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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.

Coming Up

February 24, 2017 | Strangulation: A Hidden Crime

March 21, 2017 | Social Worker Safety

April 24-25, 2017 | Advanced TF-CBT

May 10-11 2017 | Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigations

June 23, 2017 | Suffer from Burnout?  Give 'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!  

September 8, 2017 | Writing Search Warrents

November 10, 2017 | Current Challenges in Child Abuse


Strangulation: A Hidden Crime

February 24, 2017
9:00AM – 4:00PM 
Presenter: Kelsey McKay
Target Audience: All disciplines

To register, click here.

Over the last decade, as felony strangulation statutes have been enacted throughout the country, communities have been shocked at the devastating prevalence in which this disturbing assault exists between intimate partners. Through proper training, responders have started to better identify this often missed and lethal crime—finally giving this crime and the victims a voice. The next step is to educate those working in the child population so that we can recognize and better document when children have been either victims or witnesses to strangulation. 

Social Worker Safety

March 21, 2017
9:00AM – 4:00PM 
Presenter: Jim Holler
Target Audience: CPS, Social Workers

To register, click here.

Each day thousands of Child Protective Services workers (CPS) and other social workers make home visits in the United States. During these visits they investigate allegations of abuse and sexual assault, update safety plans for children, and monitor on-going foster care. Social workers are at risk for hostile behavior from the public when visiting clients. This workshop will address safety concerns from the law enforcement perspective by providing social workers with important safety related information that they can utilize each time they make a home visit on their own. The workshop will provide social workers with ways they can identify potentially harmful conditions and defuse volatile situations when encountered.

6 hours of credit available for: LPC, LMFT, LMSW

Advanced TF-CBT

April 24-25 | Two-Day Training 
9:00AM – 4:00PM  
Presenter: Kelly Wilson 
Target Audience: All disciplines

To register, click here.

This two-day training will focus on the key components of TF-CBT: pairing gradual exposure with coping skills to move through the model in a reasonable timeframe; creative ways for developing trauma narratives; advanced cognitive processing techniques; and the importance of the integration phase of treatment. Participants will be able to individualize and structure the final third of treatment focusing on the integration of traumatic experiences and generalized use of coping skills.

12 hours of credit available for: LPC, LMFT, LMSW

Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigations

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

To register, 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

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

June 23, 2017 
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)

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

Friday, November 10, 2017
Time TBA
Presenter: TBA
Target Audience: TBA

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