Schedule and Daily Agendas

Full Schedule               Sept 21                         Sept 22                                     Sept 23                                  Sept 24

APSAC's 27th Colloquium 

Tuesday, September 22

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Stacie LeBlanc, JD
APSAC President Elect 2020-2022

Plenary Session

Bias in the Family Courts? Findings from the First National Quantitative Study of Custody Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation Claims
Joan Meier, JD
Professor of Clinical Law and Founder, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals
Project, George Washington University Law School

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Sessions 8 - 17                         


8.  Strategies for Addressing the Trauma Narrative (Intermediate-MH)

This workshop will provide strategies for clinicians to enhance skills in using Trauma Narrative strategies to help children lower PTSD symptoms and enhance the caregiver/child relationship through the process.
Laura Merchant, MSW


9.   Child Abuse and Neglect in Film and Television: An Illustrated History   
Peter Samuelson 


10.  Strength through Collaboration:  How Prosecutors & Forensics Interviewers Can Work Together to Build a Successful Case              (Intermediate-INTD) 

Forensic interviewers & prosecutors will be provided with research based information about forensic interviews & abuse dynamics in a way that is useful for the prosecution of sexual abuse cases.
Elizabeth Ghilardi, MSW, LCSW; Miriam Falk, JD                                                                                                                                                                  


12.  Are We Making Any Progress in Preventing Childhood Adversities (ACEs)?   (Beginning-CP/CW)

This session will review and try to make sense of trend data on various forms of childhood adversities (ACEs).
David Finkelhor, PhD

13.  Keeping the Focus on Children’s Safety in Family Court  (Intermediate-Law/MH)

This session shares a pioneering child-advocacy method for ensuring child safety is not eclipsed in custody cases involving allegations of child abuse and parental alienation.
Joan Meier, JD; Suzanne Chester, JD, PhDMadelyn Milchman, PhD;  Atiya Mosley, JD      


14.  Minimizing Miscommunication in Child Forensic Interviews (Intermediate-FI) 

This presentation will provide information on children's use of language as preschoolers and as school-aged children.  These concepts will be applied to the process of gathering information from children in forensic interviews.  By understanding children's abilities to communicate, a forensic interview can be linguistically sensitive to the child's needs and be conducted in a legally sound manner.  
Julie Kenniston, MSW

*This workshop is supported by FVTC/ NCJTC*                                                          


15.  What is the Field's (and Your) Vision for the Scope and Delivery of Evidence Based Practices?  (Intermediate-MH) 

We discuss the state of EBP use in child maltreatment and explore questions about how to incorporate what we know about them to help promote efficient and effective practice.
David Kolko, PhD; Lucy Berliner, MSW   

16. Navigating Individual and Multidisciplinary Ethical Conundrums in the Field of Child Maltreatment (Intermediate-INTD) 

This interactive workshop will explore ethical situations that may arise for individuals and for multidisciplinary teams in the field of child maltreatment.
Susan Schmidt, PhD; Tricia Gardner, JD; Debra Hecht, PhDElena Doskey; PhD        

Attendees are responsible for determining if the content meets the ethics requirements of their licensing/certification board.   


17. Plans of Safe Care: Collaborating to Support Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure and their Families  (Intermediate-INTD)

This presentation highlights collaborative responses that improve maternal and infant health and prevent child welfare involvement for pregnant and parenting women and their infants affected by prenatal substance exposure.             
Ken DeCerchio, MSWJill Gresham, MA

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sessions 18 - 27          



18.  TBA


19.  Drug Endangered Children Referred to a Child Abuse Intervention Center: A Seven Year Experience in Clackamas County, OR   (Intermediate-M/N)

Medical providers can learn about the potential exposure and impact of parental substance use and abuse to children, and how hair testing aids in the evaluation of neglect.
Gabrielle Petersen MSN, CPNP; Chris Smith, MSN, FNP-C                                                                                                                              

20.  Evaluating Unexpected Deaths in Infants and Young Children  (Intermediate-M/N)      

This session will provide updated information on sudden infant death syndrome and fatal child abuse for cases of sudden, unexpected infant and child death.  
Vincent Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP         


21.  We’re Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Cases of Child Abuse   (Intermediate-Law)  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, JD 


22.  Issues in Differential Response - Revisited. (Intermediate-INTD)

This workshop will cover a review of research and literature published between 2011 and 2018 about differential response (DR) which revealed contradictions in key program assumptions, ultimately calling into question claims of child safety. Recommendations for improving DR programs will also be discussed.
Ronald C. Hughes, PhD, MSSA; Judith S. Rycus, PhD, MSW
*This workshop is supported by the Center for Child Policy* 


23.  The Children Are Not Okay;  The Impact of Domestic Violence  (Intermediate-INTD)                

Domestic violence is pervasive with 1 in 4 females experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner.  Children are not immune and may be at risk for harm themselves.
Jane Straub, BS      


24.  The Role of Trauma Informed Forensic Team Assessments in prevention and effective intervention in Child Maltreatment              (Intermediate-CP/CW)

Utilizing Forensic Team Assessments at the early stages of a child abuse investigation to asses risk and provide interventions is crucial to the prevention of further harm and continued maltreatment.           
Stephanie Kurilla, MA; Melissa Ciottone. MA   


25.  Creating Community through the Power of Story, Becoming a Part of the Change (Beginning-CA)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

26. Research Sessions:

26.1. Implementing Human Trafficking Screening and Prevention Protocols for Youth in Emergency Care Shelter Settings

Patrick  Kerr, PhDAngie Conn  


26.2.  Bidirectional Relations Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Behavioral Problems from Childhood through Adolescence (Advanced-MH) 

The purpose of this study is to explore bidirectional relations between adverse childhood experiences and internalizing/externalizing trajectories in a sample of low-income children.
Lixia Zhang, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

27. Round Table Discussions:                                                                                                                                                                                               

27.1  'Self-Care: The Most Important Thing You Rarely Do'  (Intermediate-CP/CW)   

Working in the Child Welfare field can yield immense satisfaction...and exhaustion. Together, we will explore protective factors to help YOU care for yourself, so you can continue helping others.
Katie Langer, MSW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

27.2. Practical Strategies for Implementing Shared Decision Making to Engage and Empower CSEC Youth (Intermediate-INTD)

This session will present innovative research and practical strategies for applying Shared Decision Making to effectively and consistently engage CSEC youth in service planning and MDT processes.
Samantha Sahl, DSW, LCSW; Maria Isabella Pontoriero, MSW, MPH, LMSW; Christopher Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW

27.3.  Strangulation: It’s Not Just a Choking Game (Intermediate-INTD)

This multi-disciplinary presentation will provide case studies to help professionals in the field understand the dangers of strangulation as it occurs in the pediatric population.
Jennifer Stephens, FNP


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Sessions 28 - 37

28.  The State vs. Trey Allen Cartwright:  Lessons Learned in a Complex Trafficking Investigation (Beginning-LE)  

This is a case study of a complex domestic minor sex trafficking investigation conducted in Texas.
 Det. Jason Lundquist,Det. Charles Youngblood                                                                                                                                                                                                         

29.  Promoting Justice for Victims of Abusive Head Trauma (Intermediate-INTD)

This workshop will discuss how irresponsible expert witnesses have created and perpetuated a false controversy regarding the science underpinning the diagnosis of abusive head trauma, and will seek to present attorneys and other child maltreatment professionals with information and strategies to prepare and present a case that promotes justice for victims of abusive head trauma.
 Paul Stern, J.D.; Robert Parish, J.D.

*This workshop is supported by the Center for Child Policy*                                                                                                                                                                   

30.  Drug and Alcohol Exposed Newborns: Medical and Legal Implications  (Intermediate-INTD)         

This workshop will address the medical implications of prenatal exposure to illicit drugs and alcohol as well as the federal and state law responses to this form of child maltreatment. 
Frank Vandervort, JD; Vincent Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP                                                                                                                                                                                 

31.  Early Intervention in the #MeToo Era: Brain Science Developmental Windows in Childhood for Learning Consent  (Intermediate-PREV) #MeToo uncovered that adults don't understand consent well.  Brain science indicates that the parts of the brain that comprehend empathy develop in childhood. Effective perpetration prevention must begin in childhood.             
Marcie  Hambrick, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                

32.  TBD                                                                                                                                                                                                           

33.  Overlapping Risks of Harm for Children and Pets in Domestically Violent Homes: A Unique Community Collaboration  (Intermediate-CP/CW) This workshop describes overlapping risks of harm for children and pets in domestically violent homes. Protecting the child-pet bond is critical to mitigating emotional harm and improving outcomes for all.
Andrew Campbell, MPH;  Sandy Runkle, MSW                                                                                                                                                                       

34.  Preventing Interviewer Drift: Advanced Interview Mapping (AIM) for Forensic interviewers (Intermediate-CP/CW)  

To prevent drift from best practice, most forensic interviewers need frequent, specific, and objective feedback. Advanced Interview Mapping (AIM) is a practical, peer- and self-review tool developed for this purpose.
Mark Everson, PhD; Scott Rodriguez, BS; Scott Snider, LCSW             


35.  'It's a Custody Case': Accurately Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse Disclosures in Family Court Settings (Intermediate-INTD)

This seminar will examine research, concepts and tools to assist with accurate evaluations of child sexual abuse allegations within the family court setting.
Lynn Cook, MSW, CAPSW;  Joan Meier, JD        

36. Research Sessions:

36.1 Exploring the Incidence of and Factors Associated with Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout in Foster Parents  

Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, PhD       


36.2.  A Systematic Review of Foster Parent Individual and Dyadic Well-being: Implications for Supporting Foster Care Placement  (Beginning, CP/CW)

This presentation will examine the foster parent individual and couple well-being in detail and provide an overview of the results of a scoping review covering two decades of research.
Jennifer Newquist, PhD, LPC; Morgan Cooley, PhD; Evin W. Richardson, PhD;  Jacquelyn K. Mallette, PhD


37. Round Table Discussions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  37.1.  Suicide Bereavement and Traumatic Grief in Adolescents:  Helping Adolescents Cope with Traumatic Reactions to Suicide  (Intermediate-MH)

The purpose of this presentation is to review the utility of evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions for adolescents experiencing traumatic grief reactions and mood dysregulation following familial suicide.
Brian Denietolis, PsyDSherry Paden, MA   


37.2. Prevent 360°: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Protection    (Beginning-PREV)

Protecting child from sexual abuse and other types of victimization requires a 360° approach. In this session, attendees will learn how a  unique, comprehensive approach can better protect children.
Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MAKatelyn Brewer, MA


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sessions 38 - 47          

38. Utilizing Supervision in Child Welfare to Implement Trauma-Informed Care (Beginning-CP/CW)

Using an evidence-informed model for trauma-informed change, we present a case study of supervision in child-welfare as a means to address Secondary Traumatic Stress amongst a child-welfare county in California.
Melissa Bernstein, PhD; Brent Crandal, PhD; Andrea Hazen, PhDAl Killen-Harvey, LCSW       


39.  TBA


40.  No Hit Zones: An Innovative Approach to Child Physical Abuse Prevention  (Intermediate-CP/CW)

No Hit Zones (NHZ) are an emergent and highly promising public health strategy designed to change community-level social norms regarding the acceptability of physical punishment of children.
Julia Fleckman,  PhD, MPH;  Rachel Ruiz, MPH;  Stacie Leblanc, JD, Med; Hannah Gilbert;  Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, MSW  


41.  The Spiritual Impact of Child Abuse and Exploitation  (Intermediate-INTD)

This presentation provides an overview of the spiritual development of children and how violence may interrupt or impair spirituality and spiritual development.
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC      

42.  TBD


43.  The Role of the Psychologist in the Assessment and Treatment of FDIA (AKA) Munchausen by Proxy  (Advanced-MH)   

The specific role of psychologists in cases of Munchausen by Proxy with be reviewed. These include accurate diagnoses, treatment and permanency recommendations, and training for therapists.
Janet Cahill, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

44.  TBD 


45.  Trauma Sensitive Yoga:  A Unique Approach to Vicarious Trauma Symptoms in Child Welfare Professionals    (Beginning-INTD)

Trauma Sensitive Yoga, an  adjunct therapy for complex trauma,  will be introduced.  An accessible group practice will be facilitated as a tool for addressing vicarious trauma.
Mandy O'Hara, MD, MPH                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

46. Research Sessions:

46.1.  “Suck It Up, Buttercup. This is the Job.”: Child Protective Services Workers’ Experiences of Client-Perpetrated Violence (Intermediate-CP/CW) 

Client-perpetrated violence (CPV) against child protective services (CPS) workers is prevalent and leads to psychological distress, physical injury, and compromised service delivery. This study explores CPS workers thoughts about CPV.
Lisa Schelbe, PhD;  Melissa Radey, PhD;   Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder, Ph.D.                                                                                                              

46.2.  Analysis of Implementation Drivers of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) Informed Organizational Change in Child Welfare  (Intermediate-CP/CW) 

Studies have documented high rates of STS and BO in child welfare settings. This study examines implementation drivers of STS informed change, and provides implications for child welfare organizations.
Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                               

47. Round Table Discussions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

47.1.  Mandated Reporting Guide: Establishing Standards and Increasing Consistency Amongst Reporters  (Beginning-CP/CW)  

NCCD's Mandated Reporter Guide assists reporters when communicating concerns to child protection; while prompting critical thinking around instances where there may be more effective and less-invasive solutions for families.
Kate Beier, APSW; Claire Crowley, MA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

47.2.  Evidenced-Based Treatment Engagement Strategies  (Intermediate-MH)

Most families attend a modal number of one therapy session. Presenters will discuss the implementation of evidenced-based engagement strategies and support clinician's navigation of barriers to implement these strategies.
Natalie Gallo, MEd, LPC; Amanda Mitten, MA, LPC                                                                                                                                                                                 

47.3.  Research in The Real World: How Our Experience Evaluating A New Maltreatment Prevention Program Can Help Others (Intermediate-CP/CW)

We will discuss successes and challenges to evaluating a program addressing parental substance use disorder to prevent maltreatment; how findings help course correct; and leveraging partnerships to encourage excellence in practice
Sarah Catherine Williams, MSWLynne Fahey Morrison, PhD; Kirsten Olson, BA                        

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed during the Welcome Reception Tuesday, September 22, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Systemic Correlates of Longitudinal School Engagement Among Foster Youth         

Andrew Benesh, PhD, LMFTMorgan Cooley, PhD, LCSW;   Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, MSEd                                                                                                                             

Improving the Impact of Foster Parent Training: Results from the Implementation of the Resource Parenting Curriculum 

A. Paige Blankenship, PhDKristin Hoffman, PhD                                                                                                                                                                         

Evaluation of a Parent Empowerment Program: Examining Sustainability and Addressing Response Bias 

Lindsey Boyle, MSW                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Spanking as Discipline: Moving from Corporal Punishment to Being Trauma-informed

Rufaro Chitiyo, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Coercive Cycle of Corporal Punishment and Children's Externalizing Problems Triggered by Intimate Partner Violence         

Gerard Siew Keong Chung, MSW;  Paul Lanier,  PhD;  Anna Parisi, MSW                                                                                                                               

Factors impacting Foster Care Placement Instability: Perspectives of Alumni of Foster Care   

Hadih Deedat, PhD, MSW, MPH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

An Investigation of Child-Caregiver Agreement on the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen (CATS-2)             

Ashley Galsky, PhD;  Juliana Soper, BS; Elizabeth Risch, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Community Lead Exposure and Rates of Child Abuse and Neglect  

Jesse Helton, PhD, MA                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs for Children with Disabilities: A Review of Literature  

Jennifer Johnson, MS                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Health-related Quality of Life among Adults Who Experienced Child Maltreatment  

Andrea Kennedy, PhD;  Derek Brown, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Expected and Observed Diagnostic Rates in US Emergency Departments from NHAMCS 2002 to 2015    

Seth Kunen,  MS, MSCP, PHD PSYD                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Risk Factors Associated with Child Maltreatment-Related Fatalities: Data-Informed Target Population for Prevention 

E. Susana Mariscal, PhDGretchen Martin, MSW                                                                                                                                                                       

Child Maltreatment Fatalities Among Children and Adolescents 5-17 Years Old       

Nichole Michaels, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Show me the Evidence:  Evaluation of a School Based Violence Prevention Curriculum             

Camille Moniz, MA;  Jennifer Clark, PsyD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Measuring Job Fulfillment Among A National Sample Child Protection Workers            

Sarah  Parmenter, MSW, LSW;   Kathryn Maguire Jack, PhD, MSW, MPA                                                                                                                                                                                 

Negative Effects of Juvenile Detainment  

Briana Porras, MSWKali Stephens, MSW                                                                                                                                                                           

System Responses to Child Maltreatment Related Hospitalizations: A Population-Based Study 
Rebecca Rebbe, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Key Validation Indicators using the CHIC Evaluation Model: An Exploratory and Descriptive Study  

Laura Rodríguez, Angel Rodriguez, JD                                                                                                                                                                                   

Abuse from Womb to Tender Years, Protecting Children When They Have No Voice  

Doreen SimsBarry Goldstein, JD;  Ricky Greenwald, PsyD                                                                                                                                    

The Use of Live Peer Review and a Feedback Form to Enhance Open-Ended Questioning During Forensic Interviews. 

Leah Smith, LCSWMonica Madigan, LCSW                                                                                                                                                                      

Related Improvements Between Child Trauma-Focused Supervision and Therapist Adherence During Learning Collaboratives 

Christina Strauch, BS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Standardized Child Abuse Screening in a Community Hospital Emergency Department: Results from a Pilot Study  

Kathleen Terry, DO MPH                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Adverse Childhood Experience and Disability: The Mediator Effect of Depression in Patients with Chronic Pain  Frances Vidot Hidalgo, MS; Coralee Perez-Pedrogo, PhD; Israel Sanchez-Cardona, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

A New Kinship Typology and Factors Associated with Receiving Financial Assistance in Kinship Care

Yanfeng Xu, PhD, MSW


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