Workshop Descriptions

April 25, 2017

Keynote Session:  Randy and Me - A Prosecutor's Story of His Childhood Sexual Abuse
Speaker: Kevin Mulcahy

This presentation will recount Kevin’s own story of sexual exploitation at the hands
of his soccer coach, Randy. But, it will not be merely a retelling of the past.
Instead,the presentation will address lessons learned from his case by combining Kevin’s
experience both as a victim and a long-time prosecutor of child exploitation cases.
Knowing what he knows now, Kevin believes there are lessons to be learned from

his story for the investigator (Kevin’s was great), the prosecutor (Kevin’s was terrible),
and the forensic interviewer (Kevin did not have one). Beyond these (hopefully)

useful lessons, the presentation will provide plenty of time for questions from
attendees. Given the nature of our work, we don’t often get to ask questions

(beyond factual questions) of our child victims. This presentation will provide that

A1  Sexting Investigations and Appropriate Consequences
       Speaker: Rich Wistocki

This is an overview of the computer lab class where we learn how to investigate Sexting cases to understand how to find out who the persons involved are. We will learn how to investigate social media and find out who the perpetrators are in Sextortion cases. We will examine the five areas of where sexted images are stored and how to eradicate the images. We will then learn what the appropriate consequences should be and institute such consequences in a Restorative Justice
Diversion Program. Finally the student will learn how to send the sexted images to
NCMEC/CVIP. In this effort we will attempt to curtail the spread of the sexted images.

A2  Play Therapy with Children from Separated & Divorced Families
        Speaker: Stephanie Williams

When parents separate or divorce, there are multiple changes and losses that children experience. Learn how Play Therapy can be helpful to support children during this time.

A3  Blindsided: 7 Sneaky Challenges Facing Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
       Speaker:Kevin Mulcahy

Child sexual abuse professionals know the most common challenges facing survivors of child sexual abuse, such as fear, shame, guilt, depression, trust issues, substance abuse, etc. But there are other, less widely discussed questions that child sexual abuse survivors face. This presentation will focus on a few of these sneaky challenges, including:

• The Hard Conversation: How am I going to tell my spouse, family, and friends about this?
• The Monster Complex: Am I going to be a child molester when I get older?
• The Parent Trap: What kind of parent will I be?
• The Real Me: What are my “true” characteristics and what are traits that evolved from my abuse?
• The Big Guy: Where was God in all of this?
• The Crusader: As a survivor, what responsibility do I have to confront child sexual abuse in my
• The Discount: Compared to others, was my abuse really that big of a deal?

Law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers, victim advocates, child protective service workers, and anyone working with child sexual abuse victims have an opportunity to speak life into these survivors. The goal of this presentation is to provide a better understanding of some of the challenges they face so that professionals can aid victims.

B1 Continued... Sexting Investigations and Appropriate Consequences
       Speaker: Rich Wistocki

B2  Play Therapy with Teens and Tweens
       Speaker:  Stephanie Williams

Play therapy can be a beneficial and fun way to engage with adolescents. Come learn
more about working with this age group and leave with new interventions you can
use today with your teen and tween clients.

B3  Court 101
       Speaker: Bill Elward

This presentation will provide an overview of the different court systems where child abuse cases can be heard. We will discuss the juvenile court system, the criminal courts, and finally briefly touch on the civil side of litigation. The presentation will cover how cases are brought to court, the burdens of proof and a brief overview of the rules that govern the presentation of evidence.

Continued... Sexting Investigations and Appropriate Consequences
       Speaker:  Rich Wistocki

C2  Using Therapeutic Games in Play Therapy
        Speaker: Stephanie Williams

Everyone knows games are fun and engaging, but they can also be therapeutic. Learn how you can add some new therapeutic games to your play therapy toolbox.

C3 Demystifying Testifying
       Speaker: Bill Elward

This presentation will discuss the role of witnesses in hearings involving child abuse.
Direct examination, cross examination and the introduction of exhibits will be
covered and briefly demonstrated. Participants are invited to prepare questions
about courtroom testimony. We will discuss objections, using demonstrative
exhibits, and some suggestions for providing truthful effective testimony.

April 26, 2017

eynote Session:  Suffer From BURNOUT? Give’em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
Speaker: Mark Yarbrough

Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.” The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But there’s good news -- burnout can be healed. Former 20-year elected District Attorney, Mark Yarbrough, who personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!” He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject. Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof. But more importantly, attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning how to apply Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid, and/or recover from Burnout. This is a training that you won’t want to miss!

D1  Want to be a Better Leader, Just Give’em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
         Speaker: Mark Yarbrough

Mark Yarbrough was an elected District Attorney in Texas for 20 years. He has served on the board of directors for profit and non-profit organizations. Mark has coached, taught Sunday school, and managed employees as a bank branch manager. In this session, Mark will share his leadership style, and his F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy on what it takes to be a great leader. Whether you manage a few or multiple employees, or if you lead people outside of your employment, this session will provide insight on how you can better motivate those people and become a great leader.

D2  Introducing Evidence of Grooming and Dynamics of Victimization in Child Sex
       Abuse Cases
        Speaker: Roger Canaff  

This presentation will address the methods of grooming that most child sex predators employ when targeting child victims and seeking to involve them in sexual behavior. Dynamics of victimization will be discussed, including an examination of common reactions to child sexual abuse and experiences that many victims share. Finally, attendees will learn how to explain these dynamics in ways that make the child’s account of abuse believable in court and supportive of the theme and theory of the case.

D3 Jessica Ridgeway Case 
      Speakers: Mike Lynch and Luis Lopez

On October 5th, 2012, 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was abducted by a stranger on her way to school. Jessica was subsequently murdered by her abductor in a nearby Westminster home. For the 19 days following her abduction and before the suspect was apprehended, the Westminster Police Department was joined by officers and civilian staff from over 75 local, state and federal agencies in a massive and extensive search for Jessica. When her dismembered body was located 5 days later off of a roadway in an adjoining city, the search for Jessica became one of finding “Justice for Jessica”. Over 1,000 Law Enforcement Officers participated in the investigation until the suspect was arrested on October 24th. The lead investigators on this case present a case study that begins with a 911 phone call to Westminster Police and culminates with a sentencing hearing almost a year to the date after Jessica was taken. The case presentation details the compelling investigation that high lights the cooperation between Law Enforcement, Victim Services and the District Attorney’s Office.

E1  Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Examinations: Facts & Findings 
       Speaker: Debbie Throne

This presentation provides an overview of the child sexual abuse medical examination. We will discuss who needs a medical examination, when & where examinations should be conducted, how examinations are performed, common examination findings and myths surrounding the examination with opportunities for questions and discussion.

E2 Memory and Suggestibility of Children: Defenses and How to Address Them
      Speaker: Roger Canaff

This presentation will address how the defenses of memory defects and the supposed suggestibility of children impact child abuse cases and how they are best confronted. Also discussed will be how the defenses have evolved over time and which studies have shed light on the issue. Finally, prosecutors will learn how best to deal with the defenses and associated legal challenges.

E3 Continued... Jessica Ridgeway Case
      Speakers:  Mike Lynch and Luis Lopez

F1  Childhood Injuries: Abusive Or Not? 
       Speaker: Dr. Linda Shaw

This presentation will discuss injuries in children, with an emphasis on which ones are
concerning for maltreatment. What’s important to consider when making this decision? Why does it often take a Team?

F2 Seeking Corroboration in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
       Speaker:  Roger Canaff

A primary concern of many child abuse prosecutors when considering whether to bring charges is that most child sexual abuse (CSA) cases do not appear to yield corroborating evidence. That is, most CSA cases do not yield evidence of DNA, physical injury, photographic or video evidence, and may not involve a valuable confession from the perpetrator. In such cases, prosecutors may see the case as “he said, she said” case, and one that is not practical for prosecution. However, it is a fact that, while CSA almost always occurs in secret, it does not occur in a vacuum. Well-trained investigators and prosecutors know how to seek out corroborating evidence through in-depth interviews, step-by-step analysis of all known circumstances, and creative thinking about what facts can be independently established. Even seemingly minor facts, when they can be independently corroborated, can be incredibly valuable in convincing a jury that the child’s account, along with the established evidence is sufficient for conviction.

F3 Continued... Jessica Ridgeway Case
      Speakers:  Mike Lynch and Luis Lopez

Please see the 2017 Workshop Handouts page to print or download hand-out materials to your electronic device. Any workshop handouts are provided to us by the presenters and are made available as we receive them.
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