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Sunday, June 5
 

2:00pm

Early Conference Check-In
Avoid the Monday morning regular conference check-in rush. Check-in for the conference and pick up your conference packet early on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday June 5, 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Registration Area Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

5:00pm

National Children's Alliance Opening Reception & Annual Awards

Join us in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom North for the kick-off to Leadership Conference 2016. Meet up with old friends, make new acquaintances, meet those voices from phone calls, teleconferences, and webinars and, talk to those names you recognize from NCA’s Listservs. We hope you can join us and take advantage of this superb opportunity to network and form relationships with NCA staff, board members, and CAC leaders from across the country. The presentation of NCA’s Annual Awards recognizing outstanding service in the Children’s Advocacy Center movement will occur during the reception. Please join NCA in recognizing the awardees who work every day to keep children safe.


Sunday June 5, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom North Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
 
Monday, June 6
 

7:00am

Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Check-in for the conference and enjoy a continental breakfast.  This is a great time to network with your peers, meeting new friends and visiting with Exhibitors.

Monday June 6, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am
Registration Area Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

8:00am

We Are Unicorns: Why the Nonprofit Sector Must Own Its Awesomeness
The nonprofit sector employs 10% of the workforce, lifts up millions of people, and strengthens community. Yet we face countless obstacles, from restricted funding to unrealistic expectations for sustainability. As the challenges facing our world become more complex, it is critical that we own our power and work together to change philosophies, systems, and practices so that we can be more effective in our work. Vu Le will deliver a thought-provoking talk filled with humor, stories, and probably pictures of baby animals and references to unicorns and zombies.

Speakers
avatar for Vu Le

Vu Le

Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps
Vu Le is the writer behind the humor blog nonprofitwithballs.com. He is also the humor writer for Blue Avocado. Vu is the Executive Director of an organization in Seattle, Rainier Valley Corps, which aims to bring more leaders of color in to the nonprofit sector. He was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a “Writer with Attitude.”


Monday June 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1A: The Changing Nonprofit Landscape, a Conversation with Vu
Building on themes from his keynote, this workshop will be more of an informal conversation regarding potential actions we can take moving forward. We will go deeper into issues of restricted funding, sustainability, society's unrealistic expectations, the relationship between nonprofits and for-profits, and possible plots and characters for "Nonprofit: The Musical." 
Suggested Track: The Business of Child Advocacy

Speakers
avatar for Vu Le

Vu Le

Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps
Vu Le is the writer behind the humor blog nonprofitwithballs.com. He is also the humor writer for Blue Avocado. Vu is the Executive Director of an organization in Seattle, Rainier Valley Corps, which aims to bring more leaders of color in to the nonprofit sector. He was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a “Writer with Attitude.”


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 2 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1B: Utilizing MDTs to Effectively Address Cases of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Using case examples, this presentation will discuss how multidisciplinary team members can effectively work together to address human trafficking in their communities. This presentation will discuss how team members can collaborate to meet the needs of victims, support the successful prosecution of traffickers, and effectively address common challenges that can present themselves in these cases. Attendees will also learn about the systems and protocols the Connecticut Department of Children and Families has put in place to facilitate interagency collaboration and support the use of MDTs in addressing cases of human trafficking across the state.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Caroline Diemar

Caroline Diemar

South Central CAC and New Haven MDT Coordinator, Clifford Beers Clinic
Caroline Diemar is the Coordinator of the South Central Child Advocacy Center and the New Haven Multidisciplinary Team. Caroline provides oversight of the interagency coordination in case management of child sexual and severe physical abuse cases. Caroline works closely with professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health and victim advocacy to ensure that every child abuse case in the New Haven and... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting room 3 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1C: “Keeping Children Safe” Prevention Education Series: How Child Advocacy Centers Can Promote Primary Sexual Abuse Prevention in their Communities

It is well-known that sexual abuse and misconduct can occur in child-centered activities and youth programs. In 2015, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and Chicago Park District collaborated to impact the safety of over 200,000 children through the “Keeping Children Safe” Prevention Education Program. Through both in-person and online training, and administrative consultation, “Keeping Children Safe” addresses risk factors for sexual abuse on both an individual and organizational level. Learn about the educational components utilized, coalitions formed, training outcome measures, and lessons learned throughout this successful initiative with one of the largest youthserving organizations in Chicago.
Suggested Session Track: Advocacy & Communications


Speakers
avatar for Meg O'Rourke

Meg O'Rourke

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Meg O’Rourke oversees Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s Education, Outreach & Prevention department, which provides education on sexual abuse and trauma to over 4000 professionals each year. Ms. O’Rourke has nearly 20 years of experience working in child welfare, specifically with children with special needs. She has presented numerous workshops over the years on topics... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 4 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1D: Online Protections for Professionals, or How To Not Be Stupid On Facebook

With the ever-increasing use of social media in our personal and professional lives, it is important to understand the issues associated with these activities. The dangers involving blurred lines between personal and professional online use will be the focus of this training. How to avoid professional embarrassment, discipline issues or personal or family dangers because of online postings will be covered. Resources to assist in the development of agency policies for both private and professional social media use will also be provided.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Joe Laramie

Joe Laramie

Program Manager, National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College
Joe Laramie retired as a Lieutenant from Glendale, Missouri Police Department, with more than 30 years of child protection, investigation and training experience. He was the founding Commander of the MO Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and served as the National ICAC liaison to Internet safety organizations and the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. He is now a Program Manager with the National... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 5 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1E: So Many Measures, So Little Time: Developing Procedures for Using Standardized Assessments and Using the Results in Meaningful Ways

The 2017 NCA Accreditation Standards highlight the importance of delivering standardized assessments and using the results in making treatment recommendations for children. The increased number of evidence-based treatments (EBT) available lead to a need for greater skill in determining the fit among children and caregivers with a given EBT. Next, child and family factors contribute to treatment engagement in ways that providers must recognize in order to effectively complete treatment with children. This presentation will describe how two CACs implemented standardized assessments, discuss steps for determining an appropriate treatment, engagement rates, and how to use assessments to monitor treatment.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Darci Fritz

Darci Fritz

Director of Program Evaluation, CHKD Child Abuse Program
Darci Fritz, M.S. is the INVEST for Children Project Director and the Director of Program Evaluation and Grant Development at the CHKD Child Abuse Program. Ms. Fritz coordinates brief clinical assessments with children & their caregivers and oversees INVEST grant activities. Ms. Fritz is particularly interested in early childhood development, developing and implementing plans for sustainability of program services, and in evaluating the... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1F: The Complete Capitol Approach to Building Adaptive Capacity of Child Advocacy Centers: An Oregon Study

In 2012, the Oregon Network and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) began a multiphase initiative to study challenges to the long-term sustainability of Oregon's child advocacy centers. Drawing example from the work in Oregon, representatives from the Oregon Network and NFF will present an overview of the work and findings to come from this initiative, and provide insight and examples of the challenges inherent in the nonprofit field and facing many of the child abuse centers nationally. The audience will gain a perspective on the dynamics influencing Oregon's CACs, with observations transferable to other centers across the country.
Suggested Session Track: Chapter


Speakers
avatar for Renee Patey

Renee Patey

Associate Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Renee is an Associate Director with the Advisory Services team at Nonprofit Finance Fund. Renee helps to oversee a full range of NFF’s consulting services, lead business development and play a leadership role in ongoing service enhancement, developing new tools and resources to enhance NFF’s service offerings and client delivery. Renee plays a key role in advancing NFF’s strategy in the California and Pacific Northwest... Read More →
avatar for Patty Terzian

Patty Terzian

Statewide Program Manager, Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers
Patty Terzian has provided statewide coordination for The Network since 2009. Her professional experience includes both corporate and nonprofit program management. She has spent nearly 14 years working in the nonprofit sector managing projects and programs, doing statewide outreach, grant writing and reporting, managing small grant programs, and assisting strategic planning processes. Patty received a Bachelors Degree from Western Michigan... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1G: Opening Our Eyes to Bias: A New Vision

Cultural diversity plans are one the NCA standards. Everyone has biases that are often unconscious yet impact the way we do business. This workshop addresses one CAC’s unique response to dealing with diversity by identifying areas of team bias and recognizing how it might affect a family and the case. The workshop will discuss how we began to identify these biases and then use case review to discuss the issues and address our attitudes to make the CAC a more culturally sensitive environment for all. This process and team members ‘response to it will be discussed in this workshop.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices 


Speakers
avatar for Beth Reiman

Beth Reiman

Coordinator of Forensic and Clinical Services, Westchester Institute for Human Development Children's Advocacy Center
Dr. Beth Reiman, PhD and LCSW-R is the Coordinator of Forensics and Clinical Services at the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Westchester Institute for Human Development. Dr. Reiman is the co-chair of the cultural diversity subcommittee for the MDT where the focus has been on bias within the team. Dr. Reiman is committed to reducing bias in the work environment can also be seen outside of the CAC.. She is an adjunct professor teaching... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:45am

Session 1H: Tough Choices

CAC leadership often is faced with making tough choices in the furtherance of their mission. The independent nature of the CAC enables us to act and respond differently than other advocacy organizations, but our board, donors, and community may not always understand such distinctions and differences. Discussion of challenging issues faced by CACs will include: inclusion of defense council on your board, gift acceptance from sex offenders, partnership with offender organizations, being at odds with domestic violence and sexual assault programs, and politics. Format will have open conversation and problem solving for many difficult topics and ways to find resolution.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Adam Rosenberg

Adam Rosenberg

Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
As head of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg brings his passion for community development and background in law and not for profit management to protect children from abuse and trauma. A graduate of Cornell University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Mr. Rosenberg prosecuted hundreds of domestic abusers, sex offenders, and child predators for the City of Baltimore. He became BCAC’s Executive Director in 2008... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 9:45am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:30am

Plenary Luncheon Keynote Presentation: The Global Burden of Child Physical Abuse
This Plenary session will examine what we know about cultural variations in the use of harsh punishment  and abusive child-rearing around the world and in the US. We will look at the relationships to child age, gender and maternal education.

Speakers
avatar for Desmond Runyan

Desmond Runyan

Executive Director, Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect
Dr. Desmond Runyan is the Jack and Viki Thompson professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. He joined the Colorado faculty in August of 2011 after 32 years at the University of North Carolina.  At North Carolina he was professor in the departments of Social Medicine and Pediatrics and served as chair of Social Medicine from... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2A: Manifestations, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Controversies of Abusive Head Trauma
This workshop will address controversies in abusive head trauma and examine recent research on the lack of success for AHT prevention programs.
Suggested Track: Research & Innovative Practices

Speakers
avatar for Desmond Runyan

Desmond Runyan

Executive Director, Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect
Dr. Desmond Runyan is the Jack and Viki Thompson professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. He joined the Colorado faculty in August of 2011 after 32 years at the University of North Carolina.  At North Carolina he was professor in the departments of Social Medicine and Pediatrics and served as chair of Social Medicine from... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Meeting Room 2 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2B: Beyond Funding-Building Sustainability of your CAC

Ever find yourself filling out a grant application and coming to the question "How will you sustain this effort?" Do you know how to respond? This session will focus on the elements that are critical to sustaining the CAC: A Clear Vision, an Engaged Board, Strategic Funding and the ability to Share Your Message. It will cover the steps needed to help the CAC move from being a Program to becoming an Organization. This session will also look at the developmental stages of CACs and assist attendees in determining the critical decision points to growing the impact of the Organization.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy 


Speakers
avatar for Gene Klein

Gene Klein

Executive Director, Project Harmony
Gene Klein has served as the Executive Director of Project Harmony a Child Advocacy Center in Omaha Nebraska since 2002. Project Harmony has become a model in responding to child maltreatment. The agency has benefited significant expansion and will serve more than 3,000 children annually. As one of the largest CACs in the Nation, onsite agencies are co-located in a state of the art facility representing Law Enforcement, and other non-profit... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Meeting room 3 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2C: "She Seems Fine!" Mental Health Screening in the MDT Investigation Process: An Implementation Case Study

Do you want to increase utilization of mental health services, but are not sure where to begin? Come learn about one CAC’s effort to increase engagement with mental health services from data collection and analysis to a implementing a screening tool with every CAC child client. Explore how to use qualitative and quantitative data from your MDT to “make the case” for screening to front-line professionals, supervisors, agency heads, and funders. Consider some of the roadblocks to imbedding a researched-based screening process within the MDT investigation. This workshop is particularly relevant for CACs who do not have on-site mental health services.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Susan Britton

Susan Britton

Child Advocacy Center Program Director, The Center for Alexandria's Children
Susan Britton is a forensic interviewer and Child Advocacy Center Program Director with over seven years of experience at a CAC in Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William & Mary and a Master of Education degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Prior to her current role Ms. Britton worked with various early childhood community prevention programs including home visiting... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Meeting Room 4 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2D: Healing Others, Helping Ourselves: Using Integrative Techniques to Heal Trauma in Clients and Workers

This workshop will discuss the integration of newer and some innovative approaches, including mindfulness-based approaches, expressive therapies and mind-body medicine into existing curricula in the field of trauma recovery. Participants will discover the healing power of using concurrently held groups of children, teens and non-offending caregivers experiencing sexual trauma and traumatic loss. Data and vignettes from an actual 2 year CAC program will be shared along with empiricial support for these approaches. Participants will receive the "nuts and bolts" of starting a group program and serving more clients with limited resources. Experiential techniques will be conducted.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Toni Bankston

Toni Bankston

Executive Director, Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center
Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center. She was formally the Clinical Director developing and implementing trauma-focused programs for youth impacted by violent crime. She also works with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, D.C. as Faculty and Global Trauma Relief Team Member in the U.S., Haiti, Israel and the Gaza territories. She is the co-founder of the Mind-Body Center... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Meeting Room 5 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2E: Mental Health Services Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Trauma-focused, Evidence-based Treatment and Provider Training

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is a severe and complex form of child sexual abuse that represents a particular challenge for mental health professionals. This workshop will describe Project Intersect, an initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network specifically focused on the applications of trauma-focused treatment (TFCBT) with commercially sexually exploited children and their families, as well as the training of a network of mental health providers in Georgia to serve CSEC clients. The workshop will describe specific treatment and training approaches, strategies for building on existing CAC resources and capacities, and client- and provider-level outcome data.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Kelly Kinnish

Kelly Kinnish

Clinical Director, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Kelly Kinnish, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in Atlanta, GA, where she oversees the Center’s clinical service programs to sexually abused and traumatized children. She is also the Director of Project Intersect, a SAMHSA-funded program of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that targets the mental health needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Project Intersect... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2F: Taking a Look at Ohio's Systems Based Approach to Human Trafficking

Since 2012, Ohio has implemented significant state-level policy initiatives to combat the crime of human trafficking. In its comprehensive response, the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force partnered with Ohio's CACs to identify and provide direct services to minor victims. After almost 3 years, more vulnerable children are receiving help and there is a stronger system in place for identifying and caring for victims. Participants will hear lessons learned, promising practices and tips for building a statewide systems approach; learn about the successes and challenges of responding through CACs; and hear about promising programs for preventing the exploitation of children.
Suggested Session Track: Advocacy & Communications 


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ranade-Janis

Elizabeth Ranade-Janis

State Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Ohio Department of Public Safety
Elizabeth Ranade (Rahn-ah-day) Janis is the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator for the State of Ohio.  She manages Governor Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and works in close partnership with local service providers, law enforcement officials and advocates to strengthen the state’s coordinated approach to combat human trafficking. Prior to this role, Elizabeth spent five years working for World Vision, one of the... Read More →
avatar for Amy Deverson Roberts

Amy Deverson Roberts

Chapter Director, Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers
Amy Deverson Roberts has worked within the child abuse and neglect field since 1994 when she started with community based programming in southeastern Ohio.  In 2001 she moved to Columbus to work for Prevent Child Abuse Ohio where she coordinated the first statewide Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign as well as other special events.  In October 2009, Amy joined the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers and is... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2G: Developing Yourself as a CAC Executive

CAC Executives and managers must develop a dizzying array of competencies, both organizational and technical. A core set of materials and concepts used in NRCAC's Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project (LEC) addresses the more subtle interpersonal/organizational leadership proficiencies that technical trainings miss. These resources can inspire some valuable self-development and peer-development for those execs who have not yet done the popular 2-year program designed and led by Martha Lask with assistance from Anne Lynn. This workshop will introduce targeted materials (with some fun practice) for developing oneself as a CAC exec.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Christine Kenty, PhD

Christine Kenty, PhD

Evaluation Consultant for NRCAC’s LEC Project/ Co-Principal, Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center/ QUAD2 Consulting
Dr. M. Christine Kenty has consulted as an evaluator, writer and trainer within the Children’s Advocacy Center movement on a local, regional and national level since 1989 - specializing in forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary case review, protocol development, strategic planning, teaming and program evaluation. For ten years, she has been the evaluator of the Northeast Regional CAC's Leadership Exchange and Coaching (LEC) Project. As... Read More →
avatar for Martha Lask

Martha Lask

Facilitator, NRCAC Leadership Exchange & Coaching Project
Martha Lask co-developed and facilitates NRCAC’s Leadership Exchange and Coaching Project, (LEC), now in its 12th year. LEC builds leadership capacity, supports mentoring of new directors and  provides structured peer support and individual coaching for leaders of Child Advocacy Centers across the country. A former nonprofit executive director, Martha also consults to large pharmaceuticals as well as small nonprofits, bringing... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:45pm

Session 2H: Life Cycle of a CAC: What to Do With the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Organizations typically move through several different stages of development—from birth to adolescence to maturity (and sometimes decline). With limited resources, it can be difficult for a Chapter to know how much energy to invest and at what time to best promote 1) local organizational health, and 2) the integrity of the CAC movement overall. This workshop will explore ways for Chapters to positively intervene with local CACs and help Chapters identify when it’s time to hold back so that metamorphosis can begin. 
Suggested Session Track: Chapter


Speakers
avatar for Emily Chittenden-Laird

Emily Chittenden-Laird

Executive Director, West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN)
Emily Chittenden-Laird came to the CAC movement as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) in rural West Virginia as a forensic interviewer, and was involved in local and statewide development issues. As the Executive Director of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network, Emily provides leadership in every aspect of the CAC movement in the state — from training to developing public policy. Her recognition as one of the State... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3A: Finding the Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice-The NEW Child Abuse Library Online

Trying to stay up-to-date on the latest research and literature can be a time-consuming process without the right tools and knowledge. This workshop will give you the tools and knowledge needed to locate the information you need for continuing education, peer review, proving your case to funders and community partners, and much more. The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO™) has been redesigned for ease of use and expanded to give you more options for full text publications than ever before. Learn about the tools and knowledge that can save you time and effort.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Muriel Wells

Muriel Wells

Research Librarian, National Children's Advocacy Center
Muriel K. Wells, MA, MLIS, earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. Muriel has served as the Research Librarian at the National Children's Advocacy Center for over seven years. She is currently working on her dissertation for the PhD in Information Science to be completed in 2016.


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 2 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3B: MDT Enhancement Program: A Statewide Approach to Refocusing on the MDT

CACs have done a great job over the past 25+ years in enhancing CAC services offered to children and families. However, in Texas, it became clear that not enough attention and resources were being dedicated to strengthening and sustaining the MDT. This led to MDT members sometimes failing to understand and appreciate the value of the CAC and thereby made the CAC/MDT model increasingly vulnerable. CACTX developed an initiative to address this issue, which led to new staff who are dedicated to assessing and strengthening the MDT and facilitating a coordinated approach that begins earlier on in the investigation.
Suggested Session Track: Chapter


Speakers
avatar for Christina Green

Christina Green

Director of Public Affairs, Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
Christina Green is Director of Public Affairs for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX), the non-profit membership association for the 69 children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in Texas. Christina is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public policy and legislative initiatives of CACTX, as well as facilitating strategic partnerships. Prior to joining CACTX, Christina worked as the General Counsel for Texas State... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3C: Strategic Mergers - From Theory to Practice

Collaborations, partnerships and alliances are now widely applied approaches to mission growth and sustainability. Such strategic action can be successful if it is planned for growth rather than reactive for survival. Strategic mergers take collaborations and partnerships a step further. This session will explore reasons to consider a new strategic direction, examine the factors that influence the likelihood of success, and help identify potential challenges in the process. In addition, participants will learn about a nonprofit organization that has successfully integrated several organizations under one umbrella organization to maximize results.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Julio Galan

Julio Galan

President and CEO, Family and Youth Counseling Agency
Julio Galan attended the University of New Orleans where he graduated with a BA in Psychology in 1985 and Loyola University where he received a Master’s Degree in Education – Guidance and Counseling. He completed the Executive Education Program in Resource Development from Case Western Reserve University in 1995. In 1997, Julio became President and CEO of Family and Youth Counseling Agency (FYCA) in Lake Charles, LA. As CEO, Julio... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 4 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3D: Technology Facts, Fears and Myths of Digital Forensic Photodocumentation within Multidisciplinary Child Advocacy Centers

Digital forensic imaging is part of most forensic medical examinations and has been for at least 10 years, yet administrators, coordinators, examiners, detective prosecutors and judges know little about the advancing technology. During this interactive introductory session, attendees will participate and learn about the capture, long term storage and the secure transmission of forensic data.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Ward Allen

Ward Allen

Senior Forensic Imaging Consultant, SDFI-TeleMedicine LLC
Ward has been directly involved with digital imaging technologies for the past 25 years in both Canada and the United States. He has worked in a multitude of industries directly related to the development, introduction, use and management of digital photographs; industries such as corporate retail, digital pre-press print production, fulfillment, professional photography, car insurance claims, digital dental imaging and secure digital forensic... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 5 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3E: Vicarious Trauma: How to Build Resilient Teams

As Executive Directors, we all have a goal of reducing employee burnout and improving employee retention. Many trainings discuss the issue of vicarious trauma and how it impacts staff. This training takes the next steps and uses what we know about vicarious trauma to inform agency polices. In this session, you will learn the techniques that an Executive Director can use to build resiliency in your staff members and how to make it affordable for your center. You will have the opportunity to discuss with colleagues and brainstorm what will work for your team.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Gina Maione Earles

Gina Maione Earles

Executive Director, Blue Sky Bridge
Gina Maione Earles has been the Executive Director of Blue Sky Bridge in Boulder, Colorado since 2012. She has worked to establish a stable work environment and career development opportunities for a growing staff while increasing the capacity of the Child Advocacy Center to serve the community. Prior to Blue Sky Bridge, Gina worked with numerous nonprofit and for profit organizations across the country, overseeing program and financial... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3F: Expanding the CAC Landscape to Address Children and Families with Physical Abuse Histories: An Overview and Case Example of AF-CBT

A national study found that childhood physical abuse rates were over 8 times the rate of sexual abuse; 84% of offenders were adults living in the home (Finkelhor et al., 2014). The NCA strategic plan recognizes the role of CACs in serving children with physical abuse histories. This presentation will describe research support and referral criteria for an evidence-based treatment for these children and caregivers: Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Kolko, Brown, et.al.). Case examples will illustrate implementation of AF-CBT at a CAC. Lastly, administrative considerations for implementing this treatment, which includes physically abusive caregivers, will be discussed.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Carole Swiecicki

Carole Swiecicki

Executive Director, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
Carole Swiecicki, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center in Charleston, SC. She is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Swiecicki’s clinical work and research focuses on disseminating effective assessments and interventions for traumatized youth and caregivers, with particular interest in increasing access to... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3G: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Making Meaning of Results from Big Datasets

Nowadays more CACs and Chapters collect and have access to big data sets, not only from OMS and GAP maps but from other research sources as well. Please join us for a conversation about how to manage, analyze, and interpret data from large scale data sets. We will share tips on how to utilize the data to strengthen your practice and meaningfully interpret both positive and negative results.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Ernestine Briggs-King

Ernestine Briggs-King

Director of the Data and Evaluation Program, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University;
Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD is the Director of the Data and Evaluation Program at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University. She is involved in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practices aimed at reducing the sequelae associated with maltreatment and child traumatic stress both local and nationally.
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Wendy Walsh

Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire, Crimes against Children Research Center
Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center. For over 15 years she has been conducting research on evaluating child abuse prevention and intervention programs, including children’s advocacy centers, and examining the criminal justice response to child abuse. Her research areas include the multidisciplinary response to child abuse, Internet... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

3:30pm

Session 3H: Hill Day Preparation and Information Briefing

This briefing will be a background/primer on current CAC-related legislation in Congress. The session is an opportunity for all attendees to ask questions and prepare for their Hill Day meetings. We will also provide real examples of what to expect in the Hill meetings, as well as how to answer curve ball questions from lawmakers and staff.
Suggested Session TrackAll Conference Attendees


Speakers
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Denise Edwards

Director of Government Affairs, National Children's Alliance
Denise Edwards is director of government affairs for National Children’s Alliance (NCA). As director of government affairs, Denise develops, coordinates and leads all federal legislative and political strategies for NCA and its members, including strategies to expand the use and awareness of CACs in legislation and agency policy. Prior to her tenure with NCA, Denise served as manager of government affairs for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc... Read More →


Monday June 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting room 3 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
 
Tuesday, June 7
 

7:00am

Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Check-in for the conference and enjoy a continental breakfast.  This is a great time to network with your peers, meeting new friends and visiting with Exhibitors.

Tuesday June 7, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am
Registration Area Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

8:15am

NCA Annual Membership Meeting

Meet with the NCA Board of Directors and Executive Director to review the CAC movement’s accomplishments and milestones. New projects will be previewed. All conference attendees are invited and encouraged to attend.


Speakers
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Teresa Huizar

Executive Director, National Children's Alliance
Teresa Huizar is the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.  National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for the nearly 800 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US.  These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including:  forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 8:15am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4B: Organizational Growth: Leading the Way in Chapter and CAC Evolution

Chapters are taking an ever-increasing role in providing structure to State CAC growth. As CAC growth occurs, Chapters are finding a proportional increase in technical assistance and training requests from CACs. As this evolution continues, Chapters will need to increase staff and infrastructure to meet the needs of CACs. In this session we will discuss ways to effectively manage and fund Chapter organizational growth to sustain the evolution of the CAC movement.
Suggested Session Track: Chapter


Speakers
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Kristie Palestino

Director of Chapter Development, National Children's Alliance
Kristie Palestino, MS. has dedicated the last 15 years to children through her work developing and enhancing Children’s Advocacy Centers. She has extensive experience that includes forensic interviewing of child victims of crime, opening and managing a multi-site child advocacy center, leading a state chapter of child advocacy centers and most recently as the Director of Chapter Development for the National Children’s Alliance. She... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4A: Preparing for the New NCA Standards on Mental Health Assessment: Best Practices and Training

New NCA Accreditation Standards for Mental Health require: a) Trauma-specific assessment of traumatic events and abuse-related trauma symptoms, b) Use of standardized assessment measures initially to inform treatment, and to assess progress/outcome, and c) Individualized treatment planning based on assessments that are re-assessed. Currently, these services are seldom provided, and few staff/community providers are familiar or proficient with standardized measures. An assessment model will be presented that includes existing and promising measures, examples of using information to prioritize treatment needs/match with evidence-based treatments, and how to periodically re-assess. Lessons learned from training models in Texas and Mississippi will be discussed.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
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Jeffrey Wherry

Director of the Research Institute, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Jeff completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he earned the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has worked with residential populations, foster children, and with outpatients. Jeff was the CEO of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, where he also was involved in training, outpatient work with sexually abused children, and research. He has... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room 2 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4C: The Data Toolbox: What Can We Do With All These Numbers?

Children’s Advocacy Centers collect vast amounts of data, through multiple methods and for many purposes – case tracking information, satisfaction surveys, and additional data for partners and funders. How can we combine this data in a way that allows us to draw clear conclusions, demonstrate the value of our programs, and make meaningful improvements for the families and professionals we serve? The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN), joined by representatives from the National Children’s Alliance, will explore current and future data integration initiatives focused on improving CAC services and outreach.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices 


Speakers
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Caitlin Smith

Program Services Specialist, West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN)
Caitlin Smith came to WVCAN as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) in 2011. As a West Virginia native drawn to protect its next generation, she stayed on to direct WVCAN’s medical initiative, WV-CHAMP, improving the state’s medical response to child abuse. Now, as the Program Services Specialist, Caitlin’s leadership ranges from heading up WV-CHAMP to staffing special projects and training. Her greatest... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room 4 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4D: After They Hit Send: Lessons Learned from Teen Sexting

Is it a big deal if teens sext? And what happens after they hit send? We will take a look at some examples of when sexting is linked to severe consequences, including bullying/cyberbullying, sextortion, and suicide, and discuss what we have learned about sexting prevention with teens. You will hear about free prevention resources available from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and other safety organizations.
Suggested Session Track: Advocacy & Communications 


Speakers
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Laurie Nathan

Director, National Outreach, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Laurie Nathan is a child safety advocate dedicated to raising awareness of abduction prevention, child sexual exploitation, and Internet safety in communities nationwide. As Director of National Outreach at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Laurie educates children and community members, as well as professionals at national and regional events, including the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4E: From Novice to Expert: A Professional Development Journey for Forensic Interviewers and MDT Members to Consider

Safe Horizon and the National Children’s Advocacy Center have joined forces to identify essential factors to consider when developing and investing in professional development plans for forensic interviewers. The plan considers the sequencing of trainings, the importance of having time to practice & refine newly acquired skills, and the necessity of on-going coaching and supervision. Developing expertise in forensic interviewing takes take and retaining forensic interviewers can be challenging. This workshop will highlight both challenges and strategies to address them.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
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John Pickett

Senior Director, Manhattan Child Advocacy Center, Safe Horizon
John Pickett has over seventeen years of diverse practice experience, specializing in the areas of child abuse and child trauma. He has worked both locally and abroad, as a clinician, trainer, forensic interviewer, and supervisor. John has conducted over a thousand child forensic interviews and been involved in hundreds of child abuse investigations. John is the Senior Director of Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Child Advocacy Center, a fully... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room 5 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4F: Medical Opportunities Galore! How to Meet the NCA Medical Standard and Then Some...

This workshop will offer options to CACs and medical providers that help them to not only meet the NCA medical standard, but also continue their education through peer review options and medical courses. Best of all, they are all available without having to travel! Get a preview of not only existing programs, but newly released options.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Kim Martinez

Kim Martinez

Program Manager, Peer Review and Medical Academy, Midwest Regional CAC
Kim Martinez has worked in the child abuse field for the past 25 years. She began her career working in child abuse at the Midwest Children's Resource Center, a hospital-based CAC, where she worked as a nurse case manager, both interviewing and providing medical evaluations for the child clients. She then transitioned into working at the Midwest Regional CAC to provide training and technical assistance to the midwest states. She has been with the... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4G: Narrow the Fundraising Gap: Move from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Especially through difficult times, you want the nonprofit whose cause you cherish to be the best in the provision of quality, impactful service for the people you serve. Translating the dream of a founder(s) to a lasting, purposeful, and focused nonprofit is often a challenge. As the nonprofit develops, there are new tests of sustainability - often fundraising challenges. Challenges are overcome through smart fundraising strategies. In this you will learn the latest trends, the most useful tools and the best practices to take you from where you are to where you want to be in fundraising effectiveness.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams

Principal, Nancy Williams Consulting
Nancy Williams, executive director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center from 1994 through January 2014, skillfully led the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to what it is today—a collaborative of the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team, providing best practice response to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse in a centralized location. Nancy also significantly increased the Memphis CAC’s budget, endowment and... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting room 3 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

9:30am

Session 4H: Hill Day Preparation & Information Session

This briefing will be a background/primer on current CAC-related legislation in Congress. The session is an opportunity for all attendees to ask questions and prepare for their Hill Day meetings. We will also provide real examples of what to expect in the Hill meetings, as well as how to answer curve ball questions from lawmakers and staff. 
Suggested Session Track: All Conference Attendees  


Speakers
avatar for Denise Edwards

Denise Edwards

Director of Government Affairs, National Children's Alliance
Denise Edwards is director of government affairs for National Children’s Alliance (NCA). As director of government affairs, Denise develops, coordinates and leads all federal legislative and political strategies for NCA and its members, including strategies to expand the use and awareness of CACs in legislation and agency policy. Prior to her tenure with NCA, Denise served as manager of government affairs for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5A: Why is it Hard to be a Team Player? Exploring Good Practices in Developing Cross-Agency Relationships in CACs

While multi-disciplinary responses to child abuse have been recommended as best practice, developing effective and collaborative ways of working are extremely difficult. This workshop will present the findings from an online survey conducted by the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Australian Centre for Child Protection about the factors that directors of CACs in the United States attribute to the successful development of collaborative relationships. It will explore what processes facilitate collaboration and whether different structures and funding arrangements impact collaboration. We will provide time to brainstorm and share ideas about developing, maintaining, and evaluating cross-agency relationships in CACs.  
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Wendy Walsh

Wendy Walsh

Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire, Crimes against Children Research Center
Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center. For over 15 years she has been conducting research on evaluating child abuse prevention and intervention programs, including children’s advocacy centers, and examining the criminal justice response to child abuse. Her research areas include the multidisciplinary response to child abuse, Internet... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 2 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5B: Are You Ready? Intentional Leadership Preparation for Succession

Leadership change is inevitable. When an executive director or CEO leaves abruptly or not, who is prepared in your organization to emerge as their successor? This workshop will help you prepare for succession through intentional leadership development. We propose that most successful outcome will occur when staff potential is recognized, mentored and nurtured - not in the middle of crisis or major change. With recent published studies, unpublished surveys and the facilitator's own experience as resources, this workshop walks the participants through smart succession planning by means of leader development.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams

Principal, Nancy Williams Consulting
Nancy Williams, executive director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center from 1994 through January 2014, skillfully led the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to what it is today—a collaborative of the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team, providing best practice response to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse in a centralized location. Nancy also significantly increased the Memphis CAC’s budget, endowment and... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Meeting room 3 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5C: VOCA 101: Crime Victims Fund-amentals

This workshop will present an overview of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), the Crime Victims Fund and programs supported with VOCA funds. VOCA is the only federal funding program supporting direct assistance and services for victims of all types of crimes. The workshop will explain where VOCA funds come from, how they are used and explore VOCA-related opportunities, challenges and issues.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy


Speakers
avatar for Steve Derene

Steve Derene

Executive Director, National Association of VOCA Assistaance Administrators
Steve Derene serves as Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) representing state agencies that administer state VOCA victim assistance grants. He previously worked for more than 25 years in the Wisconsin Justice Department where he served as Director of Research and Information and managed the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Assistance program and the Wisconsin VOCA assistance program. Among the state... Read More →
avatar for Denise Edwards

Denise Edwards

Director of Government Affairs, National Children's Alliance
Denise Edwards is director of government affairs for National Children’s Alliance (NCA). As director of government affairs, Denise develops, coordinates and leads all federal legislative and political strategies for NCA and its members, including strategies to expand the use and awareness of CACs in legislation and agency policy. Prior to her tenure with NCA, Denise served as manager of government affairs for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 4 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5D: Building a Blueprint for Child Protection: Engaging Community Stakeholders to Change the Landscape of Prevention and Education

The Blueprint for Child Protection was born out of the realization that a fundamental and cultural shift is needed to protect children. As a network of leading institutions, we are required to take responsibility for the safety of the children of our community. As experts in the field, we have all heard stories about how an institution failed to protect children or did not act in accordance to the law. This training empowers professionals to engage community stakeholders and leaders to ensure that protection and prevention are top priorities by creating new strategies for prevention among Youth Serving Organizations.
Suggested Session Track: Advocacy & Communications 


Speakers
avatar for Drew Fidler

Drew Fidler

Policy and Program Development Manager & Forensic Interviewer, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Drew Fidler, LCSW-C, joined Baltimore Child Abuse Center as a Forensic Interviewer in September 2012 and in April 2015 was promoted to Policy and Program Development Manager. As Policy and Program Development Manager, Drew works with youth serving organizations to analyze their systems relating to protecting youth, conducts trainings, and creates programs for organizations. Drew has trained over 500 professionals on how to protect children and... Read More →
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Adam Rosenberg

Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
As head of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg brings his passion for community development and background in law and not for profit management to protect children from abuse and trauma. A graduate of Cornell University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Mr. Rosenberg prosecuted hundreds of domestic abusers, sex offenders, and child predators for the City of Baltimore. He became BCAC’s Executive Director in 2008... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5E: (THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED) Emotional Awareness in Leadership

This session has been canceled as of 6/7/16. Please select another of the session 5 workshops to attend.

Emotional Awareness will introduce the science behind how emotions work and the impact of emotional awareness on our ability to lead ourselves as the foundation of successful leadership.  The construct of emotional intelligence popularized by Daniel Goleman, begins with emotional awareness. Identification of one’s own emotions allows us to begin to more accurately identify our own contributions to interactions and how they can lead to more effective and rewarding work relationships. This will be accomplished through a number of engaging experiential exercises that illustrate concepts of appraisal, mindfulness, identification of triggers and strategies for effective management of emotions. 
Suggested Session Track: Chapter  


Speakers
avatar for Michael Palestina

Michael Palestina

Managing Partner, People Intell Institute
Mike Palestina is a Certified Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant who collaborates with senior executives, mid-level managers, and other leaders to inspire and enhance individual’s attitudes, behaviors, and performance, resulting in increased employee engagement and retention. These shifts ultimately contribute to successfully reaching desired goals and exceeding individual and organizational expectations... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Pazian

Maggie Pazian

Managing Partner, People Intell Institute
Maggie Pazian is an internationally accredited specialist in the science of nonverbal communication, behavior and emotion. She has more than ten years of experience coaching and training others in the skills of accurately perceiving and interpreting emotional information. By drawing upon the scientifically validated channels of communication and using the Facial Action Coding System and micro expression analysis, she is able to guide others in... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 5 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5F: (THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED) Getting Social with Media Relations

This session has been canceled as of 6/7/16. Please select another of the session 5 workshops to attend.

Earning media attention is critical to your organization’s success. With growing attention to the need to improve outcomes for children and youth, now is the time to harness every available option to secure coverage. Earned media allows a credible third party to raise your visibility, build trust and legitimize your brand. Sixty-seven percent of journalists are spending two hours on social media daily, looking for sources and stories. This workshop will offer practical information on how to incorporate social media into your media relations efforts. Participants will learn how to find reporters and build mutually beneficial relationships.
Suggested Session Track: Advocacy & Communications


Speakers
avatar for DeQuendre Neeley-Bertrand

DeQuendre Neeley-Bertrand

Communications Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy
DeQuendre Neeley-Bertrand directs CSSP's communications activities, including publications, media relations, the organization's digital and online properties and internal communications. She brings 20 years of experience in various writing, editing and communications management roles, with positions at daily newspapers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. She has been honored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5G: New Medicine: Telehealth for CAC’s

One of the practice standards that remains a challenge for a developing CAC is to provide is a medical examination of the child victim of sexual abuse by a qualified medical provider. Although a face-to-face hands-on exam remains the gold standard, this presentation will describe a process that allows for a qualified medical provider to provide a detailed medical evaluation for the child not able to present for the face-to-face medical evaluation. The presentation will outline the challenges of finding the qualified medical provider, developing the protocols, overcoming the skeptics and the use of the technology in the clinical setting.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for R. Daryl Steiner

R. Daryl Steiner

Medical Director CARE Center, Akron Children's Hospital
Dr. R. Daryl Steiner is a 1975 graduate of the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. After completing his Pediatric Residency at Akron Children’s Hospital he entered the private practice of pediatrics in Barberton, Ohio. In 1991, he accepted the position of Medical Director of the CARE Center, a multi-disciplinary child protection team at Akron Children’s Hospital. Since that time he has presided over the expansion... Read More →
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Vanessa Stergios

Executive Director, Tuscarawas County CAC
Vanessa is the Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center in rural Ohio and a program development and grant writing Consultant for multiple non-profits.    Vanessa has a diverse background working in multiple child serving systems,  with nearly 30 years experience in the field of child abuse; she is a licensed as a clinical counselor and as a social worker.


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

11:15am

Session 5H: Disseminating and Sustaining a Trauma-Focused Evidence-Based Treatment: The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

Multiple challenges arise as CACs work to adopt, implement and sustain trauma-focused, evidence-based mental health treatments. Using a current training initiative based in North and South Carolina, the presentation will describe work involved in disseminating and sustaining a brief, early trauma-focused evidence-based treatment, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). Presenters will describe strategies that support sustainability, including: organizational readiness assessment; organizational change strategies; implementing CFTSI with fidelity; addressing issues of staff turnover; and utilizing data to support implementation, improve practice and build stakeholder funder investment.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices 


Speakers
avatar for Carrie Epstein

Carrie Epstein

Director, Clinical Services and Training, Childhood Violent Trauma Center, Yale Child Study Center
Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R is Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine where she is Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Childhood Violent Trauma Center. Ms. Epstein has been providing treatment, supervision and consultation on providing mental health treatment and on developing new programs for children and families impacted by trauma and traumatic grief for close to 25 years. She is... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

12:45pm

Networking Luncheon: Hill Day Visit Logistics & Final Hill Day Packet Pickup

A box lunch will be served for all conferences attendees who sign up for the lunch during registration. There will be about 15 minutes dedicated to any last minute announcements and logistics for the afternoon Hill Day visits. Conference attendees will have time to network with their teams prior to the Hill Day visits. 


Tuesday June 7, 2016 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

1:30pm

Afternoon Hill Day Visits

Conference participants will proceed to Capitol Hill for pre-scheduled appointments with their Congressional Representatives and State Senators. Be sure to attend one of the Hill Day sessions at the conference and the networking luncheon on Tuesday to obtain important information for your Hill Day visits. For additional information on Hill Day and the entire process, see the Hill Day essentials information in the Leadership Conference Program. 


Tuesday June 7, 2016 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Capitol Hill Washington, DC

5:30pm

Chapter Reception - By Invitation Only
Join Chapter leaders from accross the country to network and discuss Chapter initiatives. This event is designed for Chapter Leaders and is by invitation only.

Tuesday June 7, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Penn Quarter Room Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
 
Wednesday, June 8
 

8:30am

Session 6A: Stepping Into the Storm - Lessons From One Team's Improbable Journey

The health of a multidisciplinary team is critical to the effectiveness of a Children’s Advocacy Center. Members of the CAC/MDT from Westchester County New York will describe their team’s decision to confront head on the toxicity that developed among MDT members by using a unique approach that included senior leaders, supervisors and front line staff from each discipline over a three year period. The presenters will illustrate how the use of an outside facilitator and the introduction of tools like the “ladder of inference” and team development models worked to improve team communication, trust and cohesiveness.
Suggested Session Track: The Business of Child Advocacy 


Speakers
avatar for Danielle Weisberg

Danielle Weisberg

Director, Children's Advocacy Center, Westchester Institute for Human Development
Danielle Weisberg, LCSW has been the Director of Child Welfare Services and Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Westchester Institute for Human Development since January 2011 and has responsibility for program development and evaluation, policy formation, budgeting and oversight of over 40 staff. Ms. Weisberg has 20 years of experience working in the field of child abuse and child welfare, including leadership positions at the... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

8:30am

Session 6B: In-Depth Case Reviews: An Impactful Process for CAC Practice Enhancements

In 2012, Safe Horizon instituted the In-Depth Case Review (IDCR), a supportive and collaborative forum for assessing program practice and developing quality improvement initiatives. The IDCR allows program leaders and staff at all levels to utilize quantitative data and recordings of client-staff interactions to take a systematic program wide look at the current quality of program practice and make practice enhancements informed by data and real client experiences. Workshop facilitators will provide an overview of Safe Horizon’s CAC IDCR, present quantitative data shaping the context in which services are provided, and share examples of practice enhancements from the IDCR process.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Arnow

Nancy Arnow

Vice President, Child Advocacy & Mental Health Treatment Programs, Safe Horizon
Nancy Arnow, Vice President, Child Advocacy & Mental Health Treatment Programs, joined Safe Horizon in 1988, working in various programs and in a variety of leadership positions over the past twenty-seven years. Nancy oversees Safe Horizon’s five fully co-located Child Advocacy Centers, the Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center, and the Safe Horizon's mental health treatment programs. Nancy has devoted much of her professional... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

8:30am

Session 6C: Closing the Referral Gap: Automated Referals from Primary Source Partners

Anyone interested in closing the gap between potential clients who are eligible for services and the number of clients served through improving the referral process.
Suggested Session Track: Chapter 


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Picklesimer

Jonathan Picklesimer

Coordinator of Information Services, National Children's Alliance
Jonathan Picklesimer is the Coordinator of Information Services. He provides primary support for the NCAtrak Community.


Wednesday June 8, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

8:30am

Session 6D: They’re Still Children: Responding to Youth with Inappropriate/Illegal Sexual Behaviors in a Children’s Advocacy Center

Research confirms that a significant amount of childhood sexual abuse is committed by individuals under 18 years old; the majority of these offenses occurring within the family. CACs play an integral role in leading the community response to child abuse through the use of the Multidisciplinary Team. Using this approach, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center has worked to provide intervention and coordination for entire families in which sexual behaviors have occurred. This presentation will discuss implications for providing coordination and treatment services in CAC settings for youth with inappropriate/illegal sexual behavior, their child victims and families.
Suggested Session Track: Research & Innovative Practices


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ciesar, MSW, LISW-CP

Elizabeth Ciesar, MSW, LISW-CP

Director of Clinical and Forensic Services, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
Elizabeth R. Ciesar, MSW, LISW-CP, is the Director of Clinical/Forensic Services at The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC) in Charleston, South Carolina, where she manages the overall operation of the clinical/forensic service team. Mrs. Ciesar previously served as the DNLCC Director of Grants and Programs, in which she managed the development and implementation of grant-funded programs and services designed to promote the... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

10:00am

Session RCAC-A: Northeast Regional CAC Meeting

All participants are invited to join the staff of their respective Regional Children’s Advocacy Center for this important networking opportunity. Interact with other CAC directors, leaders, and chapter representatives. Discussions will include updates on current regional activities, initiatives, and ideas for strategic future planning. 
Suggested Session Track:  All Conference Attendees


Wednesday June 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Mount Vernon Square B Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

10:00am

Session RCAC-B: Western Regional CAC Meeting

All participants are invited to join the staff of their respective Regional Children’s Advocacy Center for this important networking opportunity. Interact with other CAC directors, leaders, and chapter representatives. Discussions will include updates on current regional activities, initiatives, and ideas for strategic future planning. 
Suggested Session Track:  All Conference Attendees


Wednesday June 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 15 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

10:00am

Session RCAC-C: Midwest Regional CAC Meeting

All participants are invited to join the staff of their respective Regional Children’s Advocacy Center for this important networking opportunity. Interact with other CAC directors, leaders, and chapter representatives. Discussions will include updates on current regional activities, initiatives, and ideas for strategic future planning. 
Suggested Session Track:  All Conference Attendees


Wednesday June 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Meeting Room 16 Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

10:00am

Session RCAC-D: Southern Regional CAC Meeting

All participants are invited to join the staff of their respective Regional Children’s Advocacy Center for this important networking opportunity. Interact with other CAC directors, leaders, and chapter representatives. Discussions will include updates on current regional activities, initiatives, and ideas for strategic future planning. 
Suggested Session Track:  All Conference Attendees


Wednesday June 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Mount Vernon Square A Renaissance Washington DC Hotel