Safe & Together

Second National Safe and Together™ Model Symposium - Seattle 2014

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Using a perpetrator pattern-based approach to improving safety and well-being for children and families

Seattle, Washington October 22-24, 2014

Thank you to those who joined us at our Second Annual Safe and Together Symposium!We brought together child welfare professionals, domestic violence advocates and their partners in a discussion about the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence. Using the Safe and Together™ model, with its emphasis on perpetrator behavior patterns as a framework, participants attended presentations on:

  1. Implementation of the Safe and Together model
  2. Foundational practices built on understanding perpetrators’ patterns of behavior and how those behaviors harm children
  3. Partnerships with domestic violence survivors
  4. Partnerships and collaboration between child welfare, domestic violence advocates and other community partners
  5. Learning and discussion of emerging practices in work with domestic violence perpetrators
  6. Development of policy and practice that support a domestic violence informed child welfare system

The symposium highlighted:

  • How the Safe and Together™ model can enhance collaboration in communities where co-located domestic violence advocates or specialists work inside child welfare agencies
  • Data on the effectiveness of a perpetrator pattern-based approach to domestic violence cases involving children

Check back for details on our Third Annual Safe and Together Symposium!

Here is what we accomplished in Seattle…

Symposium Presenters:

Responsible Fathering of Men who are Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Professor Donna Chung

Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI)

David Garvin

Jeffrie Cape

Center for Family and Community Engagement

Joan Pennell

Claudia Kearney

National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Heather Meitner

Midtown Community Court

Jonathan Monsalve

Bo Twiggs

National Center for Adoption Law and Policy

Jennifer Hartmann, MSSA, LSW

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

Dorothy Striker

Safe Homes of Orange County

Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, MS

Sarita Green, MSW

Women Aware, Inc.

Robert Baran

 

Pre-Symposium

WEDNESDAY, October 22, 2014

7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast – Grand Pacific Ballroom
9:00 am – 10:30 am BallroomPART I:Emerging Programs and Practices for Working With Domestic Violence Perpetrators as Parents (Joan Pennell and David Garvin) GPB APART I:Introduction to the Safe and Together Model(David Mandel) GPB BPART I:The Safe & Together Model and Structured Decision-making (SDM): Making them work together to improve outcomes for families experiencing DV(Heather Meitner / Kristen Selleck)
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm BallroomPART II:Emerging Programs & Practices GPB APART II:Introduction to the Safe and Together Model GPB BPART II:Structured Decision-Making (SDM)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch in the Ballroom
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm BallroomPART III:Emerging Programs & Practices GPB APART III:Introduction to the Safe and Together Model GPB BPART III:Structured Decision-Making (SDM)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm BallroomPART III:Emerging Programs & Practices GPB APART III:Introduction to the Safe and Together Model GPB BPART III:Structured Decision-Making (SDM)

Symposium

THURSDAY, October 23, 2014

7:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast – Grand Pacific Ballroom
9:00 am – 10:30 am Plenary by David MandelPerpetrator Pattern-Based Approach to Domestic Violence Cases Involving Children
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm BallroomCreating a DV Informed Child Welfare Systems(Kristen Selleck) GPB AIPV Collaborative and Safe and Together in Ohio(Dorothy Striker and Jenny Hartman) GPB BPath Less Traveled: Family Group Decision Making and domestic violence(Joan Pennell and Claudia Kearney)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch in the Ballroom
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm BallroomPART I:Pivoting as a Practice Tool to Support Adult and Child Survivors(David Mandel) GPB APART I:Mapping Perpetrator Patterns of Behavior onto Case Practice(Kyle Pinto) GPB BPART I:First Advocacy Institute: Highlights and Lessons Learned(Bridget Reilly, Heidi Rankin and Ghia Kelly)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm BallroomPART II:Pivoting as a Practice Tool to Support Adult and Child Survivors GPB APART II:Mapping Perpetrator Patterns of Behavior onto Case Practice GPB BPART II:First Advocacy Institute: Highlights and Lessons Learned

FRIDAY, October 24, 2014

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast – Grand Pacific Ballroom
9:00 am – 10:30 am Plenary by David MandelEvaluation of the Safe and Together Model
10:30 am – 10:45 pm Morning Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm BallroomAssessing Child Welfare Agency Practice: An intensive case reading process (David Mandel) GPB AIntegrating Principles of Responsible Fatherhood into Batterers Intervention Services(Rob Baran) GPB BBatterer Intervention Basics and Their Role in Responsible Fathering(David Garvin and Jeffrie Cape) GPB CPathways to Harm: How Perpetrator Patterns of Behavior Impact Children(Heidi Rankin)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch in the BallroomKeynote by Donna Chung @ 12:30He was a lousy partner, but it doesn’t mean he’s not a good dad: Gender roles and expectations of fathering by men who are perpetrators of domestic violence
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm BallroomResponsible Fatherhood: Raising expectations for fathers who have perpetrated DV(Kyle Pinto) GPB ASafety First Fatherhood Programming: Helping Fathers, Protecting Families(Bo Twiggs) GPB BSmall Voices, Big Impact: Strategies for Engaging Children(Heather Meitner & Mollie Warren) GPB CUsing the Safe and Together Model to Support Child-Centered Documentation(Bridget Reilly)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Plenary by David MandelGender Double Standards
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks

Breakout Session Breakdown

 Thursday Morning

 Creating a Domestic Violence Informed Child Welfare System – Ballroom

Kristen Selleck, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

Domestic Violence is a prevalent and challenging topic for child welfare. Participants will discuss using a continuum of practice competency to assess and enhance their practices and policies related to domestic violence and child maltreatment. Participants will be able to identify strategies for enhancing child welfare systems’ response to domestic violence. Child welfare, advocates and other collaborative partners will discuss ways to improve upon systems to support child safety, meaningful partnership with adult survivors and interventions with perpetrators.

 

The IPV Collaborative and Safe and Together – GPB A

Jennifer Hartmann, National Center for Adoption Law and Policy

Dorothy Striker, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

Since 2004, Ohio practitioners and policy makers have committed to enhancing child safety and strengthening families through adoption of a Differential Response (DR) approach to child welfare. Casey Family Programs and the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio provided resources for the creation of the Ohio Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Collaborative, which identified David Mandel & Associates’ (DMA) Safe & Together model as fitting Ohio’s training needs. Ohio piloted Safe & Together in four counties beginning in 2010, which led to expansion of training offered to all 88 counties by mid-2015. This presentation will explore the background of the Ohio IPV Collaborative and Safe & Together in Ohio as well as the practice and policy changes, community collaborations, sustainability initiatives and evaluation strategies employed to promote more domestic violence-informed systems across the state. Presenters will emphasize the community partnerships and collaborations that made statewide implementation possible.

 

Path Less Traveled: Family Group Decision Making and Domestic Violence – GPB B

Joan Pennell and Claudia Kearney

NC State University: Center for Family and Community Engagement

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) has emerged as an effective practice from recent government reforms and global social movements seeking to rebalance the power between families and public agencies by promoting open communication and democratic decision-making. As a pioneer of FGDM in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Joan Pennell will team up with Claudia Kearney to explore how the core values of FGDM and principles of the Safe and Together Model can address domestic violence and keep adult and child survivors safe.

 

Thursday Afternoon

Pivoting as a Practice Tool to Support Adult and Child Survivors – Ballroom

David Mandel, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

The Safe and Together Model tool “pivoting” is designed to support community practice in shifting language, practice and collaboration related to domestic violence perpetrators. The pivoting tool will provide participants with an opportunity to practice shifting conversations to refocus on perpetrators’ harm to children rather than focusing on the decisions of survivors. Participants will discuss benefits of the pivoting tool as a strategy to support advocates, child welfare staff, supervision and community collaboration.

 

Safe and Together Practice Tool: Mapping perpetrator patterns onto case practice – GPB A

Kyle Pinto, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

Assessing practice, collaborating with various systems and ensuring model fidelity can be challenging; the Safe and Together Model Practice Tool: Mapping Perpetrators’ Patterns provides participants with a clear path through managing challenging domestic violence cases. This tool, which participants can take and use in their daily practice, guides frontline and supervisory workers and collaborative partners in developing a meaningful understanding of perpetrators’ risk, survivors’ protective factors and impact on children.

 

Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute: Highlights and Lessons Learned – GPB B

Bridget Reilly and Heidi Rankin, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

Ghia Kelly, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

In 2014, the first Advocacy Institute served 26 advocates throughout Florida who were seeking advanced skills for assisting their clients and collaborating towards systems’ change. This collaborative presentation of David Mandel & Associates and Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence staff will explore the lessons learned, highlights and the strategies for support advocates who work with child welfare involved clients.

 

Friday Morning 

Assessing Child Welfare Agency Practice: An intensive case reading process                   Ballroom

David Mandel, David Mandel & Associates, LLC               

Reading through cases can identify much of child welfare’s practices, norms and capacity related to domestic violence practice. This presentation will introduce participants to a new tool developed to support meaningful practice shifts in child welfare. This tool will support participants in their efforts to look at gaps and strengths in personal practice as well as address agency-wide practice.

 

Integrating Principles of Responsible Fatherhood into Batterers Intervention Services – GPB A

Robert Baran, Women Aware, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ

This workshop will explore the methods by which batterer intervention services were successfully implemented in New Jersey using the Safe and Together™ model. Additionally, participants will learn how Safe and Together™ principles have been incorporated into the program curriculum to increase insight regarding how intimate partner violence can negatively impact the wellbeing of children. Workshop participants will be asked to develop strategies for effective cross-systems collaboration to improve outcomes when engaging the perpetrator in services.

Topics will include:

  • Efforts made to integrate domestic violence and child welfare services
  • Strategies to improve collaboration
  • The importance of promoting the concept of ‘Responsible Fatherhood’
  • Evaluating practices to promote the safety of non-offending parents and children

 

Batterer Intervention Basics and Their Role in Responsible Fathering  – GPB B

Jeffrie Cape, Charron Services

David Garvin, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County

David Garvin is the co-founder of the Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADA) program, one of the longest-serving Batterer Intervention Programs (BIPs) in the USA, and a founding member of the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI). Jeffrie Cape is the founder of the Helping Explore Accountability Lifestyles (HEAL) program and was one of the original members of BISC-MI. In this session, David and Jeffrie will discuss some of the core features of these programs, including conceptual clarity of domestic violence, and how BIPs, such as these, can promote responsible fathering.

 

Pathways to Harm: Understanding the Active and Indirect Roles Perpetrators of Domestic Violence Play in Harming Children – GPB C

Heidi Rankin, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

Child welfare, domestic violence advocates and others have worked diligently to understand the complex needs and impacts of domestic violence on children. By focusing on various child maltreatment issues and developing a broader understanding of perpetrators’ behaviors, this session will provide participants with a unique capacity for assessing how perpetrators harm children through various pathways.

Lunch Keynote

He was a Lousy Partner, but it Doesn’t Mean He’s Not a Good Dad: Gender roles and expectations of fathering by men who are perpetrators of domestic violence.

Dr. Donna Chung, Curtin University, Western Australia

This presentation will examine two main areas: the research evidence about fathering of men who are domestic violence perpetrators and an analysis of how this is being addressed (or not) in policy and programming approaches in Australia. Recent research has highlighted some key concerns about the attitudes and practices of fathers who are domestic violence perpetrators which sheds light on the implications for how legal responses and program interventions can promote or compromise the safety of children and their mothers. The second aspect will examine the Australian policy and programming context providing an overview of how fathering by men who are perpetrators of domestic violence is currently addressed or not addressed through various intervention pathways. This will include an analysis of the underlying assumptions that have operated in some program types and its implications for holding men accountable and maximizing the safety of children and their mothers.

 

Friday Afternoon

Responsible Fatherhood: Raising expectations for fathers who have perpetrated domestic violence to enhance safety for children – Ballroom

Kyle Pinto, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

By setting high standards for fathers who’ve perpetrated domestic violence, child welfare and other systems create a clearer nexus between the behaviors of perpetrators and the harm to children. In addition, these standards support motivating perpetrators towards change and demonstrating the importance of fathers in the lives of their children while maintaining accountability for perpetration of abuse. This workshop will provide participants with a deeper understanding of responsible fatherhood approaches to father engagement, working with perpetrators and enhancing child safety and well-being.

 

Safety First Fatherhood Programming: Helping Fathers, Protecting Families – GPB A

Bo Twiggs, Midtown Community Court, NY, NY

Safety First Fatherhood Programming: Helping Fathers, Protecting Families will track the development and implementation of safety-first practices at UPNEXT, a Fatherhood support program at the Midtown Community Court in New York City. The presentation will outline how through collaboration with child welfare agencies and domestic violence advocates program staff have incorporated best practices into client work. Presenters will review the assessment process and will include specific practice recommendations on safety planning, contracting, and safety first treatment planning client engagement. Included in the presentation will be specific practice recommendations for engaging fathers in change processes even when contact with their children is not possible due to safety concerns.

 

Small Voices, Big Impact: Strategies for Engaging Children – GPB B

Heather Meitner & Mollie Warren, NCCD Children’s Research Center

This workshop provides participants with unique skills and strategies for working directly with children exposed to trauma. Building on the “3 houses” for kids, participants will gain an opportunity to discuss ensuring that voices of children are heard and utilized in child welfare and other processes.

 

Using the Safe and Together Model to Support Child-Centered Documentation – GPB C

Bridget Reilly, David Mandel & Associates, LLC

Documentation has lasting impact in case practice and for families served by child welfare and its community partners. Documenting perpetrators’ patterns, harm to children, and the role of perpetrators in the lives of children benefits child safety in both the short and long term. Participants will practice documenting in a child-centered manner that addresses harm of perpetrators’ behaviors, protective capacities of adult survivors and the impact and resiliency for children.

 

General Event Information, Questions, PO registrations

Kay Stevenson

David Mandel & Associates, LLC

(860) 319-0966 ext. 108

kaystevenson@endingviolence.com