Schedule and Daily Agendas

Full Schedule                   July 13                                July 14                                 July 15

Thursday, July 15 

All times in Eastern. 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm



Multidisciplinary teams and individual professionals see many aspects of discrimination against children. These types of discriminatory behaviors can result in physical abuse, sexual abuse and assault, neglect, injustice, and particularly psychological harm. Just defining the multiple types of detriment underscores the need for professionals to recognize the use of the term child maltreatment within this scope of discussion. This presentation will discuss the substantial burdens that particularly affect children of color with a lens reflecting lessons learned from the 
Philadelphia expanded Adverse Childhood Experiences study. Case examples will be provided which illustrate how discriminatory systems contribute to toxic stress not only for children but also for their families. Unequal treatment in healthcare, education, child welfare and justice systems will be discussed as well as examples of positive individual or system responses. Participants will learn of how to be part of the solution and not part of the problem of experiencing racism as a childhood adversity. 

Sharon Cooper, MD, FAAP

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm 

Sessions 41 - 45                                                                     

41. The Role of eLearning in Keeping Children Safe: A case study on developing online sexual abuse prevention education (Beginning)
ELearning can reach a widespread and diverse audience. This training will present a case study on the process of creating digital child sexual abuse prevention modules for children and parents.    
Jessica Trudeau, MPH; Jenna Ofenloch, MA                                                                                                                                                               

42. Why Colorblindness Does Not Work: Creating and Sustaining Culturally Competent Interpersonal and Sexual Violence Program (Intermediate)
The buzz word now for many who want it to be known that they are inclusive is 'colorblindness.' But does being colorblind impact BIPOC survivors?
Morgan Whiting, BS                                                                                                                                                                                                     

43. We’re Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Cases of Child Abuse (Intermediate)
The outcome of many child abuse cases depends on the ability of the prosecutor to argue the facts to the jury. 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, J.D., M.A.


44. Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Making Decisions Based on Facts Rather Than Misconceptions (Intermediate)
Approximately 30% of sexual abuse cases will involve youth acting inappropriately with other youth.  This presentation will provide information on myths and truth about problematic sexual behavior in children.             
Tricia Gardner, JD; Stacie LeBlanc, JD; Jane Silovsky, PhD  

45. Trauma in Testing: Accounting for Trauma and Marginalization in Psychological Evaluations (Intermediate)  This presentation will address how to complete a socially just, trauma-informed assessment of children with complex symptom presentations, including common symptom patterns and overlap with other DSM-5 diagnoses.          

Jennifer Laney, PsyD; Margo Townley, MSW, PsyD; Karissa Spurgeon, PsyD, LMHC  



1:45 pm. – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sessions 46-50


46. Why We Must Have a Long Game in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (Intermediate)
This interactive workshop discusses short and long-range strategies to decrease the prevalence of child sexual abuse in society. The strategies focus on an upstream, ecological approach to this challenge.
Marcie Hambrick, PhD, MSW                                                                                                                                                                                           

47. You Can Trust Me! How Child Molesters Groom Caregivers and Children (Intermediate)
Delayed disclosure and compliance in child victims is understood in large part from the lens of how offenders lure the child and those in the child’s life into a sense of trust.  This workshop will explain the dynamics of grooming: what is it; how offenders groom a community, a family, and a child; and how this often leads to delayed disclosure.  Attendees will leave the workshop with tools to utilize in their interviews, investigations, and trial presentation which explain how delayed disclosure and victim compliance occur.         
Andi Hamilton  

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*    


49.  Creating Community Through the Power of Story: Becoming a Part of the Change (Beginning)

Working collectively using the voice of constituents, agencies, and organizations to disseminate information among one another. Sharing and igniting a model of collaboration and partnership through stories.
Lori Poland, MA, LPC, RRT


50. Development, Memory and Trauma: A Trifecta (Intermediate)
Humans are hard-wired with communication systems to help us survive. Our development and growth rely on the constant intake of experiences around us, and our memory serves as a critical tool to function. When we experience trauma, both our development and memory may be altered. This presentation explores the ways in which trauma may impact child development and memory thereby a youth’s ability to fully communicate their lived experiences as one might expect. 
Ali Alstott, LCSW 

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*                  

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Sessions 51 - 55                                                                                                                                                                           

51. Athletes are Children First:  A Pilot Project to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in the Sport of Gymnastics (Beginning)
Child sexual abuse (CSA) can happen in any community, including in sports. This training will explore the risks for CSA in sports and offer a local, accessible prevention model.    
Rashaad Banks; Jenna Ofenloch, MA                                                                                                                                              


52. Understanding and Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act: Lessons from the Last Frontier (Intermediate)  This session will discuss and analyze the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law passed to address disproportionality and treatment of Alaska Native/Native American (AN/NA) families in child welfare cases.   

Ali Wykis, JD; Rachel Espejo, JD                                                                                                                                                                                              

53. Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Adaptations for Challenging Times (Intermediate)
This workshop will describe several components of the evidence-based treatment model, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for children and adolescents, with adaptations to particularly address current challenges and sociocultural inequities. 
Cheryl Lanktree, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                     

54. Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior: Recommendations for the MDT and CAC Response (Intermediate)  
This presentation will demonstrate how the MDT approach and CAC model provide the ideal vehicle for assessing and investigating cases involving children ages 12 and younger with problematic sexual behaviors.         
Jerri Sites, MA; Jimmy Widdifield, Jr, MA, LPC                                                                                                                                                           

55. Interview and Interrogation of Child Abuse Suspects  (Intermediate)
This session will examine typical shared traits of offenders based on the type of victimization: child homicide, child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and technology-based offenses.  Attendees will learn techniques to engage offenders during interrogations and gauge the level of victimization through post confession investigative practices to enhance criminal prosecution.      
Det. Chris Kalcharno      

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/NCJTC*