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Breakout Sessions

This year, all workshop sessions will fall under one of six “tracks”. While the tracks are broad, they are designed to help you decide which session is right
for you. Attendees are free to follow one track, or participate in workshops from various tracks.

Creating accessible services.

Issues related to the day-to-day operations of a program.

Innovative and creative methods to facilitate healing from trauma.

Laws and legal systems.

Bolstering education and prevention programming.

Building meaningful community partnerships.

Prevention tracks and Campus Collaboration pre-conference sessions are sponsored by Department of Health and Senior Services, Office on Women’s Health.

Wednesday, November 14

10 a.m. - noon  I  Pre-Conference Sessions
The People of Color Network Gathering
Historically, the voices, experiences and expertise of people of color in the movement to end rape and abuse have been overlooked. We want to provide a space where people of color can come together to network and engage in conversations about facilitating change and centering the work of advocates of color in Missouri. Because we encourage and expect open communication, we ask that aspiring allies be respectful of this space by not attending.
Facilitated by MCADSV staff and our keynote speaker, Vanessa Timmons.

Creating a Shared Vision for Campus Collaboration
Facilitators will provide an overview of a three-year research project between MCADSV and Partners in Prevention, provide case examples of collaboration from site visits with RPE-funded (Rape Prevention Education) campuses and practice creating shared messages for prevention policies and programs.
Facilitated by MCADSV staff, Partners in Prevention and the Department of Health and Senior Services' Office on Women's Health.


11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  I  Registration and Decorate Your Nametag


1:45 - 2:30 p.m.  I  Welcome and Plenary Session

2:45 - 4 p.m.  I  Concurrent Workshops

Victim Service Providers: How to Access FREE Trauma-Informed Interpreting
This workshop will examine domestic violence and sexual violence within the Deaf community. We will discuss systemic revictimization and how it occurs through the lack of communication and inaccessibility by victim service providers. We will focus on solutions as well as on how to use an interpreter in various situations.
Stephanie Logan, PhD, M.B.A., and Becky Beck, MSW, LCSW, DeafLEAD

Rough Seas Ahead - Keeping the Ship Afloat
This workshop will focus on organizational transition when leadership changes. Topics will include pitfalls to avoid, how to move forward when there is no transition plan, recovering from financial instability, personnel issues, rebuilding partnerships, policy development both within and outside the organization, mission creep, re-evaluation of programs and succession planning.
Marsha Keene-Hutchason and Lindsay Burke, Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center

A Resilient Tune: Music and Social Politics
This workshop will provide an overview of the social and psychological benefits of music in the context of social politics. Participants will be guided through examples of 20th and 21st century musicians and artists who have used their musical talents to Express, Educate, Empower, and/or Heal from social oppression.
LySaundra Campbell, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Changing Teens’ Lives Through Prevention Education
Participants will learn the why and how of prevention education, as well as learn concrete strategies and activities to help teach teens about healthy relationships.
Phoenix Lintner, Safe Connections

Removing Barriers: Bringing Health Services to a Domestic Violence Agency
When domestic violence agencies develop health services programs, an opportunity is created to reinforce the capacity of those we serve to proactively seek information and receive medical care. This, in turn, promotes sustainable, long-term access to community providers and improves the overall physical health and well-being of survivors and their families. This presentation will highlight the Rose Brooks Center’s experience with increasing access to health services for the survivors we serve through both onsite primary care health services and community collaborations.
Tanya Draper Douthit, MSW. LSCSW, Rose Brooks Center

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  I  Reception


Thursday, November 15

7:30­ - 8:30 a.m  I  Hot Breakfast Buffet

8:45 - 10 a.m.  I  Keynote Session

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  I  Concurrent Workshops                         
Building Advocate Capacity to Address Substance Use
This workshop will help agencies identify strategies to improve staffs’ ability to respond to substance use, particularly in the shelter setting. This training does not condone substance use, but rather takes a pragmatic approach to meeting the needs of individuals who are using substances in the wake of trauma. Participants will discuss their agencies’ current response to substance use and its impact on clients and other shelter residents. This training will then guide participants through a harm-reduction framework that balances the risks for both the client who is using substances and the rest of the shelter population.
Jolynn Houchins, MS, Turning Point

Developing Trauma-Informed Advocates by Providing Trauma-Informed Supervision
Advocates are on the front line when providing direct services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. As supervisors, it is our responsibility to build a team of advocates who have the opportunity to thrive and grow. This opportunity will not exist without providing advocates with supervision that is based on the same trauma-informed approach that we provide to the survivors we serve.
Brandi Fischer, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

The Art of Healing in Shelter
This workshop will focus on best practices for reducing rules in shelter, facilitating open client discussions, creating programs and services that meet survivors’ needs, and addressing multiple needs through creative service provision.
Martha Sander, Council on Families in Crisis (Moss House)

Effective Advocacy: Explaining the Process & Potential Outcomes to Victims
This workshop presents an overview of how, when, why and what to explain to victims as they travel through the criminal justice process. This discussion will include tips on how to talk to victims about plea stipulations, equip them to testify and prepare them for the process of trial as well as the possibility of an acquittal.
Charity Rone, Polk County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Strengthening Survivors Through Economic Empowerment
The lasting impact of economic abuse remains with survivors for years—and sometimes for the rest of their lives. As advocates, we must work to strengthen survivors’ economic independence so they can stay safe and increase family stability. Using an anti-oppression framework, this session will explore how advocates can assist survivors in realizing economic empowerment. It will provide a foundation in economic advocacy as well as how to use community resources to help survivors best achieve economic independence.
Janee Johnson, JD, FamilyForward-Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW) Programs

12 - 1:45 p.m.  I  Luncheon and MCADSV Annual Membership Meeting

2 - 3:15 p.m.  I  Concurrent Workshops

Calming the Chaos: Crisis Intervention and De-escalation for Emergency Shelters & Advocates

Working with victims of trauma can feel like walking through a minefield of triggered behaviors. To navigate this minefield with confidence and maintain confidentiality and respect for both survivors and staff, workshop participants will learn de-escalation and mediation techniques, effective ways to work with law enforcement/first responders, and how to document crisis sessions and follow-up. Participants will then use what they’ve learned in role-playing scenes taken straight from our shelter experiences.  
Jessica McNear, True North of Columbia

Trauma-Informed Advocacy
This interactive workshop will focus on trauma-informed advocacy, combining lessons from the neurobiology of trauma with best practices. Participants will learn practical skills for working with survivors from diverse communities.
Vanessa Timmons, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV)

Asylum & Immigrant Detention in the United States
Thousands have traveled to the United States to ask for protection from harm in their countries of origin due to past persecution—this is called asylum. On the journey to the United States, many experience homelessness and are at high risk of being physically or sexually assaulted. The objective with this workshop is to raise awareness about the trauma they may experience and the overall asylum and immigrant detention process. We will discuss ways local organizations can work collaboratively to protect these vulnerable families from systematic abuse and unlawful deportations.
Ramon Valdez, Innovation Law Lab

Building Capacity for Prevention
Capacity-building is not just about developing and implementing a program, but rather incorporating sexual and domestic violence prevention into all aspects of an agency’s work. When organizations have the ability to make prevention and health equity a priority, they can better support the social change that is necessary to stop sexual and domestic violence before they even happen.
Melanie Austin, MPH, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) and Matthew Huffman, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)

Making Trauma-Informed Care Work for Your Community
This workshop will introduce the audience to definitions of trauma-informed care (TIC) and discuss using its principles. Presenters will use examples of how sexual abuse survivors are often retraumatized by other systems and discuss ideas on how to mitigate retraumatization through implementation of trauma-informed care principles. Audience participation will be encouraged to develop and share ideas for solutions to trauma in one’s own community.
Megan Garza, MA, LMFT and Tammy Tellez, MA, LPC, YWCA Women’s Resource Center

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.  I  Concurrent Workshops
The Impact of Sexual Violence on African-American Women
This workshop will discuss the impact of sexual violence on African-American women, as they are affected disproportionately. Racism and sexual violence will be defined, and participants are encouraged to join in as we take a look at the intersection of race and sexual violence. There will be activities as we work through the best ways to recognize and acknowledge personal biases. Participants will also be given information essential to advocating for African-American women who are victims of sexual violence and how to support the limited number of advocates of color working in the field of sexual violence.
Phyllis Miller, LCSW, YWCA Metro St. Louis

Support Groups: New Ideas for Engaging Survivors through Groups
Have you ever wondered what to do with your support groups? How to make them more interesting and how to engage survivors? In this workshop, you will learn how to increase engagement. We will demonstrate one of our Sexual Violence 101 groups to give you an idea of how we use current events and the media to facilitate discussion. We will also talk about the different ways that we use music, current affairs, movement, and more to keep survivors engaged and groups interesting.
Toni-Ann Serio, Avenues

Developments in the Law
The increased attention to sexual violence issues led to numerous bills that will meaningfully change our work and the experience of survivors. Domestic violence legislation MCADSV sought for years passed with broad support. This training will present significant successes and legislative changes that resulted from MCADSV’s legislative advocacy in the 2018 session, including dynamics that affected bills, budget priorities and what they all mean for survivors and advocates in their daily lives and ongoing advocacy.
Colleen Coble and Jennifer Carter Dochler, MSW, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)

A Moment or a Movement? #metoo, #timesup and how we manage the momentum
This workshop will focus on how we, as members of the movement to end sexual violence, respond to the recent increased visibility of sexual harassment and assault. We will discuss effective messaging through media coverage, working with new partners to effectively educate our communities and how we can center the voices of survivors in our work. In this workshop, we will also tackle the often-ignored question of how we maintain our personal boundaries and take care of ourselves when our time away from work has become saturated with discussions of sexual violence.
Victoria Pickering, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Survivors and Housing
This training will focus on the basic understanding of how to use coordinated entry for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, how the process works in the regions, and how to get involved in regional coordinated entry processes.  It will highlight successes that Moss House has had in getting survivors housed and how to navigate the language barriers between domestic violence work and Continuum of Care. This training will also cover some basic policies pertaining to safety planning within the coordinated entry process.
Martha Sander, Council on Families in Crisis (Moss House)


Friday, November 16

7:30­ - 8:30 a.m.  I  Hot Breakfast Buffet

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.  I  Closing Session

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.  I  Concurrent Workshops

R.U.R.A.L. (Reaching the Underserved in Remote Alternative Locations)

Domestic and sexual violence can be particularly dangerous in rural communities. This presentation will examine the reality of rural life and explore the specific barriers rural victims encounter when seeking services. We will participate, learn and share best practices in developing and implementing effective rural victim advocacy. This workshop will focus on the expansion of intervention services to a much broader base of clients by meeting them where they live, thus granting them the opportunity to see themselves as strong survivors.
Wendy Miller, Genesis: A Place of New Beginnings

Trauma-Informed Yoga: An Intervention for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Research supports yoga as an evidence-based intervention for trauma—a supportive service for individuals who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. The workshop will include simple tools and strategies focused on increasing the paticipant’s capacity to implement yoga into their current interventions.
Lin Brookshire, MA, LPC, RYT, RPT, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Missouri Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
The Crime Victims’ Compensation Program financially assists people who have sustained physical, emotional, or mental harm or trauma resulting from a crime. This workshop will provide an overview of Missouri’s Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) Program, recent changes to CVC and how advocates can help survivors access compensation.
Katrina Prenger, Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Liar, Liar...House on Fire: Stalking, Technology, and our Youth
With the ever-evolving digital age, stalking has been on the rise, with an estimated 7.5 million affected each year. This training will discuss not only the particulars of stalking such as prevalence, behaviors and state statutes, but also how we can engage in prevention to support our young folks before the proverbial house is on fire.
Jess Cowl, MSW, LMSW, ELS, Safe Connections

Everybody Eats: Tools for Advocates to aid in the navigation of the Food Stamp Program
Many domestic and sexual assault survivors rely on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or Food Stamps) benefits as a critical resource to help address their basic needs and to establish safety and stability. This workshop will address the importance of SNAP/Food Stamps benefits for survivors, special provisions made on the federal level for survivors in shelter, and some of the common pitfalls that arise in the process to receive these benefits.
Samantha Ghormley, JD, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  I  Concurrent Workshops
Serving the Underserved: Working with LGBTQ+ Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Although LGBTQ+ individuals report a higher incidence of sexual violence and the same or higher rates of domestic violence than straight, cisgender individuals they are often hesitant to work with law enforcement, prosecution and social services. This training will cover terminology, roadblocks to LGBTQ+ individuals seeking services, tips for overcoming those issues, and also provide information on inclusive resources for LGBTQ+ victims of violence.
Wolf Smith, St. Louis Anti-Violence Project

Accessibility and Trauma-Informed Care Principles: Integrating into Practice, Policy, Communication, and Environment
This workshop introduces participants to practical and low-cost strategies for integrating principles of trauma-informed care and universal design for accessibility into agency practices, policies, communication, environment and agency capacity-building. The presenter will share how trauma-informed care and universal design for accessibility intersect to benefit the widest range of users, including our own workforce. Participants will receive tools and training materials for conducting agency accessibility and responsiveness evaluations and for developing improvement plans.
Lisa Fleming, MSW, Rose Brooks Center  

Fight, Flight, or Freeze: Natural Solutions to Support Trauma Survivors
This session will provide you with simple tools to use in supporting survivors and yourself through everyday life and trauma experiences by using essential oils and energy medicine. Science reveals there is a mind, heart and gut connection with our physical symptoms and our emotions. By learning how to connect the three naturally, we can shift moods, stimulate self-repair and balance our chemical reactions.
Jenna Johnson, Green Hills Women’s Shelter and Kristin Trotter Van Wey, LETS Empower Women

Beyond Just Pets: Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals
This training will cover the role of an animal (whether companion, therapy, emotional support or service), ADA requirements, what is required of agencies, what is required of the animal owner, and how Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals can be beneficial to trauma survivors.
Zoe Agnew-Svoboda, Rose Brooks Center 

Soap, Soup and the Circus: Making an Impact through Community Partnerships
Opportunities for partnership are everywhere! Our agencies depend on the partnership of all kinds of organizations within the community for support and cooperation. In this session, we will explore methods and strategies for establishing and enhancing community-based partnerships and learn how they can advance your agency, impact client service, and locally effect social change.
Jessica Hill and Kim Dixon, Safe House for Women