Annual Conference

Faculty Speakers/Workshops

Plenary Speakers

Casey Gwinn, Esq. has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 public lawyers in America. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law. Casey served for eight years as the elected City Attorney of San Diego from 1996 to 2004. Prior to entering elected office, Casey founded City Attorney's Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit, leading the Unit from 1986 to 1996 -prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony cases. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges honored his specialized prosecution unit as the model domestic violence prosecution unit in the nation in 1993.

In 2002, Casey saw his vision of a comprehensive Center for services to victims of family violence become a reality in San Diego as he led the effort to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center with professionals from 25 agencies together under one roof. His leadership as a prosecutor has been widely credited for the 90% drop in domestic violence homicides in the City of San Diego since 1985. In October 2003, President George W. Bush announced a national initiative to begin creating Family Justice Centers across the country and asked Casey to provide leadership to the effort. Today, Casey and his team support more than 130 open and developing Family Justice Centers in the U.S. and around the world. He is also an expert in the handling of near-fatal strangulation assaults.

Casey has served on the U.S. Attorney General's National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. He chaired the California Attorney General's Task Force on Domestic Violence. He also served on the congressionally created Department of Defense task force, studying the handling of family violence throughout the Department of Defense. His work has been profiled nationally on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS The Early Show, USA Today, The Huffington Post, New Yorker Magazine and a host of other news outlets. Most recently, Casey received the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

He has authored or co-authored a host of articles and media commentaries and ten books on domestic violence and the Family Justice Center movement. In 2015 he authored "Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma", a clarion call to all caring people to become cheerleaders for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This book was the result of one of Casey's great personal passions, Camp HOPE America, the unique camping initiative he founded at the San Diego Family Justice Center that is now expanding across the nation. Camp HOPE America is the first specialized camp in the country focused exclusively on children exposed to domestic violence and child abuse.

Hera McLeod is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and civil rights activist. She is known for speaking out against the silence, particularly on the topics of civil rights for women and children, domestic violence, and Family Court reform. She was a 2017 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, and has published OpEd pieces in The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times. Hera has made several television appearances to include The Today Show, The Tony Danza Show, Crime Watch Daily, and DC news affiliates for CBS, ABC, and Fox. In addition to television appearances, Hera has also testified before the United States Congress on the topics of civil rights and the protection of children. The manuscript for her memoir, a cautionary tale about one woman's journey from self-conscious to self-confident, from victim to advocate, is currently on submission with major American publishing houses.

Read about her incredible story HERE

On July 1, 1992, Sheriff Craig Webre raised his hand and took the oath of office as the new Sheriff of Lafourche Parish. After a hard fought battle against a 16-year incumbent, at the age of 30, Webre became one of the youngest Sheriff's to ever hold office in Louisiana. He assembled a team of dedicated peace officers and loyal office personnel to begin the trek toward accomplishment and accountability in the Sheriff's Office.

A lifelong resident of Lafourche Parish, Webre began his law enforcement career by becoming a police officer for the City of Thibodaux. From the Thibodaux Police Department, Webre joined the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office and thereafter went to work for the Louisiana State Police where he worked as a State Trooper for nine years.

He did all this while continuing his education. While a senior in law school, Webre offered himself as a candidate for Sheriff of Lafourche Parish and defeated a 16-year incumbent. In May of 1992, Webre graduated from law school, and two months later he was sworn in as Sheriff. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the Louisiana State Bar Exam.

During his tenure, Sheriff Webre established the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office's Bicycle Patrol and implemented the first rural Weed and Seed Program in a high crime area. Lafourche Crime Stoppers (now Crime Stoppers Bayou Region), Pre-trial Home Incarceration, Drug Court, and Misdemeanor Probation were other programs initiated by Sheriff Webre. For the youth, he established a Summer Camp, college scholarship, and the Explorer program, along with the Christmas Bicycle Giveaway for the underprivileged.

Under his leadership, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office became one of only four sheriff's offices in Louisiana to achieve National Accreditation under the watchful eye of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In 2015, the Lafourche Sheriff's Office was re-accredited with excellence -CALEA's "Gold Standard" for accreditation. The LPSO Transitional Work Program maintains National Accreditation by the American Correctional Association.

Pre Conference (optional)

Positive, Strength-Based Communicating with Supervised Visitation Clients

Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 9:00 AM- 12 Noon
Cost: $75

Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding individuals that is extremely positive and inspiring.

This session will introduce a host of strength-based verbal interventions that will help supervised visitation providers to better connect with the parents and children they are supervising, and help foster positive relationships that lead to safer, less stressful visitations. Techniques include: Solution-focused questions; reframing, the use of inspirational metaphors, positive-predicting, humor, affect control, and core strength-based verbal interventions

"Charlie brings many years of experience, as well as an engaging, humorous, and practical style to his presentations. This past fall, he presented both the keynote and an all-day workshop at our annual conference. Participants gave him universally high marks on his insight and real-world advice, and I don't think it's overstating the case to say that all in attendance felt thoroughly engaged and energized for another year of caring for children. We would not hesitate to bring Charlie back, and cannot recommend him more highly."

"As a foster, adoptive, and biological parent myself, I can attest to the value of Charlie's strength-based approach, detailed in his book, "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid." It works - with real kids, and real parents, in real situations."

Larry Pilla, NH-FAPA (New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Parent Association)

Youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC (ATR) provides expert strength-based training, consultation, publications, CDs, and DVDs for individuals and groups who work with children and youth experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges.

Described as "the best youth care trainer in America" by Robert Lieberman, former president of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers, Charlie has devoted his entire adult career to helping children and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges and those who guide them. An engaging, informative, and humorous speaker, Charlie is the author of three critically acclaimed books on youth care and the creator of two innovative CDs that helps kids and parents make better choices and lead happier lives. Charlie's strength-based approach delivers a message of hope and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives.

Post Conference (Free)

Research, Neuroscience, and Brain Development: Everything we know about trauma and resilience, and why it matters in Supervised Visitation

Friday, May 31, 2019 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Cost: Free

Scientists have discovered that parts of the brain are negatively affected by toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences. This chemical response affects humans' executive management -the part that helps govern impulse control and emotional regulation, including anger management and decision-making. The groundbreaking ACE studies show that a significant proportion of the public has experienced traumatic events, and that exposure to multiple traumas in childhood can create such serious physical and emotional wounds that ACEs are considered a major underreported source of adult health problems.

Still, recovery and resilience are possible. Neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to heal from trauma, has emerged as an important area of scientific study. Scientists believe that the brain is adaptable; the same experiences that make us feel "safe, cared for, relaxed and loved" help heal the brain. In short, just as the brain can be harmed by negative experiences, so too can it be healed through positive experiences.

Come to this session to put together the pieces of the puzzle and leave with real tools to use at your program. Learn how supervised visitation can be trauma-informed and can help build resilient families.

Karen Oehme, J.D. is a Distinguished University Scholar and the Director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies at the Florida State University College of Social Work. She develops national training programs on domestic violence prevention, human trafficking, policing, and child welfare issues, in addition to directing the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation. Oehme's research includes the role of trauma and resilience in individual and family functioning, and she is the director of the FSU Student Resilience Project, a unique initiative to help students heal after adversity. Her scholarly research has been published in journals including the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Family Court Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, among others.


SV 101 Workshops

These sessions will potentially be of interest to all attendees, visit supervisors, program management, and other professionals with varying degrees of experience

Promoting SV on a Shoestring Budget

Sarah Hugg Centorino, Communications Strategist

Gambel Communications

In an ever-evolving world of social media, how can your nonprofit stay relevant? This session will help you unpack your marketing strategies through a PR lens. We will cover branding and messaging your nonprofit, as well as the basics of PR and how strategic messaging can help you reach your overall goals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to delve into PR tactics focusing on best practices that enhance programs and maximize development efforts. You will walk away from the session with a deep understanding of how to effectively communicate with your target audience and how to keep up with the ever-changing media landscape.

Sarah joined the Gambel team in May 2016, she attended Washington and Lee University, then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Commerce with a concentration in Marketing Management from the University of Virginia. She has spoken throughout the state on PR and social medias crucial and interrelated roles in the ever-changing media landscape. As a communications strategist, Sarah handles media and community relations as well as social media for a myriad of clients. She was a recipient of the William Wells Chaffin Memorial Scholarship for Public Speaking (2015) and her work on the rededication of Gallier Hall earned her an Award of Merit from the Southern Public Relations Federation in 2018.

After The Trauma: Use Of Safe Visitation Centers In Intimate Partner Violence Cases

Melissa Williams, LPC, Training Coordinator

The Haven

The workshop will give an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence and how it impacts the family system. We will explore the abusive tactics that arise in visitation programs and discuss ways to address them in a meaningful way. Exploration of safety planning in the context of supervised visitation to ensure survivor safety will be included in this workshop.

Melissa Marie Williams, a licensed counselor, began providing direct services to survivors and their families in 2006 at The Haven in Houma. She continues to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and the community by providing intervention services.

The Little Program that Could

Nancy Buckpitt, Coordinator

Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country

How do you sustain a supervised visitation program for over two decades in a small rural area where the population of the entire county is just over 81,000, poverty levels are higher then the national average, public transportation is scarce and funding for programs even more scarce? This workshop will provide an overview of our small but mighty Supervised Visitation program that has been successfully operating in a small rural community for over 20 years and counting. An interactive presentation/discussion will focus on the unique challenges of operating a supervised visitation program in rural America. Participants will learn how to turn barriers into bridges, skepticism into support, and limitations into endless possibilities. Come and learn the unique ingredients that cook up a successful rural supervised visitation program. We are the Little program that could and did!

Nancy Buckpitt has over 35 years of experience in the Social Work Field. Nancy earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the State University of New York. Realizing her specific interest in early childhood development, Nancy returned to school to gain further expertise in this area, and worked as an early childhood educator. Ms. Buckpitt has worked as the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country with the Even Start Family Literacy Program, where she earned certification in Parents as Teachers Home Visitor Kinship Caregiver Project, earning the certification as a Parent Educator for the Parenting a Second Time Around program, and provided support to Kinship Caregivers and the children in their care. For the past eight years she has worked at the Neutral Ground Supervised Visitation Program, refining SVP policies and procedures and infusing parenting education into the supervised setting. She earned certification in Basic Mediation skills through the NYS Unified Court System and the SVN Nurturing Parenting program.

Working with Law Enforcement: A Key Ingredient for Safety

Karla Beck, Ph.D., LPC Captain of Personnel Division

Pam Guedry, Coordinator of Visitation Services

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cultivating a partnership with your local law enforcement agency is essential in enhancing the safety of all program participants and staff. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has been providing visitation services for over 10 years under its law enforcement umbrella. LPSO will share valuable insights on how to build a working relationship with law enforcement agencies, including the mutual benefits to both law enforcement and supervised visitation providers.

Captain Karla Beck began her law enforcement career as a volunteer Victim Advocate, then joining the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy in 2000 as she worked tirelessly to create the Police Social Services Section, a one-of-a-kind comprehensive victim services unit that has received numerous awards on the local, state and national level, including the 2009 National Crime Victim Services Award from the United States Department of Justice. In 2007 she was instrumental in establishing a visitation program under the umbrella of the sheriff’s office, which has been successful for over 10 years. Captain Beck is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. Through her 18 year career, Captain Beck has acquired numerous awards including Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Year from the Louisiana Victims & Citizens against Crime, the Leanne Knot Memorial Award for excellence in domestic violence work, and the Distinguished Service Award, Life Saving Awards, and our highest honor, the Sheriff’s Star.

Pam Guedry has been an advocate of ending violence against women for over 20 years working in many roles as the Director of Children’s Services at a domestic violence program, working for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to plan, design, and operate three supervised visitation centers across the state and finally with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to use her knowledge of establishing safe supervised visitation in cases with histories of domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, and sexual assault to open a visitation center in their community. The PACT Place Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center has been in operation for 9 years. Pam has served on the Supervised Visitation Network Board of Directors for the last 4 years and was the 2016 recipient of the SVN Judith Wallach President’s Award. Pam also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Starting from Scratch

Jeanette Birge, Program Director

Child and Family Services NH

Child and Family Services opened a safe supervised visitation center following a tragic event at a visitation center in the state where a father had shot and killed himself and his child. We had no funding and no experience running such a center, so we attended an SVN 24 hour training to gain a foundation in this field of practice. We proceeded to find funding and open our center, which has now been referred to as a model program. We are still tweaking and learning, but we are up and running 2 visitation rooms simultaneously while serving families from 2 states, and have 3 state contracts and have earned accreditation by the Council on Accreditation. Attendees will learn about what it takes to start from scratch and flourish into a successful visitation program.

SV 202 Workshops

These sessions are geared toward SV professionals with more experience doing the work, interested in somewhat more advanced concepts

Successful Leadership (and Retention) of today's Evolving Supervised Visitation Workforce

Target Audience: Program Administrators

Does your program/agency use the following tactics:

  • Progressive discipline
  • Corrective action or performance improvement plans
  • Job descriptions that exceed 10 items and ends with 'other duties assigned"
Then you are using a traditional model of supervision that results in higher staff turnover, especially with younger front line staff.

In this 2 part workshop (3 Hours) you will learn why a traditional model of supervision does not work and what today's younger workers want from their employer

Is what your program/agency is doing today resulting in high staff morale, low staff turnover and excellent outcomes achievement? If not, then here is what you can take away from these sessions

  • Attendees will know what the research tells us about employee retention
  • Attendees will see how a success focused supervisory practice model results in improved outcomes for staff and clients
  • Attendees will self assess their current ability to use the core skills of supervision for success

Jeff Bormaster, L.C.S..provides consulting and training to public and private, non-profit and for-profits on organizational improvement, employee retention & supervision and maximizing organizational success. He also works with direct service staff helping them improve services, incorporate best practices and increase outcome achievement. He is the developer of the evidenced based supervision course, Supervision for Success, which had been successfully taught to over 3,000 supervisors in hundred of agencies over the past decade. He publishes a monthly newsletter for organizational leaders called Leading Outside the Box. He was the Senior Director for Special Projects and Training at CWLA for over a decade. He has taught at the University level and published several books for helping professionals. His newest book, Supervision for Success, was published in April, 2016 and is available from Before working at CWLA, he worked for human services agencies providing a wide range of services including out-of-home care (group home, residential and foster care), family preservation services, outpatient mental health, substance abuse treatment, and adoption. He began his career as a teacher and principal and worked for the Texas Department of Education providing school improvement services for over a decade. He is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS 15130) with over 40 years of professional experience in human services and education.

Active Shooter: It Won’t Happen Here, but What Would You Do if it Did?

Lt. Trent Duplantis, Crisis Management Unit Commander

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office

Do you know how to avoid being a victim of an active shooter? How can you deny an active shooter access to hurt you? If all else fails, can you defend yourself? The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.

Lt. Trent Duplantis is an 18-year veteran of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is a shift supervisor of the Uniform Patrol Unit and the Commander of the Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management Unit (LPICMU), which consists of highly trained personnel from four law enforcement agencies from within their parish. The LPICMU responds to critical incidents and "high-risk" situations, such as hostage situations or barricaded subjects, which take place in Lafourche Parish and neighboring parishes, they also assist in executing arrest and search warrants, as well as with search and rescue missions. Lt. Duplantis is the recipient of the 2003 Medal of Valor Award from the National Sheriff’s Association that is given for an act of outstanding personal bravery, intelligently performed, in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard of life.

What Does Biweekly Mean Anyway?

Rachel Willoughby, JD

The Law office of Rachel Willoughby

Providers of supervised visitation are skilled in dealing with families in the midst of crisis but are often times simultaneously navigating the rigid terms of a visitation agreement set out in court orders. This workshop will offer unfiltered access to both sides, as a family law attorney who also spent 18 years working in a supervised visitation center, Ms. Willoughby will provide you the full picture. This workshop will help providers better understand the complexities involved in a family law case, specifically those involving issues of family violence, child abuse, or child neglect. Attendees will explore the thought process of the attorneys who craft these agreements and will help participants become better equipped to distinguish between meaningful terminology and the standard boilerplate legalese. Through open discussion, participants will work through ways to approach attorneys in their community and how best to work with them to provide the most meaningful services possible.

Ms. Willoughby has over eighteen years of experience working in supervised visitation. Additionally, she has been a practicing family law attorney for the last twelve years. She specializes in working as an attorney ad litem in high conflict cases involving family violence and child welfare issues. Ms. Willoughby offers a unique perspective having spent years operating in both the world of supervised visitation and the legal community. She understands the inner workings of a visitation center and what day-to-day operations look like in sv. As a practicing attorney, she also understands the multitude of issues and concerns facing families and the court that extend beyond possession and access. Ms. Willoughby received her JD from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2005. She also holds a BA in Psychology from New Mexico State University.

A Taste of New Zealand: Supervised Contact in New Zealand

Dr. Nigel Christie, P.h.D, CQSW Chairperson of the Aotearoa: New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services Incorporated (ANZASCS)

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services Incorporated

This Panel Discussion will provide an overview of the delivery of supervised contact services in New Zealand. We will outline the legal social and cultural setting within which services are delivered, as well as some of the challenges that are faced by practitioners in New Zealand. We will have a brief presentation of contact supervisors own experience of her parents’ marriage break-up and how this has helped shape the way she delivers her services. We will also focus on some of the factors that need to be considered and managed in relation to ensuring the physical and emotional safety of children receiving supervised contact services. The panel will discuss the strengths of the New Zealand system and areas of possible improvement. There will be time set aside for a question and answer session from the panel presenters.

Dr. Nigel Christie worked in special education, community social work, legal research and law reform, before moving into the management of community-based health and social service organisations working with children, people with disabilities and the older person. In recent years, Nigel has ’gone out on his own’ and provides services as a staff trainer for health and social service organisations, as an adjunct with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and as a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant in his local communities. Nigel is currently Chairperson of the National Executive Committee of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services.

Creating Safer Spaces Within Supervised Access and Visitation Where all Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities are Affirmed

Valya Roberts, M.E.d, Executive Director

Dalhousie Place

We need to create safe spaces in the Supervised Visitation and Access field so that all sexual orientations and gender identifiers are affirmed. Exploring both quantitative and qualitative data, we will explore what is needed to ensure the rights and needs of all families are met. What does it take to be an ALLY is the LGBTQ community? What about the 2 spirited people of the First Nations? Society is changing and our Access Centre’s should commit to social justice and be educated and aware of all cultures and communities. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have an increased understanding of the LGBTQ community. Moreover participants will learn from other Access Centre’s on what they can do to be safer and more supportive to all families. Sharing experiences and lessons learned is key to developing an understanding of the needs of all communities and cultures using Supervised Visitation.

A past Board of Directors President of the Supervised Visitation Network, Ms. Roberts is a dynamic and creative Senior Manager with a 30-year proven track record of success in the Non Profit Community Service Sector. She is a Current member and co-chair for the Research Ethics Board Mohawk College and a Former Professor of Human Services. Valya has provided consultation and expertise to several organizations including; Ministry of the Attorney General; U.S. Justice Department (VAWO); Safe Havens National Review Committee. Ms. Roberts has completed program reviews, grant reviews and trainings in both Canada and the United States including First Nations/Aboriginal groups. A Graduate of Mohawk College, University of Waterloo (Renison College) and Nipissing University where she received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal Award for her Masters of Education.

Creativity and Connection: The Arts in Supervised Visitation

David Magallon, Program Manager

Child Parent Institute

Child Parent Institute embraces the use of the creative arts in addressing trauma and strengthening the health of children and families. Our trauma informed approach and accessible and inviting nature of a shared creative focus helps families identify and use their strengths to discover new ways to address challenges and grow individually and as a unit. Participating in the arts promotes individual and family resilience, and develops communication and coping skills that increase family functioning. Explore how integrating simple art projects and creative activities in supervised visitation can help engage families, deepen parents’ understanding of their children, and promote social and emotional growth and healing.

David Magallon is the Program Manager at the Child Parent Institute in Santa Rosa, CA. He supervises and trains a multicultural staff to deliver visits on site and in the community in a trauma informed manner. Additionally, he supervises and supports AmeriCorps members in providing visitation and education services to families. The supervised visitation program at CPI serves both families involved in the child welfare system and families who have been court referred. David has done previous presentations at the SVN Conference, speaks locally about parenting, and works with probation and re-entry clients.

Trauma Focused Visitation for Families with a History of Domestic Violence

Renee Felice, LMSW, Domestic Violence Program Coordinator

Sidney Germinio, Director of Child Welfare

The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services

This workshop will focus on the benefits of using a clinical, trauma-informed, and culturally competent approach throughout the duration of supervised visitation. It will outline how a trauma-informed approach can not only increase the child’s feelings of safety with the visiting parent, but help them to improve their overall interactions and family dynamics. It will also address cultural competency as a tool to understand family dynamics. Examples will be given to highlight the use of this approach with both short term and long-term visitation and the impact on children as they grow in supervised visitation.

Renee Felice oversees the SAVES Visitation and Exchange program, as well as providing therapy services to those who have been victims of domestic violence. For nearly 5 years Renee worked with families and children navigating the foster care system within Onondaga County before transitioning to oversee the Domestic Violence Program. She has years of experience managing conflict and family dynamics, as well as vast training in trauma-informed approaches to visitation and counseling. She is passionate about working with families in need of therapeutic intervention. She believes fostering resiliency and creating safe environments for families are the keys to successful outcomes. Renee is a Licensed Master of Social Work in New York State with a degree from Syracuse University and is trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.

Sidney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Functional Family Therapy National Consultant and an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of New York. She is currently the Director of Child Welfare Services at The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services where she oversees program including Functional Family Therapy, Non-residential Domestic Violence Programming, Preventive Services and Family Place Supervised Visitation Center. Sidney has over a decade of experience managing and implementing child welfare programming and trains community based agencies and therapist across the country in implementing Evidenced Based Practices.

Sun Salutations to Tequila Sunrises: Full Spectrum Self Care

Monica Urbaniak, MS, LMFT-S, Trauma Therapist, Trainer, & Consultant

Urbaniak Wellness

This work can be overwhelming. Our personal lives can be busy and hectic and our attention and energy are needed almost everywhere we turn. We know if we really want to make a difference we must create space to take care of ourselves, so we can take care of others. Let’s get real. Are we taking the time to turn off and tune out in a meaningful way? In this workshop we will engage in a dialogue about a modern definition of self-care and the full-spectrum of actions that we can take to reclaim our sense of self in this work.

For over eighteen years, Ms. Urbaniak has worked with survivors of trauma, helping them heal through therapy and support and has spent time working in a supervised visitation setting as a visitation monitor in her early career. Additionally, she dedicates time to training clinicians, advocates, and community members on issues related to sexual violence, including effective treatment practices, principles of trauma-informed survivor-centered care, the impact of trauma on survivors and systems, and social/cultural issues in sexual assault treatment and advocacy. Drawing upon her experience as a non-profit founder and leader, Ms. Urbaniak also consults with and guides organizations on creating shared vision, preventing and healing form organizational trauma, building cultures of care for clients and staff, and the implementation of trauma-informed care policies and practices. In 2014, Monica was awarded The Profiles in Leadership Award at the Southern Methodist University Women’s Symposium.

Descalation and Conflict Resolution: REAL Life Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Scenarios

Heather Molesworth, MA, Family and Community Services Director

Emilyn Haugen, Director of Parenting Time Centers

West Central Community Action Council, PLUS Kids

Safety is always on the forefront of every providers mind, with this session, attendees will learn in-depth safety and de-escalation techniques. Topics will include keeping yourself, coworkers, and clients safe, addressing and responding to safety risks, how to deploy de-escalation techniques and strategies, triangulation, as well as what to do after an incident occurs. Come prepared to discuss your experiences and concerns, as this workshop will offer group discussion in a shared learning environment.

Heather Molesworth is the Family and Community Services Director at West Central Minnesota Communities Action and has a vast a knowledge of various emergency service programs and working with vulnerable families. She has been working in the field of supervised visitation for over ten years. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s degree from University of the Rockies in Psychology with a specialization in Non-Profit Management.

Emilyn Haugen has worked in the supervised visitation field for 14 years, starting out her career as a monitor of supervised parenting times and then as the Director of Parenting Time Centers. Emilyn now operates 5 centers in West Central Minnesota. Emilyn has extensive knowledge in respectfully working with families going through a turbulent time in their lives. Emilyn also enjoys teaching Parents Forever, a divorce education program mandated by the Minnesota judicial system for any parents divorcing with children.

K’ea-wah Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Services from a Tribal Perspective

Caroline Dailey, LCSW, Program Director

Tiffany Jiron, Program Coordinator

The Pueblo of Isleta Social Services and K’ea-wah Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program

There are a total of 567 federally recognized American Indian Tribes in the United States and a host of other indigenous and aboriginal tribes and nations internationally. We are all brothers and sisters and our ancestral roots pave the way for us to share the need for our relatives to be understood, recognized, protected and to trust that they will be treated with fairness, dignity, respect and with compassion. This workshop will provide ways to enhance service delivery from a culturally relevant perspective and honoring the children and families as experts in their own lives.

Caroline Dailey is a enrolled tribal member of the Pueblo of Isleta and is the Program Director for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services where the primary area of service delivery is in child and adult protection, domestic violence prevention and supervised visitation and safe exchange services.

Tiffany Jiron is an enrolled Tribal member with the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico. She has worked with families in her tribal community providing supervised visitations and safe exchanges for the last five years under Isleta Pueblo Social Services. She is the K’ea-wah Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Project Coordinator that is a project funded by the Department of Justice and the Office of Violence Against Women. Tiffany is the mother of three children.

Meeting Clients Where They Are: Offering a Variety of Services in Your Supervised Visitation Program

Simone Adams, LMFT, Family Place Program Manager

The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services

As service providers, we know that each family and circumstance is unique. Therefore, it is important that the visitation services we provide meet families where they’re at and offer a range of service intervention. Utilizing your community partners to collaborate and offer a range of visitation services not only increases the amount of visitation able to be provided, but creates a community of workers to support clients as they evolve through various stages of learning and growth. This workshop will discuss the benefits of providing various visitation services within your program, how to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to utilize these varied services and also collaborating with other community agencies. We will also discuss the difficulties this can create and how to overcome those difficulties using a relational and systemic lens.

Simone Adams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Syracuse NY. She graduated from Syracuse University’s and was hired by The Salvation Army Syracuse Area Services, where she has worked in multiple capacities for the past 12 years She is currently the director of the program that provides supervised visitation to families whose children have been removed and placed in foster care, relative or residential placement. Simone is also passionate about clinical work and not only has a private practice in the Syracuse area, but is also an approved supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

SV 303 Workshops

These sessions are geared to the most experienced providers looking to learn advanced concepts

Teen Refusals--For the Win!

Kelley Beckett, M.Ed, LPC Program Manager

Jeff Puster, Team Lead

The Buckeye Ranch

Many providers have experienced the woes of child refusal, but teen refusal takes it to a whole new level. They come in all "sizes",the strong and silent type, the angry type, the weeping type, the grownup type, and everything in between. Come to this workshop to learn some enhanced strategies to encourage visitation, while not forcing the issue. Learn to master the art of appropriate convincing, while respecting the child’s right to choose their relationships. Participants will learn new interventions that will assist them in encouraging tweens and teens to express their emotions with the visiting parent. Attendees will have an opportunity to have group think discussions regarding interventions that have worked in their center and will engage in role play and other activities that will grow your tool box for these challenging visits.

The Buckeye Ranch Common Ground Program, which Kelley is the Program Manager, was the recipient of the 2014 Promising Practice Award from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at the Two Days in May Conference on Victims Assistance. Kelley has worked in supervised visitation and domestic violence since 2002, including victim and child advocacy work, crisis and intake in a domestic violence shelter. She is an educator and has taught groups and conference seminars on co-parenting education, anger management and family relations in addition to her focus in the area of supervised visitation. Ms. Beckett is a past President of the SVN Board of Directors and is active in the local SVN Chapter. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

When Parents Cause Harm: Healing Parent-Child Relationships in Therapeutic Supervised Visitation

Amy Pumo, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Families are often ordered for Therapeutic Supervised Visitation (TSV) due to histories of child abuse, neglect or domestic violence. These histories of harm have a direct impact on the child’s relationship with both visiting and custodial parents. The structure of TSV programs presents a unique opportunity to engage the whole family (visiting parents, custodial parents and children) in addressing the impact of harm and creating a foundation for lifelong healthy parent-child relationships. Visitation therapists and providers will learn about the potential impact of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence on the parent-child relationship and the essential role accountability plays in healing for child survivors as well as for parents who have caused harm. Through a trauma-informed, strengths-based lens, visitation therapists will also learn concrete strategies for supporting parent accountability and facilitating healing opportunities between children and their parents.

Amy Pumo, LCSW, provides oversight for all of The NYSPCC’s clinical programs. Prior to joining The NYSPCC, Amy served for over 13 years as the founding Program Director for the Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program, a project of the Center for Court Innovation. The program, located in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, provides trauma-focused support services to youth exposed to violent crimes. Amy has 20 years of experience providing social services to vulnerable populations and 16 years of experience supervising staff and social work students. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University and her Master of Science in Social Work, from Columbia University.

How Off-Site Visits can Support Trauma Informed Care

Debbie Sliwinski, Managing Director

Emily Carty, Service Director

Brayden Supervision Services

Supervised access is often ordered in situations where there is extreme tension and conflict, compounded by a history of trauma, substance use, mental illness and domestic violence. This workshop will examine how Brayden Supervision’s supervised access models address these traumas to ensure safe, successful, child focused visits. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the impact trauma has on supervised access, particularly as it relates to the safety, working through custodial parent concerns and willingness to visit for the child. We will review the benefits of our innovative service delivery techniques including: a consultative intake process, experienced personnel, and diverse service models and locations. We will explore the expansion of supervised access visits to off site locations (family homes, public parks, and community centres) and how to provide this expanded service with the appropriate personnel and safety considerations.

Debbie Sliwinski is a certified Child and Youth Counselor, with over forty years experience with a focus in children’s mental health, child welfare, and trauma. Debbie has worked on child and youth psychiatric units; she has managed a children’s mental health residence, day treatment and a community mental health program for transitional-aged youth with major mental illness. Debbie has been a part-time faculty at Centennial College for over twenty years and provides consultation and support to families around children’s mental health issues and was the executive director for the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counselors. Debbie has been a member of numerous national and international boards, presently she is serving on the Board of Directors for the Supervised Visitation Network.

Emily has an MA in Child and Youth Care, and has been working with children and youth in various capacities for the past 16 years. She has worked with Brayden Supervision Services and Bartimaeus Inc. in assorted roles for the past four years, including work with families, in schools, and on special projects. Emily currently teaches part time at Georgian College in their Child and Youth Care Program, and is a Service Director for Brayden Supervision Services for the Simcoe and Muskoka regions of Ontario.

Surviving and Thriving after Losing a Major Funder: Making Stone Soup

Lori Wymore-Kirkland, MPA Visitation and Exchange Program Manager

Fairfax County JDRDC

Programs who are fortunate to receive major funding such OVW Safe Havens or Justice for Families must prepare for the very real scenario that this funding may go away, The presentation will discuss the lessons learned from the experiences of the SV&E Stronger Together Program located in Fairfax Virginia, who lost Safe Havens funding in 2016. Stronger Together formed a network-based system of partnerships to provide safer services that have been able to operate effectively and expand despite budgetary challenges. The program has grown over the past twelve years by utilizing partnerships and supports from multiple sources. A diverse collaborative support system has taken shape from human service providers (both county and private) attorneys, other visitation program providers, domestic violence service providers, faith based groups and law enforcement have supported the development of the program. The program has recruited and used trained volunteers to allow services to be provided to more families than staff would be able to serve alone. By using volunteers, the program staff has had to provide volunteer and community training around informed and ethical supervised visitation services. Providing training has enhanced the ability of program staff to serve clients and respond with referrals to other services more competently. Even when the program was only partially funded by Fairfax County Government, lost federal OVW grant funding and faced an increasingly large case load, the Stone Soup approach allowed for continued program growth.

Lori Wymore-Kirkland has worked for the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since 2007. She has developed and expanded the program over the past twelve years to serve close to 200 families and employee twelve paid staff. She recruits and supports training for up to twenty-five volunteers and interns each year. She has been instrumental in developing and maintains grant funding and finding ways to expand services when grant funding ended. Lori has a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University, is a Certified Family Mediator and Co-Parent Educator through the Common Wealth of Virginia, and has done post graduate studies in social work, criminal justice, and family counseling. She has worked and supported families in Texas, New Mexico, Maryland and Virginia over a more than 30 year career. Her passion is giving parents the opportunity to create healthier relationships with their children.