Building Together: Creating a Trauma-Informed Community
Our 2012 conference theme is a vision for our future, and our conference keynotes and workshops are designed to help us turn that vision into a reality. Everyone who comes in contact with individuals affected by domestic violence needs to have increased awareness of the ways trauma manifests itself in those seeking services as well as the ways that institutionalized responses and policies may unintentionally re-traumatize those who are vulnerable.
A "trauma-informed" community is one in which all programs, agencies and institutions have incorporated knowledge about trauma into their daily operations, and increase that knowledge through vital collaborations with each other. This protects those who access services or participate in social service, justice or healthcare systems.
Our all-day conference will include keynotes from Dr. Jane Halladay Goldman of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Dr. Patricia Van Horn of University of California-San Francisco. The conference will benefit mental health professionals, judges and court staff, domestic violence advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, health care practitioners, social workers and anyone with an interest in developing the next generation of service delivery to individuals and families impacted by abuse.
Conference Schedule & Workshop Descriptions - October 19, 2012
8:00 Breakfast, Registration and Networking
9:00 Morning Keynote: Building a Trauma-Informed Community
10:20 - 11:50 Morning Workshops
A1. What now? The Reauthorization of VAWA: VAWA came to life in 1994 when then Sen. Joe Biden introduced the bill. It passed Congress by a wide margin as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The landmark law contained a comprehensive legislative package to address widespread problems of domestic violence. VAWA raised awareness about domestic violence and started a national conversation about an issue that was previously viewed as a private family matter to be resolved behind closed doors rather than in public courts. By 2000 the positive effects from VAWA had become clear and the first reauthorization flew through the House and Senate; this overwhelming vote was repeated in 2005. The most recent VAWA reauthorization bill, S. 1925, introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy and Mike Crapo in November 2011, expands the number of U-visas available while also adding crucial protections for Native American women and gay and transgendered individuals. When the third reauthorization of VAWA was introduced, it faced it first real opposition. It appears final approval of the legislation has stalled in Congress. What's next for the reauthorization of VAWA? The panel will discuss the implication of H.R. 4970 passage and offer ways local advocates and organization can take action.
A2. Trauma-Informed Health Care: Past and present abuse can have a significiant and sometime life-long effect on health and well-being. Affected individuals may therefore have many interactions with the health care system. The educational goals of this session are to: (1) Explore the identification of, interaction with, and support for patients with a past or current history of abuse in encounters with pediatrics, adult medical/surgical care, and medical social work; (2) Discuss current and upcoming best practices for working with this patient population.; (3) Help advocates understand how they can best prepare their clients to be proacive in health care setting.
A3. Establishing Collaborative Service Networks: A Trauma-Informed Approach: One goal of a trauma-informed system is to reduce logistical barriers to care and return a sense of control & autonomy to the survivor. Central to the principles of trauma-informed care is maximizing collaboration. After an experience of domestic violence, victims often seek 22-30 services in their help-seeking efforts, placing an extraordinary burden on the survivor and family during a most critical and challenging time. This workshop will provide information about "One-Stop Shops" and "No Wrong Door" models and explore key strategies to improve collaboration as a trauma-informed alternative to our current service delivery system. The workshop will also present findings from currently Community Readiness Assessments and implications for strategies that could be employed to improve our response to domestic violence.
A4. Creating Trauma-Informed Systems: A Strategy Session: Presenter will work with attendees to apply trauma-informed resources, information, and strategies to their organization. This sessionw will be interactive and geared towards the types of organization/agencies that the attendees represent. Tools such as the child welfare training toolkit, resource parent curriculum, Cops and Kids, bench cards for judges, will be highlighted, and implementation and use strategies will be explored.0 Lunch & Awards
1:00 Afternoon Keynote: Parenting After Domestic Violence: Trauma-Informed P1. Ensuring Safe Access to Children in Domestic Violence Matters: This interdisciplinary panel will explore the challenges inherent in court-ordered supervised access to children and discuss how being more trauma-informed assists in the creation of better orders. The panel will explore when supervised access should be recommended or ordered and, perhaps more criticially, what criteria indicate it is safe to suspend professional supervision. In what ways do reports from professional supervision predict the true quality of an abuser's parenting when the parent is unsupervised? What criterial are meaningful in this important judical decision? What types of cases need supervised visitation versus supervised exchanges? What are safe standards for supervision and what are supervised visitation providers seeing in the community? How do supervisors guard against alignment with one parent or the other? Some supervised visitation providers may draw incorrect conclusions about why a custodial parent is fearful, reluctant to bring the children or late to exchanges; this may lead to re-victimization, alignmen with abuser and decreased safety for children. How can our visitation providers become more trauma-informed? These questions and more will be tackled in this informative panel. Moderated by a Family Law attorney, the panel will include a Family Court judge, two mental health professionals with forensic experience and two professional providers of supervised visitation.
P2. Getting Domestic Violence Reporting Right - The Expert's Guide for Media: When Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi described domestic violence as "a private family matter," decades worth of work by advocates to disavow this very notion was rebuffed. In the wake of a string of high profile cases, it has become clear that many simply don't have words to describe these complex events - even the smartest and most savvy members of the media. Domestic violence is an incredibly nuanced subject and having the right lexicon and readily available experts and resources is critical to accurate reporting. This forum will connect media with leading domestic violence experts and provide resources materials so that reporting can be as accurate and as sensitive as possible. Beyond gaining access to experts 24/7 for breaking news and future stories, media attendees will come away with leads on under-reported stories and often shocking domestic statistics, such as teen dating violence, elder abuse, domestic violence in the military, and LGBTQ domestic violence. Non-media attendees will come away with an understanding of the pressures, deadlines, and ethical restrictions that members of the media face when reporting on this complicated and emotional topic.
P3. LGBTQ Domestic Violence...Does Sexual Orientation Really Matter?: This workshop will present current information on the unique issues and challenges of LGBTQ domestic violence victims/survivors, perpetrators and families from a client centered and trauma-informed approach. Using discussion, video and presentation we will provide the latest information on LGBTQ domestic violence issues including how new legislation and VAWA reauthorization effects LGBTQ victims. We will discuss how Santa Clara County legal and judical systems are helping LGBTQ domestic violence victims/survivors, perpetrators and families. We will introduce you to the new LGBTQ sub-committee of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council and provide ways you and your agency can collaborate with other service providers who are working with the LGBTQ communities.
P4. Cultural Issues in the Experience of Trauma: Trauma-informed services are inherently culturally-informed. They include an understanding of how cultural context influences one's perception of and response to traumatic events and the recovery process, they respect diversity within the program, provide opportunities for consumers to engage in cultural rituals, and use interventions respectful of and specific to cultural backgrounds. The workshop will focus on mechanisms of working with trauma survivors and provide examples of working with the South Asian and larger Asian community. In addition, a presentation on the important of language access for immigrant survivors and information on the Language Access Campaign will be provided
MCLE: The Pro Bono Project has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 5 hours GENERAL.
BBS: This program will qualify for Minimum Continuing Education credit in the amount of 5.0 hours GENERAL for LCSWs, ASWs, MFTs and IMFs.
Ph.D, Psy.D: This program will qualify for Minimum Continuing Education credit in the amount of 5.0 hours. There is a $10.00 fee for Ph.D / Psy.D credits, payable at the conference.
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3:50 Close: Evaluation & Certificates
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Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council
The DVC was established as a County Commission in 1991 as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors in matters pertaining to domestic violence. The Council makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding policies, programs and legislation and promotes effective prevention, intervention and treatment techniques to reduce domestic violence in our community.
The Domestic Violence Council’s (DVC) mission is to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors to assure safety and restoration for victims of domestic violence, cessation of the violence, and accountability for batterers.
The Domestic Violence Council will do this by: 1)Improving coordination among agencies, departments, courts, members of the community and victims in matters of family violence and abuse; 2)Promoting effective prevention, intervention and treatment techniques that will be developed based upon research and data collection; 3)Improving the response to domestic violence and abuse in order to reduce incidents thereof; and 4)Educating the public about the need to end domestic violence