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Schedule

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Morning

7:30 am – 4:00 pm  —  Registration Open
7:30 am – 9:00 am  —  Continental Breakfast
8:15 am – 8:30 am  —  Opening Ceremonies & Announcements
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Plenary Presentation

Beyond Survival: Trauma, Resilience, Guardian Angels, and Coming Home

Speaker: Mark Anthony Garrett
Session Type: Plenary
CEUs Available: TBD
Track: All

Presentation Description: This powerful presentation is designed to empower those individuals who are charged with working with children and families that are connected to the child welfare system.  Participants will be given a plethora of ideas, strategies and empowerment tools designed to equip them with what is truly needed to enhance the lives of the children and families they serve.

Objectives:

  1. After attending this presentation, the learner will understand how to truly support children who are victims of crime and violence.
  2. After attending this presentation, the learner will gain skill that will help them stay motivated and inspired during challenging times.
  3. After attending this presentation, the learner will understand the power of teamwork and how to become an outstanding and effective team player.

9:30 am – 9:45 am  —  Break
9:45 am – 11:15 am  —  Breakout Sessions

Fostering Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ Youth in Child Welfare: A Cross-Systems Approach

Speaker(s): Megan Smith-Sallans, MS, LIMHP, LIPC

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Advocacy

Presentation Description: LGBTQ+ youth are over represented in child welfare systems and experience higher rates of homelessness and youth probation.  This number is even higher for LGBTQ+ youth of color.  Understanding the root causes of the disparities and environmental factors that impact these youth is imperative in understanding the unique struggles and challenges they face.  Providers of all disciplines who interact with these youth have an opportunity to improve outcomes through education, collaboration and policy changes.  This presentation will review language and terminology, examine current trends and research and offer specific strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare.

Objectives:

  1. Understand current terminology and affirming language used in LGBTQ+ communities.
  2. Recognize how environmental factors and other disparities impact LGBTQ+ youth.
  3. Have the knowledge of best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Speaker(s): Beth Conover, MS, APRN, LCGC

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Medical

Presentation Description: Explore the diagnosis and treatment of children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the impact of various illicit drugs and alcohol on the fetus
  2. Explore sources of accurate and helpful information regarding diagnosis and treatment of children with prenatal drug and alcohol damage
  3. Discuss resources available at MMI, UNMC for children with prenatal drug and alcohol exposures

How to Find Corroboration in a Case of Child Sexual Abuse That Nobody Saw: A Case Study

Speaker(s): Jeff Shelbourn, Detective,; Jessica Kroeker, MPA, MSW, PLMHP; Melissa Gerdes, BS; Colleen Brazil, MSW; and Molly Keane, JD

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Law Enforcement

Presentation Description: A case study will be presented to discuss the importance of collaboration, corroboration, and family support throughout a child abuse investigation.  Multi-disciplinary team collaboration is key to successful investigation and prosecution in cases where there are not often witnesses or physical evidence.  Specific examples of corroboration will be presented to help look for corroboration through non-traditional methods.  The importance of ongoing support for the family during and after the investigation will be explored.

Objectives:

  1. Learn the importance of multi-disciplinary team collaboration in child abuse cases
  2. Learn strategies for building a case/corroboration
  3. Learn the importance of supporting the family from disclosure through conviction

 


Immigration Options for Children & Families

Speaker: Anna D. Deal, Esq.

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Legal

Presentation Description: U.S. immigration policy is deeply flawed and is causing irreparable harm to children and families on a daily basis. This presentation will discuss immigration enforcement at the U.S. border and in the interior of the country, and how such enforcement impacts families and communities across the U.S. We will examine the legal mechanisms by which the U.S. immigration system separates children and families. And, we will review forms of relief through which they may be reunified and can pursue safety and security in this country, as well as barriers to obtaining such relief. 

Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic legal mechanisms by which immigration enforcement separates families, and how they may be reunited.
  2. Have a basic knowledge of immigration benefits available to child victims of crime and certain family members.
  3. Be able to identify common hurdles and barriers to accessing immigration benefits.

Violence: A Curable Epidemic

Speaker(s): Stewart Giddings, MBA and George Devers

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Trauma

Presentation Description: This presentation will look at violence as a health condition and challenge common misconceptions. Explore what can be done about this community issue and how it is being addressed today in Omaha.

Objectives:

  1. Gain insight into the mindset of violence.
  2. How changing individual behavior and community norms support the “cure” of violence.
  3. How mediation and conflict resolution are used to give new skills in addressing violence.

On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Words of Jesus

Speaker(s): Victor Vieth, JD, MA

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Spirituality

Presentation Description: Jesus was the descendant of sexually exploited women, narrowly survived a child homicide, and grew up to be the world’s most prominent defender of children. Jesus reserved his harshest words for those who abused or neglected children and went so far as to say our treatment of children says everything about our view of God. Although the early church took this message to heart and distinguished itself by its treatment of children, this message has been distorted or ignored by many modern Christian leaders. As a result, the church has often failed to protect children from abuse and, in many instances, has contributed to their maltreatment. Using the life and words of Jesus as a blueprint, this presentation sets forth a proposal for church reform to prevent many cases of abuse, improve the pastoral care of survivors of abuse, and witness to the world that faith shows itself in service to children.

Objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the prevalence and forms of child abuse at the time of Christ.
  2. Attendees will better understand the teachings of Jesus on children and how these teachings influenced the New Testament world to address child maltreatment.
  3. Using the teachings of Jesus as a blueprint, attendees will have concrete ideas for how the modern church can reform to prevent abuse and, where it can’t be prevented, to address the spiritual impact of trauma and to otherwise address the needs of maltreated children and adult survivors.

Lunch

11:30 am – 1:00 pm — Speaking of Children Luncheon Event

Title: TBD

Keynote Speaker: Sasha Joseph Neulinger

Session Type: Keynote

CEUs Available: CEUs not offered for keynote address

Presentation Description:

At just four years old, Sasha endured abuse from three separate family members over a four year period. He lived a life framed by film, his father a filmmaker, and Sasha an actor from a young age. It was also through film, watching home video, that he began to heal from the trauma of his past. As Sasha watched himself as a child, in proximity to his abusers, he saw his own innocence and helplessness with terrible clarity. Seeing those unsettling video clips gifted Sasha some validation, a reminder that he had nothing to do with what his abusers chose to do with him—but that he had everything to do with the strength and resilience it required to stand up in public and prosecute them for their crimes.

Sasha Joseph Neulinger shares his autobiographical story about surviving multigenerational child sexual abuse. His presentation covers the abuse, family dynamics, childhood therapy, the prosecution process, and how he got to where he currently is today. Now a filmmaker himself, Sasha recently completed his first feature length documentary, “Rewind,” which is an autobiographical film about his life surviving multigenerational child sexual abuse.

Afternoon

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm — Break Out Sessions

Fostering Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ Youth in Child Welfare: A Cross-Systems Approach

Speaker(s): Megan Smith-Sallans, MS, LIMHP, LIPC

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Advocacy

Presentation Description: LGBTQ+ youth are over represented in child welfare systems and experience higher rates of homelessness and youth probation.  This number is even higher for LGBTQ+ youth of color.  Understanding the root causes of the disparities and environmental factors that impact these youth is imperative in understanding the unique struggles and challenges they face.  Providers of all disciplines who interact with these youth have an opportunity to improve outcomes through education, collaboration and policy changes.  This presentation will review language and terminology, examine current trends and research and offer specific strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare.

Objectives:

  1. Understand current terminology and affirming language used in LGBTQ+ communities.
  2. Recognize how environmental factors and other disparities impact LGBTQ+ youth.
  3. Have the knowledge of best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth in child welfare.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Speaker(s): Beth Conover, MS, APRN, LCGC

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Medical

Presentation Description: Explore the diagnosis and treatment of children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the impact of various illicit drugs and alcohol on the fetus
  2. Explore sources of accurate and helpful information regarding diagnosis and treatment of children with prenatal drug and alcohol damage
  3. Discuss resources available at MMI, UNMC for children with prenatal drug and alcohol exposures

How to Find Corroboration in a Case of Child Sexual Abuse That Nobody Saw: A Case Study

Speaker(s): Jeff Shelbourn, Detective; Jessica Kroeker, MPA, MSW, PLMHP; Melissa Gerdes, BS; Colleen Brazil, MSW; and Molly Keane, JD

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Law Enforcement

Presentation Description: A case study will be presented to discuss the importance of collaboration, corroboration, and family support throughout a child abuse investigation.  Multi-disciplinary team collaboration is key to successful investigation and prosecution in cases where there are not often witnesses or physical evidence.  Specific examples of corroboration will be presented to help look for corroboration through non-traditional methods.  The importance of ongoing support for the family during and after the investigation will be explored.

Objectives:

  1. Learn the importance of multi-disciplinary team collaboration in child abuse cases
  2. Learn strategies for building a case/corroboration
  3. Learn the importance of supporting the family from disclosure through conviction

Immigration Options for Children & Families

Speaker: Anna D. Deal, Esq.

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Legal

 Presentation Description: U.S. immigration policy is deeply flawed and is causing irreparable harm to children and families on a daily basis. This presentation will discuss immigration enforcement at the U.S. border and in the interior of the country, and how such enforcement impacts families and communities across the U.S. We will examine the legal mechanisms by which the U.S. immigration system separates children and families. And, we will review forms of relief through which they may be reunified and can pursue safety and security in this country, as well as barriers to obtaining such relief. 

Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic legal mechanisms by which immigration enforcement separates families, and how they may be reunited.
  2. Have a basic knowledge of immigration benefits available to child victims of crime and certain family members.
  3. Be able to identify common hurdles and barriers to accessing immigration benefits.

Through The Eyes of a Child

Speaker(s): Sasha Joseph Neulinger, BA (Film Production)

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Trauma

Presentation Description: “Through The Eyes of a Child” aims to educate MDTs on the child’s experience of dealing with the system. In sharing an in depth account of his experience, Sasha breaks down what was helpful for him, what wasn’t helpful, and what MDTs can keep in mind to minimize secondary trauma when dealing with child victims.

Objectives:

  1. Be able to highlight the differences between perception and reality in these cases.
  2. Gain increased body language awareness.
  3. Learn effective engagement skills with child victims.

On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Words of Jesus

Speaker(s): Victor Vieth, JD, MA

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Spirituality

Presentation Description: Jesus was the descendant of sexually exploited women, narrowly survived a child homicide, and grew up to be the world’s most prominent defender of children. Jesus reserved his harshest words for those who abused or neglected children and went so far as to say our treatment of children says everything about our view of God. Although the early church took this message to heart and distinguished itself by its treatment of children, this message has been distorted or ignored by many modern Christian leaders. As a result, the church has often failed to protect children from abuse and, in many instances, has contributed to their maltreatment. Using the life and words of Jesus as a blueprint, this presentation sets forth a proposal for church reform to prevent many cases of abuse, improve the pastoral care of survivors of abuse, and witness to the world that faith shows itself in service to children.

Objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the prevalence and forms of child abuse at the time of Christ.
  2. Attendees will better understand the teachings of Jesus on children and how these teachings influenced the New Testament world to address child maltreatment.
  3. Using the teachings of Jesus as a blueprint, attendees will have concrete ideas for how the modern church can reform to prevent abuse and, where it can’t be prevented, to address the spiritual impact of trauma and to otherwise address the needs of maltreated children and adult survivors.

Expressive Arts for The Helping Professional

Speaker(s): Betsy Funk, LCSW, LIMHP, MPA, REAT

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:  

Track: Self-Care

Presentation Description: Participants will be invited into an engaging discussion and activity involving the use of the Expressive Arts as a method of self-care.

Objectives:

  1. Learn at least one new creative technique to process own feelings and thoughts regarding work related stress.
  2. Understand the purpose of the creative arts as a self-care tool for healing and stress relief.
  3. Identify how the arts experience can be utilized when working with victims of crime, especially children.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm — Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — Plenary Speaker: Donna Beegle, Ed.D

Working with Children and Families in Poverty

Speaker: Donna Beegle, Ed.D

Room:

Session Type: Plenary

CEUs Available:

Track: All

Presentation Description:  In this interactive segment, Dr. Beegle will provide participants with a poverty knowledge base necessary for improving successful outcomes for those facing poverty barriers. Participants will gain tools for understanding how the many different life experiences of poverty impact success and what they can do on an individual and organizational level to improve outcomes. Dr. Beegle will also share examples from those who are implementing her strategies and having success in removing poverty related obstacles.

Objectives:

  1. Develop a common definition of poverty and a common language to discuss issues with peers and partners.
  2. Gain an understanding of the different life experiences of poverty and how they impact success.
  3. Obtain concrete tools for building stronger relationships and communicating more effectively with those who live in the crisis of poverty.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Morning

7:30 am – 8:30 am — Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Plenary Speaker: Karen Vadino

Laughing Your Way To Stress Management

Speaker(s): Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPSII

Room:

Session Type: Plenary

CEUs Available:

Track: All

Presentation Description: Everyone loves to laugh. Laughter is enjoyable, but it is also a very healthy activity. Laughter reduces stress and relaxes us by lowering our levels of stress hormones. It also helps ease pain and fight illness. Laughter actually benefits us not only physically, but socially, intellectually and emotionally.

Objectives:

  1. To realize the effect of laughter on our attitude and consequently the effect of attitude on health and stress level.
  2. To become aware of what makes us laugh.
  3. To discover how laughter gives us hope and helps us think more positively.

9:30 am – 9:45 am — Break
9:45 am – 11:15 am — Foundational Breakout Sessions*

Beyond Images: Working with Families through Victimization of Pornography

Speaker(s): Iona Rudisill, LMSW

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Advocacy (ADV)

Presentation Description: Throughout the years, pornography has been misrepresented as a victimless crime that has minimized its impact on youth, their families and the community. Youth have been depicted in these images that have had a lasting affect, which has been occasionally misunderstood. Using a case scenario, throughout this presentation, participants will expand their knowledge about the realities of this crime and identify resources utilized in assisting in a comprehensive response.

Objectives:

  1. Appropriately define pornography as it relates to the victimization of youth and understand how this crime intersects with traditional forms of child sexual abuse.
  2. Clearly see how elements of this crime impact youth and families through the immediate and lifetime responses.
  3. Learn how to identify and utilize resources to support youth and their families.

Approaching Epidemic? Adolescent Opioid Use

Speaker(s): Lisa M. Paradis, LIMHP, LADC

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Medical (MED)

Presentation Description:  Opioid misuse has received nationwide attention as a healthcare epidemic.  Adolescent opioid use is a subset of this nationwide epidemic requiring further attention.  This presentation will appeal to a broad audience and attendees can expect to improve their overall awareness of this growing trend in adolescent substance use.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will receive education regarding the bio-psycho-social impact of adolescent opioid use.
  2. Participants will have improved awareness of signs and symptoms of adolescent opioid use.
  3. Participants will receive information as to effective interventions for adolescent opioid use.

Monster and Master Manipulator: Timothy Zollman Case Study

Speaker(s): Karen Gale and Chris Thomas, BA, MS

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Trauma (TRA)

Presentation Description: One complaint by a brave 7-year-old unearthed the identification and prosecution of a lifelong child predator rapist. The investigation uncovered multiple local minor victims that suffered at the hands of the predator.  Law enforcement uncovered several video recordings of the suspect raping his multiple victims. The victim-centered approach of the investigation led to a successful resolution ultimately putting the offender in federal prison for life.

Objectives:

  1. Overview on how a victim-centered and victim focused approach directly impacted the success of the case.
  2. Techniques to identify unknown victims in child pornography cases.
  3. Through the case study, the audience is provided a look into a true lifelong child predator/rapist.

The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse

Speaker(s): Julie Brand, MS

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Trauma (TRA)

Presentation Description: Our culture denies that mothers perpetrate sexual abuse; maternal incest frequently goes undetected.  This unique workshop examines the complex mother-daughter incestuous relationship, identifies therapeutic issues critical to victim recovery and offers strategies for prevention and intervention. The presenter is both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal abuse.

Objectives:

  1. Describe three interpersonal characteristics of the incestuous mother-daughter relationship.
  2. List two ways to include mothers as potential perpetrators in prevention programs and/or during sexual abuse investigations.
  3. Identify three therapeutic issues critical to victims’ recovery from mother-daughter sexual abuse.

Interview & Interrogation 2019: Honest Talk About False Confessions and How Real Cops Can Avoid Them

Speakers: Mike Krapfl & Jon Turbett

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Law Enforcement (LE)

Presentation Description:  Much has been said about false confessions in recent times. Several years ago the previously neglected topic made its way into daily conversations with the popularity of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer”. The December 2018 release of “The Innocent Man” has continued to cause a public stir and has further raised questions about the interview and interrogation techniques used by police officers. Mike Krapfl and Jon Turbett, both from The CTK Group, will discuss the truth about false confessions – but from the perspective of active certified officers that daily interview and interrogate individuals that have committed crimes but have no intention of confessing. Law enforcement training in this area has failed to be evidence-based, up-to-date, and effective. This presentation will take attendees into the interrogation room and provide no-nonsense and specific changes that officers on the street need to make immediately to be successful and avoid being suppressed.

Objectives:

  1. Explore the current landscape of interview and interrogation in the United States – specifically the increasing interest in false confessions by the public and our court system.
  2. Explain in simple terms the two overarching legal grounds for suppression of suspect confessions – and why so many officers instinctively default to using tactics that create those suppression arguments.
  3. Discuss specifically and practically how the street level officer can be extremely effective in the interrogation room – without doing and saying things that result in confessions being involuntary.

9:45 am – 11:15 am — Advanced Breakout Sessions**

Cultivating Awareness of Racial Microaggressions

Speaker(s): Jaymie Campbell, PhD

Room:             

Session Type: Advanced

CEUs Available:

Track: Advocacy (ADV)

Presentation Description: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to ways in which interpersonal implicit racial biases can have a harmful impact on people of color. Using lecture and media, the facilitator will guide participants into a deeper understanding of subtle, often unintentional negative racial messages, also known as microaggressions. Recognizing and discussing racial microaggressions is an effective point of entry for examining power, privilege, and perpetual racial inequities within an organization.

Objectives:

  1. Describe examples of racial microaggressions.
  2. Analyze the impact of racial microaggressions on People of Color.
  3. Understand CPR: The Racial Microaggressions Reparative Response Model.

Resilience After Working Child Victim Crimes and Mass Casualties

Speaker(s): Thomas Veivia, BA

Room:

Session Type: Advanced

CEUs Available:

Track: Law Enforcement (LE)

Presentation Description: This presentation will illustrate the impact of dealing with child victim crimes.  It is based upon the firsthand experience of the presenter, who was the Crimes Against Children Coordinator for the FBI in Connecticut and was the team leader for the FBI SWAT team that responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Newtown, CT.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the cumulative effects of dealing with and investigating child victim crimes.
  2. Understand how we process the various types of trauma, including secondary and vicarious traumas.
  3. Learners will be able to recognize behaviors in themselves and colleagues that indicate they need assistance in dealing with work-related trauma.

Advanced Medical Presentation

Information will be available soon.


Advanced Legal Presentation

Information will be available soon.


Advanced Trauma Presentation

Information will be available soon.


Lunch

11:15 am – 1:00 pm — Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Foundational Breakout Session (Afternoon)*

Beyond Images: Working with Families through Victimization of Pornography

Speaker(s): Iona Rudisill, LMSW

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Advocacy (ADV)

Presentation Description: Throughout the years, pornography has been misrepresented as a victimless crime that has minimized its impact on youth, their families and the community. Youth have been depicted in these images that have had a lasting affect, which has been occasionally misunderstood. Using a case scenario, throughout this presentation, participants will expand their knowledge about the realities of this crime and identify resources utilized in assisting in a comprehensive response.

Objectives:

  1. Appropriately define pornography as it relates to the victimization of youth and understand how this crime intersects with traditional forms of child sexual abuse.
  2. Clearly see how elements of this crime impact youth and families through the immediate and lifetime responses.
  3. Learn how to identify and utilize resources to support youth and their families.

Approaching Epidemic? Adolescent Opioid Use

Speaker(s): Lisa M. Paradis, LIMHP, LADC

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Medical (MED)

Presentation Description:  Opioid misuse has received nationwide attention as a healthcare epidemic.  Adolescent opioid use is a subset of this nationwide epidemic requiring further attention.  This presentation will appeal to a broad audience and attendees can expect to improve their overall awareness of this growing trend in adolescent substance use.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will receive education regarding the bio-psycho-social impact of adolescent opioid use.
  2. Participants will have improved awareness of signs and symptoms of adolescent opioid use.
  3. Participants will receive information as to effective interventions for adolescent opioid use.

Monster and Master Manipulator: Timothy Zollman Case Study

Speaker(s): Karen Gale and Chris Thomas, BA, MS

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Trauma (TRA)

Presentation Description: One complaint by a brave 7-year-old unearthed the identification and prosecution of a lifelong child predator rapist. The investigation uncovered multiple local minor victims that suffered at the hands of the predator.  Law enforcement uncovered several video recordings of the suspect raping his multiple victims. The victim-centered approach of the investigation led to a successful resolution ultimately putting the offender in federal prison for life.

Objectives:

  1. Overview on how a victim-centered and victim focused approach directly impacted the success of the case.
  2. Techniques to identify unknown victims in child pornography cases.
  3. Through the case study, the audience is provided a look into a true lifelong child predator/rapist.

The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse

Speaker(s): Julie Brand, MS

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Trauma (TRA)

Presentation Description: Our culture denies that mothers perpetrate sexual abuse; maternal incest frequently goes undetected.  This unique workshop examines the complex mother-daughter incestuous relationship, identifies therapeutic issues critical to victim recovery and offers strategies for prevention and intervention. The presenter is both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal abuse.

Objectives:

  1. Describe three interpersonal characteristics of the incestuous mother-daughter relationship.
  2. List two ways to include mothers as potential perpetrators in prevention programs and/or during sexual abuse investigations.
  3. Identify three therapeutic issues critical to victims’ recovery from mother-daughter sexual abuse.

Interview & Interrogation 2019: Honest Talk About False Confessions and How Real Cops Can Avoid Them

Speakers: Mike Krapfl & Jon Turbett

Room:

Session Type: Foundational

CEUs Available:

Track: Law Enforcement (LE)

Presentation Description:  Much has been said about false confessions in recent times. Several years ago the previously neglected topic made its way into daily conversations with the popularity of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer”. The December 2018 release of “The Innocent Man” has continued to cause a public stir and has further raised questions about the interview and interrogation techniques used by police officers. Mike Krapfl and Jon Turbett, both from The CTK Group, will discuss the truth about false confessions – but from the perspective of active certified officers that daily interview and interrogate individuals that have committed crimes but have no intention of confessing. Law enforcement training in this area has failed to be evidence-based, up-to-date, and effective. This presentation will take attendees into the interrogation room and provide no-nonsense and specific changes that officers on the street need to make immediately to be successful and avoid being suppressed.

Objectives:

  1. Explore the current landscape of interview and interrogation in the United States – specifically the increasing interest in false confessions by the public and our court system.
  2. Explain in simple terms the two overarching legal grounds for suppression of suspect confessions – and why so many officers instinctively default to using tactics that create those suppression arguments.
  3. Discuss specifically and practically how the street level officer can be extremely effective in the interrogation room – without doing and saying things that result in confessions being involuntary.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Advanced Breakout Session (Afternoon)**

Cultivating Awareness of Racial Microaggressions

Speaker(s): Jaymie Campbell, PhD

Room:             

Session Type: Advanced

CEUs Available:

Track: Advocacy (ADV)

Presentation Description: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to ways in which interpersonal implicit racial biases can have a harmful impact on people of color. Using lecture and media, the facilitator will guide participants into a deeper understanding of subtle, often unintentional negative racial messages, also known as microaggressions. Recognizing and discussing racial microaggressions is an effective point of entry for examining power, privilege, and perpetual racial inequities within an organization.

Objectives:

  1. Describe examples of racial microaggressions.
  2. Analyze the impact of racial microaggressions on People of Color.
  3. Understand CPR: The Racial Microaggressions Reparative Response Model.

Resilience After Working Child Victim Crimes and Mass Casualties

Speaker(s): Thomas Veivia, BA

Room:

Session Type: Advanced

CEUs Available:

Track: Law Enforcement (LE)

Presentation Description: This presentation will illustrate the impact of dealing with child victim crimes.  It is based upon the firsthand experience of the presenter, who was the Crimes Against Children Coordinator for the FBI in Connecticut and was the team leader for the FBI SWAT team that responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Newtown, CT.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the cumulative effects of dealing with and investigating child victim crimes.
  2. Understand how we process the various types of trauma, including secondary and vicarious traumas.
  3. Learners will be able to recognize behaviors in themselves and colleagues that indicate they need assistance in dealing with work-related trauma.

Advanced Medical Presentation

Information will be available soon.


Advanced Legal Presentation

Information will be available soon.


Advanced Trauma Presentation

Information will be available soon.


2:30 pm – 2:45 pm — Break
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm — Plenary Presentation: Mario Bonds

From Victim to Survivor

Speaker: Mario Bonds

Room:

Session Type: Plenary

CEUs Available:

Track: All

Presentation Description:  Bonds offers audiences an in depth look into the emotional, physical and sexual abuse he experienced as a child and teenager. With this presentation of survival, he inspires audiences to not let their “yesterday” conquer “today.” He illustrates methods he used to heal and move forward to reach success.

Objectives:

  1. The learner will have a “face of proof” of what can happen when advocates stay the course in helping child victims survive.
  2. Advocates will have additional steps to consider when guiding children through their healing process.
  3. Attendees will have a deeper understanding of the mind of a child victim as they travel the road to recovery.

* Foundational Sessions – In these sessions, basic working knowledge of the topic presented will be provided. These sessions will benefit those that are new to the field or topic being presented.

** Advanced Sessions – These sessions offer higher, more complex level of knowledge and understanding than the foundational level. For these sessions, it is assumed that the participant has basic working knowledge of the topic.

For this shadowing experience, I was able to shadow Nick Zadina, a training specialist at Project Harmony. The experience was by far one of my favorites. This experience helped sculpt my career path in that it made me realize there are so many options out there.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

We wish to thank you for your hospitality and the wonderful program and tour of Project Harmony. We are so fortunate to have an organization acting on the behalf of our children with such outstanding enthusiasm and dedication.

- Rotary Club of Omaha Northwest

Thank you so much for coming to Children’s and speaking to our staff. Your talk on “Understanding Poverty” was excellent, and I could see “wheels turning” as some staff members commented on simple ways their interactions might make a difference for children and parents.

- Patty Carrell, CMSW

I have felt that my input has been highly valued and respected when it comes to doing my job, and that is something that speaks volumes to the working environment here at Project Harmony.

- Brenda Jewell

We began collaborating with the Project Harmony through their Connections program last year, and we’ve continued the partnership. Connections represents an extremely valuable partnership and an opportunity to provide our students with a bridge to mental health services.

- Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Our experience and partnership with Project Harmony/Connections has been fantastic! It is a comfort knowing we have a partner who can connect our students and families with the appropriate resources in times of crisis or trauma.

- Millard Public Schools

This shadowing experience actually made me very interested in this field. One aspect that helped me narrow my choice of careers is the environment that Project Harmony had. It was very upbeat, cheerful and bright.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Project Harmony for planning and delivering professional development to our 70 counselors, social workers and community counselors. We feel fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community to partner with.

- Millard Public Schools

You have a top rate program – really national quality. I’m totally impressed.

- Lisa Fontes

At our last D2 Center Board meeting, I was describing the training and professional development we provide for our staff. At the top of the list was Project Harmony. Please know that you are providing an invaluable service to nonprofits in our community.

- Greg Emmel

Congratulations on the great media coverage of your Stewards class at Project Harmony on WOWT. You did a great job articulating the importance of prevention, and Susan was amazing too. Thank you so much for your partnership and all the important work you are doing.

- Cindy McElhinney – Darkness to Light

Just wanted to know that you made a difference in my life, and I will be using that momentum to make a difference in the lives of others. You are truly a rock star and a role model for me. Thank you for a new life I’m getting the chance to live.

- Anonymous

Many children through my caseload have received a backpack generously donated to the Project Harmony Triage Center. I have witnessed many faces light up when given the opportunity to pick out a new backpack, and I am very grateful for the generosity of the Junior League.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

I have never felt as valued at other organizations like I do at Project Harmony. I really feel that the culture of a working environment is incredibly important. If an employee feels respected, valued and supported, that person will likely give more to fulfill the mission.

- Javier Castellote

Nick and Javier were great teachers and role players. It gave us an opportunity to see how someone in that situation would have reacted to our questions. They did a great job at showing us the difference between sympathy and empathy.

- Anonymous

I was able to shadow Mr. Nick Zadina. He was in charge of dealing with abused kids and help them. I am thankful to know all the information I learned during shadowing because it was eye opening.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

The experience at Project Harmony was a deepening reminder of empathy that will be vital in my career as a nurse. I felt my perspective was widened on how others think, especially when discussing the assumptions we make.

- Anonymous

I didn’t know how many people work at Project Harmony, so I drew a lot to show how much Project Harmony means to me!

- Project Harmony Client

As difficult as a removal is on a child, the backpack they receive at Project Harmony provides a sense of belonging and hope. It truly is amazing something that seems so simple can change the perspective and shine light on these children.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

Great leadership for a wonderful cause with outstanding long-term goals. Keep on doing all the good you do.

- Bill & Jean O’Conner

Project Harmony is the reason I started my journey in college. I just finished my associates and I'm going for my bachelors now in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. Y'all helped my daughter back in early 2013 and I knew what I wanted to do with my life — help children.

- LaLa Ann

A young lady who works in our field told me that she loved what we do here at Project Harmony — she had been to Project Harmony seven years ago for a forensic interview. She said her positive experience was the biggest reason she is doing the work that she is today.

- Trainee

I found out that my foster son is going to have a forensic interview here at Project Harmony soon. It’s been interesting being on the other side of things and feeling so reassured that the child I care so deeply about is in very caring and capable hands.

- Jessica Kroeker

Nick demonstrated how one person could impact a huge group of student nurses by just attending his presentation. He gave me the reason, the courage to act, and the knowledge how to save victims that I will face in my future nursing career.

- Anonymous

I recently attended the Testifying Training course. Since that class I have been subpoenaed three times, and I had to testify at each hearing. Without this class I would have been less than prepared and too nervous to be credible. Thank you so much!

- Jenny Lewis

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The cycle of abuse does not have to continue, but we can’t end it alone. Anyone has the power to be someone who makes our community a safe place for all children.

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