Schedule and Daily Agendas

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Wednesday, July 14

All times in Eastern.


10:45 am - 12:00 pm 

Language and Child Interviewing: A Tribute to Anne Graffam Walker (Intermediate) 
This training reviews research on the linguistic difficulties that children of different ages and backgrounds experience when questioned by adults about abuse, inspired by the pioneering work of Anne Graffam-Walker.            
Thomas Lyon, JD, PhD; Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW

12:15 pm – 1:45pm 
Sessions 21 - 25

21. Sex Trafficking: Current Trends in Technology (Intermediate)
Provide law enforcement and service providers with information on how technology (cell phones, phone chat lines, social networking sites, and internet advertisements) are used to seduce, lure, and control child victims of sex trafficking.   Describe how to develop successful investigative techniques to proactively identify and locate child victims and corroborate the technology facilitated commercial sexual exploitation investigation.  Case studies will be used to facilitate the discussion. Identify pitfalls and challenges to these investigations.         
Blaine Phillips   

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*                                                                                                                                                              

22. Take a Deep Breath: Stamina for Child Protection Professionals during Covid-19 (Beginning)
Professionals dealing with child maltreatment need support during the pandemic to recharge.   This session will teach coping techniques, stress management, thought blocking and reframing practices to promote stamina and resiliency.      
Mary Pulido, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                           

23. Recognizing and Responding to Children's COVID-19-Specific Traumatic Stress Reactions (Intermediate)
This presentation describes children's COVID-19-specific trauma responses including increased posttraumatic stress reactions, traumatic separation, and traumatic grief; as well as behavioral health disparities and applications of Trauma-Focused CBT for these.           
Judith Cohen, MD; Anthony Mannarino, PhD                                                                                                                                                              

24.  News You Can Use about Hot Trauma Mental Health Research (Intermediate)
Do you struggle to keep up with the latest trauma-related research?  We select, read, and summarize the most relevant new research and practice implications so you don't have to.          
Jason Lang, PhD; Monica Fitzgerald, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

25. Child-Centered Forensic Interviewing Strategies: How to Help Children Tell What They Know (Intermediate)
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


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Sessions 26 - 30


26. How to Write, Review and Edit for Child Maltreatment (Intermediate)

This session will provide information about APSAC's journal Child Maltreatment and editors will discuss how to successfully participate in CM's activities as a practitioner and scientist at all career stages.

Vincent Palusci, MD; Daniel Whitaker, PhD; Rochelle Hanson, PhD; Bri Stormer, MSW                                                                                                                                                                                       

27. When Parents and Systems Cause Harm: Healing Parent-Child Relationships in Therapeutic Supervised Visitation (Intermediate)
Supervised visitation programs present a unique opportunity to engage families in addressing the impact of family violence and neglect, as well as systemic racial bias, on families of color.
Amy Pumo, MSSW, LCSW                                                                                                                                                                                                    

28. Mitigating the Impact of Covid-19 as an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) with Positive Childhood Experiences (Intermediate)
For some children Covid-19 will become an Adverse Childhood Experience. Identifying risk factors, disparities and escalators that come with the pandemic. Identifying, intervening and interrupting with positive childhood experiences.      
Jane Straub, BS                                                                                                                                                                                             

29. Human Dignity and Childhood: Connecting Diversity, Inclusion and Primary and Secondary Education (Intermediate)
This three-part workshop will provide participants to gain an understanding of the place of human dignity in childhood, discuss their experiences with dignity, and explore the application in schools.
Lucien Lombardo, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                           

30. Communicating with Children with Disabilities (Intermediate)
Children with disabilities are at increased risk for victimization. However, cases involving children with disabilities are not often prosecuted. There are reliable and effective ways to interview children with disabilities.        
Staci Whitney, LMSW; Kate Homan, MS; Dermot Whelan, LE Sgt. Retired

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm 

Sessions 31 - 35

31. The Vulnerability Trap (Intermediate)
This workshop will look at the vulnerability of victims of exploitation, with an emphasis on sex trafficking victims and how that intersects with our formal systems.
Det. Capt. Pi Downsbrough (Ret.)

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

32. Trauma-Informed Care Training: Evidence and Tools to Promote Staff Well-being and Culture Change (Intermediate)
This training session includes evidence of the impact of a TIC training model to address staff compassion fatigue and resilience and the demonstration and practice of TIC tools.      
Stacey Pangratz, MSW; Jennifer Hammel, BA; Molly Garwood, PhD; Laura Crave, BA    


33. Global Child Psychological Maltreatment Summit-Vision, Recommendations & Progress (Beginning)

This symposium presents highlights of the global Child Psychological Maltreatment Summit, including consideration of its nature, recommendations and related progressive developments with emphasis on multiple tier intervention.
Stuart Hart, PhD; Marla Brassard, PhD; Amy Slep, PhD; Mel Schneiderman, PhD; Sirrilla Blackmon, LCSW, LCAC; Julie Whitman, MSW

34. Trauma, Abuse and the Intersection of Race and Risk (Intermediate)

Oppression of marginalized communities increases risk for ACES and is compounded by the trauma inflicted by racism/oppression itself. Effective trauma work must incorporate a social justice approach to healing.

Anthony Zenkus, LMSW 


Research Sessions    


35.1 Longitudinal Effects of Membership in Child Maltreatment Classes on Future Psychological Trauma & Depression (Intermediate)
In this presentation, we explore how specific child maltreatment profiles may impact future depression and post-traumatic stress in a sample of racially diverse, child welfare involved youth.    
Colleen Katz, PhD, LCSW; Marina Lalayants, PhD, MPA; Victor Lushin, PhD, MD, MSW                                                                                                                     

35.2 A Retrospective Review: Understanding Poly-Victimization and Mental Health Among Youth with CSE Histories (Intermediate)
A disproportionate sample of Black and Latinx court involved and commercially sexually exploited youth revealed high numbers of victimizations may lead to higher reported mental health challenges.          
Georgia Perris, BA; Mikiko Thelwell, BA                            


35.3 Interpretive concerns for the AAPI-2 regarding risk and Hispanic culture (Beginning)
The Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory-2 (AAPI-2) is a widely used parenting measure that may benefit from culturally informed interpretation, specifically when considering empathy and role reversal constructs in Hispanic populations.
Michelle Ferrer, PhD; Kirsten Byrnes, PsyD; Kie Fujii, BA      


35.4 Dispelling myths about child abuse among indigenous people (Beginning)
Children born to AN/AI women are more likely to be reported to CPS for abuse. Our findings affirm that child abuse is predicted by multiple social/behavioral factors.
Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, MD FAAFP

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 

Sessions 36 - 40 

36. Increasing Equitable System Responses to Minority Adolescents with Problematic or Illegal Sexual Behavior (Intermediate)
Intentional cross-system collaboration should occur to improve equitable system response to minority adolescents with illegal or problematic sexual behavior. Evidence-based treatments should additionally be adapted to improve inclusivity and diversity.           
Natalie Gallo, MEd, LPC; Susan Schmidt, PhD; Paul Shawler, PhD ; Michael Gomez, PhD  


37. Outstanding Article in Child Maltreatment- The Cumulative Prevalence of Termination of Parental Rights for U.S. Children, 2000–2016

Christopher Wildeman, PhD; Frank R. Edwards, PhD; Sara Wakefield, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                         

38. Village Conversations: Creating Space for Cultural Diversity at a Children's Advocacy Center (Beginning)
Our seminar will show participants a practical way to incorporate cultural diversity into practice. We will provide child maltreatment groups with the tools they need to engage in similar work.      
Macy Adams, MPA; Kathy Quiñones, PhD; Robyn Blake, MA; Alix Desch     


39. Conducting Trauma-Informed Interviews of Children (Intermediate)
Through an in-depth examination of the neurobiology of trauma and consideration of case studies, this session provides child welfare professionals with the foundation necessary to conduct safe, trauma-informed interviews.     
W. Warren Binford, JDMichael Bochenek, JD; N. EwenWang, MD; Ryan Matlow, PhD; Brenda Punsky, LCSW, LLM; Lisa Pineda, LCSW-R

40. Research Sessions (5:30 pm - 6:45 pm)

40.1 Hospital Programs Can Reduce Unsafe Sleep Deaths (Intermediate)
A countywide education program about unsafe sleep in all 9 birthing hospitals reduced deaths by over 2/3 compared to previous years.  It is possible to prevent unsafe sleep deaths.      
Randell Alexander, MD PhD; Rebecca Rodriguez-Pou, MD                                                                                                                                                             

40.2 Prevention of Child Maltreatment among Families Discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): A Pilot Study (Intermediate)
SafeCare, an evidence-based parenting program for child maltreatment prevention, was adapted for families discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and showed preliminary feasibility in this pilot study.        
Rachel Culbreth, PhD, MPH, RRT; Shannon Self-Brown, PhD; Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAANP; Fajar Humayun; Joenesha Hardman  


40.3 The Impact of Pandemic Stress on Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout Experiences in Foster Care (Intermediate)
This study examines the relationships between multiple COVID-19 related stressors and experiences of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout (BO) in a group of foster parents and foster care professionals.   
Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, PhD


40.4 Examining the Evidence of Kin and Relative Foster Parent Training (Beginning)
This research presentation will describe a systematic evaluation of research on training for kin/relative foster caregivers. Participants will learn about the quality and implications for training kinship caregivers.        
Morgan Cooley, PhD, LCSW; Ciara Collins, LMFT; Cathy Scott, PhD; Kate Guastaferro, PhD      


40.5 Children's Perception of Safety During Supervised Visitation with Non-Custodial Parents (Beginning)
Survey data suggests that, after experiencing trauma, children's reported feelings of safety when participating in supervised visitation with non-custodial parents is related to willingness to participate in visits.
Julia Fanger, MSW