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|7:15 AM – 8:00 AM||Registration|
|8:00 AM – 9:15 AM||PLENARY Hope Rising: How the Science of HOPE Can Change Your Life|
President, Alliance for HOPE International
Casey Gwinn will present on the newest research on ACEs, Hope, and Resiliency and the pathway forward to breaking the generational cycle of violence and abuse that fills our Child Advocacy Centers, Rape Crisis Centers, and Family Justice Centers with both adult and child victims. He will challenge us personally and professionally to be hopegivers including understanding the impact of polyvictimization, complex trauma, and vicarious trauma. Hope is the single best predictor of well-being in the lives of direct and secondary trauma victims. With both storytelling, humor, and passion, Casey Gwinn will challenge every attendee to strive to achieve rising hope in our own lives and the lives of those we serve.
|9:15 AM – 9:30 AM||Break|
|9:30 AM – 11:00 AM||Adverse Childhood Experiences: Incorporating the ACE Study Into Practice. Identify, Intervene, Protect and Prevent|
Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
Experiences in childhood mater. Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health. The ACE Study is the largest study investigating the health and social effects of stress and trauma. Now that we have the research, what can we do about it? Terms such as the cycle of violence, generational poverty and generational abuse are absolutely related to ACEs. Strategies such as identification and assessment of adverse experiences, reducing risk and exposure, nurturing resiliency and skills building are effective interventions to stress, trauma and abuse. Changing the negative course that many children are on is our way to prevent abuse in future generations. Please join us to increase your knowledge of ACEs, understand the impact of trauma and leave with ideas to reduce stress for children.
|I Take It Back: When A Child Recants Sexual Abuse Allegations|
Director of Forensic Services, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Discuss the risk factors that might be present in a case, which could be indicative of a possible recant. Explain and recognize potential ways to ensure both the physical and emotional protection of the child as well as immediate intervention services in an effort to prevent a recant in the first place. Discuss and identify ways for the multidisciplinary team to evaluate the report of recantation to determine what to do next. Recognize when a second interview should occur, by whom and the adjustments that need to be made to traditional interview protocols in order to gather pertinent information.
|Sexting Behavior: Flirting or Felony|
Program Manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
Social media is not going away. As social media adapts and changes, young people are either creating the adaptations or adapting right along with it. Professionals can face a steep learning curve as they attempt to respond to new risks in the lives of the young people they serve. This presentation provides tools to help professionals get on the front end of the problem before they are faced head on with challenging mental health or criminal scenarios around youth sending and receiving sexual material. The presentation will detail the risks children are facing and provide case studies, tools, and best practices for professionals working to respond.
|11:00 AM – 11:15 AM||Break|
|11:15 AM – 12:45 PM||Surviving Testifying In The Courtroom: Relax. . .It’s A No Brainer!|
Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Child Protection Section
Co-presenter: Cathy Meyer, Executive Director, Center for Children
Testifying is often a stressful event, regardless of one’s experience. However, with practice and confidence, it can get easier. In her 30 years in the field, Ms. Meyers has testified many times as an expert in both family court and criminal cases. She has mastered the skill in order to convey the facts of the case while advocating for children. Ms. Nix has independently litigated numerous cases in family court, frequently relying on child protective services social workers, therapists, and other professionals to prove her case. Ms. Meyers and Ms. Nix will provide strategies and tips on how social workers and mental health professionals can convey their clinical expertise to a judge and jury. The presenters will role model various phases of a case in order to demonstrate successful strategies to survive even the toughest cross examination. The workshop will begin with lessons, and ultimately request participation from the audience to demonstrate the skills taught. Ms. Nix and Ms. Meyers will draw on their own experiences in the courtroom to teach social workers, therapists, and other professionals how to testify credibly and confidently. Attendees can expect to learn how to testify skillfully, from voir dire to cross examination. Using role play and student participation, Ms. Meyers and Ms. Nix will demonstrate how to testify with confidence. This experiential session will take the fear out of the courtroom process and arm participants with new tools to use in court. It also will assist participants in tailoring their testimony for criminal and family court experiences. While this workshop is geared towards mental health professionals and social workers, anyone who finds themselves inside a courtroom, from law enforcement to forensic interviewers, can benefit from this presentation.
|From Outcry To Conclusion: The Trauma-Informed MDT Investigative Approach To Child Sexual Abuse|
Regional Training Specialist, SRCAC
Co-presenter: Tony DeVincenzo, Training Specialist, Northeast Regional CAC
This presentation will emphasize the importance of MDT investigators working child sexual cases from the initial outcry to the conclusion of the investigation utilizing trauma-informed decision making.
|Mentoring Forensic Interviewers: Building A Strong Foundation|
Clinical Supervisor, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center
Co-presenter: Brandi Cannon, Forensic Interviewer, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, Morgan Stidham, Forensic Interviewer, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center and Lauren Walker, Forensic Interviewer, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center
After completing an initial national Forensic Interview training, Forensic Interviewers will benefit greatly by receiving mentoring and coaching from a seasoned Forensic Interviewer. By enhancing the initial training with a mentoring process, we have found that it sets a solid skill set foundation that the Forensic Interviewer can build upon. Our process of mentoring begins with breaking the forensic interview into 3 phases: Introduction to Open Invitation, Disclosure, Gathering Details, Alternative Hypothesis, and Closure. The Mentor and Mentee will work through each of these phases, with the Mentor providing critical feedback and observations throughout, a minimum of 3 times, or until the proficiency level is met. Mentoring should take place every 2 weeks and should be completed within 6 months; however this timeline is flexible, depending upon the individual Interviewer and the productivity of the CAC. The goal of mentoring is, that by the end of the process, the Forensic Interviewer will have obtained the required skills and techniques to conduct a forensic interview and that the Forensic Interviewer will meet and exceed standards within the protocol. Some of the benefits of this mentoring process include that there is less time for the Forensic Interviewer to develop bad habits, the Mentor can bridge the gap between the Forensic Interviewer and the MDT, and a new Forensic Interviewer is able to develop a relationship with a seasoned Forensic Interviewer. While the mentoring process is best done face to face, there are alternative ways that could be used if that is not an option. Mentoring, in addition to an initial training, is vital for new Forensic Interviewers to be able to build a strong foundation and skill set. This training provides information, including examples and sample language that both the Mentor and Mentee can use.
|12:45 PM – 1:30 PM||Lunch Break (on your own)|
|1:30 PM – 3:00 PM||It’s Not The Child’s Job To Prove Their Case: Thinking Outside Of The Box; Team Response To Corroboration And Use Of Children’s Drawings In Forensic Interviews|
Director of MDT Coordination, The Cottage
This presentation will cover approaches in team prosecution of special victim cases that do not rely on the victim to prove their own case. It will address investigative techniques that are supported by current research but often require thinking outside of the box. This presentation will also address the use of children drawing their trauma incident in the forensic interview and how that can be used in the investigation and the interview itself.
|Women With Histories Of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Mothering, Resilience And Protecting The Next Generation|
Professor / Psychotherapist, Hudson Valley Community College
The workshop will examine the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and examine the risk and protective factors that mothers who have experienced child sexual abuse had to overcome in order and protect their children from the abuse they experienced. The workshop will examine the social and emotional challenges faced by this particular group of mothers. The workshop will also focus on the protective factors in the lives of these mothers that help them to “defy the odds” and give their children something positive and significantly different from what they experienced as children. The workshop is beneficial for all audiences.
|Knock And Talks: Maximum Results With Minimum Manpower|
Detective, Carmel Police Department
This presentation will draw from several years of experience in child exploitation investigations that have been initiated by consensual contact (knock and talks). The presentation will provide successful techniques to gain and maintain consent, tips on maximizing the interview, methods for triaging knock and talk targets, and overall strategies for the different types of situations and individuals that are encountered. This information will be blended with examples from cases that the presenter has investigated, many of which have resulted in child rescues and significant sentences.
|3:00 PM – 3:15 PM||Break|
|3:15 PM – 4:30 PM||Responding To Child Torture: A New Category Of Child Maltreatment|
Pamela J. Miller
Executive Director, Children’s Justice Project
Child torture is gaining recognition as a distinct form of child maltreatment that requires specialized assessment and response. While there is ample research on politically motivated torture, which may include child victims, there has been almost no research on child torture as a domestic, intrafamilial phenomenon. A watershed article by Knox and colleagues (2014) describes the unique features of child torture within families and proposes a medical definition. This training will introduce the psychological dynamics of child torture in families, give participants an opportunity to practice applying the medical definition of child torture to case studies, and propose responsive actions for a variety of professions involved in the protection and treatment of children.
|Human Trafficking Prevention For Parents, Educators And Professionals|
Community Outreach Program Manager, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
Sex trafficking happens in every community in the United States, and impacts us all regardless of where we call home. In this presentation we discuss the crime of human trafficking, the tactics that traffickers use to lure youth and what we can do, no matter who we are, to stop it. Throughout the presentation we will provide real-life examples of human trafficking in Arizona and equip audience members with the tools to identify the warning signs that someone may be a victim of trafficking. Attendees to this presentation will also receive a booklet created by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that includes additional information and resources on sex trafficking as it relates to minors.
|Facility Dogs: Science And Stories Of Inspiration|
Mental Health Program Director, Kid’s House Child Advocacy Center
Co-presenter: Tamara Martin, Forensic Interviewer, Child Protect Child Advocacy Center and Brenda Kocher, Guardian ad Litem, Trauma Practitioner, Guardian ad Litem
There is a rich scientific body of literature on the benefit of canines working with traumatized youth. This presentation will feature three different facility dog teams, each serving various areas of focus: forensic interviewing, mental health, and court. Each of the presenters will focus on 1-2 body systems that are affected by the human/canine interface and how that translates into more trauma-informed service provision.
|4:30 PM – 6:00 PM||ChildFirst® Meeting|
|8:00 AM – 9:15 AM||We’re Just Going To Talk: Presenting Your Case In Opening Statements And Closing Arguments In Cases Of Child Abuse|
Senior Director & Founder, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
The outcome of many child abuse cases depends on the ability of the prosecutor to argue the facts to the jury. In this workshop prosecutors and child protection attorneys will learn the art and science of effective strategies and themes for opening statements and closing arguments in child abuse cases. Students will learn a theme for presenting their case. They will learn specific arguments to persuade a jury that a child is telling the truth. They will learn to debunk common defenses in child abuse cases.
|Considering The Evolution Of Technology Within The Forensic Interview|
Forensic Interviewer, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Technology is evolving everyday! As such, knowledge, awareness, and prevention related to technology threats must also evolve. By acknowledging technology as an area of possible concern, assessment and exploration should take place in efforts to keep our children safe. Similar to the historical safety message of “stranger danger”; as the world progresses, so must our methods for safety in this capacity. Considering the unlimited and immediate access offered by a variety of devices and mediums; no longer is safety just a concern as it relates to predators literally within an arm’s reach of youth and children. Instead, opportunities such as a forensic interview can be used to explore these additional potential threats and concerns. Recently, there has been an increase in dialogue surrounding conversations of images, both videos and picture, and often times the inclusion of social media- but more progress is needed for inclusion about those things ranging in between; from cyber dating and cyber stalking to sex trafficking, sextortion, enticing and more.
|Mean What You Say And Say What You Mean: Communicating Effectively With Non-Offending Caregivers|
Forensic Interviewer, Trainer, First Witness
Co-presenter: Jessica LaBore, Investigator, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department and Ina Newton,Family Advocate, First Witness Child Advocacy Center
This session will discuss research-based best practices for how to interact with families at all steps in the investigative interview process. Presenters will address how to effectively message with non-offending caregivers in pre and post investigative interview interactions. Incorporating the perspectives of law enforcement, social workers, advocacy and forensic interviewers, this session will give teams and investigators a better sense of what families may need from investigators through the child abuse investigation process, how to have effective communication with families and will provide tools and sample language for messaging around common questions, concerns, and difficult situations.
|9:15 AM – 9:30 AM||Break|
|9:30 AM – 11:00 AM||“But I Love Him…”|
Assistant Director of Forensic Services, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Interviewing children and teenagers who have been sexually victimized can in itself be challenging, but it can be especially challenging when the child/teen does not see themselves as a victim, but rather feels that they are in a loving relationship with the offender. The feelings they have can often create blocks to disclosure that can be difficult to overcome. Kim Skidmore will offer suggestions on how to ask questions in a way that can gather helpful investigative information without further complicating the emotional challenges the victim already faces and will include lecture, case study and video clips to assist in the learning process.
|Creating Trauma Informed Spaces For Victims And Families Throughout The Justice System|
Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
After learning about Adverse Child Experiences (The ACE Study), most professionals want the next steps. Creating trauma informed space and training staff to respond to behaviors linked to trauma will strengthen relationships. Throughout the justice system from disclosure to verdict can be triggering traumatizing and re-traumatizing for victims and families. This session will share steps to improve the environment in order to create safe spaces, recognize and identify behaviors that impact disclosure to testimony and ensure that clients feel listened to and their experiences acknowledged.
|1,174 Days…Tortured To Death. Audryna’s Story|
Investigator, Holmen Police Department
A glimpse into the tortured life of 3 year old Audryna began with a 911 call made on 10/28/14 of a child having a seizure. Law enforcement and medical personnel that responded could immediately see that this child was emaciated and covered in trauma. At hospital admittance it was discovered that Audryna had an extremely high level of sodium that doctors believed caused the seizure which eventually led to Audryna’s death. The investigation that followed showed the torture that Audryna endured at the hands of her biological father and his girlfriend including the discovery that she was likely force-fed salt which ultimately caused her death which was listed as fatal child abuse. The investigation also showed that Audryna was the “targeted child” in the family. The entire MDT worked to bring justice for this little girl that had been failed by so many in her life and to protect the other children in the family. In the end the sentences received by the two suspects left most of the MDT team feeling disappointed and frustrated with the justice system.
|11:00 AM – 11:15 AM||Break|
|11:15 AM – 12:30 PM||You’ve Been Served: Tips For Testifying In Court|
Clinical Counselor and Counselor Educator, The Well Counseling Center and Auburn University
Co-presenter: E. Paul Jones
The lack of education on legal proceedings leaves counselors and forensic interviewers unprepared to serve as a competent witness, and incapable of representing the victim adequately. Being poorly informed about aspects of the judicial system places counselors at risk for ethical violations, including violating confidentiality and not protecting the welfare of clients. In this presentation, the essential areas of knowledge and skills are described that counselors and forensic interviewers must have prior to testifying in court.
|Investigating And Prosecuting A Human Trafficking Case|
Chief Assistant Prosecutor, SVU Unit, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
This presentation will study the dynamics of forced labor, including those surrounding sexually exploited children. It will reveal investigative techniques as well as how to successfully prosecute these types of cases.
|0-10,000: Growing An Education/Prevention Program At Your Child Advocacy Center|
Education Advocate, Cooper Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center
This presentation will provide a protocol for establishing and implementing education/prevention programs for elementary age students (K-6) through their school districts and for teenagers through partnership with their faith based communities. We will explore how to build the credibility and trust you will need to open these doors to your program. Participants will also receive practical models of form letters, scheduling spreadsheets, power point presentations and disclosure tracking forms to facilitate the organization of their program.
|12:30 PM – 2:00 PM||Awards Luncheon (The awards lunch is included in your registration fee. Please indicate if you plan on attending when you register.)|
|2:15 PM – 3:45 PM||Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations|
Executive Director, National Children’s Advocacy Center
This workshop is intended for all levels of professionals who are involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse. We are working in a continually changing field, and it is critical that direct service providers stay abreast of the current research affecting our work. This workshop will provide a general review of recent research affecting child abuse investigations and prosecutions, and challenge the attendees to relate this information to their current practices in the field.
|A Cross-Discipline Exploration Of Trauma-Effective Practice|
Therapist/Lead Consultant, Clearwater Counseling/Advanced Trauma Consulting
“Trauma-Informed Practice” has become a buzzword in many fields, including education, mental health, healthcare, corrections, legal, and more. But what does it really mean, and are there concepts that apply in these diverse fields? This training explores what truly equips people and organizations to provide trauma-informed and effective care by looking at relevant information and research. It identifies facets of a trauma-informed organizational culture and value systems that reach to students/clients/families, staff, organizations, and systems/communities.
|A Multidiscipline Approach To Medical Child Abuse|
Allison M. Jackson
Division Chief, Children’s National Health System
Co-presenter: Lynsey Nix, Forensic Interviewer, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Child Protection Section, Michael Weber, Criminal Investigator, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
This training will provide an overview of medical child abuse, explaining how caregivers tend to utilize physicians and other treatment providers as instruments to inflict this form of child abuse. Caregivers perpetrating medical child abuse are often manipulative and able to coerce doctors into assigning diagnoses and providing treatment based upon their inaccurate reports. By highlighting their experiences, the presenters will detail how to investigate such allegations, focusing on common symptoms or ailments present in these cases, and common characteristics of caregivers. This training will discuss the way victims of medical child abuse are placed in the “sick role”, and will give strategies and techniques to address the physical and emotional harm suffered by these children. This training will assist medical professionals, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and social workers in dealing with this unique concern for child welfare professionals. Given the nature of medical child abuse, the professionals must work together closely during all aspects of the case to ensure the child’s safety until removal because caretakers engaging in medical child abuse may escalate their behaviors when detected, which can subject the child to greater harm or even death. Doctors and medical professionals will be trained to recognize concerns for medical child abuse and receive guidance to ensure the safety of their patients. The investigative team, including police and social workers, will learn practical techniques for investigating Medical Child Abuse allegations, including interview tactics for caregivers, and ways to monitor victims remotely to reduce the risk for escalated abuse. Prosecutors can expect to gain insight into presenting such complex medical information concisely before the court, as well as strategies for addressing the caregiver’s defenses.
|8:00 AM – 9:30 AM||Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults|
Program Coordinator, Finding Words New Jersey
This presentation will identify some of the drugs that are used to facilitate sexual assaults. We will look at some of the similarities and differences in the substances used. Investigative techniques will be examined. We will also look at the impact the assault has on the victim, and proactive measures one can take to prevent future occurrences.
|Treating Separation Anxiety In Migrant Families|
Program Manager, CAPMC
Discussing the diversity of family units within inter-generational migrant families. Present American views of family values that increase the likelihood of depression and separation anxiety among migrant children. Discuss the normalization of racism inflicted by Americans and first generational migrant families towards secondary migrant families and beyond. Identifying coping skills for children and parents impacted by forced or self initiated separation.
|2019 Emerging Issues In The Field Of Forensic Interviewing|
Lead Forensic Interview Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
While most funders require their programs to have a logic model, many do not understand how to use them in promoting program success and sharing lessons learned with other programs that work with sexually exploited youth. In this hands on workshop, participants will learn how to use their logic models to improve programming, inform stakeholders about their program, train new staff and volunteers, be accountable to their program’s design and outcomes, and share findings with others. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own logic models so they can reference and revise them. Examples from the Minnesota Safe Harbor initiative will be used throughout the presentation for those who do not have their own logic model.
|9:30 AM – 9:45 AM||Break|
|9:45 – 11:15 AM||Interviewing Non-English Speaking Families|
Program Director Bilingual Forensic Interviewer, Oklahoma Interviewing Services, Inc
Professionals are faced with many challenges when interviewing adults and children whose first language is not English. It is critical in determining what language in which to conduct the interview and when is it necessary to utilized an interpreter. It is just as important determining who are the best interpreters for the interview and maintaining control of the interview.
|Educator Sexual Misconduct: Recognizing And Responding With Abuse Survivor, Andrea Clemens Vaughan|
CoFounder Executive Advisor, KidSafe Foundation
Co-presenter: Andrea Clemens Vaughan, KidSafe Facilitator, KidSafe Foundation
Safety is promoted as the number one priority for all schools and child serving agencies yet the topic of sexual abuse prevention and the need to teach personal safety are often not addressed. This presentation provides must have information for all professionals working in any capacity with children. We will provide a language of safety to use with children and families, and how to prevent, recognize and report abuse. Sexual abuse survivor, Andrea Clemens, will share her story of educator sexual abuse as she educates participants on how to be the first line of defense in a child’s safety.
|Domestic Violence: A New Look|
(Retired) Police Sgt., Irving Police Dept.
A new look in strategies with strangulation, child victims, and including the MDT. How to look at strangulation as the danger it is. What happens to children that see and hear the abuse-are they really victims?. And Branching out from conventional thinking to include the MDT in these cases.
|11:15 AM – 11:30 AM||Break|
|11:30 AM – 12:30 AM||Interviewing Children With Sexual Behavior Issues|
Victim Assistance Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
|Adverse Childhood Experiences: The ACE Conversation|
Clinical Psychologist, Gundersen Health System
The ACE Conversation is a structured approach to the sensitive conversation with people we serve in our communities about the relationship between toxic stress, long term health outcomes and protective factors. This is an important public health message we can deliver across numerous sectors in the community. Research data which examines parent and professional perspectives to having this conversation will also be presented.
|When Sex Buyers Rape And Kill: A Case Study On Terique Hall|
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office
Co-presenter: Destiny Bryant, Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office
This case study will explore the statistics behind sex buying and the dangers of those who buy sex. Terique Hall was an unassuming serial rapist who solely targeted young women on Backpage.com. He strangled his final victim to death. As we track this case, we will explore the dangerous world of frequent sex buyers. We will also discuss the investigative tools and techniques that allowed law enforcement to link multiple reports to Terique Hall which led to his ultimate conviction.
Zero Abuse Project is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the elimination of child sexual abuse. Our programs are designed to provide training and education to professionals and students, and to help transform institutions to effectively prevent, recognize, and respond to child sexual abuse.