Annual Conference

2018 SVN Annual Conference

B Ocean Resort
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
May 30-June 2, 2018
Super Early Bird Registration is Now Open HERE

Pay $325 through 12/31/17, after that date member rate is $375


Rooms will be $149/night with a $10 Resort Fee

Make a Reservation HERE

Due to space limitations, we are anticipating a sellout of the Conference and the Hotel Room block, so please make plans early.

Check out the lineup of workshops HERE

SVN Annual Conference

B Engaged
B Collaborative
B Global

SVN providers are quite diverse, hailing from many different countries, states, provinces, and court jurisdictions. Although we are doing this work from various perspectives and viewpoints, we share the vision that vulnerable families who need supervised visitation services should have access to competent, well-trained providers who put safety first.

In 2018 The SVN Annual Conference will highlight a Global Approach to helping the families we serve.

Global, in that Supervised Visitation/Access is provided all around the world and we can enrich all of our programs by expanding our horizons and learning different ways to do this work.

Global, in that we must recognize our role within the larger framework and systems under which we operate, and enhance how we collaborate in them.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Stephen Bavolek

Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the fields of child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention, and parenting education. Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Bavolek's professional background includes working with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in schools and residential settings, and abused children and abusive parents in treatment programs. Dr. Bavolek has conducted extensive research in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. He received his doctorate at Utah State University in 1978 and completed a post-doctoral internship at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver, Colorado. He has held university faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and the University of Utah.

Dr. Bavolek has received numerous international, national, state and local awards for his work, including induction in 1989 into the Royal Guild of the International Social Work Round Table in Vienna, Austria, and selection in 1983 by Phi Delta Kappa as one of 75 young educators in the country who represent the best in educational leadership, research and services. In addition, he has been selected by Oxford's Who's Who in 1993 as a member of the elite registry of extraordinary professionals and in 1998 as a member of the elite registry of extraordinary CEO's. Dr. Bavolek was also Mental Health Professional of the Year of Northern Wisconsin in 1985 and Child Advocate of the Year in Utah in 1991. In 1980, he was recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for outstanding research and services to the handicapped.

Since 1983 he has conducted numerous workshops, has appeared on multiple radio and television talk show programs, and has published numerous books, articles, programs and newsletters. He is the principal author of the Nurturing Parenting Programs, programs designed to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, and the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), an inventory designed to assess high risk parenting attitudes. Dr. Bavolek is President of Family Development Resources, Inc. and Executive Director of Family Nurturing Centers International.

Katrina Taylor

Katrina Taylor, 21 years old, was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. During her adolescent and teenage years, she was a victim of child abuse and neglect. Katrina's mother abused drugs and alcohol, which led to her running away at the age of 16. The courts placed her in the care of her grandparents, put on the CHINS (Child in Need of Supervision) program, and ordered her to keep a relationship with her mother. When Katrina would visit her mother, they would go to homes where people were dealing drugs which made her feel unsafe and uncomfortable. Due to her mother's choices, their visits were ordered to take place at the Family Visitation Center. With the challenges Katrina has experienced, she has fought diligently through all the obstacles to get to where she is today. She now reigns as Miss Worldwide United and publicly speaks about child abuse and neglect in hopes to help others. Katrina is a student at The University of South Dakota, studying pre-law. She hopes to be an attorney and help children that were in similar situations as her.

Gabrielle Hershey

To the outside world, Gabrielle Hershey appeared to have it all together. Many saw her as a loving mother with a successful career, a woman who had the love and respect of countless friends and family who surrounded her. However, on the inside, she was carrying a significant weight, a burden that many would struggle with understanding and most were not even aware was taking place. After spending years in an abusive relationship, Gabrielle had finally found the strength to leave, fleeing a life lived in fear to protect the lives of herself and her children. However, the turmoil and chaos that she endured afterwards was life changing. Gabrielle quickly came to realize that leaving an abusive relationship was only the start of her journey, a journey filled with uphill battles, continued abuse and constant questioning of every single decision being made. A journey that involved the complex interactions with both the public and private sectors of the supervised access community.

With a strength that only comes from being a survivor, Gabrielle shares her story. She shares the challenges of navigating a system that at times seemed to be working against her and an abusive ex-husband who had an on-going desire to seek control and break her spirit. Hear Gabrielle's story of courage, resilience and determination. Her personal journey of self-reflection and how her identity shifted as she shed the role of 'victim' and proudly assumed the title 'survivor' of domestic violence.

Charlie Applestein

Youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC (ATR) provides expert strength-based training, consultation, publications, CDs, and DVDs for individuals and groups who work with children and youth experiencing serious emotional and behavioral issues. Charlie Appelstein

Described as "the best youth care trainer in America" by Robert Lieberman, former president of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers, Charlie has devoted his entire adult career to helping children and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges and those who guide them. An engaging, informative, and humorous speaker, Charlie is the author of three critically acclaimed books on youth care and the creator of two innovative CDs that helps kids and parents make better choices and lead happier lives. Charlie's strength-based approach delivers a message of hope and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives.

B Ocean Resort


Make a Reservation HERE

The SVN Room Block has sold out the last three years, make your plans early!

Rooms are $149/night with a reduced $10 daily resort fee

B first to experience the newly renovated B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. An exciting oceanfront hotel located directly on the pristine white sand beach, this exquisite destination offers stylish, remodeled guest rooms with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Featuring the most desirable amenities, including Free WiFi, direct private beach access, a 24-hour fitness center and delectable dining at the world-famous Wreck Bar and newest seafood concept, the Naked Crab. Conveniently located less than 5 miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Port, the prime location makes it the premier choice among Fort Lauderdale oceanfront hotels. You will B Captivated during your stay at B Ocean Resort.

The reduced $10 resort fee includes use of 2 beach chairs each day, access to bikes, and %15 discount at the Naked Crab

Overnight Self Parking is $15 for SVN Attendees


B Ocean Resort is one of only a couple of FT Lauderdale Hotel Properties that are actually on the beach. Built in the 1950's, Formerly the Yankee Clipper Hotel, the B Ocean Resort is an interesting attraction by itself -- located right on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, as it is shaped to resemble a large ship.


Inside, you will find the Wreck Bar, an oasis of nautical kitsch resembling the interior of a ship wrecked Spanish Galleon, complete with aquariums and briny decor throughout. Then there is also an extra bonus- large portholes that look into the hotel's pool from behind the bar. Friday and Saturday evenings 6:30 (and 9:30 PM starting February for 21 and over), a live "Mermaid" and Aqua-dancer named MeduSirena and her "Pod"of "Aquaticats" swim past the portholes in the 'MeduSirena Swimshow', offering patrons a view of a more unusual Florida aquatic species.