Annual Conference

Pre Conference Institute

Special 2 Day Pre Conference:

The Nurturing Parenting Program for Families in Supervised Visitation

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 30, 2018. 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM

Cost: $150 for Conference Attendees

SVN has partnered with the Nurturing Parenting Programs and Dr. Stephen Bavolek to develop a new parent education curriculum specifically for parents in Supervised Visitation. The Nurturing Programs are evidence-based, trauma-informed programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism of abuse and neglect in at-risk families.. Providers who are interested in a supportive approach to SV will learn how to incorporate the Nurturing Programs into their practice.

More Information will provided soon.

Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the fields of child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention, and parenting education. Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Bavolek's professional background includes working with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in schools and residential settings, and abused children and abusive parents in treatment programs. Dr. Bavolek has conducted extensive research in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. He received his doctorate at Utah State University in 1978 and completed a post-doctoral internship at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver, Colorado. He has held university faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and the University of Utah.

Dr. Bavolek has received numerous international, national, state and local awards for his work, including induction in 1989 into the Royal Guild of the International Social Work Round Table in Vienna, Austria, and selection in 1983 by Phi Delta Kappa as one of 75 young educators in the country who represent the best in educational leadership, research and services. In addition, he has been selected by Oxford's Who's Who in 1993 as a member of the elite registry of extraordinary professionals and in 1998 as a member of the elite registry of extraordinary CEO's. Dr. Bavolek was also Mental Health Professional of the Year of Northern Wisconsin in 1985 and Child Advocate of the Year in Utah in 1991. In 1980, he was recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for outstanding research and services to the handicapped.

Since 1983 he has conducted numerous workshops, has appeared on multiple radio and television talk show programs, and has published numerous books, articles, programs and newsletters. He is the principal author of the Nurturing Parenting Programs, programs designed to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, and the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), an inventory designed to assess high risk parenting attitudes. Dr. Bavolek is President of Family Development Resources, Inc. and Executive Director of Family Nurturing Centers International.

Post Conference Symposium: Two New Visitation Projects

Enhancing Intakes through "Pre teaching"

Saturday June 2, 2018
9:00 AM- 10:30 AM

FREE for Conference Attendees

Family visits can be fraught with uncertainty, conflict, and a host of emotions. Despite their challenges, we know that visits are one of the most powerful tools we have for repairing family relationships and achieving reunification and/or permanency. To achieve these outcomes, we must find ways to "make the most" out of visitation. In this session, you will learn a structured process that will help you enhance the visitation process (preparation, facilitating connections, managing transitions, monitoring/feedback, adjusting the plan). You will also learn the concept of pre-teaching. Pre-teaching helps parents anticipate challenges they may face throughout the visitation process, explores their natural responses to these challenges, and pushes them to develop more appropriate actions. Combined, these frameworks set the stage for improved parenting skills, increased protective capacities, and positive outcomes for the family.

This workshop will explore the concept of Pre-teaching and how it can improve outcomes for children and families. Pre-teaching is a structured process of identifying the challenging issues that arise in visitation, and parterning with families to develop plans to overcome these obsticles. Presenters Rodney Little and Tonia Deese with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work will walk attendees through the steps of pre-teaching. We will discuss how successful visitation requires a planned process from the beginning. The discussion will provide a framework for how to have difficult conversations with families, plan activities that achieve desired outcomes, and provide constructive feedback that helps families see that they are an active part of making plans that work.

Rodney D. Little, MHDL, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hills School of Social work. He has worked in the field of social work and child welfare for 27 years. Having served as a frontline social worker, manager, and faculty/curriculum developer, he has seen the issues of social work from many perspectives. Having particular interest in the areas of grief, parent child visitation, child sexual abuse, and substance use, he combines his experience with best practice, and research to produce workshops that are conversational, yet providing a strong framework in best practice.

Tonia Jacobs Deese, LCSW is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She has been in the child welfare and mental health fields for the past 12 years, working on the front line of DSS and providing outpatient therapy and Intensive In-Home services to children, adults and families. Tonia specializes in facilitating competency-based classroom and online trainings for child welfare staff, curriculum development, and contributing to practice-focused publications. She is especially interested in the Indian Child Welfare Act, family systems theory, primary and secondary trauma, and the impact of culture on family outcomes.

ReConnections: Assessment and Collaboration to Create the Optimal Visitation Plan

Saturday June 2, 2018
10:30 AM- 12:00 NOON

FREE for Conference Attendees

New Jersey's Department of Children and Families has partnered with a non-profit agency, FamilyConnections, Inc. to create and implement a new visitation model for the State. The program, ReConnections, provides a continuum of visitation services that includes a collaborative intake and assessment, planning meetings, and therapeutic and supportive supervised visits. The model utilizes Rose Wentz's Visitation Matrix, and trauma informed care utilizing the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency framework. This model relies on the collaboration of everyone involved in a visit, including the referral source, the family, informal and formal supports, and the provider agency. The workshop will include both the components of the model, with how implementation science has been used to identify, create, and evaluate the model.

Kelly Sachter, LCSW, is a Director of Programs at Family Connections, Inc, which provides services for families and children in NJ. Addressing trauma is at the core of all of Family Connections programs, including the various visitation programs, such as ReConnections. Kelly Sachter has provided presentations and trainings for various agencies and organizations with the topics of child welfare, visitation, supportive housing, and trauma at national organizations such as the Child Welfare League of America and Supervised Visitation Network. Kelly Sachter is dedicated to partnering with the stakeholders in the child welfare system to ensure that families can heal and repair from the trauma that has occurred in their lives.