2022 Advanced Training Institutes 

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Join us for two high-quality pre-conference institutes at the

37th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment

Upon registration, you will be prompted to select one of the two institutes listed below. 

Intrafamilial Child Torture: An Emerging Category of Child Maltreatment (This Institute will be presented and attended virtually)


This workshop will explore what we know from case data about children who suffer extreme, severe, and often protracted child maltreatment in their families.  We have elected to refer to these children as victims of intrafamilial child torture, because their experiences and the developmental consequences have much in common with child torture in other settings.  This workshop will explore the lived experiences of child victims, review their developmental challenges and treatment needs, explore appropriate treatment modalities for victims of severe developmental trauma, and present the experiences of legal and child’s rights advocates endeavoring to protect them. The goal is to raise awareness and promote both dialogue and data collection to ultimately help professionals in all disciplines intervene more effectively to protect and serve these children.

Presenters: Pamela Miller, JD, MSW, LISW-S;  Judith S. Rycus, PhD, MSW; Lucien Lombardo, PhD; Suzanna Tiapula, JD; Stacie Schrieffer LeBlanc, JD, MEd; Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, LCSW

Pricing and Accommodations

Members: $175

Non-Members: $200

*Registration increases by $50 for those who register onsite. 


Town and Country San Diego

500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108

Adapting Forensic Interviews for Children who do not Speak 

(This Institute will be presented and attended in-person)


This workshop is intended for forensic interviewers who want to learn about interviewing children who do not speak or who are considered “non-verbal.” Through this workshop, participants will have increased understanding of non-verbal behavior and communication methods; increased knowledge of common biases regarding communicating with children who do not speak; increased knowledge of pre-interview considerations when preparing to interview a child who does not speak; and learn reliable and legally defensible techniques that can be applied in forensic interviews with these children. Participants will have opportunities to apply what they have learned through class and small group activities. This training is founded in forensic interviewing best practices with considerations and adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures, use a communication device, or speak few words.


Presenter: Kate Homan, MS;  Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW

Cancellation Policy: APSAC will honor all refund requests received in writing by January 10, 2022. After January 10, all refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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Questions concerning CEs for the pre-conference institutes as well as the conference should be directed to sdconference@rchsd.org