Schedule and Daily Agendas 

Full Schedule               Sept 21                          Sept 22                               Sept 23                               Sept 24

Monday, September 21

Pre-Conference Advanced/Cultural Training Institutes 

1. Forensic Interviewing Institute 

1.1 Being Trauma-Sensitive when Presenting Child Sexual Abuse Material

The skill of presenting sexually explicit material to children in forensic interviews is an evolving practice that requires sensitivity to the individual being interviewed.  This presentation will engage participants in a conversation about trauma dynamics and the steps that forensic interviewers can take to minimize negative impact on victims/survivors.

Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW


1.2 Forensic Interview Protocols: An Update on the Major Forensic Interview Structures (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


2.  TBA 

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)

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.

1706 East Broad St., Columbus, OH  43203

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