2024 Pre Conference Institute 

"Understanding Neurodiversity for Supervised Visitation Providers"

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Cost:  $75

Karen Oehme, JD
Director, Institute for Family Violence Studies, Florida State University
Lyndi Bradley, MSW
Program Manager, Institute for Family Violence Studies, Florida State University

Non-Conference Attendees can register to attend virtually  

This workshop will provide an important introduction to neurodivergence for supervised visitation professionals. The workshop will explain why it’s important for supervised visitation professionals to understand the impact of a neurodivergent diagnosis or behavior on children and families. Professionals will learn about different neurodevelopmental conditions and the challenges affected children face. Additionally, professionals will learn how a child’s neurodiversity can impact parenting and family relationships. This workshop will also give professionals insight into the important role they can play. We will explore strategies for understanding, supporting, and improving access and delivery of quality services for neurodiverse children.


Karen Oehme, JD

As a researcher at Florida State University since 1998, Karen Oehme has been the director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies since 2007, and the director of the the FSU Student Resilience Project since 2018. In 2011, she was named an FSU Distinguished University Scholar.

Oehme’s research and development team works to promote healthy individuals, families, and violence prevention across the lifespan. They build large-scale projects and specializes in interactive, web-based learning to promote research-based knowledge, and has trained thousands of professionals in child protection, law enforcement, and victim services. The team's research interests all intersect with themes of trauma and resilience and have been awarded multiple times by TaxWatch for saving taxpayer funds with innovative projects. The FSU Student Resilience Project was awarded the 2019 John L. Blackburn Award for Solutions to Campus Problems by the American Association of University Administrators. Oehme's scholarly work has been published in many journals, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Stanford Law and Policy Review, Innovative Higher Education, and the Journal of American College Health.

Oehme received her law degree from Florida State University in 1987. She was formerly a staff attorney at Legal Services of North Florida and the Guardian ad Litem Program of the Second Judicial Circuit. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.


Lyndi Bradley, MSW

Ms. Bradley is the Program Manager for the Institute for Family Violence Studies. Bradley graduated with a Master’s in Social Work and a certificate in Leadership and Executive Administration Development from FSU’s College of Social Work. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy. Her research interests include child welfare, trauma-informed care, resilience, and domestic violence.



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