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Monday, July 24
 

9:00am

Centering Racial Equity for our Children

This session will explore what it means to center racial equity in the best interest of our children. Ensuring equity in organizations and multidisciplinary teams is necessary in the healing process for children.



Speakers
avatar for Nicole Matthews

Nicole Matthews

Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
Nicole Matthews is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, a statewide tribal coalition for American Indian Sexual Assault Advocates in Minnesota.  The mission of this coalition is to strengthen... Read More →



Monday July 24, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Harborside Ballroom
  • Level Keynote

10:45am

Making ICWA a Cultural Match

Working with ICWA from a Law Enforcement point of view and looking at the aspects of making ICWA a cultural match for Indian country. Communicating with families and Social workers during the process of an investigation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Communicating with families and social services before, during and after the investigation.
  • Law Enforcement role in ICWA
  • Cultural awareness in Indian Country

Speakers
avatar for Herb Fineday

Herb Fineday

Investigator, Fond du Lac Police Department
Herb Fineday is a 12yr veteran of the Fond du Lac police department. I started in January of 2000 after graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; Indian Police Academy. I am currently an Investigator. I am not assigned to a division, so I will investigate all crimes... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 203
  • Level Beginner

10:45am

All That Can Be: Stories of True Living with a Whole Heart

Anyone attempting to create energetically authentic and rejuvenating life experiences will delight in sharing time with others in a space designed to inspire and motivate yourself! Let’s explore all good things through stories and lessons to fuel the positive fire in your life! Organically grow your spirit through fun, creative, and inspiring soul-filled thoughts and activities that still your mind and create space to become aware of who you are and what you truly want to create in your life and work. Spend time practicing kindness with yourself and radiating your brilliance!

  • Foster positivity and growth

  • Explore creative solutions

  • Connect with a supportive network


Speakers
avatar for Aria Trudeau

Aria Trudeau

Executive Director, Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota
Ms. Trudeau serves as the Executive Director and Senior Forensic Interviewer at the Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota. Aria graduated cum laude from Washburn University with an undergraduate degree in Human Services with a specialization in Victim/Survivor Services. She... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 204
  • Level Beginner to Advanced

10:45am

Why Stays of Adjudication Should Stay
Discussion of the value of stays of adjudication in juvenile court and the collateral consequences of adjudications

Learning Objectives:
1. The basics of stays of adjudication
2. Current issues
3. Why it matters

Speakers
avatar for Judge Sheridan Hawley

Judge Sheridan Hawley

Judge, District Court, Tenth Judicial District
Judge of District Court, Tenth Judicial District. | Chambered in Sherburne County. May 2012 to present | Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton May 24, 2012, re-elected November 2014. | Chair of Children’s Justice Initiative for Sherburne County. | Member of Children’s Justice Act... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 205
  • Level Beginner

10:45am

Understanding Neglect

This presentation will review the multiple factors involved in evaluating, and caring for the child diagnosed with neglect. A discussion on why this maltreatment (compared to physical abuse, sexual abuse, ect) is one of the most serious, and it’s potentially causing long term medical and mental health injuries. The presentation will review the evaluations for the different types of neglect (medical, growth, drug exposure, other) and how the multidisciplinary team can work together to assist the child and the family.

Learning outcomes:

  • Better understanding of the different types of neglect
  • Be able to develop cooperative care plan (medical and cps) for neglect child

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Arne Graff

Dr. Arne Graff

Department and Division chair of Mayo Child Abuse Pediatrics Division, Mayo Clinic
Dr Arne Graff is the Division chair for the Mayo Child Abuse Pediatrics Department, in Rochester MN. He is boarded in family medicine and has completed a pediatric fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at Brown Medical school and Hasbro Children’s hospital in Providence RI. He is... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 202
  • Level Beginner to Intermediate

12:15pm

Lunch
Monday July 24, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Harborside Ballroom

1:15pm

Safety Beyond Our Doors - The Role of Advocacy in Assessing Risk

One role of advocacy is to walk with the child and family through all of the systems and processes that come into play after a child discloses abuse and help identify how those systems can support and provide safety for the family. Advocates respond to the self-identified needs of the family and are integral in helping the family create long term safety. However, advocates run the risk of putting more pressure and "to-do" lists for the family with added assessments and plans. This workshop will clearly lay out how the advocate can provide true safety support for the family and work with the team to meet safety needs

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the role of advocacy in assessing risk and planning for family safety.

  2. Understand the inherent risks to children and families navigating multiple child protection systems.

  3. Practice identifying risks and strategies to mitigate risks.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Olson, MSW

Beth Olson, MSW

Executive Director, First Witness Child Advocacy Center
For over 20 years, Beth has developed effective policy and programs that serve youth and families, and has been an advocate and counselor for child and adult victims of sexual and domestic violence. Beth has served as the Associate Director for a sexual assault program and as the... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 205
  • Level Intermediate to Advanced

1:15pm

Understanding ACES: What are they and why do they matter

This discussion of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) reviews briefly the brain chemistry and the neurodevelopmental changes associated with adverse experiences and how this can impact life-long behavioral, emotional and physical outcomes.  Also will touch on ACES studies in Minnesota and how nation-wide communities are using this information to build on working together to build new capacities and support healing.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Discuss early brain development and how early adverse experiences can impact health.

2.  Describe toxic stress and it's effects.

3.  List 3 ways of enhancing child well-being and promoting family resilience.



Speakers
avatar for Margaret Volz, CNP

Margaret Volz, CNP

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
Margaret has been a pediatric nurse for over 40 years and has worked in pediatric oncology, school health, home care, and primary care.  She completed her undergraduate training at the College of St. Benedict and her graduate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle becoming... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 202
  • Level Intermediate

1:15pm

Student Maltreatment: Reporting, Investigations, and Common Case Scenarios

The Student Maltreatment Program at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is responsible for assessing and investigating reports of alleged student maltreatment in Minnesota Public Schools. This presentation will provide an overview of the Student Maltreatment Program and mandated reporting to MDE. Additionally, we will discuss what school professionals and other agencies can expect during MDE’s investigation, what MDE looks at when conducting facility investigations, and potential consequences of our determinations. Finally, we will present information on maltreatment scenarios that have increased in the past two years, and guidance on how to address those types of cases. Some of these include corporal punishment, physical injuries from the use of restrictive procedures, and mental/emotional injury.

Outcomes

 

  1. Develop an understanding of what the Student Maltreatment Program does and when and how to submit a report.
  2. Learn when and how other individuals and agencies may be involved in MDE’s investigation, including administrators, teachers, medical professionals, social workers, and law enforcement.  
  3. Gain an understanding of maltreatment trends and how to proactively address these situations.

 



Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer Alexander

Division of Compliance and Assistance, Program Supervisor, MN Department of Education
Jennifer Alexander is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of child abuse and neglect.  Jennifer began her professional career as a medical social worker for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, MN, where she provided crisis... Read More →
avatar for Katie Olson

Katie Olson

Senior Investigator, Minnesota Department of Education
Katie Olson is a Senior Investigator in the Student Maltreatment Program at the Minnesota Department of Education. Along with investigating reports of alleged maltreatment in Minnesota Public Schools, Katie also serves as the program’s data practices coordinator, develops and conducts... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 203
  • Level Beginner

1:15pm

Effect of Past or Present Child Abuse on Custody Determinations. The Utility of Protective Orders in Child Abuse Cases and Determining Custody.
  1. To provide attendees an overview on considerations in custody cases when there   have been present allegations of child abuse.  Overview of how domestic violence in the home is violence done to the whole family or just the individual spouse.
  2. The utility of Order for Protection in Family Law cases when child abuse is present.
  3. Considerations of how past allegations or charges of sexual or physical abuse in effects custody cases.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Reynolds

Alexandra Reynolds

Pro Bono Coordinator, Volunteer Attorney Program
Alexandra M. Reynolds is an attorney who works for Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) as Pro Bono Coordinator.  In her present role she assists low income individuals obtain legal representation in 10 counties.  Prior to her work with VAP, Reynolds was in private practice focusing... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 204
  • Level Intermediate

3:00pm

Identity, Ideology and Injustice: The Relationship Between Sexual Identity and Sexual Assault and Abuse

This session discusses the intersections of sexual abuse/assault experiences and sexual identity development by reviewing a pilot study which utilized participant observation, interviews, and surveys to conduct exploratory research on how the self-identified sexual identities of female survivors of male-perpetrated sexual assault are lived, post-assault. This study highlights the social power dynamics surrounding perceptions and stereotypes about LGBTQ deviance; the notion that LGBTQ identities are caused by traumatic events and how these perceptions were largely reinforced by the medicalization of "homosexuality" and the inclusion of "homosexuality" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) until the 1970s, as well as the application of deviant labels to "homosexual behaviors" in modern history. While this study looked particularly at female identified victims of male-perpetrated sexual assault, this session will provide a platform for larger conversations about the implications of heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia on the experiences and views of child sexual abuse, sexual assault and sexual identity development.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop an increased understanding of how myths and perceptions about LGBTQ identities and the application of deviant labels to "homosexual behavior" affects the lived experiences of sexual abuse and assault survivors

  2. Recognize how heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia creates barriers to disclosure and affects access to support systems and services

  3. Better prepare individuals working with sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors to approach their lived experiences and identities with humility and without presumption

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Forensic Interviewer, Trainer, MDT Coordinator, First Witness CAC
Rachel Johnson is a forensic interviewer and professional trainer at First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth, MN. She also works with the Safe and Strong Prevention® Program which educates children, families and first responders on how to recognize and respond to child abuse... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 204
  • Level Intermediate

3:00pm

Grooming Doesn’t End After Disclosure

There currently is a lack of understanding as to what grooming is, how it is used to potentially harm a child, and how it affects others. This presentation will broaden the perspective of the participants, allowing them to explore their own biases and beliefs. Activities will be used to give participants a more hands-on experience. The focus of this presentation is directed toward prevention of child sexual abuse.   

a. To be able to define grooming individually and systemically;

b. To feel empowered to intervene when a situation arises and/or makes one feel uncomfortable;

c. To broaden the perspective of how one identifies the cycle of abuse. 


Speakers
avatar for Christos Petsoulis, M.A., L.P.

Christos Petsoulis, M.A., L.P.

M.A., L.P., The Duluth Institute
Christos Petsoulis is a Licensed Psychologist that has been working in field of sexuality for the past 25 years. He is the Director at the Duluth Institute which is an Out Patient Counseling Clinic that specializes in sexuality in treating sexual abuse victims, sexual dysfunctions... Read More →
avatar for Shelley Rorvick

Shelley Rorvick

Psychotherapist, Duluth Institute
Shelley Rorvick is a psychotherapist at the Duluth Institute. In her present role, she works with families, couples and individuals on matters primarily related to sexual health, including victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. She also facilitates groups for adult males who... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 205
  • Level Intermediate to Advanced

3:00pm

Understanding Law Enforcement Challenges When Working with the Transgender Community

This presentation is an informational and interactive presentation on who the transgender community are, what the challenges are for a transgender individuals, and how Law Enforcement and other Criminal Justice practitioners can strengthen the relationship between this community and themselves.  Recent Medical, Biological and Genetic information and research will give an insight into the many challenges faced by both CJ providers and transgender individuals when interacting with the Courts, Legal System and Police and Correctional providers.  Insight provided into these challenges by this presentation will hopefully will foster discussion and understanding.

A. A knowledge of most recent medical, biological and genetic research on the transgender person(s).

B. A knowledge of the special concerns of the Transgender Community and the CJ Community and workable solutions to them.

        1. Terminology

        2. Crimes/ Arrest/ Housing

        3. Medical Concerns

C. A knowledge of recent legislative concerns and the implications for LE and the Transgender Community

Speakers
avatar for Jim Parlow

Jim Parlow

Assistant Professor, Retired Police Officer, Winona State University
Professor Jim Parlow has fifteen years experience with the La Crosse, WI police department as a street officer.  He served as a beat officer, which included squad, motorcycle bicycle and foot patrol duty, in both plain clothes and uniform. Parlow is a member of the Honor Guard, EAP... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 202
  • Level Intermediate

3:00pm

Break the Cycle; children living in the shadow of domestic violence

Workshop description;

Children in homes of domestic violence are valuable witnesses not typically are not given the opportunity to be interviewed at a Child Advocacy Center. Ellen Pence who was the founder of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), the Duluth Model and one of the developers of the Power and Control Wheel worked toward the end of her career on engaging social services on domestic violence cases and developed strategies to make the violence visible to interveners in an effort to impact court and social service determinations. This session’s goal is to continue her work by bridging a Duluth Model coordinated community response (CCR) and the Child Advocacy Center model.

Frequently, domestic violence cases experience intentional or unintentional contamination of memories while overlooking protective factors by the non-offending caregiver and do not always present at a CAC for forensic interviews due to the high volume of cases. Learn how prosecutors, law enforcement, social services, and child advocacy center staff can work together to intervene on high risk cases.

Presenters will further explain how the use of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center ChildFirst® Protocol has implemented screening for poly-victimization with the presenter’s emphasis on domestic violence.

Learning Objectives;

After attending this 90 minute session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of using a multidisciplinary team approach and discuss processes and protocols involving domestic violence to improve collaboration among team members with their local Child Advocacy Center and Batterer Intervention Programs (BIP).
  • Learn benefits from prosecution perspective to using CAC for from forensic interviews of children to allow for stronger evidence, corroboration, safety and case planning in domestic violence cases.
  • Apply information from the domestic violence best practices to practical implementation and question samples for forensic interviews and social service/law enforcement interviews.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Fralich

Jessica Fralich

Assistant County Attorney, St. Louis County Attorney's Office
Jessica Fralich graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and entered the work force as a Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Wisconsin.   Jessica entered Hamline University School of Law four years later and focused upon criminal law practice. During law school... Read More →
avatar for Laura Gapske

Laura Gapske

Forensic Program Coordinator, Interviewer, and Trainer, First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Laura has over 13 years of experience working with victims of abuse and violence. | She is our Forensic Program Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer, and Trainer at First Witness Child Advocacy Center. Laura conducts forensic interviews, peer review, and on-going trainings. In this... Read More →




Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 203
  • Level Intermediate to Advanced
 
Tuesday, July 25
 

9:00am

Randy & Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of his Childhood Sexual Abuse

This presentation will recount Kevin’s own story of sexual exploitation at the hands of his soccer coach, Randy.  But, it will not be merely a retelling of the past.  Instead, the presentation will address lessons learned from his case by combining Kevin’s experience both as a victim and a long-time prosecutor of child exploitation cases.  Knowing what he knows now, Kevin believe there are lessons to be learned from his story for the investigator (Kevin’s was great), the prosecutor (Kevin’s was terrible), and the forensic interviewer (Kevin did not have one). Beyond these (hopefully) useful lessons, the presentation will provide plenty of time for questions from attendees.  Given the nature of our work, we don’t often get to ask questions (beyond factual questions) of our child victims.  This presentation will provide that opportunity.  

Learning Objectives

  • To better understand the challenges victims of childhood sexual abuse face.
  • Apply one case study to learn effective techniques in communicating with victims.
  • Answer many common questions those in the child abuse have for victims of childhood sexual abuse but are often unable, or unwilling to ask.
  • Better understand the awesome responsibility facing those professionals who do this work.
  • Challenge the participants to reevaluate their commitment to working in this field.  

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Mulcahy

Kevin Mulcahy

U.S. Attorney in Detroit and serves as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney
Kevin is a survivor of child sexual abuse.  He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit and serves as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney.  Throughout his career, Kevin has prosecuted a variety of cases, including offenses involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies... Read More →



Tuesday July 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Harborside Ballroom
  • Level Keynote

10:45am

Navigating Family Court and Child Protection Systems: An Advocate’s Role

Each year many families become involved in Family Court and Child Protection Systems. Of those families, several navigate such systems on their own with little to no understanding of the process. Our new program Heart for the People Community Advocates target these families to provide support and advocacy through the court and many service systems they may encounter. Learn about the observations our advocates have documented and how certain aspects of the systems impact families. Additionally, hear stories of how the program has assisted families in building themselves up and increased their investment in the community. Lastly, we will share suggested changes that may prove to have positive impacts on families in the Twin Ports.

1) Learn the significant differences between Family Court and Child Protection Systems in Wisconsin and Minnesota and how that impacts our Twin Ports families.

2) As a service provider, community member, or court official engaging with families involved in these systems, you will have an opportunity to learn the perspectives of the families and how certain approaches may support or hinder the engagement process.



Speakers
avatar for Jacque Arnold

Jacque Arnold

Community Advocate, Heart for the People
avatar for Jessica Unkelhauser

Jessica Unkelhauser

Advocate, Team Leader, Heart for the People
Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up in a small town with a supportive and loving family. As I started “seeing” disparities in my own community I began to speak up for what was right. This continued after high school and was the motivation for my College direction in Social... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 203
  • Level Intermediate

10:45am

Safe Spaces - Healthy Sexual Development

Safe Spaces is an interactive presentation for professionals who work with youth. Participants will learn best practice approaches to promoting healthy sexual development for the young people they work with.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe current statistics in teen sexual behavior
  • Identify various aspects of holistic sexuality and how they impact sexual decision-making
  • Explore your own values related to sexuality and determine how to communicate about sexual health free from personal bias and judgment
  • Utilize effective techniques in discussions with adolescents regarding sexual decision making
  • Practice answering questions related to sexual and reproductive health in an accurate, non-judgmental manner

Speakers
avatar for Gina Farrell

Gina Farrell

Northeast Minnesota Education Manager, Planned Parenthood
Gina manages Planned Parenthood’s Education & Outreach programs and staff in Northeast Minnesota.  Gina has a Masters of Social Work degree and over fifteen years of experience in community education and youth development including work with children, youth and families affected... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 202
  • Level Beginner

10:45am

Considerations for Forensic Interviews with Vulnerable Adults

Abstract/Description:

Historically, forensic interview protocols, training, and practice have focused on conducting forensic interviews with children and adolescents regarding their experiences of abuse, and of conducting such investigations within the context of a multidisciplinary team.  The field of forensic interviewing has developed in response to the recognition that these young populations present with unique needs and require specialized approaches. Vulnerable adults who may have experienced abuse also have unique needs, and are similarly deserving of having practices reflective of these needs. Increasingly, individuals or agencies in the role of conducting forensic interviews with children may be called upon to interview vulnerable adults.  This presentation will provide an overview of forensic interviewing with alleged vulnerable adult victims of abuse, through exploring practices that are applicable to conducting forensic interviews with vulnerable adults and discussing how forensic interviewing of vulnerable adults may be incorporated into current practice.

Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, those attending will:

  • Have an understanding of vulnerable adults and types of abuse that may be experienced.
  • Recognize how skills and best practices in interviewing children or adolescents can be applied to conducting forensic interviews with vulnerable adults.
  • Consider their or their agency’s role with engaging in forensic interviewing of vulnerable adults.

Speakers
avatar for JULIE STAUFFER, MSW, LICSW

JULIE STAUFFER, MSW, LICSW

Forensic Interviewer and Trainer, CornerHouse
Julie is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from St. Catherine University.  Prior to joining CornerHouse, Julie was a residential treatment... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 204
  • Level Advanced

10:45am

Medical 101: Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse/Assault

This session is for any medical provider who may have to evaluate children who have been sexually abused or assaulted. It will offer instruction for the basic evaluation, including how to do a good quality exam, indications for further evaluation, and interpretation of findings. This session will be medically oriented but may be useful to other professionals who are required to understand and relate to medical findings.

Objectives

  • Understand the basics of providing a sexual abuse exam for children
  • Understand how to evaluate patient regarding need for further evaluation
  • Understand how to interpret medical exam findings when involved in CSA cases



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sheri Bergeron

Dr. Sheri Bergeron

M.D., Essentia Health
Dr. Sheri Bergeron has been providing care to maltreated children and their families for over 14 years.  She is the Medical Director for the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (PAVSA/SANE) as well as for the First Witness Child Advocacy... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 205
  • Level Intermediate

12:15pm

Lunch
Tuesday July 25, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Harborside Ballroom

1:15pm

Preparing Kids For Court

Approximately 100,000 children testify a year in the Unites States.  It is scary and difficult. Prosecutors and advocates can help minimize the trauma by preparing both the child and the court for each child’s testimony. Learn about courtroom tactics, interview methods, and motions that can be made to assist the child testify.  This presentation will not just focus on young children, but will also address how to handle the more difficult cases; teenagers. Lastly, the presentation will address how important it is that as a prosecutor, social worker, or advocate, you learn to take care of yourself. The presentation is geared towards attorneys, social workers, nurses, and advocates with 0-5 years’ experience.

Objectives:

1.       Learning the legal reason children must testify

2.       How to make it easier on the child and the court (pretrial motions)

3.       Art of preparing a child witness

4.       How to handle the testimony, court and jury

5.       Learning self-care after difficult cases


Speakers
SS

Stacy St. George

Child Protection Attorney, Anoka County Attorney's Office
Stacy St George has been a licensed attorney for 12 years. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2004.  She worked in the Isanti County Attorney’s Office for 9 years; specializing in person’s crimes.  In July of 2013, Ms. St George began working for the Dakota... Read More →



Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 202
  • Level Intermediate to Advanced

1:15pm

Adolescents who have Sexually Offended: Getting it Right for Youth & Families

Teenagers don’t know the laws and social rules for interpersonal sexual behavior.   The Internet, cell phones, and social networking have expanded the minefield for sexual misconduct.  Perhaps half of all child sexual abuse are violations between children, and can have lifelong consequences for victims, offenders, and their families.  Interventions aimed at sexual safety necessarily separate family members, but we’re not very good at putting families back together again.  Despite research that indicates recidivism is extremely low, most juvenile "sex offenders" will never escape the stigma.  This workshop will review the multiple pathways to sexual offending, explore the systemic challenges that impede recovery, and offer suggestions for how professionals might rethink our responsibilities for restoring relationships and guiding all parties to a successful outcome.

Learning Outcomes:

 

  • Understand the multiple pathways to adolescent sexual offending.
  • Understand how mismanaged interventions with child sexual abuse is letting down victims, juvenile offenders, and their families.
  • Understand the systemic challenges that interfere with recovery for all parties.

 



Speakers
avatar for Jon Brandt

Jon Brandt

Founder/Director, Mapletree
Jon Brandt, LICSW, has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He started his career in child protection, supervised foster homes for several years, and for more than 30 years has been working with victims and young men with sexual offenses.  Since 1991... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 205
  • Level All

1:15pm

Maltreatment Investigation Basics

This presentation will review the process for investigating child maltreatment in the state of Minnesota.  We will cover general information about the Maltreatment of Minors Act including how maltreatment is reported and how jurisdiction for maltreatment investigations is broken up between the counties and the state.  Additionally, we will discuss how investigations are conducted, what information authorities have access to, how lead agencies (including law enforcement) work together, and possible outcomes of a maltreatment case. This information will be presented from the perspective of the Department of Human Services. While investigations are likely similar between the county and the state, there may be procedural variations.

Learning Objectives:

1.      Review of the Maltreatment of Minors Act: what is required to be reported and jurisdiction for investigations

2.      Basics of how a maltreatment investigation is conducted

3.      Possible outcomes of an investigation

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa M. Dotson

Alyssa M. Dotson

Maltreatment Investigations Supervisor, MN Dept of Human Services
Alyssa has worked with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for 10 years. She currently supervises the Maltreatment Investigations Unit, which is part of the Office of Inspector General and consists of 18 staff who investigate maltreatment allegations throughout the state... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Droneck Fink

Jennifer Droneck Fink

Quality Assurance Program Consultant in the Child Safety and Permanency, MN Dept of Human Services
Jennifer is currently employed as a Quality Assurance Program Consultant in the Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Department of Human Services primarily completing Child Family and Services Reviews throughout the state of Minnesota.  Prior to this she worked as a social... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 203
  • Level Beginner

1:15pm

Discussing Disparities in Minnesota’s Child Welfare System

Minnesota has been touted as one of the best places in the nation to live it terms of affordability, health, opportunity and wealth. At the same time, reports consistently emerge demonstrating that people of color in Minnesota experience significantly higher than average rates of poverty, lower high school graduation rates, low rates of home ownership, significant racial income gaps and higher involvement in the criminal justice system. In our child welfare system, American Indian and African American children have the highest rates of contact with the child protection system, are more likely to be assigned to a family investigation, have higher out of home placement rates and higher re-entry rates and are more likely to enter guardianship. As professionals who care deeply about children in Minnesota we have the knowledge, passion and desire to understand these disparities and work towards addressing them. Join us to learn about the disparities that overwhelmingly impact the Native American and African American communities and discuss what we can do as passionate professionals to take the first steps towards change.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Social welfare history, research and data
  • Importance of these disparities to child welfare work
  • What we can do to advocate for a better child welfare model in Minnesota

Speakers
avatar for Kelis Houston

Kelis Houston

Cultural Specialist, 1st District Guardian Ad Litem
Kelis Houston is Founder of Village Arms. A Christ-centered non-profit organization dedicated to aiding and assisting African American youth and families impacted by child protection. Village Arms was created in response to the over representation of African American youth involved... Read More →
avatar for Christina Zeise

Christina Zeise

Executive Director, Minnesota Social Service Association
Christina Zeise is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA). Christina has worked in the health and human service field for over 19 years. Her professional experiences include non-profit management, county government, grant writing, public policy and... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 204
  • Level Beginner to Intermediate

3:00pm

LGBTQ Inclusion
This session will cover an overview of LGBTQ identities, the distinctions between sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, cover barriers to service LGBTQ people experience when accessing systems, as well as tips and best practices for working with LGBTQ clients

Learning Objectives

  • Understand gender identity
  • Gain awareness of barriers to service
  • Practice verbal safety cues

Speakers
avatar for Eva Wood

Eva Wood

Anti-Violence Program Director, Outfront MN
Eva Wood is the Anti-Violence Program Director at Outfront Minnesota. Eva is a 2010 graduate U of M-Morris with degrees in Sociology, English, and Multicultural Studies, with distinction and with honors. While in college she volunteered with Someplace Safe, a local domestic violence... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 205
  • Level Beginner

3:00pm

Medical Testimony

Medical experts and fact witness’ can have an incredible impact on trials when the expert and legal team are prepared. This session will cover how to make the best use of this valuable resource, from the legal perspective. And will cover how to prepare, survive and succeed as the medical expert. The session will be valuable to anyone involved in the prosecution and investigation process.

Learning Objectives

 

  • Understand how to prepare for medical testimony, including know what the responsibilities of the medical expert are
  • Understand how to coach a medical expert or fact witness leading up to trial
  • Understand how to communicate regarding medical exam as a medical expert or prosecution/investigation

 



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sheri Bergeron

Dr. Sheri Bergeron

M.D., Essentia Health
Dr. Sheri Bergeron has been providing care to maltreated children and their families for over 14 years.  She is the Medical Director for the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (PAVSA/SANE) as well as for the First Witness Child Advocacy... Read More →




Tuesday July 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 203
  • Level All

3:00pm

Case Study: St. Louis County Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)

This session will conduct an in-depth case overview, covering the MDT process from start to finish, for a child sexual abuse case of a 3 year old victim. Learn and discuss in this interactive panel by an established MDT and their members. Additionally, this session will provide experiences on the use of MDTs for ongoing case management, case coordination, termination and closing cases and family engagement for more complicated cases.

Conference Session Objectives:

  • Dialogue with a panel of established MDT members on how to use your MDTs for ongoing case management, case coordination, termination and closing cases
  • Identify methods of corroboration and family engagement for your MDT/CAC partnerships
  • Describe how an MDT can improve practice and outcomes for younger child victims and other complex cases through the post-review of a child sexual abuse case of a 3 year old


Speakers
avatar for Saprina Matheny

Saprina Matheny

Clinical Program Manager, Human Development Center
Saprina Matheny, MSW, LICSW, is the Program Manager of Trauma and Child Outreach Services at the Human Development Center in Duluth Minnesota as well as the Clinical Program Manager at the Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota. Ambit is a National Child Traumatic Stress Network... Read More →
avatar for Ina Newton

Ina Newton

Family Advocacy Program Coordinator, First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Ina has worked and volunteered for various youth nonprofit organizations for the past 15years both in Minnesota and Washington State. She received her BA degree in Psychology from Argosy University with a focus on youth development. While in college Ina volunteered for various nonprofits... Read More →
avatar for Wade Rasch

Wade Rasch

Sergeant, St. Louis County Sheriff's Office
Rasch has worked for the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office for 17 years.  He transferred into the Criminal Investigation Division (Duluth Office)in 2015.  The division consists of one Sgt, four general investigators, one dedicated ICAC/Computer Forensic Investigator and one civilian... Read More →



Tuesday July 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 204
  • Level Beginner to Intermediate

3:00pm

Abdominal Trauma for the Multidisciplinary Team

A multidisciplinary team approach to the medical evaluation of abdominal trauma, with a focus on abusive trauma as well as differentiation of abusive from accidental trauma.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the most common presentations of abusive abdominal trauma.
  • Understand the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to evaluation of abusive abdominal trauma.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alice Swenson

Dr. Alice Swenson

Child Abuse Pediatrician, Midwest Children's Resource Center (MCRC) at Children's Hospital of Minnesota
Alice Swenson is a Child Abuse Pediatrician at the Midwest Children's Resource Center (MCRC) at Children's Hospital of Minnesota. She received her MD at the State University of New York -- Health Science Center at Brooklyn in 2003. She completed a residency in General Pediatrics at... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 202
  • Level Beginner