Friday, April 14, 2017
Friday Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Together We Stand
Kevin Y. Brown
"Together We Stand" is a interactive keynote presentation presented by a former foster child of 17 years. In this workshop, professional speaker Kevin Y. Brown focuses on life through the lens of a foster-care child -- and reveals best practices he has learned from around the world that help re-energize child-welfare professionals. These best practices create a team around foster youth to assist them in maximizing their potential in life.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Visit Summit Store & Exhibits
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Strangulation: A Hidden Crime in Child Abuse
Kelsey McKay, JD
Over the last decade, as felony strangulation statutes have been enacted throughout the country, communities have been shocked at the devastating prevalence of this disturbing assault between intimate partners. Through proper training, responders have started to better identify this often-missed and lethal crime -- finally giving its victims a voice. The next step is to educate those working in the child population so that we can recognize and better document when children have been either victims of or witnesses to strangulation.
Subtle Erosion: Neglect, Environmental Instability & Chronic Trauma
Heather McKeag, MD
In this session, Dr. McKeag will lead a discussion of the longstanding effects of chronic neglect and home-life instability. This discussion will include a look at foster-care outcomes and potential positive influences imparting resilience to children affected by neglect.
The Forensic Interviewer in the Witness Chair
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, and Justin Fitzsimmons
This presentation will help forensic interviewers understand their role at trial and provide helpful tips for strong testimony. Preparation and common pitfalls will be discussed, as well as some of the different types of testimony. Direct and cross-examination will be discussed. The process of preparing a prosecutor for effective testimony will be described.
Advanced Sex Trafficking
This presentation will focus on problem-solving -- and innovative ways to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking offenders. From focusing on high-frequency buyers to prosecuting sex-trafficking cases without victim cooperation, this presentation will share innovative approaches and case studies to help combat sex trafficking in your jurisdictions.
Courtroom Psychology: How to be a Good Witness and Survive in the Courtroom
Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.
This program is designed for the expert and lay (fact) witness, and will “demystify” the trial process. It will address and explain the different layers of action in the courtroom, how to “read” it, and how to effectively respond. Issues covered will include body language; the importance of what you say and how you say it; demonstrative evidence and effective presentation; the trial as theatre; establishing a level of comfort in the courtroom; how to defend yourself on cross examination; and how to protect yourself in the witness box (when no one else will). The more comfortable and confident a witness is in the courtroom, the more effective their testimony can be.
Crimes Committed in the Law Enforcement Family: Officer Involved Domestic and Sexual Violence
When we discover acts of domestic and sexual violence in the law enforcement family, it can be one the most difﬁcult challenges for our officers and for our agencies. Historically, we have managed and overcome complex issues, including use of force, racial profiling, civil rights, and immigration. This session will address the challenges of our latest ethics test -- that of officer-involved domestic/sexual violence -- by reviewing our history; lack of accurate statistics; civil risks; the unique characteristics of conducting investigations; nationally established standards for recruiting, training and corrective discipline; and the continued need for implementation of policy. Law enforcement has a duty to prevent domestic and sexual violence in the general public and especially in our own members' families. These unique crimes can be indicative of a need for systemic and cultural change. How we communicate that change, establish our standards, and accept accountability while transforming the culture will be foundational topics of this course of study.
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