Thursday, April 21, 2016
Thursday Registration 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Champions for Children Award
Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Trauma Exposed Children.
The impact of childhood trauma on adult illness, disease, and criminality cannot be overemphasized. Casey Gwinn will help attendees understand the complex impacts of childhood trauma through an overview of the nationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. He will then point the way forward toward models of trauma-informed approaches to change the ending for trauma-exposed children -- including providing an understanding of HOPE research and ways to measure outcomes with children exposed to trauma. Every professional working with trauma-exposed children must fully understand the impacts of trauma before they can work successfully to help children navigate toward hope and healing.
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
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10:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.Victim Identification Lab
Nicholas Brock of NCMEC
Many children have been rescued from further sexual abuse because a clue in the background of child-pornography images led to the location of their abuse. Partnering with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces and cooperating federal law-enforcement agencies, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is proud to host the Victim Identification Lab — an initiative designed to assist law enforcement in its efforts to identify and rescue child sexual abuse victims.
NCMEC is pleased to offer all registered participants at this year's conference a glimpse into this powerful law-enforcement tool designed to rescue children. Within this interactive lab, computers will be available for participants to access background identifiers and audio clues in hopes that these items may be recognizable or familiar to Lab participants. Accompanying each sanitized picture will be a real-time message thread where participants can post their comments and suggestions. You may have the piece of the puzzle that could lead to the rescue of a child victim.
NOTE: All registered conference attendees are invited to participate in this Lab; however, due to the sensitivity of this issue, please make sure to wear your conference badge to gain entry.
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.7A
Clemente will discuss three comprehensive theories of Deception Detection (Image Control, Fight or Flight and Cognitive Complexity) in Verbal, Non-Verbal and Non-Linguistic verbal communication. He will demonstrate these concepts with cases studies and real-world examples of deception in the media, including Woody Allen, Bishop Eddie Long and Stephen Collins.
Medical Child Abuse
Carole Jenny, MD, MBA
In this session, Dr. Jenny will help participants to understand the development of terminology leading to the definition of medical child abuse, then to learn the definition of medical child abuse. Dr. Jenny will demonstrate how to appreciate the steps to diagnosis of medical child abuse -- and will discuss approaches to therapy of medical child abuse.
Safety Systems in Child Welfare
Scott J. Modell, PhD.
Children are some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society, and a robust safety system is needed to significantly decrease the occurrence of abuse and neglect. Child-welfare systems cannot keep complete control over all of the children within a particular state or region; however, they can increase the likelihood that interactions with families and children lead to positive outcomes. This can be achieved by developing a resilient organization with an embedded learning culture. Resilient organizations are able to handle the inherent complexity of systems and continuously produce safe outcomes. This is in large part due to how the organizations learn from failure, and how they avoid quick fixes such as increased training, automation or punitive responses. Concepts and techniques have been developed from studying some of the most safety-critical industries in the world, such as aviation, healthcare and nuclear power. These same concepts are being applied to state service delivery in order to decrease the occurrence of abuse and neglect of children. This session will highlight the application of these safety principles within the Tennessee child-welfare system and will address their future application to all child-welfare systems nationally and internationally.
Learning objectives: Session participants will be able to explain the concepts of human and system interrelationships as they relate to keeping children safe; participants will be able to describe how frontline staff and administrators can effectively learn from abuse and neglect incidents; and participants will be able to identify strategies that serve to decrease the likelihood of abuse and neglect.
Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents
Geraldine Crisci, MSW
This workshop will present a comprehensive model for the assessment of trauma in children and adolescents. Key clinical issues in trauma assessment will be identified. The role of psychometric measures, collateral information, previous diagnoses and child interviews will be defined. Models of trauma assessment will be presented, and each model will be reviewed and discussed in terms of applicability.
The Anatomy of a Sexual Assault Case from the Defense Point of View
Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.
This program, taught by a defense attorney (and former prosecutor), will address all phases of a sexual-assault case, from arrest through trial -- and will provide an inside view of how the defense approaches each aspect of this kind of prosecution.
Evidence-Based Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases with Children Present
Casey Gwinn will provide an overview of evidence-based prosecution and present strategies for prosecuting cases without the testimony of the victim. He will address ways to avoid re-victimizing victims in the process of intervention and will pay particular attention to the importance of the law-enforcement investigation and coordinated advocacy services in effectively developing a coordinated, multi-disciplinary team approach.
Somebody's Daughter: Taking on the Pimping Culture (Repeat)
See session 4G for description.
"Paper Tigers" Screening and Discussion
Facilitated by Ellen Baltus
"Paper Tigers" is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities -- a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
Exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and more.
Every year, millions of unloved and traumatized youth enter adulthood with damaged brains and hearts. They are highly predisposed to die from self-destructive behaviors, and highly likely to continue the cycle of abuse. Even those who do not engage in self-destructive behaviors are highly predisposed to get cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and immune disorders.
The impact of unloved and traumatized children on society is profound and widespread. 85% of inmates were traumatized as youth. 27% of hospital visits can be traced to causes linked to childhood trauma. Hurt kids grow up to hurt people. The generational cycles of trauma and abuse are as stubborn as they are tragic. But there is hope.
There are doctors, researchers, teachers, nurses, social workers and law-enforcement officers who are turning the tide against the cycle of trauma and abuse. A movement is rising -- one that sees aberrant behavior in children as a symptom rather than a moral failing. This movement asks not what is wrong with our youth, but rather what has happened to them. The paradigm is shifting from punishment and blame to a deeper commitment to understanding and healing the underlying causes of aberrant behavior. With this shifting paradigm comes the promise of great improvements in many of the society's costly ills: less crime, less illness, less teen pregnancy, abuse, rape, divorce.
Simply put, it is cheaper to heal than to punish. "Paper Tigers" takes a look at what is possible.
The movie will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Oregon's Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC): Training, Resource & Partnership
Micah D. Persons
The presentation will provide updates regarding the constantly evolving investigative techniques used by law enforcement to combat online child exploitation, the ways in which the Oregon ICAC can be a resource and asset to your agency, and the importance of why your jurisdiction has the ultimate responsibility.
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.8A
Balance: The Law Enforcement/Survivor Conundrum
Clemente, a retired FBI agent/profiler, has lectured and testified as an expert witness around the world in the area of child sex crimes, child abductions and violent crimes. He is also the survivor of childhood sexual victimization. In this presentation Clemente will discuss how he balanced his expertise -- gleaned from education, training, investigating, prosecuting, and his own life experiences. He will also explain how he avoided letting his personal experiences bias his professional work -- and in fact led him to learn more about offenders and their methodologies.
Burns and Child Abuse
Dan Leonhardt, MD
This lecture will discuss the evaluation of burns in children when child abuse or neglect is suspected. The lecture will discuss burn patterns commonly seen in both accidental and inflicted injury. It will also review the published medical literature on abusive burns and use case examples to emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of burns in suspected child abuse.
Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities (Part 1 of 2)
Scott J. Modell, PhD
Studies have long established that children with disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. Specifically, the rate of violence experienced by children with disabilities is almost triple the rate compared to children without disabilities. 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. Research studies (Powers, 2004; Nosek, 2001; Sobsey, 1994; Petersilia, 1998; Waxman, 1991) consistently report that there is a very high rate of sexual violence against children with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as against those with significant speech and or communication disabilities. Furthermore, the risk of sexual violence appears to increase with the degree of disability. There are a number of factors related to children with disabilities' susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system. In addition to these factors, many significant barriers exist -- both real and perceived -- that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases. Understanding and communicating effectively with children with disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system are necessary skills for law enforcement, children's advocacy center staff, children's services and other social-service personnel. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of children's disabilities, as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. Video clips of real individuals with disabilities are integrated into the presentation to maximize the effectiveness of the training.
Learning objectives: Participants will be able to describe the unique characteristics of individuals with intellectual, physical, and communication disabilities that increase the risk of abuse; participants will demonstrate an understanding of verbal communication in the context of communicating with and interviewing children with disabilities; participants will be able to recall specific interview techniques for use in the investigative and legal environments to optimize communication with children with disabilities; and participants will practice specific interviewing skills to effectively interview child victims with disabilities.
Trauma Treatment: A Directive Structured Approach to Treating Unresolved Trauma (Part 1 of 2)
Geraldine Crisci, MSW
Trauma treatment is complex. There are diverse and often competing theories about how individuals experience and interpret their traumatic experience and how we as counsellors can respond. All theorists are in agreement that trauma impacts on the emotional belief system of the individual. These belief systems often center on the victims' feelings of self-blame, and are played out in persistent trauma symptoms such as depression, depersonalization and aggressive behavior. Trauma theory assists the clinician in identifying and responding to these key emotional belief systems. In this workshop, we will examine trauma theory and its impact on clinical practice. Choice of treatment modality (individual, group and/or family), treatment-plan development and length of intervention will be highlighted.
Courtroom Psychology: How to be a Good Witness and Survive in the Courtroom (Part 1 of 2)
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 such as 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.
Desensitized to Death: The Lethality, Assessment, and Prosecution of Strangulation (Part 1 of 2)
Kelsey McKay, JD
This two-part session will cover intimate partner strangulation from top to bottom. It is recommended that both parts are attended together.
• Part One will provide participants with a better understanding of how strangulation is different than all other types of intimate partner assault -- both physiologically in terms of its lethal danger and the emotional effect it can have on the victim. The session will discuss the relationship between sexual assault and strangulation and how to better investigate both crimes together. It will look deeper into the type of perpetrator who strangles their partner. Finally, this session will discuss defensive injuries and help the audience interpret these so that a victim is not accidentally arrested.
• Part Two will focus on how to prove this often missed and misunderstood crime by discussing overlooked physical injuries and identifying non-visible signs and symptoms of strangulation. The session will guide law enforcement through the process of utilizing a strangulation supplement and discuss how its use will strengthen the quality and quantity of evidence in these cases. It will walk prosecutors through the process of translating this evidence to a jury for a successful prosecution by offering tips for voir dire, discussing the use of medical experts and utilizing demonstrative evidence.
Sextortion: How Facebook Tracked Down a Global Predator
Julian Sher and Carol Todd
It's considered one of the most widespread and pernicious online crimes today: "Sextortion" -- young girls tricked into exposing themselves online and then blackmailed. Amanda Todd was a teenager who committed suicide after enduring blackmail and cyber-bullying, and her online video plea for help went viral. After an intense investigation, Facebook tracked down her alleged tormenter and police arrested a Dutch man who used as many as 90 aliases and had more than 75 victims around the world. Online chats show the extent of his well-plotted extortion -- and how a desperate15-year-old Amanda tried to fight back. Julian Sher presents a gripping hour-long investigative TV documentary that tells the inside story and Carol Todd, Amanda's mother, makes a special guest appearance to talk about her daughter's legacy.
Developing Camping and Mentoring Approaches Across America
Casey Gwinn will present the evidence-based, nationally recognized Camp HOPE America model -- hailed by the research team at the University of Oklahoma as a "pathway to hope" for children impacted by trauma. He will go deep into the ACES Study, the HOPE Index, and the practical steps to develop Camp HOPE Oregon throughout the state.
Sentencing for Child Pornography Cases
Prosecuting child-pornography cases at the state level can be a challenge, because the state must overcome the false perception that these are “picture only” crimes and thus no one was actually harmed. Given the fact that many defendants often plea guilty in these cases, preparing carefully for a child-pornography sentencing hearing is especially important. AAG Park will discuss the frequent and unique issues in child-pornography sentencings, as well as arguments and practical strategies.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Visit Summit Store & Exhibits
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Investigating Sudden Unexplained Infant Death
This presentation will provide an overview of investigative pitfalls as well as best practices in cases involving sudden infant deaths. Interrogation techniques, mechanism of injury and use of medical providers will be discussed in the context of successful prosecutions.
• Participants will review possible causes of death that may be wrongfully classified as a natural child death.
• Participants will learn the importance of working closely with medical providers and forensic pathologists in an infant-death investigation to include mechanism of injury and cause of death.
• Participants will discuss interview techniques for caregivers and suspects.
Carole Jenny, MD, MBA
In this session, Dr. Jenny will help participants understand the effects of medical neglect on children. Dr. Jenny will demonstrate the “work up” and information that should be collected in cases of medical neglect, and what the physicians’ role is in reporting medical neglect. She will also demonstrate how to recognize the multiple modalities to manage medical neglect within the family of origin.
Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities (Part 2 of 2)
Scott J. Modell, PhD
See session 8C for description.
Trauma Treatment: A Directive Structured Approach to Treating Unresolved Trauma (Part 2 of 2)
Geraldine Crisci, MSW
See session 8D for description.
Courtroom Psychology: How to be a Good Witness and Survive in the Courtroom (Part 2 of 2)
Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.
See session 8E for description.
Desensitized to Death: The Lethality, Assessment, and Prosecution of Strangulation (Part 2 of 2)
Kelsey McKay, JD
See session 8F for description.
Amanda's Story: The Perfect Storm
Carol Todd has spent much of her time raising awareness of bullying, internet safety and mental health following the tragic loss of her 15-year old daughter, Amanda, who endured years of cyber bullying and online exploitation. Carol has travelled the world, courageously sharing Amanda's story and urging others (parents, educators, law enforcement) to become social media-savvy and knowledgeable with the hope of preventing similar tragedies. Her dedicated and passionate campaigning has opened up discussions that have been transformative in changing the landscape of how cases such as Amanda's are now treated. Carol's work has inspired many others to start their own initiatives across the world -- and her efforts have resulted in widespread awareness about online safety and how to seek help.
Ask the Experts: An Informal Discussion Regarding Internet Crimes Against Children Investigations and Difficult Cases Attendees Would Like Assistance With
INTERCEPT Task Force and Oregon DOJ ICAC
"Ask the Experts" is an informal gathering of ICAC investigators who are available to assist and answer questions regarding online child exploitation, internet crimes against children, forensics of computers and mobile devices. Attendees are encouraged to bring cases where they need assistance, suggestions, or support from seasoned ICAC investigators. Please do not bring any contraband to the class. This session will be informal, and attendees are encouraged to drop in with any questions they have related to these types of complicated cases.
5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Camp HOPE Fundraiser
featuring cocktails, appetizers and an appearance by Family Justice Center/Camp HOPE founder Casey Gwinn
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • program begins at 6 p.m.
RSVP to: Lori Okami • 503-785-5001 or email@example.com
You’re invited to join us April 21 in the Washington Ballroom as we help children heal! This fundraiser for Camp HOPE will feature cocktails, appetizers and an appearance by Family Justice Center/Camp HOPE founder Casey Gwinn. The Camp HOPE camping and mentoring program provides children ages 6-15 who have been exposed to domestic and sexual violence with the opportunity to get outdoors, play, and have fun. These experiences are crucial to recovery from trauma. Developed through the National Family Justice Center Alliance in 2003, Camp HOPE is based on proven research that indicates how important hope is for child survivors of violence. The camp fosters resilience and positive character traits and promotes healing through active play and recreation.
Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International and the Founder of Camp HOPE America and is also the visionary behind the Family Justice Center movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. In 2002 he founded the first Camp HOPE in San Diego and it is now moving across the country. Casey is a national expert on domestic violence, including prosecution, strangulation, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and best practices. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.
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