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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

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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Dispatch to Verdict: Corroboration in Sexual Abuse Cases

Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Presenters: Nancy Hebert and Nikki Neeley
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.