CLE Credit: CLE # Certificate
Director/Creator, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC), University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL. January 2010 – present.
IPVAC is a ”first of its kind” multidisciplinary clinical program within the law school that provides legal counseling and representation (including immigration law), mental health counseling and case management services to indigent survivors of domestic, dating, sexual and stalking violence. This collaboration between the Levin College of Law, College of Medicine, UF Health/Shands, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office makes up a network known as The Source Program. In addition to direct client services, IPVAC provides intensive interdisciplinary skills training to UF law students and counseling/social work graduate students. Law students practice litigation skills learned in the clinical classroom in the courtroom (opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, etc.) representing survivors. Students also work with a variety of local and state organizations/agencies such as the Office of the State Attorney, Department of Children and Families, law enforcement, Child Protection Team, Child Advocacy Center, Guardian ad Litem, certified domestic violence centers, and Partnership for Strong Families, Inc. These students are instructed/mentored by the IPVAC staff which consists of the director, a licensed clinical social worker from UFHealth, a program assistant, and a case manager/victim advocate. Additionally, IPVAC trains all second year medical students and first year law students about the dynamics of domestic violence, screening and referral protocol. IPVAC pioneers a national model that advances trauma responsive best practices, policies, and professional development in domestic violence programs and services.
Visiting Skills Professor, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL. January 2010 – present. Designed curricula and teach Domestic Violence and the Law (2 credits), Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (6 credits). Also co-teach Interview and Counseling for Clinics (2 credits).
Co-Founder and Facilitator, Peace4Gainesville, A Trauma Responsive Community Response, 2014-present. Designed and coordinated the largest toxic trauma conference ever held in North Florida, attended by over 300 child professionals, law enforcement, mental health professionals, UF academic faculty, health care providers, criminal and civil justice system personnel, and local government. Speakers included two internationally renowned psycho-neurobiologists and experts from throughout the state focused on the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on children. Also planned and coordinated a second conference for leaders of child-involved agencies about creating trauma informed organizations. Peace4Gainesville meets monthly to discuss community initiatives around childhood trauma prevention and intervention. (Peace4Gainesville.org, www.facebook.com/Peace4Gainesville)