Preconference Institutes and Trainings

Continuing education credits may be earned on all events except Institute B—Child Homicide Investigations.


SUNDAY  •  JANUARY 29, 2017  •  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Institute A
Presented by Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Basic Sexual Abuse Medical Evaluation

Course Moderator: Marilyn Kaufhold
Presenters: Sandra Murray, Premi Suresh, Lorena Vivanco

This is a comprehensive basic review of the sexual abuse medical evaluation for both prepubertal children and adolescents. Modules include epidemiology, anogenital anatomy, best practice examination procedure, acute and nonacute anogenital findings and a brief introduction to sexually transmitted infections in the context of child abuse. This Institute is intended for medical providers; however, others will be allowed to attend with the understanding that medical providers are the intended audience. Limited to 50 participants.

Rate: $175 • Register online at sandiegoconference.org
Register by January 20, 2017 • After January 20, 2017: Register onsite


SUNDAY  •   JANUARY 29, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Institute B

Presented by National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC)
Child Homicide Investigations
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Presenters: Thomas Biesty, Brian Killacky, Candace Schoppe

Participants will learn the unique aspects of investigating a child homicide, interviewing and interrogation, methods to
develop the suspect pool, the protocols of the autopsy, the forensic essentials, the criticality in determining the cause and
manner of death and the importance of the prosecutor in gaining appropriate convictions.

Rate: $350 (includes program materials.) 
Register directly with ncjtc.org/CHI. If you experience problems, have questions regarding online registration, or do not have Internet access, contact (855) 866-2582 or email info@ncjtc.org.
Register early as this Institute is subject to cancellation if a minimum attendance is not reached by December 16, 2016.


SUNDAY  •   JANUARY 29, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Institute C

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
THREE ADVANCED TRAINING INSTITUTES

SUNDAY  •   JANUARY 29, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

C1: Functional Family Therapy — CANCELLED
Presenters: Michael Robbins, Sylvia Rowlands

CANCELLED: This institute will provide a demonstration of the benefits of applying Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in an integrated continuum to children and families receiving preventive services. Personal, research and worldwide experience has shown that there is a group of carefully crafted interventions, which have proven effective and efficient for reducing and eliminating problems arising from impaired family functioning including child abuse and neglect without having to separate children from their families.

MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

C2: The Multidisciplinary Response to Human Trafficking of Minors
Presenters: Jordan Greenbaum, Angela Rabbitt

This institute will help multidisciplinary professionals understand the complex issues of human trafficking. We will discuss the use of multidisciplinary teams for the prevention, identification, treatment of human trafficking, and the investigation and prosecution of offenders. Topics include: domestic minor sex trafficking; international sex and labor trafficking; youth vulnerabilities; trauma-informed approach to survivor care. Participants will engage in small and large group discussions to develop ideas for multidisciplinary work in their own communities. While not required, teams of participants from a single community are welcomed and encouraged.

C3: Advanced Issues in Child Sexual Abuse
Presenters: Debra Esernio-Jenssen, Barbara L. Knox

This institute will discuss important current and emerging issues in child sexual abuse-what’s new, what’s novel, and what needs improvement. Topics include: review of the current scientific literature regarding timing and types of forensic collections, advances in STI testing including current recommendations, and the significance of anogenital findings. In addition, updates of child trafficking and the medical evaluation will be reviewed. Finally, sexualization of children in the media and how it relates to child sexual abuse will be explored.

Rate for each of the above: APSAC member: $175 • Non-member: $200
Register directly with APSAC: apsac.org • Registration deadline: January 20, 2017 • After January 20, 2017: Register onsite
Contact: Susan C. Yingling: SYingling@apsac.org • Phones: 614-827-1321 or 877-402-7722 (Toll Free)

CAPSAC, APSAC, AVA, NCA and the Ray Helfer Society Reception
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017   •  4:45 – 6:15 PM   •  Marina 6

Please join leaders of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the California Chapter of APSAC, the National Children’s Alliance, and The Ray E. Helfer Society, publisher of The Quarterly Update, for the latest updates about our exciting organizations. Enjoy the Paul Crissey Research poster session and Award presentation while networking with colleagues in the field. Light appetizers with cash bar.


MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM<

Institute D

Presented by Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA)
Becoming Trauma-Resiliency Informed: Health Perspectives and Discussion
Moderators: Randy Alexander, David Corwin
Presenters: Un-Sun Chung, Vincent Felitti, Susan Kelley, Jung-Jae Lee, Denyse Olson-Dorff, F. David Schneider, Machelle Madsen Thompson, Susan Wiet
Discussant: Tasneem Ismailji

Dr. Felitti starts the day with his current views of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study findings and recent developments. Subsequent presentations and discussions focus on efforts and approaches to incorporate trauma and resiliency awareness into health and other systems. The Health Resilience Stress Questionnaire (HRSQ) being developed by Wiet, is presented along with research on resilience and the pioneering efforts of Gundersen Healthcare System to become one of, if not the first, healthcare system in the USA to integrate this knowledge throughout its entire health system. Trauma-resiliency developments in St. Louis, Florida, and Hong Kong are also described. The format provides ample time for discussion between presenters and participants regarding these evolving efforts.

Rates: $175 • Discount for new and current AVA members
Register directly with AVA: avahealth.org or call 952-974-3270 for additional information •
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017 • After January 20, 2017: Register onsite

CAPSAC, APSAC, AVA, NCA and the Ray Helfer Society Reception
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017   •  4:45 – 6:15 PM   •  Marina 6

Please join leaders of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the California Chapter of APSAC, the National Children’s Alliance, and The Ray E. Helfer Society, publisher of The Quarterly Update, for the latest updates about our exciting organizations. Enjoy the Paul Crissey Research poster session and Award presentation while networking with colleagues in the field. Light appetizers with cash bar.


MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Institute E
Presented by California Chapter of APSAC (CAPSAC)
Child Abuse 101: Essentials of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Presenters: Colleen Friend, Rachel Gilgoff, Shelley Hamilton, Donna Pence, Julie Robbins

Ideal for all professionals entering or returning to the field of child maltreatment. This institute serves as a background on the Multidisciplinary Team approach to child protection and advocacy, and prepares attendees for advanced sessions of the Conference. The institute will focus on: latest trends child abuse and neglect data; forensic interviewing; identification of physical and sexual abuse; reporting, documentation, communication and interventions; psychological impact of child maltreatment; legal approaches; evidence-based treatment; policy and advocacy. Participants will engage in interactive case studies, experiencing the responsibilities of various professional roles.

Rate: $175 • Register online at sandiegoconference.org
Register by January 20, 2017 • After January 20, 2017: Register onsite

CAPSAC, APSAC, AVA, NCA and the Ray Helfer Society Reception
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017   •  4:45 – 6:15 PM   •  Marina 6

Please join leaders of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the California Chapter of APSAC, the National Children’s Alliance, and The Ray E. Helfer Society, publisher of The Quarterly Update, for the latest updates about our exciting organizations. Enjoy the Paul Crissey Research poster session and Award presentation while networking with colleagues in the field. Light appetizers with cash bar.


MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Institute F

Presented by International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
Refugee and Displaced Children: Global Strategies to Help
Presenters: Bernard Gerbaka, Rajeev Seth, Joan van Niekerk

The ISPCAN Global Institute will focus on the present international crisis of migrant and refugee children and their families, whose movement across Eastern to Western Europe, from Northern Africa to Europe, from North and Central Africa to Southern African countries, and across US borders has caused enormous stress to child protection services in the receiving countries. Many migrant families are fleeing war, conflict and poverty. The challenges extend to all aspects of child protection including policy, strategy and responsive programmes and their implementation. Those who work with migrant and refugee programmes will be informed by experts who work with these populations. Attendees have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with colleagues.

Rates: Developed Country—ISPCAN Members: $125 • Non-Members: $175
Developing Country—flat rate: $65
Register directly with ISPCAN: ispcan.org • Phone: 303-864-5223
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017 • After January 20, 2017: Register onsite


MONDAY  •  JANUARY 30, 2017  •   8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Institute G

Presented by The Ray Helfer Society
Fundamentals of the Medical-Forensic Evaluation
Presenters: Kristin Crichton, Emily Killough, Antoinette Laskey

This is a review of the assessment of injuries concerning for physical abuse in children. Modules include abusive head trauma, fractures, bruises, burns, abdominal injuries, and sentinel injuries. Individual modules will include reviews of the basics of the assessment, existing evidence-basis for diagnoses, and critical elements of the evaluation for medical mimics and medico-legal challenges to the diagnosis. This is intended for medical providers, however, others will be allowed to attend with the understanding that medical providers are the intended audience.

Rate: $175 • Register directly with Helfer Society with this link
Phone 630-359-4273; Fax 630-359-4274; dbandy@helfersociety.org
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017 • After January 20, 2017: Register onsite

CAPSAC, APSAC, AVA, NCA and the Ray Helfer Society Reception
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017   •  4:45 – 6:15 PM   •  Marina 6

Please join leaders of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the California Chapter of APSAC, the National Children’s Alliance, and The Ray E. Helfer Society, publisher of The Quarterly Update, for the latest updates about our exciting organizations. Enjoy the Paul Crissey Research poster session and Award presentation while networking with colleagues in the field. Light appetizers with cash bar.