As a leader in the field of child protection, Zero Abuse Project has developed advanced courses in forensic interviewing, prevention, addressing the spiritual needs of maltreated children and reforming undergraduate training of future child protection professionals.
Offering an expansive variety of session topics, the Zero Abuse Project Summit is an opportunity for professionals in child protection services, law enforcement, forensic interviewing, legal, healthcare, education, faith communities, victim advocacy, and youth serving organizations to advance their skills with best practices from their respective fields.
Jeff Dion is an attorney, survivor, and nationally recognized victim advocate. He comes to the Zero Abuse Project after more than twenty years with the National Center for Victims of Crime, where he served as Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. He has led efforts to reform civil statutes of limitation to expand access to justice for victims of child sex abuse.
From 2002 to 2010, Jeff served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, where he chaired the Victim Services Advisory Committee. He has received numerous awards including the 2006 Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award presented by the U.S. Department of Justice for outstanding innovation and commitment to crime victim legislation. He earned his undergraduate and law degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.
Executive Director, National Children’s Alliance
Since 2008, Teresa has been the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NCA is the national association and accrediting body for nearly 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US. These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including: forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment, as well as coordinating multidisciplinary teams as they carry out investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions. In 2018, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 367,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 2 million individuals.
Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for 200 CACs and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states, as well as Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and on the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.
Ms. Huizar has a special interest in child welfare public policy, particularly in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse. She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues and has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.
Lead Forensic Interview Specialist
Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
Director, Child Advocacy Studies, Zero Abuse Project
Ed.D., Director, Center for Child Advocacy Studies
Tyler has worked over six years in both the public and private laboratory sector, having been employed as a Microbiologist, DNA Specialist, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager, and Forensic Scientist throughout the span of his laboratory career. His most recent venture involved working as a Forensic Scientist with the Indiana State Police, Laboratory Division. Tyler’s forensic training also includes knowledge in the following fields: drug analysis; questioned document analysis; firearms; fingerprinting; photography; trace evidence analysis; crime scene investigation; child forensic interviewing.
In addition to his laboratory service, Tyler has extensive experience working in post-secondary education. With over seven years of professional work experience at institutions of higher education, he has served as an Associate Professor for traditional and online learning platforms, with a combined five years of program development and directorial leadership experience for Child Advocacy Studies (CAST), Criminal Justice and Forensic Science programs. Tyler also possesses an in-depth understanding of program assessment and accreditation for both traditional and non-traditional curricula. Tyler’s academic duties continue outside the classroom through work as both a manuscript reviewer and editorial board member for a variety of peer-reviewed publication outlets.
As both a lab analyst and educator, Tyler has come to appreciate the need for engagement-based learning that prepares professionals from all walks of life to identify and respond to the varying forms of child maltreatment that exists. Tyler is dedicated to using his experience as a scientist and educator to support child advocacy initiatives and improve both academia and research within this realm. As the Director of CAST for the Zero Abuse Project, he pledges to assist faculty with training, development, and implementation as it pertains to CAST programming at their institutions.
Dr. Counsil has a B.A. in Biology from Hanover College (Hanover, IN), a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Oakland City University (Oakland City, IN), and both a M.S. and Ed.D. in Biology from Ball State University (Muncie, IN).
Detective, Irving Police Dept (Ret.)
Director, Education and Research
Executive Director, National Children’s Advocacy Center
Executive Director, Committee Against Domestic Abuse
Victim Assistance Specialist
|ROOM 1||ROOM 2||ROOM 3|
|Morning: Child Exploitation Investigations – Parts 1 & 2 Rita Farrell & John Pirics
Afternoon: National Forensic Interviewing Peer Review
|ACE-TIC Training – Jane Straub||Morning: AI Topics ~ Neil Sahota Afternoon: Child Exploitation Investigations – Parts 3 & 4 ~ John Pirics|
|6:15 AM – 7:15 PM||Set Up||Set Up||Set Up|
|7:15 AM – 8:00 PM||Check-in||Check-in||Check-in|
|8:00 AM – 10:00 PM||Child Exploitation Investigations – Part 1||Welcome, Introduction and Learning Objectives||Intro to Zero Abuse (30 min) AI 101: Helping to Protect Kids (45 min) Zero Abuse.AI Demo (45 min)|
|10:15-12:15||Child Exploitation Investigations – Part 2||Impact on Brain Development, Stress Response System, and Neurobiology of Trauma||Interactive Workshop (2 hrs)|
|1:30-3:00||Peer Review (facilitated by Rita Farrell)||Impact of trauma/victimization on behaviors, Trigger reminders, Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care||Child Exploitation Investigations – John Pirics – Part 3|
|3:10-4:30||Peer Review (facilitated by Rita Farrell)||Trauma-Informed Components and Systems, Resiliency, Reflective Listening||Child Exploitation Investigations – John Pirics – Part 4|
Darrell Hughes was a long term success as a school counselor and treatment provider for a school system in Indiana. After his apprehension for producing child pornography with multiple victims, he was convicted and agreed to participate in video recorded interviews about his criminal trade craft and previously successful methods to avoid detection. During the presentation you will hear a summary of the investigation and clips from Hughes’ interview in an effort to clarify preventative steps that can be taken by parents, school staff, child protective services, and law enforcement to help keep our children safe in the school environment.Learning Objectives
|ROOM 2||ROOM 3|
|6:15-7:15||Set Up||Set Up||Set Up|
|8:00-9-:00||Welcome & Keynote: Jeff Dion – Topic TBD|
|9:15-10:45||Alison Foster – Contemporary Use of Human Figure Drawings (and Dolls): The State of Research and Practice||Jim Sears – OK, you’ve got this sex case…now what???||Andrea Darr – “Handle With Care” Model: A statewide trauma-informed response to child maltreatment and exposure to violence|
|11:00-12:30||Rita Farrell – Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing||John Pirics – Predators in Schools: Thoughts on Prevention from an Offender||Karla Steckler-Tye, Betsy Goulet, and Tyler Counsil – Breaking Down the Silos: Collaboration with Academia to Prepare the Next Generation in Child Protection|
|1:30-3:00||Krystal Rich – Topic TBD||Tyler Counsil – Forensic Science in Child Abuse Cases: A Contemplative Look at the Future||Pete Singer – Individual and Organizational Responses to Secondary Traumatic Stress|
|3:15-4:45||Victor Vieth – From Sticks to Flowers: Working with Parents Justifying Corporal Punishment Using Scripture||Maria Rosalez-Lambert with Lezlie Bell – Use the MDT Process to Speak Up for Vulnerable Adults||Alison Feigh – Sexting: Flirting or Felony?|
|5:00-6:30||Annual ChildFirst Meeting||Other meeting as needed – TBD||Other meeting as needed – TBD|
|ROOM 2||ROOM 3||BANQUET|
|8:00-9:00||Plenary Presentation- Teresa Huizar – Topic TBD|
|9:15-10:45||Rita Farrell and Alison Feigh – Empower Me/FIRST Response to Allegations of Maltreatment||Jim Sears –Accident or Inflicted Injury: Investigator you decide||Jane Straub – Consent: What it is and why you need it!|
|11:00-12:30||Chris Newlin- Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations||Jason Mack – This Place has a Life of Its Own! Lessons on the Journey of Organizational Leadership and Capacity Building||Alison Feigh – Under a Watchful Eye: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth-Serving Organizations|
|12:45-1:45||Award Lunch – Program at 1:25. Award Categories: Forensic Interviewer, Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Lifetime Achievement|
|1:45-3:15||Capstone: Victor Vieth – Ethical Considerations in Child Maltreatment Cases|
We offer a refund minus a $75 administrative fee for each cancelled registration. We do not offer refunds if you fail to notify us prior to the conference you can’t attend. Zero Abuse Project must be notified 5 full business days before the start of the Summit to qualify for a refund or transfer (by February 20, 2020).
Transfers: Registrations can be transferred to a different attendee for a $25 administrative fee.
Zero Abuse Project reserves the right to cancel or postpone this seminar if minimum registration requirements are not met or as a result of Force Majeure. Zero Abuse Project will make all attempts to notify registrants of cancellation or postponement at the earliest opportunity. Zero Abuse Project is not responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation or postponement, including but not limited to airfares and hotels.
Zero Abuse Project seeks to acknowledge those leaders dedicated to children and adults by working to make the world a safer place. Zero Abuse Project Summit Awards are given for contributions or leadership in the specific fields of advocacy, law enforcement and forensic interviewing at the Summit Awards Ceremony Luncheon on Friday, February 28, 2020. The luncheon is included with your registration fee, but you must register for the event itself on the Summit registration pages– registration ends on Friday, February 21, 2020.
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 72758
Please note: Only a limited number of rooms are reserved in the Summit room block. Rooms begin to sell out by November, so be sure to reserve your rooms early!