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David Mandel, Executive Director

Masterclass: Applying a Perpetrator Pattern-Based Approach in Family Court Context  

This workshop will look at the difference between risk and harm frameworks; the importance of understanding post-separation coercive control and the targeting of professionals and systems as part of perpetrators’ patterns; how to best understand and contextualize protective parenting behaviors; the centrality of a behavioral approach to objectivity and neutrality; and how to increase accountability for perpetrators as parents in the family court context. (This is not an introductory class. While not required, prior knowledge of the Safe & Together Model is beneficial.)
Leah Vejzovic, North American Regional Manager

An Introduction to the Safe & Together Model

Participants will learn how the Model’s concepts, skills and tools can transform individual practice, agencies’ culture and systems, and cross-sector collaboration. Learn about partnering with survivors, keeping children safe and intervening with perpetrators as parents. Participants are guaranteed to leave the session with new practices they can implement immediately.
(This session is appropriate for professionals from any sector.)
Heidi Rankin, Associate Director

Using Coaching to Increase Effective Practice and System Change

Participants will learn to promote practitioners’ critical thinking, risk and safety assessment, appropriate case planning recommendations, and overall best practices in domestic violence cases. The workshop will also focus on how Certified Trainers can coach workers in using Safe & Together Model™ tools, such as the Perpetrator Pattern Mapping Tool and the STIM Protocol, in advancing skill and knowledge development that can be applied across a range of cases as well as support practitioners in complex cases with high levels of trauma and safety issues. (This session is for Safe & Together Model™ Certified Trainers).

Day 2

Keynote address

“Why does she keep choosing him over her children?” How to stop blaming mothers, ignoring fathers and fix the way we keep children safe from domestic violence

David Mandel, creator of the Safe & Together Model, will examine some of the professional “myths” that interfere with societal and systemic change and some of the steps to fix the systems charged with keeping children safe from domestic violence.

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Day 2 Workshops

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“The Last Drop”:
A Sci-Fi Film Designed to Educate Young People About Coercive Control

Ruth Reymundo Mandel, the Safe & Together Institute’s Communication and Strategic Relationship Manager, and writer/director, Adam Joel, discuss the ground-breaking film The Last Drop. Join us to learn how this film could be a powerful learning tool and conversation starter for your work with young adults in the field of abuse prevention, education, social work, and more!

The Safe & Together Book – Interviewing Survivors and Practitioners

Deb Nicholson and David Mandel

Using the Web-Based Perpetrator Pattern Mapping Tool to Embed Safe & Together into Your Agency

Heidi Rankin, Associate Director, & Leah Vejzovic, North America Regional Manager

Systems Change: Using Implementation Strategy to Create Real Domestic Violence-Informed Change

David Mandel, Executive Director, Safe & Together Institute

Day 3

 Keynote address

Responding Effectively to Coercive Control
Dr Emma Katz

This Keynote will explore the new, innovative work that is taking place around coercive control. Dr Katz's book, Coercive Control in Children’s and Mothers’ Lives (2022, Oxford University Press) is described as a ‘pioneering work’ that ‘will change how we understand and response to children’s experience of domestic abuse’ (Evan Stark, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University). Dr Emma Katz gained her Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, UK and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, UK.

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The Invalidated Protective Capacity of the Black Woman Survivor: Why don’t her points ever count?
Courageous Fire

Looking at protective capacity from the lens of the Black woman in America to understand:

• Her specific barriers

• Where those barriers historically began

• How those barriers are solid today

• What they mean to her approach to DV

• How educated systems can change that narrative


The Four Pillars of “Failure to Protect” Culture
David Mandel, Executive Director, Safe & Together Institute

“Failure to Protect” culture holds mothers responsible for the behaviors of their abusive male partners. These practices are inefficient, ineffective, unfair and unethical. Drawing from his upcoming book “Why does she keep choosing him over her children,” David Mandel outlines “failure to protect culture,” its limitations and impact, and his suggestions for ending the use of “failure to protect” in domestic violence cases.

From Parent-Centered to Child-Centered – Engaging Incarcerated Fathers in Conversations Towards Accountability

Michael Bautista, Manager, Fathering for the Future, Families Matter Society of Calgary

Self Care for Practitioners: Using the Concept of Partnering with Survivors to Promote Worker Health and Well-Being 

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