3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
4. The Change Process for Abusive Men by Lundy Bancroft
This presentation begins with a brief overview of the causes of domestic violence perpetration. Then, we will look at the elements of change, including consequences, education, confrontation, and accountability. A checklist will be reviewed for assessing whether an abuser has made meaningful progress in overcoming his abuse issues, with some explanation of how to detect false claims of change. The workshop then looks at specific roles that professionals can play in contributing to change and accountability for abusers, including interventions by police, prosecution, judges, probation and parole, and batterer intervention programs. We will then look at the specific contributions to be made by child protective systems, and by courts handling custody and visitation. Finally, we examine how other community players can contribute to accountability and change – including clergy, parent educators, school personnel, substance abuse counselors, therapists, and friends and relatives.
5. Why Doesn't She Just Leave? by Shellene Johnson and Dave Matthews, PsyD, LICSW
This session will be helpful to anyone who is looking for a deeper understanding of behaviors and common thinking seen with victims and perpetrators. "Why does she stay?" is one of the most frequently asked questions. Learn about the complexity for victims in these relationships and in ending them.
This knowledge is foundational in our understanding of domestic violence.
6. Domestic Violence and Religion: A Resource or a Roadbock? by Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis
We have learned that religion will either be a resource or a roadblock for a vicitm of domestic violence — it is never neutral. This workshop will explore some common religious questions faced by victims and survivors of domestic violence and will help you better understand the intersections of culture, belief, and violence. This workshop will equip religious leaders and advocates to become a resource to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.
Workshop Descriptions for Friday, February 28
PRE-SESSION WORKSHOP: Ask the Experts Panel
7:30 am to 8:30 am
A pre-session workshop featuring a panel of specialists of diverse cultural and ethnic background who are working in the field of domestic violence and are willing to speak on the intersection of their culture and domestic violence and answer some of your questions.
Participants: Zabat Awed (Cornerstone), Rosario de la Torre (Casa de Esperanza), Nigel Perrote (Division of Indian Work) Kamala Puram (SEWA-AIFW, Asian-Indian Family Wellness), Bau Yang (Asian Women United MN)
9:00 am to 10:30 am
7. Family Abduction by Preston Findlay, Esq.
This presentation will provide background information on the nature and frequency of cases in which a child is abducted by a parent or family member. An overview of the legal framework available to prevent and respond to a family abduction will follow, highlighted by extensive discussion of the practical resources available to individuals and professionals. Hypothetical case scenarios will illustrate the range of severity in these situations and the relevant
organizations, law enforcement agencies, and government entities poised to respond if a child is abducted within the United States or across international borders.
8. Understanding How the Criminal and Protective Order Systems Work by Rana Alexander, Esq.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an order for protection (OFP) or why, when you encouraged a client to obtain a protective order, the client was denied the order by the court? Have you wondered what is really the difference between 5th degree assault and 1st degree assault why that person did not go to jail or prison? This session will explore the different types of protective orders in Minnesota and the elements needed for someone to seek each of these protective orders. We will also explore different crimes, the elements the State has to show to prove each crime, what prosecutorial discretion is and why almost no one goes to jail for domestic violence crimes.
9. Sex Trafficking: The Ultimate Form of Violence Against Women & Children by Vednita Carter
Participants will learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking and prostitution and its intersections with domestic and family violence. The majority of the 500 women and girls that Breaking Free serves each year have been raped, abused and exploited before the age of 18 by a family member or someone they trusted. This workshop will help participants understand the history and forms of sexual exploitation, recruitment methods utilized by pimps, the intersections between sex trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, the effects on victims, barriers to escaping, and using trauma-informed and victim-centered programming to best to serve and advocate for victims.
10:45 am to 12:15 pm
10. Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth & Culture by Cordelia Anderson, MA
It's challenging to sort through the impassioned differences related to what helps sexual development versus what harms it and the role and relevance of pornography is steeped in such debates. Arguments supportive of pornography include it's always been around, no different today than before, and is a harmless, private issue and fundamental right. This session begs to differ and highlights a range of studies that indicate enough changes in its reach, content and impact to raise pornography to a public health concern. Pornography is now affecting everyone whether directly exposed to it or not. Adults – parents, professionals, businesses & policy leaders – have a responsibility to counter what has become a pornified, sexually toxic environment and to help children and youth navigate it. We can work together to help young people develop into respectful human beings who do not inflict sexual harm and are capable of caring connections and healthy relationships. However, this is not easy when pornography is by default the main sex education for boys and girls in America. Despite its pervasiveness, pornography is too often the pink elephant in the room – we all know it is there, but hesitate to talk about it. Meanwhile we're in the midst of a great social experiment related to the normalization, ease of access and younger points of exposure without counter messages. This session also defines and distinguishes between pornography, child pornography; youth produced images and sexually explicit imagery. It also includes images and strategies representing the importance of positive images to counter the pornified ones. Information on a full spectrum of prevention actions and activities is also featured.
11. Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction and Burnout: Help for the Helper
by Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, MS, LCPC
Working in a helping profession can be both rewarding and challenging. Working with people who have experienced traumatic or difficult events can come with a price tag to the worker. We will learn about this 'cost of caring' in a workshop where we will define Compassion Satisfaction (CS), Compassion Fatigue (CF), burnout and secondary trauma, take a self-test to determine your own Professional Quality of Life and learn ways to manage this effect and increase your resiliency.
12. Working Together to Create a Systematic Response to Domestic Violence:
A Tailored Law Enforcement Approach
by Jeremiah Carlson, Shane Husarik, Andrea Jennings, Jamie Olson & Moderated by Bob Olson
In 2011, the Brooklyn Park Police Department began the Domestic Violence Reduction Project. Guided by the Blueprint for Safety, the project focused on the creation of a coordinated community response to domestic violence and systematic change within the department. Since that time, BPPD has worked together with Cornerstone advocates to hold offenders accountable while keeping victims safe through the adoption of a customized response to domestic
violence in the community. This presentation focuses on how BPPD has worked both internally and with Cornerstone to create a tailored law enforcement approach to domestic violence.
Closing Keynote - Cordelia Anderson, MA
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Alexander, Rana Esq.
Rana Alexander has worked in the domestic violence field since 1997. Ms. Alexander joined the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP) in 2005 and is a Managing Partner. Ms. Alexander is the attorney for this statewide organization and she provides legal advice and consultation to battered women, advocates, and attorneys on legal issues that affect domestic violence victims. She is responsible for training and outreach to attorneys involving issues of domestic violence and the law. Ms. Alexander is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and received, with distinction, her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Women's Studies from Iowa State University. Ms. Alexander is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and Minnesota.
Anderson, Cordelia, MA
Cordelia Anderson, MA has worked to promote sexual health and to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation & violence since 1976. In 1977 in the Hennepin County Attorney's office she began one of the country's first Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs that used theater to educate children & adults and as a catalyst for change. She worked with Illusion Theater as Prevention Director from 1980-1992 where she provided trainings and co-authored educational plays. In 1992, she founded Sensibilities, her own Prevention Training & Consultation business based in Minneapolis MN. Cordelia has conducted over 2,200 presentations nationally and internationally. She co-hosts a national web conference series "ending child sexual abuse" and currently consults with MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, on HOPE — engaging those with lived experiences in prevention. She is on the board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and is a 2013 Visionary Award from NSVRC. Cordelia is the proud mother of a college and high school student.
Ms. Awed has been working in the domestic violence field as a legal advocate and interpreter for 15 years. While working at the Domestic Abuse Service Center she became more fully aware that the barriers and cultural stigma attached to family violence were great and this motivated her interest to get further involved and she joined the Immigrant Women Task Force. This allowed Ms. Awed to advocate for immigrant women who were trying to navigate the complicated court system and to begin to assist them in dismantling the shame and blame attached to domestic violence. She is now very fortunate to be working for the last 5 years at Cornerstone as a crisis advocate. Ms. Awed is currently back at school working on earning her Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.
Lundy Bancroft has over twenty years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored four books in the field, including the country's best-selling book on domestic violence, Why Does He Do That? and the national prizewinner The Batterer as Parent. Lundy is a former Co-Director of Emerge, the nation's first counseling program for men who batter, and was involved in over 2000 cases as a counselor and clinical supervisor. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness. Lundy appears across the United States as a presenter for court personnel, child protective workers, therapists, law enforcement officials, and other audiences. He is currently working on a play about battered women's experiences with the child custody system, called "Forbidden to Protect".
Vednita Carter, Founder & Executive Director of Breaking Free, has extensive experience in developing and planning programs for women and girls who have fallen victim to the vicious cycle of commercial sexual exploitation (sex trafficking/prostitution). Ms. Carter founded Breaking Free, an Afro-centric non-profit agency based in St. Paul, MN, in 1996 to assist women and girls to escape systems of prostitution and abuse. In the last year alone, Breaking Free provided housing, education, advocacy, direct services, and hope to 500 women, girls, and their children. Ms. Carter has dedicated her life to helping others help themselves. She is a leading expert in the abolitionist movement and a sought-after speaker educating the local community, law enforcement, legislators, international audiences, faith communities and many other stakeholders in the fight to end human trafficking. Her greatest asset continues to be her ability to connect with and relate to women and girls who have had their lives ripped away from them. They often feel that they are worthless and hopeless individuals. Vednita makes sure they know that God has a plan for them and that they are worth saving. Ms. Carter received the Norma Hotaling Award for innovative programming for prostituted/trafficked women and girls in 2010, the Women of the Year Award from Century College in 2011, was invited to address the United Nations and participate in President Obama's special human trafficking committee in 2012, and was recently notified about an upcoming prestigious Path breaker Award from Shared Hope International for her pioneering demand reduction efforts (2013).
Jeremiah Carlson began his career as a Brooklyn Park Police Officer in 2010 after having served as a Community Service
Officer for the city since 2006. Since becoming an officer, Jeremiah has served in the patrol division and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Concordia University. Jeremiah currently works as the patrol liaison to the Domestic Violence Reduction Project and supervises the Knock and Talk Program as well as the development and implementation of new ideas
associated with the project.
Davis, Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis
Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a certified FaithTrust Institute Presenter, a United Church of Christ pastor and is the co-founder and Senior Pastor of God Can Ministries in Ford Heights, Illinois. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Dr. Sharon L. Ellis Education and Family Life Institute which is the 501c3 outreach ministry of the church. The ministry focus of God Can and its educational outreach seeks to bring about hope and healing to the at-risk and underserved community. Dr. Davis recently retired from her full time position as a Chicago Police Officer of over 31 years. In this capacity she worked in patrol and as a Criminalist in the Crime Laboratory. Since her retirement from the Department she continues to offer her services as Chaplain on a volunteer basis. Sharon is a retired Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Davis serves as an Adjunct Professor and the Director of the Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies at McCormick Theological Seminary. There she teaches Sexual and Domestic Violence; Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis; and Pastoral Care in African American communities among other subjects. Dr. Davis also serves as a Faculty Mentor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio for a Doctor of Ministry Focus Group she organized, titled "Biblical and Ethical Engagement for Social and Moral Imperatives." Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Master's of Divinity Degree, a Doctor of Ministry Degree (in Pastoral Care), and a Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and the Human Sciences (Sociology). Her dissertation was titled, "Hear Our Cries: Breaking the Gender Entrapment of African American Battered Women." Sharon is a published author and scholar in the field of theology and ethics.
de la Torre, Rosario
Rosario de la Torre is the Family Advocacy/ Refugio Director for Casa de Esperanza, an organization with the mission to mobilize Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence. Rosario has served in this position for many years. de la Torre came to the United States from Mexico in 1988 and is an experienced advocate in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victimization. A responsive and accomplished professional, she has demonstrated leadership and organizational skills. Her success in her current position is, in part, a testimony to her communications skills—both among her staff and across the organization. She has vast training, advocacy, court advocacy, and crisis line management experience. de la Torre is a highly respected and experienced advocate.
Findlay, Preston, Esq.
Preston Findlay is Counsel for the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). In this role he provides legal technical assistance and training to law enforcement, attorneys, family members, and the public regarding international and domestic child abductions including children who have been abducted by a parent or family member. Mr. Findlay edited and co-authored NCMEC's litigation guide for attorneys handling cases under the Hague Child Abduction Convention, as well as an investigation and program management guide for law enforcement agencies responding to cases of missing and abducted children. Before joining NCMEC in 2009, Mr. Findlay worked as a criminal prosecutor in Austin, Texas and represented the State for all child abuse and neglect proceedings in Montgomery County, Texas. Mr. Findlay is admitted to practice law in Texas and Virginia. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and a law degree from the University of Texas.
Shane Husarik began his law enforcement career in the state of North Dakota in 1997. Shane worked with the Grand Forks Police Department and was assigned to the investigative unit as a detective. There he was one of the initial detectives called to investigate the Dru Sjodin missing person case, later determined to be a homicide, and still has an open federal subpoena for the appeals process. Shane gained employment with the Brooklyn Park Police Department in 2005. There he has worked patrol in a proactive unit known as Safe Streets and has held an undercover position targeting large amounts of narcotics and weapons. He is a defensive tactics instructor and conducts personal self-defense classes. Shane is currently serving on the SWAT team and is assigned to the Investigations Unit as a detective specializing in domestic assault cases.
Jennings, Andrea, LSW
Andrea Jennings is a Criminal Court Advocate with Cornerstone and has been working closely with the Brooklyn Park community out of the police station since 2012. Previously, she attended St. Cloud State University and graduated in 2007 with a major in Social Work and minor in Human Relation's and Multi-Cultural Education. In 2007, Andrea also became is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and has worked alongside victims of domestic and sexual violence in a variety of roles since 2002. Prior to working with victims she had the opportunity to serve as a case manager for both the elderly and disabled
Shellene Johnson has worked in the domestic violence field for 20 years, serving over 4,000 victims of domestic violence. She worked at the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women and convened a statewide collaborative focusing on stalking, strangulation, and the enforcement of protection orders. Ms. Johnson facilitated, researched, and wrote best practices and training materials in various platforms for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and advocates. She has provided supportive services to family members and friends who have been impacted by domestic homicides and testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence throughout Minnesota.
Kolb-Untinen, Cheryl, MS, LCPC
Ms. Kolb-Untinen has 19 years of experience working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence in a multitude of settings including hospital ER's, emergency and extended stay shelters, criminal and civil court and the provision of therapy. She has a BA in Applied Behavioral Science and an MS in Counseling from National Louis University in Evanston, IL. She carries her Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential through the state of Illinois and is a Certified Danger Assessor through Dr. Jacqueline Campbell's Danger Assessment protocol. She is currently the Legal and Support Services Manager for Cornerstone Advocacy Service in Bloomington, MN and she regularly speaks and provides trainings to audiences such as law enforcement, attorneys, college students, faith communities, medical professionals and social service providers on domestic violence and compassion fatigue.
McCollum, Dr. David
Dr. McCollum received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He completed his residency in family practice in 1977 at the San Bernardino County Medical Center in California. After working in a burn center for three years, he returned to Minnesota in 1980 to set up a solo family medicine practice in Chanhassen. In 1993 he joined Physicians for a Violence-free Society and later served on the Board of Directors of that organization. He has worked with the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He was a member of the Minnesota Health Care Coalition on Violence during its existence from 1996 to 2000, served on their Board during two of those years, and co-chaired the Practice Guidelines, Education, and Training Committee of that Coalition. For nearly 20 years he worked as an emergency physician at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN. There, he helped develop a position for a Family Violence Services Coordinator and developed new screening tools for use in health care settings. He represented the MMA on the American Medical Association National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse, and served as Chair of that council from 2001-2006. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Academy on Violence and Abuse and has served as their President and as Board Chair. He retired from clinical practice at the end of 2011. However, he continues to work to find more effective ways to serve the needs of all patients impacted by violence, abuse, or other traumatic events. His passion is to advance the understanding of the link between adverse life experiences and long-term health consequences for health care providers who lack the knowledge and for patients who too often feel abandoned by a health care system that doesn't know what to do with them. He also serves as co-chair of the Minnesota Alliance Against Violence and is participating in a project through Minnesota Communities Caring
for Children (Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota) to train community resilience coaches. He has worked with the MN Department of Health in their Injury and Violence Prevention unit. He now works as an independent consultant and speaker on various issues related to violence and abuse identification, response, prevention and resiliency.
Mathews, Dr. Dave, PsyD, LICSW
Dr. Mathews has more than 35 years of experience in working with families, adolescents and children related to issues of trauma, intimate partner and domestic violence. He is currently the Associate Director of Programs, Clinical and Training Services at the Bridge for Youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also been in private practice as a therapist for 22 years with youth, families and groups. In his position as CEO and Executive Consultant with One T he provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on topics of trauma, violence and violence prevention. Dr. Mathews created and developed Restorative Parenting and has authored multiple articles and produced multiple media for training others on the topics and issues mentioned above. He has been a Community Faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Minnesota for more than 7 years teaching Adolescent Psychology, Family Violence and Program Development and Community Intervention classes.
Olson, Jamie Esq.
Jamie Olson began working at the Brooklyn Park Police Department in 2008 and transitioned in to the position of Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator in 2011. Jamie graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University School of Law in 2013 after having received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and History. As the Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator, Jamie has led the Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center Domestic Violence Systems Council, developed and conducted numerous trainings and assists in the investigation and follow-up of Brooklyn Park domestic related cases.
Bob Olson is a 23 year veteran of the Eden Prairie, MN Police Department. Bob served in multiple positions on the force, including 10 years on the SWAT team and was the founder of the DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team), which was honored as the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association Team of the Year in 2010. Bob retired from the position of Sergeant in 2011 and began his second career as the Blueprint for Safety Project Coordinator at Cornerstone Advocacy Service in 2011. Bob provides training for individuals and agencies involved in the criminal justice response to domestic violence. Over 600
individuals have attended one of his 31 presentations during the first 18 months of the project.
Nigel is an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. He has worked both on and off the reservation in social services for the past seven years and is currently a Program Director at the Division of Indian Work in South Minneapolis where he oversees a variety of programs for families including domestic violence, parenting education, and housing. He has his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology-Law, Criminology, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is currently working on his Masters in Tribal Administration and Governance at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Kamala V. Puram is the Executive Director at SEWA-AIFW, a Minnesota based non-profit organization. Sewa primarily focuses on providing services to vulnerable and underserved population from South Asia. SEWA programs focus on Women's Empowerment, Senior Services, Refugee Empowerment, and Health Initiatives. Prior to this, Kamala served as a co-chair, Fund Raising Committee, Trustee Executive Council, for the Hindu Temple, Board Member for the Minnesota Academy of Science, and has been a mentor at the Menttium organization guiding younger professional women entering the workforce
with degrees since 2005. Kamala has extensive corporate experience and her areas of expertise include program development, strategic planning, financial management, project management, volunteer development, and support group facilitation. She plays an active role in organizations that work to further technological advances. City Business honored Kamala as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Women in the Twin Cities. Kamala has served as the Chairperson for the Edina School System'sTechnology Taskforce and as Regional Director for the Minnesota Chapter of Women In Technology International (WITI). She received a BS in math, physics, and chemistry from Mt. Carmel College, India, an MBA in finance from Andhra University, India, and a second MBA in MIS from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.
Seager, Schuyler LMFT
Schuyler Seager has worked with families impacted by domestic violence for over ten years. He has worked with children, adults, and families to help create change and healing from trauma.
Bau Yang is a Family Advocate at Asian Women United of Minnesota. She provides case management and personal advocacy to women and children. She assists in filing orders for protection, restraining orders and attends court hearings. She also works at the House of Peace domestic abuse crisis shelter, monitoring women and children residing in the shelter while assisting with crisis phone calls. Bau also works with the Minneapolis Police Department (Family Violence Unit) receiving local police reports that are domestics. She contacts victims to provide resources, referrals, and personal advocacy for women. She assists Minneapolis Police officers with victims who have Domestic Abuse No Contact Orders (Follow up with victims at their residence). Bau graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Brown College.