19th Annual Conference
Interrupting the Pathway to Victimization
Friday, May 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center
University of Miami
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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A Framework for Understanding
and Teaching Literacy
The site was developed by Dr. Dale Willows of the University of Toronto, a member of both the National Reading panel and the Scientific Board of the Institute.
We wish to thank everyone who supported the development of this important website. We know with scientific certainty that violence and illiteracy are linked together. We urge you to support our efforts to teach every child to read on grade level by the end of third grade and to help remediate those who missed that important milestone.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2014
Institute nurtures the work of young scientists by
awarding annual scholarships to support doctoral
students' dissertation research in the field of
violence prevention. The 2014 winner has been announced!
See the Winner!
Roadmap to Resilience:
A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims
and Their Families
"Don Meichenbaum's Roadmap to Resilience should be on the desk of every clinician, in the back pack of every soldier, and in the hands of every leader."
--Bret Moore, PsyD, Asst. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Texas, Health Science Center
Order below or visit our website:
Click here for the Table of Contents
Click here for the Introduction
Click here to learn How to Use This Book
Click here to see the Resilience Checklist
Listen to Lynn Aptman's interview on WLRN regarding survey related to
attitudes and opinions held by members of the South Florida community,
toward guns and proposed gun legislation.
Peace, Harmony & Moonlight
Our annual fundraising event, will be held this year at Fairchild Tropical Garden on Thursday March 19, 2015. Please RSVP by clicking Invitation & RSVP Form to send payment by mail (Please respond by March 13th) or pay with our secured payment form by clicking RSVP Online. As usual we will have a Silent Auction with a fabulous selection of items to bid on.
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Read our 2015 Report to the Community - Synergy - to learn more about our activities. Click image to download.
Read "The Art of Presence"
The Melissa Institute was founded after the murder of Melissa Aptman to honor her memory and share the science of violence prevention.
Below are some personal writings from Dr. Michael Aptman and Lynn Aptman, Melissa's parents and the founders of The Melissa Institute:
Violence is Preventable - presented at Peace and Harmony 2009 by Dr. Michael Aptman. PDF
One In A Million? - an article by Dr. Michael Aptman published in Neurology, a medical journal. It expresses his professional and personal experiences as a result of Melissa's murder. PDF
Silence the Violence - lyrics of a song composed by Lynn Aptman, which she performed at the Peace & Harmony concert, Music for a Better World. PDF
Uncertainty - a poem written by Melissa Aptman shortly before her death. PDF
This I Believe - NRP article by Jessica Aptman. PDF
You will also find on this site scientific papers and educational presentations from our Scientific Board, Workshops and Conferences dealing with specific areas of violence prevention and treatment.