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Workshop Descriptions

Tuesday, November 28th • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


7:45 – 5:00: Restorative Self-Care and Healing Room

  • Restorative Self-Care and Healing Room – Maricela Ríos, MA, the Joy Ignitor and Kristin Harwood, MSc., CEO, InTransition Wellness

    We understand that our careers, personal experiences and community engagements can often leave us feeling drained and burnt out, affecting our emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being. That is why it is our mission to provide a sacred space for self-healing and compassion toward yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or just need a few minutes to re-connect, please come visit us at the Restorative Self-Care and Healing Room! This healing space will be available both days of the conference providing individual and group activities and healing modalities that will regenerate the mind, body and spirit such as Reiki, Massage, Healing Crystals, and Essential Oils. Take this opportunity to reclaim your wholeness, spirit and humanity in a space hosted by compassionate leaders offering loved-drenched activities, techniques and a quiet space for all community participants to come together as one.

  • 10:45 – 12:00: MORNING WORKSHOPS

    Belonging to Beloved Community Track

    • Emergent Strategy Facilitation – adrienne maree brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and author of Emergent Strategy – Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

      Learn how to apply emergent strategy as a facilitator – assessment, tools and practice guaranteed. There may also be magic.

    • Housing First: Ending Homelessness for DV Survivors – Wyatt V. Schroeder, Executive Director, CATCH Inc.

      Housing First is the most effective strategy to end homelessness in our country. It is held as responsible for decreasing homelessness by 15% across the country, decreasing veterans homelessness by 40%, and leading one North American town to end all homelessness. Yet it’s not widely practiced by domestic violence organizations. Why? We will talk about Housing First’s role in ending homelessness for survivors.

    • Together We Are Stronger Track

    • Enhancing Meaningful Access to Services for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency – Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa De Esperanza

      Ensuring meaningful language access to services is critical for the life and safety of survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP). Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recipients of federal funding are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that LEP individuals have meaningful access to their services. In this workshop, we will review the federal policies regarding language access rights and discuss strategies to enhance language access in programs for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will also discuss advocacy strategies to address language access as part of a coordinated community response, including in the courts and law enforcement. Additionally, we will provide tools and resources to help organizations develop language access plans and enhance accessibility. The workshop will be interactive and include video vignettes as a training resource.

    • Practices of Cultural Competency and Access for LGBTQ Survivors of Violence – Andrew St. Ana, JD, Director of Legal Services, Day One

      Individuals who identify as LGBTQ who have been impacted by violence face additional challenges and encounter unique barriers to support and healing. Due to harmful social and political climates, LGBTQ individuals are frequently pushed to the margins and denied meaningful access to services and basic rights to employment, housing, health care, and other needs. Come broaden your perspectives on service provision and learn how to create inclusive environments and practices to meet the needs of LGBTQ individuals impacted by violence.

    • Building Bridges with Refugee Communities – Heidi Lehmann, MPH, Principal, The Lehmann Group, former Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and former Senior Director, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Team, International Rescue Committee; Aisha Bain, MA, Senior Advisor, Special Initiatives/Emergency Roster Team Leader, International Rescue Committee

      This workshop is grounded in the presenters’ years of experience in direct services, programming and research with refugees from Syria, Burma, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, and the Congo. The Presenter will share her experience working with refugees to design community driven interventions in different countries, to keep women and girls safe, and to support survivors. Through a combination of presentation and interactive dialogue participants will explore how community interventions fit into the current infrastructure of Domestic Violence prevention and response in the United States.

    • Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Our Humanity Track

    • Relationship Building as a Practice –Creating the Conditions to Bring Out the BEST in People – Toni Brinegar, Program Specialist, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities; Mario Pile, Admissions Counselor, Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy; and Donna Shines, Executive Director, The Mentoring Network, Inc.

      This fun and interactive workshop will help all attendees learn innovative ways to ask questions differently to seek a world where we are striving towards bringing out the best in people by listening in meaningful ways and asking questions differently. The presenters will challenge attendees to use the tools that they learn in this workshop on “Monday morning” and check how they feel after they practice.


    • 1:30 – 2:45: AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

      Belonging to Beloved Community Track

    • Hearing their Voices: The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls, Understanding the Past to Address the Present – Patina Park, JD, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

      Violence against Native women and girls has been part of the history of this continent since first contact. The legal, social, and moral history with Indigenous women and girls in this country has cultivated a modern environment where 1 in 3 Native American women are raped in their lifetime and are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than women in general in the United States. Jurisdictional difficulties also exist in a state/tribal/federal system which make prosecution and ensuring safety extremely difficult. This workshop will show how the past has framed the way dominant culture views Native women and girls in modern times, how it is connected to violence, and will argue that until the United States reconciles the violent history with the Indigenous people and fixes the jurisdictional gaps in Indian Country, violence against Indigenous women and girls will only continue.

    • We Choose All of Us: Coming Together as Beloved Community – Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, Community Organizer and Facilitator and Behavioral Therapist, Access Behavioral Health Services; Jennifer Martinez, Social Change Associate/Organizer, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence; Kristin Zimmerman, Co-Founder of Movement Strategy Center; and Malia Collins, MFA, Boise State University, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho

      Learn ways of coming together as a beloved community that will embody, act, and take risks for a world for All Of U s. Explore how to tap into the hunger to generate a culture that interrupts violence and domination and generates life-affirming ways of being that center liberation, equity, wholeness, and our interconnectedness to the very last girl.

    • Together We Are Stronger Track

    • Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence – Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, Casa De Esperanza

      Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control and to make victims less likely to seek protection. For this reason, it is important for advocates to understand how to: help immigrant survivors become aware of their rights; identify special immigration remedies for victims, including special VAWA provisions around confidentiality; and prepare enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors. This training will also provide updates on recent immigration policy developments and new enforcement measures that impact immigrant survivors.

    • Removing Roadblocks: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities in the Muslim Community for Survivor Healing – Sameera Qureshi, Director of Sexuality Education & Training, HEART Women & Girls, and Nadiah Mohajir, Founder and Executive Director, HEART Women & Girls

      In light of sexual assault allegations in numerous Muslim communities, there is a dire need for open conversations about sexual abuse, in a way that empowers survivors to seek healing and justice. This session will explore the following questions: What are the unique challenges facing Muslim communities in reporting sexual assault? What does victim-blaming look like in the Muslim community? How can we provide more culturally competent victim centric services?

    • Practices of Cultural Competency and Access for LGBTQ Survivors of Violence – Andrew St. Ana, JD, Director of Legal Services, Day One

      ndividuals who identify as LGBTQ who have been impacted by violence face additional challenges and encounter unique barriers to support and healing. Due to harmful social and political climates, LGBTQ individuals are frequently pushed to the margins and denied meaningful access to services and basic rights to employment, housing, health care, and other needs. Come broaden your perspectives on service provision and learn how to create inclusive environments and practices to meet the needs of LGBTQ individuals impacted by violence.

    • We are more than a Photo Op: Ideas to Include People with Disabilities in the Community and Your Organization – Mel Leviton, Executive Director of the Idaho State Independent Living Council and Dana Gover, Training & Technical Assistance Consultant for The Northwest ADA Center-Idaho

      Workshop description: Participants will learn how to identify barriers that people with disabilities face daily. In our interactive workshop, activities and demonstrations will be provided by people from the disability community. Participants will be challenged to look beyond what they think they know about people with disabilities and learn how to build a more inclusive community. Participants will learn about solutions which are often not obvious to the broader community.

    • Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Our Humanity Track

    • Beyond Wins and Losses: Continuing the Legacy of Athletes as Agents of Change – Bryan Lyda, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and Jeff Matsushita, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
      The legacy and history of athletes as social change agents is both rich and broad. Billy Mills, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, and many others became household names and inspired millions around the world. Today, individuals such as Colin Kaepernick and Layshia Clarendon continue this legacy by using their social platform to fuel resistance of social inequities today. All too often, the negative behaviors of athletes dominate headlines in many communities, which is far from the complete picture of athletics in our communities. Join us for a conversation to help build accountability through the athletic world while at the same time embracing the unique power and potential the athletic platform has to offer in creating communities where everyone can thrive.

    Wednesday, November 29th • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m


    7:45 – 5:00: Restorative Self-Care and Healing Room

    • Restorative Self-Care and Healing Room – Maricela Ríos, MA, the Joy Ignitor and Kristin Harwood, MSc., CEO, InTransition Wellness

      We understand that our careers, personal experiences and community engagements can often leave us feeling drained and burnt out, affecting our emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being. That is why it is our mission to provide a sacred space for self-healing and compassion toward yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or just need a few minutes to re-connect, please come visit us at the Restorative Self-Care and Healing Room! This healing space will be available both days of the conference providing individual and group activities and healing modalities that will regenerate the mind, body and spirit such as Reiki, Thai Massage, Healing Crystals, and Essential Oils. Take this opportunity to reclaim your wholeness, spirit and humanity in a space hosted by compassionate leaders offering loved-drenched activities, techniques and a quiet space for all community participants to come together as one.

    • 10:45 – 12:00: MORNING WORKSHOPS

      Belonging to Beloved Community Track

      • The Story of Me – Sonya Rosario, Executive Director and founder of the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA), and Nancy Egan, Shoshone Paiute Tribal member and former Chairwoman of Duck Valley Indian Reservation

        What’s the story? How does it impact you and the work you do in your community, and how can we create community and a support system for ourselves in our communities? Out of the story comes, courage and strength. The objective of this workshop is that we are never alone on this journey and there are many who came before us, as there will be many who will come after us. How do you play a role in assisting them in creating a safe community? We specifically address language (Example: my fear is … to, my concerns are).

      • Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Humanity Track

      • Secret Survivors & Mirror Memoirs: Using Stories to End Child Sexual Abuse – Amita Swadhin, Founder and Director, Mirror Memoirs

        Participants will view a 40-minute film by Ping Chong & Company based on a 2009-2012 collaboration between the facilitator and the off-off-Broadway group, and will learn how storytelling can help survivors, advocates and direct service providers build a frame to help people understand child sexual abuse.

      • Removing Roadblocks: Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities in the Muslim Community for Institutional Change – Sameera Qureshi, Director of Sexuality Education and Training, HEART Women & Girls, and Nadiah Mohajir, Founder and Executive Director, HEART Women & Girls

        Building off the prior workshop, this presentation will focus on how mainstream and faith institutions can work together to address roadblocks facing Muslim survivors on a systemic level. How can we remove barriers to reporting? How do we build bridges and partnerships between mainstream and faith institutions? What is gendered Islamophobia and how does it create further roadblocks to survivor healing in the Muslim community?

      • Parenting for Liberation: Centering Parents of Color in the Movement – Trina Greene Brown, Creator/Founder, Parenting for Liberation; Outreach and Engagement Manager, Move to End Violence

        Parenting for Liberation: Centering Parents of Color in the Movement – Societal and structural violence is intrinsically linked to violence in the home. This workshop will introduce Parenting for Liberation, a platform created by and for Black parents raising Black children who live at the intersections of multiple oppressions, that everyone can learn from in centering the lived experience of Black parents and their children. Attending this workshop, will introduce all participants to liberated parenting tools and strategies informed by an intergenerational collective of activist parents of color that address the root causes of multiple forms of violence. This workshop will offer a space for advocates working with parents of color to learn best practices to engage with parents as change agents fighting for a world where all children can be liberated.

      • White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo, PhD, Lecturer, University of Washington School of Social Work

        White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. Even when individual white people do not live primarily in segregation, the wider context reflects, affirms, and insulates us. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. This session will provide an overview of white fragility, identify how white fragility functions, and explore the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more constructive cross-racial practices.

      • Together We Are Stronger Track

      • Working with Survivors Who Have Disabilities – Vanessa Sapien, Senior Program Officer/Clinician, Just Detention International

        This workshop will focus on the marginalization of people living with disabilities and the contributing factors of sexual abuse through a cultural lens.

      • Ayudando Sobrevivientes: Una Conversación Sobre Estrategias y Recursos para Ayudar la Comunidad Latina en Idaho (Helping Survivors: A Conversation on Strategies and Resources for Serving the Latinx Community in Idaho) – Estefania Mondragon, Bilingual Social Change Associate, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, and panel.

        Idaho has its unique challenges in serving immigrant survivors of gender violence. In this workshop we will highlight the work being done on the ground by advocates and immigration attorneys in Idaho. In this workshop we will discuss strategies and resources that local advocates use to serve the Latinx community in Idaho.


      • 1:30 – 2:45: AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

        Belonging to Beloved Community Track

      • Intersectional Invisibility: Losing Sight of Purpose in the Need to Identify and Report – Patina Park, JD, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

        The demand to identify and subsequently serve the multiple layers of identity that exist in our clients is a goal for many service providers working with victims of violence. The need to address this intersectionality in our approach to working with individuals is a struggle as it can require expertise in multiple areas, and contains pressure from funders to record and report everything. This workshop will argue that in our urge to identify everything, we can lose sight of the most important goal of working with those impacted by trauma, their humanity

      • Transformative Storytelling: Telling and retelling our stories as a way to practice deep listening and radical empathy – Malia Collins, MFA, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho

        How can storytelling lead to radical empathy? In this workshop, participants will be partnered up and each partner group will find a space in the room to share their stories. Each partner will tell a story that illuminates one of the themes: A story of where you’re from, a story of your name, a story of healing, a story of wanting to be a part of, or feeling a part of beloved community, or a story of a time when a harm was repaired. Each group will spend 30-40 minutes telling their stories to each other and then practicing telling their partner’s story back to them, in the first person POV. The stories will run anywhere between 2-4 minutes each. The larger workshop group will break up into smaller groups of 6-8 people and each partner will tell their partner’s story using the first person POV. We’ll end with a quick debrief and talk about how you can imagine using a partner story exchange in your organization. Telling our partner’s stories using the first person point of view is a way to truly put ourselves in each other’s shoes and practice radical empathy.

      • Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Humanity Track

      • Working with Survivors Who Have Disabilities – Vanessa Sapien, Senior Program Officer/Clinician, Just Detention International

        This workshop will focus on the marginalization of people living with disabilities and the contributing factors of sexual abuse through a cultural lens.

      • Healing Through the Arts: Tapping into Creative Energy to Release, Regenerate and Reconnect – Leta Neustaedter, LCSW, Founder, Metamorphosis Performing Arts Studio, LLC

        We all have creative energy within us. Some have honed it and use it daily, others may feel they got ripped off when the creativity tokens were handed out, most people fall somewhere in between. But we’ve ALL got creative energy and when we are feeling depleted (physically, emotionally, spiritually, morally), tapping into our individual form of creativity can be a life saver. This workshop will explore how to find it, use it, and share it with others to heal ourselves and strengthen our community. It’s not about whether you’re “good” at it, it’s all about whether the creative process helped you feel better.

      • Preventing Burnout – Kim Camacho, LMSW, Violence Prevention and Support Coordinator, Gender Equity Center at Boise State University

        What are the warning signs of burnout? How can it be prevented and healed? Discuss self-care practices that will help prevent burnout in your workplace and personal life.

      • Together We Are Stronger Track

      • The Refugee Journey and Men – Heidi Lehmann, MPH, Principal, The Lehmann Group, former Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and former Senior Director, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Team, International Rescue Committee; Aisha Bain, MA, Senior Advisor, Special Initiatives/Emergency Roster Team Leader, International Rescue Committee

        The presenter has been working with men in conflict and refugee settings since 2003. The resettlement process is long and exposes all family members to new gender norms and expectations. As a way on ensure that refugee women and girls are safe from domestic violence, domestic violence practitioners and Resettlement Agencies should explore ways to design prevention interventions for recently resettled men. During this session, the presenter will encourage participants to reflect on the assumptions they may have about the men who are being resettled from different countries to the US. The presenter will share her experience with a trauma informed intervention designed for men that has been used in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Thailand and Democratic Republic of Congo. The intervention will explore how transformational work with men must be guided by dual principles of support and accountability.

      • This is not an outreach strategy: Mobile Advocacy on the Crossing Borders Project – Gabriela Alor, Crossing Borders – Immigrant & Refugee Project, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

        The CB-Rural Project works with DV/SA advocacy organizations and their bilingual/bi-cultural Spanish speaking advocates supporting their Mobile Advocacy strategies to meet in community locations that work best for immigrant survivors. Immigrant survivors experiencing violence and coercive behaviors face complex and incredible barriers such as separation of families, detention, fear of deportation, ICE raids at places of employment, extreme isolation, and a lack of accurate information. These complexities can be overwhelming for even the most experienced advocates. Come hear about the creative Mobile Advocacy strategies which recognize that community members are experts on their lives. When we listen, and keep immigrant survivor’s priorities at the center of our work, we are increasing survivor autonomy and safety.