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DCAC's commitment to the safety of children extends beyond those served at the Center. DCAC equip communities and schools with the tools and resources they need to recognize and report child abuse.

The Education Team offers a Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse seminar to teach the signs and symptoms of child abuse.

If you work for a school, daycare, after-school program, church, or any organization serving children, let us help you train your staff on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse. Email us at education@dcac.org.

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions (or programs) for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the program bulletin (or in the catalogue or Website). The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


Lecture Series

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.

There is no cost to attend but participants must pre-register online. 

Registration is limited to professionals employed in governmental and non-profit agencies who work directly with children and families. Please note, some training's are further restricted to only those professionals 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 whose intent is to help children in their healing process. DCAC staff reserves the right to refuse registration and/or admission to any individual who does not meet these criteria. If you have any questions about your registration, please email Dianna Smoot at dsmoot@dcac.org.


JANUARY

AGES AND STAGES OF CHILD SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT BEHAVIOR: WHAT’S NORMAL AND WHAT’S NOT 
OVERVIEW OF PROBLEMATIC SEXUALIZED BEHAVIOR SERVICES AT DCAC 

Training Type: Lecture Series
January 14, 2019
9:00 am-12:00 PM
OR
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Breakfast will be served at 8:30am for the morning session
Lunch will be served at 12:30pm for the afternoon session

A developmental perspective will guide this discussion of normative and concerning sexual behaviors during childhood. This presentation will discuss introductory information regarding sexual development and behavior. Each developmental stage (infants, toddlers and preschoolers, young children, school-age children, and adolescents) will be explored including normal sexual behaviors and those that could be red flags of abuse. Strategies for addressing sexual behaviors will also be reviewed. Finally, several case examples will be discussed and evaluated on a continuum of sexual behaviors using an interactive audience response system. Handouts will be provided for normative/concerning sexual behaviors at each developmental stage. 

  • More than 1/3 of sexual offenses against child victims are committed by other youth* 
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior primarily occurs with other children known by the youth, with a quarter of victims being family members. 
  • Data indicates that 20-25% of cases handled by CAC’s, youth or children under age 18 have acted out against another child** 

DCAC and the Dallas County Juvenile Department are working collectively with community agencies to determine how to better serve youth with PSB. DCAC recognizes the lack of services within this population and is using current research to provide treatment designed to treat youth with PSB and to assist their caregivers. Come learn about the services DCAC can offer these families. 

Lisa Schuster is a pediatric psychologist working in the REACH (Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children) Clinic at Children’s Medical Center Dallas where she specializes in child maltreatment. In this role, she assesses children with concerns of abuse or neglect for difficulties in social-emotional or behavioral functioning and evaluates safety, adjustment, and psychosocial risk factors. 

Jennifer Sherenian serves as the Problematic Sexualized Behavior (PSB) Coordinator at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). Prior to serving as the PSB Coordinator, Jennifer served as a Family Advocate and Education Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies. 

Kelly Slaven, LCSW Supervisor, is the Chief Clinical Officer at Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC). In her current role at DCAC, Kelly supervises over 30 clinicians and students, supervising over 17,000 clinical hours, who provide evidence-based treatment for the worst child abuse cases in the Dallas area. Kelly has been a social worker in the field of family violence for the past 15 years as the Director of Clinical Services at DCAC and Director of Clinical and Professional Services at Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support before that. Kelly is an EMDR Consultant and TF-CBT Certified. 

To register, please click here:

MORNING SESSION: http://www.cvent.com/d/6bqgyp/1Q (FULL) 
AFTERNOON SESSION: http://www.cvent.com/d/nbq60z/1Q 

5 B’S OF CHILD PHYSICAL ABUSE: BRUISES, BURNS, BONES, BELLIES, AND BRAINS 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime** 

January 29, 2019
9:00 am-12:00 PM
Breakfast will be served at 8:30am

This presentation will review the variety of injuries seen in cases of child physical abuse. The discussion will be case-based and include examples of abusive and non-abusive injuries. The lecture will be geared for CPS workers, law enforcement investigators, and attorneys to learn the basic aspects of child physical abuse injuries. 

Kristen Reeder is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician with the REACH (Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children) Team at Children's Health - Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Plano. Through her work, Dr. Reeder medically evaluates children with concerns of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and failure to thrive. She has given numerous presentations to community partners including law enforcement agencies, CPS, and hospital staff on the medical aspects of child abuse, has presented multiple times at grand rounds, and frequently leads didactic sessions for residents and medical students. 

To register, please click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/rbqghr/1Q

FEBRUARY

IMPROVING COURTROOM TESTIMONY 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime**
February 21, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to prepare for testifying in court and how to handle themselves in a direct and cross examination. 

Victor Vieth is a former prosecutor who gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in rural communities. He went on to direct the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, a program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). He worked with the NDAA and Winona State University in developing the National Child Protection Training Center, which is now a program of Gundersen Health System. 

Registration will be opened by January 16, 2019. 

MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE MDTs 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime**
February 22, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 

Students will be given concrete ideas for making established teams function as a unit during the investigation and prosecution stages of a child abuse case. Also included will be team approaches for interviewing children, collecting collaborating evidence, and putting together a strong, solid case. Attendees will also learn steps to build team unity, avoid burnout, and involve the community in efforts to protect children. 

Victor Vieth is a former prosecutor who gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in rural communities. He went on to direct the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, a program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). He worked with the NDAA and Winona State University in developing the National Child Protection Training Center, which is now a program of Gundersen Health System. 

Registration will be opened by January 16, 2019. 

EMPATHY BASED INTERROGATION 

Training Type: Host site Only
February 25-27, 2019 

This course is team-taught by career law enforcement officers and a career prosecutor. It is heavily focused on interrogation techniques in sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse/child homicide cases as well as the specific challenges of interviewing juvenile suspects. 

Empathy-based interrogation (EBI) is a method that results in a non-confrontational, conversational tone that will keep suspects talking longer. EBI instructs interviewers how to develop corroboration strategies that will increase information, both for investigative leads and to lay a solid foundation for a prosecutor to develop a strong cross-examination of the suspect at trial. 

Participants will have several opportunities to participate in mock-interrogations throughout the 3-day course. 

Cost: $450/person 

To register, please visit: https://www.justice3d.com/event/empathy-based-interrogations-3/

MARCH

CURRENT PERSPECTIVES ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND TRAUMA 

Training Type: Lecture Series
March 7, 2019 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 

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. 

Al Killen-Harvey is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 21 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital where he currently serves as the Lead Trainer under two federally funded grants designed to improve Trauma Informed care in Child Welfare and Mental Health systems across the United States. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach as well as a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity. 

To register, please click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/cbqb3q/1Q

APRIL

CHILD ABDUCTION RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING (CART) 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime**
April 1-4, 2019
8:00AM- 5:00 PM Monday-Wednesday
8:00AM-12:00PM Thursday
Lunch will be served at 12:00 daily 

Develop a multidisciplinary approach for responding to a missing or abducted child incident. Learn how relationships across disciplines and jurisdictions can greatly improve the team’s ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child. 

Representatives from: law enforcement; legal agencies; probation and parole; communications; victim advocates; social service agencies; emergency management personnel to include fire/rescue and search and recovery units; school resource officers; and other key stakeholders that the CART Coordinator and CEO(s) identify as necessary to a CART’s overall ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child. This is a 3.5-day training program. 

To register, visit: https://ncjtc.fvtc.edu/training/details/TR00000121/TRI0007995/child-abduction-response-team 

Deadline to Register: February 22, 2019

 

CART COMMANDER TRAINING 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime**
April 5, 2019
8:00AM- 5:00 PM
Lunch will be served at 12:00 

The CART Commander plays a critical role in organization and installation of a successful Child Abduction Response Team (CART). As a prospective Child Abduction Response Team (CART) leader, you will learn about the command supervisory duties related to the development, sustainment, and deployment of the CART. You will gather best practices from other commanders and discuss lessons learned in the development of their team’s multi-disciplinary approach for responding to a missing or abducted child incident. Tools will be provided to help you organize training and prepare for the planning process of CART certification. 

Representatives from: law enforcement; legal agencies; probation and parole; communications; victim advocates; social service agencies; emergency management personnel to include fire/rescue and search and recovery units; school resource officers; and other key stakeholders that the CART Coordinator and CEO(s) identify as necessary to a CART’s overall ability to be successful in the recovery of a missing or abducted child. 

To register, visit: https://ncjtc.fvtc.edu/training/details/TR00007998/TRI0008076/cart-commander 

Deadline to Register: February 22, 2019 


THE ANALYSIS OF PATTERNS OF DECEPTION AND DENIAL AMONG SEX OFFENDERS 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime**
April 15-16, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 daily

In this training, Dr. Turner provides training in the APODD, a research-based instrument for use in interviewing and interrogating adults suspected of sexual offenses. The instrument was created by analysis of interviews and interrogations made with adult male suspects accused of sexual offenses who are interviewed but not charged. The purpose of the research is to compare the response patterns of this group of individuals with a group of offenders that have been convicted who are still denying their offenses. These two groups represent, in the research, an “innocent” group versus a “guilty” group. 

The research has examined 12 denial response patterns that are frequently utilized by guilty sex offenders who continue to lie and deny their guilt (ex., blaming someone else for the abuse, claiming memory loss, denigrating the victim). Findings have shown that the way in which innocent persons truthfully deny their guilt is fundamentally different from the way guilty individuals do so, especially in the context of sex offenses. The purpose of this research is to create an instrument that law enforcement officers, investigators, and others who work in this field can score and use in an interview that will allow them to determine whether the person they are interviewing is responding in a manner like guilty individuals or innocent suspects. While no instrument can never be perfectly accurate, it will provide a scientific tool to law enforcement that will allow them to confront suspects with data backed by science. The only other scientifically supported instrument used in this manner is a polygraph, and polygraphs are expensive, stationary, and require a trained individual (they are also not admissible in court). This instrument is one piece of paper that takes approximately 11 seconds to score (a series of checkmarks next to the 12 methods of deception). 

Darrel Turner is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in the field of sexual abuse of children by conducting research, consulting, and testifying as an expert witness in a variety of state and federal courts. He is frequently an invited speaker and provides training for various agencies across the country and overseas on topics such as grooming, recantation, detecting deception, and best practices in contact and child pornography offender risk assessments. He has worked with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, NCIS, and state and local law enforcement and attorneys as both a consulting expert and evaluating expert. Prior to beginning graduate school, Dr. Turner worked with local law enforcement in a Cold Case Homicide Unit and worked undercover vice and narcotics details. 

To register, please click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/8bqb3z/1Q 


PTSD: WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE HEADED 

Training Type: Lecture Series
April 26, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00

This one-day workshop will provide an overview of current understanding about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and include clarification of diagnosis, prevalence, comorbidity and population-specific considerations. The latest assessment and intervention guidelines will be reviewed. The presentation will include up-to-date research and conclude with future directions in the field of trauma as well as resources currently available for providers and clients. 

Amy M. Williams, Ph.D., is the clinic director of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare. Prior to opening the clinic in 2016, she was a clinical psychologist in independent practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. She is currently volunteer faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center and has been adjunct faculty at the University of North Texas. Dr. Williams has authored articles and chapters and served as a consultant on numerous grants related to the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is a national trainer in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and is the chief liaison with the state of Texas community mental health initiative to implement CPT in its system. 

To register, please click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/ybqb3w/1Q

MAY

INTEGRATING SEXUAL HEALTH PRACTICES 

Training Type: Lecture Series
INVITATION ONLY
May 9-10, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 daily 

More information to come. 

Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment. 

Al Killen-Harvey is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 21 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital where he currently serves as the Lead Trainer under two federally funded grants designed to improve Trauma Informed care in Child Welfare and Mental Health systems across the United States. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Long Beach as well as a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity. Registration will be opened through an invitation-only process. DO IT WELL, MAKE IT FUN Training Type: Lecture Series Invitation only May 31, 2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am. This presentation will show staff and leaders how combining excellence and fun helps to manage stress, communicate more effectively, and improve the work environment. With a master’s degree in social work, Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE spent the first part of his career working in a large hospice organization as a clinical social worker, middle manager, and senior leader. As a speaker, humorist, and author of four books including, Do it Well. Make it Fun. The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between, Ron’s mission is to change the workplace culture so that organizations are more productive, and staff are more content. He was the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association and is a recognized expert on the benefits of humor and laughter. 

*Registration will be opened through an invitation-only process.*

JUNE

DO IT WELL, MAKE IT FUN 

Training Type: Lecture Series
INVITATION ONLY
May 31, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am

This presentation will show staff and leaders how combining excellence and fun helps to manage stress, communicate more effectively, and improve the work environment. 

With a master’s degree in social work, Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE spent the first part of his career working in a large hospice organization as a clinical social worker, middle manager, and senior leader. As a speaker, humorist, and author of four books including, Do it Well. Make it Fun. The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between, Ron’s mission is to change the workplace culture so that organizations are more productive, and staff are more content. He was the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association and is a recognized expert on the benefits of humor and laughter. 

Registration will be opened through an invitation-only process. 

GEMS: VICTIM, SURVIVOR LEADER 

Training Type: Lecture Series
INVITATION ONLY
June 13-14, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm daily 

More information to come. 

At age 22, Rachel Lloyd, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, arrived in the US. While working for an organization serving adult women emerging from the commercial sex industry, Rachel was spending nights on the streets doing outreach and days visiting Rikers prison and homeless shelters. After participating in Out From the Shadows, the first International Summit of Sexually Exploited Youth in Canada in 1998, Rachel saw that providing shelter and food to individual survivors, while critical, was not enough. There needed to be a true cultural change in how victims and survivors were viewed. Inspired by the summit and the other young adult survivors she met, Rachel also knew that all these efforts needed to have survivors at the forefront. So with $30 and a borrowed computer, Rachel founded GEMS, on her kitchen table and created an organization that has: Created a place of safety and support for thousands of girls and young women; Passed legislation that finally protects children; Reached millions of Americans through awareness and cultural change efforts; Created the survivor leadership movement; and Permanently changed the conversation and landscape on CSE (Commercial Sexual Exploitation) and domestic trafficking in the U.S. 

Registration will be opened through an invitation-only process. 


AQUATIC DEATH AND HOMICIDAL DROWNING INVESTIGATIONS 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for professionals working with child victims of crime** 
June 27-28, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm daily 

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. 

Andrea Zaferes began teaching diving with Dr. Lee Somers and Karl Huggins at the University of Michigan’s Scientific Diving Program. She served as a Diving Safety Officer for the American Museum of Natural History’s Animal Behavior Research Department and had three research papers published by the age of 22. She took her first diving rescue course at age 16 with Walt Butch Hendrick. Since that time, she has become Vice President of Lifeguard Systems Inc. and RIPTIDE Inc, a course director and instructor trainer, a well published author, a noted public speaker, an award winner, a program designer, and is one of the leading trainers in the international water rescue and recovery industries today. 

Andrea teaches over hundreds of police, fire, EMS, military, and USCG personnel annually throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Caribbean. Andrea, Vice President of Lifeguard Systems and RIPTIDE, a NAUI & ACUC course director, and a PADI, DAN, and Red Cross Instructor, teaches approximately 1000 surface rescue and dive personnel annually. She co-authored with Walt Hendrick such videos and books as Surface Ice Rescue, Scuba Instructor Readiness Series, Field Neurological Evaluations, Public Safety Dive Operations, Blackwater Contingency, and Homicidal Drowning Investigator, was the managing editor of SORTIE Magazine, she manages the www.wateroperation.com discussion group, and has over 100 published articles. She is a noted public speaker, is an award winner, and is a NYS EMT. Her main mission is to keep you alive and well. 

To register please click here. http://www.cvent.com/d/5bqb3s/1Q 


FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT U/W SARR 

Training Type: Lecture Series
**Restricted for Dive Team Professionals** 
June 27, 2019
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm

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

Andrea Zaferes began teaching diving with Dr. Lee Somers and Karl Huggins at the University of Michigan’s Scientific Diving Program. She served as a Diving Safety Officer for the American Museum of Natural History’s Animal Behavior Research Department and had three research papers published by the age of 22. She took her first diving rescue course at age 16 with Walt Butch Hendrick. Since that time, she has become Vice President of Lifeguard Systems Inc. and RIPTIDE Inc, a course director and instructor trainer, a well published author, a noted public speaker, an award winner, a program designer, and is one of the leading trainers in the international water rescue and recovery industries today. 

Andrea teaches over hundreds of police, fire, EMS, military, and USCG personnel annually throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Caribbean. Andrea, Vice President of Lifeguard Systems and RIPTIDE, a NAUI & ACUC course director, and a PADI, DAN, and Red Cross Instructor, teaches approximately 1000 surface rescue and dive personnel annually. She co-authored with Walt Hendrick such videos and books as Surface Ice Rescue, Scuba Instructor Readiness Series, Field Neurological Evaluations, Public Safety Dive Operations, Blackwater Contingency, and Homicidal Drowning Investigator, was the managing editor of SORTIE Magazine, she manages the www.wateroperation.com discussion group, and has over 100 published articles. She is a noted public speaker, is an award winner, and is a NYS EMT. Her main mission is to keep you alive and well. 

To register, please click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/zbqb33/1Q

JULY

SAFETY AND THE DIGITAL AGE: WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NOW, WHAT’S NEXT 

Training Type: Lecture Series
July 8, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am 
OR 
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm 

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 everchanging technologies and social media quickly follow and evolve- maybe faster than 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. 

Katie L. Greer has provided nearly a decade of Internet/technology safety education to schools, law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and at national conference throughout the United States and Canada. Her unique professional, education, and personal background has resulted in dynamic programs aimed at protecting children. Her experience includes: 

- Recognized national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology, advising various governmental and private agencies
- Former Intelligence Analyst, Massachusetts State Police - Former Director of Internet Safety, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
- Presented to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, educators, and child protection professionals across the country
- Featured in USA Today, TIME Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, CNN, Inside Edition and many more. 

To register for the MORNING session, click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/xbqb3d/1Q 
To register for the AFTERNOON session, click here: http://www.cvent.com/d/3bqb3c/1Q

SEPTEMBER

WRITING SEARCH WARRANTS

Training Type: Lecture Series
INVITATION ONLY
September 26-27, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 daily 

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 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. The instructors will task participants with writing a search warrant before the conclusion of day 1—participants will then receive feedback on their search warrant the following day. Due to the interactive nature of this training, class size will be extremely limited. 

Lindsey Roberts: Having served fifteen years as a prosecutor in Dallas and Williamson Counties and five years as the Director of Training for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, Roberts is able to provide critical insight in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of cases. Lindsey completed his prosecutorial career as the First Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County, Texas and brings with him a unique blend of trial and appellate expertise. 

L.E. “Ted” Wilson: A retired Chief of the Special Crimes Bureau at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office with 34 years of experience, Wilson is a veteran lecturer to law enforcement on search and seizure related issues. He is the co-author of Warrants Manual for Arrest, Search and Seizure, a basic “how to” guide through the often-confusing world to search and seizure with a warrant. 

Registration will be opened through an invitation-only process.

DCAC Internal Training

DCAC INTERNAL TRAININGS SCREENING FOR SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE FIELD

Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to professionals working for DFPS** 

All children on every DFPS case should be screened for sexual abuse at some point during the investigation. Many DFPS workers are unsure as to how to do this properly without going too far and interfering with the detailed interview that will be needed by law enforcement if a disclosure is made. This presentation is a condensed version of the full course, "P.R.O.T.E.C.T. Interviewing and Screening in the Field: A Guide for Dallas County Department of Family and Protective Services" and will focus entirely on teaching DFPS workers how to properly screen children for sexual abuse when interviewing children in the field. 

Participants will learn how to properly screen using acceptable methods, what important questions need to be asked if a child does disclose, and when to stop, contact law enforcement and request a detailed forensic interview from the forensic interview team at DCAC. A Screening Packet created by DCAC will be given to each attendee with information including important phone numbers, an overview of the sexual abuse screening procedures and helpful flashcards to assist in conducting a truth/lie scenario with children. 

9:00 am – 12:00pm
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am 

February 6: http://www.cvent.com/d/0bqgp7/1Q 
April 8: http://www.cvent.com/d/gbqb3m/1Q 
July 22: http://www.cvent.com/d/hbqb3k/1Q 
November 11: http://www.cvent.com/d/7bqb3k/1Q 

I CAN’T ASK THAT: ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FORENSIC INTERVIEW 
Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**

 The information we can gather from a child can sometimes be the most critical piece of evidence in an investigation, but it can also be what draws more attacks from defense attorneys in the courtroom. It's for this reason that it is critical to have well trained neutral third-party professionals gather information from children in a non-leading and legally-defensible manner. There really is a purpose to everything the interviewers do and say when talking with a child. This course is designed to give participants an in-depth view into the field of forensic interviewing. This course is not intended to teach participants to conduct forensic interviews, but rather to help them better understand the process and the role it plays in the criminal and civil investigation as well as the laws and relevant research that guides best practice. The goal is to have MDT members armed with information to help them work seamlessly with the forensic interview team by knowing the limits of what can be asked and what children should be expected to answer. Topics will include a history of the evolution of forensic interviewing, protocol, legalities and limitations, child development, memory and suggestibility, and video clips. 

9:00 am – 1:00pm
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm 
March 4: http://www.cvent.com/d/wbqb39/1Q 

SEXUAL ABUSE DYNAMICS TRAINING  

Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**

In a perfect world, every child abuse investigation would be easy to investigate and could be presented without imperfection on a silver platter to the district attorney's office for prosecution. From there, each case would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law without the child having to ever see the inside of the courtroom, juries would always do the right thing, and offenders would get their sentence and never again hurt a child. Unfortunately, that is not the reality. 

Child sexual abuse cases are some of the hardest cases to investigate and prosecute. It is most often a crime of secrecy, isolation, manipulation, and extreme pre-meditation. The emotional effects of sexual abuse last far longer than the physical act and can affect victims for their entire life. This training will discuss all the complicated dynamics of sexual abuse and how they affect whether or not children will disclose, when they disclose, and how they disclose. Participants will be armed with information that will help them evaluate children's statements and make case decisions that both protect children and seek justice for offenders. 

Topics include:
Part 1: Basic Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse and the Process of Disclosure
Part 2: Grooming Behavior and Its Effect on Disclosures
Part 3: Compliant Victims
Part 4: Recantation: When a Child Takes It Back
Part 5: Traumatic Effects and Treatment of Child Abuse 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
February 19: http://www.cvent.com/d/1bqb3l/1Q 
May 28: http://www.cvent.com/d/lbqb30/1Q 


ABUSIVE MINDS THINK ALIKE 

Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**

For many years domestic violence and child abuse have been investigated, treated and prosecuted in silos. 

The truth is that at DCAC we are finding that 40% of client’s safe caregivers have experienced domestic violence. It is time to break the silos. This workshop will cover basic dynamics of domestic violence and child abuse and the overlap of both. The correlation of the similarities in the characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patterns, victim grooming, recantation and compliant victim characteristic to those that also exist in domestic violence. Attendees will be able to identify multiple similarities between these two types of offenders. 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Registration will open on January 9, 2019.
February 6: http://www.cvent.com/d/2bqb30/1Q 
May 6: http://www.cvent.com/d/rbqb30/1Q

DCAC New Team Member Orientation

NEW TEAM MEMBER ORIENTATION 

Training Type: Internal Training
**This training is limited to DCAC staff and official MDT partners only**
8:15 am – 1:30 pm
Breakfast and lunch will be served

Are you new to the child abuse field, DCAC model or the multidisciplinary team? If so, please join us for New Team Member Orientation. This orientation provides a better understanding of crimes against children, the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) investigative process, and services offered at the Center. You will walk away from orientation with a better understanding of available resources, the role you play in the process and how it all comes together in the end. 

January 23: http://www.cvent.com/d/cbqghv/1Q 
February 27: http://www.cvent.com/d/dbqg0v/1Q 
March 27: http://www.cvent.com/d/bbqg05/1Q 
April 24: http://www.cvent.com/d/nbqg05/1Q 
May 22: http://www.cvent.com/d/0bqg0t/1Q 
June 26: http://www.cvent.com/d/rbqg0t/1Q 
July 24: http://www.cvent.com/d/1bqg0g/1Q 
August 28: http://www.cvent.com/d/xbqgpy/1Q 
September 25: http://www.cvent.com/d/zbqgph/1Q 
October 23: http://www.cvent.com/d/fbqgph/1Q 
November 20: http://www.cvent.com/d/hbqgph/1Q 
December 11: http://www.cvent.com/d/kbqgpn/1Q


Schedule a Speaker

Become a part of an educated and empowered community where all children are safe from harm. Select one of the programs listed below and request a speaker for your community group, corporation, or place of worship.

EDUCATION MENU:

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center 101
Familiarize yourself with the issue of child abuse and DCAC’s expert response. Learn about the multi-disciplinary team model used at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases as well as to treat abuse victims, both children and non-offending family members. (15 – 30 minutes)
Also available in Spanish

Keeping Your Children Safe From Harm in the Real and Virtual World
Perfect for a “lunch and learn” at a place of business, worship or for any group who wants to learn the basics about keeping children safe. A 24-minute video is followed by facilitated discussion and opportunities to give back. (1 hour)
Also available in Spanish

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
This seminar teaches individuals who work with children on a daily basis about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. DCAC’s Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse training is video-based and highly interactive. This curriculum is designed to allow one or more members of an organization to receive training and consultation on teaching Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse to the staff of their respective organization. Participants will learn facts about child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, as well as many other important details on making a report. (1 – 1.5 hours)


Training Curriculum

DCAC's three video-based curricula provide a comprehensive training solution for mandated reporters, parents, children, and community members on the full scope of child maltreatment.

Curriculum includes: 

  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse – appropriate for all who work with or care about children 
  • Como Reconocer y Reportar el Abuso Hacia Menores – culturally-appropriate child protection curriculum produced entirely in Spanish 
  • Parent/Child Curriculum Package – for use in schools or other child serving organizations who want to engage parents in the active protection of their children; this package is combined with a short video for school counselors or other leaders to use to help educate children in their care. 

For more information on curriculum packages, please visit trainingcenter.net

Organizational Use 

Whether you have an hour to host your own training or want to send your workforce online to train at their own pace, DCAC can help. Our training packages are reasonably priced for organizational-level use, provide high value content, and offer significant training flexibility for child-serving organizations. Curriculum packages include video, a program guide and a year of complimentary online access to the courses purchased. Online access includes the ability for organizations to invite up to 250 employees and/or volunteers to train online, including testing and automated certificate generation. Larger organizations may purchase access for additional users or may ask about opportunities to co-brand DCAC's curriculum products. Learn more by contacting us

Individual Use

Parents or other individuals may purchase a one-time online course which also includes testing and certificate generation. Parents may be especially interested in accessing DCAC's Parent/Child Curriculum Package to help raise their level of awareness and to prepare for a conversation with their child/children. Each individual online course is available for 10 days. Parents who prefer to own a copy of the DVD for this course may contact us for special pricing.