Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions

Handouts for sessions can be found underneath each description, as they become available.

Friday, April 27 | 8:45 - 9:00 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Presenter: Jackie List, Executive Director, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley

Friday, April 27 | 9:00 - 9:50 AM

Keynote: Trauma on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Presenter: Jackie Miller, Survivor/Expert, Texas Council on Family Violence, NRCDV
From a personal perspective, this address will encompass the impact that trauma has on children exposed to domestic violence, how a survivor’s knowing their ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score can be used to build resilience, and how trauma changes systems.

Friday, April 27 | Breakout Sessions #1 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

IPV Screenings and Interventions
Presenter: Rebecca Levenson

Adolescent Brain Development: Responding to Trauma and Building Resilience
Presenter: Dr. Margaret Tomcho

This will be an interactive session discussing brain development, both normal and in the context of trauma, highlighting the unique teen brain. Attendees will gain an appreciation for:

  • A trauma informed approach to teens.
  • How resilience can be built and fostered.

The Billion Dollar Hidden Barrier
Presenter: Shannon Day
We often hear about the physical and emotional impact of relationship abuse, but have we thought about the significant financial consequences? Forty-seven percent of women surveyed said that DV affects their job performance. The cost of lost productivity in the workplace due to relationship abuse is estimated at $727.8 million. The overall cost to employers more than $8.3 billion. Together we will discuss the “hidden barrier” that is the financial consequences of domestic violence and their impact on the victim/survivor, their family, and the business and social community.

Friday, April 27 | 11:45 - 12:45 PM

Lunch Plenary: Moving Upstream: Creating Equitable Community Environments for Healing, Health and Safety
Presenter: Prevention and Equity Institute
How can we holistically create healthy and equitable environments that both meet the needs of survivors and support the prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the first place? In this session, we will discuss the importance of addressing community determinants of intimate partner violence and IPV inequities to support healing and safe relationships. Learning objectives:

  • Articulate how equitable community environments can support healing, health, and safety.
  • Describe community determinants of intimate partner violence and IPV inequities.
  • Draw inspiration from communities collaborating to influence the community environment.

About Prevention Institute: Prevention Institute is a nonprofit, national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. Primary prevention means taking action to build resilience and to prevent problems before they occur. Since its founding in 1997, the organization has focused on community prevention, injury and violence prevention, health equity, healthy eating and active living, positive youth development, health system transformation and mental health and well-being.

Prevention Institute report on A Health Equity and Multisector Approach to Preventing Domestic Violence:

Friday, April 27 | Breakout Sessions #2 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Impact on Sexual Health
Presenter: Rebecca Levenson

Domestic Violence: Developing Brains and the Lifespan: Implications for the Courts
Presenter: Lynn Hecht Schafran
What did the decades of social science studies about the impact of domestic violence exposure on children find? How has neuroscience now confirmed and explained those findings? This session will explore why it so important for judges, attorneys, custody evaluators, supervised visitation monitors, batterer intervention program counselors and everyone in the custody/visitation field to understand the implications of domestic violence exposure for children’s short and long term mental and physical health, and what they can do to support children’s resilience and well-being in the short and long term.

Sensory Processing and Trauma: Promoting Involuntary Nervous System Regulation: Part I
Presenter: Ana Do Valle
This lecture and the following practicum will allow participants to understand the relationship between sensory processing and emotional regulation. The sessions are built upon each other and participants are encouraged to attend both sessions.

Participants will understand how the implicit body-based memory of trauma can be manifested in the sensory systems of a child or adult and affect their behavior and overall resilience.

Friday, April 27 | Breakout Sessions #3 | 2:45 - 4:55 PM

Cultural Socialization of Manhood and Its Impact on Men’s Emotional Health
Presenter: Tim Wienecke
Modern cultural masculine norms emphasize that men and boys should be powerful, fearless, in control, emotionless and strong. These notions can be repressive and toxic. The impact of toxic masculinity on men’s partners and children cannot be denied: Men and boys who adhere to rigid, traditional notions of gender roles and masculinity are more likely to report having used violence against a partner. Clinicians are in a unique position to create positive change in our community by engaging men with whom they work about the internalized pain that these limitations have created and work on strategies that can release them toward a more healthy, respectful manhood. In this training, we will explore how this toxicity integrates into the male identity, the clinical impact it has, and explore ways to empower our work with the men we serve.

Participants will:

  • Gain awareness of the clinical impact of “toxic masculinity” on men in our culture.
  • Develop basic intervention strategies to better engage the men in our care.

Medical Mandated Reporting: What the new law means for professionals and survivors
Presenter: Tracey Tatro Swindle 
With the recent passage of updated requirements for reporting, this session will be an important learning tool for attendees and their coworkers. Session attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of the change regarding medical mandated reporting and how it affects medical professionals, advocates, law enforcement, and survivors.
  • Gain an understanding how to better assist survivors and help survivors find the courage to seek medical care .

Sensory Processing and Trauma: Promoting Involuntary Nervous System Regulation: Part II
Presenter: Anna Do Valle
This lecture and the following practicum will allow participants to understand the relationship between sensory processing and emotional regulation. The sessions are built upon each other and participants are encouraged to attend both sessions.

Participants will learn therapeutic strategies to create coherence, empowerment and embodiment when supporting the child’s regulation.

Friday, April 27 | 4:30-5:30 PM

Closing Plenary: Moving Forward to Together: Taking Action to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence Presenter: Prevention and Equity Institute
After a full day of learning, where do we go from here? How can we collaboratively work together toward community solutions? Thinking about the community determinants of intimate partner violence we’d like to change in our communities, we will begin to assess immediate opportunities to bridge-build between prevention and intervention through multisector work and discuss future directions with sectors such as housing and healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn from examples of effective primary prevention strategies using the Spectrum of Prevention.
  • Identify personal, organizational and sector strengths and contributions to preventing intimate partner violence.
  • Identify opportunities for the intimate partner violence movement to bridge-build between multiple sectors in holistic ways for prevention and intervention.