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Monday/Tuesday, April 20-21, 2015

Monday Evening Registration 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Child Abuse Investigative Techniques for First Responders
Detective Geoffrey Erichsen, Detective Brad Leikem, Deputy DA Rusty Amos, Kelly O’Donnell, Sue Skinner, MD, and Sue Lewis, LCSW
First responders are the most important step in a child-abuse investigation. How first responders interact with both children and their caretakers is vital to the integrity of the process. In this half-day training, participants will hear from all of those involved in a child abuse case: detectives, case workers, assessment-center team members and district attorneys. Information covered will include how to obtain and document statements, writing a succinct report, how and when to photograph injuries and how to refer. Attendees will understand how a case moves through the “system” from beginning to end, and what each of us can best do to ensure the health and well-being of our children — as well as how to make sure those responsible for abuse are held accountable.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

Dr. Linda ChamberlainOpening Remarks/Keynote
The Brain Explains: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH

The brain’s ability to adapt and change in response to the environment explains the enhanced vulnerability of a child’s developing brain to potentially toxic stressors — as well as pathways for resiliency and healing. This workshop provides an overview of how exposure to domestic violence can affect early brain development — and how to recognize predictable physical, mental and behavioral problems. The impact of childhood exposure to domestic violence is examined within a protective factors framework to facilitate a coordinated, trauma-informed response for children and families.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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.

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

Visit Summit Store & Exhibits

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

Behind A Child Rapist: Hope’s Journey
Jim Holler
This workshop will follow the life of a young child who at an early age began to be molested and raped by a schoolteacher; the workshop will follow the traumatic events of her life into adulthood. We have seen, over and over, the teacher, preacher, coach, aunt, uncle, cousin, mom, or dad who has used their authority to sexually abuse the children around them. This workshop addresses the common trademarks of the authority rapist and characteristics and behaviors that this person may have.
This training will identify the problem of child molestation and provide investigators with insight of what these children experience — and how that knowledge can assist in better understanding the crime, thus providing a better investigation into the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator. Important strategies about investigating the suspect and the crime scene are also covered — giving the investigator important tools needed for a successful prosecution.

Marijuana and Children:  Miracle Cures, Medicine or Madness?
Carol Chervenak, MD
With the advent of “medical marijuana” and the legalization of recreational marijuana, there has been an increasing acceptance by the general population of marijuana as a benign recreational drug and “alternative therapy” for multiple ailments.
This session will explore the impact of the increasing exposure of children of all ages to parents,’ caretakers’ and other household members’ use of marijuana.
With the explosion of extraordinary claims about marijuana — including “cancer cure” and treatments for various ailments — it is important to have a basic understanding of the current valid scientific research about marijuana:
• Pharmacology of marijuana (how it works in the body)
• Medical benefits and uses of marijuana supported by research
• Short- and long-term effects of marijuana on adults, adolescents and children
• Various forms of marijuana, potency and the impact of exposure to children

Corroborating the Forensic Interview (Part 1 of 3)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, Detective Chris Kolcharno and Justin Fitzsimmons, JD
This presentation will focus on the needs of the multi-disciplinary team in the forensic interview (FI). Gathering details from children is an important aspect of investigations and corroborating these details is essential. Doing this in a developmentally sensitive and legally sound manner is crucial. We will discuss techniques that maximize accurate information from children. We will also discuss perpetrator behavior and what can be gleaned from the child in the FI based on this behavior. This includes information on sex-offender behavior as it relates to grooming and maintaining secrecy. We will discuss the benefits to child protection and law enforcement when these techniques are used, as well as how corroboration helps in court cases.
Learning objectives:
1. Participants will learn how to maximize corroborative information in forensic interviews
2. Participants will learn how grooming and seduction behaviors of perpetrators increase the potential for corroboration, and will discuss investigative techniques to corroborate child statements
3. Participants will discuss the impact of corroboration on court cases

Best Practices to Promote Resiliency and Recover for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH
This workshop uses a strengths-based framework to promote resiliency through trauma-informed practices and parenting for children who have experienced domestic violence. Dr. Chamberlain discusses findings from a national review of best practices for children exposed to domestic violence with an emphasis on key characteristics of evidence-based interventions that can be integrated into daily practices and protocols. She describes innovative and promising strategies that have been implemented in a wide range of settings to work more effectively with children and families who have experienced domestic violence. This workshop will be most relevant for service providers who work directly with children and/or are designing programs for children experiencing trauma.
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify a leading protective factor for children exposed to domestic violence.
2. List two strategies to promote resiliency in traumatized children.
3. Describe three characteristics of evidence-based practices for children exposed to domestic violence.
4. Discuss an intervention for children exposed to domestic violence that has elements that could be integrated into the work you do.

Helping First Responders to be Better Informed to Prosecute Child Abuse/Death Cases to Fullest Extent
Kristina Korobov
This presentation will focus on ways that first responders can help ensure that people who abuse children are held accountable. The roles of dispatchers, first responding officers, medics / EMTs, and emergency-room personnel will be addressed. Among subjects discussed will be red flags for child abuse, documenting observations, and testifying about your work.  

Domestic Violence Homicides Staged as Drowning Accidents or Suicides
Andrea Zaferes
Domestic violence can include asphyxiation, of which strangulation is the most well-known form perpetrated on women by current or ex-partners. Drowning is a lesser-known form that is typically fatal, and that occurs in bathtubs, toilets, pools and open water. These assaults occur more often than is currently understood. One reason for the lack of awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence involving water is that these deaths are typically treated as accidental drowning from the time of dispatch right through to the final cause and manner of death diagnosis. Another category of domestic-violence homicides occur on land and involves the victim’s remains being dumped in water — including rivers, lakes, and bathtubs — by the perpetrators. This presentation will present the red flags of these homicides and provide a practical investigative framework for DV homicidal drownings and land-based homicides with aquatic body “dumping.”

Leveraging Social Media
Mike Duffey
During this session, attendees will be exposed to the various ways in which social media can be used for either intelligence or investigative purposes. SAS Duffey will discuss tools to capture discovered information — along with discovering individuals with only minimal information.

Child Sex Trafficking: Understanding the Dynamics & How to Identify and Approach Youth
Sarah Ohlsen
This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the dynamics of child sex trafficking. We will review risk factors, warning signs, and best practices for initial conversations when talking with possible sex-trafficking victims. Resources will be provided so that participants can continue to educate themselves on how to identify and work with this population of girls.

Facebook Investigations: Searching, Saving, and Addressing Legal Considerations (Part 1 of 3)

Lauren Wagner, James Williams and Justin Fitzsimmons, JD
This workshop will provide students with an overview of social-networking websites — and how these websites can be useful to investigations. Students will also learn how to set up an investigative social-networking account to search for information. This workshop will teach participants how to effectively search the social-networking website Facebook — using both the internal search features on graph search as well as Google Advanced Operators. This workshop will cover techniques on capturing profiles for evidentiary purposes and well as mapping tools for friend networks. Legal considerations for social media sites will be discussed including what legal steps must be taken to correctly seize and search information from social networking sites. The role of federal privacy statutes will be explained. Additionally, hypotheticals will be used to demonstrate whether a defendant’s status as a suspect or following an arrest might affect how information is gathered.     

Introduction to Internet Investigations (Part 1 of 3)
Christopher Armstrong and Elizabeth Tow
During this one day lab, investigators will gain an understanding of computer crime and internet investigation. We will cover basic website investigation — including finding legal contact information, registrar information, and mining the website for additional information and leads. Also covered will be IP addressing, photo searching and property data, basic Firefox Addons, and basic Google searching. This will be a hands-on lab and is restricted to law enforcement only.

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

Visit Summit Store & Exhibits

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

Child Death/Homicide Investigations (Part 1 of 2)
Jim Holler
Anyone, regardless of social, economic, or educational level, can physically abuse, neglect, and/or kill a child; and law-enforcement officers from these areas, along with child protective services, need to be able to handle these cases the best way possible in order to protect the child and bring about successful prosecutions against the perpetrators. Investigators must be able to recognize the behaviors of abusive parents or caretakers and be able to begin to process all important information relating to the assessment of soft-tissue injuries in victims of child abuse relating to death.
This training will address the duties of investigating officers and detectives as they begin to investigate a child death and what forms of evidence should be collected in every case. Investigators will be provided with the essential information on the use of consent forms, the neglect of children, the dynamics of physical abuse, and the reconstruction and investigation of soft-tissue injuries. The training will also address the duties of the first responding police officer — which in some of the small agencies may be the officer who will ultimately investigate the child’s death. We will address investigative techniques to help determine whether the child’s death was a natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal death — as well as finding any key crime-scene and forensic-evidence techniques that could be used by the officer, stressing the importance of an initial investigation of the residence or area where the child’s body was located, and what can be done to help ensure that the entire crime scene was thoroughly processed. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of immediate and thorough communication (and continued communication) with the medical professionals involved in the case, whether it is the medical examiner or physicians who treated the child upon admittance to the hospital prior to death. Although the training will primarily focus on investigations of child-homicide cases, the training will also help prepare law enforcement to deal delicately with a suspected accidental child death, while conducting the death investigation and letting the family grieve over their loss.

Moms, Babies and Drug Abuse – Substance Abuse While Pregnant and Breastfeeding:  The Downside to Sharing Your ‘High’ With Your Baby
Carol Chervenak, MD
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are in the age group most likely to use and abuse illicit substances. Understanding the risks to the fetus and newborn is important to caring for both mother and infant. Substance abuse by these women has multiple and far-reaching impacts which will be explored in this session:
• Known effects of various substances on neurodevelopment of children
• The short and long term impact of prenatal substance abuse on children’s development
• Prenatal drug screening and drug testing methods
• Additional risks for maltreatment of children associated with substance abuse

Corroborating the Forensic Interview (Part 2 of 3)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, Detective Chris Kolcharno and Justin Fitzsimmons, JD
See Session 1C for description.

The Amazing Adolescent Brain: What Every Youth Serving Professional Needs to Know
Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH
The adolescent brain is a work-in-progress. Dr. Chamberlain begins with an overview of the building blocks of the brain to demonstrate how adolescence is a critical window of opportunity in brain development. She focuses attention on the areas of the brain that show the most profound changes during adolescence and engages participants to understand how these changes influence adolescents’ emotions, learning, decision-making, and behaviors. The impact of substance abuse and addiction on the adolescent brain is examined. Practical strategies for improving communication, maximizing healthy brain development, and minimizing stress and conflict are woven throughout the presentation.
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify three major changes that are occurring in the adolescent brain.
2. Describe three strategies for communicating more effectively with teens.
3. Explain how alcohol affects the adolescent brain differently compared to a mature adult brain.

Prosecuting Child Neglect
Kristina Korobov
Child neglect comes in many forms — often focusing on the failure of a caregiver to do something rather than overt acts of physical or sexual abuse. We will discuss ways to prove child neglect — showing beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged had a legal duty to protect/act, that the omission was criminal, and that the person charged knew of the danger he/she was creating by failing to act. We will also address ways to meet common defenses and to help prosecutors and investigators distinguish between conduct that is truly neglectful and conduct that that is merely a mistake or a poor parenting decision.

Strangulation: What it is, Why We Care and How to PROVE It! (Part 1 of 2)
Kelsey McKay
This session will give attendees a more in-depth understanding about strangulation and suffocation and why they are so dangerous by discussing how this form of violence physiologically affects both the body and brain. By recognizing the interactions between the anatomy of the neck and pressure, attendees will be better equipped to understand the unique injuries that result from this crime. Participants will leave be better equipped to do a more comprehensive investigation on these cases where evidence is often overlooked or misunderstood. This session will go over the value and benefit of incorporating a strangulation supplement in your community. This session will also discuss the emotional components of this crime and how this can be used as an investigative tool and will discuss how a better strangulation investigation can improve prosecution of sexual-assault cases.
It is recommended that attendees attend this session first if they wish to attend the “Successful Prosecution and Presentation of Strangulation Cases to a Jury” session (scheduled for Thursday from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.). This session will also be repeated on Thursday from 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Undercover Tools
Mike Duffey
In this session, attendees will be provided with various “free” investigative tools to use during online investigations. Duffey will demonstrate how these tools can be used while working “online ads” or “online cybertip” investigations. Tools discussed in this session will be email consolidation and evidence-capture tools.

Cultural Humility in the Helping Professions (Part 1 of 2)
Michael Hulshof-Schmidt, MSW
In this two-part session, participants will be looking at how those of us in the helping professions — such as police, social workers, and teachers — can work to be more inclusive and look at issues of equality and equity.

Facebook Investigations: Searching, Saving, and Addressing Legal Considerations (Part 2 of 3)
Lauren Wagner, James Williams and Justin Fitzsimmons
See Session 1CL for description.

Introduction to Internet Investigations (Part 2 of 3)
Christopher Armstrong and Elizabeth Tow
See Session 1IL for description.

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

Visit Summit Store & Exhibits

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

Child Death/Homicide Investigations (Part 2 of 2)
Jim Holler
See Session 2A for description.

Medical Child Abuse:  Concerned Parent or Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?
Thomas Valvano, MD, JD
In this session, Dr. Valvano will review how to recognize and diagnose medical child abuse, as well as management strategies and requirements for family reunification.

Corroborating the Forensic Interview (Part 3 of 3)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW, Detective Chris Kolcharno and Justin Fitzsimmons, JD
See Session 1C for description.

Do You Have a Pimp on Your Caseload? Understanding Child Sex Trafficking and How to Identify and Supervise the Pimp
Sarah Ohlsen and Ian Clanton
This presentation will address promising practices that parole and probation officers need to identify and supervise child sex traffickers on their caseload. The presenters will provide an overview of the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and talk about collaborative efforts we use to identify offenders within the criminal justice system — and will share strategies, tools, and case examples to illustrate how we supervise this unique population of offenders.

Prosecuting Fatal and Near-Fatal Child Abuse
Kristina Korobov
This presentation is a primer on considerations that child-abuse prosecutors and child-protection attorneys (termination of parental rights) need to incorporate into their work. We will begin with investigative considerations (medical and crime scene) and conclude with trial ideas — including ways to address the false defenses that arise when abusive head trauma is alleged. 

Strangulation: What it is, Why We Care and How to PROVE It! (Part 2 of 2)
Kelsey McKay
See Session 2F for description.

Just the Facts 'Ma'am' ... Not so Much Anymore
Lisa Shipley and Erin Schweitzer
In this presentation, Lisa and Erin will rely on their years (and years) of child-abuse investigation to share skills and tactics that have worked, and some which have not worked. Over the years, these two seasoned detectives have learned that getting “just the facts” is not enough. They will show actual interview and interrogation clips to demonstrate some of these tactics. Some highlights will include; suspect rapport, corroborating victim statements, allowing the suspect to “tell their side of the story,” and exploring avenues that elicit information that will identify additional victims in the course of the interview. Lisa and Erin will discuss themes that can be utilized to help suspects feel more comfortable in talking about their offenses in order to obtain successful confessions. Lisa and Erin encourage an open discussion session, so please feel free to share successful experiences as we can all learn from each other.

Cultural Humility in the Helping Professions (Part 2 of 2)
Michael Hulshof-Schmidt, MSW
See Session 2H for description.

Facebook Investigations: Searching, Saving, and Addressing Legal Considerations (Part 3 of 3)
Lauren Wagner, James Williams and Justin Fitzsimmons
See Session 1CL for description.

Introduction to Internet Investigations (Part 1 of 3)
Christopher Armstrong and Elizabeth Tow
See Session 1IL for description.

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