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Premiere Live Event for Family Violence Professional Development & Education


The conference is designed to providing continuing education to many disciplines from law enforcement and first responders to faith leaders, health professionals and counselors. Course topics include approaches related to domestic violence response, sexual assault, trauma informed care, ethics, survivor impact stories and working with diverse populations. 

Keynote Speakers

Diane Reeve: Standing Strong Survivor Story

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Divorced after 18 years of marriage, Diane Reeve thought she had finally found the last love of her life.  The charming and handsome Frenchman she met almost was – but not in the way she expected. After dating 4 1/2 years with plans to move in together, Diane was devastated to learn that he had been cheating. Worse, she also found out that he had knowingly transmitted HIV to her.

Undaunted, she risked her life to find other survivors. There were more than 50!  In a landmark court case, he was convicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Her story is one of hope, inspiration, courage and the power of women supporting women. Diane’s story was viewed by millions on 20/20 and Oprah and has been the subject of various magazine and newspaper articles worldwide.  She received the Paul S. Chapman award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice for her significant contribution to justice in America.  She will be featured this fall on Oprah’s “Where Are They Now.”

See a clip about Diane’s unusual and highly publicized personal story about intimate partner violence.

Reverend Al Miles


Reverend Miles speaks frequently to nationwide audiences on topics as domestic violence, teen dating violence awareness, ethical dilemmas, and maintaining healthy boundaries as we care for others. In October 2002, he was appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. He is the author of many publications, including the books Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know (1st and 2nd Edition), and Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships: A Resource Guide for Parents and Pastors. Reverend Miles is the Coordinator of the Hospital Ministry Department for Pacific Health Ministry at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

See Rev. Miles speaking to congregation.

Lisa L. Thompson:  Sexual Exploitation and trafficking

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As Vice President & Director of Education and Outreach for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Lisa oversees the organization’s strategic planning and programs for increased public understanding of sexual exploitation. She conducts analysis, develops research initiatives, and liaises with public officials, non-profit organizations, as well as institutions of higher learning and academics, to generate collaborative action to combat the full spectrum of sexual exploitation, especially pornography, stripping, prostitution, sexual trafficking, and sexual assault. Lisa routinely speaks about sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and facilitates anti-trafficking training events for a diverse range of audiences.

Breakout Sessions and Workshops Include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Diane Reeve
  • Keynote Speaker: Reverand, Al Miles
  • Keynote Speaker: Lisa Thompson
  • EMDR:  Jenna Mountain & Kimberly Galindo
  • Eye-witness testimony: Josh Arduego
  • Language Matters from Report to Healing: Haleh Cochran & Tonia Cunningham
  • BIPP: David Alamager
  • Keynote Speaker, Diane Reeve:  Standing Strong Survivor Story
  • Social Justice Ethics: Wendy H (two part sessions)
  • In Their Shoes, Teen Perspective: Vanessa Vaughter
  • Sexual Predators: Elizabeth Donegan
  • Reaching Out to Male Survivors: Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon
  • Community Collabortation for Survivors with Addictons: ROSC & San Angelo
  • High Risk Lethality Investigations: Detective Cory Kraft
  • Immigration FV/SA: Linda Brandamiller JD
  • Child Abuse
  • Ethics: Lori Leu (2 session series)
  • PREVENTION: Madison Jackson
  • Sexual Exploitation and trafficking: Lisa Thompson
  • Creating Safe Spaces Sheltering Male Survivors: Roy Rios TCFV
  • Legislative Updates/CPS: Donna Bloom
  • Why Trauma Informed The Family Place
  • Experiential Self Care: DARC

Continuing Education Credits:

  • CJAD
  • CLE
  • LMFT
  • LPC
  • LCDC
  • LCSW
  • LMSW

Collin College is a provider of CEUs for LPCs, Provider No. 2605 expires February 28, 2017. Courses are approved by TX State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, TX State Board of Marriage & Family Therapists, TX DSHS Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program, TX Certification Board of Addiction Professionals..  TCOLE credits provided by Collin College Law Enforcement Academy. TDCJ-CJAD has reviewed the agenda and as per Guideline #2, this training has been approved for 11.5 Family Violence training hours.



Other Program & Speaker Highlights

The Ethical Challenges When Working with Clients with Dementia

 Angela F. Thomas, MSN, RN, CMC  and Lori Leu, Attorney 

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This program will cover 5 of the most common ethical challenges of professionals caring for those with dementia.  This activity will help the attorney or clinical providers (MD, NP, RN) to be aware of the areas where seniors can be harmed or in danger from either self-neglect or neglect by the caregiver.

The attendees will understand how dementias contribute to the difficult ethical challenges for families and other responsible persons to decide on appropriate levels of care.  They will also understand how the legal concept of personal autotomy impacts care decisions and what are the legal standards that are considered when pursuing a guardianship.

We would expect the attendees to be able to support families and seniors as they struggle with these ethical challenges and to know when to report to appropriate authorities such as adult protective services for further evaluation.


Wende Hilsenrod

Training Specialist and Training Director at Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

  • LPC, LMSW, Mental Health Supervisors and other mental health professionals can receive their required hours in ethics.
  • Learn about ethics as it relates not only to helping victims but also in communicating and collaborating with other organizations
  • Address topics related to current social justice initiatives
  • Enhance ways in which you can provide and raise the standard of treatment and right of survivors.