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7:30–8:30
Breakfast/Check in

 

8:30–9:00
Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard
National Anthem

 

9:20–10:20
Keynote

 

Three Little Words

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Born in 1985 to a single teen mother Ashley was placed in foster care at the age of 3. Most of her 14 placements were abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a small trailer where the children were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and starved. Another foster parent became a convicted pedophile. At one point, she was also placed with an alcoholic relative that was shot twice in front of her. >>

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After spending almost ten years in the system, Ashley was finally adopted from a group home when she was twelve. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, Ashley has used her experience to find the strength to accomplish incredible things. She became a New York Times Bestselling author by age 22, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, ran for Florida State Senate at age 26, created and heads a non-profit organization, and she has been a foster parent to more than 20 children. In this inspiring keynote, Ashley will show audiences how to overcome their own personal and professional challenges to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. She delivers her story with humor and grace, and attendees will leave energized and ready to take on the world!

 

10:30–12:00
Workshop 1

 

Cape Cod 2

Interviewing Children with Disabilities

Staci Whitney

Studies have long established that children with disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. Specifically, the rate of violence experienced by children with disabilities is almost triple the rate compared to children without disabilities. Children and youth with disabilities are more likely than children and youth without disabilities to experience physical abuse resulting in bodily injury and to experience serious sexual offenses including those involving repeated abuse, use of force and threats. >>

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Research studies (Harrell, 2017; Powers, 2004; Nosek, 2001; Sobsey, 1994; Petersilia, 1998; Waxman, 1991) consistently report that there is a very high rate of sexual violence against children with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as, those with significant speech and or communication disabilities. Furthermore, the risk of sexual violence appears to increase with the degree of disability. There are a number of factors related to children with disabilities susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system. In addition to these factors, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases. Understanding and communicating effectively with children with disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system are necessary skills for child protective services, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, and other social service personnel. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. Video clips of real individuals with disabilities are integrated into the presentation to maximize the effectiveness of the training. 

 
Lewis Bay

Small Steps, Big Goals: Safety Plans and Resiliency Skills with Immigrant Youth

Janelle Stanley

This presentation will look at suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injurious behavior (NSSI), and chronic trauma, including abuse, in immigrant and refugee youth. Presenter will use case examples from her own experiences in a public school in Harlem. >>

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The presentation will describe assessing for these issues and working with clients to build resiliency skills in both short and medium-term clinical interventions. We will discuss when to send immigrant/refugee youth, who may be undocumented, to the hospital. We will examine safety planning in ways that consider cultural factors, client resources, and the limits of both the youth and their support network (family, sponsors, and/or agency). We will also address the handling of complicated confidentiality issues when working with immigrant and refugee youth, including disclosure to the youth's family and/or agency. Additionally, we will address mandated reporting requirements when cases involve abuse, and best practices for making mandated reports. A lively discussion is encouraged.

 
Cape Cod 1

Sex Offenders: What Judges, Lawyers, Investigators and Child Advocates Should Know

Cory Jewell Jensen

Investigators, prosecutors, judges, parole/probation, child welfare workers and child advocates should be familiar the various theories about the etiology of pedophilia and development of pro-offending attitudes, plus the more typical patterns of sexual offending committed by juvenile and adult sex offenders. >>

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This presentation will highlight (via video taped interviews with various sex offenders) some of the more common pathways to developing deviant sexual interests and criminal sexual behavior patterns. In addition, the presenter will review various studies that examine the number offenses typically committed by offenders prior to arrest and the degree of “cross-over” or “crime switching” behavior sex offenders engage in that is usually undetected.   The misconceptions about “re-offense” and “recidivism” rates and the expected outcomes for sex offender treatment will also be reviewed. 

 
Pleasant Bay

Child Physical Abuse:  Studies, Tests, and All the Rest

Dr. Celeste Wilson

Child physical abuse accounts for approximately 20% of the abuse seen in maltreated children. The identification and diagnosis of possible physical abuse injuries involves a detailed assessment which often includes a range of medical studies and tests. >>

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Utilizing a case-based approach, this workshop will explore the medical management of various injuries commonly encountered in children who have been physically abused.  Key teaching points and clinical pearls will be emphasized to facilitate practical application.  

 
Oyster Harbor

Triple Threat: The Story of James Allen as Cyberstalker, Hacker and Child Pornographer

Aaron Mango and Detective Michael Hockwater

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 4 of the victims. >>

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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.

 

12:00–1:00
Lunch - Vyne Bistro

 

1:15–2:45
Workshop 2

 
Cape Cod 2

Opioids, Marijuana and Child Protection: Legal Considerations of Recent Developments

Frank E. Vandervort

This session addresses the legal issues involved in protecting children in cases of parental substance abuse, with a focus on legal opioids and marijuana. >>

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The session begins with a review of the constitutional framework for child protection. It then discusses legal issues regarding the use of illegal substances to provide a context for the discussion of issues related to the use of legal substances, which may be used legally or illegally. The session concludes with a discussion of issues relating to the use and abuse of substances during pregnancy.

 
Oyster Bay

Triple Threat: The Story of James Allen as Cyberstalker, Hacker and Child Pornographer

Aaron Mango and Detective Michael Hockwater

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 4 of the victims. >>

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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.

 
Cape Cod 1

What Sex Offenders Can Teach Us About Interviewing

Cory Jewell Jensen

This presentation examines the relationship between confession rates and sex offender characteristics (i.e., offender age, relationship to victim, personality type, offense history and prior experience with the criminal justice system). >>

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In addition, several studies that investigated the effectiveness of various interviewer styles (investigator demeanor and approach) will be reviewed. Lastly, the presenter will provide anecdotal comments (from 121 admitting adult male sex offenders) related to the thoughts and concerns they had while they were initially being interviewed by detectives. Comments focus on the reason they declined to be interviewed, lied about their sexual crimes, or confessed. Video clips will be used to illustrate some of the specific skills used by police to enable offenders to confess, along with recommendations for specific interview comment/questions from 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies in Oregon. 

 
Pleasant Bay

Child Physical Abuse:  Examining Exceptions to the Walk-&-Talk-Like-a-Duck Inference

Dr. Celeste Wilson

Children who have been physically abused frequently present with traumatic injuries that provide insight into their abusive experience. However, providers should be mindful of clinical findings which can be mistaken for child abuse injuries. >>

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As such, this workshop will highlight interesting exam findings consistent with a child abuse mimic.  The visually-oriented, case-based workshop will seek to engage the participants and challenge their understanding of core clinical and practical issues.  Subsequent interactive discussion of dilemmas and outcomes will invite analysis, questions, answers, and lively exchange. 

 

2:45–3:00
Break

 

3:00–4:30
Workshop 3

 
Cape Cod 2

Communicating with Children with Disabilities: Interviewing and Preparing Children for Court

Staci Whitney

While child abuse, neglect, exploitation and sexual assault can affect any child, children with disabilities are at greater risk of abuse and neglect than children without disabilities. Children with disabilities experience victimization of violent crimes at greater rates than those without disabilities. >>

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In 2015, the average annual rate of violent victimization for children with disabilities was more than triple the rate among children without disabilities. The risk of being a victim of crime, especially a victim of sexual assault, is 4 to 10 times higher for a child with a disability. Across all disability groups, children with intellectual disabilities have the highest rate of victimization. Understanding and communicating effectively with children with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, physical and communication disabilities who are victims of abuse are necessary skills for child protective services, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, social service personnel and other child welfare staff. The ability to understand the unique characteristics and communicate effectively is paramount in creating safe environments and conducting appropriate investigations. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. Additionally, strategies for preparing children with disabilities for court will be discussed. Video clips of real individuals with disabilities are integrated into the presentation to maximize the effectiveness of the training.

 
Pleasant Bay

Social Determinants of Behavioral Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Physical and Mental Health

Dr. Kumara Sidhartha

The presentation will define social determinants of health and introduce to the participants how the top social determinants of health on Cape Cod affect the health and wellbeing of children and adults in this population; the participants will also learn from successful case studies that are solution-focused in this context.

 
Cape Cod 1

Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children, and Adults by Child Molesters

Cory Jewell Jensen

Participants will examine (via film clips of interviews with various types of sex offenders) some of the specific strategies offenders report using to target, seduce and exploit children and adults. >>

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Information was collected from approximately 1,600 sex offenders who were involved in long-term, court mandated sex offender treatment. Topics include offender descriptions of “grooming” tactics (how and why they; targeted certain children, families and youth serving agencies, seduced child victims and adult caretakers, and inhibited disclosure, detection and reporting). A variety of video clips, research studies and anecdotal interview data from numerous sex offenders will be utilized to illustrate each stage of grooming behavior.

 
Oyster Harbor

Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Sociological and Psychological Implications for Healthy Development

Dr. Gail Dines

From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture bombards us with sexualized images of idealized women and men, and convey powerful messages that help shape sexuality. These images jump off the screen and into the lives of young people, and are now so common place that studies show that they seep into their gender identity, body image and especially intimate relationships. >>

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The result is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass-produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that limits the ability for young people to create adult authentic, equal relationships that are free of violence and degradation. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Dines use examples from pornography, magazines, hip-hop, television shows, and movies to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture, and the ways public images spill over into our most private worlds. Of specific interest will be the ways that pornography hijacks the healthy social/sexual/emotional/cognitive development of young people.

 

4:30-6:30
Networking Reception - Vesta

 
 

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8:30
Breakfast available in Breakout Rooms

 

9:00–10:30
Workshop 1

 
Lewis Bay

The Neurobiology of Trauma

Diana Tikasz

In the last 20 years, the field of neuro-science has grown exponentially. Neuro-science research has given us a clearer understanding of how our bodies and brains respond to stress and threat. >>

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This knowledge is extremely helpful when interacting with those who have been assaulted in that it gives us a framework to more fully understanding victim behaviors. As a result, based on this knowledge, we can adjust our approach to helping victims to better understand how their bodies work which can reduce blame and re-establish a sense of safety. Diana will translate the knowledge of neuro-science of trauma into practical guidelines for working with victims. 

 
Cape Cod 2

Gender Diverse Youth: Challenges, Complexities, and Controversies

Laura Edwards-Leeper

This presentation will review the typical challenges that gender diverse youth face, including acceptance by their support systems, respect regarding preferred name and pronouns, freedom to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, and bullying, teasing, and harassment that many endure. >>

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A discussion about the most common complexities that currently exist for pediatric transgender patients will also be included. Complexities such as co-occurring health concerns, non-binary identities, and “late-onset” presentations will be covered. Finally, some of the current controversies in the field will be reviewed, including early social transition, best age to initiate medical intervention, and whether to involve mental health providers in the treatment. Finally, there will be time for questions and answers.

 
Pleasant Bay

Ripple Effects of Sexual Harm

Jane Straub

The spectrum of sexual harm is quite vast. The ways in which one person can sexually harm another is limitless. This presentation will engage the audience in a courageous conversation of sexual harm and abuse, the impact of sexual violence on the victim and the community, myths and misperception of sexual violence and prevalence and current data. >>

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From child sexual abuse to campus sexual assault to human trafficking, the impact of harm affects every person. The goals of the presentation are to increase awareness of sexually harmful behaviors, identify signs of sexual abuse, provide strategies to work with and support those impacted by sexual harm and create shifts in opinions of prevention and harm reduction that will lead to substantial change.

 
Cape Cod 1

Technology, Child Pornography, and Trafficking

Christopher Kelly

This workshop covers what multidisciplinary team members and investigators need to know about digital evidence (including apps, websites, and social networking platforms) and which should be the primary focus during an investigation. >>

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Participants will learn important steps in the investigation of technology-facilitated child exploitation, what specific information should be obtained from apps, websites, and social media platforms in this type of investigation, and which professionals should be collecting that information.

 
Oyster Harbor

Friend, Family, Father ... Fiend: The Story of David Vickers and his 30-year Sexual Molestation of Minor Boys

Aaron Mango, Detective Sgt. Kevin Czora, and Special Agent Jennifer Amo

This case study will detail the investigation and federal prosecution of David Vickers, a resident of Geneva, New York, who engaged in an uninterrupted pattern of sexually molesting multiple minor boys for more than a quarter of a century. >>

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The significant grooming steps undertaken by the defendant will be discussed, which included building a lakeside retreat stocked with everything a vulnerable pre-pubescent boy would want. The case study will also highlight the lasting impact and emotional toll of the defendant’s conduct on the victims, which one victim described as debilitating.

 

10:30–10:45
Break

 

10:45–12:15
Workshop 2

 
Cape Cod 1

WTF: Strategies to Keep Helping Professionals Grounded and Centered

Diana Tikasz

The pace, content, and competing demands of the modern workplace has left many of us operating in constant stress overdrive. Frequently this elevated stress state is challenged further with added pressures or trauma exposure. >>

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Eventually we can find ourselves shutting down and numbing out because our bodies are not built to function in this high energy state for extended periods of time. As a result, we see many negative physical, emotional, behavioral, and relational consequences personally and in the workplace. The growing amount of research in the area of neuroscience is exceedingly helpful in assisting us to understand what is happening as chronic stress and trauma exposure unbalances our wellbeing. Equipped with this research information we are able to learn how to reset our bodies to our natural healthy state. This is essential, not only to our own wellbeing, but it increases our effectiveness with clients and promotes a healthier workplace. 

 
Cape Cod 2

Effective Report Writing for Court

Frank E. Vandervort

This workshop addresses methods for effective report writing by non-legal professionals that are aimed at courts and legal audiences. It will discuss and provide tips for how to effectively communicate with courts in writing.

 
Pleasant Bay

The Children are not Okay: Impact of Domestic Violence

Jane Straub

Domestic violence is pervasive in our communities with 1 in 4 females experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner during her lifetime. Children are not immune or shielded from the violence. >>

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Not only do millions of children witness the abuse of their mother, but many experience child abuse themselves. This session will discuss the prevalence of DV, the intersection of DV and child maltreatment and how these behaviors permeate the day-to-day climate of the home which leads to the cycle of abuse being handed down from generation to generation. Identification of harm will be discussed as well as strategies to support the mother and the children. Skill building and increasing resiliency will be presented. 

 
Oyster Harbor

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys, Adolescent Males and Young Men

Steven L. Procopio

This workshop will provide the participant with risk factors that bring male youth into exploitation, identification of behavioral indicators, definitions of being in the “Life”, and intervention strategies along with organization policy recommendations.

 

12:15–12:30
Break

 

12:30–2:00
Workshop 3

 
Cape Cod 1

Anger, The Third Rail of Trauma Work: Why Clinicians Don’t talk Enough About Anger

Janelle Stanley

Historically, trauma-focused therapies have focused on helping clients overcome anxiety. In fact, until the DSM 5, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was classified as an anxiety disorder. >>

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By limiting our understanding of traumatic reactions to one emotion – fear – we alienate trauma survivors who have a different dominant emotional reaction to their experience and fail to prepare therapists to provide competent and responsive care to those whose response includes anger. Therapeutic understanding of anger must therefore be incorporated into our understanding of trauma, both into clinical presentations and into treatment models. Many therapists - particularly therapists who are white, or are socialized within white norms - are afraid of anger. This fear results in therapists stunting client expression, limiting therapist ability to understand their client’s perspective as well as their ability to help client’s process anger in a helpful way. Many models of approaching anger focus on anger “management” where the emotion itself becomes a disorder that must be managed as opposed to an emotion normal to the human experience. This presentation argues that clinicians must stop pathologizing anger and begin to understand anger as a normal part of human emotions, even more so in the context of recovery from trauma. We will discuss practical ways for clinicians to work with clients experiencing anger through a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. This presentation will review different forms of anger, review hormones and biological anger responses, and differentiate the emotion anger from behaviors which sometimes follow the experience of anger. This differentiation is essential to depathologizing emotional awareness and expression, and normalizing a client’s experience. The presentation will also distinguish healthy anger from unhealthy anger, wherein anger (like any emotion) can become pathological and dysfunctional. The presentation will conclude by reviewing the current state of research in treating anger and disorders related to anger, particularly when presenting with potential traumatic co-morbidity.

 
Cape Cod 2

Gender Diverse Youth: The Inclusion of Mental Health Services for Optimal Care

Laura Edwards-Leeper

Key points related to the mental health care of gender diverse youth will be covered. Specifically, common mental health concerns will be reviewed (e.g., depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, autism spectrum disorder). >>

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Additionally, an overview of the recommended psychological assessment used to provide a holistic understanding of the individual youth and to help determine whether a medical intervention is in an adolescent’s best interest will be reviewed. Finally, some of the current controversial issues and typical complex case examples will be discussed as they relate to the involvement of mental health providers on the treatment team. Time will be allotted for a Q&A period. 

 
Pleasant Bay

ACE Study Adverse Childhood Experiences: Identify, Intervene and Interrupt

Jane Straub

Experiences in childhood matter. Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health. >>

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The ACE Study is the largest study investigating the health and social effects of negative childhood experiences. Now that we have the research, what can we do about it? The cycle of violence, generational poverty and abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, perpetration and victimization of violence are all related to ACE’s. Strategies such as identification and assessment, reducing risk and exposure and nurturing resiliency and skill building are effective interventions. Changing the negative course that many children are on is our best way to prevent abuse in future generations. This presentation will increase your knowledge of trauma and provide ways to work with children, families and communities to reduce the impact of trauma. 

 
Oyster Harbor

Friend, Family, Father ... Fiend: The Story of David Vickers and his 30-year Sexual Molestation of Minor Boys

Aaron Mango, Detective Sgt. Kevin Czora, and Special Agent Jennifer Amo

This case study will detail the investigation and federal prosecution of David Vickers, a resident of Geneva, New York, who engaged in an uninterrupted pattern of sexually molesting multiple minor boys for more than a quarter of a century. >>

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The significant grooming steps undertaken by the defendant will be discussed, which included building a lakeside retreat stocked with everything a vulnerable pre-pubescent boy would want. The case study will also highlight the lasting impact and emotional toll of the defendant’s conduct on the victims, which one victim described as debilitating.
 
 
 
 
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