*University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Experiential Learning is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0005. This course has been approved for 11.00 continuing education hours.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m., Welcome Ceremony
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Keynote Address – Sacha Pfeiffer
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., Vendor Break
  • 11:00 - 12:30 p.m., Workshop Session I (see list below)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Lunch (Provided)
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Workshop Session II (see list below)
  • 3:00 - 3:30 p.m., Break
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Workshop Session III (see list below)
  • 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., Network Reception (includes hot appetizers and complimentary drink)

Friday, April 28, 2017

  • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Plenary Session – Derek Clark
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Vendor Break
  • 10:30 - 12:00 p.m., Workshop Session IV (see list below)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Lunch (Provided)
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Workshop Session V (see list below)
  • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m., Break
  • 2:45 - 4:15 p.m., Workshop Session VI (see list below)

Workshop Sessions

Workshop Session I (11:00 - 12:30 p.m. on April 27, 2017)

  1. Spotlight: The Catholic Church's Cover-up of Clergy Sex Abuse, question & answer session
    • Speaker: Sacha Pfeiffer
    • Join us for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A workshop with Sacha Pfeiffer. Those who work with victims of sexual abuse know this issue is plagued by secrecy and organizational cover-up. In this workshop, you will hear what Ms. Pfeiffer learned about clergy sex abuse during the Spotlight investigation, and the impact that reporting has had on the care and protection of children. This workshop is an ideal place to discuss public policy aspects of the scandal and lessons learned from its revelation.
  2. Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents
    • Speaker: Geraldine Crisci, MSW
    • This workshop will present a comprehensive model for the assessment of trauma in children and adolescents. Key clinical issues in trauma assessment will be identified. The role of psychometric measures, collateral information, previous diagnoses and child interviews will be defined. Models of trauma assessment will be presented and each model will be reviewed and discussed in terms of applicability.
  3. The Link Between Child Pornography And Child Abuse
    • Speaker: Jeff Rich, Detective, Plano Police Department, Plano Texas
    • This course will cover the links between the use/viewing of the graphic images and videos depicting child exploitation and the hands-on abuse of children.  Statistics and other methodology will be discussed and an overview of online child exploitation methods will be discussed.
  4. Understanding and Responding to Critiques on the Usage of Diagrams and Dolls
    • Speaker: Victor Veith, J.D., Executive Director Emeritus, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
    •  This presentation provides a detailed analysis of the research on usage of diagrams and dolls in a forensic interview. When properly used, research supports the use of media in interviews. Applying this research, attendees will gain valuable tips for defending media in courts of law. The presentation will include a mock courtroom demonstration.
    • The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office will be sponsoring the Continuing Legal Education portion of this workshop. This workshop has been approved for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
  5. Identifying Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach
    • Speakers: Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
    • Ignored, abused, and abandoned – these are some of the chronic conditions experienced by children raised in environments where there is substance abuse or illegal drug use, manufacturing, cultivation and distribution. Drug endangered children are part of a very large, and growing population of children whose lives have been seriously and negatively impacted by dangerous drugs.  The primary challenge with illegal substance abuse and drug endangered children is in aligning the agencies and systems responsible for preventing, intervening, and treating these issues to increase the chances of better outcomes. This workshop looks at overcoming the challenges in aligning the agencies and systems responsible for preventing, intervening, and treating these issues to change the trajectories of the lives of drug endangered children and break multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect.

Workshop Session II (1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017)

  1. Triple Threat: The Story of James Allen as Cyberstalker, Hacker, and Child Pornographer
    • Speakers: Aaron Mango, Assistant United States Attorney, and Michael Hockwater, FBI Task Force Officer
    • This case study will detail the investigation and federal prosecution of James Allen, a resident of New Baltimore, Michigan, who engaged in significant cyberstalking activities directed at 18 minor female victims all located in the Western New York area and the production of child pornography relating to four of the victims.  The means by which the defendant accomplished his crimes will be discussed, which included deceit, manipulation, hacked computer accounts, fear and embarrassment.  The case study will highlight the investigative techniques used to obtain evidence from Facebook, Skype, Twitter and other electronic service providers, and examples of actual chat messages used by the defendant to sexually coerce and sextort his victims will be presented.
    • Note: This workshop has been approved for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
  2. Sexual Development - Birth Through Puberty: "What is Normative?"
    • Speaker: Geraldine Crisci, MSW
    • This workshop will review normative sexual development – birth through puberty. Developmental expectations for each phase of sexual development will be clearly outlined.
  3. Technology Facilitated Child Abuse Investigations
    • Speaker: Jeff Rich, Detective, Plano Police Department, Plano Texas
    • During this course of instruction students will be exposed to methods and techniques offenders are using to facilitate the exploitation of children as well as methods used by Law Enforcement and Social Services to utilize these same exploits as evidence against the offender.  This course will cover an overview of technology, but is suited for the technologically challenged as well.
  4. When Faith Hurts: Recognizing and Responding to the Spiritual Impact of Child Abuse
    • Speaker: Victor Veith, J.D., Executive Director Emeritus, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
    • According to dozens of studies, child abuse often impairs a child’s sense of spirituality which, in turn, impacts the child physically and emotionally. In this workshop, participants received an overview of spiritual injury research and receive practical suggestions for medical, mental health, and child protection professionals, as well as clergy and other faith leaders to assist children in coping spiritually with abuse.
  5. The DEC Approach - "Evidence Collection For All Disciplines"
    • Speakers: Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
    • This workshop focuses on how to implement the DEC Approach which is a comprehensive strategy based on a common vision, collaboration that is on-going between various disciplines and agencies, and on-going changes in practice. This DEC Approach has proven to be effective in improving the likelihood of better outcomes for drug endangered children. This training provides insights about how various practitioners—including child welfare professionals, law enforcement officers, court/judicial professionals, prosecutors, probation/parole, medical personnel, educators and treatment providers—are in a position to identify, protect, and serve drug endangered children and their families. The trainers discuss collecting information and evidence to identify the risks to drug endangered children and what all disciplines can look for when collecting evidence and information.  The trainers utilize pictures and video of real DEC scenarios to assist professionals in understanding what to look for regarding the “life of the child."

Workshop Session III (3:30 - 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017)

  1. Triple Threat: The Story of James Allen as Cyberstalker, Hacker, and Child Pornographer
    • Speakers: Aaron Mango, Assistant United States Attorney, and Michael Hockwater, FBI Task Force Officer
    • This case study will detail the investigation and federal prosecution of James Allen, a resident of New Baltimore, Michigan, who engaged in significant cyberstalking activities directed at 18 minor female victims all located in the Western New York area and the production of child pornography relating to four of the victims.  The means by which the defendant accomplished his crimes will be discussed, which included deceit, manipulation, hacked computer accounts, fear and embarrassment.  The case study will highlight the investigative techniques used to obtain evidence from Facebook, Skype, Twitter and other electronic service providers, and examples of actual chat messages used by the defendant to sexually coerce and sextort his victims will be presented.
    • Note: This workshop has been approved for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
  2. Trauma Treatment: A Directive Structured Approach to Treating Unresolved Trauma
    • Speaker: Geraldine Crisci, MSW
    • Trauma treatment is complex. There are diverse and often competing theories about how individuals experience and interpret their traumatic experience and how we as counselors can respond. All theorists are in agreement that trauma impacts on the emotional belief system of the individual. These belief systems often center on the victims’ feelings of self-blame and are played out in persistent trauma symptoms such as depression, depersonalization and aggressive behavior.  In this workshop, we will examine trauma theory and its impact on clinical practice. Choice of treatment modality (individual, group and/or family), treatment plan development and length of intervention will be highlighted.
  3. Preparing the Multidisciplinary Team to Respond to Child Sex Trafficking Cases
    • Speaker: Jeff Rich, Detective, Plano Police Department, Plano Texas
    • This workshop will provide information on how an MDT can identify current and prospective members of the MDT for child sex trafficking (CST) cases as well as describe the best practices teams will need to take to ensure success.  Whether you have an existing team or are an individual who is seeking to establish a team, this training will provide the guidance and assistance you will need to effectively respond to CST cases.  Facilitator will help identify gaps and develop short and long term response plans.
  4. Making a Case Against a Predator That is Embedded in the Neighborhood
    • Speaker: Kirk Pero, Investigator,Major Crimes/Special Victims Unit, Rochester Police Department
    • There are many sex offenders that present themselves as trustworthy individuals or even community leaders. This workshop is a case study of an investigation of two males that had been abusing neighborhood teens for decades while posing as saviors for at-risk youth. The allegations had been reported to the Police and CPS numerous times and the children had never disclosed the abuse. There was a breakthrough with one teen and then numerous others came forward.  This workshop will highlight the challenges presented to members of the Bivona MDT during this investigation. The suspects were highly trusted members of the community, church, and government employees. All of these aspects provided barriers to the investigation and provided shelter for the suspects during the time of this ongoing abuse.
  5. The DEC Approach - "Moving from Awareness to Action"
    • Speakers: Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
    • This workshop focuses on how to implement the DEC Approach which is a comprehensive strategy based on a common vision, collaboration that is on-going between various disciplines and agencies, and on-going changes in practice. This DEC Approach has proven to be effective in improving the likelihood of better outcomes for drug endangered children. This training provides insights about how various practitioners—including child welfare professionals, law enforcement officers, court/judicial professionals, prosecutors, probation/parole, medical personnel, educators and treatment providers—are in a position to identify, protect, and serve drug endangered children and their families. The trainers discuss the identification of risks to drug endangered children and what all disciplines can look for when collecting evidence and information on drug endangered children.  Participants will gain insight about how our own experience, attitudes, values and emotions impact effective collaboration under the DEC Approach.  Trainers utilize pictures and video of real DEC scenarios to assist professionals in understanding what to look for regarding the “life of the child.”  The training includes trainer-led discussions and hands-on exercises to demonstrate how implementing collaboration enhances the likelihood of better outcomes for drug endangered children.

Workshop Session IV (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on April 28, 2017)

  1. The Survivor's Journey: From Victim to Champion, A Moderated Discussion
    • Moderator: Derek Clark, Motivational Speaker/Trainer
    • Panelists:  TBA
    • The process of healing and recovery from any form of abuse and trauma is often a lengthy one that is filled with setbacks and obstacles. In spite of the odds, however, there are many who find the support they need to overcome histories of childhood maltreatment. In this special moderated discussion, survivors and professionals will come together to share their thoughts into the healing journey and provide insights into what has helped and what has hindered the work of healing in each of their lives and professions.
  2. How to Make Friends with the Fox in the Hen House (When you are the Hen)
    • Speaker: Lawrence Braunstein, J.D., Attorney at Law, Braunstein & Zuckerman, ESQS
    • This workshop, presented by a defense attorney (and former prosecutor), will acquaint law enforcement, prosecutors, medical practitioners, mental health practitioners, child protection caseworkers and victim assistance agency personnel with the intimate workings of the defense in child sexual abuse cases: the preparation of a defense case, investigative techniques, pretrial motion practice and discovery, examinations before trial, jury selection, defense trial strategy, demonstrative evidence, trial exhibits, cross examination techniques, and courtroom psychology. By having a broad overview of both pretrial and trial procedures, and how the defense will approach its preparation during each phase of the litigation, the expert and lay (fact) witness will be better prepared in understanding its individual role in the proceedings, and better prepared to maximize its participation in the overall litigation.
    • The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office will be sponsoring the Continuing Legal Education portion of this workshop. This workshop has been approved for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
  3. From 911 to Conviction: An MDT's Approach to Evaluating the Death of a Child and the Road to a Murderer's Conviction
    • Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Murray, DO, MBA, FAAP, University of Rochester Medical Center, and Sara VanStrydonck, Assistant District Attorney, Chief, Child Abuse Bureau, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
    • Participants will walk through the case of a child fatality from first call to the medical team to conviction of the perpetrator.  Hear from both the District Attorney's Office and the Medical Team and learn how they worked together to obtain the conviction.  Participants will learn how to walk through the medical aspects of a suspected child abuse case noting that child physical abuse is always considered a diagnosis of exclusion, see the evidence (social media, video, pictures) used to help determine the cause of injury and guilty party; and will learn how the DA's Office approaches such a case and how they work with all team members to determine charges in such a case.
  4. Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behavior: What Professionals Need to Know
    • Speaker: Jacqueline Page, Psy.D.
    • Adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior can pose a challenge for professionals.  The current literature and research related to this group of youth allows us to make informed decisions and address the issues in a proactive manner that prioritizes community safety while taking into consideration the individual youth.  This workshop will highlight the current research and literature and discuss core principles that guide our work with adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior.  In addition, an overview of assessment and treatment will be provided.
  5. Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) in the Context of Child Abuse & Trauma
    • Speaker: Latise Hairston, Ph.D., Founder/Chief Creative Office, HOPE Consulting, Ph.D.
    • Youth suicide is a major public health concern in the United States. In 2012, suicide was the second leading cause of death in adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Suicide ranks as the 11th leading cause of death in children aged 5 to 11 years. Research indicates that there is a correlation between the trauma of abuse and suicidal behaviors. QPR is an evidence-based gatekeeper suicide prevention training. In this workshop you will learn to identify an individual who may be at-risk for suicide, the warning signs of a suicide crisis, the myths and misconceptions regarding suicide, and how to effectively intervene using the QPR three step process: (1) Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources.

Workshop Session V (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on April 28, 2017)

  1. How to Build Trust When They Won't Trust
    • Speaker: Derek Clark, Motivational Speaker/Trainer
    • Gain an understanding that every child living under government care has a story of loss; a ruptured or severed connection to their families of origin. For those who have experienced multiple foster home placements, multiple stories of loss and or trauma exist. While loss can exist without trauma, trauma cannot occur without loss and therefore grieving. The foster care community needs to acknowledge this grief and build in the structures to emotionally support youth. Working through grief with troubled youth and foster children helps to build trust. 
  2. Trial Practice for Law Enforcement - How to Avoid Getting Handcuffed by the Defense Attorney
    • Speaker: Lawrence Braunstein, J.D., Attorney at Law, Braunstein & Zuckerman, ESQS
    • Testifying in court is usually not an endeavor which law enforcement officers look forward to. This workshop, presented by a defense attorney (and former prosecutor), will deal with issues and topics that arise during trial such as interrogation (alright, interview) techniques, Miranda, and one-party consent telephone calls. What to say and how to say it during direct and cross examination will also be discussed.
  3. Growing up in a Porn Culture: Sociological and Psychological Implications for Healthy Development
    • Speaker: Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology, Wheelock College, Boston, M.A., Founder and President, Culture Reframed
    • From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard children and youth with sexualized images of idealized women and men, and convey powerful messages that help shape our sexuality. These pictures jump off the screen and into the sexual identities and templates of children and youth. The result is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass-produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that exploits and hijacks key milestones in the healthy development of children and youth. In this multi-media presentation, examples from pornography, magazines, hip-hop, television shows, and movies are used to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture, and the ways these images impact the social, cognitive and emotional development of children and youth. Of specific interest will be the ways that the business models of pornography, specifically the free porn portals, target children and youth, and are designed to foster early porn addiction and habituation that are correlated with risky and unhealthy sexual behaviors.
  4. Sibling Sexual Abuse: The Challenges, The Questions, and Reunification
    • Speaker: Jacqueline Page, Psy.D.
    • Cases of sibling sexual abuse are inherently complex due to the impact on individual family members and the family system as a whole.  There are a number of challenges and questions that professionals encounter when involved in these situations.  In addition, the professional may feel pressured and begin to second guess themselves when providing input and/or making decisions about separation and when and if reunification can occur.  Professionals may have different perspectives depending on their role in the case (probation officer, state agency, therapist, etc.). This workshop provides an overview of sibling sexual abuse, the impact of the abuse and the components of treatment.  Separation questions and a framework for approaching reunification will be discussed.  Real life based situations will be utilized to facilitate discussion about how to translate reunification considerations to the reality of the real world situations that professionals encounter.
  5. Knocking Over the Silos: Building a Statewide, Comprehensive, and Multidisciplinary System of Care for Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems
    • Speakers: Karen Hill, Executive Director, New York State Children’s Alliance, and Tom Andriola, Chief of Policy and Implementation, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
    • This workshop will illustrate New York’s experience in developing a community-based response for youth with sexual behavior problems using an evidence-based intervention.  New York has rolled out the intervention in six sites, and has an ultimate goal of providing effective solutions for this population in all areas of the State.

Workshop Session VI (2:45 - 4:15 p.m. on April 28, 2017)

  1. Mock Trial
    • Moderator: Lawrence Braunstein, J.D., Attorney at Law, Braunstein & Zuckerman, ESQS
    • The courtroom can be a very unforgiving place for the inexperienced (and sometimes for the experienced) witness. But how can you gain experience in being a good witness unless you actually testify in court? This program will replicate actual trial situations for witnesses from various disciplines (i.e. law enforcement, medical, mental health, child protective services) thus enabling the learning process of how to be a good witness to occur in a less anxiety provoking situation. Experienced expert and lay (fact) witnesses will testify on direct and cross examination, and comments as to why certain questions are asked, hints on how to answer certain questions, tips on how to protect yourself on the witness stand, and other survival tips for witnesses will be discussed.
  2. Growing up in a Porn Culture: Sociological and Psychological Implications for Healthy Development
    • Speaker: Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology, Wheelock College, Boston, M.A., Founder and President, Culture Reframed
    • From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard children and youth with sexualized images of idealized women and men, and convey powerful messages that help shape our sexuality. These pictures jump off the screen and into the sexual identities and templates of children and youth. The result is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass-produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that exploits and hijacks key milestones in the healthy development of children and youth. In this multi-media presentation, examples from pornography, magazines, hip-hop, television shows, and movies are used to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture, and the ways these images impact the social, cognitive and emotional development of children and youth. Of specific interest will be the ways that the business models of pornography, specifically the free porn portals, target children and youth, and are designed to foster early porn addiction and habituation that are correlated with risky and unhealthy sexual behaviors.
  3. Less is More
    • Speakers: Staci Whitney, LMSW, Bivona Child Advocacy Center, and Karen Hill, Executive Director, New York State Children’s Alliance
    • How professionals react and respond to a suspected child sexual abuse allegation will have a direct impact on the child’s recovery from the traumatic act and on the integrity of the subsequent investigation. This training is designed to give school and childcare personnel, along with medical, mental health and other therapeutic providers the tools needed to optimally respond when a child discloses or indicates that he or she may be a victim of sexual abuse. By sharing expertise through this training as well as practicing these new skills, facilitators will break down common misconceptions and clearly explain appropriate methods for response. As a result, more children will receive the help they need in a timely and sensitive manner.

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