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2022 Europe/North America Safe & Together Institute Virtual Conference

January 13 @ 9:00 AM January 14 @ 3:00 PM EST

Save the date for the 2022 Europe/North America Safe & Together Institute Virtual Conference: Changing Systems Globally!
Includes A Rolling Program Schedule To Accommodate Participants throughout North America and Europe

For the first time ever, participants at the 2022 Safe & Together Model conference will have the opportunity to learn and share meaningful, sustainable strategies for practice and systems change across both North America and Europe in one conference.

This year, the conference will focus on how the Model can support professionals to communicate, collaborate and coordinate across sectors, systems, and even regions of the world through a common framework and language. 

The conference will highlight exciting new topics such as: 

  • how perpetrators manipulate systems and weaponize the use of drugs and alcohol as a form of coercive control; 
  • how trauma-informed practice is not domestic violence-informed practice; and 
  • the Model’s application around family court issues such as custody and access.

In addition, the conference will focus on the Institute’s goal of supporting real, meaningful, sustainable systems change through workshops focused on encouraging systems-change strategy development and implementation.

Nominate a champion!

The Safe & Together Champion Awards are given to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the application of the Safe & Together Model tools and practice to their individual case practice, and to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the implementation of the Safe & Together Model to move their organization and system toward more domestic violence-informed policy and practices. The two categories are:

  1. Champion Award for Excellence in Systems Change
  2. Champion Award for Excellence in Case Practice


Event Date: January 13-14, 2022
Virtual Academy, zoom 

Times: Includes A Rolling Program Schedule To Accommodate Participants throughout North America and Europe
UK participants are online from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
US participants are online from 7am to 11:30am (west coast) and 10:00am to 2:30pm on the East coast.

Cost Includes: Live Event + Recording
Regular Registration: $225 (US) November 1- event date
Early Bird Discount: $175 (US) through October 31, 2021
Certified Trainer Discount: $112 (50% off) entire registration period
Faculty, Presenters, Staff: FREE

Keynote: Applying a Perpetrator Pattern-Based Approach to Child Custody and Access Matters
Domestic violence allegations are extremely common in family court, yet many courts still struggle to sort out the impact of the perpetrators’ behaviors on the children and identify the protective efforts of survivors. Perpetrators’ allegations of parental alienation, substance misuse and mental health issues often take precedence over the harm caused to children by their own domestic violence behaviors. Drawing on work in family court settings in the United States and Australia, David Mandel, Executive Director and Founder of the Safe & Together Institute will explore how the Model can help decision-making in custody and access cases. David will highlight how this approach can keep the focus on the perpetrator’s harm to children, the protective parenting of the survivor and how the collaborative parenting lens can be used to increase perpetrator accountability. 
Keynote: Trauma-informed is not the same as domestic violence-informed
While awareness of trauma and its impact continues to increase, trauma-informed initiatives are often decontextualized from the dynamics of coercive control. Mental health and addiction professionals are often ill-prepared by their education and training to integrate coercive control into their assessments. Organizations that are striving to be trauma-informed are not always committing to becoming domestic violence-informed. Domestic violence survivors are often harmed by these gaps. In this keynote, David will outline how practitioners and organizations may have blindspots regarding how current coercive control dynamics may be impacting survivors’ mental health and addiction treatment. David will also speak to how structural sexism, racism and colonization dynamics are often ignored in mainstream mental health and addiction paradigms to the detriment of clients from oppressed communities. David will offer suggestions for closing these gaps, making trauma-informed efforts more domestic violence-informed.
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