On Friday December 9, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport in Warwick, Sojourner House will host Working to End Domestic Violence: Innovative and Promising Practices, an educational conference bringing together service providers, social workers, clinicians, educators, and victim advocates from across Rhode Island. The conference will offer a wide range of multi-disciplinary topics related to domestic violence intervention and advocacy. The conference will feature speakers and experts from organizations throughout New England. Attendees will learn about innovative programs and promising practices being implemented across our area to better support victims and survivors of domestic violence.
The conference will feature an opening plenary discussion on the history of the domestic violence movement, and how it has changed and shaped our programs today. Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the former General Counsel for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA), will be the lunch keynote speaker, focusing on the future of domestic violence programs and services. Marcia Cone, former CEO of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, will close our conference out by sharing practical strategies for implementing innovative practices within your own organizations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and share ideas after the closing session.
Two series of breakout sessions will also be offered – one in the morning and one after lunch. Breakout session topics include supporting undocumented and refugee victims, providing trauma-informed care, creating culturally competent organizations, addressing violence in an education setting, innovative housing programs for survivors, and promoting healthy sexuality and safer sex with clients. Attendees will have the opportunity to select which two break-out sessions they would like to attend.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. We have been approved for CEU credits. Those attending the Education breakout session will receive 1 credit in professional ethics and 4 credits in cross-cultural practice. All others will receive 5 CEUs in cross-cultural practice.
Tickets are on sale until 12pm on Thursday, 12/8/16.
MORNING SCHEDULE 8:30—9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00—10:15 Opening Plenary: Evolution of the Domestic Violence Movement The opening plenary session will focus on how the domestic violence movement has developed and transitioned over the years. Learn about how the domestic violence movement began, where it is today, and how we envision it moving forward. Moderator: Cathy Lewis, MSW, LICSW, Co-Founder of Sojourner House Panelists: Sue Pearlmutter, M.S.W., Ph.D., Dean, RI College School of Social Work Deborah Linnell, B.A., Program Officer, Van Beuren Charitable Foundation, & Principal at Linnell & Associates Zulma Garcia, B.S., Administrator for Planning & Training RI at Dept. Human Svcs
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:30—11:45 (Choose one) Innovative Solutions for Housing all Survivors of Domestic Violence Moderator: Kelly Henry, Director of Residential Services at Sojourner House Panelists: Maria Cimini, MSW, RI Coalition for the Homeless Debbie Hall, Domestic Violence Program at Crossroads RI TBA
Addressing Dating Violence & Sexual Assault Within an Educational Setting Moderator: Toby Simon, M.Ed., Former Director of the Hochberg Women’s Center, Bryant University Panelists: Cristina Costa, M.S.W., School Social Worker at Blackstone Valley Mayoral Academy Matthias Rubekeil, J.D., Title IX Coordinator, Johnson & Wales University Amanda Walsh, J.D., Title IX Program Officer, Brown University Claire Hall, J.D., Principal at Universal Education Compliance & Training
Collaborative Strategies for Working with Immigrant & Refugee Victims Moderator: Sallie D’Agostino, LMHC, Founder/Director, Strategies for Progress Panelists: Omar Bah, B.A., M.P.A., Founder/Director Refugee Dream Center, Inc. Kalina Brabeck, Ph.D. , Associate Professor Mental Health Counseling, RI College Anita P. Sharma, Esq., Executive Director, The Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project
AFTERNOON SCHEDULE 12:00—1:30 Luncheon Keynote Speaker Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1:45—3:00 (Choose one) Promoting Healing with Trauma-Informed Practices Moderator: Pamela Messore, MSW, LICSW, LCDP, ACDPII , Community Care Alliance Panelists: Amy Battersby, LMHC, CTSC, Director of Clinical Services, Day One Eva Malia, LMHC, Counseling & Psychology TBA
Cultural Competency Approaches for Working with Underserved Populations Moderator: Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Communications at RICADV Panelists: Sophia Wright, Behind the Walls RI Jaye Watts, Thundermist Trans Health Kimberly Rose, MSW, LCSW , Director of Clinical Services and Programs at the Center for Southeast Asians
Promoting Healthy Sexuality & Safer Sex with Clients Moderator: Colleen Daley Ndoye, B.A., Executive Director, Project Weber/RENEW Panelists: Elijah Edelman, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, RI College Dr. Philip A. Chan, Director, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic, Miriam Hospital Aida Mandulay, MSW, Therapist at The Meeting Point in Boston, MA
CLOSING NETWORK RECEPTION 3:15 to 4:30 with Marcia Coné, Former CEO of the Women’s Fund of RI