[Day One - June 2, 2009]
[Day Two - June 3, 2009]
[Day Three - June 4, 2009]
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Day One – Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Lessons Learned from the Greenbook Demonstration Initiative
Jeffrey Edleson, PhD, Amber Ptak, and Jerry Silverman, MSW, facilitated by Mary Louise Kelly, PhD
This discussion highlights the experiences of a researcher, a project director, and a federal partner of the federal demonstration initiative designed to implement recommendations from the publication, Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (Greenbook).

Available Handouts:NONE

1:30pm Workshops

Systemic Change: Moving Beyond Failure to Protect
Catherine Munster, JD and Joyce Yedlosky
In West Virginia, new statutes, rules, case law, and departmental policies have eradicated the “failure to protect” doctrine and have replaced it with innovative new ways to empower victims of domestic violence, hold batterers accountable, and increase safety for children. This change required a collaborative effort across systems. This workshop will use the West Virginia model to examine how the child protection and legal system created systemic change from a strength-based and supportive perspective.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1] [Handout 2]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2] [Supplement 3] [Supplement 4]

Navigating through Perilous Waters: Fatherhood Engagement, Domestic Violence, and Effective Child Welfare Practice
Fernando Mederos, EdD
How will practice change as fatherhood engagement becomes a priority for child welfare systems throughout the United States? This workshop will present a policy and practice framework for differential engagement with men who batter in the child welfare cases that accounts for 1) the wide range in the severity of violent and abusive behaviors and 2) the various corresponding levels of risk and strengths. Participants will discuss a model for engagement that holds men responsible for their behavior, attends to the safety of battered women and their children, and creates strength-based interventions with men who batter.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1] [Handout 2] [Handout 3] [Handout 4]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1]

Greenbook Project Leadership: Laying the Foundation for a Multi-Systems Change Effort
Ruth Houtte, MEd., Grace Mattern, and Amber Ptak
Leadership in any collaboration is difficult; however, when leadership must guide the changes of complex systems to improve their response to families confronting domestic violence and child maltreatment, the task becomes monumental. Each federally funded Greenbook site tasked with developing a collaboration to meet the goals of the federal initiative took on a different shape based on the history and needs of it’s own community. This multi-layered and complex collaboration required skilled leadership from each system. This workshop will highlight the leadership lessons learned and strategies utilized in El Paso County, Colorado, and Grafton County, New Hampshire, to lay the foundation for a multi-systems change effort.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1]

Overrepresentation of Families of Color in the Child Welfare System: One Community's Analysis
Debi Cain and Shelia Hankins
This workshop will explore the findings of a targeted safety and accountability audit in Michigan on the overrepresentation of families of color in the child welfare system revealing that after substantiation of neglect, African-American children are more likely to be removed from their homes. Presenters will discuss the documented gaps between stated philosophy and actual child welfare practices, review recommendations, and share strategies and practices that could support the safety of African-American domestic violence survivors and their children who are also involved in the child welfare system.

Available Handouts: NONE

Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Model Collaboration and Systemic Change
Hon. Jerry Bowles, Gretchen Hunt, JD and Darlene Thomas, MSSW
This workshop will highlight efforts to improve responses to children exposed to domestic violence in Kentucky. Panelists will outline strategies for improving trust and collaboration among child protection, domestic violence, and legal professionals and will identify concrete ways to protect victims, including creative safety planning and appropriate service plans that hold abusers solely accountable for the violence. Participants will offer input and analysis of the roles and interventions of court players through a simulated court hearing.

Available Handouts: NONE

Joint Reviews by the Child Death Review Board and Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board: The Oklahoma Experience
Brandi Woods-Littlejohn, MSCJ and Lisa Rhoades
Child Fatality Review Boards and Domestic Violence Fatality Review Boards both grew out of grassroots efforts; however, the two have existed seemingly in mutually exclusive worlds. In 2006, the two Oklahoma multidisciplinary boards recognized their common interest in several cases and set out to change the status quo. Through a series of joint meetings that led to legislation modification, the two boards now meet regularly to review cases where both domestic violence and child welfare are at issue. This workshop will highlight that journey, its pitfalls, successes, and ongoing issues, and will help create a roadmap for other communities interested in such an endeavor.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2]

Intervention with Children and Mothers Affected by Domestic Violence: Child-Parent Psychotherapy
Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW
This workshop will provide an overview of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a model of mental health intervention for young children and their non-offending parent who are affected by family violence or traumatic loss. This intervention recognizes that both parent and child may be traumatized by domestic violence and consequently, their relationship may suffer. The central premise of the model is strengthening the child-parent relationship as a means of addressing the trauma of domestic violence for both the child and the parent and considers the young child in the context of the parental relationship, focusing on supporting the mother as a primary strategy for helping the child.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]

Day Two – Wednesday, June 3, 2009

10:30 Workshops

Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Keeping Women and Children in Contact Safe
Jill Davies, JD and Fernando Mederos, EdD
This workshop will explore why battered women and children remain in contact with an abusive partner or father. Presenters will discuss an approach to advocacy and safety planning with both adult victims and with children when there is ongoing contact with the abusive parent. A framework for identifying which men will, will not, or might change their battering behavior and the resources and constraints necessary to offer meaningful options to reduce violent and controlling behavior will be discussed.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint 1] [Handout 1]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1]

The Safe Start Initiative: Connecting the Dots Between Inspiration, Innovation, and Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence
Elena Cohen, MEd, MSW, and Renee McDonald, PhD
Safe Start is a national initiative funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. It calls for improvements to systems serving children exposed to domestic violence, collaborative planning, and cross-disciplinary strategies to create communities of care, prevent exposure to violence, and reduce the impact of exposure for those children who are already exposed. Through an interactive discussion, the panel will reflect on the nuts and bolts of the process from innovation to evidence-based practices in 11 Safe Start Demonstration sites and current Safe Start Promising Approaches communities.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2]

Achieving the Greenbook Vision in New Jersey: Little, Big, Difficult, and Next Steps
David Broselli, MSF, Hon. Thomas Dilts, and Cynthia Wilcox Lischick, PhD
This workshop will highlight the cross-system collaborative effort undertaken in New Jersey to achieve the Greenbook vision. Sharing lessons learned as the systems worked together to enhance their responses in co-occurrence cases, the presenters will provide an overview of their system’s role in implementing Greenbook principles; outline steps for how challenges were addressed; review case law that was created after the Nicholson decision; and discuss the role of leadership.

Available Handouts: NONE

Considering Issues of Indian Women, Children, and Families at the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Welfare
Josephine Halfhide, MSW, MSCJ, and Donna Honena
This workshop will detail current policy, practice, and research for improving outcomes for Indian and Alaska Native victims of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Presenters will provide a brief history of the Indian Child Welfare Act; present a historical honoring of American Indian women; and provide examples of successful approaches to develop positive cross-system state and tribal collaborations that account for the cultural and traditional needs of the individual, families, and systems within tribal and urban Indian communities.

Available Handouts: NONE

The Role of State Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) in Enhancing Safety
Sandra Barnett, Therese Roe Lund, MSSW, Grace Mattern, and Emilie Meyer, JD
Historically, CFSRs were used to ensure conformity with federal child welfare requirements, examine what happens to children and families engaged in child welfare services, and enhance states’ capacity to help children and families achieve positive outcomes. More recently the focus includes achieving results by the provision of appropriate services. In this session, participants will explore how CFSRs present an opportunity at a state level to examine policies and procedures that impact families experiencing the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment; identify gaps in services; and explore ways to build a strong collaborative relationship among domestic violence, child protection, and legal professionals that ultimately can be translated into practice.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1] [Handout 2] [Handout 3] [Handout 4]

What is Reasonable about Reasonable Efforts?
Hon. Jerry Bowles, Barbara Hart, JD, and Ruth Houtte, M.ED., Lauren Litton, JD
This workshop will provide an overview of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), the impact it has on co-occurrence cases, and the role and responsibilities of the judge, child welfare agency, and attorney in ensuring that ASFA is followed. Presenters will explore the meaning of reasonable efforts in different communities and how collaborative efforts can leverage resources to meet the needs of families and raise expectations of system responses.

Available Handouts: [Handout 1] [Handout 2]

The Domestic Violence Home Visit Intervention: A Collaborative Police-Advocacy-Mental Health Outreach Project
Miriam Berkman, JD, Lt. Julie Johnson, and Carla Smith Stover, PhD
This workshop will describe a unique home visit outreach project developed and implemented in New Haven, Connecticut, that combines a police-advocacy-mental health approach and builds positive rapport between neighborhood police officers and families affected by domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Home Visit Intervention provides follow-up home visits to women with children who have reported incidents of domestic violence to the police. Visits are conducted in teams for the purpose of assessing and enhancing safety, and providing information to battered women about judicial processes, available community services, and expectable psychological reactions to violence that they may notice in their children. The presentation will include data from a 12-month longitudinal program evaluation.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]


The Role of Primary Prevention in Co-Occurrence Work Explorers
Rev. Darrell LaRue Armstrong
Drawing on personal and professional experience, Rev. Armstrong will explore strategies to strengthen and support families and prevent both child abuse and domestic violence. Participants will consider how primary prevention efforts targeting both domestic violence and child abuse and neglect can be enhanced and explore ways to incorporate prevention into aspects of co-occurrence work.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1]

1:30pm Workshops

Practice Guidelines: Confidentiality, Information Sharing, and Supportive Advocacy
Nicole Baran, MA, MSW, and Jill Davies, JD
This workshop will use a woman-defined advocacy framework to explore the role of domestic violence advocates in fostering the well-being and safety of both battered mothers and children. Topics will include protecting confidential information, documentation, informed consent, and how to partner with battered mothers when mandated reports are necessary. Tools and guidelines will be provided.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint 1] [Powerpoint 2] [Handout 2] [Handout 2] [Handout 3]

Immigration and Trauma: Reflections from the Field
Carmen Noroña, MSEd and Sudha Shetty, JD
This workshop will highlight particular aspects of working with Latin American caregivers and their children who have been exposed to violence. Participants will explore the interface of immigration and trauma through a case presentation and examine a framework for developing clinical interventions that are culturally responsive and trauma informed.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]

Enhancing Safety for Children and their Battered Mothers in Child Protection: Engagement, Assessment, and Decision-Making
Dave Buscher, Dan Cowan, Raelene Freitag, PhD, Wildecy de Fátima Jury, MSW, Cindy Rush, MSW, and Shellie Taggart
This workshop will explore key child protection functions as they relate to domestic violence that include engaging families; assessing danger, risk, and service needs; and making key decisions about whether to open a case or remove children from the care of their parents. Efforts by child welfare systems to improve these aspects of practice through nuanced assessment of domestic violence dynamics, use of structured decision-making tools, and team decision-making meetings will be discussed and illustrated.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1] [Handout 2] [Handout 3] [Handout 4] [Handout 5]

Integrated Father Treatment for Domestic Violence: A New Approach to Working with Families Impacted by Violence
Carla Smith Stover, PhD
Social service systems rarely acknowledge the status of men as fathers in the conceptualization and delivery of treatment for substance abuse or domestic violence. Although there has been extensive focus on the treatment of mothers who abuse substances, are victims of intimate partner violence, or maltreat their children, there has been little consideration of the need for interventions for fathers with histories of co-morbid intimate partner violence and substance abuse. This workshop will describe a new intervention, Integrated Father Treatment for Domestic Violence (IFT) that addresses the co-morbidity of substance abuse, domestic violence, and child maltreatment. IFT is designed to be offered individually to fathers with children younger than seven years old and includes an optional couple component if his partner wishes to participate and it is determined to be safe.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]

Parental Alienation Theory in Family Court and Child Welfare Systems: The Need for a Rational Approach
Joan Meier, JD, and Elizabeth Liu, JD
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) and Parental Alienation (PA) are widely invoked in family courts, and, increasingly, by child welfare agencies, when child abuse is reported by a mother who is litigating custody. PAS and PA theories suggest that when mothers allege a father is abusive or dangerous to themselves or their children, they are doing so in bad faith to keep the father out of the children’s lives. Despite the rejection of PAS as scientifically invalid, child welfare agencies and court personnel routinely reject custody-litigating parents’ (and children’s) abuse allegations without serious investigation, instead accusing the reporting mothers of “alienation.” This workshop will explore how PAS and PA are being applied in a manner that undermines child protection, and will offer an alternative framework for recognizing valid alienation concerns without misusing them to mask abuse.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2] [Supplement 3]

Promising Practices: Innovative State-Level Collaboration Between Domestic Violence and Child Welfare
Joyce Grover, JD, and Kathy Ray, MSW
A safety and accountability assessment of the Kansas child welfare system was conducted in partnership among the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Division of Children and Family Services, and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. The assessment revealed a need for cross-training between child welfare and domestic violence professionals and for further development of children’s programming in domestic violence programs. This workshop will outline collaborative efforts, highlight the advancement of promising policies and practices, and discuss how to engage in effective collaborative relationships and systems change on a state level.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]

Policy Options and Opportunities to Address Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Lorna Hogan and Kiersten Stewart, MA
There are several pieces of federal legislation, including the Violence Against Women Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, that provide an avenue through which states and local communities can create policies and programs specific to the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse. This presentation will provide an overview of those federal laws and funding streams and discuss opportunities that arise to support reform that is aligned with promising practices, including preservation of the mother-child relationship in the context of therapeutic intervention for vulnerable families.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2] [Supplement 3]

Day Three – Thursday, June 4, 2009

8:45 Plenary

Building Resilience: Unpacking Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
Hon. Michael Town
Professionals working in co-occurrence cases are subject to vicarious trauma, affecting the way they conduct business. This plenary will explore what compassion fatigue looks like so professionals recognize it and will examine ways for self-care to build resilience.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2]
9:45 Workshops

Ensuring Safety and Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Children: Implementation of the ABA Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Victims in Civil Protection Cases
Maureen Reid, MSW, and Robin Runge, JD
This workshop will focus primarily on the American Bar Association’s Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in Civil Protection Order Cases and how they can be used to improve communication and collaboration among attorneys, advocates, and social workers serving child victims of domestic violence and their mothers. The presenters will facilitate a discussion about the benefits and unintended consequences of seeking civil protection orders when there is an intersection of issues and how to develop better structures to prevent harmful outcomes for battered women and their children.

Available Handouts: [Handout 1]

The Impact of Men’s and Fathers’ Rights Groups on Efforts to Address Domestic Violence and Child Welfare
Nicole Baran, MA, MSW, Jeffrey Edleson, PhD, and Anne Menard
This presentation will provide an overview of efforts that challenge and undermine the collective work to end violence against women. The presenters will review opposition groups, frame their issues, and make distinctions from responsible fatherhood groups. A summary of the impact on the domestic violence movement, implications for research, and call for keeping women and children safe will be discussed.

Available Handouts: NONE

The Safe and Together Model: An Approach for Helping Children, Supporting Survivors, and Intervening with Domestic Violence Perpetrators in Child Maltreatment Cases
David Mandel, MA, and Kristen Selleck
Many professionals interested in the safety and well-being of children may fail to address adequately the risk and safety concerns represented by batterers. Assessments of a survivor's real strengths and capacities to protect children are often inadequate and incomplete. As a result, often decisions are made that fail to meet the needs of children, to develop successful partnerships with survivors, or to intervene with batterers. This workshop will provide an overview of the Safe and Together model for improving child welfare interventions for children when domestic violence is an issue.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1] [Handout 2] [Handout 3] [Handout 4]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2] [Supplement 3] [Supplement 4] [Supplement 5] [Supplement 6] [Supplement 7] [Supplement 8] [Supplement 9]

Connecting Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Coordinating Responses to Enhance Prevention and Intervention Efforts
Shay Bilchik, JD
This workshop will explore the growing body of research examining children and youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and why families should be screened for co-occurrence issues in both systems. It will further examine how responses can be coordinated to keep youth and their families from entering both systems, with child welfare often being the first stop on a pathway toward delinquency. Finally, it will describe the vital role that communities must play in creating a stronger set of responses in support of this work.

Available Handouts: NONE

Integrating Safety for Adult Victims and Children in Supervised Visitation
Shelia Hankins and Lauren Litton, JD
In the last decade, funding has allowed communities to create supervised visitation and exchange services for families experiencing domestic violence such as the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program). Parents receiving services may be litigating custody and visitation, have a protection order, or be referred to visitation by other agencies. This poses unique challenges to providers due to continuing contact between the parties or undisclosed domestic violence. This workshop will explore how collaborating professionals can work together to shape orders and design services that will enhance safety for both the adult victim of domestic violence and child when supervised visitation and exchange services are used.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint] [Handout 1]
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1]

Exploring the Role of the Specialist in Child Welfare
Shellie Taggart and Nancy Young, PhD
To meet the needs of families who have multiple challenges and safety risks, many jurisdictions have adopted a specialist model to bring the expertise of various fields into the child welfare and juvenile court systems. This workshop will provide an overview of specialist positions, share lessons learned from domestic violence and substance abuse specialization, and discuss opportunities for collaboration and integration among specialists. Workshop participants will share their thoughts and proposed strategies to foster collaboration among specialists and their respective agencies, as well as inform the future work.

Available Handouts: NONE
Supplemental Materials:[Supplement 1] [Supplement 2] [Supplement 3] [Supplement 4] [Supplement 5] [Supplement 6] [Supplement 7]

Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care
Elizabeth Whitney Barnes, JD and Hon. Ernestine Gray
NCJFCJ and its Model Courts, in collaboration with Casey Family Programs, adopted a national goal to reduce racial disproportionality and disparate treatment in foster care. This session will highlight the goals of this initiative and will share progress to date. Presenters will also discuss the exciting work that is being done in local jurisdictions to implement the work of this important initiative.

Available Handouts: [Powerpoint]
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