2021 Leadership Conference: The Power of Us

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The 2021 Leadership Conference will go virtual this June! You can attend the 2021 Leadership Conference virtual sessions on NCA Engage from the convenience of your home or workplace.  

This virtual conference aims to provide continuing education, networking opportunities, and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children's Advocacy Center leaders. The 2021 conference agenda includes NCA's annual membership meeting, awards ceremony, plenary sessions, and 50 workshops. We're working with our incredible lineup of speakers and partners to build an engaging and educational virtual conference experience with live Q&A sessions, a digital and interactive exhibit hall, and even a little online fun with your peers from around the country.  

Conference attendees will have access to the virtual conference site and workshops until September 30, 2021!
Registration Information

Tuition includes entry to all of the virtual conference sessions, awards ceremony, networking opportunities, and conference participant materials. You may either pay online during the registration process or mail a check made out to National Children's Alliance and a copy of your invoice to:

Attn: Leadership Conference Coordinator 
National Children’s Alliance 
516 C Street NE
Washington, DC 20002 

Please Note: Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 14, 2021. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 9, 2021.

Registration Fees

NCA Member (Early Registration) – $650.00
Early registration price for Accredited, Associate/Developing, Satellite, Affiliate, or Chapter members registering before May 6, 2021. Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 14, 2021. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 9, 2021

NCA Member Registration – $700.00
Special price for Accredited, Associate/Developing, Satellite, Affiliate, or Chapter members registering after May 5, 2021.

Non-Member (Early Registration) – $700.00
For non-members registering before May 6, 2021. Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 14, 2021. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 9, 2021

Non-Member Registration – $750.00
Non-member general registration fee for non-members registering after May 5, 2021. 

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be received by email to the Training Coordinator Nicole Wilbon (leadershipconference@nca-online.org). Cancellations received on or before May 31, 2021, will be refunded at 80% of the full tuition. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received after May 31, 2021, or for participants who register but do not attend.

How do I sign up for an NCA Engage account? 

Please visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. 

If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter LC2021 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. 

Please note, registrants with a member organization will receive a discounted registration fee.

2021 Virtual Conference site will release early April. Please click the picture below to view the 2020 virtual conference site. 
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  • LIVE Update with Teresa Huizar, Executive Director

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Wednesday Update with Teresa Huizar, Executive Director

    Teresa Huizar

    Executive Director

    National Children's Alliance

    Teresa Huizar was appointed the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, February 26th, 2008.  National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for nearly 900 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 treatment. Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate the multidisciplinary team as it carries out its investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions.  In 2018, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 367,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 2 million individuals.

    Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for­­­ two hundred Children’s Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states.  And, has served as the Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers.

    Ms. Huizar has a special interest in public policy in the child welfare arena, especially, in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse.  She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues.  And, she has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.  Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters.

    Ms. Huizar has served on numerous related Boards and Committees over the years.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.

  • Session 2B: Amplifying the Voices of Youth through the Outcome Measurement System (OMS)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Track: Research & Innovative Practices - One of the hallmarks of the CAC model is providing children with the opportunity to be heard; to raise their voices about what they have endured and to speak to what they will need to heal. By using nationally standardized approaches, voices of children can be amplified to inform CAC, community, state, regional, and national practices. This workshop will demonstrate how guiding principles, research expertise and knowledge contributed from CAC staff and leadership intersected to create and launch the OMS Youth Feedback Survey. Lessons learned from survey development and implementation will be shared, including how to overcome barriers and use results to improve the quality of programs for children, families, and communities.

    Track: Research & Innovative Practices 

    One of the hallmarks of the CAC model is providing children with the opportunity to be heard; to raise their voices about what they have endured and to speak to what they will need to heal. By using nationally standardized approaches, voices of children can be amplified to inform CAC, community, state, regional, and national practices. This workshop will demonstrate how guiding principles, research expertise and knowledge contributed from CAC staff and leadership intersected to create and launch the OMS Youth Feedback Survey. Lessons learned from survey development and implementation will be shared, including how to overcome barriers and use results to improve the quality of programs for children, families, and communities.

    Elizabeth M. Cross, PhD

    CEO

    Cross Associates Research & Evaluation Services

    Elizabeth M. Cross is a policy and program researcher with over twenty-five years of experience in the public and NGO sectors. She has expertise in providing research support and program evaluation services that help to inform programmatic, operational and strategic planning in the fields of: violence, victimization and trauma (including child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and trafficking) , child welfare (inclusive of transition aged youth), youth education and employment and early childhood programs. In her roles as Vice President of Evaluation & Research at Safe Horizon (NYC) and Chief Research Officer for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NYC), she established these organizations’ program evaluation and organizational assessment functions.  She also served as the Vice President for Program Evaluation and Risk Management at The Home for Little Wanderers (Boston) – the oldest and one of the largest child welfare agencies in the country. More recently she spent several years as the project director for the program evaluation of the National Telenursing Center for Victims of Sexual Assault -- a project funded by the federal Office for Victims of Crime. Along with Wynona's House Child Advocacy Center in Newark, NJ, Cross Associates was a recipient of The Urban Institute's Research to Practice Fellowship (2018). She holds an MSW from Rutgers University, a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Brandeis University), and has taught graduate level courses in program evaluation and research methods at a number of universities and colleges in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

    liz@crossassociates.net

    Kaitlin Lounsbury, MA

    Program Evaluation Coordinator

    National Children's Alliance

    Kaitlin Lounsbury is the Program Evaluation Coordinator for the National Children’s Alliance.  Her work is dedicated to helping our field demonstrate the impact of services provided by Children’s Advocacy Centers.  This includes NCA's Outcome Measurement System (OMS) to evaluate satisfaction and service needs, helping to improve services for families and multidisciplinary team professionals involved in the response to child maltreatment.  Her background includes academic research with a focus on child abuse interventions and direct service work as a counselor, providing a blended skillset to help child-serving organizations effectively measure their work and improve practices.

    klounsbury@nca-online.org

    Theodore P. Cross, PhD

    Senior Research Specialist

    Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

    Theodore P. Cross, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Specialist at the Children and Family Research Center in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.  He is the principal investigator of the program evaluation of the Child Protection Training Academy. He directed the Multi-Site Evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers and the 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study, an assessment of the well-being of children in out-of-home care in the state. He has more than thirty years’ experience as a researcher studying the system response to child maltreatment, and numerous related publications and presentations. 

    ted@crossassociates.net

    Wendy A. Walsh, PhD

    Research Associate Professor

    Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

    Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., is Research Faculty at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center, where she has worked for over 20 years conducting research on child and family victimization.  She has published extensively on Children’s Advocacy Centers, technology-based victimization, and the criminal justice response to child abuse.  She recently evaluated the National TeleNursing Center in Massachusetts, a pilot project in six sites across the country to use telemedicine to bring quality forensic medical examinations to adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault in rural, tribal, military, and underserved areas.  Current projects include evaluating a statewide telehealth initiative in Arkansas to bring quality sexual assault forensic exams to underserved areas and working with Children’s Advocacy Centers in NH to improve the response to youth with problematic sexualized behavior. She regularly consults with the National Children’s Alliance on a number of projects, including recently developing a youth satisfaction survey and tracking mental health services and services to human trafficking and child pornography victims. Dr. Walsh is the author and co-author of numerous articles about child victimization and service use, the impact of victimization, and criminal justice outcomes.

    wendy.walsh@unh.edu

  • Session 3C: Social Isolation During COVID-19: How One CAC Reached Its Most Vulnerable Children

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Track: Advocacy & Communications - With children isolated at home and away from social supports and mandated reporters, chances for child sexual abuse disclosure are limited. This session will discuss the importance of reassuring children that help is still available, and healing is still possible despite the pandemic. Family Support Line’s public awareness campaign is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. It was uniquely created to target tweens and teens specifically, using child sexual abuse awareness messaging via social media. The campaign features sponsored ads on Instagram and Facebook that are geographically targeted and filtered by age and interests. They incorporate the call-to-action to visit the link in our Facebook and Instagram bios for resources and help.

    Track: Advocacy & Communications

    With children isolated at home and away from social supports and mandated reporters, chances for child sexual abuse disclosure are limited. This session will discuss the importance of reassuring children that help is still available, and healing is still possible despite the pandemic. We discuss reaching children directly where they are spending much of their time during and post pandemic. Family Support Line’s public awareness campaign is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. It was uniquely created to target tweens and teens specifically, using child sexual abuse awareness messaging via social media. The campaign features sponsored ads on Instagram and Facebook that are geographically targeted and filtered by age and interests. They incorporate the call-to-action to visit the link in our Facebook and Instagram bios for resources and help. Join us to hear our lessons learned as we reach children on social platforms. 

    Content correction: As noted in our presentation we did see an increase of cases since Covid, however we incorrectly noted the following statistics: 20% increase in the last half of 2020, 48% increase in January 2021, 95% increase in trafficking cases and a 22% increase in overall cases for FY21 compared to FY2020 with two more months to go.

    Aje King

    Public Awareness Intern

    Family Support Line

    Ajé King is a spring 2020 Temple University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She previously interned in The Franklin Institute’s Public Relations department performing outreach, conducting research, and writing press releases for the Marvel: Universe of Superheroes exhibit.   During the summer of 2019, Ajé was granted an extended internship opportunity in the Corporate Communications department at Independence Blue Cross (IBX), where she performed outreached, wrote press releases, conducted research, created social media content, and planned events for a variety of different affairs, including IBX’s first annual B. PHL Innovation Festival. Her journey at IBX led her to Family Support Line, where she worked as a Public Awareness intern for the organization’s ad campaign and website revamp.   Ajé returned to Temple in the fall of 2019 to pursue a master’s degree in Strategic Advertising and Marketing. She is now a full-time Digital Communications Specialist in the Corporate Communications department at IBX. 

    aje@familysupportline.org

    Sarah S. Gibbons

    Executive Director

    Family Support Line

    Sarah is an experienced nonprofit leader who brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, community engagement, program management, partnership building and much more. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Family Support Line (FSL) in Delaware County Pennsylvania.   Prior to her role at FSL, she served as the Community Relations Director for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In this role, she oversaw the community benefit regulatory compliance obligations for the hospital and designed innovative programs to increase CHOP’s community engagement of employees through the CHOP Cares Community Grant program and Community Ambassadors program.       Before joining CHOP in 2012, Sarah held several leadership roles with the Family Planning Council, including Senior Manager-Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and Manager of Public Affairs.   Sarah is a licensed social workers and holds a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from Carleton College and master’s degrees in Law and Social Policy and Social Services in Policy Practice and Advocacy from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. In addition to her professional experience, she has served as a leader on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. She is currently serving as a Girl Scout troop co-leader and service unit treasurer, Program committee chair and board member of Wonderspring Early Education, and Vice President of the Board of Hispanic Family Center. 

    sarah@familysupportline.org

    Karen Fiore

    Owner and Creative Director

    Fiore Design

    Karen Fiore is the owner and creative director of Fiore Design, an award-winning graphic design studio. For 15 years, Fiore Design has partnered with non-profits, corporations, and small businesses to create branding, marketing materials, direct mail, and social media campaigns, as well as directional signage and environment branding. Clients include GSK, Aramark, Family Support Line, The Ronald McDonald House and Travis Manion Foundation to name a few. At Fiore Design, we love the balance of work, as no two days are the same. Fiore Design is a WBENC and WOSB certified business. 

    Email: karen@fioredesign.net   Website: https://fioredesign.net  

    Social: IG: @fioredesign_haverford  FB: facebook.com/fioredesign.net

  • Session 3B: How MDTs Can Address the Systemic Needs of Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Track: Research & Innovative Practices - Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) have long been utilized to form strategies for the sexual abuse of children by adults, but studies show that up to 40% of alleged child sexual abuse cases referred to CAC’s occur between children. MDTs often find themselves inadequately prepared to determine the varying developmental and contextual needs of adolescents that initiate problematic sexual behaviors. The focus of this training will be to examine the systemic needs of MDTs and how they can form best practices by developing policies and procedures that are empirically supported and informed.

    Track: Research & Innovative Practices

    Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) have long been utilized to form strategies for the sexual abuse of children by adults, but studies show that up to 40% of alleged child sexual abuse cases referred to CAC’s occur between children. MDTs often find themselves inadequately prepared to determine the varying developmental and contextual needs of adolescents that initiate problematic sexual behaviors. The focus of this training will be to examine the systemic needs of MDTs and how they can form best practices by developing policies and procedures that are empirically supported and informed.

    Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW

    Executive Director

    Mountain Child Advocacy Center

    Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, is the current Executive Director of the Mountain Child Advocacy Center in Asheville, NC where he supervises a clinical department that assesses and treats child trauma and sexual problematic behavior in children with a curriculum that he has developed.  Geoff has an broad history of work with sexual violence for over 30 years including the assessment and treatment of individuals that have problematic sexual behaviors.  He speaks regionally and nationally on the topic of sexual trauma treatment and prevention.  He serves on several state and national boards that focus on assessment, intervention and prevention of sexual violence and trauma.

    gsidoli@mtncac.org

  • Session 3A: Listen and Learn: Initiating Collaboration between Tribal Communities and CACs

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Track: Advocacy & Communications - While the CAC/MDT model has been widely adopted throughout the United States, many communities in Indian Country lack resources and access to implement it. Participants in this session will be provided with an overview of the Listen and Learn process, which introduces the CAC/MDT model to tribal communities that do not have access to or utilize those resources at the local level. Presenters will describe the purpose, value, and provide examples of the Listen and Learn and present guidelines and recommendations for implementation as outlined in the “Listen and Learn: A Process for Initiating Collaboration between Tribal Communities and Children’s Advocacy Centers” published by the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.

    Track: Advocacy & Communications 

    While the CAC/MDT model has been widely adopted throughout the United States, many communities in Indian Country lack resources and access to implement it. Participants in this session will be provided with an overview of the Listen and Learn process, which introduces the CAC/MDT model to tribal communities that do not have access to or utilize those resources at the local level. Presenters will describe the purpose, value, and provide examples of the Listen and Learn and present guidelines and recommendations for implementation as outlined in the “Listen and Learn: A Process for Initiating Collaboration between Tribal Communities and Children’s Advocacy Centers” published by the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.

    Geri Wisner

    Executive Director

    Native American Children's Alliance

    Geri Wisner is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, a former United States Marine and a mother. She is the Tribal Prosecutor for the Pawnee Nation and Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, the Executive Director for the Native American Children’s Alliance (NACA) and oversees the Wisner Law Firm. Ms. Wisner is a nationally recognized speaker on the issues of criminal justice in Indian Country, collaborative responses to address violent crimes and integrating traditional Tribal healing and cultural practices. She also conducts trainings for law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and child abuse professionals responding to child maltreatment and domestic violence.  Ms. Wisner presents to Tribes, state and federal agencies, professional organizations, schools and communities throughout the country to develop and improve the child abuse response. Geri trains child abuse professionals on advanced investigative and prosecutorial techniques utilizing a victim-centered approach. Geri served as the Attorney General for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Prosecutor for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Wisner has been appointed to serve on several Congressional committees focusing on the improvement of Tribal justice, the protection of Native children and safer communities in Indian Country.   A 2001 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an American Indian Studies Certificate, Geri received her Juris Doctorate and Native American Law Certificate from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law in 2003. Geri is the president of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation bar association and serves as a board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). 

    geri_wisner@yahoo.com

    Patty Terzian

    State Liaison

    Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center

    Patty Terzian is a State Liaison with the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy center where she provides and supports training and technical assistance for professionals responding to child abuse throughout thirteen western states. Patty has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector developing and directing programs, providing outreach and trainings, and managing grants. In her previous role, Patty served for nine years as the Executive Director/Statewide Coordinator of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, the accredited state chapter of children’s advocacy centers. She led the chapter through considerable growth and development and collaborated with professionals across the state to improve services for Oregon’s children when there were concerns of abuse. Patty’s skills in project coordination, communications and training were honed through her early-career work in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.

    pterzian@rchsd.org

    Teresa Smith

    Project Director

    Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center

    Teresa Smith is the Project Director of the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC), a grant program from the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, managed by the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance.  She had been an Outreach Coordinator with NRCAC since 2011. Prior to joining NRCAC, she served as co-founder and Executive Director for the PinnacleHealth Children’s Resource Center, a hospital-based Children’s Advocacy Center in Harrisburg, PA, established in 1993.  Smith supervises three Training Specialists and a Training and Resource Coordinator who provide training and technical assistance to communities in nine northeast states to develop new, and strengthen established, multidisciplinary child abuse teams and children’s advocacy centers. She conducts accreditation site reviews in the U.S. for the National Children’s Alliance. She currently serves as a consultant for the advisory committee of the Centre County Children’s Advocacy Center. She also conducts grant reviews for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee.  In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Penn State, Smith received a master of social work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies in Non-profit and Public Sectors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Penn State University College of Human Development’s Alumni Council in 2015. She is a mentor in the PSU Health & Human Development Alumni Mentoring Program.    Smith moved to Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in 2012 with her husband Richard Smith.  They are the proud grandparents of four grand-daughters ages 9,  5, 4 and 3 .  Their only grandson is 2 years old. Their family also includes an adopted a 5-year old canine rescue Golden Retriever mix, named Daisy. 

    teresa@nrcac.org

    Tony DeVincenzo, M.A.

    Training Specialist

    Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center

    Tony DeVincenzo holds the position of Training Specialist with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center having previously served as the Director of Programs/MDT Coordinator for Deirdre’s House, the Child Advocacy Center for Morris County, NJ.  Prior to his employment at the CAC, Tony served 25 years in law enforcement, a majority of which involved investigating crimes against children.  During that time, he also served as a forensic interviewer and was an active member of the Morris County MDT.  Tony retired as a Lieutenant from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office after supervising the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. In addition to his law enforcement and CAC roles, Tony has been an adjunct faculty member at County College of Morris, Rutgers University, and Montclair State University.  He has trained on a variety of topics including child abuse investigations, forensic interviewing of children, and the CAC/MDT model.    

    tony@nrcac.org

  • Session 2J: ICAC Resources for MDTs

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Track: Advocacy & Communications - This training will describe ICAC investigative resources, and how they can assist MDTs. The training will cover the ICAC collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement and NCMEC. ICAC investigative expertise in digital evidence identification, collection and analysis, and prevention resources will be covered. These can include legal process, identification of the offender, victim or additional victims. This training will also evaluate the benefits of an ICAC/MDT partnership.

    Track: Advocacy & Communications 

    This training will describe ICAC investigative resources, and how they can assist MDTs. The training will cover the ICAC collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement and NCMEC. ICAC investigative expertise in digital evidence identification, collection and analysis, and prevention resources will be covered.  These can include legal process, identification of the offender, victim or additional victims. This training will also evaluate the benefits of an ICAC/MDT partnership.   

    Lt. Joe Laramie, ret.

    Program Manager

    National Criminal Justice Training Center

    Lt. Joe Laramie (retired) has more than 35 years of child protection, investigation and training experience.  During his career with Glendale, MO PD he was the founding Commander of the MO Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Joe later worked for the MO Attorney General’s Office where he was responsible for cyber related crimes against children, human trafficking and the computer forensic lab.  He is now a Program Manager with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, working with the ICAC Task Force Program and Missing and Exploited Children Training Programs.  Joe also serves on Board for the Davis House Child Advocacy Center headquartered in his home of Franklin, TN.  

    laramie@fvtc.edu

  • Session 2I: Building Resilient MDTs: Overview of a Web-Based Discussion Group to Promote Resilience

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Track: Chapter - This presentation will share the results of a collaborative effort to develop and implement an interactive virtual discussion group designed to help professionals acknowledge and address the impact of trauma and build resiliency within their teams. Developed using the curriculum “Building Resiliency in CACs and MDTs” developed by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan and adapted from materials created by the Office of Victims of Crime, “Building Resilient MDTs” provides a forum for understanding the core elements of resiliency, and how to apply the concepts to the MDT. Participants will learn about the Building Resilient MDT curriculum, how it has been used, and takeaways from implementing the discussion-based model.

    Track: Chapter

    This presentation will share the results of a collaborative effort to develop and implement an interactive virtual discussion group designed to help professionals acknowledge and address the impact of trauma and build resiliency within their teams. Developed using the curriculum “Building Resiliency in CACs and MDTs” developed by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan and adapted from materials created by the Office of Victims of Crime, “Building Resilient MDTs” provides a forum for understanding the core elements of resiliency, and how to apply the concepts to the MDT. Participants will learn about the Building Resilient MDT curriculum, how it has been used, and takeaways from implementing the discussion-based model.

    Patty Terzian

    State Liaison

    Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center

    Patty Terzian is a State Liaison with the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy center where she provides and supports training and technical assistance for professionals responding to child abuse throughout thirteen western states. Patty has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector developing and directing programs, providing outreach and trainings, and managing grants. In her previous role, Patty served for nine years as the Executive Director/Statewide Coordinator of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, the accredited state chapter of children’s advocacy centers. She led the chapter through considerable growth and development and collaborated with professionals across the state to improve services for Oregon’s children when there were concerns of abuse. Patty’s skills in project coordination, communications and training were honed through her early-career work in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.

    pterzian@rchsd.org

  • Session 2H: Self-Generated Explicit Content: Using New Approaches for Prevention

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Track: Advocacy & Communications - How can we prevent a crime when the victim is the one creating the images used to exploit them? In this workshop we will discuss how to better understand these behaviors in children and adolescents using a developmental perspective. We will share free resources from NCMEC to address this issue with children of all ages. Lastly, we will discuss how to build successful prevention programs in your local community addressing all facets of online exploitation including self-generated content.

    Track: Advocacy & Communications

    How can we prevent a crime when the victim is the one creating the images used to exploit them? In this workshop we will discuss how to better understand these behaviors in children and adolescents using a developmental perspective. We will share free resources from NCMEC to address this issue with children of all ages. Lastly, we will discuss how to build successful prevention programs in your local community addressing all facets of online exploitation including self-generated content.

    Kathryn Rifenbark

    Program Manager, Survivor Services

    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    Kathryn Rifenbark is the Program Manager for Survivor Services in the Exploited Children Division (ECD) at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia. She has been with NCMEC since 2010, where has held several roles including ECD analyst, supervisor, and project specialist. In her current position, Kathryn is responsible for enhancing NCMEC’s efforts to improve resources for victims of child sexual abuse material by liaising with law enforcement, victim service providers, and child serving professionals

    krifenbark@ncmec.org

    Susan Kennedy

    Prevention Program Manager

    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    Susan Kennedy joined the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2018 and she is responsible the implementation of NCMEC’s prevention education programs. Prior to working at NCMEC, Susan worked at the Center for Alexandria’s Children as the Director of Programs. She conducted forensic interviews, directed the Child Advocacy Center program and oversaw the development of a community-based prevention program for young children and families. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Education degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. 

    sekennedy@ncmec.org

  • Session 2G: Leveraging Community Partnerships for Prevention Education

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Track: Research & innovative Practices - This workshop will provide participants with innovative ways to leverage community partnerships with school corporations, school resource officers, towns/cities, and other community non-profits to enhance the impact of prevention education programs. The presenter will use the partnership with Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers, Plainfield Community School Corporation, the Town of Plainfield, Plainfield Police Department and other local nonprofit organizations as one possible example.

    Track: Research & innovative Practices

    This workshop will provide participants with innovative ways to leverage community partnerships with school corporations, school resource officers,  towns/cities, and other community non-profits to enhance the impact of prevention education programs.  The presenter will use the partnership with Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers, Plainfield Community School Corporation, the Town of Plainfield, Plainfield Police Department and other local nonprofit organizations as one possible example.

    Emily E Perry MSW, LSW

    Executive Director

    Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers

    Emily Perry is the Founder and Executive Director of Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers.  With three child advocacy center locations serving 35+ Indiana counties annually, Ms. Perry has the pleasure and challenge of working with hundreds of multidisciplinary team members and community partners.  Susie's Place serves nearly 1,500 reported child victims annually and provides school-based prevention education programs to nearly 90 schools and 40,000 K-12th grade students each year.  Ms. Perry has worked in the field of crimes against children for more than 20 years and has dedicated her career to creating and implementing innovative programs that address the unique and complex needs of children. 

    emily@susiesplace.org

  • Session 2F: The Benefits of Tracking Services for CSEC Clients and Military Families in NCAtrak – Hear From the Research Experts

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Track: Research & Innovative Practices Please join Wendy Walsh, Ph.D., Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D. and Andy Dixon as they discuss collecting the data for provision of services to clients referred for CSEC images and human trafficking, as well as for services for Military Families. The CAC movement has long known that data collection can inform and guide best practice and this panel will discuss ways to improve collecting and tracking data on service provision and how to put this information to best use.

    Track: Research & Innovative Practices 
    Please join Wendy Walsh, Ph.D., Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D. and Andy Dixon as they discuss collecting the data for provision of services to clients referred for CSEC images and human trafficking, as well as for services for Military Families. The CAC movement has long known that data collection can inform and guide best practice and this panel will discuss ways to improve collecting and tracking data on service provision and how to put this information to best use.

    Andy Dixson

    Chief Technology Officer

    Healthcare Technology Partners (HTP) LLC

    Mr. Andrew Dixson is the Chief Technology Officer at Healthcare Technology Partners (HTP) LLC, which provides support for electronic medical record systems at several U.S. Department of Energy sites across the country. Prior to joining HTP he was the lead designer and developer on the team that created NCAtrak in 2004. He continued to support the NCAtrak training, development, and operations through 2010. Mr. Dixson is glad to now be reunited with the NCAtrak team as a consultant.

    Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D

    Child and Family Clinical Psychologist, Duke Health

    Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

    ernestine.briggs@duke.edu

    Wendy A. Walsh, PhD

    Research Associate Professor

    Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

    Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., is Research Faculty at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center, where she has worked for over 20 years conducting research on child and family victimization.  She has published extensively on Children’s Advocacy Centers, technology-based victimization, and the criminal justice response to child abuse.  She recently evaluated the National TeleNursing Center in Massachusetts, a pilot project in six sites across the country to use telemedicine to bring quality forensic medical examinations to adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault in rural, tribal, military, and underserved areas.  Current projects include evaluating a statewide telehealth initiative in Arkansas to bring quality sexual assault forensic exams to underserved areas and working with Children’s Advocacy Centers in NH to improve the response to youth with problematic sexualized behavior. She regularly consults with the National Children’s Alliance on a number of projects, including recently developing a youth satisfaction survey and tracking mental health services and services to human trafficking and child pornography victims. Dr. Walsh is the author and co-author of numerous articles about child victimization and service use, the impact of victimization, and criminal justice outcomes.

    wendy.walsh@unh.edu

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