A Friendly Intro to Evaluation and Why it Matters

A Friendly Intro to Evaluation and Why it Matters

Brief Overview: Do you have a love/hate relationship with data? Do you ever wonder what it’s all for? Are you interested in using data to grow or improve your work but don’t know where to start? This workshop is for you! This session will help participants restore faith in data and reflect on the important role data can play in serving children better. We will introduce you to some simple terms, tools and techniques to help you get started on your data utilization journey. Expert Presenters: Nora Robinson, MSW, strategy director for WithInsight, helps organizations think and act strategically, from…

Implementation of Measurement Based Care at CACs

Implementation of Measurement Based Care at CACs

Brief Overview: Working in a CAC, we know how effective and impactful our services are because we see it every day, but how do we communicate that to others without data? How do we know that some of the recommendations we give to clients are appropriate and specific? This presentation will give an overview of the benefits of using a team approach to utilize screening measures related to client symptoms starting at the forensic interview. Supports and implementation strategies will be shared. Expert Presenter: Dr. Amelia Siders, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Practice Development and Education for Children’s Advocacy…

Drug Exposed Children and Infants: Part 1 & 2

Drug Exposed Children and Infants: Part 1 & 2

Brief Overview: With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in many states and the increase in prescription drug abuse, the issue of substance exposed newborns and drug endangered children continues to be in important topic for the many professionals that serve women of child-bearing age, pregnant women and young families. This presentation will provide an overview of the impacts of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure including the latest information about the impact of exposures to marijuana and prescription drugs. It will outline the effects of parental substance use/abuse on mothers, infants, children & families and outline a plan for…

Working with Teen Victims: Tips for the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases

Working with Teen Victims: Tips for the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases

Brief Overview: Cases of child abuse involving a teenage victim presents its own unique challenges for prosecution. Understanding adolescent brain development is important for forensic interviewers as well as investigators and prosecutors. Preparing the case requires not only thorough investigation but thoughtful communication with a teen victim to obtain the facts of the crime and provide essential information about the prosecutor’s role and judicial process. This approach will facilitate building a strong criminal case for prosecution. Expert Presenter: Beth Merachnik, JD, serves as the Deputy Director of the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s (APA) Child Abuse Prosecution Project. She is the…

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…

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…