Schedule and Daily Agendas

Full Schedule               June 18-19                          June 20                                      June 21                                   June 22

Friday, June 21st

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

The Sage Charles T. Hendrix Keynote Address

Moving on from Corporal Punishment: A Roadmap for the US and Beyond
Joan Durrant, PhD

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Sessions 49 - 58

49.        Are Best Practices in Child Forensic Interviewing Trauma-Informed?   

Principles and components of adult-focused trauma-informed interview approaches will be compared with best practices in child forensic interviewing, in order to identify areas of agreement and areas of difference.        
Patti Toth, JD

50.        The Intersection of Attachment and Trauma-Focused Treatment: Clinical and Empirical Perspectives      (Intermediate-MH)
This session will provide a basic introduction to concepts from attachment theory and research relevant to the implementation of evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment with maltreated children.  
Brian Allen, PsyD

51.        Medical Evaluation of the Child Alleged to Have Been Sexually Abused: What Medical, Mental Health Child Protection and Law Enforcement Professionals Need to Know to Meet the Diagnostic, Therapeutic and Evidentiary Needs of Child Victims     (Intermediate-Med)
Participants will learn the value of the medical history in understanding alleged sexual victimization and how the information obtained can be quantitatively and qualitatively different from forensic interviews.            
Martin Finkel, DO

52.        70+ Years Addressing Child Maltreatment in the USA: Pioneers and APSAC's Role in Improving Practice, Science and Resiliency; Videos, Pictures, and Commentary Part 1  (Intermediate-INTD)
This three-part presentation describes 70+ years of professional efforts to address child maltreatment in the USA. It is illustrated with video clips, photos, and recollections from 10 professionals from different disciplines and areas of professional focus who will discuss some of the greatest professional champions and pioneers from their disciplines.
David L. Corwin, MD, Presentation Chair; Randell Alexander, MD, Presentation Co-Chair; Sandra Alexander, MEd; Bea Yorker, JD; Anthony Mannarino, PhD; Kathleen Faller, PhD; Victor Vieth, JD; David Finkelhor, PhD; Donna Pence, BS; Rob Parrish, JD


53.        You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Unusual, Interesting and Sometimes Bizarre Cases of Suspected Abuse           (Beginning-INTD)
This workshop will review unusual, interesting and sometimes bizarre cases of suspected abuse of which the ultimate diagnoses relied on a multidisciplinary approach the cooperation of medical providers with CPS and LE
Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD; Barbara Knox, MD

54.        Beyond Self-Care: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress Through a Skills-Based Model. (Intermediate-MH)
 This seminar will introduce Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) model, a skills based approach to reducing the impacts of secondary traumatic stress and improving provider well-being.   
Elizabeth Risch, PhD; Amanda  Mitten, LPC; Roy Van Tassell,LPC; Susan Schmidt, PhD

55.        Making States Trauma Informed: Trauma Training the Courts, Social Services, Schools and the Community to Spread the Word on ACES and Trauma-Informed Approaches 

The New York Trauma Initiative, facilitated by VIBS on Long Island, is training judges, social services workers, medical professionals, educators and the general community on ACES and trauma, encouraging a trauma-informed approach to working with families. The model is an intersectional view of trauma that includes influences of racism and economic inequality in addition to family violence. We will present the model we’re using to train systems throughout our state and include feedback from judges and other professionals who have benefited from the training, as well as help participants learn how to approach training the systems in their own counties, cities and states to make them more trauma-informed.

Anthony Zenkus, LCSW

56.        Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Neurobiology of Trauma          (Intermediate-MH)
 This presentation reviews some startling findings form the recent literature on prenatal alcohol, postnatal toxic stress, and on their interaction.         John Stirling, MD

57.        The Whole Truth About Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Young Children       

This presentation will refute the claims of child abuse denialist expert witnesses in courtrooms concerning alternative explanations for severe child head injuries by illustrating the truth about SBS and AHT     
Robert Parrish, JD

58.        Minimizing Miscommunication in Child Forensic Interviews (Intermediate – INTD)
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
Julie Kenniston, MSW    

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*         


11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sessions 59 - 68

59.        Violence & Abuse: Where Do They Begin?     (Beginning-EfC)
This session will explore the link between corporal punishment use and the perpetuation of violence in our society.   
Saribel Quinones, DNP; Gail Hornor, DNP

60.        Real Treatment with Real Kids: Treatment for Sexually Abused Children    (Intermediate-MH)
This presentation offers Trauma Focused-CBT informed interventions and active relationship-based strategies to promote "cognitive reframing" and healing/recovery from sexual abuse.
Tamara Hillard, LICSW

61.        A Review of, & Update in, Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury Including Perceived Courtroom Controversies.  (Intermediate -INTD)
This educational offering is designed to provide medical providers, investigators, & prosecutors, with a solid understanding of both the basic science, courtroom controversies, & most recent medical developments in ITBI.

Roger Blevins, MSN

62.        Child Abuse and Family Violence in Child Custody Cases: Avoiding System Failure (Intermediate-INTD)
DV and child abuse alleged in child custody matters are the most difficult and confusing situations facing the courts today. Child protection efforts must do more to assure child safety.       
Seth Goldstein, JD

63.        A Comprehensive Approach to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: The Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative               (Beginning-Prev)
This presentation will highlight a burgeoning CSA prevention effort taking place across Pennsylvania that provides prevention programming to adults, children, and high-risk parents. Implementation and research efforts are discussed.         
Kate Guastaferro, PhD; Kathleen Zadzora, MA;  Jennie Noll, PhD

64.        Non-Accidental Strangulation of Children    (Intermediate-INTD)      
Non-accidental strangulation of children is often under-estimated, under-reported, and definitely under-researched. 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

65.        Child Sexual Abuse and Boys/Men: Understanding and Facilitating Recovery among Male Survivors    (Intermediate-MH)
Three recent studies on the impact of CSA on boys/men and their recovery will be shared. Implications for clinical practice, policy development, and future research will be covered.             
Scott Easton, PhD


66.        Supporting Parents to Prevent Abuse of Children and Teens in Sports: The SafeSport Parent Toolkit               (Beginning-EfC)
The U.S. Center for SafeSport produced parent toolkits focusing on preventing multiple types of abuse in four age groups. This workshop will present the toolkits with suggestions for community application.  
Janet Rosenzweig, PhD; Leslie Mitchell Bond, Med; Eric Barreras, BA

67.        Media Ready Micro Sessions:

67.1.     Where Do We Go From Here: Demystifying the Transitional Experiences of Texas Foster-Connected Young Adults    (Intermediate-CP/CW)
A qualitative study explored young adults’ experiences with their transition into adulthood. Forty-one, diverse foster-connected adults, from four Texas cities, participated in the focus groups, survey and picture assessments.   
Dana Booker, PhD

67.2.     Improving Academic and Socioemotional Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care Through Immersive College Preparation Experiences    (Intermediate-EfC)
This session provides an overview of the risks facing youth aging out of foster care and describes how an immersive college preparation program for high school students counteracts those risks.     
Ciara M. Collins, MA

67.3.     A Status Update of the Evidence on Foster Parent Preservice Training        (Intermediate-CP/CW)
This presentation will explore the context of foster parent training; describe the results and implications of a systematic review of pre-service training; and discuss implications for improving pre-service training programs.   
Jennifer Newquist, PhD; Morgan Cooley, PhD

68.        Roundtable Discussions:

68.1.     Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Maltreatment    (Intermediate-INTD)
This session discusses youth-serving organizations that fail to appropriately respond to child maltreatment. We will discuss perpetrator protection and institutional loyalty and offer suggestions as lessons learned from recent cases.             
Amy Russell, JD

68.2.     Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE) as a Universal Secondary Prevention Program for Children Entering New Foster Placements     (Intermediate-MH)
This workshop presents results of a program that provides a brief parenting intervention to all 1-5-year-old children entering new foster homes to improve children’s adjustment and placement stability.            
Brandi Hawk, PhD; Lindsay Forte, MS; Deanna Boys, MA

68.3.     Parenting Assessment of Alleged Abusive Custodial Fathers    (Beginning-CP/CW)
A research-based parenting assessment protocol is presented to ascertain child safety, well-being and parenting  in order to move toward unsupervised child visits for alleged abusive custodial fathers.              
Robert Ortega, PhD; Joyce Lee, LCSW

68.4.     The Multi-Informed, Trauma-Informed Practitioner: Working at the Intersection of Trauma, Attachment, and Neurodevelopmental Challenges    (Intermediate-EfC)
 Traumatized youth can display neurodevelopmental and other comorbid difficulties that compromise their responses to standard trauma-informed treatments. Learning to differentiate symptoms and modify treatments is crucial to comprehensive interventions.              
Karen Zilberstein, LCSW

68.5.     This is Why We Do It: Specialty Programs in the CAC       (Beginning-Adv)
Innovative programs can aid in the healing for children impacted by child abuse.  Learn about Camp B.L.U.E., Makeover Project, Next Steps and the impact special programs have on child abuse victims.    
Lindsey Dula, MSW; Charity Garcia, MA; Ayda Torres-Rogers, BS; Lyndsi Price, MA

68.6.     Implementation of a Trafficking and Dating Violence Screening Tool: Risky Behaviors Teen Questionnaire   (Intermediate-Med)
Effective implementation of a screening tool to identify human trafficking and dating violence has led to dramatic increases in screening practices, identification of victims and appropriate referrals and reporting   
 Larissa Hines, MD; Corey Rood, MD

68.7.     Supporting Non-Offending Caregivers Before, During, and After the Forensic Interview (Beginning-MH)
Supporting caregivers is necessary so they can support their child. This roundtable discussion will describe our CAC's comprehensive Parent Support Program, and the positive secondary impact on children post-disclosure   
Ebony Cherry, MSW; Diane Lampkins, MA

68.8.     Families in Conflict: Best Practices in Family Abduction Reunification             (Beginning-MH)
Family Advocacy Division (FAD) seeks to educate professionals about the unique circumstances and best practices in reunification after family abductions.       
Shannon Traore, MA; Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis, MA

68.9      Recent Developments in Child Protection Law              (Intermediate-INTD)
This session will provide a survey update of the law relating to child protection at both the federal and state level and will include both statutory an case law updates.     
Frank Vandervort, JD

68.10.   Child Welfare Information Gateway: Resources to Support Your Practice    (Beginning-CP/CW)
Explore the varied resources, publications, and learning tools available from Child Welfare Information Gateway, and other federally funded programs that can inform and support child welfare research and practice    
Penny Putnam Collins, MPA


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Sessions 69 - 78

69.        Advances and Future Directions in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention   (Intermediate-Prev)
This workshop will review basic principles of child sexual abuse safety education for children using the Boy Scouts of American prevention program.  It will review research on the effectiveness of prevention programs for young children and discuss safety education in the context of emerging ideas about protecting children in out-of-care situations.
Jon Conte, PhD; Det. Michael Johnson (Ret.)

70.        Child Abuse Masquerading as a Treatment Intervention: Response Strategies for Coercive Restraint Practices in Utah and the United States              (Intermediate-CP/CW)
Historical cases of child abuse, some resulting in death, were tied to a systematic pattern of coercive restraint and related practices. If said practices continue, what can be done?     
Alan Misbach, LCSW;  Jean Mercer, PhD; Randal Pennington, PsyD; Albert Phipps, MSW; Shannon Cayer, MA

71         The REACH Families Project: A Trauma-Informed Treatment Model for Working with Homeless Children and Families    (Intermediate-MH)
This workshop presents a trauma-informed treatment model for working with homeless children and families. We discuss our multi-pronged treatment approach and lessons learned from implementing the model at two sites.        
Deanna Boys, MA; Cara Samelson, LMFT; Brandi Hawk, PhD

72         The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome: Why It's Still Relevant          

The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome (CSAAS) will be reviewed, and the research that followed highlighted as we discuss the relevance of the CSAAS for all stages of case management.    
Susan Hardie, PhD

73         Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse but Still Victims of their Imagery: NCMEC's Victim Services Initiative              (Intermediate-MH)
NCMEC's Victim Services Initiative seeks to improve therapeutic responses to child sexual abuse imagery victims with key child-serving populations.      
Lanae Holmes, LCSW; Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis, MA

74         Development and Implementation of a Brief Screening & Intervention Care Process Model for Child Traumatic Stress in Children's Advocacy Centers (Beginning-CP/CW)
This sessions will present a Care Process Model (CPM) we developed to improve identification and response to child traumatic stress. The model used a mixed-methods approach to evaluate CPM development and implementation in Utah CACs  
Kara Byrne, PhD; Kristine Campbell, MA; Brooks Keeshin, MD, Doris Duke Fellows; Lindsay Shepard, MSW

75         70+ Years Addressing Child Maltreatment in the USA: Pioneers and APSAC's Role in Improving Practice, Science and Resiliency; Videos, Pictures, and Commentary  Part 2 (Intermediate-INTD)
David L. Corwin, MD, Presentation Chair; Randell Alexander, MD, Presentation Co-Chair; Sandra Alexander, MEd; Bea Yorker, JD; Tony Mannarino, PhD; Kathleen Faller, PhD; Victor Vieth, JD; David Finkelhor, PhD; Donna Pence, BS; Rob Parrish, JD  


76.        A Copycat Case of Medical Child Abuse: The Brittany Phillips Investigation     (Intermediate-LE)
Was Brittany Phillips a loving mother to her medically complicated daughter? Was Brittany the problem? Follow the investigation which led to criminal charges of inducing illness into her daughter.                        
Michael Weber, BS

77.         Research Sessions:

77.1.     Child Sexual Abuse in a Military Community              (Beginning-CD)
This qualitative case study explored child sexual abuse cases in a military community based on the perspective and experiences of military and civilian personnel.           
Sara Skinner, PhD

77.2.     Bad to the Bone: Pet Abuse, Child Abuse, and Intimate Partner Violence    (Intermediate-INTD)
Based on my recent publications utilizing police officer observations and reports from the scene, this workshop describes specific  risks of harm in homes where IPV and Pet Abuse co-occur.
Andrew Campbell, BS

78.        Roundtable Discussions:

78.1.     Ask the Experts: Advice about Your Toughest Cases    (Intermediate-INTD)
Got a tough case? Here is a chance to bring your challenging case questions to our interdisciplinary panel of nationally known experts for advice.   
Frank Vandervort, JD

78.2.     The Complexities of Trafficking Survivors' Vulnerabilities and Health Outcomes: The Mass General Freedom Clinic Experience with Caring for Trafficked Youth            (Intermediate-Med)
 Child trafficking is associated with a wide-range of vulnerabilities and negative health outcomes. A specialized health clinic for survivors provides insight into the complexities of caring for trafficked youth.
Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, Andrea Reilly, MD

78.3.     When the Going Gets Tough: Mental Health and Stress Management for Child Maltreatment Professionals    (Intermediate-MH)
This presentation aims to assist CMPs in identifying, understanding, and coping with the effects of stress on psychological well-being, quality-of-life, and work productivity.    
Marsha Brown, PhD

78.4.     Training Needs of Volunteer and Employed Guardians ad Litem     (Intermediate-Adv)
This presentation will review findings from a large study of examining guardian’s needs and recommendations for training, and engage participants in conversation based on the interests and experiences of participants.
Morgan Cooley, PhD; Heather Thompson, PhD; Marianna Colvin, PhD



78.5.     Suicide Bereavement and Traumatic Grief in Adolescents: Helping Adolescents Cope with Traumatic Reactions to Sibling and Parental Suicide (Intermediate-MH)
Presenters will discuss evidence-based, trauma-focused strategies for supporting adolescent survivors of parental and/or sibling suicide.        
Brian Denietolis, PsyD

78.6.     Creating APSAC Research to Practice Briefs in the Classroom:  Real-World  Writing Experience for Students
Designed for masters-level faculty in schools of social work and allied programs, this roundtable discusses how instructors can use APSAC’s research to practice brief as an assignment to teach students translational research skills and offer early opportunities for professional publication and society affiliation. Feedback from a pilot test of the assignment at the University of Michigan will be provided. Long-range goals of bridging the gaps between research and practice in the field of child maltreatment will also be discussed.              
Bri Stormer, MSW

78.7.     The Neurobiology of Trauma: Implications for Healing (Intermediate-MH)
This workshop will highlight the neurobiological implications of trauma, neural integration, and associated healing modalities. Intended audience: mental health professionals, medical professionals, advocates, law enforcement, court personnel, child welfare workers.   
Ashley Bolella, MSW

78.8.     Silent Suffering: Responding to Self-Harm in Foster Care    (Beginning-CP/CW)
Participants will dive into the uncertainty behind self-injury and increase awareness of resources and techniques to respond to self-harming behaviors among youth in foster care.   
Katie Langer, MSW

78.9      Making a Difference in Abusive Head Trauma Prevention: Focusing on the Leading Trigger  (Beginning-EfC)
Period of PURPLE Crying is an evidence-based Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) prevention program.
Chanda Clift, BS

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sessions 79 - 86

79.        Interviewing LGBTQ+ Youth       (Intermediate-FI / INTD)
This presentation will discuss current issues of the LGBTQ+ community and help identify ways to aide in the interview process and investigations involving this population.      
Kim Skidmore, BA

80.        Avoiding Implicit Bias in Child Maltreatment: Strategies for Increasing Medical Providers Awareness        (Intermediate-Med)
Implicit biases impact various aspects of healthcare. Understanding and avoiding these biases is key to better outcomes in patient care and clinical interactions
Patricia  Morgan, MD

81.        Sexual Abuse in the US Catholic Church: Two Steps Forward One Step Back    (Intermediate-INTD)
The U.S. Catholic Church has been embroiled in a sexual abuse crisis since at 2002 after news accounts raised awareness; this presentation describes the response efforts to confront the problem.           
Angelo Giardino, MD

82.        Igniting SPARCS of Change in Treatment: Utilizing an Evidence-Informed Intervention for Adolescents in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Settings             (Intermediate-MH)
The presenters will describe the implementation of SPARCS within juvenile justice and child welfare settings, and will briefly review recent research findings on the model in these settings. 
Mandy Habib, PsyD; Victor Labruna, PhD

83.        70+ Years Addressing Child Maltreatment in the USA: Pioneers and APSAC's Role in Improving Practice, Science and Resiliency; Videos, Pictures, and Commentary  Part 3 (Intermediate-INTD)
David L. Corwin, MD, Presentation Chair; Randell Alexander, MD, Presentation Co-Chair; Sandra Alexander, MEd; Bea Yorker, JD; Tony Mannarino, PhD; Kathleen Faller, PhD; Victor Vieth, JD; David Finkelhor, PhD; Donna Pence, BS; Rob Parrish, JD     


84.        Offenders of Children and Child Sexual Abuse Images (Intermediate-INTD)   
Participants will gain an understanding of those who offend children and the different types of offenders and how they groom their victim. Victim issues like how the Compliant Child falls prey and how Offenders use adult and child abuse images to groom the child. Actual case examples will be presented.
Rich Love

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*        


85.        Forensic Interviewer in the Courtroom              (Beginning-FI/Adv)
 How to effectively prepare for court testimony and defending your forensic interview on the stand.  
Jesse Gonzalez, BS

86.        Roundtable Discussions:

86.1.     Living It.... Vicarious Trauma      (Intermediate-LE)
After 30 plus years in law enforcement, you see it happen. We in the business need to recognize and then take steps to help. Not just law enforcement but all dealing with child abuse at all levels. We will look at some ways to help and be able to recognize it around us.   
Sgt. Jim Sears

86.2.     Protective Factors for Trauma-Affected Youth with Suicidal Ideation (Intermediate-EfC)
The identification and enhancement of protective factors for suicide in youth with histories of child maltreatment will be discussed. Relevant literature and practical applications of these factors will be reviewed.
Elena Doskey, PhD; Natalie Gallo, MEd

86.3.     Examining Proximal and Distal Adverse Childhood Experiences among Justice-Involved Youth: What is the Relation to Functional Impairment?              (Intermediate-MH)
This presentation will describe findings from a longitudinal study of mental health outcomes of justice-involved youth that examined the association between proximal and distal ACEs on current functional impairment. 
Jacquelynn Duron, PhD, Doris Duke Fellows; Abigail Williams-Butler, PhD; Feng-Yi Liu, MA; Danielle Nesi, MA; Kathleen Fay, JD; B.K. Elizabeth Kim, PhD


86.4.     A Precarious Gap in U.S. Criminal Codes Exists for Cases of Child Torture    (Intermediate-CP/CW)
Child torture is a medical subcategory of child abuse. For fourteen states without a child torture statute, a gap in the criminal code exists that allows perpetrators to escape justice.        
Ann Ratnayake, JD

86.5.     Retraumatizing through Rehoming    (Intermediate-CP/CW)
In the marketplace of adoption, parents are able pass their children to other would-be adopters, often through online unregulated networks. This paper seeks to understand the impact of rehoming on children.   
Kathleen Bergquist, PhD

86.6.     Measuring the Long-Term Social and Economic Value of Investing in Children's Protection and Well-Being         (Advanced-EfC)
 Modeling the social return on investment in children strengthens arguments for systems reform in child welfare and protection, using a child-rights base and always considering the whole child approach.   
Maria Herczog, PhD

86.7.     The Forensic Cultural Integrative Model (FCIM): Developing Culturally Competent Forensic Interview Practices        (Intermediate-FI / INTD)
The Forensic Cultural Integrative Model is offered as a best practice paradigm to increase cultural competency and identify culturally relevant, evidence based assessment questions for child protection investigations.   
Christine Baker, PhD; Karyn Smarz, PhD; Aileen Torres, PhD

86.8.     Forensic Team Assessments      (Intermediate-CP/CW)
A forensic team approach is a unique standardized model of interviewing, allowing for an in-depth look into the family risk issues with several different viewpoints and observations from the team.   
Stephanie Kurilla, MA; Christopher Friedrich, MA; Melissa Ciottone, MA

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