Upcoming Events

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Ohio Safe & Together Model Implementation 2-Day Summit

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Ohio Implementation Summit

June 10, 2021 @ 9:00 AM 1:00 PM Ohio

The Safe & Together Institute is proud to join with its partners in celebrating 10 years of domestic violence-informed transformation in Ohio. Ten years ago, the Safe & Together Model was introduced in Ohio to support the implementation of Alternative Response. With the support of the Family and Youth Law Center, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and other Ohio intimate partner violence collaborative partners, the Safe & Together Institute developed the first team of Certified Trainers. Their training has reached almost all 88 Ohio counties and continues to coach professionals to implement the Model’s approach to inform policy, practice and outcomes for families. The influence of these Safe & Together Certified Trainers has stretched beyond the county frontlines as they have advanced in government and traveled all over the world to train other agencies in Safe & Together. In addition, beyond these trainings for social workers, the Safe & Together Institute has supported Ohio court practice through a bench card and online training for guardians ad litem.

For this unique event, the Safe & Together Institute has gathered together professionals throughout Ohio to celebrate how the state has addressed the intersection of domestic violence and child welfare using the Safe & Together Model. Workshops will highlight Ohio’s progress around practice and training implementation and other Ohio-based efforts and share the latest advances in domestic violence-informed practice.

Anyone across the state and beyond is invited to join us in learning more about Ohio’s success in transforming their systems to become more domestic violence-informed.

Early bird $75 pp (until May 20)
Regular rate $95 pp (May 21 – June 10)

We are currently calling for breakout presentation proposals for our Ohio Safe & Together Model Implementation Summit, June 10-11, 2021. This Summit will be fully virtual and will celebrate 10 years of Safe & Together Model implementation in Ohio, highlighting the efforts throughout the state to integrate the Model to inform policy, practice and outcomes for families. 


We are seeking proposals for virtual workshops and presentations that highlight Ohio’s work in the following categories:

  • Site Implementation Presentations: Ohio-based community or organizations who would like to discuss their efforts to implement the Safe & Together Model including their successes, challenges and/or strategies for implementation.
  • Domestic Violence-informed Practice Presentations: Content about practice that impacts child safety and well-being in the context of domestic violence, frameworks or practice models that are parallel or complementary to the Safe & Together value system and/or practices or programs that grew out of implementation of the Safe & Together Model.
  • Safe & Together Model Presentation: Certified Trainers may present a workshop on a particular topic or skill from the Safe & Together Model.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for Ohio Implementation Summit proposals – May 7, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance – May 14, 2021
  • Ohio Summit (Virtual) – June 10 & 11, 2021

Workshop Format

  • 60 minutes in length (including time for Q&A)
  • Zoom Meeting platform within our Virtual Academy online classroom
  • Tech support will be provided

About the Audience

The conference audience includes child welfare front-line workers, supervisors, managers/administrators; child welfare attorneys; domestic violence advocates, counselors, administrators; policymakers; researchers; Guardians ad Litem, CASAs; home visitors; mental health and substance abuse professionals; fatherhood program staff; and batterer intervention providers.

Submission Criteria

  • Presenters must have had Safe and Together model training in the past and have implemented the Safe & Together Model principles, critical components and/or practice into their personal/agency/community practice and/or policy.
  • Collaborative presentations are welcome (please limit the number of presenters to 3).
  • Presenters will be asked to submit a brief biography and explanation of their experience using the Safe & Together Model, including any training received.
  • If Site Presentation, submissions will be expected to include the following key areas:
    • A description of training received in the Safe & Together Model
    • A description of how the Safe & Together Model has been applied to policy, practice and/or community collaboration
    • The lessons learned, including formal evaluation data (if available)
  • If DV-informed Practice, submissions will be expected to include the following areas:
    • Which of the Safe & Together Model principles and/or components are being addressed by this topic.
    • A description of how this topic can support the child welfare system and domestic violence practitioners in their work.
    • Lessons learned and/or formal evaluation data (if available).

Selection Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following points:

  • Clarity of understanding of the Safe & Together Model
  • Unique, creative and/or well-established implementation of the Safe & Together Model
  • Sustainability strategies
  • Fidelity implementation strategies
  • Use of Safe & Together to improve cross-system collaboration
  • Inclusion of qualitative and/or quantitative data on implementation

Presenter Agreement

By submitting a proposal, proposed presenters understand and agree to the following:

  • If selected to present, presenters must confirm their attendance and willingness to present by May 7.
  • All presenters must register for the conference online prior to the registration deadline.
  • Presenters are responsible for submitting any handouts or materials for participants by May 14 (or by a date agreed upon with S&TI staff)
  • Presenters agree to allow the Safe & Together Institute to put presenter biographies on the conference registration website.
  • Presenters agree to allow the Safe & Together Institute to provide feedback or request changes to any presentation proposal submission, including, but not limited to: change in time frame of presentation, addition of or removal of materials that do not fit within the principles of the Safe and Together model, or change in schedule.

Speakers & Sessions

Keynote: “How Domestic Violence Perpetrators Manipulate Systems”David Mandel
Domestic violence perpetrator manipulation of systems is a critical problem that undermines responses to family violence and deeply impacts adult and child survivors in many ways. Perpetrators manipulate systems to bolster their own power and abuse and to control adult and child survivors further. Sadly, the perpetrators’ use of these systems is often successful: Adult survivors can lose their freedom, their children, and their physical and mental health. Harassment via repeated reporting and/or litigation can also deplete survivors’ finances in addition to wasting public resources. As a result, adult and child survivors often lose trust in the systems that are supposed to protect them. In this closing keynote workshop, we will explore the two different types (Tier 1 & Tier 2) of systems that perpetrators target and how they interact; the patterns of behaviors that perpetrators use to manipulate systems and professionals; the specific tactics used against Tier 1 systems and their unique vulnerabilities; and 5 steps systems and professionals can use to protect themselves against these behaviors.

Panel: “History of implementation of the Safe & Together Model in Ohio” – Jenny Hartman (former coordinator for the FYLAW OHIO IPV Collaborative & Safe & Together staffer) & Carla Carpentar (former FYLAW Ohio IPV Collaborative staffer and former  ODJFS Deputy Director), moderated by David Mandel. 

Workshop: “STOP! Wait a Minute: Understanding the Consequences of Closing IPV Cases Too Early” – Sally Dine Fitch, MSW, Director of Ohio’s University Consortium for Child And Adult Services and Micaela C. Deming, Esq., Policy Director and Staff Attorney at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network
This presentation is designed to increase awareness of the potential burden and risk placed on protective parents and their children experiencing domestic violence when cases are closed too early thinking that divorce or custody litigation will solve the problem. Empirical evidence supports what protective parents and domestic violence professionals have long asserted – that family courts frequently deny true claims of adult partner or child abuse and instead punish protective parents who seek to protect children from a dangerous other parent. The cost of these decisions creates an undue burden:
– Allegations of abuse are often discounted when raised in child custody litigation
– Abusive parents are often granted custody or unprotected parenting time by courts placing children at ongoing risk
– Custody litigation involving abuse allegations is prohibitively expensive resulting in parental bankruptcy because of court-mandated payments to fee-paid professionals in addition to attorney fees.

Workshop: Safe & Together’s evaluation data from Ohio’s implementation

Workshop: Supervisory Practice – Safe & Together faculty, Lisa Fleischer

NEW Mapping Tool: Improving Assessment with an Eye on Intersectionality and Worker Safety – Brittany DiBella
This session will introduce the new Safe & Together Model Virtual Mapping Tool coming in 2021. Learn about the gaps and challenges the new tool seeks to address and its innovative approach to assessment. The Mapping Tool has been one of the most popular Safe & Together Model tools and has proved to create meaningful change in both individual practice and systems.

S&TI sessions on Intersections and Perpetrators as Parents

Panel: Ohio Trains the World in Safe & Together with Ohio Certified Trainers – Moderator: Heidi Rankin

Select your currency
USDUnited States (US) dollar