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The Lecture Series is held at various times throughout the year in DCAC’s state-of-the-art training facility. The Lecture Series is designed for the sole purpose of providing training to only those people employed by governmental and nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, probation, parole, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime and whose intent is to help children in their healing process.

2017 Schedule

May 10, 2017  | Fire and Law Enforcement U/W SARR and Forensic Investigative Procedures for the Next Millennium
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May 10-11, 2017 | Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigations
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June 20, 2017 | Social Media, Digital Safety, and Kids: What's New, What's Now, What's Next?
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June 23, 2017 | Suffer from Burnout?  Give 'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!  
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July 14, 2017 | Dispatch to Verdict: Corroboration in Sexual Abuse Cases
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September 8, 2017 | Writing Search Warrants
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November 10, 2017 | Current Challenges in Child Abuse/Homicide Investigations and Prosecutions
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Details

Fire and Law Enforcement U/W SARR and Forensic Investigative Procedures for the Next Millennium

May 10, 2017 
6:00PM – 10:00PM  
Presenter: Andrea Zaferes 
Target Audience: DFPS, Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Medical

To register, click here.

This indoor workshop combines lecture and hands-on drills. It is an intensive, dynamic, state-of-the-art program by Andrea Zaferes, a 24 year veteran of the PSD field.

The following are examples of topics that will be addressed during the workshop in addition to answering your questions and concerns:

  • Homicidal Drowning Investigations
  • What must be photographed ASAP
  • Prove and document that your search was completely accurate. Prove: If you did not find it-- it was not there!
  • Aquatic witness interviewing skills
  • Evidence recovery and processing
  • Court-ready documentation of UW and top-side scene
  • Large area search operations
  • Blackwater and debris-filled dives
  • The most effective SARR procedures

Continuing Education Available: ABMDI, TCOLE, EMS–pending

Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigations

May 10-11, 2017 | Two-Day Training 
9:00AM – 4:00PM  Both Days 
Presenter: Andrea Zaferes 
Target Audience: DFPS, Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Medical

To register for the two-day session, click here.

Drowning is the second leading cause of “accidental” death to children in the U.S. and third for adults. As many as 20% of these drownings are the result of foul play. Sadly, our research has also found that very few drowning incidents are investigated, and those that are investigated are often conducted in hindsight when crucial scene evidence no longer exists. And even when cases are investigated, investigators are at a disadvantage because the chances of them having training on the specifics of homicidal drowning investigations are near to zero. Just as investigating motor vehicle fatalities requires specialized skills and knowledge, so does investigating drowning incidents. It is unlikely that there will be any signs of trauma, signs of a struggle, or other normal foul play signs on a homicidal drowning scene. Standard autopsies typically do not provide any evidence either. The medical examiner needs to be asked to check for specific signs. The reason so few cases are investigated and even fewer result in convictions, is because law enforcement personnel are not trained to know the red flags and do not have the enough knowledge about drowning and water dynamics to know if a witness statement can be true or not. Through in-depth study of case histories, attendees will learn state-of-the-art investigative procedures to investigate drownings, near-drownings, postmortem disposal, and evidence disposal.

12 hours of credit available for: TCOLE, CME, EMS, ABMDI Approved

Social Media, Digital Safety, and Kids: What's New, What's Now, What's Next?

June 20, 2017 
MORNING SESSION: 9:00AM - 12:00PM 
AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:00PM - 4:00PM  
Presenter: Katie L. Greer 
Target Audience: All disciplines

To register for the morning session, click here.

To register for the afternoon session, click here.

Studies show that kids ages 8-18 are spending an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of some screen; with that, the crimes associated with these ever changing technologies and social media quickly follow and evolve- maybe faster then we can keep up with. Today, working with and keeping our youth safe means being constantly aware of what they're doing online and figuring out ways we can help them have a safe, productive experience with technology. Attendees will leave with a good understanding of current app and social media trends- how and why they're being used- along with hot topic issues such as sexting, cyberbullying, and solicitation through new mediums.

This workshop is approved for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credit for the following organizations:

Suffer from Burnout?  Give 'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!  

June 23, 2017 
MORNING SESSION: 9:00AM - 11:00AM 
AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:00PM - 3:00PM  
Presenter: Mark Yarbrough 
Target Audience: All disciplines

To register for the morning session, click here.

To register for the afternoon session, click here.

Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.”  The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health.  But there’s good news -- burnout can be healed.  Former 20-year elected District Attorney, MARK YARBROUGH, from Littlefield, Texas (hometown of Waylon Jennings), personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!”  He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject.  Mark is a very entertaining, motivating and inspiring speaker.  He has taught thousands of people how to overcome Burnout -- from companies like Blue Bell Ice Cream and Xcel Energy, to teachers and doctors/nurses, to a variety of government workers (police officers, CPS workers, attorneys, victim’s rights advocates, counselors, mental health professionals, etc.).   Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof.  But more importantly, attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning how to apply Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from Burnout.  This is a training that you won’t want to miss!

This workshop is approved for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for the following organizations:

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) -- PENDING
  • Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (LMSW)
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)

Dispatch to Verdict: Corroboration in Sexual Abuse Cases

Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Presenters: Nancy Hebert and Sr. Sgt. Todd Hoff
Target Audience: All audiences

To register, click here.

What do law enforcement, CPS, forensic interviewers, therapists, SANE nurses, and prosecutors have in common when it comes to child sexual abuse? They are all MDT members who within their independent disciplines ensure a child’s well-being and enhance a child’s credibility through the development of corroborating evidence.  This training will consist of real life case examples that demonstrate how unexpected evidence will impact an investigation or a trial.  Examples will include how graphic videos, DNA collection, SANE exams, information from forensic interviews, and even one page from school records became vital corroborating evidence.  Many times verdicts depend on the child’s credibility.  This presentation includes a case study and emphasizes ways to develop corroborating evidence to provide a safety net of credibility for the child.

This workshop is approved for 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit for the following organizations:

  • Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (LMSW)
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Writing Search Warrants

Friday, September 8, 2017
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Presenters: Lindsey Roberts and L.E. "Ted" Wilson
Target Audience: Law Enforcement, Prosecution

To register, click here.

This course is designed to show officers and prosecutors how to draft affidavits and search warrants that will meet any attack from the defense in a Motion to Suppress. The instructors walk the students through the entire process of gathering sufficient probable cause, articulating that probable cause in a search warrant affidavit, and insuring that the search warrant authorizes the officer to search and seize all contraband and evidence relevant to the investigation. Common and not-so-common mistakes are discussed and the students are given various affidavits and search warrants for their review to see if they can spot mistakes and potential challenges. Solutions are then provided which show how to properly write the affidavit and search warrant in the various scenarios. Each student will receive a 40+ page paper titled “How to Write a Search Warrant” that covers all of the essentials to drafting a legally sound affidavit and search warrant. Ultimately, prosecutors and law enforcement will gain confidence and expertise in writing search warrants and defending their affidavits in court.

Current Challenges in Child Abuse/Homicide Investigations and Prosecutions

Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Presenters: Reade Quinton, M.D., Nancy Oglesby, and Michael Milnor
Target Audience: All audiences

Current Challenges in Child Abuse 
This workshop will discuss the current challenges to investigators and forensic pathologists in the investigation of child abuse and neglect.  Hot topics in these investigations include mechanisms of abusive head trauma (including “shaking”), sources of subdural hemorrhage, significance of retinal hemorrhage, and analysis of “short falls” and other proposed mechanisms of injury.

Child Homicide Investigations and Prosecutions 
Child homicide is not only emotional for investigators and prosecutors, but also some of the most difficult investigations and prosecutions. This presentation will discuss methods of establishing timelines and dealing with parents and families, (who are often suspects.) The presenters will discuss the importance of the physical evidence as well as the spontaneous statements made at the scene to first responders. The art of interrogation and interview in these difficult investigations will also be discussed in detail. Finally, the team approach between the prosecution and law enforcement will be stressed in all successful investigations.

This workshop is approved for 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit for the following organizations:

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)  
  • Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (LMSW)
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)

To register, click here.