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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.

2018 Schedule

May 10, 2018 | Current Perspectives on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity & Trauma
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May 21, 2018 | Child Death Investigations
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June 5, 2018 | Unlocking Suicidal Secrets: New Thoughts on Old Problems in Suicide Prevention
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June 21, 2018 | Sex Offenders: What Judges, Lawyers, Investigators and Child Advocates Should Know
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September 7, 2018 | Writing Search Warrants
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Current Perspectives on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity & Trauma 

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Presenters: Al Killen-Harvey

For children and youth who experience interpersonal trauma (physical/sexual/emotional abuse, neglect and/or domestic violence) issues of sexual orientation and or gender identity (SOGI) may arise. The actual or perceived SOGI of the youth may have made them more vulnerable to the traumatic experience or it may not be related but is another complicating factor in the investigative or therapeutic process. Many organizations/agencies continue to struggle to create environments that are more welcoming and supportive for SOGI youth. This all day workshop will explore the high degree of risk of abuse faced by SOGI youth. This workshop will provide an overview of the changing landscape of issues related to SOGI including new terminology (words, acronyms) as well as current legislation enacted in several states to further protect these youth. Standards of Care for Transgender individuals as well as SOGI youth in foster care will be highlighted. Additionally, there will be an exploration of the unique challenges faced by SOGI youth of color. Participants will be encouraged to consider their own knowledge, comfort and willingness to create truly inclusive response systems to this highly vulnerable population.

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)

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 Child Death Investigations  

Monday, May 21, 2018
Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Presenters: Denise Bertone

More information to come.

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Unlocking Suicidal Secrets: New Thoughts on Old Problems in Suicide Prevention 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Presenters: Shawn Shea

This full-day workshop provides front-line clinicians with the state of the art skills necessary to tackle some of the most difficult clinical situations facing experienced clinicians regarding suicide assessment and prevention, documentation of risk, treatment planning, and building resiliency.

Topics include:
- The Art of Matrix Planning and the Quest for Happiness: Suicide Prevention in a New Light
- New Thoughts on Using Risk and Protective Factors in Suicide Assessment and the Art of Sound Documentation
- Innovative Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Suicidal Ideation and Other Sensitive Material
- The Delicate Art of Eliciting Suicidal Ideation- The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events

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)

To register, click here.


Sex Offenders: What Judges, Lawyers, Investigators and Child Advocates Should Know 

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Presenters: Cory Jewell Jensen

Sex crime investigators, criminal justice professionals, probation officers, child welfare workers and child advocates should be familiar the various theories about the etiology of pedophilia and development of pro-offending attitudes, plus the more typical patterns of sexual offending committed by both juvenile and adult sex offenders. This presentation will highlight (via video taped interviews with various sex offenders) some of the more common pathways to developing deviant sexual interests and criminal sexual behavior patterns. In addition, the presenter will review various studies that examined the number of detected vs. undetected offenses occurring in our communities, the true rate of false allegations and the average degree of “cross-over” or “crime switching” behavior sex offenders engage in that go undetected. The misconceptions about “re-offense” and “recidivism” rates and the expected outcomes for sex offender treatment will also be reviewed.

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)

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Writing Search Warrants  

Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Presenters: Ted "L.E." Wilson and Lindsey Roberts

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.

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) -- PENDING
  • Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) -- PENDING

To register, click here.