Workshop Descriptions

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Amy Escott
Keynote - From Chaos to Healing: Using the Core Concepts of Understanding Childhood Traumatic Stress to create a Stronger Trauma-Informed System of Care within your Community
Often we think of childhood trauma as a single moment in time, failing to recognize the various ways that trauma impacts all aspects of development for children and adolescents. The 12 Core Concepts of Understanding Childhood Traumatic Stress were developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a holistic and comprehensive framework for child serving processionals to consider as they respond to and support families impacted by trauma. This presentation will provide an overview of the 12 Core Concepts and apply those concepts to case examples. Participants will learn how to incorporate these ideas into their professional work in order to strengthen the trauma-informed system of care within their own communities.

(A2)  Trauma-Informed Screening with Children and Youth
This presentation will provide an overview of evidence-based screening for children and youth who have been impacted by trauma. We will cover common reactions children and youth may have following a potentially traumatic event, concrete strategies for screening children and youth, and there will be opportunities to practice using trauma screening tools. Participants will also be given a screening tool developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that they can use in their daily work. 
(B2)  Understanding and Responding to Problematic Sexual Behaviors
During this session we will discuss normative and problematic sexual behaviors in children, address myths and facts related to these behaviors, and provide recommendations related to best approaches for how to respond to these behaviors. Participants will have opportunities to ask specific questions related to cases they have worked involving problematic sexual behaviors.

Kimberly Skidmore

(A1)  But I Love Him...
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.

(B1 & C1)  Abusive Minds Think Alike...
As investigators we know that usually where there is one form of abuse, there may likely be other.  Because of this, it is imperative that we know the characteristics of the many different crimes and offenders we are investigating, as they often reside in the same home and often are the same person.  The presentation will discuss some very basic dynamics of child sexual abuse and will correlate the similarities in characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patterns, victim grooming, recantation, and compliant victim characteristics to those that also exist in domestic violence.  Attendees will be able to identify multiple similarities between these two types of offenders.
Ginger Meyer

(C2)  Recognizing Secondary Traumatic Stress/Vicarious Trauma and Self Care Preventative Strategies
This session is intended for any multidisciplinary team member who works with children and families who experience adversity and trauma. Participants will discuss elements of the work they do which may come with the heavy price often creating demands on physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Recognizing when the work is taking its toll on you is the first step to decreasing those effects by implementing a well-constructed self-care plan that is both rewarding and sustainable. Participants will increase their knowledge about what secondary trauma/traumatic stress looks like, be able to recognize STS/Vicarious Trauma within their own work and be able to create a sustainable self-care plan that is rewarding and easy to incorporate in their daily routine.

Kevin McNeil

(A3)  Child Abuse and Its Affect upon Individuals, Families, and Communities
You have to investigate an intra-familial sexual abuse case. Now what?  Do you interview all the children or just the one involved? How do you get the guardian to allow you to conduct your investigation without interference? Let’s face it. No investigation gets solved without the help of the community. In this workshop the audience will learn the proper way to interview family members and those in the community (people the child has disclosed to). Detective McNeil shows how important the family is in the investigative process. He explains the importance of written statements, audio recordings, and collecting and preserving evidence that may not be available once the trial begins (i.e. phone records, photos of incident location). Detective McNeil explains why explaining the investigative process to the family in detail aids in their cooperation with the investigation.

(B3)  Creative Corroboration of Child Abuse Investigations
Most abuse cases start with an allegation. However, an allegation alone is not enough to prosecute a case. Many investigators go to trial with just an allegation and little supporting evidence.  In this workshop Detective McNeil provides vital information that shows how to collect evidence from unlikely sources; sources many investigators do not consider. Detective McNeil also emphasizes the importance of building a team around each allegation. He demonstrates how detectives can strengthen their cases for trial and produce stronger cases. He also shows why the family is the investigator's most important witness.

(C3)  Child Abuse Investigations
This workshop is for multi-disciplinary teams. It is designed to show why child abuse investigations are different and why they must be treated differently. The attendee will learn why abuse investigations cannot be treated like any other investigations, how to interview suspect in abuse allegations and why listening to evidence and not looking for it will help the investigator discover evidence that is often missed.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Chris Newlin

Keynote - Why Parents Don’t Believe
Parents and caregivers, when faced with emerging allegations involving the abuse of their child, are suddenly confronted with a situation for which they are poorly prepared.  This is not significantly different from other situations involving parents’ reactions regarding the well-being of their children.  However, the ambiguity of child abuse allegations creates heightened challenges, and this same ambiguity is also a challenge for MDT members involved in the investigation and intervention.  This session will identify the difference between belief and ambivalence and how all professionals involved in child abuse cases can assist parents to be supportive and engaged with their children.

(D2)  Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations
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.

(E2)  Best Practices in Forensic Interviewing: Agreement amongst Multiple Models
This presentation will discuss the evolution of forensic interviewing of children regarding allegations of child abuse and neglect, emerging research and how experts in the field, representing many of the leading Forensic Interview training programs in the U.S., came together with the intent of identifying the common agreement and understanding of best practices in forensic interviewing.  This collaborative effort led to the publication of a freely available article which will be shared with attendees, and also highlight the areas of continuing dialogue and perspectives demonstrating that among these leading training programs, there is significant consistency in practice perspective.  In addition, the highly research-supported article will be discussed which is intended to be a resource for use in court, as a criterion against which forensic interviews may be compared and to determine whether appropriate techniques were utilized.  All individuals involved in the investigation of child abuse, especially those who conduct forensic interviews or defend them in court, will benefit from this newly published resource.

(F2)  Grooming: Making You See What I Want You to See and Believe
The investigation of child abuse is challenging, and the pursuit of evidence associated with the grooming of children, caregivers, and the community environment provides opportunities for investigators to pursue additional evidence.  This workshop will provide an overview of research related to grooming and propose a new framework for the concept of grooming which could dramatically modify current investigatory practices, in addition to enhancing current forensic interviewing efforts.

Beth Olson

(D1)  Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Working with Non-Offending Caregivers who have been Victims
Sexual abuse can be generational. Moms and Dads, who have experienced abuse, now walk through our doors after a report from their child. Their child’s report may trigger a new crisis stage for parents in their own healing journey. Understanding common experiences and needs of adult survivors can help advocates support them in their efforts to help their children.

(E1)  Safety Beyond Our Doors - the role of advocacy in assessing risk
One role of advocacy is to walk with the child and family through all of the systems and processes that come into play after a child discloses abuse and help identify how those systems can support and provide safety for the family. Advocates respond to the self-identified needs of the family and are integral in helping the family create long term safety. However, advocates run the risk of putting more pressure and "to-do" lists for the family with added assessments and plans. This workshop will clearly lay out how the advocate can provide true safety support for the family and work with the team to meet safety needs

(F1)  From an Advocate’s perspective: Domestic violence and child abuse
There is a high rate of co-occurrence between child abuse and domestic violence. Participants will learn how children are used after separation by the abusive parent to continue the battering, power and control. Using information from focus groups, individual interviews and years of direct practice with battered mothers and children, the presenter will talk about specific tactics used by batterers and how systems and institutions inadvertently support these tactics. Participants will learn about ways to improve safety for battered mothers and children and ideas for system change to create long term safety. The information will be presented through the framework of the advocacy perspective and role.

Dr. Kristen Reeder

(D3 & E3)  The 5 Bs of Child Physical Abuse: Bruises, Burns, Bones, Bellies, and Brains
This talk will review the variety of injuries seen in cases of child physical abuse.  The discussion will be case based and include examples of abusive and non-abusive injuries.   The lecture will be geared for CPS workers, law enforcement investigators, and attorneys to learn the basic aspects of child physical abuse injuries.

(F3)  The Drug-Endangered Child from a Medical Perspective
The drug endangered child is a common occurrence.  This presentation will address the epidemiology of drug-endangered children, the impact of intrauterine drug exposure, the risks for children exposed to a clandestine laboratory, the medical workup for children exposed to a drug environment, and the prognosis for drug-endangered children.  Real-world case examples will be used for illustration and emphasis.