Please join us during this three day conference to learn from some of the leading experts in our field, all while connecting with peers and re-energizing ourselves for the work ahead.
October 28 - 30, 2013
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Kim Gandy, CEO & President
National Network to End Domestic Violence
"Advocacy in Changing Times"
The status of women in the United States has changed dramatically over the past several decades, in great part because of the determined advocacy of individuals and policymakers who championed advances in women’s equality. When women -- and men who care -- band together in organizations and coalitions, it magnifies our individual voices and helps enact changes that have been elusive for individual advocates. Hear advice from this national leader on working together effectively to make change.
Pat Vivian, MA
Co-Author of Organizational Trauma
"Organizational Culture and Organizational Trauma"
The nature of an organization’s work directly impacts the culture of the organization. An organization that provides services to traumatized individuals, families, and/or communities is susceptible to becoming a traumatized system, experiencing the cumulative effects of the work itself. These effects become embedded within the organizational system and influence all aspects of organizational life.
"Strengthening Our Leaders and Organizations"
Leaders are central influencers of the culture of an organization. With an understanding of the dynamics occurring within their organization or program, and their individual responses to those dynamics, leaders can help their organizations heal and thrive. In this interactive workshop participants will gain new perspectives about organizational challenges and skills to help them identify and address organizational patterns.
Dr. Linda Chamberlain
“A Trauma Informed Approach to Childhood Exposure to Violence and Implications for Early Brain Development”
Dr. Chamberlain begins by making the connection between different forms of family violence and the long-term implications of abuse over the lifespan. Following an overview of neurobiology, she demonstrates why a child’s developing brain is especially vulnerable to trauma and violence. Dr. Chamberlain uses case scenarios to illustrate the physical, mental, cognitive, and behavioral health effects of childhood exposure to violence including the hidden epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder. Using a skills-based approach that emphasizes the potential for healing, she highlights strategies to promote resiliency, practical tips for working with children from violent households, and promising practices that are making a difference in the lives of children and families exposed to violence.
"Advocacy Leadership: Leading for Social Change"
Service providers are continually adapting to new challenges and emerging issues to meet the needs of clients and communities. Leadership development can enhance our potential to work effectively as a team and lead for social change. Using brain-based strategies, we will examine key concepts for leadership and teamwork including six strategies from “Lessons from the Trail,” an innovative curriculum that uses examples from dog mushing to demonstrate collaborative leadership, the importance of mentoring, team communication, and other essential skills to maximize our leadership potential and adapt to changing terrain.
Karen Foley, MSW, Founder of Triple Play Connections in Washington State and a National Trainer on Domestic Violence and Chemical Dependency
"Working at the Crossroads: An Overview of Substance Abuse, Trauma, Mental Health and Violence Against Women"
This key-note address drawn from the presenter’s work, “Real Tools: Responding to Multi-Abuse Trauma,” by Debi Edmund and Patti Bland is rooted in the experiences of survivors – many of whom describe themselves as invisible or perceived as disruptive in our programs. Substance abuse, trauma and psychiatric disabilities are explored in the context of oppression, domestic violence and sexual assault.
"Screening IN Not Out of Our Programs – Accommodating Survivors of DV/SA Experiencing Trauma, Substance Use and Psychiatric Disabilities"
Screening to determine how best to accommodate people we serve serves as an important tool for identifying barriers to safety and offering options. This workshop describes how to screen IN rather than out of our programs and explores how this reduces program service barriers, ends isolation, enhances safety and ultimately makes advocacy easier.
Author and Trainer
"Healing and Recovery in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence"
Children who have been exposed to a man who batters their mother have a tremendous potential to recover if they receive proper assistance. Mr. Bancroft explains why the most common approaches to intervention can actually make conditions worse rather than better for the children, and provides a road map to professionals for holding abusers accountable, and for empowering rather than blaming the mother. He also details best-practice interventions for facilitating children’s safety, recovery, and healthy future.
"The Modern Batterer"
Domestic violence perpetrators change with the times, and service providers can be caught off guard by emerging tactics that these men are using. This workshop focuses primarily on four trends in the behavior of men who batter: 1) The greatly expanded misuse of the family court system, through litigation for custody and visitation; 2) The expanded misuse of other aspects of the legal system, particularly the misuse of orders of protection taken against the victim, criminal complaints made against the victim, and lawsuits; 3) The greatly expanded use of high-tech means of surveillance and control. The workshop also examines some strategies for assisting victims who are facing these challenges.
"The Batterer as a Parent and Partner"
This workshop uncovers the secret terror, distress, and confusion of children who live exposed to a man that batters their mother. Lundy Bancroft explains the profile and tactics of abusive men, with their major implications for children. Then we look at the impact the abuser has on the mother as a parent and on family dynamics. We also examine the overlap between domestic violence and child maltreatment, looking at the full range of ways in which men who abuse women may bring harm to children.