February 6th – 8th – 2019 Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit

February 6th – 8th – 2019 Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit

February 6–8, 2019 | Rosen Centre Hotel—9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 72758

As a leader in the field of child protection, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center 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 a broad variety of session topics, the VIP 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.

Topics

  • When Words Matter - Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing
  • Prevention - Implementing effective abuse prevention programs
  • Advocacy - Building champions for victims of trauma or maltreatment
  • Trauma-Informed Care - Supporting those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and traumatic events
  • National Forensic Interview Peer Review - This is an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback on forensic interviews.

Areas of Interest

Trauma Informed Care, Adverse Childhood Experience research, Bullying, Sexual, Emotional or Physical abuse, Medical neglect, Vicarious trauma, Corporal punishment, Online safety, Domestic violence, Multidisciplinary teams, LGBTQ issues, Veteran and military family trauma, Advocacy, Juvenile justice, Human trafficking, Abuse in athletics, Missing children, Forensic Interviewing, Trial preparation, Prevention program implementation, Crisis intervention, Ethics, Child development, Cultural context of abuse

Continuing Ed Credits (2018)

The VIP Summit has been approved for 16.75 standard CLE credits (event code 252229).

The VIP Summit has been approved for 44 credits by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Trainings (course number 10241-0076).

Certificates

Certificates of attendance are emailed to all qualified registered participants within 2 weeks of the completion of the conference.

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7:15 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

PLENARY
Hope Rising: How the Science of HOPE Can Change Your Life

Details

Casey Gwinn

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 AMBreak
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Incorporating the ACE Study Into Practice. Identify, Intervene, Protect and Prevent

Details

Jane Straub

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

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Jesse Gonzalez

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

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Alison Feigh

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 AMBreak
11:15 AM - 12:45 PMSurviving Testifying In The Courtroom: Relax. . .It's A No Brainer!

Details

Lynsey Nix

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

Details

Jerri Sites

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

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Tracey Childress

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 PMLunch Break (on your own)
1:30 PM - 3:00 PMIt'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

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Alicia Chandler

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

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Teresa Gil

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

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John Pirics

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 PMBreak
3:15 PM - 4:30 PMResponding To Child Torture: A New Category Of Child Maltreatment

Details

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

Details

Michelle Rucker

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

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Denise Conus

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 PMChildFirst® Meeting

The VIP Pre-Summit includes an in-depth case review and a National Forensic Interview Peer Review.
Tuesday, February 5


Peer Review

Facilitated by our expert forensic interview specialists, this session will be an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges experienced on their recent forensic interview and receive constructive feedback on how to work through those issues.

Requirements:
The below requirements apply to individuals providing a recording of an interview they conducted. You have the option to observe and critique only.

  • Bring a recording of an interview you conducted (preferably 30-40 minutes in length) on a flash drive
  • Provide the protocol that was used during the interview
  • Describe what you would like the peer review to focus on

Payment Information

Gundersen NCPTC accepts the following credit cards: Credit cards
If you are experiencing problems making an online payment, first please call your credit card company and inquire whether there is a problem. If no problem is reported, wait 24 hours, try again, then contact us to report the problem.

 

Registration Options

 

Pre-Summit | (Feb. 5)

$75

if paying online

$100

if paying by invoice

VIP Summit | (Feb. 6-8)

$300

if paying online

$325

if paying by invoice

  • If you need to pay by check or P.O. please contact Shannon McHone at [email protected] or (608) 775-4883 to register. All registrants paying by check will be issued an invoice. Online registration will only accept payment via credit card.
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Cancellation policy

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. Gundersen NCPTC must be notified 3 full business days before the start of the training to qualify for a refund or transfer. 
Transfers: Registrations can be transferred to a different conference/training location for a $25 administrative fee.

Disclaimer

Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC) reserves the right to cancel or postpone this seminar if minimum registration requirements are not met or as a result of Force Majeure. GNCPTC will make all attempts to notify registrants of cancellation or postponement at the earliest opportunity. GNCPTC is not responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation or postponement, including but not limited to airfares and hotels.

Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center seeks to acknowledge those leaders dedicated to children and adults by working to make the world a safer place. The VIP Summit Awards are given for contributions or leadership in the specific fields of advocacylaw enforcement and forensic interviewing at the VIP Summit Awards Ceremony Luncheon on Thursday, February 7. Registration for the awards luncheon ends on January 30, 2019.

The votes are in! Stay tuned as winners will be announced soon.

Cherie Benjoseph

Cherie Benjoseph

CoFounder Executive Advisor, KidSafe Foundation

Educator Sexual Misconduct - Recognizing and Responding with Abuse Survivor, Andrea Clemens Vaughan

Destiny Bryant

Destiny Bryant

Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney's Office

When Sex Buyers Rape and Kill: A Case Study on Terique Hall

 Danielle Buckley

Danielle Buckley

Chief Assistant Prosecutor, SVU Unit, Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

Investigating and Prosecuting a Human Trafficking Case

Brandi Cannon

Brandi Cannon

Forensic Interviewer, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Mentoring Forensic Interviewers: Building a Strong Foundation

Alicia Chandler

Alicia Chandler

Director of MDT Coordination, The Cottage

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

Tracey Childress

Tracey Childress

Clinical Supervisor, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Mentoring Forensic Interviewers: Building a Strong Foundation

Denise Conus

Denise Conus

Mental Health Program Director, Kid's House Child Advocacy Center

Facility Dogs: Science And Stories Of Inspiration

Tony DeVincenzo

Tony DeVincenzo

Training Specialist, Northeast Regional CAC

From Outcry to Conclusion: The Trauma-Informed MDT Investigative Approach to Child Sexual Abuse

Rita Farrell

Rita Farrell

Lead Forensic Interview Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

2019 Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing

Alison Feigh

Alison Feigh

Program Manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Sexting Behavior: Flirting or Felony

Teresa Gil

Teresa Gil

Professor / Psychotherapist, Hudson Valley Community College

Women with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Mothering, Resilience and Protecting the Next Generation

Tamara Glover

Tamara Glover

Forensic Interviewer, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Considering the Evolution of Technology within the Forensic Interview

Jesse Gonzalez

Jesse Gonzalez

Director of Forensic Services, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

I Take it Back: When A Child Recants Sexual Abuse Allegations

Casey Gwinn

Casey Gwinn

President, Alliance for HOPE International

Hope Rising: How the Science of HOPE Can Change Your Life

Allison M. Jackson

Allison M. Jackson

Division Chief, Children's National Health System

A Multidiscipline Approach to Medical Child Abuse

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Forensic Interviewer, Trainer, First Witness

Mean What You Say and Say What You Mean: Communicating Effectively with Non-Offending Caregivers

E. Paul Jones

E. Paul Jones

You've Been Served: Tips for Testifying in Court

Brenda Kocher

Brenda Kocher

Guardian ad Litem, Trauma Practitioner, Guardian ad Litem

Facility Dogs: Science And Stories Of Inspiration

Kenneth Kolich

Kenneth Kolich

Program Coordinator, Finding Words New Jersey

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults

Jessica LaBore

Jessica LaBore

Investigator, St. Louis County Sheriff's Department

Mean What You Say and Say What You Mean: Communicating Effectively with Non-Offending Caregivers

Jill LaComfora

Jill LaComfora

Education Advocate, Cooper Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

0-10,000: Growing an Education/Prevention Program at Your Child Advocacy Center

Tamara Martin

Tamara Martin

Forensic Interviewer, Child Protect Child Advocacy Center

Facility Dogs: Science And Stories Of Inspiration

Cathy Meyer

Cathy Meyer

Executive Director, Center for Children

Surviving Testifying in the Courtroom: Relax...It's a No Brainer!

Pamela J. Miller

Pamela J. Miller

Executive Director, Children's Justice Project

Responding to Child Torture: A New Category of Child Maltreatment

Chris Newlin

Chris Newlin

Executive Director, National Children's Advocacy Center

Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations

Ina Newton

Ina Newton

Family Advocate, First Witness Child Advocacy Center

Mean What You Say and Say What You Mean: Communicating Effectively with Non-Offending Caregivers

Lynsey Nix

Lynsey Nix

Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Child Protection Section

Surviving Testifying in the Courtroom: Relax. . .It's a No Brainer!

Denyse Olson-Dorff

Denyse Olson-Dorff

Clinical Psychologist, Gundersen Health System

Adverse Childhood Experiences: The ACE Conversation

John Pirics

John Pirics

Detective, Carmel Police Department

Knock and Talks: Maximum Results with Minimum Manpower

Dalia Racine

Dalia Racine

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney's Office

When Sex Buyers Rape and Kill: A Case Study on Terique Hall

Stephanie Randolph

Stephanie Randolph

Victim Assistance Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

Interviewing Children with Sexual Behavior Issues

Tina Rodriguez

Tina Rodriguez

Program Manager, CAPMC

Treating Seperation Anxiety in Migrant Families

Maria Rosales-Lambert

Maria Rosales-Lambert

Program Director Bilingual Forensic Interviewer, Oklahoma Interviewing Services, Inc.

Interviewing Non-English Speaking Families

Michelle Rucker

Michelle Rucker

Community Outreach Program Manager, Arizona Attorney General's Office

Human Trafficking Prevention for Parents, Educators and Professionals

Jim Sears

Jim Sears

(Retired) Police Sgt., Irving Police Dept.

DV a New Look

Crystal Sedevie

Crystal Sedevie

Investigator, Holmen Police Department

1,174 days...tortured to death. Audryna's Story

Pete Singer

Pete Singer

Therapist/Lead Consultant, Clearwater Counseling/Advanced Trauma Consulting

A Cross-Discipline Exploration of Trauma-Effective Practice

Jerri Sites

Jerri Sites

Regional Training Specialist, SRCAC

From Outcry to Conclusion: The Trauma-Informed MDT Investigative Approach to Child Sexual Abuse

Kim Skidmore

Kim Skidmore

Assistant Director of Forensic Services, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

"But I Love Him..."

Morgan Stidham

Morgan Stidham

Forensic Interviewer, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Mentoring Forensic Interviewers: Building a Strong Foundation

Jane Straub

Jane Straub

Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Creating Trauma Informed Spaces for Victims and Families throughout the Justice System

Margaret Taylor

Margaret Taylor

Clinical Counselor and Counselor Educator, The Well Counseling Center and Auburn University

You've Been Served: Tips for Testifying in Court

Andrea Clemens Vaughan

Andrea Clemens Vaughan

KidSafe Facilitator, KidSafe Foundation

Educator Sexual Misconduct - Recognizing and Responding with Abuse Survivor, Andrea Clemens Vaughann

Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth

Senior Director & Founder, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

We're Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Cases of Child Abuse

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker

Forensic Interviewer, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Mentoring Forensic Interviewers: Building a Strong Foundation

Michael Weber

Michael Weber

Criminal Investigator, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office

A Multidiscipline Approach to Medical Child Abuse

Rosen Centre Hotel

9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 72758
1-800-204-7234

Room Rates

Single/Double: $175
Additional Person: $20

Only a limited number of rooms remain. Make your reservation by calling the hotel directly and request the group rate for the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit 2019.

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