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.
17th Annual Conference
Preventative Interventions with Children, Adolescents and Their Families
Friday, May 3, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
New location this year!
Christ the King Lutheran Church
11295 Southwest 57th Avenue
(Red Road and SW 112 Street)
More Information (PDF)
Secure Online Registration
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.
ACT Raising Safe Kids Training Program”
Adults and Children Together Against Violence (ACT) has a program
designed by the American Psychological Association (APA) to train early
childhood, mental health and service agency professionals to deliver an
enhanced parent and child caregiver’s education curriculum. Formerly known as Parents Raising Safe Kids, the newly renamed ACT Raising Safe Kids continues to emphasize the importance of
all the adults in children’s lives. Our actions, our words, our abilities serve
as role models for the young children living and learning in our care.
October 7-8, 2013 – ACT Raising Safe Kids Facilitator Training, South Miami Hospital
Information & Registration
For more information and to register, contact The Melissa
Institute 786-662-5210. To sign up for the training program and other information,
click links above
Read our 2013 Report to the Community - Making Connections - to learn more about our activities.
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2013
Institute nurtures the work of young scientists by
awarding annual scholarships to support doctoral
students' dissertation research in the field of
violence prevention. The 2013 winner has been announced!
See the Winner!