March 29 - 31, 2022
2022 National Conference
Nashville, TN
Registration Is Now Closed
Sessions

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March 29 - 31, 2022

Registration Is Now Closed

Registration does not include accommodations. The conference property, Hotel Preston, is recommended. The rate is $129/night. Book with the link above to have the $10/day amenity fee waived.

COVID POLICY

We are committed to following CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-test within 72 hours will be required at check-in.

Breakout Sessions

RESIDENTIAL DEEP-DIVE: SAFE HOUSE

Angela Willis
Thistle Farms Residential Manager

Our safe house provides emergency housing, food, hygiene supplies, medical care, mental health services, and chemical dependency support.

RESIDENTIAL DEEP-DIVE: PROGRAMMING

Carmen Elkins, BFA, MSEd
Thistle Farms Assistant Director of Residential Services

More information about the Residential Program, including our Stages of Recovery and tools used to measure success throughout the two-year program.

RESIDENTIAL DEEP-DIVE: THISTLE ON THE INSIDE

Hallie Wiedner
Thistle Farms Thistle On The Inside Program Coordinator

The extension of the Thistle Farms Residential Program that takes place within Tennessee Prison for Women, serving women survivors while still incarcerated.

STREET OUTREACH

Deacon Steve Przedpelski
Franciscan Peacemakers Executive Director and Cynthia Perkins

What street outreach is, how it can be beneficial for organizations hoping to build relationships with women, and takeaway tools for those looking to begin an outreach initiative in their communities.

UNDERSTANDING STAGES OF CHANGE FOR SURVIVORS

Shelia McClain, MSSW 
Thistle Farms Residential Director

This model helps service providers understand the mindset of victims of trafficking. In this workshop, we will explore the 6 stages of change and barriers to self-identification.

ADVOCATING FOR SURVIVORS IN THE LEGAL PROCESS

Sarah Butler
Assistant District Attorney General

Learn how laws work to support survivors; diversion vs incarceration; and how legal professionals can support survivors. 

PROSTITUTION POLICY LANDSCAPE

Alisa Bernard
Thistle Farms Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

An overview on the 4 policy approaches to prostitution globally and discuss arguments for and against each. By the end, you'll have an understanding of the 4 policy approaches and how they are applied globally and their potential application within the US.

DEVELOPING COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Erica Rivero
Thistle Farms Corporate Relations

How to leverage existing relationships and develop long lasting partnerships to bring in new for-profit partners!

THE CHAOS FACTOR: LEADING WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE WHAT’S COMING NEXT

David Hutchens
Author and Thistle Farms Board Member

Discover ideas for leading your social enterprise when you can’t see what’s coming next. We will learn from one another as we draw from the famous “Cynefin” framework to generate some ideas you can use right away.

THE JOURNEY FROM PRICE TAG TO PRICELESS: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON VALUE AND SELF-WORTH

Megan Lundstrom
The Avery Center Director of Research

A “normal” job after exploitation can feel abnormal. Transferable skills can sometimes cause trauma responses. Survivors often receive below-living wages while trying to repair damages related to exploitation, all while hearing culture’s obsession to “charge what you’re worth”.  Explore new perspectives and to utilize when budgeting expenses and for setting tangible goals for living wages.

Trauma-informed language

Courtney Sobieralski and Kaylee Noel
Thistle Farms Human Resources

Approachable tools and a shared vocabulary for trauma-informed practices at the individual, interpersonal, and organizational level, while also helping team members and organizations learn behaviors that can retraumatize individuals.

Sharing Wisdom. Celebrating Stories. Discovering Strategies.

Speakers

Author, Speaker, and Founder of Thistle Farms

Author, Trainer, and Founder of a Social Enterprise for Women Survivors

Survivor, Author, and Speaker

Agenda

Sessions, speakers, and music performances are subject to change.

  • March 28
  • March 29
  • March 30
  • March 31

March 28

Optional

Monday, March 28

March 29

Day 1

Tuesday, March 29

March 30

Day 2

Wednesday, March 30

March 31

Day 3

Thursday, March 31

Musical Guests