Pre-Conference Workshops


Make the most of your time at Symposium by attending one of three dynamic Pre-Conference Workshops!

Registration for Pre-Conference Workshops may be done during the registration process for Symposium by selecting the "Symposium and Pre-Conference Workshop"  It is also possible to register for a Pre-Conference Workshop without registering for Symposium. The Pre-Conference Workshop fee is $99, which includes lunch.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Transportation is NOT provided for Pre-Conference Workshop.

JANET E. FINE, M.S. - Guiding Families Toward Healing and Justice: The Central Role of Victim Advocates in Child Advocacy Centers

jef-photo-2015Workshop Description:

The array of victim advocacy services and the roles of Victim Advocates have evolved and expanded since the early days of the Victims Movement and the CAC Movement. The role of Advocates in general and on multidisciplinary teams has continued to grow in scope and complexity, requiring increased understanding of victim advocacy as a unique discipline unto itself.  The newly revised and updated National Children’s Alliance Accreditation Standards, that will become effective in 2017, underscore the critical role advocates play in helping families pursue and achieve safety, healing and justice.  Participants will explore the import of these changes, the strengths and challenges of delivering victim services within the context of multidisciplinary teams, the importance of their leadership in ensuring seamless coordination with their victim advocacy colleagues, and strategies for enhancing their professional practice.

Janet E. Fine, M.S., is currently the Project Director for Northeastern University’s National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit Project funded by the federal Office for Victims of Crime, and a Senior Consultant for Organizational Resilience International, LLC.  She also serves as a training and technical assistance provider for the State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). She has held various direct service and leadership positions in victim services and children’s advocacy centers (CAC) at the state and national level for over 30 years, including as the Executive Director of the MA Office for Victim Assistance and as an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). She has had extensive experience with child and adult victims and survivors, and community crisis response efforts, including as a member of the National Crisis Response Team at Ground Zero in New York in the aftermath of 9/11.  Ms. Fine provides training and consultation in MA, nationally and internationally on victim rights and services, development and operations of multidisciplinary teams and CACs, and vicarious trauma. She is Part-time Faculty at Northeastern University and serves on the World Society of Victimology’s UN Liaison Committee.

PATRICIA FISHER, Ph.D. and BRIAN MILLER, Ph.D. - Building Resilient Teams, Building Resilient Practitioners

This is an intensive course designed for managers and supervisors of teams working in high stress, trauma-exposed environments. We know that trauma-exposed work creates a unique climate with increased risk for serious stress and burnout and can lead to a rise in sick time, low morale, lack of team cohesion and high turnover. These consequences can, in turn, seriously limit a team’s ability to work effectively and efficiently. Mitigating the effects of trauma has largely been left to the individual worker to develop “self-care” plans or to devise ways to recover after work.  Organizations are beginning to realize they have responsibility to support those whom they put “in harm’s way”. As leaders, the managers and supervisors of these teams can play an essential role in mitigating the effects of stress, increasing the resilience of their staff, and supporting commitment to their jobs.  This presentation will describe the organizational health model, the complex model of workplace stress, and specific components of supervision processes and the specific worker skills that support resiliency of teams and of individuals doing the important work of child welfare.  

pat-fisher Dr. Patricia Fisher is a clinical psychologist and specialist in organizational health and workplace wellness in trauma-exposed workplaces. As the founder of Fisher & Associates, over the past 20 years she has developed a host of research-based training programs, assessment tools and solutions for trauma-exposed workplaces and the staff and managers who work in them.

Dr. Fisher has worked extensively with agencies and organizations from the social services, healthcare, justice, legal, corrections, policing, and emergency response sectors as well as those from other trauma-exposed environments. She has authored numerous reports and research papers and 9 books addressing trauma-exposed workplace issues. Her new book, Resilience, Balance & Meaning: Supporting our lives and our work in high stress, trauma-exposed workplaces, will be released in October 2016, and her previous volume, Building Resilient Teams: Facilitating Workplace Wellness & Organizational Health in Trauma-Exposed Environments, was published in fall 2015 and is now being used in a wide range of trauma-exposed workplaces. As a leader in the field, Dr. Fisher has consulted widely with both private and non-profit organizations, and government bodies at the state, provincial and federal levels to develop policy and solutions to the complex organizational challenges that often accompany high stress and trauma-exposed sectors. Dr. Fisher is a frequent and sought after speaker at international conferences.

Dr. Fisher is now Co-Executive Director of TEND, a joint venture with Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCP, RP. of Compassion Fatigue Solutions. In this role she continues to work with trauma-exposed organizations, and to develop new research-based assessment tools, resources and training programs for managers and staff working in these critical fields.

brian-millerBrian Miller, Ph.D., is the Director of Children’s Behavioral Health at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and chairs the NCTSN Secondary Trauma Supervision Workgroup. He is the developer of the CE-CERT model for intervening with secondary trauma in service providers, for which he has provided consultation and trainings nationally and internationally.

Dr. Miller has worked in a broad variety of treatment and mental health policy settings, including serving as the director of the Trauma Program for Families with Young Children at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County Mental Health Director, Clinical Director of Davis Behavioral Health, Associate Director of the Utah State Division of Mental Health, and as a psychotherapist in private practice. He provides consultation to human service organizations in trauma informed supervision and mitigating secondary trauma at the organizational, supervisory, and individual practice level. He holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a Mandel Leadership Fellow. Dr. Miller is the past board president for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Utah Chapter.


CHIEF JIM HOLLER - Child Physical Abuse Crime Scene Investigation

Workshop Description:

This workshop will provide detailed instruction on the investigation of physical abuse of children to include interviewing, injury reconstruction, and crime scene processing while stressing the multidisciplinary team approach during the entire investigation.  Participants will be pared into teams for an active exercise on completing an investigation from start to finish.  The exercise will include a simulated crime scene for participants to search and find evidence.  Some evidence may appear unimportant but ultimately may provide key details that can be used at trial.  Although this exercise is centered specifically on physical abuse, participants will learn about the importance of identifying and gathering corroborating evidence that may be present at any crime scene.

jimChief Jim Holler served as Chief of Police for sixteen years of the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Chief Holler is an internationally known speaker specializing in crimes against children and has trained and provided technical assistance to thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, medical, mental health and public health professionals, social workers, advocates and allied professionals both in the United States and internationally on a range of topics specifically related to crimes against children. 

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