and Percy, his best feline friend.


     Yvonne Platts
Yvonne calls herself an Urban Peace Warrior. She likes to laugh and joke but has no time to play when it comes to addressing injustice. A Restorative Practice Facilitator by trade and Peace Warrior by calling, Yvonne is on a mission to live out her purpose and life pursuits by addressing systemic institutional racism along with promoting peace building and healing from race trauma.
To stay grounded and for all over health benefits she walks daily with GirlTrek. Yvonne holds a Masters in Restorative Practices and Youth & Family Counseling and is a certified Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator, Professional Trauma Specialist, and a Train the Trainer Circle and Community Conference Facilitator.

Hotel & Additional Details

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. PCAR has reserved a room block for this conference. Attendees must make hotel reservations by June 11, 2018 to reserve a room at a discounted rate.  HOTEL ROOM BLOCK DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 25, 2018.

Lunch will be provided on July 18 & 19. Breakfast will be provided on July 19 only. 

NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this conference. Up to 11 CEs will be awarded for completion of the conference. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Conference Fees:

One Day Attendance: $60.00

Full Conference Attendance: $100.00

This conference is free for Pennsylvania Rape Crisis Center Staff.

Registration Instructions


  • On the Registration Page, please enter a next to the sessions you would like to attend.

More information on how to register, enter 1 next to number of guests attending



For questions about the conference or hotel accomodations, please contact Tatiana Piper at or 717-728-9740 x162.

For questions about registration, please contact Erin Levine-Krynock at or 717-728-9740 x 106.



Deadline for Conference Registration is July 2, 2018


Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:15pm