Schedule and Daily Agendas 

Full Schedule               June 7-8                          June 9                                 June 10                                  June 11-12

Sunday, June 7 and Monday, June 8

Pre-Conference Advanced/Cultural Training Institutes 

June 7/8 Sunday and Monday Institute 1

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. break / 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own) / 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. break


1. Forensic Interviewing Institute

Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities with Peer Review Option (this portion of the institute will take place all day Sunday and Monday morning) (Advanced-FI)
This training is designed to introduce Forensic Interviewers to practical applications for engaging and communicating with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Physical Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Communication Disorders in a developmentally appropriate and trauma informed way. Throughout the week, participants who attend the Pre-Institute will be provided the opportunity to schedule a recorded practice interview with an individual with disabilities to apply learned strategies through establishing rapport and discussing a neutral narrative event. This opportunity is being made possible through a partnership with the STRIVE Center. We are deeply thankful for their support, individuals from the STRIVE Center will be compensated for their time. On the final day, there will be a session offered for Peer Review of the interviews that have taken place throughout the week. There will be expert reviewers to discuss what aspects of the interview went well and any suggested areas of improvement for interviewers.
Staci Whitney, LMSW; Kate Homan, MS; Dermot Whelan                                                                                                                                                                                             
Forensic Interview Protocols: An Update on the Major Forensic Interview Structures   (this portion of the institute will take place on Monday afternoon) (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             


June 8, Monday Institutes 2 – 7

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. break / 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own) / 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. break                                                                   

2.  Investigating Cases of Child Abuse: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (Intermediate-LE) 

Law enforcement officers, child protection investigators, prosecutors and other multi-disciplinary team members who respond to reports of child abuse, will receive detailed instruction on corroborating allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Responding to allegations of abuse arising in a custody dispute will also be detailed. Instruction on interrogating sex offenders, including demonstrations and case examples, will also be provided. 
Seth Goldstein, JDVictor Vieth, JD; Michael Johnson, BS                                                                                                                                                                              

3.  Training in Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment Measures of Child Abuse & Trauma Symptoms and Events   (Beginning-MH) 

This institute will teach knowledge and skills for using evidence-based screening and assessment tools. Additional free training through a National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant is optional  for attendees which would include  (1) complete three hours of additional training using Zoom videoconferencing, (2) assess three children between the ages of 8 and 12, and (participate in a learning collaborative involving 12-15 hours of consultation on assessed cases using interactive videoconferencing.
Desiree Walisky, LCSW;  Jeffrey Wherry, PhD, ABPP                                                                                                                                                                   

4.  'Spare the Rod' - Evaluating Child Physical Abuse  (Intermediate-INTD) 

This all day pre-conference institute will review the basics of child physical abuse including cutaneous manifestations of abuse, occult and apparent fractures, abusive head and abdominal trauma.
Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MDBarbara Knox, MD                                                                                                                                                                     

5. Mindfulness Interventions for Children and Adolescents (Intermediate-MH)

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

Treating Multitraumatized Teens: Mindfulness in Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A)  Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) is an evidence-based, multi-modal therapy. Mindfulness-based interventions used in conjunction with ITCT-A can be helpful in treating posttraumatic distress in adolescents.

John Briere, PhD; Randye J. Semple, PhD

6. Cultural Institute 2020: Hot Topics in Culture & Child Maltreatment

6.1.  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                                                                                                                                                                       

6.2.  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                                                                                                                                                              

6.3.  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                                                                                     

6.4.  Keeping Amish Children Safe  (Beginning-CP/CW)

The horse-and-buggy Amish is one of the fastest growing subcultures.  Learn about their diversity and values, and consider strategies for partnering with their communities to keep Amish children safe.
 Jeanette Harder, MSW, PhD;  Sandy Cook-Fong, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                              

6.5.  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                                                                                                                                  

7.  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, small group discussions to discuss career options, resume/CV reviews, networking opportunities, and more. Expert speakers include APSAC Board members and other prominent voices in the field.

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