Schedule and Daily Agendas 

APSAC's 27th Colloquium 

Tuesday, September 22

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Stacie LeBlanc, JD
APSAC President 2020-2022

Plenary Session

Bias in the Family Courts? Findings from the First National Quantitative Study of Custody Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation Claims
Joan Meier, JD
Professor of Clinical Law and Founder, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals
Project, George Washington University Law School

All times are Central/New Orleans time. 

10:10 a.m. – 4:50 p.m CT
Cultural Diversity Track   

10:10 - 11:40 a.m.

Cultural Principles of Trauma Informed Care: Utilizing EBPs with Diverse and Immigrant Families (Intermediate-CD) 

Case studies will examine how mental health professionals encounter unique limitations when using EBPs while working with diverse/immigrant families who've experienced traumatic events (immigration, discrimination experiences, environmental factors, etc).
Veronica Chavez, PsyD;  Marie Johnson, PsyD                                                                                                                                                                       

11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Break

11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

The Science of Natural Connections: Facilitated Therapeutic Hair Combing Interaction  (Advanced-MH)   

This session will present research on the therapeutic use of hair-combing interaction (HCI) as a culturally valid context for socioemotional assessment and intervention with parents of young children color.

Marva Lewis, PhD;  Bonnie Nastasi, PhDDana Crawford, PhDRhonda Norwood, PhD   

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

The Voice of Silence in the Child Maltreatment Disclosure Process: A Multicultural Perspective  (Intermediate-INTD)

This presentation offers a culturally informed perspectives on silence as it reveals itself throughout the child maltreatment disclosure process, from initial conveyance to court testimony.
Robert Ortega, PhD, LMSWMary Ortega, MSW, ACSWEsther Ayers, LMSW

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m Break

3:20 p.m - 4:50 p.m.

Navigating Biculturalism with African Families in Child Protection Cases   (Intermediate-CD)

This presentation seeks to explore the complexity of the immigrant experience in regards to child maltreatment, with an emphasis on African families, from the perspective of assessment and treatment.
Barbara Prempeh, PsyD;  Tiesha Finley, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

10:10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m

Overcoming Parental Alienation Allegations Track

10:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Perspectives of Parents and Young Adults Involved in Alleged Alienation (Intermediate-CP/CW)

This workshop introduces the subsequent workshops (# 's 101, 103 and 110) addressing 'Parental Alienation' and its variants vs abuse by presenting the experiences and views of individuals involved in these kinds of cases.
Dave Corwin, MD, plus survivors

11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Break

11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Fact-Checking Claims Regarding Alienation: An evidence-informed approach to find the middle ground

Allegations of alienation continues to challenge child protection services.  While the evidence of alienation continues to accumulate, there remains great debate whether the current research is sufficiently robust to accurately make assertions about the etiology, prevalence, assessment, consequences and appropriate interventions of alienation for children and families.  This workshop will highlight the current state of the evidence and will review the current controversies.  The workshop will include a fact checking of the various statements that have been made regarding alienation on both sides of the polarized debate. The workshop will also provide practical ways to integrate empirical research into decision making regarding allegations of alienation.

Michael Saini, PhD, MSW

1:20 - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Differentiating PAS/PAD, Alienation, Alienating Behaviors, & Child Abuse: Current Research & Practical Applications   (Intermediate-INTD)  This workshop describes the distinctions among these various terms, current research concerning the issues in these complex cases, potential biases that lead to inappropriate assumptions and conclusions, and the flaws in the intervention programs those accused of alienation are ordered to attend.

Kathleen Faller, Ph.D., Madelyn Milchman, Ph.D., and Jean Mercer, Ph.D.; Robert Geffner, Ph.D., Moderator 


3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. 

Differentiating PAS/PAD, Alienation, Alienating Behaviors, & Child Abuse:  Best Practices and Legal Issues 

This workshop discusses the flaws of a single factor approach that too many evaluators, attorneys, and courts assume and utilize in cases involving PA and abuse allegations.  Forensic evaluation suggestions and legal issues are discussed.            

Milfred (Bud) Dale, J.D., Ph.D., and Dave Corwin, M.D.; Robert Geffner, Ph.D., Moderator 

4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Break

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Making a Determination about the Causes of a Child’s Rejection of a Parent:  Practical Applications 

Applications and expert practice techniques in distinguishing abuse from alienating behaviors in these complex cases are presented such that biases and inappropriate assumptions are minimized.  Case examples are presented.

Morgan Shaw, Psy.D.; Kathleen Faller, Ph.D.; Robert Geffner, Ph.D., Moderator        

10:10 a.m. – 5:50 p.m

Mental Health and Mindfulness Track 

10:10 a.m - 11:40 a.m. 

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Children

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma is a component-based, assessment-driven, multi-modal intervention for survivors of complex trauma and their families. The intervention incorporates aspects of the Self Trauma Model, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral theory.

Cheryl Lanktree, PhD 

11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Break

11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents 

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents was developed to assist clinicians in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of psychological trauma, often in the context of negative living conditions such as poverty, deprivation and social discrimination.  

John Briere, PhD; Cheryl Lanktree, PhD

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Treating Self-Injurious Behaviors in Adolescent Trauma Survivors

Based on new research linking self-injurious behavior (SIB) to triggered childhood trauma memories and inadequate emotional regulation capacities, John Briere introduces an integrated treatment for SIB in traumatized adolescents.

John Briere, PhD   

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. 

Treating Childhood Distress with Mindfulness: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C) (Intermedicate-MH)

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for children who suffer from anxiety or depression, the sequelae of trauma, or have difficulties with attentional self-control or emotion-regulation.

Randye J. Semple, PhD

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

APSAC Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony  

Wednesday, September 23




9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Sage Charles T. Hendrix Keynote Address

The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adult Well-Being, Disease, and Social Function

Vincent J. Felitti, MD

10:10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m

Interviewing Track

10:10 a.m - 12:10 p.m. 

Forensic Interview Protocols: An Update on the Major Forensic Interview Structures (Advanced-CP/CW)        

This training seminar will provide an update of the most widely used forensic interview protocols or models. The update will be provided by a panel of experts.

Kathleen Faller, PhD; Mark Everson, PhD; Julie Stauffer, MSW; Rita Farrell, BA; Julie Kenniston, MSW

12:10 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. Break

12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. 

Forensic Interviewing Children in the Shadow of Domestic Violence within a Coordinated Team Response (Advanced-INTD)

This sessions goal is to continue Ellen Pence's work by bridging the Duluth Model coordinated community response and the Child Advocacy Center model.
Laura Gapske  

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Minimizing Miscommunication in Child Forensic Interviews (Intermediate-FI) 

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.  
Julie Kenniston, MSW

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/ NCJTC* 

3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. 

Child-Centered Forensic Interviewing Strategies: How to Help Children Tell What They Know (Intermediate-CP/CW)     

Child-centered forensic interviewing strategies are described and compared with interviewer-centered strategies. Bracketing allegation specific knowledge is demonstrated with participant volunteers through each phase of the interview process.
Shawn Wygant, MA   

4:10 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Break

4:20 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Preventing Interviewer Drift: Advanced Interview Mapping (AIM) for Forensic interviewers (Intermediate-CP/CW)  

To prevent drift from best practice, most forensic interviewers need frequent, specific, and objective feedback. Advanced Interview Mapping (AIM) is a practical, peer- and self-review tool developed for this purpose.
Mark Everson, PhD; Scott Rodriguez, BS; Scott Snider, LCSW ​

5:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Interviewing the Reluctant Child  (Intermediate-CA)

The workshop offers concrete guidance for forensic interviewers or investigators called on to interview a child who is reluctant or fearful of making a disclosure.
Rita Farrell, BS    


10:10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m

Medical Track 

10:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 

You Can't Make this Stuff Up: Unusual, Interesting and Sometimes Bizarre Cases of Suspected Abuse   (Intermediate-M/N)  

This workshop will review unusual, interesting and sometimes bizarre cases of suspected abuse that presented for medical evaluation.  The ultimate diagnoses relied on a multidisciplinary approach.
Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD; Barbara Knox, MD 

11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Break 

11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m

Child Torture:  Recognition, Presentation, and Outcomes   (Intermediate-INTD) 

This workshop will provide an in-depth review of child torture.  Through case presentations the participant will use this acquired knowledge to recognize warning signs for child torture.
Barbara Knox, MD; Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD  

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. 

Non-Accidental Strangulation of Children (Intermediate-M/N)

This presentation will review how younger children are different than adolescent and adult victims of strangulation but still have high risks for short and long term sequelae.
Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, MD

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Improving Child Sexual Abuse Medical Evaluation and Reporting Skills (Intermediate-M/N)       

This presentation will improve provider recognition and evaluation of child sexual abuse and will increase understanding of how the medical exam integrates into the sexual abuse investigation.
Monica Weiner, MD, FAAP 


4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Break

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Scalp to Skull: Findings and Mimics of Child Abuse  (Intermediate-M/N)        

Describe and review extra-cranial and cranial manifestations of abuse through case scenarios. 
Patricia Morgan, MD       


10:10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Prevention/Self Care Track 

10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. 

Early Intervention in the #MeToo Era: Brain Science Developmental Windows in Childhood for Learning Consent  (Intermediate-PREV) #MeToo uncovered that adults don't understand consent well.  Brain science indicates that the parts of the brain that comprehend empathy develop in childhood. Effective perpetration prevention must begin in childhood.             

Marcie  Hambrick, PhD

11:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 

No Hit Zones: An Innovative Approach to Child Physical Abuse Prevention  (Intermediate-CP/CW)

No Hit Zones (NHZ) are an emergent and highly promising public health strategy designed to change community-level social norms regarding the acceptability of physical punishment of children.

Julia Fleckman,  PhD, MPH;  Rachel Ruiz, MPH;  Stacie Leblanc, JD, Med; Hannah Gilbert;  Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, MSW  

12:20 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Break

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

Prevent 360°: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Protection    (Beginning-PREV)

Protecting child from sexual abuse and other types of victimization requires a 360° approach. In this session, attendees will learn how a  unique, comprehensive approach can better protect children.
Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MAKatelyn Brewer, MA

1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Break

1:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. 

Beyond Self-Care: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress Through a Skills-Based Model (Intermediate-MH)

This seminar will provide an introduction to the Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma model. CE-CERT is a skills-based approach to improving provider well-being and effectiveness.
Amanda Mitten, MA; Roy Van Tassell, LPC; Susan Schmidt, PhD; Elizabeth Risch, PhD 

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break

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

When Work Hurts:  Employee Resiliency at NCMEC (Intermediate-MH)

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children promotes professional resiliency in their employees who manage difficult content daily and teaches strategies to combat vicarious trauma.
Shannon Traore, MA;  Susan Kennedy, MEd    

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

After Hours Networking/Entertainment/Debrief  


Thursday, September 24

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m

Poster Sessions 

Coercive Cycle of Corporal Punishment and Children’s Externalizing Problems Triggered by Intimate Partner Violence

Gerard Siew; Keong Chung, MSW; Paul Lanier, PhD; Anna Parisi, MSW


Child Maltreatment Fatalities Among Children and Adolescents 5-17 Years Old

Nichole Michaels, PhD


Standardized Child Abuse Screening in a Community Hospital Emergency Department: Results from a Pilot Study

Kathleen Terry, DO MPH


Adverse Childhood Experience and Disability: The Mediator Effect of Depression in Patients with Chronic Pain

Frances Vidot Hidalgo, MS; Coralee Perez-Pedrogo, PhD; Israel Sanchez-Cardona, PhD

System Responses to Child Maltreatment Related Hospitalizations: A Population-Based Study

Rebecca Rebbe, PhD

10:10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m

Family Violence, Media and Trauma Track

10:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 

Are We Making Any Progress in Preventing Childhood Adversities (ACEs)?   (Beginning-CP/CW)

This session will review and try to make sense of trend data on various forms of childhood adversities (ACEs).
David Finkelhor, PhD

11:40 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Break

11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

What Do High Profile Cases teach Us About Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation?  (Intermediate-CP/CW) 

Presenters will use recent high profile cases including Epstein, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Nassar and others, to review dynamics of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of minors.
Dawn Blacker, PhDBrandi Liles, PhDKelly Kinnish, PhD   

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. 

Assessing and Building Protective Factors that Promote Resilience Following Trauma in Youth (Intermediate-INTD) 

This presentation helps providers learn to evaluate and implement ten protective factors with cutting edge research-supported interventions that reinforce resilience following trauma in children.
Machelle Madsen Thompson, PhD, LCSW; Valentina Iturriaga, M.S., Ed.S 

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

The Children Are Not Okay;  The Impact of Domestic Violence  (Intermediate-INTD)                

Domestic violence is pervasive with 1 in 4 females experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner.  Children are not immune and may be at risk for harm themselves.
Jane Straub, BS  

4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Break

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Child Abuse and Neglect in Film and Television: An Illustrated History   
Peter Samuelson


10:10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m

Investigation/Prosecution Track 

10:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 

Investigating Cases of Child Abuse: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach  (Intermediate-CP/CW) 

Seth Goldstein, JD; Victor Vieth, JD 

11:40 a.m. - 11: 50 a.m. Break

11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. 

We’re Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Cases of Child Abuse   (Intermediate-Law)  In this workshop prosecutors and child protection attorneys will learn the art and science of effective strategies and themes for opening statements and closing arguments in child abuse cases.  Students will learn a theme for presenting their case.  They will learn specific arguments to persuade a jury that a child is telling the truth.  They will learn to debunk common defenses in child abuse cases.

Victor Vieth, JD 

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Strength through Collaboration:  How Prosecutors & Forensics Interviewers Can Work Together to Build a Successful Case              (Intermediate-INTD) 

Forensic interviewers & prosecutors will be provided with research based information about forensic interviews & abuse dynamics in a way that is useful for the prosecution of sexual abuse cases.
Elizabeth Ghilardi, MSW, LCSW; Miriam Falk, JD      


3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Investigating and Assessing Sexual Abuse of Children: How Do I Determine if a Complaint of Child Sexual Abuse is True (Intermediate-CP/CW) 

Poor training and misinformed practices cause failures to protect children when child custody and child abuse collide. Children suffer repeated risk of or actual abuse when the system fails them.
Seth Goldstein, JD     


4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Break


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Preventing Abusive Head Trauma (Intermediate-INTD)

This session will present the results of the first-ever structured review of programs designed to prevent Abusive Head Trauma. Study results, including a review of promising programs and areas of programming, as well as implications for future directions in policy and research, will be discussed. 
 Vincent Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP; Debangshu Roygardner, PhD
*This workshop is supported by the Center for Child Policy*

10:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m

Ethics and Intervention Track   

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Intrafamilial Child Torture: Case Studies of Investigation and Treatment

This training will introduce the concept of Intrafamilial Child Torture, and four cases studies will be presented to examine effective investigation and treatment techniques.

Pamela Miller, JD, MSW

11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Break

11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Preview of Anticipated Updates to APSAC's Guidelines: Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse in Children (Intermediate-INTD)  APSAC is undertaking a revision of its 'Practice Guidelines: Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse in Children.' The revision committee will present on anticipated updates

.Jemour Maddux, PsyD, ABPP;   Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSWMark Everson, PhD;  Dave Corwin, MD;  Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, LCSW 

1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m Break

1:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m

Navigating Individual and Multidisciplinary Ethical Conundrums in the Field of Child Maltreatment (Intermediate-INTD) 

This interactive workshop will explore ethical situations that may arise for individuals and for multidisciplinary teams in the field of child maltreatment.
Susan Schmidt, PhD; Tricia Gardner, JD; Debra Hecht, PhDElena Doskey; PhD        

Attendees are responsible for determining if the content meets the ethics requirements of their licensing/certification board.   

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