Call for Papers

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021

The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, The Harvard Divinity School, and The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America present the Inaugural, International, Interdisciplinary Symposium entitled Faith and Flourishing in the Face of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Strategies for Prevention and Healing, April 8-10, 2021.

Health care and public health professionals need to understand the importance of integrating spiritual care and psychosocial support into their prevention programs and treatment approaches.  Religious and spiritual leaders need to understand and embrace their role in preventing child sexual abuse, and providing effective psychosocial support, and spiritual care to those impacted by abuse.

This program provides a forum for communities to deepen their collective awareness of the unique physical, mental health and spiritual needs of those who have been victimized by childhood sexual abuse, and to identify and develop strategies to address this serious public health problem. Our aim is to increase the capacity of policy makers, health care professionals, and religious and spiritual leaders to implement effective child sexual abuse prevention and healing programs in their communities.   

Call for Papers 

This event aims to provide a diverse range of topics and research from a variety of faiths, disciplines, and perspectives for review and discussion.  We are seeking presentations, abstracts and evidence-based case studies on the following topics: 

  • Prevention, Detection and, or Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Improving the Mental Health, Physical Health, and, or Spiritual Wellbeing for Those who have been Victimized by Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Integrating Ongoing Psychosocial and Spiritual Care for Sexual Abuse Survivors into Public Health and/or Clinical Practice
  • Role, Responsibilities or Perspectives of Faith-Based Organizations in Addressing Child Sexual Abuse

Those interested in submitting a paper for consideration should submit a copy of their CV, and a one page, 250-word summary of their proposal to brendan_case@fas.harvard.edu, no later than January 31, 2021.  Individuals proposing an evidence-based case study should include relevant background information, methods, recommendations, conclusions and a data summary.  Submissions will be peer reviewed, and submittals will be notified by February 15, 2021.


The Healing Voices and Spirit Fire is posting this as a courtesy to our readers, and we encourage you to participate, either by submitting a paper for this online conference and/or by attending. See the Human Flourishing Program’s website for more information, too.

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