Registration is open for the 2nd Safe & Together™ Model European Conference: Domestic Violence & Children — 7-9 October 2020 — #STEU
We recognize these last several months have been a challenge for everyone and still we must continue to help protect those in our communities who may be at greater health risk.
The Safe & Together Model Conference will now be hosted LIVE REMOTE through our interactive Virtual Academy!
Our REVISED schedule will now be:
Wednesday, 7-9 October 2020
1-5 pm UK time each day
Instead of two full days of conference presentations (plus one full day of masterclass options), we will be simplifying the timing for everyone by offering three half-days of conference sessions online. The masterclass is cancelled to accommodate all participants joining all three days of programming.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES TO BE OPEN AND WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGH 30 SEPTEMBER. Those who have already registered will be notified directly about any next steps.
We are honored to announce, Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales, Nicole Jacobs, will speak on the state of domestic abuse work at the Safe & Together Conference next month.
Nicole is the former Chief Executive Officer of Standing Together Against Domestic Violence; an organisation focused on creating a coordinated community response to domestic abuse in West London. Nicole has worked in domestic violence policy and intervention for over 20 years. She began her career at the Alabama State Coalition Against Domestic Violence in the United States. In 1999, she came to London as an early worker at ADVANCE, one of the first advocacy (now IDVA service) services in the UK.
Keynoting at this year’s conference is creator of the Safe & Together Model, David Mandel, who will be leading the discussion on why the Model has been transformative to child protection systems internationally. He will take up one of the most controversial topics in this field, how some programme completion certificates are, in reality, dangerous for adult and child survivors.
Perpetrator intervention programme certificates (or completion letters) that primarily reflect attendance or participation – and not real and measurable responsibility and behavior change – can actually increase the ability of perpetrators to control and dominate the lives of survivors and their children. This session will outline a better approach to perpetrator interventions.
Coercive control impacts and harms children. Helping us understand the depth of this concept will be Dr. Emma Katz, keynoting this year’s conference. Emma’s research focuses on how children and mothers are harmed by coercive control in contexts of domestic abuse. Key issues for Emma are how children and mothers experience coercive control and what helps them to recover. Emma is Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. Her work has received international recognition, winning both Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)’s Corinna Seith Prize, and the Wiley Prize for best article published in Child Abuse Review from 2015-2018.
Follow Emma on Twitter at @DrEmmaKatz
Casey Keene, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, recounts and reflects on her and her mother’s experience as a survivor of domestic abuse and shares her own experience as a child exposed to domestic abuse. Her poignant story captures feelings of fear and powerlessness, balanced with the strength of survival through partnership with her mother. Drawing on years of experience in the movement to end domestic abuse, Casey will describe helpful interventions and a framework for promoting resilience in children exposed.
Certified Trainer Seminar: The Trainer Certification Program (TCP) has produced professionals certified to train on the Safe & Together Model around the globe, paving the way for sustainable practice change that leads toward better family outcomes. This session is an exclusive invitation for Certified Trainers to attend a roundtable discussion with the Model’s founder, David Mandel.
Past Conference Feedback: Download the full evaluation report from the 2019 Safe & Together™ Model European Conference. The inaugural conference coincided with the launch of the first group of Safe & Together™ Model Certified Trainers in the United Kingdom. Check out the feedback we received from last year, in addition to the feedback from the 2018 North America Conference and the 2019 Asia Pacific Conference.
What is Live Remote?
Live Remote is the term used to define the new format of this year’s conference. The sessions will be viewed entirely on our Virtual Academy.
Safe & Together Institute’s Virtual Academy is also home to several other virtual e-courses that can be completed anytime, or in other words, self-paced. Therefore, Live Remote recognizes that distancing rules have forced us to meet remotely, but we will still meet live at a specific time and place. We are looking forward to the engagement and dialogue between attendees and presenters!
Within the Virtual Academy platform, we will be hosting each session through Zoom. More information on technical support is forthcoming.