FJC Conference Workshops

2022 Tennessee FJC Conference Workshops

Tuesday, May 17th

9:15 – 10 AM- Keynote – Karyn Johnson & Nicole Hanie – Survivor VOICES

Karyn & Nicole are members of Nashville’s Survivor VOICES Committee, the Nashville Chapter of the VOICES Survivor Advocacy Network, a national program of the Alliance for Hope International. Nashville’s  chapter was founded in April 2019. The Survivor VOICES Committee is a group by survivors for survivors. VOICES is not a support group. We are a group dedicated to making an impact in the community and making sure survivors’ voices are heard in the work to end interpersonal violence.

With this keynote, Nicole & Karyn will speak to their own journeys of healing, and in particular how important the Family Justice Center Model has been for them. We hope this Keynote will help the partners in the room to see how important this model is for victims and survivors in their communities as well.


10 – 11:15 AM – Workshop Part 1 – Panel – Tennessee’s Family Justice Center Network: Celebrating Our Past & Looking to Our Future

Panelists: Jessica Cleveland, OCJP; Carmen Pitre, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Christy Harness, Scott County Shelter Society, Kathryn Ellis, Knoxville Family Justice Center, Jennifer McCraw, Safe Hope Center, Jackson


11:30 – 12:15 PM- Workshop Part 2 – Breakouts – Tennessee’s Family Justice Center Network: Celebrating Our Past & Looking to Our Future

Small group discussion guide can be accessed here. 


1 – 2:30 PM- Clemson B– Breakout Session A – Kristin Burki- National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life- Strategies for Addressing Abuse in Later Life in a Community Coordinated Response

CCR teams aim to ensure their responses to domestic violence reflect the needs and experiences of all survivors in their community. As teams are considering responses that reflect the diversity of their community, age is a critical yet frequently overlooked factor. Older survivors often experience abuse dynamics unique to their age that require tailored services and system responses. This session will cover dynamics of abuse in later life, challenges that CCR teams face in developing responses that are inclusive of older survivors, strategies CCR teams can use to be more age-inclusive, and resources available.


1 – 2:30 PM- Clemson C– Breakout Session B – Jane Anderson- AEquitas- Balancing Interests: Trauma-Informed and Evidence-Based Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence

Prosecutors are tasked with the dual goals of achieving justice for victims and holding offenders accountable for their crimes.  A trauma-informed approach prioritizes the safety, self-determination, and privacy of victims.  Victims of intimate partner violence are subject to intense pressures—including intimidation and manipulation—that discourage them from participating in a criminal prosecution. Cases of intimate partner violence require a collaborative, victim-centered approach which can include building an evidence-based case so that when victims are unable to participate, the offender can still be held accountable.

This presentation will examine evidence-based prosecution techniques through a trauma-informed lens.  The presentation will focus on effective investigative techniques as well as pretrial and trial strategies that can recreate the reality of intimate partner violence for the jury.  The presenter will present examples of how a collaborative approach can improve victim safety as well as inform jury selection, direct examinations, and the use of expert testimony.

Slides from this presentation can be accessed here. 


2:30 – 4 PM- Clemson B– Breakout Session C – Nashville Conflict Resolution Center- Shifting from Conflict to Communication in Multi-Disciplinary Settings

In this workshop, NCRC will define conflict and introduce participants to conflict resolution tools such as conflict styles, listening techniques, and collective brainstorming. Participants will apply these skills in different scenarios.


2:30 – 4 PM- Clemson C– Breakout Session D – David Kennington & Lt. Michael Gooch- Metro Nashville Police Department Professional Wellness Section- Building Resiliency In A World of Trauma:  The Battle Against Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

This presentation will explore the physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts for supporting those who have experienced trauma.  Definitions, concepts and types of trauma will be discussed.  Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout are often negative results for those working in the helping profession.  Ways to build and maintain resiliency will be highlighted.

Wednesday, May 18th

8:45 – 10:15 AM- Workshop – Maximizing Our Resources: Guided Conversations on Innovative Practices & Emerging Issues


10:30 – 12 PM- Workshop Part 1 – Michelle Toledo-Cainas & Quaila Hugh- Center for Court Innovation- Understating Risk Assessments When Addressing Domestic Violence Cases: Tools & Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Domestic Violence Homicides

Using validated risk assessments for reducing and preventing intimate partner homicides can facilitate more informed decision-making in domestic violence cases and create safety for survivors and their families. Nonetheless, understanding the research behind the work and their shortcomings must also be examined when seeking to implement tools and strategies. During the workshop, the participants will explore how, when, and where risk assessments should be used along with understanding the importance of engaging not only systems but the community as a whole.


12:45 – 2:15 PM- Workshop Part 2 – Michelle Toledo-Cainas & Quaila Hugh- Center for Court Innovation– Lessons from the Field: Applying Strategic Planning to Create Safer Communities by Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence Homicides

Jurisdictions need to understand the context in which the homicide prevention strategy would take place in larger coordinated community response to domestic violence homicide prevention. This workshop will discuss the guiding principles and resources available to communities through the Center for Court Innovation’s DV RISC national resource center.  Participants will examine and review work from other jurisdictions across the country implementing risk assessments and discuss next step