Annual Conference Plenary Speakers 

Filmmaker and Survivor: Sasha Joseph Neulinger
Private Screening of award winning Documentary: Rewind
Followed by 45 minute Q and A Session with Sasha Joseph Neulinger

Made up of home video footage that reveals a long-kept secret, Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s Rewind is a brave and wrenching look at his childhood and his journey to reconcile his past. By probing the gap between image and reality, the film depicts both how little and how much a camera can capture.

For as long as Neulinger can remember, a video camera was ever-present, with his father constantly filming—from birthday parties and hockey games to holidays. But his father’s camera, trained on the frequent gatherings of a tight-knit family, was also documenting a hidden secret, the revelation of which would lead to a media firestorm, a high-stakes court battle, and a generational reckoning. An intensely personal project six years in the making, featuring first-hand interviews with Neulinger’s family, and the law enforcement and mental health professionals on the front lines of subsequent legal battles, Rewind reframes the perspective on traumatic events from Sasha’s childhood, this time placing him in control of the camera, firmly at the helm of his own narrative. 

As each frame of footage unfolds, so, too, do the layers of this complex and affecting survivor story, the heartbeat of which is Neulinger’s vulnerability, bravery, and enduring positivity, against all odds.

Sasha Joseph Neulinger is the co-founder and head of production at Step 1 Films. After finishing film school at Montana State University, he discovered the raw materials that would propel him to tell the story of his life. An autobiographical film years in the making, Rewind premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where it received a special jury mention. The film was Sasha’s feature-length directorial debut.

 

Dr. Stacey Patton 
Spare the Kids

Dr. Stacey Patton is an adoptee, child abuse survivor, and former foster youth turned award-winning author, journalist and child advocate.

Her reporting on issues of child welfare, race relations, and higher education has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Al Jazeera, BBC News, TheRoot.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ForHarriet.com, and Dame Magazine. She has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX News, CBS, and Democracy Now. Dr. Patton has won numerous journalism awards and citations from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Scripps Howard Foundation, New York Women in Communications, and the Education Writers Associations. In 2015, Dr. Patton was awarded the Vernon Jarrett Medal for her national commentary and reporting on race.

As a nationally-recognized child advocate, Dr. Patton travels the country delivering keynotes and professional trainings focused on combating racial disparities in child abuse cases, criminal prosecutions for child abuse, foster care placements, the over prescribing of psychotropic medications to children of color in foster care, the school- and foster care-to-prison pipelines, corporal punishment in public schools, diversion and restorative justice programs. She works as an intermediary between social service and law enforcement agencies seeking to improve services to communities of color.

 

Jessica Brustad, The Funny Yogi
The Playful Mind Project

Jessica Brustad is an Improv & Stand-Up Comedian, Yoga Instructor, and Laughter Yoga Leader.  Yup, you heard right she actually teaches people how to Laugh! Professional Motivational Speaker, Reality TV Star, and Former Member of The National Comedy Theatre’s Sunday Company. Her unique style of high energy mixed with mindfulness practices are sure to entertain, educate, and motivate you on your own path to wellness, balance, and most of all Joy! 

 

 

 

On Site Special Lunch Plenary Game 

The Brain Architecture Game
Lori Wymore-Kirkland, MPA
Fairfax County Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services

Join us for this fun interactive experience that will illustrate resilience in action.  This is something that every professional providing supervised visitation services can benefit from. 

"The Brain Architecture Game is a team game experience that builds understanding of brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, and what the consequences are for society. Your goal is to work together with the team at your table to build a brain that is as tall as possible, which represents functionality, and as sturdy as possible, which represents the ability to withstand stresses.  It will take coordination, cooperation and communication to build this brain tall and strong.  There will be experiences that help your brain along and there will be set backs.  This activity will help you work with your teammates as you embark on a powerful experiences that highlights brain development from early childhood and beyond.  Are you up to the challenge to build stronger brain?" 

Developed by University of Southern California, copyright 2020 in partnership with Center on the Developing Child @ Harvard University, Clinical & Translational Science Institute @ University of Pittsburgh and Frame Works-changing the conversation on social issues

Lori Wymore- Kirkland has more than 30 years’ experience working with families and children. She has witnessed first-hand the importance of supporting healthy parent-child relationships through adopting a trauma informed approach to human services.     Lori has worked with children as a mental health specialist, as a social worker in Texas and New Mexico, and worked in early education running childcare programs in Maryland and Virginia. Since 2007, Lori has been the program developer and manager of the Stronger Together Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center for the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.  This program was developed at the request of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Lori took the Stronger Together from concept to implementation through collaboration with Juvenile Court Judges and countywide stakeholders.     Over the years Lori has taught parenting and child development education classes, worked with domestic violence programs, done extensive work in program development, assisted in obtaining grant funding and has worked with court-wide family engagement initiatives. On a national level, Lori currently serves on the Supervised Visitation Network as a board member.  Locally, she is an active member of the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Network and collaborates on multiple Fairfax County teams.  Lori is strongly supported through the local Fairfax interagency and community Advisory Board developed to support responsive community services for supervised visitation.  The advisory board is made up of 25 members from across Fairfax County agencies, JDRDC Judges, local law enforcement and private community partners.  Lori provides trainings and mentorship to local community partners, volunteers, interns, and supervised visitation

Annual Conference Workshops

Hidden in Plain Sight (Part 1): 

Recognizing When Domestic Violence Tactic Have Crossed Your Threshold
Jen Johnson, Executive Director
Kasey Baker, Director of Community Outreach 
Safe Avenues

Are you able to recognize and respond to classic domestic violence behaviors in your parenting time center? Those working in parenting time centers play a critical role in providing safety for the clients they serve.   Through a series of interactive scenarios, participants will explore ideas for prevention and intervention and tips for interacting with a victim survivor. 

As the Executive Director of Safe Avenues, Jen is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all organizational programming and internal operating functions as well as fulfilling the mission and vision of the agency. Johnson is also proactive with expanding and strengthening the relationships the agency has within the communities it serves and is responsible for mobilizing the community to take action on projects and initiatives identified by the Board of Directors.

As the Director of Community Outreach, Kasey assists staff in further developing their personal and professional skills and provides education about the topics of domestic and sexual violence to the community through presentations, public service announcements, and community activism. Baker also uses her experience providing domestic and sexual violence victim advocacy services to assist human service providers, medical professionals, and criminal justice professionals to develop strong victim centered policies and practices that address their response to domestic and sexual violence. 

 

Hidden in Plain Sight (Part 2):  
Recognizing When Domestic Violence Tractics Have Crossed Your Threshold
Jen Johnson,  Executive Director
Kasey Baker, Director of Community Outreach 
Safe Avenues

This is a continuation of the conversation from Hidden in Plain Sight:  Recognizing when domestic violence tactics have crossed your threshold (Part I) Now that you recognize classic domestic violence behaviors, participants will view real life examples of those tactics being used within a parenting time center.   Participants will explore trauma informed responses to appropriately respond to safety concerns.   

As the Executive Director of Safe Avenues, Jen is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all organizational programming and internal operating functions as well as fulfilling the mission and vision of the agency. Johnson is also proactive with expanding and strengthening the relationships the agency has within the communities it serves and is responsible for mobilizing the community to take action on projects and initiatives identified by the Board of Directors.

As the Director of Community Outreach, Kasey assists staff in further developing their personal and professional skills and provides education about the topics of domestic and sexual violence to the community through presentations, public service announcements, and community activism. Baker also uses her experience providing domestic and sexual violence victim advocacy services to assist human service providers, medical professionals, and criminal justice professionals to develop strong victim centered policies and practices that address their response to domestic and sexual violence. 

 

Visitation Planning in the New Normal 
Kelly Sachter, LCSW, Director of Programs
Family Connections

Family Connections utilizes Visitation Plans and Visitation Planning Meetings to create an individualized family plan.  While COVID wreaked havoc on the plan that was in place for at least weekly in person visits at that time, it also provided an opportunity to look at the breadth of visitation services, and how to use multi-faceted options for families to meet their attachment needs in times of quarantine and times of open contact.  

Kelly Sachter, LCSW, is Director of Programs at Family Connections, a non-profit organization which provides services for families and children in NJ. Addressing trauma is at the core of all of Family Connections’ programs, including the various visitation programs. Kelly Sachter has provided presentations and trainings for various agencies and organizations with the topics of child welfare, visitation, supportive housing, and trauma at national organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Child Welfare League of America and Supervised Visitation Network. Kelly Sachter is dedicated to partnering with the stakeholders in the child welfare system to ensure that families can heal and repair from the trauma that has occurred in their lives. Kelly Sachter is also invested in bringing the latest research and evidence based and informed practice into the supervised visitation field to ensure the most quality services are provide. 

 

How Trauma Impacts Visitation and How To Deal With It
Jeff Bormaster, LCSW, Principal
Bormaster Consuting

Many of the children and families who are receiving supervised visitation have been traumatized. This past year, Covid-19 has further traumatized the clients we serve.  This workshop helps staff better understand trauma and how to deal with it in a visitation setting.

Jeff Bormaster, L.C.S.W. provides consulting and training to public and private, non-profit and the public sector on organizational improvement, strategic planning, accountability, accreditation and maximizing organizational success.  He also works with direct service staff helping them improve services, incorporating best practices, providing trauma recovery services and improving outcome achievement.  He is the developer of the evidenced based supervision course, Supervision for Success, that has 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 and lead consultant for COA Accreditation technical assistance 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 Amazon.com.  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. 

 

Why Are Clients Acting Out and How To Deal With It
Jeff Bormaster, LCSW, Principal
Bormaster Consulting

One critical challenge with supervised visitation is child and parents acting out during the visitation. This workshop will example both causes and how to effectively address so it does not interfere with visitation.

Jeff Bormaster, LCSW. provides consulting and training to public and private, non-profit and the public sector on organizational improvement, strategic planning, accountability, accreditation and maximizing organizational success.  He also works with direct service staff helping them improve services, incorporating best practices, providing trauma recovery services and improving outcome achievement.  He is the developer of the evidenced based supervision course, Supervision for Success, that has 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 and lead consultant for COA Accreditation technical assistance 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 Amazon.com.  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 schoolteacher, school 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.   

 

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion into Program Practices and Policies 
Shelly La Botte, J.D., CA Access to Visitation Grant Program Coordinator
Judicial Council of California

Why diversity and inclusion? What does it mean to exercise the principle of cultural humility in our practices? How as supervised visitation professionals can we be more responsive to the cultural needs of our parents and children? This workshop will explore these various concepts geared towards looking at existing program policies to create greater inclusiveness through the lens of the families using the service. By examining our own understanding of culture and cultural humility, we can develop better ways of working with parents and children and enhancing supervised visitation practices that are more diverse, inclusive, and equitable for families.

Shelly La Botte, J.D., is the State of California Access to Visitation Grant Coordinator for the Judicial Council of California, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts. She is responsible for managing the state (federal funding) grant program, which supports funding to the superior courts (approximately 24 of the 58 counties) to facilitate and increase noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation with their children through the grant-related activities of supervised visitation and exchange services, parent education, and group counseling services for family law cases. Ms. La Botte has made numerous presentations and is a national and state trainer on issues of grant management, supervised visitation and safe exchange services, and domestic violence. She works on various public policy initiatives and assists with the development of statewide standards of practice for court-based best practices and Rules of Court related to supervised visitation and domestic violence services. Ms. La Botte holds a Juris Doctorate degree. 

Business and Professional Considerations When Setting Up A New Supervised Visitation Program 
Shelly La Botte, J.D., Ca Access to Visitation Grant Program Coordinator 
Judicial Council of California
JaDawn Bean, Owner
Destined for Greatness Consulting Services 

There is no right or wrong way of setting up a busines. Building a business, building a supervised visitation program takes lots and lots of work, commitment, dedication, and pain and Joy. As they say entrepreneurship is a journey whether creating this individually or setting up as a non-profit, for-profit services. Program ideas, trends, and strategies constantly change and are revised. But if you are thinking of taking the plunge, then this workshop will help with putting your foot in the door. The presentation will discuss general steps for how to get started, professional and business considerations for the provider, a checklist to determine whether you are ready, and a road map to assist towards successful implementation. The workshop will concentrate on the building stage of program development and how to think through your approach to determine whether this is a good match—will this work for me / or my agency. 

Shelly La Botte, J.D., is the State of California Access to Visitation Grant Coordinator for the Judicial Council of California, Operations and Programs Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts. She is responsible for managing the state (federal funding) grant program, which supports funding to the superior courts (approximately 24 of the 58 counties) to facilitate and increase noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation with their children through the grant-related activities of supervised visitation and exchange services, parent education, and group counseling services for family law cases. Ms. La Botte has made numerous presentations and is a national and state trainer on issues of grant management, supervised visitation and safe exchange services, and domestic violence. She works on various public policy initiatives and assists with the development of statewide standards of practice for court-based best practices and Rules of Court related to supervised visitation and domestic violence services. Ms. La Botte holds a Juris Doctorate degree. 

JaDawn Bean, MSW, PPSC is the founder (fiscal year 2011) of Destined for Greatness Consulting Services, a premier professional supervised visitation and exchange boutique site in the County of Alameda, in California. She provides both family law and dependency supervised visitation services in both the Southern and Northern California regions, and parts of the state of Nevada. Destined for Greatness Consulting Services is the only center-based center in Alameda County that has received formal training instruction through the Supervised Visitation Network and the Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children, & the Courts. Ms. Bean holds a master’s degree in social work and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) for school-based therapy and a Bachelors in Sociology. She has been a social worker for over 20 years working with substance abuse, outpatient mental health, inpatient medical, inpatient psychiatric, incarcerated youth, and adults, homeless, foster youth, domestic violence, and child abuse populations. Her work includes supervising college interns interested in social work at several California Bay Area domestic violence agencies. Ms. Bean transitioned her services in 2019 from solo practitioner to an on-site facility-based practice. She has a plethora of tips, tricks, and lessons learned regarding practice operations of supervised visitation services as well as the experience of setting up a business and new program.

 

Nurturing Parenting Skills for Families in Supervised Visitation
Joe Nullet, Executive Director 
Supervised Visitation Network

This workshop will be an overview of the Nurturing Parenting Skills for Families in Supervised Visitation, an innovative program designed to empower parents and parent educators in creating customized, competency based parenting programs to meet the specific needs of families.

Executive Director Joe Nullet, a graduate of Harvard University, has led the Supervised Visitation Network since December 2007. Before that he was the Executive Director of the Family Nurturing Center of Florida, a Supervised Visitation and Parent Education program in Jacksonville, Florida.  During his tenure at FNC, he led the organization through an exciting growth period, helped reshape the organizational culture and design to better serve the needs of clients, and has served locally and nationally on numerous task forces, advisory boards, and collaborative partnerships as an expert in the field of supervised visitation. Joe is a former Board Member of SVN who has presented at SVN Annual Conferences, and has been a member since 2001. Joe has served on the statewide Committee that developed an innovative Supervised Visitation database and is currently a member of State of Florida Standards Committee that was formed as a result of legislation to establish statewide standards.  Joe is also a Recognized National Trainer/Consultant with the Nurturing Parenting Programs, working with organizations that wish to incorporate the Nurturing Parenting Programs by assisting with the functions of administrative support, grant writing to fund a program, development of facilitation skills, and marketing of the concept. Joe has completed Graduate Coursework at the Kennedy School of Government, a Nonprofit Executive Program at the Harvard Business School, as well as completing the Jessie Ball duPont Fund's Community Coaches Program.

 

Building A Trauma-Informed Approach For Parent-Child Visits
Laura Orlando, MSW, Strive Project Director
Partners for Our Children, University of Washington
Shannon Selland, Director of Programs 
Family Impact Network

Adopting a trauma-informed approach to how we approach transportation and visit supervision, including the visitation environment for families has the potential to improve the well-being of all involved. While becoming a trauma-informed visitation agency can be time and resource intensive, there are relatively simple, foundational steps that providers can take as they move toward fully adopting a trauma-informed approach to visitation. This workshop offers practical suggestion for visitation individuals/agencies looking to create a more welcoming environment for families who have experienced trauma.

Laura works with child welfare agencies and others to bring innovative practice improvements to support families involved with the child welfare system and to measure their effectiveness. Early in her career, Laura worked for several Head Start Programs, providing family support and parenting services to low-income families with young children. Laura has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington.

 

Enhancing Custodial Parent Support in Therapeutic Supervised Visitation
Amy Pumo, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services
The New York Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Custodial parents participating in mandated visitation frequently play a role in the family trauma history - as well as have their own history of trauma –both factors that can deeply impact their ability and willingness to effectively support their children through the visitation process. As custodial parents play a critical role in ensuring successful visitation outcomes, visitation programming should include ongoing sessions with custodial parents focused on providing psychoeducation, emotional support and linkages to community resources.

Amy Pumo, LCSW, is the Director of Clinical Services at the New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Amy has been supporting families in healing from trauma for over 20 years. After working exclusively in victim services for over a decade, she believes visitation programs offer a complex, exciting and rare opportunity to work with the whole family following intrafamilial trauma.   

Solo to Center: 
Making the Transition as a Provider of Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services
JaDawn Bean, MSW, PPSC, Founder
Destined for Greatness Consulting Services

Are you an off-site private provider looking to shift gears and go full steam ahead into creating an on-site center for supervised visitation and exchange services? If so, this presentation by JaDawn Bean is designed especially for you. She'll share her story of her 2019 transition from solo to center in the months leading up to the pandemic, what considerations to now account for in the aftermath, as well as what led up to the decision to make that professional transition. She'll also share with you her visions for the profession of supervised visitation and exchange services.  

JaDawn Bean, MSW, PPSC is the founder (fiscal year 2011) of Destined for Greatness Consulting Services, a premier professional supervised visitation and exchange boutique site in the County of Alameda, in California. She provides both family law and dependency supervised visitation services in both the Southern and Northern California regions, and parts of the state of Nevada. Destined for Greatness Consulting Services is the only center-based center in Alameda County that has received formal training instruction through the Supervised Visitation Network and the Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children, & the Courts. Ms. Bean holds a master’s degree in social work and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) for school-based therapy and a Bachelors in Sociology. She has been a social worker for over 20 years working with substance abuse, outpatient mental health, inpatient medical, inpatient psychiatric, incarcerated youth, and adults, homeless, foster youth, domestic violence, and child abuse populations. Her work includes supervising college interns interested in social work at several California Bay Area domestic violence agencies. Ms. Bean transitioned her services in 2019 from solo practitioner to an on-site facility-based practice. She has a plethora of tips, tricks, and lessons learned regarding practice operations of supervised visitation services as well as the experience of setting up a business and new program.

 

Taking a Cultural Approach to Supporting Native Families During Visits
Madeline Nichols, Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle
Serena Rice, Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle
Laura Orlando, MSW, University of Washington, Partners for Our Children 

We will describe efforts to adapt a supervised visitation parent support and education program for use with Native families, specifically sharing ways in which the program materials and content provide cultural grounding for families.  We will share ways in which this work can provide useful strategies to support Native families in the context of visits.  

Serena Rice is a Supervised Visitation specialist for Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle. She attended Ultimate Medical Academy where she obtained her Associates of Arts in Health and Human Services. Growing up in the foster care system has greatly influenced her career path, and enhanced her passion for serving children, youth and families. She specializes in parent and child relations, child development and trauma informed practices. With 5 years’ experience serving vulnerable communities, she continues to grow and thrive each day, while leaving an everlasting impact in the lives of the families she serves.  

Laura works with child welfare agencies and others to bring innovative practice improvements to support families involved with the child welfare system and to measure their effectiveness. Early in her career, Laura worked for several Head Start Programs, providing family support and parenting services to low-income families with young children. Laura has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington.

Working with Fathers in Supervised Visitation 
Shon Hart, Executive Director
InvolvedDad

Working with fathers does not have to be a challenge when you consider taking a thoughtful approach to your connection with fathers who are utilizing services is key to safe visitation services. People are more than what they have done, where they have come from and we must believe that all have the capacity to improve. During this engaging and informative session, we will discuss personality types to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in working with clients. You will discover new ways to engage your clients, specifically fathers, to ensure these fragile families have the chance to meet their long-term goals, through accountability, support and understanding. 

Shon Hart is the Executive Director of InvolvedDad, which focuses on building strong families through the power of an InvolvedDad. We have served over 100 families in three years through various resources, collaborations, and strategic programming. Mr. Hart travels throughout the country helping organizations set up successful fatherhood programs, and train staff on how to engage dads to strengthen fragile families. Shon has worked with men for over twenty years and gave his life to empower them to create healthy homes, children, and communities.

 

 

 

The Art of the Intake
Joanne Karolzak, MAEd., Associate VP of Family Support and Education
Casa de los Niños

All services begin at the beginning with the intake.  Done well, the intake can not only inform a provider about case history, alert a provider to potential risks and offer an opportunity to inform a parents about policies and procedures.  The intake is the point at which the relationship with the client begins.  It is the time to lay the foundation for successful service provision.  The opportunity comes only once, take the time to do it well. 

Joanne is currently the Associate Vice President of Family Support and Education at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, AZ.  Joanne was one of the founding members of the Supervised Visitation Network and served as the third president.  She assisted in drafting the Council on Accreditation standard of practice for Supervised Visitation and Exchange and her agency was the first accredited program in the world.  Joanne has previously received the Judith Wallach President’s award from former SVN President Aaron Wimmer.  Joanne has a passion for visitation work stemming in part from the fact that her now grown children used visitation services pre-adoption.  She often says that being a recipient of services opened her eyes in a way being a practitioner never could.  Joanne is pleased and proud to be speaking at the SVN conference once again.