Schedule and Daily Agendas 

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

Tuesday, June 18th and Wednesday, June 19th

Pre-Conference Advanced/Cultural Training Institutes 

June 18/19 Tuesday and Wednesday Institutes 1-2

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (11:45 – 1:15 Lunch – on your own)
10:00-10:15 break; 11:45-1:15 lunch; 2:45-3:00 break


Click workshop titles to view full schedules. 

1. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Families

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) has the greatest amount of empirical support of any treatment for children, adolescents, and families exposed to traumatic life events.  This two-day institute will present the basic tenets of TF-CBT, review the TF-CBT PRACTICE components, and diverse implementation strategies.  A prerequisite for this training is completion of TF-CBTWeb which can be found at  Please bring your certificates of completion to the training. (Advanced-MH)
Anthony Mannarino, PhD  


2.  Forensic Interviewing Institute

Day One: Enhancing Fundamental Skills for Experienced Forensic Interviewers
Experienced interviewers know that often, the most difficult challenge during an interview isn’t eliciting an initial disclosure from a child, but figuring out the best way to formulate open-ended prompts and structure follow-up questioning.  Aimed at experienced interviewers committed to excellence and continuous improvement of fundamental skills, this pre-Colloquium Institute will be a combination of presentations, discussion and activities focused on: 1) Lessons from recent research that can inform experienced forensic interviewers; 2) How to get the most out of narrative event practice (NEP) and how to use NEP to organize and inform questioning strategies throughout the interview; and 3) Using critical thinking skills to develop more effective and precise approaches to substantive questioning aimed at maximizing reliable details from children. 

Patti Toth, JD, Kate Homan, MS


Day Two: Working Through Barriers in Forensic Interviews/Forensic Interviewer Forum

Once forensic interviewers have mastered the typical flow of an interview with children in the disclosure  process, it is important to layer additional skills to the basic process. This presentation will address working through barriers that are sometimes presented by children in forensic interviews. The afternoon presentation provides an opportunity for forensic interviewers to discuss current trends in child forensic interviews. The presenters represent different forensic interview models so that diverse perspectives can be discussed.  

Julie Kenniston, MSW, Rita Farrell, B.S


June 19, Wednesday Institutes 3 – 8

 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (11:45 – 1:15 Lunch – on your own)
10:00-10:15 break; 11:45-1:15 lunch; 2:45-3:00 break


3.  Essentials for Childhood
The Essentials for Childhood Framework as promulgated by the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention (CDC),  offers strategies  for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.   This institute will include keynotes and workshops addressing topics that can support a state’s implementation of the Essential Framework and promote prevention policies and services in all communities.

4.  Bruises, Bumps, and Burns, and Lots More: The Basics of Physical Abuse   (Beginning-INTD)      
This all day pre-conference workshop will review the basics of child physical abuse including cutaneous manifestations of abuse, occult and apparent fractures, abusive head and abdominal trauma. Participants will be able to comprehend the biomechanics of all these forms of physical abuse.
Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD; Barbara Knox, MD

5.  Evidence-Based Interventions for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth   (Intermediate-MH)
Presenters will cover evidenced-based assessment and interventions strategies for commercially sexually exploited youth including trauma assessment, engagement strategies, safety interventions, and applications of trauma treatment.
Dawn Blacker, PhD; Brandi Liles, PhD; Kelly Kinnish, PhD; Jessica Wozniak, PsyD

6.  Ethical Issues Related to Child Maltreatment Cases    (Intermediate-INTD)                    
This interactive  workshop will focus on ethical and legal issues that arise for professionals while working in the field of child maltreatment.
Debra Hecht, PhD; Tricia Gardner, JD; Susan Schmidt, PhD; Elena Doskey, PhD
*This institute is designed to fulfill most states ethics requirements for social workers*

7.  Cultural Institute 2019: Hot Topics in Culture & Child Maltreatment
Topics will include:

Listening to the Depths of Their Despair: Utilizing Cultural Humility to Listen to the Trauma Narratives of Clients
 Mary Ortega, MSW; Robert Ortega, PhD; Orli Avi-Yonah, PhD

Trauma Resilience Across World Cultures: Practice Applications for Assessing and Implementing Protective Factors

Machelle Madsen Thompson, PhD

Threats to Optimal Parenting: Socio-Economic and Minority Status
Darcey Merritt, PhD; Susan Snyder, PhD

Cultural Intelligence in Child Maltreatment Investigations

Amy Russell, JD

Supporting Cultural Identity Development of Youth in Foster Care

Megan Piel, PhD, Doris Duke Fellows; Ashley Quinn, BSW

Journeying Beyond Trauma: The Refugee Family’s Plight

Victoria Gutierrez-Kovner, LCSW

8.  Student and Young Professional Career Development Institute
Designed for students and young professionals looking to advance their careers in child maltreatment. Q&A panels with experts across disciplines, disciplinary roundtables to discuss career options, resume/CV reviews, networking opportunities, and more. Expert speakers include APSAC Board members and other prominent voices in the field.


This institute is sponsored by the Young American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (YAPSAC) in partnership with the Doris Duke Fellowship.

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