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Theme: High Conflict Relationships and Interpersonal Violence
April 8, 2016
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

Registration CLOSED!


Choose Your Registration:

  • Half Day (3 CEUs) or
  • All Day (6 CEUs)

Morning Half Day Session (3 CEUs)

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Check-in

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.   Keynote Presentation

Meeting the Post-separation Needs of Abused Women and their Children

Lundy Bancroft, Abuser Intervention Specialist

This keynote covers the post-separation dangers and challenges faced by battered women and their children, and prepares participants to effectively support emotional healing, healthy family functioning, and long-term safety for families that have separated from battering fathers. The discussion includes approaches to keeping women and children from being revictimized by the abuser through custody and visitation litigation.


  • Learn the multiple challenges that abused mothers face in attempting to care for their children and keep them safe subsequent to separating from a batterer
  • Identify the range of ways in which battering men cause continued or intensified danger and psychological harm to children after the parents have separated
  • Develop awareness of children’s potential for healing post-separation, and how both the behavior of the batterer and errors by systems can sabotage that healing
  • Learn how to assess a batterer's level of physical and emotional danger children, and approaches to structuring post-separation contact to best facilitate children’s healing and recovery
9:45 - 10:30 a.m.   Panel of Local Agencies to Discuss Keynote Topic

Steve Halley, LSCSW - Director of the Family Peace Initiative Batterers’ Intervention Program
Joan Schultz - Executive Director of The Willow Domestic Violence Center
Julie Donelon, M.S.W. - President & CEO, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.   Break

10:45 - Noon   Workshops (Choose one workshop to attend)

The Change Process for Abusive Men

Lundy Bancroft, Abuser Intervention Specialist

This workshop reviews research and case illustrations to show best practices for safe and effective interventions with men who batter in order to promote family safety, hold the offender accountable, and promote change. Recent innovations will be discussed and evaluated, with guidelines for best practices for batterer intervention programs and other human service providers.


  • Identify danger signs of escalating violence
  • Learn to assess current professional practices for their strengths and weaknesses in holding abuser's accountable
  • Design best-practice interventions for men who batter that reduce risk and promote change

Marginalization and Well-being of Rural Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Implications for Social Workers

Megan Paceley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

This presentation will provide an overview of the research on rural sexual and gender minority youth (who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning), including their experiences with victimization, health disparities, and ways in which social workers can intervene to promote equality and acceptance.


  • Describe the experiences of rural sexual and gender minority youth
  • Review the empirical literature on the impacts of marginalization and victimization on this population
  • Identify strategies for social workers to intervene on micro and macro levels to promote well-being

Rethinking Risk: Applying Complexity Theory to Child Maltreatment Prevention

Nancy Jo Kepple, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

This presentation will critique current approaches to assessing risk and safety within child welfare settings and will describe an alternative assessment paradigm. Participants will gain insight into how the interaction of risk and protective factors are associated with unexpected child maltreatment outcomes as well as be provided with tools to help identify risks and safety plan within this context.


  • Define limits of current approaches risk/safety assessments and learn about an alternative approach
  • Review the evidence regarding how person, place, and time interact to create child maltreatment risk
  • Apply an alternative risk/safety assessment to a case example focused on a substance-using parent

*PLEASE NOTE:  Lunch is not included in the registration. Visit Dining Servces: The Market for lunch options at the Kansas Union.

All Day Option - Includes morning half day session (6 CEUs)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Workshop

Healing and Recovery in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Lundy Bancroft, Abuser Intervention Specialist

Children who have been exposed to a man who batters their mother have a tremendous potential to recover if they receive proper assistance. This workshop explains why the most common approaches to intervention can actually make conditions worse rather than better for the children, and then provides a road map to professionals for facilitating children’s safety, recovery, and healthy future.


  • Identify the impact that a batterer’s behavior typically has on his family members, including emotional, behavioral, and cognitive effects
  • Learn the multiple challenges that abused mothers face in attempting to care for their children and keep them safe, both during a relationship with a batterer and subsequent to separating from him
  • Become familiar with approaches to supporting children’s healing that include therapeutic approaches, safety planning, family work, and values education. Best current practices will be elucidated

Register during EARLY BIRD RESERVATION (by February 29, 2016)

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