The Office on Violence Against Women has approved our request to invite OVW grantees to attend The Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) 2017 International Conference to be held November 1-3, 2017

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2017 International Conference
November 1-3, 2017

The Office on Violence Against Women has approved our request to invite OVW grantees to attend The Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) 2017 International Conference to be held November 1-3, 2017.
The following OVW programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference. 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.
    • Consolidated Youth
    • ICJR (formerly Arrest)
    • Justice for Families
    • State Coalition
    • Tribal Jurisdiction
    • Engaging Men
 
Grantees from STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. 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.
The reference number for this conference is OVW-2018 MU-005. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their "memo to the file". This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.
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Conference description: BISC-MI continues its tradition of providing innovative conferences! In 2017 Miles to Go will offer participants experiential opportunities to expand perceptions, take a look within ourselves, explore unique strategies and gain an increased understanding about healing and cultural humility. Presentations, activities and tools to use in batterer intervention programs will be provided, designed to generate an increased awareness of self and illuminate pathways. Regardless of the number of years you have worked, where you're from, how comfortable you are doing your work, or your professional focus, your journey is never over. There are endless pathways to travel and new discoveries to pursue. We encourage you to attend if you are interested in being challenged to take another step. Our best thinking has gotten us this far, but the best is yet to come and we will be stronger together.

Conference Faculty

 
Juan Carlos Areán
Juan Carlos is an internationally recognized activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and published author. Since 1991, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. He is presently the Director of the Faith and Community Based Youth Violence Prevention Initiative at Futures Without Violence. Previously, he served as Director of the National Latin@ Network at Casa de Esperanza and as a Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at Harvard University.
Juan Carlos was the lead developer of Futures Without Violence's Fathering After Violence Initiative and Casa de Esperanza's Campaign Te Invito. He is co-author of various articles, curricula and educational tools for men, including Working With Fathers in Batterer Intervention Programs (Oxford University Press) and Fathering After Violence: Enhancing safety for women and children post separation (FWV). He is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women created by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Areán has served as an expert in many media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the Huffington Post, CNN en Español, Univision and Telemundo. He is an active trainer and facilitator, who has led hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout the United States, the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as in Europe, Asia, the US Congress and the United Nations in New York and Geneva. A person of many interests, he has a Masters degree in music composition and is an ordained interfaith interspiritual minister.
 
Jeffrie K. Cape LMSW ACSW CAADC
Jeffrie is the director of Charron Services LLC and started HEAL (Helping Explore Accountable Lifestyles) a 52 session Batterer intervention program and WEAVE (Women Exploring Accountably Violent Encounters) in Oakland County, Michigan.
Jeffrie has over 25 years of clinical experience and also has a private practice with varied clientele. She was appointed to the Michigan Domestic Violence and Prevention and Treatment Board by Governor Snyder in 2011 She helped develop local standards for batterer intervention programs and was a member of the governor's task force to develop state standards. She was active in the development and formation of BISC-MI in 1995. She serves on the board and was chair in 2001-2002. She was chair the Batterer Intervention Provider Standards Compliance Council (BIPSCC). She was one of the originators of AQUILA.
Jeffrie also is employed part time at ADA (Alternatives to Domestic Aggression) in Washtenaw County, where she facilitates groups, trains, supervises staff, develops and refines curriculum for community and prison based programs. She participates in a variety of state and local task forces as well as providing local and national training and supervision for agencies and individuals who work with individuals involved in domestic violence.
 
Mary Case
Mary is a nationally Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, Consultant, Master Facilitator for Batterer's Intervention, and the former Program Coordinator for the L.A. LGBT Center's STOP Partner Abuse/Violence Program, the nation's largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ specific domestic violence program that was selected as one of the ten most innovative DV programs in the country by the national organization Futures Without Violence. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for nineteen years and has focused her work in the area of LGBTQ domestic violence for more than a decade. She is an LGBTQ domestic violence consultant and conducted hundreds of workshops, trainings and presentations both nationally and locally for thousands of participants. She developed a LGBT specific training curriculum in collaboration with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and provided technical assistance and trainings for 42 domestic violence shelters in California. Most recently Mary developed an LGBTQ Specific Domestic Violence Program for the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and is a consultant for their domestic violence program.
Dorthy Stucky Halley
Dorthy has been Director of the Victim Services Division of the Office of Attorney General since this division's inception in 2007. Her development of a motivation typology for those who batter has opened the door to a new understanding for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, batterer intervention providers, and others in the domestic violence field. She led the state efforts to develop standards and certify batterer intervention programs throughout Kansas. 

Halley has served victims in various capacities since 1986. She was the Executive Director of Safehouse, Inc. for over a decade, and previously served as a Crime Victim Compensation Board member. Her work with those who batter began in 1991, and led to her co-founding the Family Peace Initiative (FPI). Halley was the Practicum Director and Assistant Professor at Pittsburg State University in the Social Work Program from 1997 to 2007, before accepting her current position. She is the past president of the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (KNASW), the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), and is currently serving her third term as president of the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance (KOVA). She also serves as a consultant for the Kansas Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (KDVFRB). 

Halley received the Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year award in 1996 from KCSDV.  She has served as an expert witness in domestic violence cases for the past 28 years. She is an author, and has provided more than 1000 presentations on a national, state, and local level to more than 24,000 advocates, criminal justice professionals, and others. Her latest published work is the chapter "Providing Effective Services to Victims of Human Trafficking: Theoretical, Practical, and Ethical Considerations" (Halley, Sullivan, and Rapp), in Combating Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Palmiotto, CRC Press, 2014. In 2015, Halley co-presented "Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Intersections and Deviations" for the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women. She again served as a delegate to the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women in 2017 for the International Public Policy Institute. Halley loves water skiing and spending time with her family-most notably, her grandchildren.
Steven M.S. Halley, LSCSW
Steve is the clinical director of Halley Counselling Services, P.A. and the Director of the Family Peace Initiative (FPI). Having received a bachelor degree in history, and master degrees in both outdoor administration and social work, Halley focused his career on working with individuals and families. For the past 25 years Halley has worked as a wilderness counselor, probation officer, therapist, and batterer intervention provider. 

His success in understanding and working with those who batter has created high demand for his trainings and the FPI curriculum, which incorporates batterer motive and a trauma-informed approach. In 2016, Halley provided training to the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections at their national conference regarding his "River of Cruelty: A Trauma-Informed Approach". In 2017, Halley served on the panel "Innovative Practices: Balancing Accountability and Support for Healing" for the Office of Violence Against Women. Halley is the longest-serving member of the Kansas Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, serving since its inception. He is an avid golfer, songwriter, and along with his wife, Dorthy, authored Halley's Alley: Commentaries on marriage, family, healthy relationships, parenting, loss, grief, trauma, and domestic violence.
 
Lisa Young Larance, MSW, LCSW, LMSW
Lisa is a practitioner-scholar whose curricula, publications, trainings, and practical work focus on meeting the needs of marginalized women and their families.  Ms. Larance is the founder of two innovative community-based programs providing intervention, advocacy, and support for women who have used force in their relationships: Vista and RENEW. She is also the co-creator of the prison-based Meridians Program for Incarcerated Women.
Ms. Larance's consulting work includes technical assistance and training for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the United States Air Force; and Harmony House's Nurturing Hearts Program in Hong Kong, China. Ms. Larance is currently a doctoral student, researcher, and Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan's joint doctoral program in Social Work and Sociology.
 
Floyd Rowell
Floyd is the Lead Facilitator of the Wisdom Walk to Self Mastery program at the Alma Center, an intensive trauma resolution program incorporating indigenous healing practices and modern neuroscience. He has been actively working in the effort to create peaceful change among men in our community and end violence against women and girls for over eight years.  

Floyd has courageously and wholeheartedly engaged in his own process of transformation, having first come to the Alma Center as a client in the Men Ending Violence Program. Utilizing his own experiential knowledge of having walked in the same shoes, as well as his deep study of psychology and spiritual practice, Floyd has helped many abusive men re-examine and heal from the violence in their own background and stop repeating the same cycle of perpetration with their partner and children.
Dr. Rahul Sharma
Rahul began his work in 1989 in gender issues, violence against women prevention, and race relations as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where he worked extensively at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.  He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1998, specializing in multicultural psychology. After that, for over six years, he served as Director of the University of Chicago's Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, initially reporting to then Associate Dean Michelle Obama.  He contributed a chapter on South Asian men's roles in addressing violence against women for a book addressing domestic violence in South Asian communities.  He received the "Vagina Warrior" award from V-Day Celebration by the Vagina Monologues for his commitment to violence against women prevention.
Dr. Sharma is currently Associate Professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP) at Argosy University, Chicago and Chair of its Diversity Concentration.  At ISPP for over the last 10 years, he has worked extensively to ensure cultural competence for all Clinical Psychology students, as well as foster leadership development in the area of diversity among his Concentration students.  Dr. Sharma was 2014-15 Chair of the Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA) within the Asian American Psychological Association.  He maintains a private practice, specializing in cultural nuances related to cultural identity and intercultural conflict.
In addition, Dr. Sharma is also founder and bassist/sitarist for the intercultural award-winning music group Funkadesi, comprised of musicians, activists, educators, and healers.  The band is unprecedentedly diverse, with Indian-American, African-American, Jamaican, Latino, and European-American members.  As the band has thrived and remained cohesive for over 20 years, Dr. Sharma's long-standing goals incorporate music as a vehicle for community-building, self-understanding, cross-cultural communication, and social justice principles. Dr. Sharma recently became a Trained Health Rhythms Facilitator and advanced Adolescent Protocol Facilitator, using Remo Drums' evidenced-based health-promoting and social-promoting protocols to spawn healing, personal growth, group cohesion, and dialogue among a variety of populations. In March of 2015, Dr. Sharma delivered a keynote address in Chicago on cultural competence in clinical practice and teaching, incorporating compelling analogies and anecdotes from his career as a musician. Dr. Sharma designed and led anti-oppression healing workshops at schools and conferences, including at YWCA's Racial Justice conference April 2017.  Most recently, he is the recipient of the Joyce Foundation Award, commissioned to co-write a musical piece on the theme of the history of Englewood.  The piece, to be performed by 1,000 musicians, aims to engage youth in violence-prone environments.  He is also co-facilitating "Drum Circles for Peace" across parks in the high-violence neighborhood of Englewood through the summer of 2017.  Dr. Sharma continues to consult, present lectures, & lead workshops on many topics related to mental wellness, music, diversity, social justice, and healing.
 
Aldo Seoane
Aldo Seoane (Yoeme) is co founder of Wica Agli a domestic and sexual violence awareness organization focused on engaging men in the conversation of ending violence, located Mission, South Dakota.
In 2013 Wica Agli was created to address the needs of providing domestic and sexual assault advocacy and awareness education in Rosebud South Dakota. For the past 4 years Wica Agli has been work with men and boys in the community in an effort to create allies for women and to model healthy behaviors. Wica Agli has been actively working with tribes across the country to raise awareness of the intersections of pipeline infrastructure and increases of domestic and sexual violence to indigenous communities.
 
Terri Strodthoff, PhD
Terri is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alma Center, Inc., a community based agency in Milwaukee working to break the cycle of violence in families. The Alma Center is a research based gender-specific agency providing pioneering trauma-informed healing, education, social services and a positive peer community to support abusive men's peaceful and lasting transformation.  The agency is a recipient of the 2014 Celebrating Solutions Award for innovation in domestic violence prevention, chosen by a panel of leading domestic violence experts from more than 300 national applicants.
Dr. Strodhoff has more than 25 years experience in the field of domestic violence, including program design and administration, evaluation and direct service delivery. Dr. Strodthoff received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  She has co-authored articles and is a regular presenter and trainer for national and local audiences.
 
Tish Taylor
Tish is the Assistant Director of the Family Peace Initiative batterer intervention program, and has served in that capacity since 2013. She has been providing services to those who batter since 2011, operating as many as 7 groups per week. Her unique, high energy style of facilitation endears her both as a group facilitator and lead trainer for FPI's Facilitator Training Series. Tish provided consultation and technical support to the Kansas Department of Corrections to establish their first batterer intervention program inside of the prison setting. She also facilitates groups for women in the Topeka Correctional Facility, the only state prison for women in Kansas.
Prior to her current position, Tish was a site coordinator for Greenbush Educational Cooperative, providing contractual services to the Kansas Department of Correction. Her history of working with both juvenile and adult offenders within the Department of Corrections provided vital experience for her role as both a group facilitator and trainer.
Tish is currently pursuing a criminal justice degree, with a minor in psychology.  Tish loves to spend time with her family. She and her husband, Scott, keep busy with their 5 children, ages 5 to 20, and their activities.
 
Jerry Tello
Jerry Tello comes from a family of Mexican, Texan roots and was raised in south central Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of fatherhood, family strengthening, community peace and mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. Over the last 40 forty years Mr. Tello has dedicated his efforts to preventing and healing the pain of relationship/community violence, teen pregnancy, fatherless-ness and internalized oppression by speaking to over half a million people and training 1000's of facilitators across the nation to address these issues. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network (established in 1988) and serves in the role of Director of the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute division. Mr. Tello has motivated, trained and mentored thousands of individuals, organizations and community groups in the various curriculum (see website jerrytello.com) that he has authored addressing the issues of Fatherhood, Male "Rites of Passage," relationship and gang violence prevention, teen fatherhood, pregnancy prevention, family strengthening, fatherhood literacy and community peace. He served as a principal consultant for Scholastic Books on International Bilingual Literacy curriculum focused at reaching low-income families, is the author " A Fathers Love", a series of children's books, co-editor of Family Violence and Men of Color and a series of motivational C.D.'s. He has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Latina and Lowrider magazines and has received many major awards including the Presidential Crime Victims Service award, presented by President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno, two California Governor's Awards for his violence prevention and intervention advocacy work, the Ambassador of Peace award from Rotary International and recently received the White House's Champion of Change award for his work.
As part of his continued work on peace, healing and violence prevention he is presently working in numerous communities integrating a trauma/healing informed approach to violence prevention. Finally, in collaboration with the American G.I. Forum, Mr. Tello is part of an effort of providing Domestic Violence awareness presentations and support services to Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf veterans and their spouses. Presently, also oversees the Sacred Circles Center in Whittier, California and is a member of the Sacred Circles performance group, a group dedicated to community peace and healing. He is the proud father of three children: Marcos, Renee and Emilio and the grandfather of Amara and Naiya.

2017 International Conference
Dates: November 1-3, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Conference website: https://www.biscmi.org/miles-to-go/

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Day One: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

7:45 am - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:15 am - 8:45 am Welcome
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Humanizing "the Other;" Humanizing Ourselves - Juan Carlos Areán
Building upon the ground-making 2017 roundtable on BIP's current trends, alternative models, and promising practices, sponsored by the Office on Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women, Mr. Areán will speak of the need for BI practitioners to incorporate a trauma-informed lens, embrace cultural approaches, and engage in deep self-reflection. He will invite participants to ponder the meaning of healing in the context of responsibility, the overlap of victimization and perpetration, and the misuse of coercive systems in working with DV offenders.
9:45 am - 10:45 am
La Cultura Cura, From Cycles to Circles; Moving Beyond Trauma Informed to Healing Centered - Jerry Tello
The session will address the importance of rooting ourselves in a narrative that is beyond the immediate trauma to a place of acknowledging the generations of pain and multiple oppressions that many people carry. It reaches to the core of generational healing. It further lifts the importance of honoring indigenous based ideology, pedagogy and practice as teacher for healing westernized processes that often revictimize.
10:45 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hearing Trauma & Healing our Stories - Terri Strodoff & Floyd Rowell 
Consider the mantra, any pain that is not transformed will be transferred. Our field has long known that little boys who grow-up witnessing or experiencing domestic violence or other childhood adversity, are significantly more likely to repeat this behavior themselves. Yet, when grown men come to the doors of our programs with the reality of repeating the cycle through their own perpetration of violence or abuse, we often consider their background experiences to be irrelevant, or little more than excuses to justify, blame or otherwise escape responsibility for their own choices and behavior. What difference would it make if we sincerely and authentically asked men the question of what happened to them? In this workshop we explore how a trauma-informed approach changes our program goals from fixing men's problem, to holding space for men to heal.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch on Own - Vouchers Provided
1:45 pm - 3:45 pm Workshops (2 hour)
#1a: Honoring One's Sacred Circle - Jerry Tello
The workshop will be a deeper dive into the Overview session as to how we first of all not just give the teachings but live the teachings as we recognize the intersectionality of our work and the importance of consideration for its impact on all our relations. It will further explore the importance of social action on injustice as it relates to interconnected healing.
#1b: Honoring One's Sacred Circle - Juan Carlos Areán 
The workshop will be a deeper dive into the Overview session as to how we first of all not just give the teachings but live the teachings as we recognize the intersectionality of our work and the importance of consideration for its impact on all our relations. It will further explore the importance of social action on injustice as it relates to interconnected healing.
#1c: Story Telling - Terri Strodoff & Staff
This workshop will build off the themes of the plenary session. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own emotional wellness, safety and vulnerabilities in doing this work.
#1d: Story Telling - Terri Strodoff & Staff
This workshop will build off the themes of the plenary session. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own emotional wellness, safety and vulnerabilities in doing this work.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Workshops (2 hour)
#2a: Honoring One's Sacred Circle - Jerry Tello
The workshop will be a deeper dive into the Overview session as to how we first of all not just give the teachings but live the teachings as we recognize the intersectionality of our work and the importance of consideration for its impact on all our relations. It will further explore the importance of social action on injustice as it relates to interconnected healing.
#2b: Honoring One's Sacred Circle - Juan Carlos Areán 
The workshop will be a deeper dive into the Overview session as to how we first of all not just give the teachings but live the teachings as we recognize the intersectionality of our work and the importance of consideration for its impact on all our relations. It will further explore the importance of social action on injustice as it relates to interconnected healing.
#2c: Story Telling - Terri Strodoff & Staff
This workshop will build off the themes of the plenary session. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own emotional wellness, safety and vulnerabilities in doing this work.
#2d: Story Telling - Terri Strodoff & Staff
This workshop will build off the themes of the plenary session. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own emotional wellness, safety and vulnerabilities in doing this work.
6:00 pm Dinner on own

Day Two: Thursday, November 2, 2017

7:45 am - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome and Housekeeping
8:30 am - 9:00 am A Survivor's Voice
9:00 am -10:30 am
Women's Use of Force: A Practice and Research Overview - Lisa Young Larance, LMSW 
Understanding and addressing women's use of force in intimate relationships is a controversial national issue that affects first responders, criminal legal system personnel, and social service providers at the local, county, and state-wide levels. The inaccurate perception that all women who have used force are "batterers" often (mis)informs arrest procedures, judicial actions, and chosen interventions in many states. In many jurisdictions, this means that female survivors of domestic violence are arrested, charged, and then referred to Batterers' Intervention Programs (BIPs) for using force against their intimate male partners. Women referred to BIPs receive inappropriate "batterers treatment" rather than contextualized support and intervention. This potentially places women and their family members at a higher risk for abuse. Through lack of attention to context, interventions fail to meet the needs of these women and may also fail to meet the goals of the referring agency - to prevent future violent incidents. Using examples from Ms. Larance's direct practice work, recent publications, and ongoing research, she will raise the awareness of those unfamiliar with the issue and contribute to a deeper understanding for those already addressing the issue. Information from this presentation can be used to directly contribute to the well-being of women and their families.
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Wica Agli -"Bringing Men Home" exploring culture as a road map to healing - Aldo Seoane 
During the session we will discuss indigenous perspective of healing and approaches to in the use of culture to create a path to help men find healing and safety in the selves.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch - Vouchers Provided
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Aquila Truth Squad - Faculty TBD
The truth squad comes to the conference to introduce and demonstrate tools that programs, advocates and others can use in their communities to answer questions and challenges about research, effectiveness, community coordination and gender considerations. A link to all materials introduced will be provided.
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Workshops (90 Minute)
#3a: Tools and Techniques: Practical Application - Jeffrie Cape, LMSW ACSW CAADC
An interactive session focused on simple practical therapeutic strategies that can be used by new or experienced facilitators to engage group participants and enhance understanding of individual accountability.
#3b: Addressing Women's Use of Force: Building Your Own Curriculum - Lisa Young Larance, LMSW
An overview of selected curriculum sessions used with women in court-ordered programming for their use of force will provide practitioners opportunities to innovate upon their current work and/or implement new practices. Participants are encouraged to share their work in order to make this process one of mutual growth and understanding. Those new to this area are encouraged to bring questions and ideas.
#3c: Cultural Inclusivity - Aldo Seoane 
This workshop will provide a forum to look at how to discuss culture while holding men accountable. Discussion will explore creating culturally inclusive groups using indigenous approaches and how to create standards that include a cultural perspective.
#3d: Inclusive Practices for Working with LGBTQ People Experiencing IPV:  Trauma & Oppression Informed Approaches - Mary Case
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of LGBTQ peoples experiences of oppression and how it intersects with their experience of Intimate Partner Violence.  Participants will also be given practical tools that can be utilized to create safety and inclusivity for LGBTQ individuals who are accessing their services.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Workshops (90 Minute)
#4a: Tools and Techniques: Practical Application - Jeffrie Cape LMSW ACSW CAA
An interactive session focused on simple practical therapeutic strategies that can be used by new or experienced facilitators to engage group participants and enhance understanding of individual accountability.
#4b: Addressing Women's Use of Force: Building Your Own Curriculum - Lisa Young Larance, LMSW 
An overview of selected curriculum sessions used with women in court-ordered programming for their use of force will provide practitioners opportunities to innovate upon their current work and/or implement new practices. Participants are encouraged to share their work in order to make this process one of mutual growth and understanding. Those new to this area are encouraged to bring questions and ideas.
#4c: Cultural Inclusivity - Aldo Seoane 
This workshop will provide a forum to look at how to discuss culture while holding men accountable. Discussion will explore creating culturally inclusive groups using indigenous approaches and how to create standards that include a cultural perspective
#4d: Identifying Primary Aggressor in LGBTQ IPV - Mary Case
Differentiating Aggressors from Survivors is complex but necessary for providing safe and effective interventions that do not retraumatize survivors that may have been wrongly convicted of domestic violence. This workshop will examine an assessment model that expands the concepts of victimization and aggression from the mainstream binary model into a continuum.   We will also touch on trauma informed models for group and individual counseling services that organizations can develop to provide support for LGBTQ individuals, regardless of where they may fit within the assessment continuum.
5:30 pm Dinner on own

Day Three: Friday, November 3, 2017

7:45 am - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:30 am Welcome and Housekeeping
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Cracking the Code; Understanding Different Motives of Those Who Batter and the Connection to Risk and Lethality - Steve and Dorothy Halley 
In this keynote, Dorothy and Steve "crack the code": bringing to the practitioner an understanding of the differences among those who batter based on motive. Those with different motives display different behaviors, and present different dangers to their victim and community. The commonality among batterers-their desire to dominate and control-has been understood for a long time. Unfortunately, the different motives driving them to seek power and control have not been generally understood, making it difficult to predict behavior or provide effective response. This workshop provides information that unlocks the mystery of domestic violence, and provides practical information that will change/enhance your response.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break - 30 Minutes to Check out
10:30 - 11:30 am
PLAYING TOGETHER: Experiential Drumming to Explore Identity, Affirm Diversity, and Strengthen Accountability - Rahul Sharma
How can the experience of drumming together connect with themes of identity, diversity, and accountability? In what ways do the individual and collective processes of making music inter-relate to themes of power, control, and equality? Through experiential drumming and facilitated dialogue, this session is geared towards all working in the field of batterer intervention with an example of how innovative modalities may be able to address complex learning objectives.
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch on Own - Vouchers Provided
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Workshops (90 Minute)
#5a: River of Cruelty - Steve Halley
Using the Family Peace Initiative (FPI) "River of Cruelty Map", this workshop will illustrate the impact of trauma and adverse experiences from a unique perspective. Using an experiential approach, this presentation helps the participant to understand how cruel experiences can easily be transferred from person to person and generation to generation. Understanding this process can lead the practitioner to new and powerful intervention techniques that have been shown to significantly impact FPI effectiveness with those who batter.
#5b: River of Cruelty - Dorothy Halley & Tish Taylor
Using the Family Peace Initiative (FPI) "River of Cruelty Map", this workshop will illustrate the impact of trauma and adverse experiences from a unique perspective. Using an experiential approach, this presentation helps the participant to understand how cruel experiences can easily be transferred from person to person and generation to generation. Understanding this process can lead the practitioner to new and powerful intervention techniques that have been shown to significantly impact FPI effectiveness with those who batter.
#5c: Drumming Circle - Rahul Sharma
This session will provide individuals with an unique opportunity to participate in hands on drumming and experience the way individuals can come together as a part of a collective whole to increase a sense of connectedness.
#5d: Drumming Circle -TBD
This session will provide individuals with an unique opportunity to participate in hands on drumming and experience the way individuals can come together as a part of a collective whole to increase a sense of connectedness.
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Workshops (90 Minute)
#6a: The River of Cruelty: An Experiential Approach to Understanding and Intervening with Cruelty - Steve Halley
Using the Family Peace Initiative (FPI) "River of Cruelty Map", this workshop will illustrate the impact of trauma and adverse experiences from a unique perspective. Using an experiential approach, this presentation helps the participant to understand how cruel experiences can easily be transferred from person to person and generation to generation. Understanding this process can lead the practitioner to new and powerful intervention techniques that have been shown to significantly impact FPI effectiveness with those who batter.
#6b: The River of Cruelty: An Experiential Approach to Understanding and Intervening with Cruelty - Dorothy Halley & Tish Taylor
Using the Family Peace Initiative (FPI) "River of Cruelty Map", this workshop will illustrate the impact of trauma and adverse experiences from a unique perspective. Using an experiential approach, this presentation helps the participant to understand how cruel experiences can easily be transferred from person to person and generation to generation. Understanding this process can lead the practitioner to new and powerful intervention techniques that have been shown to significantly impact FPI effectiveness with those who batter.
#6c: Drumming Circle - Rahul Sharma
This session will provide individuals with an unique opportunity to participate in hands on drumming and experience the way individuals can come together as a part of a collective whole to increase a sense of connectedness.
#6d: Drumming Circle - TBD
his session will provide individuals with an unique opportunity to participate in hands on drumming and experience the way individuals can come together as a part of a collective whole to increase a sense of connectedness.
3:45 pm Wrap-up and Raffle
4:30 pm Conference Ends
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