Thursday May 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to May 10, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
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Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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David Mandel & Associates, LLC 
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Shaping Practice to Effectively Respond to Domestic Violence When Children are Involved
May 9-10, 2013 New Orleans, LA

Register 5 people from your community and get the 6th conference registration free*

*Certain OVW grant programs have been approved to attend this conference (See below for details). 

You are invited to join us for a two-day symposium bringing together child welfare professionals, domestic violence advocates and their partners in a discussion about the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence. Using the Safe and Together™ model, with its emphasis on perpetrator behavior patterns as a framework, participants will work by individual discipline and collaboratively to enhance skills related to intervening to increase child and adult safety and well-being.  This symposium will include plenary sessions, skill building and discussion breakout sessions, and panel discussions.  

The symposium will give special emphasis to how the Safe and Together™ model can enhance collaboration in communities where co-located domestic violence advocates or specialists work inside child welfare agencies.

The conference will offer networking opportunities with colleagues across the country. (Preconference welcome reception the evening of Wednesday May 8th included with conference registration.) 


As a result of this training, participants will better be able to:

  1. Articulate the Safe and Together™ model principles and components as they apply to their roles and responsibilities
  2. Describe how to use the model to improve collaboration around adult and child safety as well as perpetrator accountability and change
  3. Apply the Safe and Together™ model to enhance their advocacy for survivors and their children involved with the child welfare system (advocates)
  4. Partner with domestic violence survivors around the safety and well-being of their children (child welfare)
  5. Identify how juvenile/dependency court proceedings (e.g., abuse and neglect adjudications, evaluations, reasonable efforts, etc.) could effectively lead toward child safety and well-being 

Who should attend:

  • Child welfare frontline workers, supervisors, managers, attorneys
  • Child welfare policy makers
  • Domestic violence advocates, supervisors, counselors, managers
  • Domestic violence policy makers
  • Batterer intervention providers
  • Social workers
  • Judges, attorneys, Guardians ad litem, CASAs, and other court personnel


David Mandel & Associates, LLC:

David Mandel, MA, LPC

Kristen Selleck, MSW

Heidi Rankin, MPA

Kyle Pinto, MSW

  • Conference Registration fee  $300 USD  - Registration closes May 3.
  • We've filled up the rooms at the Hotel Monteleone! Rooms for the Symposium are now available at the same rate ($179/night plus taxes and fees) at two hotels that are a five minute walk in the historic French Quarter to the conference site.  Contact either the Royal Sonesta New Orleans  (504.586.0300) or the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter  (866-716-8133) for your Symposium rooms. Rooms at both hotels are available at the conference rate on a first come, first served basis till April 22nd or until the room blocks are filled. Let them know you are attending the Safe and Together Symposium to receive the conference rate.  After April 22nd (or the room blocks are filled), rooms will be at the regular hotel rate, on a first come, first serve basis, as long at they have rooms.
  • The Symposium site is the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

*Agency/Community Development Registration Special

In order to support the development of competencies in agencies and cross system collaboration, David Mandel & Associates LLC will provide one free conference registration for every five registrations from within an agency and/or a community.  
For more information, contact Kay Stevenson at kaystevenson@endingviolence.com or Kristen Selleck, National Training Director, kristenselleck@endingviolence.com.

*Additional Event Information

Payment by credit card, Paypal, check or PO. To use a purchase order or to request a W-9 contact Kay Stevenson at kaystevenson@endingviolence.com or (860) 319-0966 ext. 108 .  Make all checks payable to: David Mandel & Associates LLC. Mail them to: David Mandel & Associates LLC PO Box 745 Canton CT 06019.

Preconference welcome and networking reception on Wednesday May 8th 2013 included with the conference registration. 

“This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886624904-1775) for 10 Social Work continuing education contact hours.” 

The Louisiana State Bar Association has approved the Symposium for 10 hours of Continuing Legal Education contact hours.

Breakfast and lunch included with conference fee. 

For more info about New Orleans: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/safeandtogether

*OVW Grantees

Grantees from OVW’s Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services for Victims Program, Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program and Transitional Housing Grant Program have been conditionally approved to attend this conference.  Grantees from the aforementioned programs are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued.  A GAN must be completed before grantees expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Grantees from OVW’s Rural Grant Program may be invited to attend this conference and they do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval but must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Rural Grant Program may send up to 4 participants;

Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval code and their adherence to the criteria outlined above.

The conference code for this conference is OVW-2013-MU-003; this code must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”.  This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.  

General Event Information, Questions, PO registrations

Kay Stevenson 
David Mandel & Associates, LLC 
(860)319-0966 ext. 108 

Tentative Agenda

May 8, 2013

5:00-8:00       Networking Reception         Light refreshments/Cash bar 


May 9, 2013 

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:15 Opening Plenary: The Safe and TogetherModel 

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Plenary: Using the Safe and TogetherModel for Collaboration 

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Break-Out Sessions

Session 1  Domestic Violence Advocates’ Session

Session 2 Child Welfare Professionals’ Session

Session 3 General Safe and Together Session

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Break-Out Sessions continue

3:45-4:00       Closing

5:00-7:00        Networking Event 


May 10, 2013 

 8:30-9:00 Breakfast 

 9:00-10:00 Panel Discussion: Using the Safe and Together Model: Experiences of Successful Collaborations and Implementations 

10:00-10:45 Break-Out Sessions

Session 1  Domestic Violence Advocates’ Session

Session 2 Child Welfare Professionals’ Session

Session 3 General Safe and Together Session

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Veil of Ignorance Activity

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15: Plenary 

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:45 Plenary 

3:45-4:00 Closing