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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

It's Not Easy Being Green, or Do THIS for a Living.... Wellness/Survival and the MDT Approach to Child Abuse!
Dan Powers, LCSW
This motivational talk is meant to provide you with the insight and knowledge to help survive in a job no one else really understands. Others “outside the business” don’t want to hear about this stuff! You can clear a restaurant with a discussion of what you did that day. We see and hear things on a daily basis our mom and dad never told you existed in this world. Participants will learn how dynamic determination and working as a member of THE TEAM will help you survive in “our world." Participants will be encouraged to look at themselves, why they do “this” for a living and most of all learn to laugh at it all.
Dan, a social worker, therapist and 20 year veteran of child welfare work, will share twisted stories, insight and coping strategies. Based on the wisdom of Kermit the Frog, participants will be encouraged to look at themselves, why they do “this” for a living and most of all learn to laugh at it all.

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.

Victim Identification Lab
Jennifer Lee of NCMEC
See Tuesday, April 22, 2014 schedule for description.

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Visit Summit Store & Exhibits

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Tactics for Working with Offenders in Denial
Joe Sullivan, PhD
Denial is among the most common issues which interviewers encounter when speaking to someone suspected or accused of sexually exploiting children. This presentation will explore how denial typically manifests in offender accounts, how to recognize the type of denial used and techniques for engaging and working through erroneous denial. The presentation will use video of interviews with sex offenders to illustrate the key points and to demonstrate effective interview techniques.

Weed, Whites and Wine: The Risks to Children from Parents’ Drug Use
Carol Chervenak, MD and Jay M. Wurscher
Drug Endangered Children (DEC) has long been identified as an important area of concern for professionals assessing children for abuse and neglect. Programs have primarily focused on methamphetamine use and manufacturing risks to children. However, as marijuana penalties and regulations decrease, the illicit use of prescription narcotics continues to be widespread, and heroin use has reappeared and is increasing, exposures and ingestions of these substances involving children, have increased.
Toxicology testing of drug endangered children can be helpful in identifying children at risk of multiple forms of abuse and neglect. Various commonly abused substances, their direct and indirect effects on children, and the toxicology testing for those substances, will be reviewed and illustrated with case reports. Discussion of the multidisciplinary approach to assessing these children will be encouraged.

Minimizing Miscommunication in Child Forensic Interviews
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW
Children acquire language in a cultural context. The meaning of words does not come as quickly as the use of those words when communicating. Some words are less reliable, such as pronouns and prepositions. Other words are not reliable because the child has not mastered the cognitive processes needed to understand the use of these words. This presentation will provide information on children's use of language as preschoolers and as school-aged children. These concepts will be applied to the process of gathering information from children in forensic interviews. By understanding children's abilities to communicate, a forensic interview can be linguistically sensitive to the child's needs and be conducted in a legally sound manner.

Working with Non-Offending Parents in Child Sexual
Abuse Cases
Dan Powers, LCSW
This workshop is intended for interviewers, police officers, CPS workers, probation officers, attorneys, judges, social workers, therapists and anyone else dealing with abused children and their non-offending parents. It will review types of non-offending parents and suggest a consistent approach in dealing with them from investigation through on-going treatment. Your actions can “make or break it” for the next professional dealing with the parent. We will discuss the range of emotions professionals may feel as well as the “do’s and don’ts” of dealing with non-offending parents, emphasizing the need for a collaborative, consistent approach when dealing with them.

Assessing Children’s Statements for Investigative and Court Purposes
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC
This session discusses techniques professionals can use to evaluate children’s statements based upon their language, behaviors and emotions. Professionals can utilize this information to explain the results of an interview in court, or to guide team members in establishing corroborative factors to support the child’s interview statements or to understand the child’s experiences to assist with therapeutic responses.

7F (10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Elder Abuse Investigations and Factors Affecting Elder Abuse Investigation
Lewis Burkhart, Ashley Carroll, Amy Doud, Maurice Delehant, Jon Foreman and JR Oleyar
This interactive training session focuses on identifying elder abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, financial and neglect), as well as the causes of abuse, and conducting effective elder abuse investigations with goals of victim safety and offender accountability. This session will also introduce the factors that affect an elder abuse investigation, including the ways abusers justify elder abuse, how to conduct concurrent investigations, and strategies to effectively interview older adults.

Beyond the Image: Victim Identification Image and Video Analysis
Jim Cole
This presentation covers the Homeland Security Investigations Victim Identification Program. Learn how a global network of law enforcement officers enhance and analyze child abuse material to cull the clues out that can lead to the identification and rescue of child victims, identification and apprehension of the offender(s) and identification and location of the crime scene(s). See how cutting edge technology married with boots on the ground detective work lead to the rescue of child victims.

The Wake You Leave Behind
Lee Ann Mead, Chris Mead, Shannon Kmetic and Erin Schweitzer
From the initial point of contact with a survivor, investigators, victim's advocates, CASA, district attorneys, and all other people involved in a case make a lasting impression on that individual. But what happens at the end of the case? What happens to the survivor when the case is finished? Too many times, investigators experience “the revolving door” for survivors when the surveyor either becomes involved in criminal activity or reoffends. This class will focus on the wake you leave behind as an investigator from the initial contact all the way to follow up with the survivor after the case is completed.

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
You Don't Choose Tragedy. You Can Choose Response.
John-Michael Keyes
Part of the "School Safety" training track.
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration.
The I Love U Guys Foundation developed The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) in conjunction with agencies and emergency managers. The SRP is a common-language crisis response program which can be used in any school or community emergency situation. Like the Incident Command System, the SRP demands a specific vocabulary but allows for great flexibility. There are four specific actions which are easy to train to students, staff, parents, media, and all first responders.
Available at no cost to public K-12 schools, the SRP is in use in over half of Colorado schools and thousands more in over 26 states.
With a combination of both humor and heart, John-Michael's presentation includes powerful reminders of the importance of school safety, the recognition that no school is immune, and offers free resources available to districts, departments and agencies.

Become a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload (Repeat)
Lauren Wagner and Elizabeth Tow
Please see session 1CL for description.

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Visit Summit Store & Exhibits

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Perpetrators of Sexual Crimes Against Children
Joe Sullivan, PhD
Most societies eventually release sex offenders into the community. The process of evaluating their risk of sexual harm to children in the future is a complex process which cannot be achieved by simply administering a set of psychometric tests or an actuarial risk assessment tool. Risk assessment requires practitioners to have specialist knowledge and skills related to perpetrators and how they manipulate to gain the trust of potentially protective others and achieve access to children. This presentation explores the challenges of forensic risk assessment interviews and uses case studies to illustrate the key issues.

Medical Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)
Carol Chervenak, MD, and Kathy Kroeger, LCSW

Children and adolescents, who have been commercially sexually exploited, share similar injuries and illnesses as do other victims of child abuse and neglect. However CSEC patients are challenging on many levels: the extremes of abuse they have experienced, the emotional and psychological harm they have sustained, and the complex social network which ensnares many victims.
This presentation will review the specialized medical evaluation, including evidence collection, and follow up required for commercially sexually exploited children who often pose complex issues for the treating health care provider.

Corroboration in Child Abuse Investigations (Part 1 of 2)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, and Christopher Kolcharno
Gathering details from children is an important aspect of investigations. Doing this in a developmentally sensitive and legally sound manner with child victims is crucial. This presentation will offer techniques that maximize your ability to obtain corroborative information in the case that can be used to bolster child statements and enhance investigations.

Taking the High Road: Ethical Challenges and the MDT (Part 1 of 2)
Dan Powers, LCSW
There are many benefits of working in a multidisciplinary team, but it also brings ethical challenges as a result of conflicting values and roles. This workshop will examine ethical issues as they apply to members of multidisciplinary teams.
Ethical decision making refers to the process of evaluating and choosing among alternatives in a manner consistent with ethical principles. Ethical principles are the fundamental ground rules of decision making, not just factors to consider. Any decision made in a case has ethical implications for the team, and reflects the decision maker’s sensitivity and commitment to the team concept. These decisions can be evaluated in terms of adherence to six pillars of character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship as well as the core ethical principles including - self-determination , do good, do no harm, do the right thing and follow through. Each member of a team that is affected by a decision will deal with the consequences of that decision. This concept reinforces our professional obligation to make all reasonable efforts to anticipate possible consequences and take reasonable steps to avoid unjustified harm to others.
Ethical decision making extends beyond the team to the client. Issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, record keeping and client relationships need to be examined by individual team members and the team as a whole. Clients’ rights which are uniquely related to the multidisciplinary team approach will be examined.
At the conclusion of the session, a decision making model will be reviewed. This model will outline useful steps for team members to follow, allowing a consistent approach to dealing with the ethical dilemmas faced by a multidisciplinary team.


  1. Identify and recognize essential steps for ethical problem solving in a multidisciplinary setting.
  2. Identify and analyze ethical issues, client’s rights and confidentiality related to family violence cases.
  3. Examine privacy in a multidisciplinary setting and how to problem solve when team members are “not on the same page."

Sticks and Stones: Psychological Maltreatment of Children
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC
Identifying psychological maltreatment is challenging. The child may show no bruises or welts and may be appropriately fed and clothed. Adding to the challenge is that the child may not be able to disclose the maltreatment, as he or she may think that emotional maltreatment is part of normal parenting. Psychological maltreatment is the least reported, identified and prosecuted form of abuse. However, many consider the damage caused by psychological maltreatment to exceed that of other forms of abuse and neglect. This presentation will address the signs and symptoms of child maltreatment and will discuss investigative and prosecutorial methods for dealing with these cases.
The learning objectives are to explain the different forms of psychological maltreatment; to discuss techniques to evaluate and respond to suspected psychological maltreatment; understand the prevalence and long term impact of emotional maltreatment; understand the types of emotional maltreatment; and leave with suggestions for investigators, prosecutors and/or child protection attorneys.

Dynamics of Abuse in Later Life and Elder Sexual Assault
Amy Doud, Lewis Burkhart and Jon Foreman
Continuing from the elder abuse training in session 7F, this interactive segment will identify the unique dynamics of elder abuse, including laws and remedies that may be applied, with a focus on identifying and investigating elder sexual assault.

Safe2Tell: Creating Safer Schools and Safer Communities through Bystander Engagement and Empowerment (Part 1 of 2)
Susan Payne
Part of the "School Safety" training track. In 1999, Susan Payne created a local hotline in Colorado Springs where young people could call and prevent crimes. The same year, she presented her crime prevention strategy to Colorado's Attorney General and a group of Colorado leaders who recommended replicating the program statewide. Then, in April of 1999, two students at Columbine High School rampaged through their school killing 12 fellow students and a beloved teacher.
As a result of the Columbine tragedy, Colorado policy makers began studying the cause of violence and possible prevention programs convening a commission to complete an inquiry into events surrounding the school attack and recommend strategies to help prevent future school violence. A result of these efforts was a report by the Columbine Commission which included a strong recommendation for the development of an anonymous process whereby students or others could contact authorities to share concerns about potential threats of violence or other harmful behavior. According to the Commission's findings, young people are reluctant to report threats due to a student culture that fosters and enforces a "code of silence." A reporting outlet for students was needed without the fear of retaliation. As a direct outcome of the Columbine Commission's Report, Colorado actively created the Safe2Tell initiative to implement a critical recommendation: "to provide an anonymous venue for parents, students, teachers, school administrators and law enforcement to share information."
The foundation developed from the Safe2tell strategy focuses on identifying precipitating behaviors, such as mental health issues, at the earliest level possible. With the Safe2Tell reporting structure, early fundamental interventions are now able to take place engaging school staff and law enforcement. Safe2Tell provides key opportunities to address issues with youth that are often identified as precipitators to violence: depression, child abuse, mental health, suicidal thoughts and actions, self-harm, and threats to safety. A key component that made the Safe2Tell strategy successful is the requirement for accountability, providing high-level transparency when information was shared with Interagency Social Support teams, law enforcement, and school officials utilizing sophisticated methods of communication technology. Since 2004, Safe2Tell has received over 10,000 tip reports, including (but not limited to) reports of child abuse, substance abuse, weapons, planned school attacks, dating and domestic violence, bullying, and sexual assaults.
In this session, Susan Payne, Safe2Tell's Founding Executive Director, will provide an overview of the nationally recognized Safe2Tell model and discuss successful violence prevention strategies which are creating safer schools and communities. Sharing insight gathered from her 25 years of experience in law enforcement and community safety, Susan's stories and experience inspire and encourage all those working in prevention and provide a basis for successful models and best practices.
Susan Payne is the Founding Executive Director of the Safe2Tell, a prevention initiative developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy in Colorado. Susan currently serves in this role as the Director of Safe Schools with the Colorado Attorney General's Office. Susan developed Safe2Tell®, a Colorado prevention initiative that opens lines of communication providing methods of anonymous reporting answered by law enforcement and managed by a non-profit board of directors. Safe2Tell works in collaboration with young people, parents, law enforcement, government agencies, and community groups in which students are encouraged to report any threat to their own safety or the safety of others.
Appropriate attendees: AG's office, state and local legislators, government officials and leaders, school safety resource officers, law enforcement, school staff and administrators, school counselors and psychologist, school board members, mental health professionals, attorneys, and child advocates.

Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC): A Proactive Approach to Combating Child Exploitation (Repeat)
Cody Mitchell
Please see session 4J for description.

Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviews (FETI): A Conversation with the Brainstem (Part 1 of 2)
Russell W. Strand
Trauma victims do not experience trauma in the same way most of us experience a non-traumatic event. When trauma occurs, the advanced portion of the brain will frequently shut down leaving the brainstem or emotional brain to experience and record the event. Brainstems do a great job recording experiential and sensory information but do not do very well recording the peripheral information we have been trained to obtain. This presentation will explore innovative and revolutionary ways to interview the brainstem in a manner that not only reduces the inaccuracy of the information provided, but will greatly enhance understanding of the experience, thereby increasing the likelihood of a better understanding of the event. The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview has already been proven to be a game changer in the intervention, response, investigation and prosecution of many forms of violence including child abuse, domestic violence and adult sexual abuse.

Firefox Addons: Free Resources to Enhance your Investigations (Repeat)
Elizabeth Tow and Lauren Wagner

Please see session 2CL for description.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Visit Summit Store & Exhibits

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spouses and Partners of Perpetrators of Sexual Crimes Against Children
Joe Sullivan, PhD

Professionals often find it difficult to understand why spouses and partners of sex offenders choose to stay with them even, in some cases, when this means they lose the children. This presentation explores some of the issues for partners and examines how professionals might better engage with this population.
The presentation will use video of interviews with sex offenders and their partners to illustrate the key points and to demonstrate effective approaches to engaging them in an assessment process.

A Review of the Recent Medical Literature on Child Abuse and Neglect
Dan Leonhardt, MD

In this presentation, Dr. Leonhardt will discuss recent articles published in the medical literature that provide important information for those disciplines who are involved in the evaluation of child abuse and neglect.

Corroboration in Child Abuse Investigations (Part 2 of 2)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, and Christopher Kolcharno

Please see session 8C for description.

Taking the High Road: Ethical Challenges and the MDT (Part 2 of 2)
Dan Powers, LCSW

Please see session 8D for description.

Susan Powell Was Reported Missing, Then Her Children Were Murdered: Should We Have Seen This Coming?
Richard Anderson, JD

On February 5, 2012, in Graham, Washington, Josh Powell attacked his 2 young sons, Charlie and Braden, during a CPS supervised visitation and then set his house on fire, killing himself and the boys. Powell was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell, since she went missing in 2009. When his father, with whom Powell and his sons were living, was arrested for possession of child pornography in 2011, the boys were removed from the home. This case study will discuss the multi-disciplinary investigation and the challenges presented by the competing interests of criminal investigations and the child welfare system. This session will be repeated on Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Elder Neglect and Financial Exploitation
Lewis, Burkhart, Maurice Delehant and Kate Gary

This last session in elder abuse investigations will cover the complex task of investigating vulnerable adult neglect cases and how a collaborative model can aid investigations. There will be an additional focus on recognizing, investigating and collaboratively responding to financial exploitation cases.

Safe2Tell: Creating Safer Schools and Safer Communities through Bystander Engagement and Empowerment (Part 2 of 2)
Susan Payne
Part of the "School Safety" training track. For course description, see session 9G.

Do You Understand the Words That Are Coming Out of My Mouth? Tips for Interviewing Compliant or Statutory Victims
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC

Youth who are victims of non-forcible or statutory sex crimes may require different interventions from forensic interviewers, law enforcement or CPS investigators, mental health professionals and the legal systems. These youth perceive the relationship to their abuser differently than other victims of sexual abuse, and practitioners and child protection professionals must understand the dynamics experienced by these youth, including likely cooperation and emotional attachment to their abusers. This session will address appropriate and compassionate responses to these youth.

Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviews (FETI): A Conversation with the Brainstem (Part 2 of 2)
Russell W. Strand

Please see session 8J for description.

Life Beyond Facebook: Other Social Networking Sites of Investigative Value
Lauren Wagner and Elizabeth Tow

This computer lab will introduce students to other social media sites of investigative value, such as, Instagram, kik messenger, as well as others. Students will complete exercises on how to search these sites and capture the data for evidentiary purposes.

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