Cultural Issues in Child Forensic Interviewing

Cultural Issues in Child Forensic Interviewing

Brief Overview: Interviewing children about suspected child maltreatment can be difficult and painstaking work. Interviews often become more complicated when the interviewer and interviewee come from different cultural groups. This webinar provides concrete examples and advice for conducting forensic interviews with culturally diverse children to elicit the recounting of the most accurate information possible. Expert Presenter: Lisa has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She is the author of the books: Under His Thumb No More: Ending Domination in Intimate Relationships, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A…

Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Health Care Needs of Victims

Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Health Care Needs of Victims

Brief Overview: This webinar will discuss the current trends in commercially sexually exploited children and their health care needs.   Expert Presenter: Dr. Greenbaum is the Medical Director of the Child Protection Center in Atlanta, GA. She received her medical degree at the Yale School of Medicine and did her residency in Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA. She completed her fellowship in Forensic Pathology in New York and received certification in Forensic Pathology. She is a member of the American Professional Socieety on the Abuse of Children and International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse and…

The Medical Examination in Child Sexual Abuse

The Medical Examination in Child Sexual Abuse

Brief Overview: Medical evaluations are an important part of a child sexual abuse investigation. It is important that all members of the Multidisciplinary Team understand the purpose of the medical evaluation and the role of the medical provider in the CAC. This course will provide an overview of the medical evaluation for non-medical team members.   Expert Presenter: Karen is a board certified child abuse pediatrician and is the Director of the Center for Children at Risk in Little Rock, AR. She was a major partner in establishing the local CAC. She entered private practice in 2000 and started volunteering…

Guiding Families Toward Healing and Justice: Aligning Victim Advocacy Services with Standards of Practice

Guiding Families Toward Healing and Justice: Aligning Victim Advocacy Services with Standards of Practice

Brief Overview: The role of Victim Advocates in general and within CACs has evolved in scope and complexity over time, striving to be understood and valued as its own unique discipline. The NCA Accreditation Standards (2017) underscore Advocates’ critical role in helping children and families pursue safety, healing and justice. Guidance offered through OVC’s Model Standards has also helped contribute to promoting and sustaining practice excellence and professional integrity for victim service providers. This presentation explores the strengths and challenges in the Victim Advocate role on MDTs in CACs, and discusses strategies for aligning their role and practice with both…

How the U.S. Center for SafeSport is Fighting to End Abuse in Sport

How the U.S. Center for SafeSport is Fighting to End Abuse in Sport

Brief Overview: This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s mission and function; how to identify athlete abuse and misconduct; and provide our data-driven prevention strategies to highlight how the Center is committed to provide training and best practice policies to all those involved in sport. Expert Presenter: Dan Mills As the Training & Technical Assistance Manager of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Dan is responsible for managing all the Center’s abuse prevention training programs. He travels the country speaking to sport communities, no matter the sport, ability or age of the athlete, to…

What is Language Access? Why Does It Matter in a CAC?

What is Language Access? Why Does It Matter in a CAC?

Brief Overview: Language access encompasses a comprehensive framework of knowledge and practices that remove barriers and ensures meaningful access and effective communication. In this workshop participants will learn why language access matters and how it is connected to the comprehensive provision of victim services. Participants will discuss the importance of removing language barriers and examine what effective language access looks like within a CAC setting. Participants will learn how to design and implement a smooth process for providing language access throughout a CAC/MDT response to child victimization. Expert Presenter: Greg Flett, MSW, has over fifteen years of experience working with…

Child Interviewing 2020: Update on Research and Practice

Child Interviewing 2020: Update on Research and Practice

Brief Overview: Dr. Lyon will discuss the major research advances in 2019/2020 that help interviewers to do a better job when they question children, and whenever possible, provide videotaped examples of the novel procedures. Expert Presenter: Thomas D. Lyon, JD, PhD, is the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology at the University of Southern California. His research interests include child abuse and neglect, child witnesses, and domestic violence. He is the Past-President of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment (Division 37) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the…

Elicit and Identify Protective Factors in Domestic Violence Cases Within the Forensic Interview

Elicit and Identify Protective Factors in Domestic Violence Cases Within the Forensic Interview

Brief Overview: This session’s goal is to bridge work of the Duluth Model Coordinated Community Response (CCR) in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Center model. Domestic violence and child abuse maltreatment co-occurrence is exceptionally high in child abuse investigations. These cases are further challenging due to intentional or unintentional contamination of memories ensuring secrecy by a batterer. Multi-disciplinary team members and systems partners may not recognize protective factors utilized by survivors and/or the non-offending caregiver. This session will incorporate research on protective measures and the experiences of domestic violence survivors from focus groups conducted in Duluth, MN. The session will…

Use of Reflective Supervision Groups for CACs

Use of Reflective Supervision Groups for CACs

Brief Overview: Reflective supervision is the exploration of the way in which the work that practitioners do every day effects them. Spending time in a very specific type of supervision within the context of a CAC, may reduce secondary traumatic stress and improve the resiliency of the workforce. Additionally, by being more consciously aware of the ways that work in child abuse may illicit strong feelings in providers, providers can continue to do their best work. Expert Presenter: Saprina Matheny, MSW, LICSW completed her Masters degree in Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She has…

Chaplains and CACs: Effective Collaborations to Address the Spiritual Impact of Abuse

Chaplains and CACs: Effective Collaborations to Address the Spiritual Impact of Abuse

Brief Overview: Dozens of studies have found that abused and neglected children are often impacted spiritually and that addressing these spiritual injuries can have a profound impact on the medical and mental health of a child. In 2013, GNCPTC proposed that CACs consider incorporating a chaplain into CAC or MDT responses to child abuse. The Julie Valentine Center in Greenville, South Carolina is the first CAC to hire a chaplain as a victim assistance specialist. This workshop will address the research that supports this work, how a CAC can incorporate a chaplaincy program, and lessons learned from JVC’s first year…

Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Can’t We Be More Like CSI?

Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Can’t We Be More Like CSI?

Brief Overview: A child abuse pediatrician will present an overview of the medical evaluation for suspected sexual abuse. Examples of the different roles between physician and nurse providers will be outlined stressing the necessity of specialized training regardless of degree and the importance of participating in ongoing education and case review for quality assurance. Salient features of how the exam is performed, findings interpreted, and when/how collection of DNA/laboratory specimens are collected. Specific attention will be paid to why most children who have been sexually abused will have “normal” exams and why that typically does not discount or rule out…

Child Sexual/Physical Abuse Investigations in Today’s Law Enforcement Climate

Child Sexual/Physical Abuse Investigations in Today’s Law Enforcement Climate

Brief Overview: The course is designed to give a greater understanding of the intricacies of modern child sexual/physical abuse investigations. The course will explain some of the challenges law enforcement faces today given various social movements and some negative publicity in the media. The goal is to give the consumer a greater understanding of how these investigations unfold and an understanding of both positives and negatives when presenting cases for charging. Expert Presenter: Sgt. Skog has been with the Saint Paul Police Department for over twenty years. His experience includes various assignments in the patrol officer capacity such as district…

Equity and Inclusion. What Is It and How Do We Build It? – Part 2

Equity and Inclusion. What Is It and How Do We Build It? – Part 2

Brief Overview: This 2 part series will take a look at the relationship between diversity, inclusion, equity and culture by defining each element and providing actionable steps that individuals can take to enhance their skills and advocate within their organization. Expert Presenter: Rico Rice, MPH – Educator. Visionary. Social Advocate. Rico Rice, President of Rice Education Consulting, LLC a strategic consulting firm with the vision of “creating a positive generational effect” through the delivery of transformational learning resources to organizations and communities that facilitate the positive development of their most important assets: THEIR PEOPLE & THEIR CULTURE!! Rico is a…

Equity and Inclusion. What Is It and How Do We Build It? – Part 1

Equity and Inclusion. What Is It and How Do We Build It? – Part 1

Brief Overview: This 2 part series will take a look at the relationship between diversity, inclusion, equity and culture by defining each element and providing actionable steps that individuals can take to enhance their skills and advocate within their organization. Expert Presenter: Rico Rice, MPH – Educator. Visionary. Social Advocate. Rico Rice, President of Rice Education Consulting, LLC a strategic consulting firm with the vision of “creating a positive generational effect” through the delivery of transformational learning resources to organizations and communities that facilitate the positive development of their most important assets: THEIR PEOPLE & THEIR CULTURE!! Rico is a…

Emerging Tech: What Are the Current Trends for Teens and Kids?

Emerging Tech: What Are the Current Trends for Teens and Kids?

Brief Overview: What are the current hot locations for teens to search on the Internet? This presentation will discuss the most current studies and provide demonstrations of where children are going on mobile devices and what kinds of actions they are taking. This presentation will demonstrate several of the newer applications for mobile devices that are popular for teenagers. Participants will learn about vault applications and the ability to secretly store information. Finally, participants will also be shown the different emerging technological devices and the roles they are playing in potentially manipulating children. Expert Presenter: Justin Fitzsimmons is the Program…

Trauma Informed Law Enforcement: Challenges and Successes with Implementation – Part 1

Trauma Informed Law Enforcement: Challenges and Successes with Implementation – Part 1

Brief Overview: This presentation will focus on how Dr. Siders, with staff from the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, worked to design and implement trauma-informed trainings with law enforcement partners. Additionally, the work and challenges related to supporting law enforcement in being more open to a trauma-informed lens when discussing clients and families in teams meeting for forensic interviews and case review meetings will be discussed. An overview of essential components and stages of the training will be reviewed as well as the challenges encountered in implementing the program. An opportunity for discussion and reference materials will be provided to…