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…

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…

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…

Human Trafficking Can Affect Vulnerable Populations: Those With Disabilities

Human Trafficking Can Affect Vulnerable Populations: Those With Disabilities

Brief Overview: Human Trafficking is a crime that plagues the United States. Participants will learn how individuals with developmental disabilities are highly vulnerable to being trafficked and becoming prey to commercial exploitation. Participants will learn how to respond to youth who they suspect might be victimized and how a forensic interview could be conducted. Information from Case Studies will be utilized.   Expert Presenter: Iona Rudisill is a licensed graduate social worker and over the past 16 years has become an expert in forensic interviewing and its national and international protocols, where she has conducted over 3000 interviews. Iona served…