Schedule

  


Thursday, October 4


Welcome

Thursday, 10/4

8:00 – 8:15 AM

Chief Justice Gilbertson & Senator Soholt

Jim Tanner, PhD

Thursday, 10/4

8:15 – 9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker

How Sex Offenders Groom

Sex offenders generally groom their victims and the ,victims’ environment.  This session is based on more than 40 years working with sex offenders. In this session we examine and explain the process offenders use to groom both the environment (including law enforcement) and potential victims.  The session will cover the goals of grooming both children and adults and show participants the step by step process used by offenders. Anyone working sex abuse crimes or exploitation of children crimes will find this session improves investigation, forensic approaches, and prosecution of sex offenders.

J.R. LaPlante, JD

Thursday, 10/4

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Prevention/Advocacy

Improving Behavioral Health Care Access for American Indian Youth

Youth living on South Dakota’s Indian reservations have increased social, health, and quality of life issues that can contribute to poor mental health.  Lack of access to health and human services is a major challenge for children living in these isolated, remote communities. Hear how one Reservation is attempting to connect youth to the help and care they so desperately need.

Upon completion of this event, the participant will understand/appreciate Native American health and poverty rates,  Adverse Childhood Experiences of Native American youth, mental health needs of Native American youth, access issues to mental health services, and solutions to access issues.

Brooke Jones, MD 

Thursday, 10/4

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Medical

Physical Abuse 101

Dr. Brooke Jones will define and identify risk factors of physical abuse.  Attendees will learn to differentiate between normal bruising in childhood and bruising as a result of abuse, recognize fracture types that are concerning for abuse, and understand signs of abusive head trauma. This session is targeted to emergency room personnel, pediatricians, family physicians and providers, school nurses, and other medical providers who assess and treat children.

Jay Memmott, PhD

Thursday, 10/4

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Social Work

Social Work and Coordinating with Systems of Care around Child Abuse

Upon completion of this event, the learner will be able to do the following:

1. Identify the components of systems of care that should be in place to assist a survivor and his or her family.

2. List the skills required to be an effective social worker in child abuse cases.

3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a systemic approach to child abuse.

4. Identify resources is the community that can be marshalled to assist child abuse survivors and their families.

Hollie Strand

Thursday, 10/4

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Education

The Digital World of Kids:  Risks and Resources for Educators and Youth Serving Organizations

This break out session will cover the online activities of children and teens which put them at risk for sextortion, sexual solicitation, cyberbullying, data breaches, and other forms of exploitation. Resources will be given so attendees will be able to know how to respond to these situations, how to talk to youth about the risks, and how to develop safety plans to keep kids safer in their online worlds.

Jim Tanner, PhD

Thursday, 10/4

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Criminal Justice

Deception Detection

Dr. Tanner will provide tools to improve your interview skills. Learn how to tell when someone is editing something out of a verbal or written statement. This session will cover the basics of Discourse Analysis, a lexical and syntactical approach to analyzing statements. Using clear examples, Dr. Tanner will explain how a respondent’s shifts in words and grammar can point interviewers to “hot spots” in a statement that need to be probed. You will never listen to a conversation or interview the same way again if you attend this session.

 

Nancy Free, DO

Thursday, 10/4

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Medical

The Drug Endangered Child

Children living in dangerous drug environments are at high risk for abuse and neglect.  Dr. Nancy Free will provide guidance to medical providers on how to identify and respond to the needs of the drug endangered child.  Dr. Free will define drug endangerment and risk factors as well as the spectrum of drug endangerment. 

Amanda Liebl & Cindy Schmit

Thursday, 10/4

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Criminal Justice

Working with Traumatized Children.  Courtroom Preparation and Beyond.

Ms. Liebl and Ms. Schmit will provide tools and advice on courtroom preparation strategies for children, characteristics of language by age groups, principles of children and language, and identifying and overcoming difficulties in questioning children. 

Kari Oyen, PHD

Thursday, 10/4

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Education

Responding to Inappropriate Behavior in Schools for Children with Inappropriate Attachment to Adults 

The relationship between trauma, attachment, and inappropriate behavior is a complex construct that can be difficult to understand.  This session will focus on the importance of understanding the effects that trauma can have on attachment and inappropriate behavior and more importantly, how professionals can help intervene with students struggling with inappropriate behaviors due to trauma and attachment issues.  Practical strategies will be discussed.

Janet Routzen / White Buffalo Calf

Thursday, 10/4

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Social Work

Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Building Culturally Appropriate Response Systems

Building a community approach to treatment for our youth is essential for their healing and survival. This session explores using community centered treatment that involves the family and individual cognitive behavioral therapy to help children experienced problematic sexual behaviors. Ms. Routzen will focus on advocacy that strengthens community-based programing and providing assistance to youth in order to reduce recidivism rates for offending children and assisting the children in getting the help they need to lead productive lives.  Ms. Routzen will speak bluntly about sexual behaviors and how we can build appropriate response systems to help our youth. The presentation will also focus on culturally appropriate methods to change the way communities respond to sexual violence. Participants will discuss policy areas where South Dakota can improve on local, state and federal responses to sexual violence, all while providing culturally relevant programing.

Jim Tanner, PhD

Thursday,10/4

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Criminal Justice and Social Work

 

 

Protecting Yourself and Your Family in a Digital World

This course provides treatment and supervising agency staff with practical information concerning how to detect illicit use of technology by sex offenders.  The course covers the eight primary methods of accessing adult material and provides links to tools and techniques to examine the offender’s computer to determine illicit usage. This course is designed for and offered to criminal justice and treatment professionals only. The course is intended for individuals conducting routine investigations that they expect to result in a maximum of technical violations on treatment contract defaults only. 

 

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Olga Trujillo, JD

Thursday, 10/4

1:15 – 2:45 PM

Keynote Speaker

Representing Survivors who have Experienced Trauma

In recent years, those who work with survivors of violence have become increasingly aware of the connection between trauma and violence. However, survivors who turn to the legal system for protection from their abuser, custody of their children, and assistance with other civil legal needs encounter significant barriers to achieving their legal objectives. This is in large part because the processes in which a survivor must engage to achieve legal objectives can trigger the effects of trauma, making it difficult for a survivor to fully participate in her case. In addition, the opposing party often uses the survivor’s mental health to damage her credibility and/or raising doubt about her parenting abilities. 

This interactive workshop will examine how advocates and lawyers can better understand the complex needs of survivors who have experienced trauma and/or have mental health concerns. Presenter will explore the signs of trauma, what they mean and how survivor’s in the legal system can be re-victimized by the process. Participants will consider strategies for more effective practice.

JoLynn Bostrom & Dawn Johnson

Thursday, 10/4

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Education

Mandatory Reporter Training 201

What is my role as a mandatory reporter?  How can I be sure I am making the right decision to report suspected child abuse?  What happens after I report?

Often times, a mandatory reporter is the first individual a child will disclose abuse or neglect to because of the close relationship and contact with the child. In turn, mandatory reporters are often the first to suspect child abuse or neglect because they recognize the behavioral changes and other signs that may indicate a child is being abused or neglected.  Ms. Bostrom will explain how to identify the signs of child maltreatment, understand the role and screening guidelines of Child Protective Services (CPS), the CPS safety model, and the investigative process that happens after reporting.

As a prerequisite to this course, watch the South Dakota Mandatory Reporter training.   https://apps.sd.gov/SS60ReporterVideoTraining/Introduction.aspx

Wayne Duehn, PhD

Thursday, 10/4

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Social Work

Sexual Violence and Developmental/ Intellectual Disabilities

There is growing recognition that children, adolescents, and adults with development/intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation.  They are vulnerable because they are often dependent on caregivers their whole life, are relatively powerless in society, are easily coerced, may be emotionally and socially insecure and needy, and usually are not educated about sexuality and sexual abuse.  Also, they may not easily be able to tell someone else what happened, or be believed even when they tell, or be able to resist and/or escape from attempted assaults.  Vulnerability means that the individual may be perceived as an “easy target” for abuse. 

 At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a just published yearlong NPR investigation (January 8, 2018) finds that there is little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: people with intellectual disabilities.

These statistics show that persons with developmental disabilities are subject to sexual abuse at much higher rates than others.  The challenge for family members and professionals is to not only protect persons who are developmentally challenged from sexual abuse but to facilitate their disclosures should it occur, to respect their right to developmentally appropriate knowledge about sexuality and sexual abuse, and to allow for the fulfillment of their sexuality.  Professionals, family members, protective services, and other care givers need to join together to meet this challenge.  This workshop, directed to professional care givers and service providers, will explore factors that inhibit sexual abuse disclosures and develop strategies to address disclosure failures.  

Nancy Free, DO

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Medical

Sexual Abuse 101

Child sexual abuse is a serious public health priority for the health and safety of children in South Dakota. Sexual abuse happens in all socio-economic and race groups.  In this session, Dr. Nancy Free will provide guidance to medical providers on the definition, risk factors, and multiple potential presentations of child sexual abuse.  Dr. Free will also explain the dynamics of sexual abuse in physical, emotional, and psychosocial domains.

Tanya Fritz

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Prevention/Advocacy

ACEs and Resiliency

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has a profound impact on individuals and communities.  Children’s Home Society and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment has partnered to educate and build South Dakota communities to stop the cycle of trauma.  In this session, Tanya Fritz will explain why ACES is a powerful determinant of public health by diving into understanding of the brain development and epigenetics of a person who has experienced trauma.  We will help explain the connection between brain development and adaptive behaviors in people who have experienced trauma.  This training will also discuss resiliency and how to build these individuals.  Each participant will leave with a better understanding of their role in building self-healing communities.

Olga Trujillo, JD

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Criminal Justice

The Neurobiology of Trauma: Understanding Victim Behavior

In this workshop Olga will combine her lived experience of violence with the science of trauma and violence on the brain to help participants explore how they may enhance their trauma-informed responses.This is interactive session that will examine the struggles criminal justice professionals face in handling domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases and explore efforts that can be undertaken to improve their ability to investigate these cases and assess credibility.  This will be a blend of question and answer and case study.

Senator Soholt & Carrie Sanderson

4:30 – 5:30 PM

South Dakota’s Plan to End Child Maltreatment


Friday, October 5


Wayne Duehn, PHD

8:00 – 9:45 AM

Social Work

Shatter the Silence:  Facilitating Disclosure of Sexually Victimized Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

There is growing recognition that vulnerable adults who are cognitively and/or verbally impaired are particularly susceptible to abuse (including sexual abuse), neglect, and exploitation.  The challenge for professionals is to protect persons who are cognitively and/or verbally impaired from these various forms of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, to effectively document the abuse incidents when they occur, to provide appropriate risk reduction (safety) strategies, to respect their right to developmentally appropriate knowledge about sexuality and sexual abuse, and to allow for the fulfillment of their sexuality.  Professionals involved in protective services, care giving, education, research and clinical efforts need to join together to meet this challenge.  While this workshop will focus on developing basic investigative interviewing and case documentation skills for vulnerable adults (cognitively and/or verbally impaired) who are abused/neglected/abandoned/self-neglected, emphasis will be placed on investigations of sexual abuse allegations.

 With an emphasis on identification, investigation, assessment (risk), case documentation, and initial intervention, this training is directed toward sexual abuse of cognitively and/or verbally impaired persons in need of protective services.  More specifically, the training will address the topics of direct and indirect indicators of sexual abuse, techniques of obtaining information, elements of credibility, building (substantiating) a case, individual interviewing, sexual assault-risk assessment procedures, case documentation, initial case management, monitoring, ethical implications/self-determination issues, cultural considerations, and selected problems of cognitively and/or verbally impaired persons (i.e., persons with developmental disabilities, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, brain injuries, and other verbal impairments).

Nancy Free, DO, Brooke Jones, MD, & Angela Lisburg

8:00 AM – 11:45 PM

Medical

Forensic Evidence Collection Workshop: Who, What, Which Kit, When, and How

Workshop will include didactic and practical sessions.

Upon completion of this event, the participant will understand/appreciate:

1. The medical evaluation of child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse /sexual assault

2. Medical management of child and adolescent sexual abuse/sexual assault

3. Disclosure process regarding sexual abuse/sexual assault

4. Indications for collection of forensic evidence

5. Importance of consent and assent for evidence collection and how to obtain

6. Forensic evidence collection: what to collect, how to collect, anatomic sites for collection, including hands on practice with pediatric and adult forensic evidence kits.

Tanya Fritz

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

ACEs and Resiliency Presenter Training

The ACEs and Resiliency Presenter Training is a one-day education session to prepare you to become an ACE trainer within your organization.  The session is structured with licensed materials and a process for effectively implementing an educational program that is based on person-to-person interaction and organizational engagement.  Trained presenters use a flexible script, PowerPoint presentation, and background information that has been reviewed by national content experts, improved over time using field experience, and proven to be effective with diverse audiences. 

REACH

8:00  – 9:45 AM

Criminal Justice

Transforming the Multidisciplinary Team Response to Child Maltreatment in South Dakota

Upon completion of this event, the learner will gain an understanding of:

–          Best practices in the field of child abuse investigations

–          How and when to conduct a minimal facts interview with a child

–          Appropriate child questioning strategies

REACH

10:00  – 11:45 AM

Criminal Justice

MDT in Action: South Dakota vs. Anderson

Upon completion of this event, the learner will gain an understanding of the multidisciplinary team approach to child maltreatment.

Vicki Burger

10:00  – 11:45 AM

Social Work

Child Protection Services

 

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Brooke Jones, MD

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Medical

Human Trafficking in South Dakota

Until recently, South Dakotans were not aware human trafficking was happening in our state.  Community and statewide partnerships are building capacity to prevent and respond to trafficking in the state and region.  Dr. Jones will identify risk factors for child sex trafficking and understand the health implications for victims.  In addition, she will identify community resources for victims

Kathy LaPlante and Margarite Reinert

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Social Work

Trauma among Native American and African American Children and Families: A case Based Learning Experience for trauma Informed Social Work Practice

REACH

1:00 – 2:45 PM

Criminal Justice

But it is not sexual abuse! Applying the MDT Response to all Forms of Child Maltreatment

Upon completion of this event, the learner will gain an understanding of:

–          Best practices in the field of child abuse investigations

–          Utilizing the multidisciplinary team approach to various forms of child maltreatment

Brooke Jones, MD

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Medical

Sexual Behaviors of Children

Dr. Jones will provide an outline of how to identify normal and healthy sexual behavior in children and when sexualized behaviors become problematic.  Attendees will learn what can lead to problematic sexualized behaviors and identify behavior characteristics.

Nancy Free, DO & Brooke Jones, MD

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Medical

Physical Abuse Case Presentations and Analysis

Through the use of case presentation, appreciate nuances in the presentation, evaluation, treatment of and response to children when physical abuse is suspected.

REACH

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Criminal Justice

Finding Strength in the Details

Upon completion of this event, the learner will gain an understanding of:

–          Importance of corroborating details

–          Use of technology in child abuse investigations