ANNUAL CONFERENCE2018-09-10T14:19:22+00:00

Join us October 3-5 for the 6th Annual Safe & Together Conference in San Antonio, Texas — home of the Alamo and so much more!

What’s Important?

  • NASW Continuing Education Contact Hours*
  • OVW Grantee Approved*
  • CORE Safe & Together training offered again
  • Conference ends on a holiday weekend (in case you need a little extra time to visit San Antonio)
  • Get 5 from your community to attend and the 6th registration is FREE
  • Free Members receive 5% off any registration fee
  • We’re sorry to say the Sheraton Gunter has SOLD OUT of rooms. Please contact Home2Suites (next door) at 210-354-4366 to make reservations. Mention the group code TSI to receive a suite rate of $119 per night.

Conference Agenda*

Download the Conference Agenda to plan your experience – from pre-conference sessions to breakout workshops and keynotes. *Some conference agenda items may change.


Pre-Conference: October 3, 2018
Conference: October 4-5, 2018
PLUS: Safe and Together CORE training: October 1-3, 2018


Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio
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Any new room reservations can be made next door at the Home2Suites. Call 210-354-4366 and mention the group code TSI to receive a suite rate of $119 per night.

What’s the ROI?

Download the conference ROI package! Map out your conference expectations and costs for your supervisor.

Keynote, Dr. Johnny Rice II:
Fathers Who Use Violence - Prioritizing Child & Victim Safety

Dr. Johnny Rice II, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Coppin State University, has spent the past 20 years providing leadership, technical assistance and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, youth development and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. In 2004 he founded Social Justice Ventures LLC, an independent public health consulting firm that allows him to work with individuals, organizations and communities in strengthening their capacity.

Keynote, Dr. Michael Gillette:
Domestic Violence and the Ethics of Intervention

Dr. Michael Gillette: Domestic Violence and the Ethics of Intervention

Dr. Michael Gillette is an ethics expert who has presented numerous keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Additionally, he contracts with dozens of healthcare organizations and other agencies to provide ethics case consultations and policy work. His energetic and interactive style engages his audiences and helps them think critically about ethical decisions in their work and beyond.

We hope you will join us for the first time, or the sixth, as we continue to bring together professionals from around the globe who want to create domestic violence-informed systems. Our program will include new presenters and workshops that build on the following themes:

  • Real Strength: Adult Survivors’ Protective Capacities as Parents
  • Voices of Children: Adult Child Survivors and Their Experiences
  • Working with Men as Parents: Practicing as if Men’s Choices Matter to Child and Family Functioning
  • Moving Texas Forward: Advancing Domestic Violence-Informed Practice Across the Lone Star State
  • As well as, data and policy changes seen in communities incorporating the Safe & Together Model

Who should attend?

The Safe & Together Conference is designed for both professionals experienced with the model as well as those attending Safe & Together™ Model training for the first time. Most attendees include child welfare frontline workers, supervisors, managers/administrators; child welfare attorneys; domestic violence advocates, counselors, administrators; policy makers; researchers; judges; Guardians ad Litem, CASAs; home visitors; mental health and substance abuse professionals; fatherhood program staff; and/or batterer intervention providers. Participants should be interested in enhancing safety for children, developing responsible fatherhood practices, supporting survivors of domestic violence and intervening with perpetrators of domestic violence.

Why are we excited?

This year we held the First Annual Asia-Pacific Safe & Together Conference, in Melbourne, Australia with more than 250 attendees from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region. We are really excited to bring back what we learned in Texas and continue connecting partners from around the world who are creating Domestic Violence-Informed systems.

What last year’s attendees found valuable:

“Being able to connect to others across the country and the world and learn about how they are doing things in their area.”

“It opened my eyes to the role that the father plays in the family.”

“I enjoyed the examples of case planning with fathers who use violence. How to better write case notes to reflect responsibility on batterer and not victim.”

 “Tools and Examples!”

Safe & Together Conference

October 4-5 / 9am – 4pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided

The following is a tentative outline of workshops and plenaries that will be offered at the Safe & Together Conference. A complete agenda will be published soon.

  • Fathers Who Use Violence: Prioritizing Child & Victim Safety
  • Domestic Violence and the Ethics of Intervention
  • Impact of DV and Adultification on Children: Emphasis on children of color
  • Experiences from Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum
  • Intersections of complicating factors (substance abuse, mental health, etc.) with domestic violencePerpetrator pattern-based intervention strategies
  • International demonstrations of the Safe & Together Model (UK, Canada and Australia)
  • Research on the importance of partnering with adult survivors around the safety and well being of children

Download the program *more information will be added in coming weeks.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886624904-3615) for 10 continuing education contact hours.

Pre-Conference Workshops

October 3 / 9am – 4pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided
(Choose to attend a full day skills-based training)

  • The Safe & Together Model: This introductory course will provide an overview of the model’s Principles, Critical Components and some basic practice skills around perpetrator pattern-based risk assessment, case mapping and impact on children. This full-day course is recommended for anyone new to the Safe & Together model.
  • Enhanced Supervision: This full-day workshop will explore supervisory strategies to assess their worker’s practice through a domestic violence-informed lens, on how to provide guidance, in making key case decisions and addressing worker physical and emotional safety.
  • Intersections: Some of the most challenging domestic violence cases include complicating factors such as substance abuse, mental health issues, housing instability, etc. This full-day workshop will attempt to understand how each of these intersect and discuss domestic violence-informed strategies to promote child safety.
  • Introduction to the Caring Dads Facilitator Training: This workshop introduces participants to the principles and values that guide the Caring Dads program.

Download the program *more information will be added in coming weeks.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886624904-3615) for 5 continuing education contact hours.

Safe & Together CORE Training

October 1-3 / 8am – 5pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided

The Safe & Together Model’s foundational skills training, has been significantly redesigned and updated based on feedback from participants and sites around the globe. The CORE Training has been delivered to child welfare, domestic violence advocates, batterer intervention professionals, police and family service providers nationally and internationally for more than five years as a foundation to supporting Domestic Violence-Informed practices and systems change.

Join the second open-enrollment CORE Training in San Antonio BEFORE the Safe & Together Conference! Held Monday-Wednesday from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, the redesigned CORE Training will include:

  • Skills-based training goals: assessment, interviewing, documentation and case planning
  • More experiential learning using practice tools and exercises
  • Videos demonstrating interviewing with perpetrators, partnering with survivors and engaging children
  • Greater emphasis on complex, multi-issue cases
  • Greater emphasis on intersectionality
  • Certificate of 22 training hours
  • All are welcome, including child welfare professionals, DV advocates, attorneys, researchers, BIP facilitators and service providers.


  • This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886624904-3615) for 15 continuing education contact hours.
  • Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grantees from Consolidated Youth, Tribal Jurisdiction and State Coalition programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference. Grantees from STOP are also invited to attend.
  • Grantees from Consolidated Youth, Tribal Jurisdiction and State Coalition 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. Grantees from STOP may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. STOP subgrantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator. 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-2019-MU-001.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.