Strength in Unity: Community Innovations in Domestic Violence Response Conference

October 19, 2017 @ 9:00AM — October 20, 2017 @ 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

ALIVE's 1st Annual Conference

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Learn, collaborate, and understand to more effectively respond to domestic violence in your community.

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


ALIVE is calling on professional domestic violence responders to join us for ALIVE's 1st Annual Conference, "Strength in Unity: Community Innovations in Domestic Violence Response." Ours is a community of diverse backgrounds. We are advocates, mental health professionals, medical specialists, law enforcement professionals, attorneys, and others. We are innovators. We are working together to support justice and healing for domestic violence victims and survivors and their families. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from and connect with national and local experts!

Please secure your space by making your payment above. After submitting your payment, you will receive two emails, one a receipt and the other a confirmation with the subject line "Your ticket for Strength in Unity..." The confirmation email will provide additional information and a link to a short form to finalize your conference registration. Please submit the completed form promptly to ensure we can provide you with the best possible conference experience.

There are a limited number of conference scholarships available. Please contact ALIVE at 314.993.7080 extension 131 for consideration and further information.

Thursday, October 19 - 9am to 4pm

Keynote Session: Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviewing (FETI)

  • Retired Special Agent Russell Strand, Co-Founder of Strand & Heitman Innovative Forensic Techniques (SHIFT)

Lunch Session: Emergency Shelter Services Panel

  • C.J. Spencer, Shelter Program Manager at Women's Safe House
  • Michelle Schiller-Baker, Executive Director at St. Martha's Hall
  • Ellen Reed, Executive Director at Turning Point
  • Shoneka Burnett, Nights of Safety Coordinator at ALIVE
  • Teresa Quarles, MSW, Manager, Residential Services, Kathy J. Weinman Shelter

Breakout Sessions:

  • Stalking and Counterstalking
    • Detective Mark Kurkowski, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)
  • Title IX – Responding to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence on College Campuses
    • Mary Zabriskie, J.D., Director of Student Conduct/Title IX Coordinator at St. Louis Community College
  • Nuisance Law Panel
    • Nina Balsam, J.D., M.S, Legal Counsel for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights
  • The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
    • Samantha Cerutti Wacker, J.D., Samantha Cerutti Wacker LLC
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations (SANE)
    • Kathy Howard, R.N., Forensic Nursing Coordinator at St. Louis University Hospital
  • Batterers Intervention Programs
    • Jennifer Washington, LPC, Manager of Reintegration Programs, Provident

Friday, October 20 - 9am to 4pm

Keynote Session: Law Enforcement Challenges and Changes in the Response to Violence Against Women - Making the Law Keep Its Promise

  • Lt. Mark Wynn, Mark Wynn Consulting

Lunch Session: Update on St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court

  • Honorable Judge Michael Burton, 21st Circuit Court

Breakout Sessions:

  • Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
    • Betty Crawford, MSW, LCSW, Children's Treatment Coordinator at ALIVE
  • Working with LGBTQ Survivors
    • Wolf Smith, Board Co-Chair, St. Louis Anti-Violence Project (STLAVP)
  • Engaging Men in the Movement to End Domestic Violence
    • Roosevelt Gilmore, Prevention Educator at Safe Connections, and James Meinert
  • Domestic Violence and Trauma
    • Jennifer Gadsky, MSW, LCSW, Adult Clinical Coordinator at ALIVE
  • Domestic Violence and Gun Legislation
    • Colleen Coble, Chief Executive Officer of Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV)
Final Session: Domestic Violence Survivors Panel