“Thirty Years of Building Healthy and Safe Texas Families: Past, Present and Future”

30th-annual-conference-cmyk.jpgThe 25th Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Statewide Conference will be held on September 25 and 26 at the Westin Park Central in Dallas, Texas.  The conference is a meaningful opportunity for advocates, law enforcement personnel, judicial representatives and professionals to obtain valuable information and training on enhancing quality services to survivors of family violence, best practice initiatives, innovative strategies for addressing family violence in their respective communities, and exchanging ideas on new domestic violence public policy trends.

With its theme of, “Thirty Years of Building Healthy and Safe Families: Past, Present and Future”, the 2008 conference will offer workshops on the following topics: Working with Men and Boys, Healthy Marriage Initiatives, Domestic Violence Policy Trends, Batterer Intervention Prevention Programs, Engaging Communities in Prevention, Economic Advocacy, and Cultural Competency, Complex Protective Orders for Survivors of Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Media Relations, Housing Options, Confidentiality and Documentation.  The TCFV Conference will be an occasion to reflect on the many creative initiatives undertaken by the Council in its 30-year history and utilize the open exchange of ideas by attendees to develop imaginative solutions which empower survivors to arrive at decisions allowing them to move forward in a healthy relationship.

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  • Discounted rate is available for current TCFV members.
  • Those who are not current members may add membership during online registration to receive the Conference discounted rate.
  • Those who plan to attend the TCFV 30th Anniversary Gala and Statewide Conference may register online for both.

TCFV will “kick off” the conference by hosting the 2008 General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 25, at 8:30 a.m.  Open to all members, the Membership Meeting will provide members with a rich opportunity to interact with TCFV staff, the senior leadership Team, and members of the Board of Directors.  Additionally, TCFV Policy Committee members will present and discuss the Board adopted 2008 Texas Legislative Agenda.  Members are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the 2008 Membership Meeting. For information on membership benefits and joining TCFV, please click here.

The 25th Statewide Conference will provide conference attendees an exceptional opportunity to hear from several nationally acclaimed domestic violence experts including:

  • Mr. Don McPherson is the founder and former Executive Director of the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University located in Garden City, New York.  A former professional football player, recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, McPherson is one of the nation’s foremost educators and a passionate advocate for the prevention of violence against women.  Don previously directed the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program at  Boston’s Northeastern University  and currently serves on the Board of Directors for various national anti-violence organizations including, the Ms. Foundation for Women.
  • Ms. Donna Garske serves as the Executive Director of Marin Abused Women’s Services in San Rafael, California, a full-service domestic violence program and home to the innovative Transforming Communities, a nationally-recognized community based domestic violence prevention project. Donna has been a part of the international movement to end violence against women for over 28 years, provided leadership at the national, state and local levels, and offered training and consulting services to numerous state domestic violence coalitions across the country.
  • Ms. Lisalyn Jacobs is the Vice President of Government Relations for Legal Momentum, a leader in establishing litigation and public policy strategies to secure equality and justice for women, headquartered in New York City.  In her previous role at the Office of Policy Development in the U. S. Department of Justice, Ms. Jacobs worked on several issues including implementation of the Violence against Women Act, the Welfare Reform Act, judicial nominations and affirmative action issues.  Lisalyn also served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Office on Violence against Women.

The 2008 conference promises to be an educational, informative, enjoyable meeting of individuals dedicated to ending domestic violence in Texas.  Individuals interested in attending the conference but who are not TCFV members may join by utilizing the Membership Link referenced previously in this article. Take advantage of this vital benefit and connect with colleagues from across the state in celebrating 30 years of service to Texas women, children and families.

Thursday, September 25th

7.5 CEU Hours, 7.5 CJAD-Approved Hours

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration
Salon E & F Foyer

7:15am – 8:00am Yoga Class
DeGloyler

Conference attendees have the opportunity to begin each day with relaxing yoga taught by Krista Del Gallo, certified Yoga Instructor and Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) before beginning the day’s work. Please wear comfortable clothes and come feel more center-balanced. Sessions are complimentary and on a first- come, first- serve basis.

8:30am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am
Welcome and General Membership Meeting

The General Membership Meeting is open to all TCFV members. Attendees do not have to be registered for the conference to attend. Members will receive TCFV updates from the TCFV leadership and board members.

9:15am – 10:00am
General Session: Continental Breakfast & Featured Keynote Speaker
Salon E & F
Primary Prevention Target: Men and Sports
Don McPherson, Vice President,The Hopewell Group, Inc., New York, New York

This keynote address will emphasize McPherson’s work to create positive programs and messages that address complex social issues. As founder and former executive director of the Sports Leadership Institute, McPherson works to move beyond prevention programs and towards creating a culture of positive messages that are not simply against violence, but for a civil and loving society.
10:00am – 10:15am Break

10:15am – 11:45am
1. Legal Advocacy Track Breakout
Salon A
Full Faith and Credit Provisions: What You Should Know
Monica Player, Staff Attorney, National Center on Full Faith and Credit, Arlington, Virginia

This workshop will present information on the full faith and credit provisions (FFC) of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and how to facilitate inter-jurisdictional enforcement of civil and criminal protection orders in state, tribal and territorial courts. This session will explore the most recent changes enacted in VAWA -2005 as they relate to the FFC provisions, and how they relate to the Texas protection order process. There will also be a discussion of federal domestic violence and stalking laws.

10:15am – 11:45am
2. Youth Track Breakout
Salon B
Moving Forward: Advancing New Hampshire’s DV/CPS Collaboration Through the Greenbook Project: Part I
Deb Coe, Child and Family Advocacy Coordinator, New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families, Concord, New Hampshire
Michelle Rosenthal, Domestic Violence Intervention Coordinator, New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families, Concord, New Hampshire

This workshop will present information on how domestic violence programs and child protective services in New Hampshire collaborated for over a decade to respond effectively to the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment and how participation in the Greenbook federal demonstration project served to enhance this partnership. This workshop will highlight the successes, challenges, and lessons learned throughout this collaboration.

10:15am – 11:45am
3. Batterers Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP) Track Breakout
Salon C
Avoiding Collusion Through Accountability Roundtable
Sherri Kendall, Battering Intervention Services of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Houston, Texas
Steve Fisher, BIPP Coordinator, Domestic Violence Prevention, Texarkana, Texas

This highly interactive roundtable discussion will explore how to confront collusion in BIPP groups through strategy sharing. Attendees will learn how avoiding collusion promotes accountability on the part of facilitators and group members.

10:15am – 11:45am
4. Executive Director Track Breakout
Salon D
A Bag Full of Fundraising Tips
Ann Dowdy, Chief Development Officer, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas

This workshop will provide participants with fundraising tips that can be used immediately. This interactive session will provide at least 101 ideas and a bounty of fundraising information to use back in your community.

10:15am – 11:45am
5. Prevention Track Breakout
Covingtons
Working with Men and Boys
Don McPherson, Vice President, The Hopewell Group, Inc., New York, New York

This workshop will include portions of McPherson’s workshop, “You Throw Like a Girl,” presented at more than 200 college campuses, schools and community organizations. Interactive exercises and discussions will challenge traditional arguments and attitudes that foster male silence and lack of engagement.

10:15am – 11:45am
6. Economic/Policy Track Breakout
Tension A & B
It’s Not Healthy if it’s Not Safe: Addressing Domestic Violence Issues Within Healthy Marriage Initiatives
Anne Menard, Director, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities the Healthy Marriage Initiative presents for domestic violence advocates. This workshop will focus on the policy and practice issues that arise. Healthy marriage and relationship programs funded by the federal and state government are required to consult with domestic violence experts , regardless of funding source, and encouraged to implement an action plan in preparation for domestic violence issues arising with participants in their programs.

10:15am – 11:45am
7. General Breakout
Marsalis
Family Violence – Beyond the Basics – A Criminology Perspective
Russell Strand, Chief, Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division, U.S. Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

This workshop will provide information about the causes and dynamics of abuse. It will review the myths and reality of family violence, theory of behavior and third personas, trauma and its effects on victim behaviors and responses. Training will include family violence basics but is primarily designed for intermediate to advanced training for multidisciplinary professionals.

11:45am – 12:00pm
Break

12:00pm – 1:30pm
General Session: Lunch with Keynote Address
Salon E & F
Policy Trends: Past, Present and Future
Lisalyn Jacobs, Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum, Washington, DC.

This keynote address will trace the development and evolution over the past 15 years of one of the most crucial pieces of federal legislation impacting survivors: the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Jacobs will discuss the crafting and initial passage of VAWA in 1994, as well as the implementation from her perspective as staff at the Department of Justice. Jacobs will address VAWA’s evolution to reach beyond the criminal justice system to address critical needs of survivors such as immigration, housing and employment.  Jacobs will provide participants with an overview for the movement to end violence against women, where the movement has been, where it is now, and where it could go.

1:30pm – 1:45pm
Break

1:45pm – 3:15pm
8. Legal Advocacy Track Breakout
Salon A
Domestic Violence and Firearms: Enforcing Federal and State Firearm Laws in Your Jurisdiction
Monica Player, Staff Attorney, National Center on Full Faith and Credit, Arlington, Virginia

This workshop will explore federal and state firearm prohibitions related to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The primary focus will be on federal statutes, with some discussion on the relation of federal versus Texas state laws. Additional topics will include firearms seizure, transfer and return, and creating coordination with federal counterparts.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
9. Youth Track Breakout
Salon B
Moving Forward: Advancing New Hampshire’s DV/CPS Collaboration through the Greenbook Project: Part II
Deb Coe, Child and Family Advocacy Coordinator, New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families, Concord, New Hampshire
Michelle Rosenthal, Domestic Violence Intervention Coordinator, New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families, Concord, New Hampshire

This second part workshop will offer additional information on how domestic violence programs and child protective services in New Hampshire collaborated for over a decade to respond effectively to the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment and how participation in the Greenbook federal demonstration project served to enhance this partnership. This workshop will further highlight the successes, challenges, and lessons learned throughout this collaboration.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
10. BIPP Track Breakout
Salon C
Battering Intervention Program Accreditation
Jennifer King, Director of Family Violence Intervention Programs, Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD), Austin, Texas
Eduardo Montiel, Field Services Specialist, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD), Austin, Texas

This workshop will provide information on how a program can apply to become an accredited BIPP service provider. Information on the accreditation and application process will be reviewed. Participants will receive an introduction to the BIPP accreditation guidelines and samples of policies and procedures compliant with the guidelines will be reviewed.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
Executive Director’s Meeting
Salon D

Executive Directors of programs that are TCFV Category I or II members or are funded by HHSC Family Violence Program are invited to network and discuss current critical issues with peers and TCFV staff.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
11. Prevention Track Breakout
Covingtons
Panel Discussion: Engaging Communities in Domestic Violence Prevention
Rebecca Farrow, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Fort. Worth, Texas
Cedric Lee, Founder, Keeping Hands Off, Inc., Houston, Texas
Sharon Washington, Executive Director, Collective Harmony, Houston, Texas

This panel will address the unique opportunities and challenges of engaging the broader community in Domestic Violence Prevention work. Panelists will share their experiences engaging with traditional and non-traditional partners, mobilizing their community, and lessons learned from creating exciting collaborative efforts. Participants will learn from prevention advocates in the field, hear successes and challenges, as well as strategies for community engagement. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
12. Economic/Policy Track Breakout
Tension A & B
Providing Effective, Women-Centered Economic Advocacy
Emily McGinnis, Program Director, Redevelopment Opportunities for Women, St. Louis, Missouri

This workshop will increase advocates’ economic skills while raising awareness of values and experiences with money and how they shape and influence their advocacy. As gas and food prices soar, women impacted by intimate partner violence (IPV) struggle with financial hardships that impact their safety.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
13. General Breakout
Marsalis
Panel Discussion-Part 1:Focus on Plural Families
Mary Batchelor, Director, Principle Voices, Salt Lake City, Utah
David Dye, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Principle Voices, Rocky Ridge, Utah
Allie Matthews, Principle Voices, Herriman, Utah
Anne Wilde, Community Relations Director, Principles Voices, Salt Lake City, Utah
Pat Merkley, LCSW, Safety Net Coordinator, Family Support Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

This workshop will provide the history and diversity of the polygamous culture and explore ways to interact with these families more effectively. This workshop will also include information on the history and dynamics of polygamy, and barriers for families who need help. Information will also be offered for service providers on resources and assistance, appropriate terminology, childhood and personal experience in polygamy.

3:15pm – 3:30pm
Refreshment Break
Salon E & F Foyer

3:30pm – 5:00pm
14. Legal Advocacy Track Breakout
Salon A
Panel Discussion: Complex Protective Orders and Sexual Assault Protective Orders
Donna Bloom, Attorney, Denton County Friends of the Family, Denton, Texas
Erin Martinson, Chief of Protective Orders, Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Austin, Texas
Jesus Rodriguez, Family Associate Judge, El Paso County, El Paso, Texas

The panel on protective orders (PO) will address who can apply for a protective order, what a PO can and can’t accomplish, how to apply, the difference between POs, and restraining orders.  Panel members will discuss the differences between a Magistrate’s Orders of Protection, Temporary Ex Parte Protective Orders and Permanent 2-year POs.  New legislation making served POs criminally enforceable will also be covered.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
15. Youth Track Breakout
Salon B
Touchpoints – A Relational Approach to Working with Today’s Challenging Families
Barbie Brashear, Non-Residential Services Director, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Pasadena, Texas
Mindy May, Project Director, Texas Initiative, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Houston, Texas

This workshop will present the Touchpoints approach, which empowers parents to discover their own competence and supports providers in shifting their focus from one family member to the entire family.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
16. BIPP Track Breakout
Salon C
Panel Discussion: Combat Returnees and Civilian BIPPs
David Almager, Program Director, The Family Place, Dallas, Texas
Mike Croyle, BIPP Coordinator, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas
Doreen Krodel, LCSW, Fort Worth Local Recovery Coordinator, Fort Worth, Texas

This panel will review significant challenges facing Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP) across Texas that serve recent combat veterans and discuss the important role BIPPs play in providing services.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
17. Executive Director Track Breakout
Salon D
Grant Financial Management
Chris Garza, Director of Finance, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas

This workshop will present information about the general authoritative literature, including best practices, updates and changes for Grant management, Office of Management and Budget OMB A-122, Uniform Grant Management Standards, (UGMS) and Texas Administrative Code.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
18. Prevention Track Breakout
Covingtons
Prevention Leadership: The Nuts and Bolts of Developing and Directing Prevention Work
Jennifer Margulies, Prevention Director, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas

This workshop will address fundraising, planning, evaluating, hiring, and managing prevention staff and programs. Developing and guiding successful prevention programming involves unique considerations. This workshop will explore how to sell prevention to funders, identify which staff member are best suited for prevention work and evaluate program success.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
19. Economic/Policy Track Breakout
Tension A & B
Reaching Economic Stability Safely: Advocacy with Survivors
Krista Del Gallo, Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas
Barbara Stephens, Shelter Manager, Families in Crisis, Inc., Temple, Texas

This workshop will cover the various legal protections in place for survivors accessing Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), cash assistance, as well as other types of benefits. This workshop will include a discussion of advocacy strategies to incoroporate when working with benefits granting agencies that provide benefits to survivors.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
20. General Breakout
Marsalis
Panel Discussion-Part 2: Focus on Plural Families
Mary Batchelor, Principle Voices, Salt Lake City, Utah
David Dye, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Principle Voices, Rocky Ridge, Utah
Allie Matthews, Principle Voices, Herriman, Utah
Anne Wilde, Community Relations Director, Principles Voices, Salt Lake City, Utah
Pat Merkley, LCSW, Safety Net Coordinator, Family Support Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

This second part workshop will provide additional information on the history and diversity of the polygamous culture and discover ways to interact with these families more effectively. Topics will include the history and dynamics of polygamy, barriers for families who need help from service providers offering resources and assistance, appropriate terminology, and childhood and personal experience in polygamy.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Networking Mixer and CANs Silent Auction
Salon E

This networking mixer is an opportunity to meet other conference attendees and debrief from the day’s work. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar available. The Caucuses, Allies and Networks (CANs) will also be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for their yearly projects.

6:30pm – 10:30pm
CANs Networking Dinner

Members of TCFV/CANs will have an opportunity to network during this special dinner event. TCFV will provide transportation for CAN members with members responsible for the cost of their meal. CANs include African American Caucus, Allies to Survivors with Disabilities, Allies to Children and Teens, Legal Advocacy Network, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus, Survivors’ Caucus, and Voces Unidas.

Friday, September 26th

7.5 CEU Hours, 7.5 CJAD-Approved Hours

7:15am – 8:00am
Yoga Class
DeGoyler

Conference attendees have the opportunity to begin each day with relaxing yoga taught by Krista Del Gallo, certified Yoga Instructor and Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family before beginning the day’s work. Please wear comfortable clothes and come feel more center-balanced. Sessions are complimentary and on a first- come, first- serve basis.

8:00am – 5:00pm
Registration
Salon E & F Foyer

8:00am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
Salon E & F

8:30am – 10:00am
General Session: Welcome & Keynote Address
Salon E & F
Working Together to End the Violence
Cindy Dyer, Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

In this keynote address, Cindy Dyer will discuss her experience as the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, vision for the future, and need for further collaboration. Dyer will also draw on her expertise as a former family violence prosecutor and discuss new emerging challenges for investigating and prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases post Crawford v. Washington (2004) and Giles v. California (2008).

10:00 am – 10:15am
Break

10:15am – 11:45am
21. Legal Advocacy Track Breakout
Salon A
Advanced VAWA Self-Petitions and U – Visas for Advocates
Edna Yang, General Counsel, Political Asylum Project of Austin, Austin, Texas

This workshop will provide information to advocates who work with immigrant survivors of violence and have a background in assisting immigration lawyers and BIA accredited representatives with the self-petitioning and U Visa process. The session will focus on the most effective role for advocates and strategies to effectively partner with lawyers and accredited representatives to ensure clients’ immigration needs are met in a comprehensive and expeditious manner.

10:15am – 11:45am
22. Youth Track Breakout
Salon B
Confidentiality and CPS
Julie Kunce Field, Consultant, Fort Collins, Colorado

This workshop will address survivor information confidentiality as it relates to the obligations of Child Protective Services and community-based victim service providers. The workshop will emphasize the common goal survivors, community-based victim service providers, and child protective services share in protecting against abuse.

10:15am – 11:45am
23. BIPP Track Breakout
Salon C
Advanced Training for BIPP: How do we Become More Successful? Part I
David Mathews, Director of Therapy, Domestic Abuse Project, Minneapolis, Minnesota

This session will focus on hot topics currently on the minds of BIPP facilitators around the country including ensuring victims’ safety, ethical issues and concerns in conducting a BIPP group, What is success?, Do we all have to follow the same BIPP model?, as well as walking and talking through unusual situations that happen in the course of conducting group sessions with men. Attendees should anticipate lively and challenging discussions.

10:15am – 11:45am
24. Executive Director Track Breakout
Salon D
The Care and Feeding of the News Media
Retha Lindsey Fielding, Chief Public Relations and Marketing Officer, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas
Fred Guerra, Manager-Statewide Communications, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas

This workshop will offer valuable information on how to deal and interact with diverse media outlets. The session will identify tips on how to respond to media, get their attention, what to do if your prespectives are not included in a story, and the management of external communications during a crisis.

10:15am – 11:45am
25. Prevention Track Breakout
Covingtons
Show Casing Innovative Collaborations for Teen Dating Abuse
Prevention
Barri Rosenbluth, Director of School-Based Services, SafePlace, Austin, Texas
Rebecca Farrow, Vice President of Community Services, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Ft. Worth, Texas
Toby Myers, Shalom Bayit, Houston Jewish Network Against Domestic Abuse, A Program of Jewish Family Service, Houston, Texas

This workshop will show successes and challenges around creating effective collaborations for teen dating violence prevention. SafePlace and SafeHaven are currently collaborating with colleges, religious schools and institutions, and community theater groups in their prevention efforts.  This workshop will offer real-world, applicable strategies for doing effective teen dating abuse prevention in your community.

10:15am – 11:45am
26. Economic/Policy Track Breakout
Tension A & B
Housing Issues for Victims of Domestic Violence
Ramey Ko, Attorney,Equal Justice Works Fellow, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc., Austin, Texas
Rebecca Carlson, Director of Non-Residential Services, Family Abuse Center, Waco, Texas

This workshop will introduce participants to federal and state laws addressing housing rights of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Additionally this workshop will provide tips and strategies for screening and interviewing clients for housing and domestic violence related issues. Participants will also learn the why and how of providing transitional housing services to survivors of domestic violence using a strengths-based, holistic, empowerment approach.

10:15am – 11:45am
27. General Breakout
Marsalis
Individual Development Accounts: Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Victims
Mary O’Dorherty, Frankfort, Kentucky

This workshop will demonstrate how domestic violence survivors in Kentucky are getting help from the state coalition’s Economic Empowerment Project. Survivors use Individual Development Accounts (IDA) to save for homes or a post-secondary education. About 200 participants are enrolled in the program which has helped 39 become first time homeowners and 30 attend college.

11:45am – 12:00pm
Break

12:00pm – 1:30pm
General Session: Lunch with Keynote Address
Salon E & F
Past, Present, Future Prevention and our Movement
Donna Garske, Executive Director, Marin Abused Women’s Services, San Rafael, California

This keynote address will focus on the history of efforts in the domestic violence movement, current trends, and the future of prevention in our field. Garske will celebrate our shared legacies and inspire us to continue our work to create a world free from violence against women. Drawing from nearly three decades of implementing innovative prevention strategies in her community and her perspective as a national leader in prevention, Garske will discuss the power of social movements and the public health model of prevention, how to foster sustainable change by building community ownership, promoting individual transformation, and fundamentally shifting the social norms that condone or support violence against women.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
28. Legal Advocacy Track Breakout
Salon A
Confidentiality and Documentation
Julie Kunce Field, Consultant, Fort Collins, Colorado

This workshop will provide hands-on methods to maintain appropriate, adequate records and simultaneously honor the privacy and confidentiality of survivors’ personal information.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
29. Youth Track Breakout
Salon B
Technology and Dating: Safety, Advocacy, and Awareness
Cathy Smith, Operations Manager, loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, Austin, Texas
Clarissa Moore, Training Consultant, Dallas, Texas

This workshop will identify and define the technologies teens are using today, discuss the newest research on teen dating abuse and technology, and how to apply safety planning tips specific to teens and technology. Information on how to use technologies safely to engage teens and young adults will also be presented. Attendees will view demonstrations and experience hands-on activities to show how these technologies are used and how easy they can be accessed by local programs. Participants will learn about the services and advocacy provided by loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
30. BIPP Track Breakout
Salon C
Advanced Training for BIPP: How do we Become More Successful? Part II
David Mathews, Director of Therapy, Domestic Abuse Project, Minneapolis, Minnesota

This second part session will further focus on hot topics currently on the minds of BIPP Facilitators around the country including ensuring victims’ safety, ethical issues and concerns in conducting a BIPP group, What is success?, Do we all have to follow the same BIPP model?, as well as walking and talking through unique situations that occur in the course of conducting a group session with men. Attendees should expect lively and challenging discussions.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
31. Executive Director Track Breakout
Salon D
Meeting with Success
Nadine Bell, President, The Burrell Group, Dallas, Texas

This workshop will provide information on proven tools and techniques that can be used to design and conduct successful meetings. Attendees will learn about the 3 parts to every meeting and how to deliver each of them effectively. Also covered: the 13 mistakes that can torpedo meetings and how to avoid them; Parliamentary Procedure -how to demystify it and make it work.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
32. Prevention Track Breakout
Covingtons
Prevention and Social Change
Donna Garske, Executive Director, Marin Abused Women’s Services, San Rafael, California

This workshop will lead participants through contemporary, community-based approaches to preventing violence against women and girls. Drawing from the experience of effective social movements and the public health model of prevention, this workshop will offer examples of sustainable change by building community ownership, promoting individual transformation, and fundamentally shifting the social norms that condone or support violence against women.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
33. Economic/Policy Track Breakout
Tension A & B
Workforce Options
Don Baylor, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin, Texas
Sabrina Campbell, Program Coordinator, Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board, El Paso, Texas

This workshop will address the challenges facing Texas workers, availability of state and local programs geared towards education and skills development, and an overview of work-related public policies that impact survivors. The workshop will provide a family budget estimator and offer an example of an innovative collaboration.  Participants will be encouraged to think critically about needed resources and the creation of policies and partnerships in their own communities that could help more survivors become gainfully employed.

34. Critical Issues
Marsalis
CPS Removal of Children from the YFZ Ranch: An Advocate’s Perspective.
Julie Balovich, Staff Attorney, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Alpine, Texas
Amanda Chisholm, Staff Attorney, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Alpine, Texas

This workshop will discuss the legal issues involved in the FLDS/CPS lawsuit and how this litigation may affect the rights of parents and victims of domestic violence throughout the State of Texas.

3:15pm – 3:30pm
Refreshment Break
Salon E & F Foyer

3:30pm – 5:00pm
35. Legal Advocacy Track Breakout
Salon A
A Roundtable Discussion: Domestic Violence Fatality Review
Donna Amstsberg, LMSW, Director, Family Violence Center, Houston, Texas
Aaron Setliff, Policy Director, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas
Phil Travers, Clinical Director of Counseling Services, Family Violence Prevention Services, Violence Intervention Program, San Antonio, Texas

This workshop will cover the process for creating and cultivating a domestic violence fatality review team in Texas.  Presenters from three different fatality review teams will explain their experiences: El Paso, a relatively new review, San Antonio, an older review that is reinvigorating itself, and Houston, a longstanding , well-funded review.  The enabling state statute, the practicalities of team creation at the local level, choosing key participants, victim confidentiality, and required fatality review report writing will be addressed.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
36. Youth Track Breakout
Salon B
Exposure to Family Violence and Child Abuse Reporting Requirements: National Trends
Julie Kunce Field, Consultant, Fort Collins, Colorado

This workshop will address the developments and challenges faced in connection with mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect in the context of domestic violence.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
37. BIPP Track Breakout
Salon C
CSCD & BIPP: Working Together to Hold Offenders Accountable
Susan Farris, Administrative Resource Coordinator, Family Crisis Center, Bastrop, Texas
Rosa Ocanas, Community Supervision Officer, CSCD, Bastrop, Texas

This workshop will provide participants with information on the working relationship between a Community Supervision and Corrections Department and Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP). During the workshop, participants will learn about BIPP essential components such as referral process, intake, group format, victim safety and progress reports. Most importantly, participants will hear how CSCD and BIPPs work together to hold family violence offenders accountable in an effort to ensure victim safety.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
38. Executive Director Track Breakout
Salon D
Some Thrift Stores Thrive And Some Fall Short. Why?
Judy West, Non-Profit Retail Consultant, Women’s Shelter of East Texas, Nacogdoches, Texas
Back by popular demand!

This session will enable participants to identify the major areas that cause store sales to decline and ways to implement a solution before it affects the bottom line. The session will offer the most effective best practices within the thrift store industry that could set your store on the path to success and discuss the textile salvage industry and how it affects you. Participants will leave with a sample of tools that can be modified to apply the best practices in your district.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
39. Prevention Track Breakout
Covingtons
Youth Leadership for Prevention
Sherene Abraham, Community Educator, New Beginning Center, Garland, Texas
Eunaka Kirby, Delivered Out Ministries, Duncanville, Texas

This workshop will focus on innovative strategies to engage youth in prevention programming, include program highlights from around the state, interactive activities, and a question and answer period. Participants will learn about strategies to create opportunities for youth in developing and delivering curriculum, youth engagement and recruitment, and youth leadership in programming and its interaction with the agency.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
40. Economic/Policy Track Breakout
Tension A & B
Panel Discussion: Relocation-Tools and Resources for Survivors
Andrea Edgerson, Policy Analyst, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas
Molly Voyles, Policy Analyst, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas
Helen Reyes Salinas, Team Leader Awards Section Case Manager, Crime Victims Compensation Program, Office of the Texas Attorney General, Austin, Texas

This panel will discuss the Crime Victims’ Compensation and Address Confidentiality Program, which can benefit survivors in their transition to safety, and discuss challenges that arise when survivors of violence relocate.

3:30pm – 5:00pm
41. General Breakout
Marsalis
Panel Discussion: Practicing Inclusivity- Advocating for LBGT Survivors
Sam Aguilera, Co-Founder, Puentes LGBT Conference, El Paso, Texas
Andrea Giron, Prevention Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence, Austin, Texas
Roy Rios, Coordinator of Community Education and Development, Women’s Protective Service, Lubbock, Texas
Additional presenter to be announced

This workshop will cover fundamentals of working with survivors from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. Participants will learn vocabulary, common barriers, strategies for successfully serving LGBT clients, and ways to create a more inclusive environment.