Welcome to the 5th Annual Safe & Together Symposium to be held September 18-20, 2017 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas! After an extremely successful 2016 event, we are excited to announce that this year’s Pre-Symposium (September 20) and Core Practice Training (September 18-20) will have the following areas of focus:
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
What can you expect this September?
Practice and policy-specific training about the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment
How the Safe and Together™ model can enhance collaboration in communities where co-located domestic violence advocates or specialists work inside child welfare agencies
National experts on children exposed to violence
Opportunities to discuss harm, resilience and healing for children
Using a perpetrator pattern-based approach to understanding child safety
Where will the Symposium be this year?
Held in San Antonio, Texas at the luxurious St. Anthony’s Hotel (walking distance to the River Walk and Alamo), we know this year’s symposium will be a wonderful opportunity to learn, share ideas and develop collaborative opportunities while enjoying all that San Antonio has to offer. Learn More about San Antonio. We are pleased to announce that the St. Anthony Hotel will offer a discounted nightly room rate of $179 for our guests! See below for more information or make your reservation here.
Who should attend?
The Safe and Together Symposium is designed for both professionals experienced with the model as well as those attending Safe and Together model training for the first time. The Symposium audience includes 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.
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Choose from a Full Week of Training & Workshop Options
Safe & Together Model Core Practice Training (NEW)
The Safe and Together Model’s foundational skills training, has been significantly redesigned and updated based on feedback from participants and sites around the globe. The Core Practice 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 first open-enrollment Core Practice Training in San Antonio BEFORE the Safe and Together Symposium!
Held on Monday – Wednesday from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the St. Anthony Hotel, with breakfast and lunch provided, the redesigned Core Practice 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 (NASW CECs pending)
Learn More about the Core Practice Training
September 20 / 9am – 4pm / Breakfast & Lunch provided
(Choose to attend a full day skills-based training)
The Safe and 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.
Enhancing Advocacy: Improving outcomes for survivors and their children involved in the child welfare system has been part of the ongoing mission for domestic violence advocates. This full-day training will highlight some key topics from the Advocacy Institute, such as shared language with child welfare, pivoting and mapping survivors’ strengths. Anyone is welcome.
Interviewing Perpetrators to Promote Child Safety: This advanced full-day training will cover how a foundation of a perpetrator pattern-based, behavior focused, gender responsive, non-judgmental approach can be effective when working with domestic violence perpetrators from all different backgrounds. Those attending are recommended to have had some exposure to the Safe & Together Model previously.