Agenda

There are 7 tracks at the Annual Family Justice Center Conference: 

1. Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers 
2. Trauma Informed Advocacy 
3. Improving Law Enforcement Response (DV/SA/CA) 
4. Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) 
5. Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals 
6. Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases 
7. Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle   

Tracks are listed in the descriptions of each session. Attendees may choose sessions based on track designation or may attend sessions across various tracks. Please note that if you choose to attend a session in one track, it DOES NOT mean you have to attend all sessions in that track. These tracks provide guidance to professionals by grouping similar sessions and or topics for those disciplines. 

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  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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    6:15 AM  -  7:00 AM
    Mindful Movement
    Paradise Ballroom Foyer
    Mindful Movement is emerging as a best practice at Camp HOPE America. We have seen this helps campers calm their minds and begin their day on the right foot. For trauma survivors, moving mindfully can play a significant role in calming down the nervous system and addressing the physical and emotional manifestations of trauma. Our staff at Alliance for HOPE frequently participates in mindfulness activities in the office so we can improve work performance and build closer relationships. Join us each morning during the conference (Tuesday-Thursday) as we mindfully start the day meeting at the registration table. As part of this self-care, we will take walks to awaken our bodies and minds as well as incorporating journal entries. Journaling can be useful in helping us clear our head, make essential connections between thoughts, feelings, and goal setting. Each morning we will engage with ourselves and our surroundings. In each session, here are some topics that you can expect: -Walking -Journaling -Sensory Activities -Self Reflections -Being Present What to bring: Our Mindful Movement sessions will be outdoors, so we recommend you bring walking shoes and warm clothes. Bring your own journal and pen to engage in Mindful writing activities. We’re looking forward to starting each day of the conference off in the best possible way!
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    8:30 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Opening Ceremonies
    Paradise Ballroom
    8:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Gael Strack, CEO & Casey Gwinn, President, Alliance for Hope International - Conference Welcome
    Paradise Ballroom
    9:00 AM  -  9:10 AM
    Welcomes and Greetings
    Paradise Ballroom
    Speakers:
    9:10 AM  -  9:20 AM
    The Honorable Tim Grayson 14th Assembly District, California
    Paradise Ballroom
    Speakers:
    9:20 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack - Present Lifetime Achievement Award
    Paradise Ballroom
    9:30 AM  -  9:40 AM
    Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
    Paradise Ballroom
    Speakers:
    9:40 AM  -  10:10 AM
    Break
    10:10 AM  -  10:50 AM
    LY Marlow - Don’t Look at the Monster: One Woman's Journey to Embrace a Purposeful Life
    Paradise Ballroom
    In her compelling and engaging storytelling style, L.Y. will take the audience on a deeply moving journey in her Don’t Look at the Monster talk as she speaks candidly about the impact domestic violence has had on her family for five generations and her transformative journey to save her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise. Audiences can't help but become vested in the emotional whirlwind of her story as they are implored to take a realistic account of the seriousness of domestic violence and the untapped potential we all have to uncover our passion, purpose, and power! Session Objectives: • Reduce the distance between DV/SA professionals and the survivors they serve • Emphasize the impact of the intergenerational cycle of violence • Highlight survivor strength and empowerment after the trauma
    Speakers:
    10:50 AM  -  11:20 AM
    Casey Gwinn - Hope Rising: The Power of We
    Paradise Ballroom
    Casey Gwinn will frame the calling of this conference and the calling of our lives -- To Give Hope, Always Hope.
    Hosts:
    11:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack - Present Hope Rising Award
    11:25 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Hope Rising Award Recipient
    Paradise Ballroom
    Speakers:
    11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
    Lunch Break
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    Jacquelyn Campbell - Danger Assessment Certification
    Paradise Ballroom
    Session Information The Danger Assessment helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. It is free and available to the public. Using the Danger Assessment requires the weighted scoring and interpretation that is provided after completing the training (i.e. “certification”) What are the benefits of certification? After successfully completing the post-test, you will be certified in using the Danger Assessment. You will be able to download a certificate with your name on it, a scoring page that you can use to put in case files for documentation, and the scoring system worksheet, which includes the scoring system's danger levels personalized with your name on it. This documentation has been proven to be valuable for use in court proceedings. Please note that the certificate signature line is for the "Certified Assessor" to sign, i.e., once you have been certified, you now become the certified assessor that should sign the certificate. This is important in that an image of the certificate appears on the scoring system worksheet that should be printed and maintained on file each time you assess a woman's level of danger. The signature line validates that the assessment was completed by the person named and that the person named has been trained in use of the DA and the DA scoring system. Post Test and Certification ($25 USD) Once you have attended this live training, you need to pass the certification test in order to obtain your certificate and weighted scoring system with interpretation of danger levels. To take the test, visit https://www.dangerassessment.org/ Following successful completion of the test, you will have ongoing online access to all of the benefits of certification, including: your certificate, online calculator and automatically generated reports and safety planning guides, the PowerPoint instructions to use with the DA-R (risk assessment for re-assault with same-sex female couples), and future access to the training materials for review.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:50 AM  -  12:10 PM
    Casey Gwinn and Chan Hellman Book Signing
    Speakers:
    Hosts:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Advocating for the Strangled Victim During and After the Crisis
    Sunset Room 3
    Track: Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases Advocates play a key role in explaining the danger of a strangulation incident to survivors and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop a plan for safety. This session speakers will share how they have advocated for strangled victims by implementing new laws and protocols to develop a strangulation task force, requiring paramedics to respond to the all calls of strangulation and integrate best practices into their Family Justice Center. They will share trauma-informed approaches to using risk-assessment tools, discuss high-risk safety planning and equip Advocates and any professionals working with victims to explain the signs/symptoms of non-fatal strangulation and the potential medical consequences of the event to survivors and ultimately direct them to potentially life-saving medical care. You will leave this session with concrete strategies to ensure survivors of non-fatal strangulation receive the vital information and support they deserve. Objectives: 1. Increase victim awareness and education about the risk of strangulation 2. Increase the use of risk assessment tools and other resources, and 3. Improve advocacy for the strangled victim/patient among all disciplines.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Family Justice or Multi-Agency Center
    Dockside Room
    Track: Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers Learn to customize Benevon’s evidence-based process for deeply engaging individual donors and building a major gifts program. This system has been used with great success by many FJC’s and multi-agency centers. Hear specific examples of how the Benevon Model is bringing about long-term financial sustainability and a “culture of engagement” from Leigh Duque, Executive Director of InterAct. Recommended pre-work: Participants are encouraged to watch the pre-recorded Alliance for Hope/Benevon webinar (Link: https://www.familyjusticecenter.org/resources/creating-sustainable-funding-from-individual-donors/) or the Benevon 7-Minute video (Link: https://www.benevon.com/resources/free-videos/) prior to this session. Presenters: • Terry Axelrod, Founder and CEO, Benevon, Seattle WA • Leigh Duque, Executive Director, InterAct, Raleigh NC Session Objectives: • Learn to customize Benevon’s systematic process for engaging individual donors to your organization • Learn to build a pipeline of passionate major donors who are passionate about your work • Learn to missionize your current fundraising events
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    Moderators:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Hope Inspired Leadership
    Sunset Room 4
    Track: Trauma Informed Advocacy Jon Tunheim, the Prosecuting Attorney of Thurston County, Washington, will share his implementation of the Science of HOPE in his office and his community. His transformational leadership is a role model for prosecutors and other elected officials across the country and around the world. Session Objectives: • Foster a deeper understanding of the Science of HOPE • Define what a hope-centered workplace looks like and how employers can bridge the gap between theory and practice.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Overview of Polyvictimization and Why It Matters
    Sunset Rooms 1 & 2
    Track: Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) This session will provide an overview of the National Polyvictimization Demonstration Initiative funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Polyvictimization has been identified as one of the focus areas for OVC in their Vision 21 strategic plan due to its negative long term impact. Speakers will provide an overview of polyvictimization and its impact on the life of survivors as well as its connection to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey. Attendees will also learn about the Initiative, the six demonstration sites in this innovative program and the importance of addressing polyvictimization in Family Justice Centers and similar cross-sector collaborative models. Finally, speakers will share findings from the Initiative and provide concrete ways attendees can provide innovative and holistic programming for polyvictims in their organizations. Objectives: 1. Define and understand the impact of polyvictimization 2. Share the goals, objectives, and goal of the Creating Pathways to Justice Hope and Healing funded by the Office for Victims of Crime 3. Learn ways your Center can address the holistic needs of polyvictimization survivors in your community
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases
    Bay View Room
    Track: Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals Victims seldom testify in our most severe of domestic violence cases. This session examines techniques for building and presenting cases independent of victim testimony. Learn how to prosecute your case without the victim and how to decrease stress (both your stress and the victim’s stress) if you choose to have the victim testify in your case. Objectives: • Developing evidence-based practices • Building the evidence-based case • Presenting the evidence-based case in court Attendees will leave this session with practical strategies to successfully use evidence-based prosecution in domestic violence cases.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/CA/SA) Sexual assault victims have often faced sources of bias, based on unjustified suspicions that their report is a false allegation. This workshop focuses on the scenario where victims summon the courage to report a sexual assault, only to be disbelieved, mistreated, and later charged (often erroneously) with false reporting or associated crimes such as obstruction of justice, interfering with law enforcement, or providing false statements. The presentation will detail how these scenarios unfold, highlighting factors that distinguish an interview conducted with a victim versus a suspect in a criminal investigation, and we document how this can result in a false confession. We then conclude with a discussion of how this injustice can be prevented, by following recommended practices for sexual assault investigations and victim interviews. As a result of this session, participants will be better able to: 1. Describe case scenarios where an individual reports being sexually assaulted to law enforcement, and is ultimately charged with false reporting or associated crimes. 2. Explain the role of coercive interrogation tactics in how these scenarios unfold. 3. Explore the two-phase decision-making process for determining whether prosecution is appropriate for falsely reporting a sexual assault or associated crimes. 4. Identify strategies for preventing the scenario, including best practices for sexual assault investigations, trauma-informed victim interviews, and improved responses by support people.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    The Power of WE - Why Collaboration Matters and Works
    Paradise Ballroom
    Track: Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle In a time and place where individuals can accomplish more on their own with the simple click of a button or the touch of a screen, this session will explore the significance around the powerful framework of collaboration. Although it’s challenging to embrace life with others, we’ll take time to explore simple and easy-to-use tools to identify how Camp HOPE America has revealed to us the power of a fun, collaborative, life-changing experience with others. Objectives: 1. Understand the significance of trust, transparency, and time in collaborative change. 2. Hear how collaboration has been essential to the growing movement of Camp HOPE America. 3. Learn how the power of we plays out at camp.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Break
    3:35 PM  -  4:05 PM
    Commissioner Cecile Noel - The Power of Local Government to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence
    Paradise Ballroom
    The Commissioner of the Office to Combat Domestic Violence in New York City will share the strategies being implemented in one of the most forward-thinking jurisdictions in the country and challenge others to implement their own community-appropriate, innovative approaches. New York City has integrated the Family Justice Center framework into every part of their work to address domestic and gender-based violence. Session Objectives: • Identify methods that Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers can use to influence local policy • Learn to examine gender-based violence policy change through the lens of your specific community
    Speakers:
    4:10 PM  -  4:40 PM
    Joanne Archambault - Changing Outcomes for Victims, One Response at a Time: Start by Believing
    Paradise Ballroom
    On November 19, 2018, a young woman named Chelsea Young contacted EVAWI, and I reached out to hear more. In painstaking detail, Chelsea explained how she was failed on multiple fronts when she reported her sexual assault in 2012: by friends, by the nurse who gave her a forensic exam, by campus and local law enforcement, by the university that kicked her out for drinking. Yet she courageously advocated for herself and presented her own case to the grand jury, explaining how hard it was to keep going until prosecutor Dwight Rudd uttered a few words that changed her life: “I believe you, and I will stand with you through this.” This presentation highlights the importance of the Start by Believing campaign in improving how professionals and loved ones respond when someone says they were sexually assaulted. As a result of this session, participants will be better able to: 1. Describe how survivors are often failed by professionals and loved ones when they say they were sexually assaulted. 2. Explore how responses can improve with the Start by Believing campaign and Seek Then Speak, a program designed to aid survivors and their support people. 3. Consider how Start by Believing and Seek Then Speak can be brought to your community.
    Speakers:
    4:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Gael Strack - Closing Remarks
    Paradise Ballroom
    Hosts:
    5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Hope Rising Balloon Ride and Wine Tasting
    On March 19, 2019, the Alliance is hosting a Tethered Hot Air Balloon Ride and Wine Tasting starting at 5:00 PM! Payment will be taken on the day of the event. The cost is $20 for a fun tethered hot air balloon ride and wine tasting. There will be an exciting ride up, ride down and an opportunity to sample our new Hope Rising Wines (Cabernet and Chardonnay) just bottled to benefit Camp HOPE America! You can also order our new wines during the conference to be shipped to your home in a partnership with Moseley Family Cellars and WineShippers!
     Optional 
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  •  
    6:15 AM  -  7:00 AM
    Mindful Movement
    Paradise Ballroom Foyer
    Mindful Movement is emerging as a best practice at Camp HOPE America. We have seen this helps campers calm their minds and begin their day on the right foot. For trauma survivors, moving mindfully can play a significant role in calming down the nervous system and addressing the physical and emotional manifestations of trauma. Our staff at Alliance for HOPE frequently participates in mindfulness activities in the office so we can improve work performance and build closer relationships. Join us each morning during the conference (Tuesday-Thursday) as we mindfully start the day meeting at the registration table. As part of this self-care, we will take walks to awaken our bodies and minds as well as incorporating journal entries. Journaling can be useful in helping us clear our head, make essential connections between thoughts, feelings, and goal setting. Each morning we will engage with ourselves and our surroundings. In each session, here are some topics that you can expect: -Walking -Journaling -Sensory Activities -Self Reflections -Being Present What to bring: Our Mindful Movement sessions will be outdoors, so we recommend you bring walking shoes and warm clothes. Bring your own journal and pen to engage in Mindful writing activities. We’re looking forward to starting each day of the conference off in the best possible way!
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    8:05 AM  -  8:20 AM
    State of the Movement - Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack
    Paradise Ballroom
    Hosts:
    8:25 AM  -  8:40 AM
    Katharine Sullivan – Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women
    Paradise Ballroom
    8:45 AM  -  9:25 AM
    A Life of Public Service and Leadership: From the "Hood" to the White House
    Paradise Ballroom
    17th Surgeon General of the United States, Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H, FACS, tells a storied journey from emigrant parents, intermittent homelessness and being a high school dropout to becoming the Surgeon General of the United States. 1) Understand the obstacles to success when the social determinants of health are barriers. 2) Learn the value of many occupations in an unexpected lifelong journey. 3) Understand the difference between sick care and health care and the challenges our nation faces in constructing a true health care system. 4) What does our health care future look like? If we don’t know where we are going we’ll never get there?
    Speakers:
    9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Jaquelyn Campbell - Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides Across America
    Paradise Ballroom
    Dr. Jackie Campbell, one of the leading researchers and thinkers in the country on lethality, will provide an overview of her latest research and initiatives in the effort to continue reducing DV homicides in this country. Session Objectives: • Foster a more comprehensive understanding of DV homicide trends and their compounding factors • Gain familiarization with the most promising research methods around domestic violence • Gain insight into the current state of homicide reduction
    Speakers:
    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Break
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Combatting Human Trafficking in San Diego County
    Sunset Room 4
    Track: Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals Course Description: Attendees will learn about the scope of the problem of human trafficking in San Diego County. They will learn about what the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force are doing to combat it. The laws in California related to human trafficking will be discussed. San Diego’s victim-centered combat plan in which we focus on the 4 P’s Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnerships will be described. A case study will be presented. Goal and Objective: After attendees have completed this course, they will have an understanding that the combat plan of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office encompasses more than simply prosecuting traffickers. They will know that what is equally as important as prosecution is the prevention and protection work that we do together with our community partners. • Understand the nuances of creating an intervention model for a complex and ever-changing epidemic • Disseminate best practices for law enforcement and prosecutors
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    HOPE Rising - Curriculum Roll Out
    Bay View Room
    Track: Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle Camp HOPE America is built on the firm foundation of evidence-based practices. Our curriculum and toolkit are at the center of it all. Each year we continue to expand and strengthen these integral components. We invite you to come alongside members of the Camp HOPE America team and one of Oklahoma University’s HOPE researchers as we highlight significant aspects of this transformative program. Objectives: 1. Gain a better understanding of the Camp HOPE America toolkit and how we continue to work with our sites to refine its many components and uphold state-by-state camping regulations. 2. Learn how we incorporate our research and experience into the all of the thematic components of our annual curriculum. 3. Hear from one of our researchers at Oklahoma Universities HOPE Research Center as we discuss the significance of consistent data collection.
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Investigating DV Cases With or Without Victim Participation
    Sunset Rooms 1 & 2
    Track: Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/CA/SA) This session will discuss best investigative practices and new ideas for aggressive evidence-based investigations in Domestic Violence cases. It will also give investigators a better understanding of the challenges a victim faces and how we can maximize offender accountability by building cases that overcome the obstacle of a victim not willing to testify. Objectives: 1. Learn best practices for evidence-based investigation in DV cases. 2. List three benefits of incorporating intimate partner relationship history in your investigation. 3. Advantages of using a multidisciplinary approach to combat domestic violence. 4. Caseload Management.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Leadership
    Paradise Ballroom
    Track: Trauma Informed Advocacy Discuss the elements of leadership independent of position: 1) Learn and understand the concept of leaders being responsible for the destiny of others. 2) Learn and understand that the most important element of leadership is integrity. 3) Discuss and learn other essential characteristics of leadership like mentorship and stewardship.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Starting a Family Justice Center (FJC)
    Sunset Room 3
    Track: Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers Speakers will discuss the details of getting a Family Justice Center up and running from a “twinkle in your eye” to your “grand opening.” Speakers will share all of the resources that the Alliance has available to help communities get started and open a center. Plenty of time will be allocated for a lively discussion. Objectives: 1. Understand the process for opening a Family Justice Center 2. Share how communities can create their story to build buy-in and develop momentum 3. Learn about resources available to communities from the Alliance
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Traumatic Brain Injury and Hope
    Dockside Room
    Track: Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases This session will focus on the dramatically under-reported and under-identified number of traumatic brain injury cases in domestic violence victims -- caused by concussive and asphyxiation-related assaults, including the way such violence robs victims of hope. Session objectives: • Learn about strategies to get proper assessment and diagnosis • Discuss strategies for helping survivors nurture hope in their lives
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Understanding the Intersections of Interpersonal Violence and Substance Use
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) This workshop will provide an overview of a new OVW-funded partnership between Alliance for HOPE International and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health to support Family Justice Centers in serving survivors who are impacted by substance use. Presenters will offer a framework for thinking about substance use in the context of trauma and intimate partner violence, including issues facing survivors for whom substance use is a concern. Presenters will also discuss key policy and practice considerations for Family Justice Centers that are thinking about developing onsite substance use services and will describe the types of substance use treatment and recovery services that are most supportive to survivors and their children. Objectives: 1. Understand the relationship between trauma and substance use and the trauma-informed methods of holistically navigating both issues. 2. Explore the possibility of onsite substance use treatment at FJCs and how this may inform future policies and procedures.
     Optional 
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Lunch
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Dealing with High Risk Offenders from Bail through Probation
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/CA/SA) Today, strangulation laws have been passed in 47 states and included in 20 Tribal Codes, the Federal Code and the Military Code. The time has come to develop new strategies in the supervision and monitoring of men who strangle their intimate partners. These individuals have clearly demonstrated their intent to kill, especially when they take their victims to the brink of loss of consciousness. Rendering a person unconscious is an inherently dangerous act that is easily capable of causing death or brain injury with devastating lifelong consequences. The difference in the outcome, between unconsciousness, brain damage and death, may be only a matter of a few additional seconds of pressure. In the final analysis, this is an act of cruel domination met by sheer horror and often accompanied by serious physical and psychological harm. The criminal justice system has a duty to hold these offenders differently and responsible for their extremely dangerous conduct. This session will challenge attendees, including probation, parole, judges and court staff to consider new ways to interact with offenders and those victimized for a longer duration than almost any other component of the criminal justice system. This session will cover all things lethal and legal, including: · The seriousness and lethality of strangulation and suffocation assaults. · The link to other crimes. · The immediate and long term consequences of asphyxia for victims. · Court considerations in bail, protection orders, plea bargains, sentencing and probation. Objectives: 1) Increase understanding of why strangulation and suffocation offenses must be treated as serious felonies 2) Improve the court’s handling of non-fatal strangulation at every stage; and 3) Increase awareness about current research, laws, best practices and resources.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Exploring Holistic Healing Practices
    Dockside Room
    Track: Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) Over the past two years, Polyvictimization Initiative Demonstration Sites have worked to expand the healing modalities available at their Centers as well as engaging on conversations around what “healing” looks like at a Family Justice Center. Pulling from both traditional and contemporary healing practices, Sites have aimed to ensure that their Centers include diverse components of healing practices as a way of approaching healing from a holistic perspective. Speakers from the New Orleans Family Justice Center and the Sojourner Family Peace Center will walk attendees through innovative and inspiring holistic healing practices available at their Centers. Speakers will also share the impact that the holistic healing practices have had at their Centers and survivors and the steps they took to bring holistic healing practices onsite. Objectives: 1. Learn about holistic healing practices available at the New Orleans Family Justice Center and the Sojourner Family Peace Center. 2. Gain an understanding of the positive impact of incorporating holistic healing practices at Centers. 3. Understand the steps necessary take implement holistic healing practices.
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Navigating Your Partner Camp
    Sunset Room 3
    Track: Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle Creating a culture of hope that trauma-exposed youth can immerse themselves in requires a full commitment from everyone involved. Finding a partner camp fully committed to fostering an environment where all can thrive may seem overwhelming. These two camping experts with years of Camp HOPE America partnership under their belt will debunk this thought, provide a professional camp director’s perspective, and pass along innovative ways to make the partnership mutually beneficial. Objectives: 1. Hear how two partner camp directors see Camp HOPE America as a value added. 2. Understand the significance of gaining buy-in with your partner camp. 3. Learn more about the role you can play in creating a more trauma informed camp.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Overcoming Defense Arguments
    Bay View Room
    Track: Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases With the increased use of expert witnesses in strangulation cases, the defense has responded with a variety of counter-arguments which may or may not be supported in science. Session objectives: • Explore the common and novel arguments being raised in strangulation cases • Address possible responses to arguments by the defense..
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Putting the "SUCCESS" in Succession Planning!
    Sunset Room 4
    Track: Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers Leadership transitions can be challenging. More than 65% of non-profits have no plan for succession. In order for non-profit organizations to be sustainable, it is essential that the board and staff leadership think critically about the long-term leadership needs of the organization. This means the anticipation of both unexpected changes and planned leadership transitions. The facilitator will create an interactive environment in which participants will discuss key elements of a succession plan, describe and plan out a process for their own leadership transition, and share tools and resources to plan for the near and distant future. As a result of this session, participants will be better able to: • Discuss the importance of succession planning. • Identify key elements of a strategic and emergency succession plan. • Determine who should be engaged in succession planning at their organization. • Engage staff (key managers and executive directors) and board in succession planning.
    Speakers:
    Moderators:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Using the Courts to Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Paradise Ballroom
    Track: Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals This session will focus on promising and best practices for civil attorneys in representing and advocating for domestic violence survivors. Session objectives: • Identify current areas of deficiency common in many courts • Provide avenues to implementing trauma-informed practices in court
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Working with the LGBTQIA+ Community
    Sunset Rooms 1 & 2
    Track: Trauma Informed Advocacy This workshop will present the historical and current challenges facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, and Intersex Community. Also, the session will examine barriers to accessing services as well as gaps in services the community needs. Overall, this presentation will benefit law enforcement officers, criminal justice employees, direct service staff, and administrative staff by providing safe, affirming, and culturally competent practices for LGBTQIA+ clients. Objectives: • Gain a more comprehensive understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues • Gain insight into advocating for LGBTQIA+ survivors in a culturally competent manner
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Break
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Best Practices for Non-Fatal Strangulation Investigations
    Sunset Room 3
    Track: Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases Because most strangulation victims do not have visible external injuries, non-fatal strangulation cases have historically been minimized by all professionals causing many cases not to even be prosecuted, reduced to a misdemeanor or dismissed in court. Today, jurisdictions across the country are developing new techniques to help document the non-fatal strangulation case before it becomes a homicide. In this session, we will take a closer look at best practices developing in Louisville, Kentucky; Maricopa, Arizona; and San Diego, California in the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases. Many of these cases are now being successfully prosecuted as attempted homicides and felony strangulations. In Maricopa, Lt. Dan Rincon was instrumental in developing the “Domestic Violence Strangulation Project” which created a new multidisciplinary protocol on the handling of strangulation assaults now known as the “Maricopa Model.” In Louisville, Dr. Bill Smock launched the “Living Forensics Unit” and will share new techniques he has developed for the clinical documentation. In San Diego, Supervising Crime Scene Specialist Joe Berner has been working with the Training Institute to identify ways that crime scene specialists can be utilized to improve the documentation of non-fatal strangulation cases, including the use of DNA evidence and neck swabs. We know now what works: specialized training, multi-disciplinary teams, specialized protocols, investigative forms, use of trauma-informed interviewing techniques, specific investigative questions, use of forensic nurses and paramedics, good equipment and clever patrol and crime scene specialists. Objectives: 1) Improve the identification, investigation and documentation of strangulation cases. 2) Increase felony prosecutions and accountability. 3) Increase use of multi-disciplinary teams, forensic nurses and crime scene specialists in the non-fatal strangulation cases.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Creating a Pathway to Redemption: A Thoughtful Dialogue on Criminal Justice and Prison Reform
    Paradise Ballroom
    Track: Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals Scott Budnick, the Executive Producer of "The Hangover" movies, and a leading advocate for prison and criminal justice reform will join Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten and Alliance President Casey Gwinn in an unrehearsed discussion of the challenges facing the criminal justice system given historically high rates of incarceration, high recidivism rates, and the failure of the juvenile justice system in this country to keep trauma-exposed youth out of the adult criminal justice system. Session objectives: • Foster an understanding of the role of historical oppression in the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex • Discuss the role of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) in patterns of criminal behavior.
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    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Creating Cultures of Hope in Trauma-Serving Systems
    Sunset Rooms 1 & 2
    Track: Trauma Informed Advocacy You have heard about collaboration and its various levels. You have heard about systems. You have heard about trauma and trauma-informed care. You have heard about hope. But it is time to go one step further and see how these aspects of our work come together and how the intersection of our understanding can be used to generate cultures of hope in our collaborations. In this workshop, we will look more closely at mental processing of safety and solutions to these wicked social problems, how conflict and difference influences these processes, and how skills such as inclusion and dialogue can be used to intentionally promote growth mindsets. The goal of this workshop is to learn to generate cultures of hope within our centers and collaborations as a reflection of the quality of connections and the process of coherence within these systems and to weave in insights from interpersonal neurobiology to gain a better picture of the benefits and challenges inherent in the process. Objectives - In this workshop, we will apply findings from interpersonal neurobiology to: 1. Recognize the state of our organizations and collaborations in relation to collective efficacy and the promotion of a growth mindset in the generation of a culture of hope; 2. Dive a little deeper into the interpersonal neurobiology of hope and coherence to create a flow of energy that is regenerative for consumers and service providers; 3. Recognize the mind of the collaboration as the emergent process of differentiation and linkage to promote collective wellbeing.
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     Optional  Closed 
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Lessons Learned from the Polyvictimization Initiative
    Bay View Room
    Track: Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) Three demonstration site representatives, from the Polyvictimization Initiative, will share lessons learned from the historical three-year Initiative funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. This Initiative worked on designing, piloting, and implementing a Polyvictimization Assessment Tool but in the process participating Centers learned much more about service delivery and had robust conversations that deeply affected their processes. Attendees will gain knowledge and understanding of what it means to adopt and implement a Polyvictimization Framework and draw insight from lessons learned throughout the Initiative. Objectives: 1. Learn about each Center and how they adopted the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool. 2. Understand the impact that the Polyvictimization Initiative had on service delivery, culture in the organization, staff working at the Center and survivors. 3. Hear about lessons learned during the Initiative and how you can implement a polyvictimization framework.
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Pathways: Implementing a Year-round Mentoring Program for Camp HOPE Children
    Dockside Room
    Track: Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle Camp HOPE America is the first evidence-based camping and mentoring program for children exposed to trauma in the United States. Research highlights the power a week of camp can have on the children who attend. However, the positive impact seen in programs that continue to engage campers throughout the year is monumental. This session will include practical steps sites can take to implement and run a successful year-round program of their own. Objectives: 1. Identify the key elements needed to successfully implement the year-round Pathways component of the Camp HOPE America program. 2. Gain a better understanding of what it takes to develop your annual activity schedule. 3. Discuss the significance of relational development to enhance your year-round offerings.
     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Threat Assessment Strategies
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/CA/SA) Go beyond the effective use of Structured Professional Judgement tools when mapping out a safety plan for your victim or determining your investigations' course. The next step is understanding "why" someone may pose an increased risk of violence and how to articulate and address these behaviors of concern through threat assessment and management. Session objectives: • Foster a more comprehensive understanding of DV homicide trends and their compounding factors • Discuss violence warning behaviors and potential risk indicators for targeted violence to include a review of subjects responsible for murder/suicides, mass homicide, and the killing of women and police officers • Learn about these risk factors and how engaging in further discussion and education across multi-disciplinary teams can increase the protective measures and responses of your Family Justice Center and beyond.
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     Optional 
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Understanding Governance Structure Options
    Sunset Room 4
    Track: Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers In Chapter 3 of Dream Big, Start Small, Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn discussed governance and organizational leadership structures at a Family Justice Center. When Family Justice Centers first started to open and develop in the early 2000s, we had 15 communities in the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative and multiple communities across the country which were exploring and moving forward with co-location. Each community gave careful thought and consideration to governance and leadership – whether it should be government-led, non-profit led or some combination of the two worlds. Early on, Rebecca Lovelace, Director of the Nampa Family Justice Center said: “In reality, there is no single governance model that is right for all communities. All communities have strengths and challenges that may lead them to one model over others. The goal is to find the right lead agency and the right model for your community that will help the Center thrive and grow over time.” Those were wise words then and still true today. Picking a governance structure and the right leader will always be one of the most important decisions a FJC planning team will make. In this session, attendees will hear from current FJC Directors from various governance and leadership structures: Mary Claire Landry from the New Orleans Family Justice Center which is a non-profit led FJC in Louisiana; Catherine Johnson from the Guilford County FJC which is a government-led FJC in North Carolina and Melissa Erlbaum, ED of Clackamas Women’s Services who co-located her entire direct services program at the Clackamas FJC in Oregon. All of them will share their secrets for success which includes the willingness to adapt and change over time as challenges and issues in operating a Center emerge. Gael Strack, the first director of the San Diego Family Justice Center and CEO of the Alliance for HOPE International, will facilitate this panel discussion of amazing and experienced leaders as they each share their journey, the benefits and challenges for each model as well as lessons learned along the way with plenty of time for questions. Objectives: Increased awareness about the various governance structures Increased understanding of the benefits and challenges for each governance structure Increased understanding of the fiscal, legal and policy responsibilities for each structure and the need for strong organizational leadership
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     Optional 
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
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    6:15 AM  -  7:00 AM
    Mindful Movement
    Paradise Ballroom Foyer
    Mindful Movement is emerging as a best practice at Camp HOPE America. We have seen this helps campers calm their minds and begin their day on the right foot. For trauma survivors, moving mindfully can play a significant role in calming down the nervous system and addressing the physical and emotional manifestations of trauma. Our staff at Alliance for HOPE frequently participates in mindfulness activities in the office so we can improve work performance and build closer relationships. Join us each morning during the conference (Tuesday-Thursday) as we mindfully start the day meeting at the registration table. As part of this self-care, we will take walks to awaken our bodies and minds as well as incorporating journal entries. Journaling can be useful in helping us clear our head, make essential connections between thoughts, feelings, and goal setting. Each morning we will engage with ourselves and our surroundings. In each session, here are some topics that you can expect: -Walking -Journaling -Sensory Activities -Self Reflections -Being Present What to bring: Our Mindful Movement sessions will be outdoors, so we recommend you bring walking shoes and warm clothes. Bring your own journal and pen to engage in Mindful writing activities. We’re looking forward to starting each day of the conference off in the best possible way!
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     Optional 
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Victor Vieth - Unto the Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse Within 120 Years
    Paradise Ballroom
    In this moving, hopeful address, attendees will learn the five obstacles that prevent us from ending child abuse and will learn of sweeping changes now taking place in our child protection system that will enable us to significantly reduce and perhaps eliminate child abuse over the course of the next three generations. The keynote is based on a scholarly work that was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma and in the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Fall 2006. Objectives 1. Participants will be able to articulate five factors that prevent us from significantly reducing the rate of child abuse. 2. Participants will be able to articulate numerous peer-reviewed approaches to reducing maltreatment including dramatically improving the undergraduate and graduate education of professionals responding to instances of maltreatment. 3. Participants will be able to articulate concrete resources they can utilize to implement one or more of the recommended reforms in their state or community.
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    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Casey Gwinn & Gael Strack - Closing Remarks
    Paradise Ballroom
    9:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
    Break
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Organizations
    Paradise Ballroom
    Track: Trauma Informed Advocacy Recently, there has been increased interest and momentum in the concept of creating trauma-informed organizations. The current training is designed to assist participants in understanding the essential components of a trauma-informed child and family-serving system. Building on these essential elements while linking to current research regarding organizational climate and culture, the training will assist participants in translating the essential elements into concrete practices that they can use to create a trauma-informed organization. Goals and Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to describe why it is important to create and sustain a trauma-informed organization; 2. Participants will be able to describe the essential elements of a trauma-informed agency; 3. Participants will be able to describe how to use the concepts of implementation science to support the development and sustainment of a trauma-informed organization 4. Participants will be able to describe at least three things that they can do in their role to better support their organization in becoming trauma-informed.
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     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Funding Your Camp (and Your FJC)
    Bay View Room
    Track: Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle Raising money can be daunting, but giving a life-changing gift can be rewarding. Join us in this session to learn about funding Camp HOPE America. Whether it’s marketing, networking, grant-writing, story-telling, or even social media endeavors, Deb and Kim will share unique strategies they have used to build strong, healthy sustainable relationships in order to give the gift of HOPE. Objectives: 1. Gain valuable insight into the annual funding timeline. 2. Learn about all the and different funding streams available to fund your program. 3. Discuss the various funding components that make up you Camp HOPE America budget.
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     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Partnering with Universities to Build Capacity
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers This presentation will focus on the power of collaborative relationships with Universities to conduct research and even to assist in the hosting a Family Justice Center framework. The session will also touch on the Alliance's current effort to develop the first Title IX Hope Center in the country on a college campus. Session objectives: • Identify steps and methods for establishing collaborative partnerships with universities • Discuss the future of the FJC framework in the context of university campuses
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     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Prosecution: Use of Experts with Live Demonstration
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases Use an expert. But how? Watch as a law enforcement officer, forensic nurse, and doctor participate in a live demonstration on the use of experts. Learn techniques to convey your message more effectively and how to work with counsel to avoid harming your credibility. Session objectives: • Understand the process of recruiting and using appropriate expert testimony • Discern which cases benefit most from the use of experts and live demonstration
     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    The Impact of Child Abuse on Spirituality
    Sunset Room 4
    Track: Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/CA/SA)This workshop will provide an overview of the impact of child sexual abuse on the spirituality of victims. The workshop will provide concrete suggestions for overcoming interviewing blocks that may result from the spiritual concerns of children and otherwise responding to this issue before, during, and after the forensic interview. Objectives 1. Students will receive an overview of a large body of research concerning the spiritual impact of child abuse. 2. Applying recommendations from APA treatises on the spiritual impact of child abuse, students will receive concrete guidance for coordinating medical, mental health, and spiritual care resources for a victim of child abuse. 3. Students will learn concrete tools for addressing spiritual blocks to disclosure during a forensic interview.
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     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story
    Sunset Rooms 1 & 2
    Track: Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals This interactive workshop will use key findings from our report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, to: 1) examine the ways that experiences of gendered violence create pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system, 2) examine how social attitudes towards girls, especially girls of color and LGBTQ girls, contribute to their being criminalized for their own abuse, and 3) identify strategies to develop survivor-centered, culturally-competent, trauma-informed approaches to address the needs of justice-involved girls. The discussion will delineate how girls are often criminalized for experiencing sexual violence, with a particular focus on the criminalization of survivors of domestic child sex trafficking. Workshop leaders will then engage participants in a thoughtful and nuanced discussion about how models, strategies, policies, and programming designed to meet the needs of justice-involved girls can more intentionally center the experiences and voices of girls themselves as survivors of gendered violence. As a result of attending this workshop, attendees will be able to describe the common drivers for girls into the juvenile justice system and how historical inattention to the needs of justice-involved girls has resulted in girls, particularly girls of color and LGBTQ youth, being disproportionately criminalized for experiences of gendered violence. Session objectives: • Be able to describe the common drivers for girls into the juvenile justice system • Understand how historical inattention to the needs of justice-involved girls has resulted in girls, particularly girls of color and LGBTQ youth, being disproportionately criminalized for experiences of gendered violence.
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     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Utilizing the Polyvictimization Tool: Frontline Staff's Experience with the Tool
    Dockside Room
    Track: Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) The Polyvictimization Assessment Tool requires a high level of training and engagement from Frontline staff to be successfully implemented at a Center. From trauma-informed practices to training on community violence and sometimes even one’s own trauma; frontline staff in this Initiative engaged in dialogue and deep conversation prior to implementation. Speakers from two of the Demonstration Initiative sites will share the experiences frontline staff had when utilizing the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool at their Center. The session will explore the practical approaches Frontline staff used to incorporate and tailor the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool, some the challenges and resistance faced, and provide insight into the responses clients and staff had to the Tool. Furthermore, speakers will share the challenges they faced and the routes that they took to overcome issues along the way. Objectives: 1. Understand the practical application of the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool and Site-Specific Screener at Centers 2. Understand the training and support mechanisms necessary to implement a Polyvictimization assessment tool. 3. Learn how to tailor the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool to fit the needs at your Center Understand challenges that may arise while using the Polyvictimization Assessment Tool and how to overcome them
     Optional 
    11:15 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Break
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    De-Escalation and Grounding Techniques with Children and Adults
    Sunset Room 5
    Track: Trauma Informed Advocacy This presentation provides grounding and verbal de-escalation tools and techniques for service providers. Rosa Regincos and Mayumi Okuda discuss grounding, its guidelines, and mental, physical, and soothing ground techniques. Session objectives: • Demonstrate exercises that service providers can use with clients • Provide applicable examples of when and how to use these exercises
     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    Forfeiture by Wrongdoing and the Use of Technology to Enhance Offender Accountability
    Sunset Room 3
    Track: Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals Scott Kessler has been on the leading prosecutors in the country on the practice of using Forfeiture by Wrongdoing strategies to facilitate domestic violence case prosecutions even without victim participation. Working out of the Queens Family Justice Center, Scott's team has developed a national model. This session will provide the hands-on strategies necessary to successfully gather forfeiture evidence and use it in court. Session objectives: • Learn and understand the methods for gathering forfeiture evidence • Equip prosecutors with the most effective strategies for prosecuting domestic violence cases when the survivor does not want to testify
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     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    How To: Interactive Counselor Training
    Sunset Rooms 1 & 2
    Track: Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle Learning how to curate the best team requires creativity and perspective. This hands-on session will be facilitated by two experienced Camp HOPE America professionals, who will speak on specific techniques to enhance your trauma-informed care in a camp setting as well providing interactive tools to engage and empower your counselors to turn a week of fun into a life-changing experience. Objectives: 1. Understand practical ways to make your training module your own. 2. Walk away with practical techniques you can utilize with potential staff and campers. 3. Identify the key pieces you need in order to prepare your camp staff for a transformational week.
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     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    Strangulation of Children
    Dockside Room
    Track: Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases Non-accidental strangulation of children is often under-estimated, under-reported, and under-researched. Using cases as illustrations, this presentation will review background pediatric head and neck anatomy that impacts risks related to strangulation; short and long term sequelae of strangulation reported in the literature; how child victims of strangulation commonly present and the differential diagnosis; common exam findings and their implications; and recommendations for the clinical evaluation for both adolescent and young victims. Objectives: • Review current research and known clinical presentations for pediatric strangulation • Review short and long term risks of strangulation • Discuss the differential diagnosis for some of the findings seen in children who may have been strangled • Discuss the recommended medical evaluation for strangled children and adolescents
     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    Suicide or Homicide, A Case Study (or studies)
    Paradise Ballroom
    Track: Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/CA/SA) First responders, specifically police officers, death investigators, fire fighters and EMS professionals have a unique opportunity to recognize or miss the clues of a staged crime scene, including evidence on a body. This presentation will examine and analyze injuries and evidence from multiple actual fatal and non-fatal crime “scenes”. Dr. Smock will test the attendee’s abilities to differentiate fact from fiction. Will justice be served or will someone get away with a crime, including murder? Objectives: 1. The participant will be able to recognize the characteristics of self-inflicted incised wounds. 2. The participant will be able to articulate the root causes for first responders to miss clues associated with a staged crime scene. 3. The participant will understand the importance of objective scene and wound documentation. 4. The participant will recognize the body as a crime scene and how easily critical evidence can be overlooked or contaminated during patient care.
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     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    VOICES Survivor Network
    Bay View Room
    Track: Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers The VOICES Survivor Network is a national committee of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who volunteer their time to celebrate their strength and survival. This group of individuals use their collective voice to help others through advocacy, education, and empowerment. If you’re deciding whether this is the right time for your Family Justice Center or Multi-Agency Center to start a VOICES chapter, this session will share initial considerations that may be helpful in making that decision like funding, creating a realistic budget, defining the committee’s purpose and role within the agency/FJC. For the first half of the session, the Family Peace Center in Milwaukee will share the steps of starting and maintain their VOICES Survivor Committee. As partners in hope and healing, members of this committee offer a unique perspective in regards to establishing programs, strengthening organizations, helping to identify gaps in services and sharing best practices. The second half of the session will include a panel of National VOICES Network members that will share the power of engaging survivors in the process of the collective impact movement and take your questions. Objectives: 1. An understanding of the operation of a VOICES Survivor Committee including formation, strategic planning, setting realistic member expectations and burnout, selecting the right opportunities for member engagement, and sustainability/succession planning 2. Understand the role(s) VOICES committees have played in Centers across the country 3. How to ensure survivors are partners in the operation of your FJC/MAC
     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:15 PM
    Working with Families and Perpetrators in European Family Justice Centers
    Sunset Room 4
    Track: Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization) In tackling domestic violence, perpetrator accountability is an important issue. A number of European FJCs have embedded the approach of perpetrators in their activities. The basic idea is to improve safety by working on changes in perpetrators' behavior, starting from safety measurements and including support on difficult life domains as triggers for escalation of violence. We will discuss the experiences, the intended results, and further developments. International research has shown that victims often return to their perpetrators despite bringing themselves and their environment in danger. The majority of the clients (families) really wants to stop the violence and preserve the relationship. At the same time, children seem to develop myths about their abusive parents and feel guilty themselves. Session objectives: • Understand the generational cycle of violence and when batterer intervention measures are appropriate • Gain insight from the perspective of survivors who want to pursue solutions other than separation
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     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Networking Opportunity
    Paradise Ballroom
     Optional 
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