The Batterer as Parent

 Lundy Bancroft

This workshop will focus on Mr. Bancroft’s bestselling book of the same name, which offers a window into the complex ways in which a batterer's abusive and controlling behaviors manifest in daily life. This workshop will be useful to therapists, child protective workers, family and juvenile court personnel and other service providers in addressing the complex impact that batterers have on family functioning. The book also identifies approaches to assessing risk to children and addressing parenting issues in child custody and visitation evaluation.


 Campus Sexual Assault

Heather Stevenson, BBA & Katie Wigdzinski, LMSW

This workshop will explain the history of the all-inclusive, broad federal law Title IX and how it was a landmark in civil rights for students. Title IX was a monumental push on academia to not be complacent or ignore the inherent issues of gender based harassment and violence on college campuses, but it was just the start until the Enough is Enough legislation was signed into law by New York’s legislature. Both of these important laws are changing the way we as a society provide support to survivors on a professional, institutional and personal level. 


 Elder Abuse

Presenter TBD

Adult children abusing elderly parents comes in various forms and can occur for various reasons: drug addiction, financial exploitation, mental illness, etc. This workshop will explore some signs of potential elder abuse, what to look for and potential interventions where adult children and/or relatives are the perpetrators.




A Group Work Guideline for Addressing Violence with Young People in a World Gone Mad 

Andrew Malekoff, LCSW

Growing up a world with an ever-present threat of violence, including graphic media images, can contribute to a pervasive sense of fearfulness, hyper-vigilance and despair in young people. This interactive workshop will address how group work can serve as counterforce to the sense of hopelessness that violence can produce.


Teen Dating Violence: Who is at Risk and How We Can Help

Lauren S. McCabe, LMSW

Growing up without healthy relationship role models and/or in homes with family violence, teens are more likely to experience dating violence. This workshop will highlight the dynamics of teen dating violence, which teens may be at risk, potential warning signs, and what constitutes a healthy relationship. Additionally, the facilitator will explain the types of services that are most effective in preventing teen dating violence and intervening with victims.


 Putting Sibling Abuse on the Map: The Most Under-Recognized form of Family Violence

Amy Meyers, PhD, LCSW

As the most common form of family violence, sibling abuse is still overlooked as normative sibling rivalry. The family environment and institutional oppression complicate the risk factors and outcome of physical and emotional sibling abuse. Mandated reporters and helping professional need to be on the frontline of assessment. 


Interpersonal Violence and the LGBTQ Community

Scott Petersen, LMSW

This presentation breaks down main concepts behind sexual orientation and gender identity. Common maladaptive behaviors within the LGBTQ community will be addressed including but not limited to: substance use, homelessness, sexual assault, and suicide. Steps to providing appropriate and competent care will be given and resources will be provided. 


The Case Against Corporal Punishment

Anthony Zenkus, LMSW

Is it ok to hit children? What can the harm be? This workshop will address recent research regarding the effects of corporal punishment across the lifespan. We will explore how corporal punishment can affect the cognitive, psychological and emotional development of children and teens, and what the connection may be with violence and addiction. We will also discuss the movement to end corporal punishment of children and what we as professionals can do.




Human Trafficking in Nassau County: Who are the Victims? 

Tabitha Gallerani, LCSW & Serena Curry, BA

The workshop will highlight the dynamics of domestic and international trafficking along with the elements of force, fraud, and coercion that are apparent in these cases at The Safe Center. Additionally, facilitators will draw connections between domestic and international trafficking in Nassau County. These connections will then be used to explain the types of services that victims need to overcome their trafficking situation, and how service providers and law enforcement can appropriately intervene.


 Interpersonal Violence and the Hispanic Community

Vilma E. Matos, LCSW-R

This workshop covers the pre-migration, migration and post-migration experiences of the undocumented Central American youth entering the United States. Topics such as gang and sexual violence, the actual journey and the adaptation issues impacting this population will be reviewed. It concludes with culturally relevant mental health engagement, assessment and intervention techniques.


The Correlation between Substance Use Disorder and Domestic Violence

Anthony Rizzuto, LMSW, CASAS

This presentation will focus on, but not be limited to, three topics: the correlation between Substance Use Disorder and Domestic Violence, the difference between an anger management approach as opposed to a power and control approach, and the idea of couples or marriage counseling when Domestic Violence is present.


CPS 101

Jeanette Feingold, LCSW-R, ACSW

This workshop will help practitioners understand the differences among Child Protective responses, including traditional and Family Assessment Responses.