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Advocates' Retreat Workshop Schedule

Day 1, Monday, May 6
Day 2, Tuesday, May 7
Registration Form - Registration Deadline is Friday, April 19
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Day 1, Monday, May 6

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:30-10:15 a.m. Plenary Session - The Sociocultural and Structural Context of Violence and Oppression

Gail Wyatt, Ph.D., Professor, Sex Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, UCLA

This presentation will describe the historical roots of violence and oppression in America and demonstrate how culture, religion, role expectations, and stereotypes have reinforced them. The challenge we face today is to address the systems that need to change in order to reduce violence and oppression and embrace equity in relationships, families, communities, and in our society.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.-12 noon Workshop Session 1: Religion

A. On Working with Muslim Clients: Religious and Cultural Issues

Nicole Correri, Peaceful Families Project

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the Islamic sources of knowledge, the Islamic paradigm regarding family dynamics, the variations in Islamic practices among Muslims in America, and the distinction between religion and culture. Participants will discover the ways in which culture and religion can create obstacles to service provision. They will also learn methods for engaging religion and culture as resources and strengths when assisting Muslim families who are experiencing domestic violence.

B. [WORKSHOP FULL] Love Thy Neighbor: Engaging Christian Churches in Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention

Rickie Houston, Prevention Specialist and EVOLVE Wilmington, NC, Coordinator, Domestic Violence Shelter & Services, Inc.

This workshop is designed to improve crisis intervention and primary prevention of domestic violence in faith communities. It will address the challenges and strategies to faith-based approaches and collaborations to address domestic violence. We will discuss some of the religious teachings that serve as roadblocks and resources for survivors. It will also address ways to engage faith leaders as allies in domestic violence intervention and prevention.

C. Domestic and Sexual Violence in the Context of the Jewish Community

Deborah Rosenbloom, Director of Programs, Jewish Women International

Participants will understand Jewish values, culture, and community structure within the United States, analyze Jewish text relevant to relationships, and learn about the dynamics of domestic abuse in Jewish families, how the community addresses domestic violence, and barriers for women seeking to leave abusive relationships.

12 noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-2:45 p.m. Workshop Session 2: Health

A. [WORKSHOP FULL] Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Heal from Domestic and Sexual Violence

Denise Tordella, MA, LPC, LLC

In this workshop, will we explore the reverberating effects of the trauma of domestic violence and sexual violence on each individual and family member’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior. We will increase our understanding of how the traumatic experience of domestic violence and sexual violence affects the people that experience it and make sense of those changes through the lens of trauma. We will identify strategies and interventions to strengthen the inner and external resources for the individuals and families. Finally, we will explore how the work we do affects us as helpers.

B. Disparities in Health and the Effects on Psychological Well-Being

Gail Wyatt, Ph.D., Professor, Sex Therapist, and Clinical Psychologist, UCLA

Changes in how health care is provided will require a clear understanding of disparities in health care access and utilization. In this workshop, the most significant disparities and their effect on psychological well-being, specifically symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression, will be discussed. The goal is to open discussion with participants about the history and impact of health disparities, how the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence has reinforced these inequities, and what we can do to create an environment of health and well-being.

C. Reproductive Coercion: Are We Missing a Piece of the Power and Control Wheel?

Lorién Castelle, Director of Prevention, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This interactive session will explore the often subtle tactics known as reproductive coercion. Through facilitated discussion, participants will examine the ways we (systems) may unintentionally increase risk to women's overall health when we don't adequately assess for this. Special attention will be given to identifying best practices for assessment, harm reduction tools, and responding in a trauma-informed manner.

3:00-4:30 p.m. Workshop Session 3: Economics

A. [WORKSHOP FULL] Challenging Perceptions: Discovering the Hidden Rules of Class

Jennifer Clement, Director, Delaware Center for Youth Development, Children’s Beach House

This workshop takes a look at the fact that schools and businesses operate from middle class norms and use hidden rules of middle class. How does that affect students or clients from other classes? What are the hidden rules? The hidden rules of class are those rules that we have all known, but don’t talk about and often when discussed become controversial. For example, hidden rules of food: In poverty the key question is, did you have enough? Quantity important. In middle class the key question is, did you like it? Quality important. In wealth the key question is, was it presented well? Presentation important. This workshop will look at hidden rules around clothing, personality, education, social emphasis, love, and money.

B. From Safety to Long-Term Security: Finanacial Empowerment for Survivors

Jenna Fenstermacher, Curriculum Coordinator, YWCA Delaware

Money is the number one reason why victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships and the number one reason why they return to those relationships. Financial empowerment is critical to the safety of domestic violence survivors, but too often it is not addressed. Sometimes financial empowerment issues are not addressed because as advocates we do not feel financially empowered. Join this session to connect with other advocates and learn some practical financial tips and systems for yourself and for your clients. This session will also include an introduction to the nationally utilized curriculum from the Allstate Foundation, “Moving Ahead Through Financial Empowerment."

C. Rapid Rehousing for Survivors of Violence

Shakeita Boyd, Community Housing Program Director, District Alliance for Safe Housing

The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) is venturing to inspire a housing movement for victims called Domestic Violence (DV) Informed Safe Housing. DV Informed Safe Housing is a model that can be incorporated into any housing program that provides services to women. It ensures that all victims of domestic violence are receiving services addressing the needs of trauma survivors, such as ongoing safety planning, information on the dynamics of domestic violence, and counseling. Through this workshop, we hope you will gain the tools and information necessary to begin to ensure a multitude of safe housing options, so that regardless of where a survivor turns for help, she will be met by service providers who can provide information and support directly addressing the impact of abuse.

5:30-7:00 p.m. Evening Program: Media

Movies, magazines, and music, oh my! We are inundated with messages from billboards selling an ideal, commercials telling us what to buy, and music we listen to telling us how to behave and treat other people. As advocates, we must understand the significant influence media has on our society's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. So this is your chance! Learn about all the methods marketers use to lure us in and let's flip the script. Drop in and spend some time with us this evening deconstructing ads and creating a new ideal and narrative.

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Day 2, Tuesday, May 7

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:30-10:15 a.m. Plenary Session - Roles We Play: Systems Impact in the Lives of Domestic and Sexual Assault Survivors

Antonia A. Vann, CEO, Asha Family Services, Inc.

This keynote will address a variety of ways that “systems” can and do negatively impact the lives of domestic and sexual violence victims. The presentation will discuss the "devil-in-the-details" that include a possible lack of cultural awareness or appreciation of cultural norms and values that can revictimize survivors and create a wider divide between victims and the systems put in place to help them. Culturally responsive and inclusive strategies will also be explored.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

Overview of Learning Exchange

The remainder of Day 2 will be your opportunity to exchange ideas with each other. What did you learn? What were the highlights for you? How do you feel about all the information you received? What and who was missing? How will you take this information back to your organization? Are there new partnerships you need to form to create the community you want to live in? This part of the conference is your chance to process all of the information you heard over the last two days and share your visions of a new reality with your fellow advocates. As George Bernard Shaw said, "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."

10:30 a.m.-12 noon Learning Exchange: Discussion Session 1

A. Ending Violence Through the Lens of Religion

Deborah Rosenbloom, Director of Programs, Jewish Women International

B. Ending Violence Through the Lens of Health

Lorién Castelle, Director of Prevention, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

C. Ending Violence Through the Lens of Economics

Jennifer Clement, Director, Delaware Center for Youth Development, Children's Beach House

12 noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-2:45 p.m. Learning Exchange: Discussion Session 2

A. Ending Violence Through the Lens of Media

Scott Michels, Youth Development Director, Jewish Family Services

B. [SESSION FULL] Ending Violence Through the Lens of Social Systems and Values

Antonia A. Vann, CEO, Asha Family Services, Inc.

C. Ending Violence Through the Lens of Intersectionality

Carol Post, MA, Executive Director, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Tya Pope, MPA, Training and Prevention Specialist, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

2:45-3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

3:00-3:15 p.m. Evaluations and Certificates of Attendance

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