Schedule and Daily Agendas
Wednesday, September 23
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
The Sage Charles T. Hendrix Keynote Address
The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adult Well-Being, Disease, and Social Function
Vincent J. Felitti, MD
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Sessions 48 - 57
48. Child and Adolescent Clinical Skills Lab for Medical Providers (Intermediate-Med)
This workshop will provide attendees with a review of the literature and provide hands-on practice for exam and evidence collection techniques including forensic photography, use of a colposcope, exam techniques, and forensic evidence collection techniques for optimal results with both pre-pubertal and adolescent children.
49. Penetration, Injury and All That Jazz: A Visual Review Examining Three Decades of Research (Intermediate-INTD)
This workshop, using case examples with anogenital images, reviews three decades of child sexual abuse research in the context of exam findings and data from a large outpatient medical clinic.
Hollye Gallion, APRN PNP-BC
50. Treatment of Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: An Integrative Approach (Intermediate-MH)
This workshop describes the evidence-based treatment model, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for children and adolescents, focusing on interventions for trauma and relational/attachment processing, and increasing affect regulation skills.
Cheryl Lanktree, PhD
51. Beyond Self-Care: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress Through a Skills-Based Model (Intermediate-MH)
This seminar will provide an introduction to the Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma model. CE-CERT is a skills-based approach to improving provider well-being and effectiveness.
Amanda Mitten, MA; Roy Van Tassell, LPC; Susan Schmidt, PhD; Elizabeth Risch, PhD
52. Yeast in the Dough, Not Icing on the Cake: The Education of a Trauma-Informed Workforce (Intermediate-CA)
This workshop introduces Project FORECAST, which utilizes innovative strategies to help communities develop trauma-informed workforces. Participants will also experience a problem-based learning simulation and review preliminary evaluation data.
Jerry Dunn, PhD; Matt Kliethermes, PhD; Laura Kaehler, PhD
53. Investigating and Assessing Sexual Abuse of Children: How Do I Determine if a Complaint of Child Sexual Abuse is True (Intermediate-CP/CW)
Poor training and misinformed practices cause failures to protect children when child custody and child abuse collide. Children suffer repeated risk of or actual abuse when the system fails them.
Seth Goldstein, JD
54. Interviewing the Reluctant Child (Intermediate-CA)
The workshop offers concrete guidance for forensic interviewers or investigators called on to interview a child who is reluctant or fearful of making a disclosure.
Rita Farrell, BS
55. Preview of Anticipated Updates to APSAC's Guidelines: Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse in Children (Intermediate-INTD) APSAC is undertaking a revision of its 'Practice Guidelines: Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse in Children.' The revision committee will present on anticipated updates.
Jemour Maddux, PsyD, ABPP; Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW; Mark Everson, PhD; Dave Corwin, MD
56. Texas' Multi-Disciplinary Response to Child Sex Trafficking (Intermediate-INTD)
This session details Texas' multidisciplinary, trauma responsive and victim-centered approach designed to combat the horrendous practice of child sex trafficking across Texas while providing a comprehensive response to support victims.
Janet Kasper, LBSW; Kelly Barron, MS; Broussard-White, JD,LLM, LPCCA; Cliff Manning, BS; Johna Stallings, JD; Elizabeth Newlin, MD
57. What Do High Profile Cases teach Us About Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation? (Intermediate-CP/CW)
Presenters will use recent high profile cases including Epstein, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Nassar and others, to review dynamics of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of minors.
Dawn Blacker, PhD; Brandi Liles, PhD; Kelly Kinnish, PhD
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sessions 58 - 67
58. Connecting Research, Practice, and the Classroom: APSAC's Student Research to Practice Brief Project (Beginning-INTD)
This presentation will describe APSAC's Student Research to Practice Brief Project, a collaboration between APSAC and university classrooms to teach translational research to undergraduate and graduate students.
Bri Stormer, MSW; Todd Herrenkohl, PhD; Bart Klika, PhD, MSW; Vonda Jump, PhD
59. Sentinel Injuries- Important Clues for Early Detection of Child Physical Abuse (Beginning-M/N)
Injuries that may seem clinically 'minor' are important to recognize in order to diagnose child physical abuse and to prevent further more severe injury.
Neha Mehta, MD
60. International Research Panel moderated by Pragathi Tummala, Executive Director, ISPCAN
60.1. Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting Among Low-Income Chinese Immigrant Caregivers (Intermediate-PREV)
We examine parenting values, beliefs, practices, and motivations among low-income Chinese families and contextual influences, which aid in the design and implementation of child maltreatment preventive parenting interventions and services.
Judith Scott, PhD, MSW; Julia Fleckman, PhD, MPH; Bridget Cho, MA
60.2 Integrating Stakeholders’ Knowledge and Formative Data to Adapt and Implement a Parenting Prevention
Program in Kenya (Intermediate-PREV)
Jenelle Shanley, PhD; Lisa Armistead, PhD; David Ndetei, DSc, PhD, MB.Ch.B.
61. Family Culture in Foster Care: Discussing Routines and Values to Promote Understanding (Beginning-CP/CW)
When foster children behave contrary to the routines and values of the foster family, misunderstandings and frustrations can arise. We present a tool for discussing family culture with foster parents.
Brandi Hawk, PhD; Lindsay Forte, MS; Susan Timmer, PhD
62. Fact-Checking Claims Regarding Alienation: An evidence-informed approach to find the middle ground
Allegations of alienation continues to challenge child protection services. While the evidence of alienation continues to accumulate, there remains great debate whether the current research is sufficiently robust to accurately make assertions about the etiology, prevalence, assessment, consequences and appropriate interventions of alienation for children and families. This workshop will highlight the current state of the evidence and will review the current controversies. The workshop will include a fact checking of the various statements that have been made regarding alienation on both sides of the polarized debate. The workshop will also provide practical ways to integrate empirical research into decision making regarding allegations of alienation.
63. Building the Evidence Base for Comprehensive Youth-Focused Prevention Programs (Beginning-PREV)
Most prevention programs remain fragmented, addressing isolated topics despite indications that a comprehensive approach might be more effective. This session will describe the development and evaluation of one comprehensive program.
Stacy Pendarvis, MPH, MA; David Finkelhor, PhD
64. Navigating Supervision When Trauma Hits Close to Home (Intermediate-MH)
Application of the Components for Enhancing Clinician Engagement and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) model to supervision when a clinician's primary trauma intersects with a client's trauma will be reviewed.
Elena Doskey, PhD; Elizabeth Risch, PhD
66. Intrafamilial Child Torture: Case Studies of Investigation and Treatment (Intermediate-CP/CW)
This training will introduce the concept of Intrafamilial Child Torture, and four cases studies will be presented to examine effective investigation and treatment techniques.
Pamela Miller, JD, MSW, LISW-S
*This workshop is supported by the Center for Child Policy*
67. Round Table Discussions:
67.1. Integrating Behavioral Medicine into Foster Care Clinic (Beginning-MH)
Providing mental health intervention at the same time as medical evaluations at foster care clinics can decrease wait times and increase quality of treatment for foster youth.
Julie Bemerer, PsyD; Megan Hennigan, MD
67.2. Training Professionals to Change Attitudes about Spanking Among Conservative Christians: How to Talk with People of Faith (Intermediate-INTD)
This presentation will examine alternative biblical interpretations of scripture related to spanking and practical strategies and specific language for talking with people of faith about using alternatives to spanking.
Cindy Miller-Perrin, PhD; Robin Perrin, PhD
67.3. Keeping Families Together: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Serving Maltreated Children Taken in by Relatives (Intermediate-INTD) We will present our innovative model that uses a team of attorneys, therapists, and social workers to serve maltreated children taken in by relatives outside of the child protection system.
Jennifer Hastings, MS; Beth Lauck, JD
67.4. The Medical Forensic Exam in a Child Advocacy Center Setting (Intermediate-M/N)
Medical forensic health examinations are an important part of the healing process for children and families and it is important to provide them with timely access to medical examinations.
Meghan Richardson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CA-SANE, CP-SANE
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Sessions 68 - 77
68. Improving Child Sexual Abuse Medical Evaluation and Reporting Skills (Intermediate-M/N)
This presentation will improve provider recognition and evaluation of child sexual abuse and will increase understanding of how the medical exam integrates into the sexual abuse investigation.
Monica Weiner, MD, FAAP
69. An empirical review of treatment models for resist and refusal dynamics: A closer look at claims of safety and efficacy
Over the last decade, there has been a proliferation in clinical writing on the development, evaluation and reporting on various treatment models and approaches for working to reduce strained parent-child relationships. Despite noteworthy developments, these cases are complex and continue to perplex and frustrate those looking for easy answers. Currently, there are no practice guidelines available and there are mixed results about the safety and efficacy of existing programs. This workshop will identify the various approaches, consider the empirical evidence, and report on the overall safety and efficacy of these approach.
71. Fostering Healthy Futures for Maltreated Youth: Using a Positive Youth Development Approach to Improve Outcomes (Intermediate-MH) Fostering Healthy Futures uses mentoring and skills training to achieve positive outcomes for child welfare-involved youth. Learn how to achieve these outcomes using a non-stigmatizing, positive youth development approach.
Heather Taussig, PhD
72. Hands On to be Hands Off (Beginning-PREV)
An interactive workshop for problem solving about how to create a No Hit Zone in your own community. Please bring your own examples including works in progress.
Randell Alexander, MD, PhD; Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd
73. Treating Self-Injurious Behaviors in Adolescent Trauma SurvivorsBased on new research linking self-injurious behavior (SIB) to triggered childhood trauma memories and inadequate emotional regulation capacities, John Briere introduces an integrated treatment for SIB in traumatized adolescents.John Briere, PhD
74. Mandatory Reporting by Religious Leaders: A Paradox? (Intermediate-INTD)
This discussion-oriented session will focus on some of the toughest questions related to child maltreatment reporting by religious personnel, including overall plausibility, potential ethical dilemmas, and possible solutions. Workshop participants will be encouraged to participate in the dialogue.
Policy Center Staff
*This workshop is supported by the Center for Child Policy*
76. The Role of CAC Multidisciplinary Teams in Implementation and Sustainment of a Traumatic Stress Care Process Model (Intermediate-INTD) This presentation will examine how multidisciplinary team functioning in Child Advocacy Centers is associated with state-wide implementation of a mental health screening and referral protocol (care process model).
Elizabeth A. McGuier, PhD; Kara Byrne, PhD; Kristine Campbell, MD, MSc; Brooks Keeshin, MD; David J. Kolko, PhD
77. Round Table Discussions:
77.1. Reducing Trauma and Improving Resilience for Young Children in Foster Care (Beginning-MH)
All foster children have experienced trauma; however, not all need mental health treatment. Offering a brief preventive caregiver-child service can reduce trauma symptoms and improve resilience for young foster children.
Lindsay Forte, MS; Brandi Hawk, PhD; Deanna Boys, MA; Susan Timmer, PhD
77.2. Addressing the Unique Needs of Parenting While Homeless (Beginning-MH)
Parenting while experiencing homelessness presents unique and difficult challenges. In this workshop, we describe our trauma-informed and targeted parenting skills group for families experiencing homelessness.
Deanna Boys, MA; Brandi Hawk, PhD
77.3. When Work Hurts: Employee Resiliency at NCMEC (Intermediate-MH)
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children promotes professional resiliency in their employees who manage difficult content daily and teaches strategies to combat vicarious trauma.
Shannon Traore, MA; Susan Kennedy, MEd
77.4. Preventing Exploitation: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Intermediate-PREV)
Learn more about addressing sexuality, relationships and promotion of safety to prevent abuse and exploitation of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Sharon Delvisco, MSW; Rebecca Mandal-Blasio, PsyD
77.5. It Can Happen In a Flash: How to Promote Burn Prevention (Beginning-PREV)
Burns occur often in young children. To promote burn prevention, we aimed to improve families' knowledge about burn injuries/prevention by providing a training session for child protection workers/supervisors.
Simi Abraham, MD
77.6. Exploring the Relationship Between Poverty and Neglect: Implications for Policy and Community Practice (Intermediate-INTD)
This roundtable will provide a nuanced exploration of the relationship between poverty and child neglect and will share evidence-informed community- and policy-level solutions for the prevention and reduction of neglect.
Bri Stormer, MSW
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sessions 78 - 87
78. Preventing Abusive Head Trauma (Intermediate-INTD)
This session will present the results of the first-ever structured review of programs designed to prevent Abusive Head Trauma. Study results, including a review of promising programs and areas of programming, as well as implications for future directions in policy and research, will be discussed.
Vincent Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP; Debangshu Roygardner, PhD
*This workshop is supported by the Center for Child Policy*
79. Reducing the Overuse of Psychiatric Medications for Children in Foster Care (Intermediate CP/CW)
We will discuss the NYC Administration for Children's Services new reform, the strategies to implement the policy and our observations of the results from the first 6 months.
Martin Irwin, MD; Suchet Rao, MD
80. Adverse Childhood Experience's and Why Connections Matter (Beginning-PREV)
This presentation will briefly cover Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma, brain development and how caring connections, resiliency, and other protective factors can mitigate negative outcomes.
Nikki Berger, MA/LPC; Tiffany Sawyer, BA
81. Assessing and Building Protective Factors that Promote Resilience Following Trauma in Youth (Intermediate-INTD)
This presentation helps providers learn to evaluate and implement ten protective factors with cutting edge research-supported interventions that reinforce resilience following trauma in children.
Machelle Madsen Thompson, PhD, LCSW; Valentina Iturriaga, M.S., Ed.S
82. First, Do No Harm: Human Trafficking- What We Are Doing Right and What Could We Do Better (Intermediate-M/N)
Primary, secondary and tertiary care all are required in a united response to the epidemic of suffering that is human trafficking. Skills will be practiced driven by input from survivors.
Anne Troy, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC; Debbie St. Germain, DNS, CEN, RN; Samantha Sahl, DSW, LCSW
83. Putting on Your Complex Trauma Glasses: Adopting a Trauma-Informed Perspective with Juvenile Justice Involved Youth (Beginning-MH)
This presentation will review how Complex Trauma places youth at risk for juvenile justice system involvement, describe assessment and treatment approaches, and highlight Complex Trauma treatment implementation in statewide systems.
Mandy Habib, PsyD; Victor Labruna, PhD
84. Conducting Family and Parenting Evaluations with Intimate Partner Violence and/or Child Abuse Allegations: Practical Techniques and Common Pitfalls (Intermediate-INTD)
Conducting family and parenting evaluations for courts, attorneys, and various agencies is a specialty with many pitfalls and risks of error, malpractice, and professional burnout for practitioners. This workshop focuses on assessment strategies and child and parent measures in cases of intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or child abuse allegations. In addition, the recent book (Family evaluation in custody litigation: Promoting optimal outcomes and reducing ethical risks-2nd ed.) is included in the price of the workshop, and this workshop can be counted toward certification of Child Custody Evaluators.
Robert Geffner, PhD; Morgan Shaw, PsyD; Stacie LeBlanc, JD
85. Connecting the Dots of Childhood Trauma (PTSD), Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain (Intermediate-INTD)
Trauma from childhood adversity can cause chronic pain, both emotional and physical, leading to addiction in adults. We will explore new approaches to identifying and dealing with trauma-linked pain/addiction.
Anthony Zenkus, LCSW; Brian Kaufman, DO
86. From Trauma to Tree Pose: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Children Experiencing Homelessness (Beginning-MH)
This workshop demonstrates a trauma-informed yoga class for children. Core components of trauma-informed yoga and our experience implementing yoga at a school for children experiencing homelessness will be discussed.
Colleen Allen, BS; Brandi Hawk, PhD
87. Round Table Discussions:
87.1. Using Parental Capacity Evaluations to Support Family First Prevention Services Act and APSAC Service Planning (Intermediate-CP/CW) This presentation will review a Parental Capacity protocol that is designed to move cases towards the goals of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and APSAC Service Planning Guidelines.
Janet Cahill, PhD
87.2. Protective Orders are Failing to Protect Children. How to Identify the Gaps in the System and Design Orders That Will (Intermediate-CP/CW)
Protective orders were created to protect victims of family violence from the perpetrators. But their children, also victims, are not always included or protected. Our current laws protect the abusive parent's right over the rights of the child to live an abuse free life. Let's fix that!
Katie Amber; Barry Goldstien, JD; Doreen Sims; Melanie Blow, BS ; Carol Midboe, BA
87.3. Forgotten Victims: Non-Abused Siblings of Child Sexual Abuse Victims (Intermediate-MH)
Following the disclosure of sexual abuse, non-abused siblings frequently experience chaos. Including siblings in treatment with non-offending immediate family members can reduce trauma symptoms and restore familial relationships.
Kendall Wolz, MA, PLPC