Safe & Together

Registration Open!


Pre-Symposium: October 12, 2016 (9am-4pm)
Symposium: October 13 & 14, 2016 (9am-4pm)

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Welcome to the 4th National Safe and Together Symposium. After an overwhelming success from 2015, we are excited to announce that this year’s symposium will continue to focus on children exposed to domestic violence. It is an honor to feature international experts, such as Prof. Cathy Humphreys from the University of Melbourne, Ruby White Starr from Casa de Esperanza, Representatives from the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum and other professionals continuing to advance toward Domestic Violence Proficient practices and systems.

Held in Orlando, FL at the Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek hotel, we know this year’s symposium will be a wonderful opportunity to learn, share ideas and develop collaborative opportunities while enjoying all Orlando has to offer.

Some General Details:


We are at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

14651 Chelonia Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821 (407) 390-2300

NOT the Wyndham Bonnet Creek, which happens to be right down the street.

The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Orlando International Airport. Unfortunately, the hotel does not operate an airport shuttle, so you may need to catch a Taxi, call an Uber or make friends with a family driving into Disney World.


If you are staying at the hotel for the week and renting a car or just driving to the Symposium each day, the hotel has given us a 50% discount on parking at $10 a day. Everyone with a car will receive a ticket during the event to use in the parking garage upon exiting.


The Symposium will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm all three days

Registration can be found on the lower level. Facing the check-in desk – turn right to find the elevator and staircase down.

Registration will be open:

  • Tuesday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm (in case anyone checking into the hotel would like to get a head start)
  • Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00am – 9:30am
  • You only need to register once regardless of how many days you are signed up to attend
  • For those paying at the door, please bring a check payable to ‘David Mandel and Associates.’ Any questions regarding payment, please contact Kay at

You can view the recently updated program/agenda here. For those attending the Pre-Symposium on Wednesday, a reminder, you will choose one workshop for the day.


Continental Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am – 9:00am in the conference area all three days.

Lunch will be served all three days.

There will be a morning break with coffee and tea and an afternoon break will snacks. *We mean business when it comes to food!

There are several restaurants and bars located within the Wyndham Grand, as well as at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, within walking distance.

Education Credits:

The Symposium has been approved by NASW to offer continuing education credits: 5 for the Pre-Symposium and 10 for the Symposium. After we close the event on Friday, you will be asked to complete an evaluation of the event online through a Google Form. Once you have completed this evaluation, we will email you your accredited certificate.

Personal Wellbeing:

Bring a blanket or sweater to the symposium!! The climate control in most every conference has a mind of its own, so plan accordingly.

There will be WiFi offered in the conference area

Symposium Location:

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek


For more information on visiting Orlando, check out the Visit Orlando blog



This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (Approval # 886624904-0) for 15 Social Work continuing education contact hours (5 per day).

***OVW Grantee Approval

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2017-MU-001. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”. The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference: Campus, CLSSP, Consolidated Youth, Rural, State Coalition and Transitional Housing.

Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Grantees from both the Justice for Families (JFF) and STOP programs may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. However, grantees from the JFF program cannot send more than 2 participants. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number. This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.

Additional Event Information

Payment by credit card, Paypal, check or PO. To use a purchase order or to request a W-9 contact Kay Stevenson at or (860) 319-0966 ext.108. Make all checks payable to: David Mandel & Associates LLC. Mail them to: David Mandel & Associates LLC PO Box 745 Canton CT 06019.