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Texas Prevention Summit

TCFV and TAASA are teaming up to bring you Texas Prevention Summit: Transforming Communities. Each conference workshop is carefully designed to deliver a unique learning experience for prevention workers and program leadership. Get ready to explore new prevention strategies, connect with your colleagues, learn new skills, and get inspired to transform your community. Keep checking back for Summit updates!

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Past Event Information:

June 29 – July 1, 2015
Westin at the Domain
11301 Domain Dr
Austin, TX 78758

Schedule

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Schedule-at-a-Glance

Monday, June 29, 2015

11:30 am Check-in  
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Welcome  
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break  
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Vision Lab open  
  Space: The Neglected Frontiers This interactive workshop will focus on engaging youth as change leaders and offer insight as to how to create lasting change in school culture. Using the issue of bullying in schools as a model, we will explore the option of building ownership in young people, as well as offering practical advice on proactively teaching empowerment in others.  
  Making the Case for Prevention With the high prevalence of sexual and domestic violence in our communities and within our families, it can be challenging to cultivate interest and resources specifically for prevention work. This workshop will give agency leadership an opportunity to explore ways to balance crisis intervention, advocacy, and prevention efforts. Attendees will also learn strategies for energizing agency and community leadership around agency prevention efforts.  
40 minutes Microskill | Community Mapping How do you know where to make a difference if you don’t have a strong awareness of the community you want to work in? When you map your community you REALLY get to know about the people, institutions and environment around you. Mapping is the key to discovering a real community need that leads to the most effective primary prevention efforts. Master your mapping skills and get to know your community on a whole new level!  
40 minutes Microskill | Stakeholder Meetings In a climate of shrinking resources and greater need for collaboration, planning and executing a well-designed stakeholder meeting is essential. Authentic engagement of key stakeholders is tricky and can backfire if not done carefully. Join Rita Flores as she shares tips to plan and execute a productive stakeholder meeting. Leave this workshop with the skills necessary to avoid the pitfalls of a hastily designed stakeholder meeting.  
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Punch Bowl Social Come out and play! Grab a cool drink, healthy eats and sing karaoke, go bowling or play darts, shuffle board, billiards, and ping pong—it’s your choice at Punch Bowl Social. Located a short distance from the conference site, all of these activities are available at hourly prices. 11310 Domain Dr Austin, TX 78758

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast & Check-in  
9:00 am – 10:15 am Welcome Plenary: Changing Lives Theatre Ensemble’s Breaking Up with Ever After The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble is a collaboration between Creative Action and SafePlace. In this program teen artists and activists use theatre as a tool to spark dialogue about teen relationships and encourage youth to take a stand against dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying. Our original play, Breaking Up with Ever After, addresses the unrealistic expectations fairy tales teach us about relationships, especially the idea that we’ll magically meet “the ONE” and live “Happily Ever After.”  
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break  
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Vision Lab open  
  Prevention Theory This two-part workshop highlights the impressive body of knowledge developed in the field of prevention and offers perspectives on how prevention theory can be applied to create lasting change. Participants will engage with their peers in exercises to distinguish types of prevention work; to consider how we can change the behavior and social norms that perpetuate sexual and domestic violence; and to review strategies for strengthening relationships with community members.  
  Engaging Through Listening – Part 1 This session will focus on sharing Fuerza Unida (Strength United), a community engagement strategy utilized by Casa de Esperanza to work closely with cultural-specific communities as agents of change. Fuerza Unida encourages individuals to think critically about their approach to community engagement and the process that will be most effective for their organizations and communities. This session will lay the foundational understanding of community engagement that is necessary in order to do such work.  
40 minutes Microskill | Photo Voice: A Tool to Highlight Youth and Community Perspectives If a picture is worth a thousand words, why not use pictures to engage youth and their influencers in sexual violence prevention? Learn about utilizing Photo Voice and practice the process with your colleagues.  If you have a smartphone, please download the Cluster app prior to the workshop.  
40 minutes Microskill | Deconstructing Gender: A Drama-Based Approach In this workshop, participants will consider: How do we learn gender? What messages do we receive about gender – from friends, family, community, society? How can we (re)imagine our gender? Through drama-based strategies and dialogue we will identify these messages and their impact on our lives. Changing Lives ensemble members join us for this session to engage participants in an intergenerational experience.  
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own  
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Vision Lab open  
  Prevention Practice This two-part workshop highlights the impressive body of knowledge developed in the field of prevention and offers perspectives on how prevention theory can be applied to create lasting change. Participants will engage with their peers in exercises to distinguish types of prevention work; to consider how we can change the behavior and social norms that perpetuate sexual and domestic violence; and to review strategies for strengthening relationships with community members.  
  Engaging Through Listening – Part 2 Building on session 1, the presenters will share tools grounded in Fuerza Unida, a community engagement approach to engage women, men and youth to end violence and oppression. This includes toolkits for engaging men, youth leadership, and leadership development strategies for Latin@ survivors of violence. Fuerza Unida is a process that reflects the simple, yet powerful principles that guide the work of Casa de Esperanza and its National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities.  
  Leadership as Co-Creative and Relational In this workshop we will explore the research on leadership styles and the primary theories of leadership, leading to developing understanding and skills to employ the most effective leadership approaches for a given situation, with particular focus on Transformational Leadership, Engaging Leadership, and Appreciative Inquiry.  
  Qualitative Research: Asking the Right Questions This workshop will explore groups and communities most affected by social issues, as well as provide a brief history of why those social issues appear more often in these communities. Qualitative research methods, such as word lists, focus groups and interviewing, will be introduced followed by a discussion of its effectiveness to learn about marginalized people’s lives and needs. Includes activities.  
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break  
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions & Vision Lab open  
  Texas Prevention Fishbowl This fishbowl features a conversational look at the dynamics of prevention work on the ground in Texas. During this interactive session participants will hear from two seasoned preventioneers from both urban and rural communities who will share real world experiences, challenges, and successes from their work in prevention.  
  Race Roundtable To end domestic and sexual violence is to address other inequities based on gender, sexual orientation, and race among others. Skilled facilitators will utilize a restorative justice model of dialogue to guide participants as they analyze racism’s impact on our communities and on our work.  
  Self-care for Leaders We will use the research on leadership presence and relationship skills to equip participants to move powerfully and effectively as leaders in their organizations. Participants will learn leadership habits and behaviors that will equip them to successfully empower and engage supervisees in enacting the mission of their organizations, while learning self-care strategies to effectively navigate the challenges of leadership.  
  Qualitative Research: Understanding the Conversations Participants will establish a focus question and practice gathering information using the activities introduced in the previous workshop. They will also learn how recognize, organize and code data for interpretation. Includes class interaction and class discussion, including how qualitative research has brought about significant social transformation in other communities. Includes additional resources.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast  
9:00 am – 10:30 am Breakout Sessions & Vision Lab open  
  Community Engagement for Prevention A key component of successful community engagement involves strong relationships. By putting community members at the center of our primary prevention efforts we increase the likelihood of successful programming, build strong community networks, produce community leaders, and transform environments. This interactive workshop will focus on the importance of being creative as we build relationships in our prevention efforts.  
  Engaging Youth Leadership Many of us work to engage and support youth as leaders in prevention. This workshop will address what facilitators can do to construct a space that fosters youth leadership. We will also address some of the obstacles youth face in becoming leaders, including assessing facilitator blind spots.  
40 minutes Microskill | Planning for the Long Term: A Tool for Assessing Program Capacity for Prevention Work How can we realistically go about social change work within our resource constraints? Unrealistic expectations and stretching ourselves too thin can lead to burn out and feelings of failure. Starting from where we are, creates opportunities for long term success and sustainability. This session will introduce attendees to a tool for program capacity assessment and will provide participants with the opportunity to begin thinking about how to incorporate this kind of assessment into their ongoing prevention work.  
40 minutes Microskill | Activity-Based Assessment: Capturing the Magic How can we capture the magic that happens during an activity that is rarely reflected on traditional pre- and post-tests? In this workshop, we’ll practice at least 2 ways of assessing how successful an activity was without the use of a pre-or post- test.  
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break  
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Closing  
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own  
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm TAASA Curriculum Training  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

8:00 am – 12:00 pm TAASA Curriculum Training  

Keynotes

Changing Lives PosterThe Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble is a collaboration between Creative Action and SafePlace. In this program, teen artists and activists use theatre as a tool to spark dialogue about teen relationships and encourage youth to take a stand against dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying. Their original play, Breaking Up with Ever After, addresses the unrealistic expectations that fairy tales teach us about relationships, especially the idea that we’ll magically meet “the ONE” and live “Happily Ever After.”

Registration

Registration is now full.  We are unable to accept more applicants.

Lodging & Travel

Conference sessions and lodging will be at

The Westin at the Domain 11301 Domain Dr Austin, TX 78758

If TCFV or TAASA is not coordinating your hotel stay, please be sure to book your room by June 5th to secure the special rate of $126 per night.

Click here to make your reservation.

Rooms for June 28 check-in are filled.