Annual Conference

Pre/Post Conference Institutes

Pre Conference

Quantifying your Program's Value: How to use the Protective Factors Study for funding and recognition

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
1:00 PM- 3:30 PM
Cost $60 per person

Why do some communities -- but not others -- value supervised visitation (SV) ? How do we overcome the stakeholder misunderstandings about our work? How do we used research-based knowledge to attract funders? This session provides participants with all of the tools and research on the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation Protective Factor Study. Using the framework of this new study, we will answer those questions and teach participants how to quantify their work with families.

This is a 2.5 hour session that includes group work, interactive discussion, and case-specific examples. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation, as well as a full set of surveys, tools, and modifiable instruments.

Participants will learn:

  • Why supervised visitation is devalued by those who misunderstand it
  • How Protective Factor research is grounded in science
  • How to translate what you are already doing into a quantifiable practice<'li>
  • Why the Protective Factor Research can be key to quantifying crucial SV interaction with families
  • How to use and modify Clearinghouse tools such as parent surveys and questionnaires to show "doses" of intervention
  • How to communicate your Protective Factor Work to funders.
Karen Oehme is the Director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University's (FSU) College of Social Work and a Distinguished University Scholar. The Institute houses several large multi-disciplinary projects including the Law Enforcement Families Partnership, the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation, and the Medical Professionals Partnership. She builds popular, online trainings and resource sites for child protective agencies, social service providers, medical professionals, judges, and criminal justice agencies throughout the U.S. Oehme has written and co-authored many scholarly articles about issues relating to families and interpersonal violence.

Post Conference Workshops: Program Implementation

This year we are offering two FREE Bonus workshops geared around program implementation, one with a focus on Child Welfare programs, and one with a focus on Policy Development for programs working with cases involving Domestic Violence

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Cost: Free with Conference Registration

Session 1: How do Visitation Centers benefit families within the Child Welfare system?

The Northern Rhode Island Visitation Center (NVRIC) is the lead agency on a Rhode Island Foundation grant, which started in December of 2015, that focuses on several key aspects: collaboration amongst all visitation providers in the state; customization of the FAST information and integration tool; training and certification of all staff in the use of the FAST; the development of a web-based data collection and sharing program; practice-focused implementation of the FAST; evaluation of data; and quality improvement activities. We have implemented this model to improve the awareness of key stakeholders of needs and strengths of the families within the RI child welfare system who are involved in visitation programs, as well as the impact of visitation programs on improving outcomes for families seeking reunification. A primary goal of the project is for data to be utilized in ongoing quality and practice improvement activities at different levels of the programs both within individual programs and throughout the state. We will provide information related to our strategic objectives and process, the customized FAST tool, and a presentation of data gathered regarding family presenting demographics, individual and family needs and strengths, and ongoing quality improvement activities to date.

After receiving a Bachelor in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany, Ivy Medeiros received her Master in Social Work from New York University in 1997. Her post-masters career has centered around the fields of child welfare and infant mental health. Throughout her time in a Preventive Services program in NY, the Family Preservation Program Manager and Child Welfare Manager at Community Care Alliance in RI, Mrs. Medeiros has gained extensive experience working with high risk families towards well-being, permanency and self-sufficiency. Mrs. Medeiros's passion for working with parents and young children led her to a post-Master's certificate in Infant Mental Health. Mrs. Medeiros has provided Supervision to students and staff for the past 18 years and currently fills the role of Adjunct Instructor at Rhode Island College, teaching Human Behavior, Diversity and Oppression. Due to her love for teaching, Mrs. Medeiros also provides a variety of educational workshops and training to professionals throughout her agency and community. Mrs. Medeiros is an independently licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) in the state of RI.

Nicole McKenna received her Bachelo's Degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2011, but has been working within the human services field since 2007. Nicole's positions within Community Care Alliance have allowed her to gain an expertise in working with high risk families and their children in a range of settings. She has a particular interest in working with families with young children. Nicole currently holds the position of Engagement Specialist and Transportation Supervisor with the Northern RI Visitation Center. Nicole is highly skilled at engaging families in a strengths-based manner, and has been instrumental in the program's growth over the past four years.

Martha J. Henry, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist, is the president of MJ Henry & Associates, Inc. MJ Henry & Associates, Inc. is a practice-based education and consultation firm that specializes in collaborating with individuals, organizations and state agencies working to support children, youth and families, especially those who have experienced adversity. In addition to expertise in adoption and foster care, Dr. Henry is nationally recognized for her expertise with the strategic implementation, training, coaching and practice of Communimetrics instruments (e.g., Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) to foster data-informed decision making and quality improvement for both child welfare and child mental health systems.

Session 2: New Program Policy and Procedure Development that Accounts for Domestic Violence

This session will explore crafting polices and procedures at your program that account for the unique risks that are presented when working with cases involving domestic violence. Developing polices should never involve a cookie-cutting approach that simply replicates what other programs have implemented, since it is unlikely that these polices and procedures will reflect the work being done in your program and the critical issues in your community to adequately provide safety. This session will highlight how a comprehensive and collaborative approach will yield to safer and more effective services.

Jannette Brickman has been involved in domestic violence policy, reform, or direct service since 1992. She joined Vera in October 2010 as a Senior Program Associate for the Supervised Visitation Initiative, which provides training and technical assistance for the national Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. Ms. Brickman works with dozens of communities around the country assisting them in their development and implementation of supervised visitation centers. Prior to joining Vera, Ms. Brickman served as a systems advocate for the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as the Executive Director of the St. Louis Family Violence Council, which ran the St. Louis Family Justice Center. Ms. Brickman was also a staff and senior attorney at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Violence Department. Ms. Brickman received her JD from DePaul University College of Law, and is licensed (inactive) in Illinois and (active) Colorado. She received her MA in Counseling from John Carroll University, and her BS in Journalism from Boston University..

Anneliese Brown has been working to address domestic and sexual violence for over 10 years. She currently serves as a senior program associate for the Vera Institute of Justice's Center on Victimization and Safety. As a member of the Accessing Safety Initiative team, she works closely with collaborations striving to improve services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence who have disabilities or are Deaf. She's also a member of the Supervised Visitation Initiative team, and in this role has supported over 30 communities seeking to create or enhance visitation and exchange services that address the unique safety needs of victims of domestic violence and their children. Anneliese has over 8 years of experience providing technical assistance and training to communities receiving funding through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), both through her work at the Vera Institute of Justice and as a former employee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, where she oversaw the development of the Guiding Principles for OVW's former Supervised Visitation Grant Program. Anneliese has a bachelor's degree in women's studies and psychology from Bates College in Maine.