Tuesday, 9/26

8:30a-12:00p: Welcome, Keynote & Plenary - Harrell Center Auditorium

  • 8:30a-8:45a: Welcome & Opening Remarks - Harrell Center Auditorium

    DEANA JOY, BA; Executive Director, CACNC

  • 8:45a-10:15a: The Power of One! - Harrell Center Auditorium

    IAN HUMPHREY, CEO, BE IAN-SPIRED, LLC

    The Power of One!

    It only takes one voice, one positive interaction, one person to make a difference in a person's life. In Ian's keynote, he will discuss his story about the ONE person that influenced him to believe in himself and was responsible for turning his life around by helping him believe that his life was worth living and how each one of us working with traumatized children can be that person!

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  • 10:30a-12:00p: No One Discipline Can Protect Children Alone: Lessons Learned from 40 years of Multidisciplinary Teaming - Harrell Center Auditorium

    DONNA PENCE, BS

    No One Discipline Can Protect Children Alone: Lessons Learned from 40 years of Multidisciplinary Teaming

    Before the 1980’s, the disciplines involved in responding to child maltreatment allegations functioned largely in an independent, indeed, isolated manner. Every discipline felt their ways of handling these situations were the best. Unfortunately, many of the cases were not adequately investigated due to gaps in knowledge on the part of the systems involved, inability to address the various facets of intervention, investigation, and safety and, as a result, untold numbers of children remained at risk and perpetrators were free to continue their abusive behavior. Given the unique investigative complexities of successfully investigating child maltreatment allegations, it is little wonder that the disciplines involved in the abuse intervention system have increasingly come to realize that they can maximize their resources by coordinating their efforts. Together, the involved disciplines have far more power to determine what did or did not happen, effectively intervene, and reduce the risk to children than the individual entities have in acting independently. No one discipline can do it all.

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12:00p-1:30p: Lunch

  • Buffet Lunch in the Terrace Hotel & Lambuth Inn

    Lunch will be served in the Terrace Hotel on the 3rd floor dining room and in the Lambuth Inn dining room.

    Please refer to the meal ticket that you were given at check-in to determine your lunch site.

1:30p-3:00p: "A" Workshops - Choose 1

  • A1: Going All In! - Harrell Center Auditorium

    A1. IAN HUMPHREY, CEO, BE IAN-SPIRED, LLC / KATIE HUMPHREY, MA

    Going All In!

    Supporting children and families with trauma can be a difficult task and often takes a toll on the people who are there to support them. Katie and Ian utilize their unique perspectives, one as a person who has worked with children with traumatic backgrounds in the school setting and the other who has experienced trauma and had varied levels of support from adults around him to share stories, tips, and ideas of how to create a safe welcoming space to those who need it while keeping a safe space for yourself in the process. After leaving this workshop you will feel ready to do the work you have been called to do and be filled with ideas on how to stay energized when work gets too overwhelming.

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  • A2: Case Study - Church of the Living Word - Harrell Center 105

    A2. DONNA PENCE, BS / CHARLES WILSON, MSW

    Case Study - Church of the Living Word

    This 90-minute interactive workshop will present the details of a multiple perpetrator, multiple victim investigation conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division. The case from inception to completion will cover planning, investigative actions and decision-making in this complex macro-case.

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  • A3: Addressing Reluctance in Child Interviews - Terrace Auditorium

    A3. SCOTT SNIDER, MSW, LCSW

    Addressing Reluctance in Child Interviews

    Interview models assist in providing structure and guidance, and best practice informs interviewers on the use of narrative phrasing. However, interviewers often encounter children who have difficulty engaging and/or reporting about their experience. Whether this phenomenon is labeled as reluctance, reticence, blocks, or barriers, this workshop will discuss how to address these issues within the child interview and provide practical tools to overcome these obstacles whenever possible.

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  • A4: Legal Updates for Medical and MDTs - Harrell Center 202

    A4. WHITNEY BELICH, JD

    Legal Updates for Medical and MDTs

    This presentation will focus on new case law, new statutes and other legal “hot topics” in the world of child maltreatment.

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3:15p-4:45p: "B" Workshops - Choose 1

  • B1. Emerging from the Shadows - The CAC’s Role in Domestic Violence Investigations - Harrell Center Auditorium

    B1. ANN GLASER, LCSW / ABBIE DIIANNI, LCSW

    Emerging from the Shadows - The CAC’s Role in Domestic Violence Investigations

    Children’s Advocacy Centers, long recognized for serving child victims of sexual and physical abuse, are uniquely positioned to enhance access to services and broaden support provided to children impacted by domestic violence. This session will emphasize the need to identify children exposed to domestic violence as primary victims of trauma and explore new ways of utilizing CAC interventions to begin the healing journey for children. Using the MDT framework, Pat’s Place CAC (Charlotte, NC) has partnered with community agencies to play a key role in facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration for the coordination and provision of services to support victims of domestic violence and their children, and to minimize revictimization. Join us as we talk about the importance of identifying children as primary victims of domestic violence, bridging domestic violence and child advocacy core values and philosophies, and creating processes that meet the needs of child survivors of abuse.

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  • B2. Trauma Informed Child Maltreatment Investigations - Harrell Center 105

    B2. DONNA PENCE, BS

    Trauma Informed Child Maltreatment Investigations

    Within the body of trauma-informed literature, little attention has been devoted specifically to the initial investigative response and its role in controlling for system induced trauma to the child, family, and investigative personnel (child welfare and law enforcement investigators). Training investigators on the impact of trauma in child maltreatment forensic investigations and their role in anticipating and mitigating the effects of trauma during the investigative process is rarely addressed in trauma-informed literature. This workshop explores strategies to infuse trauma information into forensic child maltreatment investigations using the "Essential Elements of Trauma-Informed Practice" (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) with the goal of enhancing investigator's knowledge, skills, and values concerning the importance of viewing investigations and their associated tasks through a trauma lens.

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  • B3. Panel Discussion for Forensic Interviewers & Prosecutors - Terrace Auditorium

    B3. SCOTT SNIDER, MSW, LCSW / ASHLEY WELCH, JD / JODIE HIVELY, MS.ED, LMFT

    Panel Discussion for Forensic Interviews & Prosecutors

    This will be an opportunity to discuss common Forensic Interviewing issues and the relation to prosecutorial needs. Topics include blending interview models within interviews, straying from standard model language and phrases, and body safety education during the interview. Additionally, the panel will take questions and discuss topics from the attendees.

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  • B4. The Trauma-Informed Victim Impact Statement - Harrell Center 202

    B4. WHITNEY BELICH, JD / NICHOLE APPLEBY, MSW, LCSW / ELIZABETH STEPHENS, MSW, LCSW

    The Trauma Informed Victim Impact Statement

    This discussion will explore core elements of a Victim Impact Statement (VIS) through a legal and a clinical lens, focusing on the development of an integrated, trauma-informed VIS. Participants will explore strategies to meet the needs of the prosecutor, community, and family, while decreasing distress and the risk for re-traumatization.

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