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Workshop Descriptions 2018

KEYNOTE:

Presenter: Staci Whitney, LMSW
Title: Communicating with Children with Disabilities: Realities, Risk Factors, and Research
Description: (1.0 hours) – Children and youth with disabilities are more likely than children and youth without disabilities to experience physical abuse resulting in bodily injury and to experience serious sexual offenses including those involving repeated abuse, use of force and threats. In addition to increased risk, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases. Participants will learn about risk factors for children with disabilities and characteristics of children with intellectual, physical, and communication disabilities that increase risk of abuse. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of disabilities as well as new strategies for communicating and gathering reliable information from crime victims with disabilities.

Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the disproportionate victimization statistics for children with disabilities.
2. Participants will be able to describe the unique characteristics of children with intellectual, physical, and communication disabilities that increase the risk of abuse.
3. Participants will be able to recall distinguishing features of intellectual disability, autism and speech language disorders that impact investigations and communication.

WORKSHOP SESSION 1:

1-A
Presenter:
Staci Whitney, LMSW
Title: Interviewing Children with Disabilities: Learning to Understand When Little is Spoken – Breakout Sessions
Description: (1.5 hours) - Communicating with children and youth with disabilities poses unique challenges to interviewers. This is especially true for children identified as “non-verbal.” The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. Video clips of real individuals with disabilities and case examples are utilized for participants to learn from real examples. Participants will also have the opportunity to see a case-example and practice skills for asking direct but non-leading questions in a forensic interview, when it may be the only option.

Objectives:
1. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of verbal communication in the context of communicating with and interviewing children with disabilities.
2. Participants will learn new interview techniques for use in the investigative process to optimize communicating with and gathering reliable information from children with disabilities.
3. Participants will practice specific interviewing skills to effectively interview child victims with disabilities.

1-B
Presenter:
Deborah J. Hudson, LCSW
Title: Compassion Satisfaction
Description: (1.5 hours) - This interactive workshop explores how to refocus on peace and joy in our lives. We also identify our individual "booby-traps" to balancing our personal needs with the demands and stressors of social work practice. Take your created Self-Care plan home with you and begin implementing it today! This workshop is easily used for work with individuals and teams as a tool for proactive wellness and supportive supervision.

1-C
Presenter:
Marita Lind, MD
Title: Human Trafficking of Children and Youth:  Clinical Aspects for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
Description: (1.5 hours)How can we assist child victims of human trafficking? Many professionals who work with children are not adequately education on the commercial sexual exploitation of children and often are not prepared to respond to victims, survivors, and those at risk. This training will provide those who work with at-risk youth with knowledge on trafficking and will provide specific tools for screening, assisting, and reporting victims of commercial child sexual exploitation.

Objectives:
Upon completion of the Human Trafficking: The Clinical Aspects training, participants will be able to:
• Recognize the diversity of circumstances in which victims may present and implement practices for screening and assisting these victims;
• Recall 3 important interview techniques to minimize traumatic stress for a potential victim;
• Understand the components of a medical evaluation in cases of suspected CSEC.

1-D
Presenter:
Veronique Valliere, Psy.D
Title: The Invisible Victim: The Non-Offending Parent
Description: (1.5 hours) - The non-offending or non- protecting parent is often the vilified and overlooked victim of the offender. While some partners purposefully protect the offender, most are overwhelmed by grief, victims themselves, and manipulated and deceived by the offender. This workshop will provide insight into the experience of the offender’s partner, exploring the impact of the abuse on the parent and the profound influence of the offender. Intervention strategies will be provided.

1-E
Presenter:
Gayland Gieger, J.D.
Title: Prosecuting Child Homicides: From Investigation to Verdict: Part 1
Description: (1.5 hours) – This Presentation will provide relevant and current information for prosecutors, detectives, and child welfare professionals with specific information relating to:

1.  Current Medical Studies/Articles being Used by Defense Experts and the Fallacy of those Articles;
2.  Identifying World-Wide Medical Associations that Recognize the Validity of the Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) (i.e, Shaken Baby Syndrome) Diagnosis;
3.  Identifying Valid Medical Studies/Articles Relevant to AHT Cases;
4.  Necessary Investigative Steps to Prove AHT Cases and Overcome False Defenses;
5.  Trial Strategies to Overcome False AHT Defenses (including ethical considerations, Daubert issues, clinicians vs. pathologists, opening & closing arguments, etc.)

WORKSHOP SESSION 2:

2-A
Presenter:
Joyce Darakcioglu, NCC, LPC & Tiffini Lanza, M.Ed, LSW
Title: Healing Through the Alphabet: Providing Trauma–Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Youth: Part 1
Description: (1.5 hours) –Healing Through the Alphabet: Providing Trauma – Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Youth will provide information on a variety of topics that will allow the learner to leave feeling more competent providing trauma informed services to LGBTQ+ youth.   We will provide information on development, gender development, and LGBTQ+ development.  Then we will discuss psycho-education regarding trauma and how it impacts our brains and bodies, while focuses on secondary trauma that LGBTQ+ youth may experience.  We will discuss symptoms of trauma through a lens that focuses on how these symptoms may show in LGBTQ+ youth.  This workshop will look at themes that come with trauma, such as victim blaming and working with different community systems to understand the experiences LGBTQ+ youth may have.  We will provide an opportunity to examine and discuss case studies.  Finally, we will provide a practical application and best practice piece so participants can walk away with new skills to use.  This workshop will combine lecture, short videos, case studies, small group work, and discussion.  

2-B
Presenter:
Marita Lind, MD
Title: Assessing Child Physical Abuse:  A Clinical and Forensic Perspective
Description: (1.5 hours) – In this workshop Dr. Lind will identify important components of clinical assessment for child physical abuse and the implications for child welfare workers and law enforcement.  Dr. Lind will discuss symptoms of child physical abuse that children may present with and will discuss familial dynamics related to child physical abuse, including identifying risk factors and parental capacity to provide ongoing support to the child.  Dr. Lind will help participants to identify distinctions between child physical abuse and legal corporal punishment and discipline.  

2-C
Presenter:
Veronique Valliere, Psy.D
Title: Counterintuitive Victim Behavior
Description: (1.5 hours) Victims react to assault and abuse in ways that don’t seem to make sense to observers who project expectations onto victim’s response.  The victim’s response can be inappropriately evaluated to determine credibility, especially in the criminal justice system.  This training will help explain and illuminate victim decisions and the offender’s influence over the victim behavior.  Internal, external, and offender factors will be explored to help the audience understand the complex and completely rational way that victims respond.  Case examples and practical information will be offered. 

2-D
Presenter:
Amanda Gopal, LCSW
Title: Trauma and Mental Health Considerations in a Child Sex Trafficking Response
Description: (1.5 hours) - Participants will be provided with an overview of trauma and its effects on the child’s mental health. Therapeutic interventions for the clinical treatment of CST survivors and specific strategies for mitigating the effects of trauma across all disciplines.

2-E
Presenter:
Gayland Gieger, J.D.
Title: Prosecuting Child Homicides: From Investigation to Verdict: Part 2
Description: (1.5 hours) – This Presentation will provide relevant and current information for prosecutors, detectives, and child welfare professionals with specific information relating to:

1.  7 Essential Rules for Jury Selection in AHT Cases;
2.  Basic Medical Knowledge of Skull Fractures, Intracranial Bleeds, and Retinal Hemorrhages, and the Significance of these Injuries;
3.  Presenting the Prosecution’s Case;
4.  How to Cross-Examine the Traveling Defense Expert;
5.  How to Cross-Examine the “Legit” Defense Expert; and,
6.  Combatting the CPR Defense

WORKSHOP SESSION 3:

3-A
Presenter:
Joyce Darakcioglu, NCC, LPC & Tiffini Lanza, M.Ed, LSW
Title: Healing Through the Alphabet: Providing Trauma–Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Youth: Part 2
Description: (1.5 hours) – Healing Through the Alphabet: Providing Trauma – Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Youth will provide information on a variety of topics that will allow the learner to leave feeling more competent providing trauma informed services to LGBTQ+ youth.   We will provide information on development, gender development, and LGBTQ+ development.  Then we will discuss psycho-education regarding trauma and how it impacts our brains and bodies, while focuses on secondary trauma that LGBTQ+ youth may experience.  We will discuss symptoms of trauma through a lens that focuses on how these symptoms may show in LGBTQ+ youth.  This workshop will look at themes that come with trauma, such as victim blaming and working with different community systems to understand the experiences LGBTQ+ youth may have.  We will provide an opportunity to examine and discuss case studies.  Finally, we will provide a practical application and best practice piece so participants can walk away with new skills to use.  This workshop will combine lecture, short videos, case studies, small group work, and discussion. 

3-B
Presenter:
Veronique Valliere, Psy.D
Title: Crossroads: Adolescent Deviance, Risk Assessment and Decision Making
Description: (1.5 hours) - Juvenile sexual offenders are responsible for a high portion of sexual crimes.  However, the pathway to adult offending is fluid and the risk assessment is different from that of adult offenders.  This training will explore issues in juvenile sexual offending and risk of re-offense, including information on how to assess and understand juvenile sexual offending in the proper context.

3-C
Presenter:
Richard Love
Title: An MDT Approach to Child Sex Trafficking Investigations
Description: (1.5 hours) Participants will be presented with Effective Team Dynamic Principles in CST cases, an overview and an understanding of Child Sex Trafficking, the traffickers sub-culture, victim issues, technology used by traffickers, prevention and awareness strategies and resources available. 

3-D
Presenter:
Brad Jackman, Esq.
Title: Positively Everything You Should Know About Child Welfare Law
Description: (1.5 hours)
1.  Welcome and Introduction
2.  The Juvenile Act and Dependency Court
3.  Orphans’ Court, Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption Proceedings
4.  Mandated Reporting
5.  Practice under the Child Protective Services Law
6.  Questions and Discussion