Thursday Schedule

Check-in is in the main lobby of the hotel.

7:30am - 8:30am

Check-In – Main Lobby
Breakfast – Regatta Ballroom

10:30am - 12:00pm

Child Sexual Abuse: The Perpetrators Perspective

Dr. Graham Hill

10:30am - 12:00pm

The Perfect Pick: Victimizing the Intellectually Disabled

Amy Derrick

10:30am - 12:00pm

The Kelsey Smith Case: The Investigation and its Long-Term Impact on Criminal Investigations

Greg Smith

10:30am - 12:00pm

The Importance of Recognizing and Documenting Grooming Behaviors

Roger Canaff

10:30am - 12:00pm

Play and Healing in Sexually Traumatized Children

Dr. Jodi Mullen

1:15pm-2:45pm

Child Sexual Abuse: Conducting Meaningful Interviews with Male Perpetrators

Dr. Graham Hill

1:15pm-2:45pm

Randy & Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of his Childhood Sexual Abuse

Kevin Mulcahy

1:15pm-2:45pm

I Take it Back: When a Child Recants Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Carrie Paschall

1:15pm-2:45pm

The Role of Institutions in Child Abuse

Roger Canaff

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Child Sexual Abuse: Perpetrators In a Position of Trust

Dr. Graham Hill

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Placement Decisions, Safety Planning, and Sibling Reunification in Cases of Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Dr. Erin Taylor

3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Kelsey Smith Case: The Investigation and its Long-Term Impact on Criminal Investigations

Greg Smith

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Victim Impact on Child Pornography

Detective Sergeant Mark Munro

3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse

Julie Brand

Thursday Workshops

If provided, presenter handouts will be available by directly emailing the presenter after the conference, subject to their release.

9:20am - 10:20am KEYNOTE

A Conversation with Sacha Pfeiffer

Sacha Pfeiffer – NPR Investigations Team Correspondent; Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Journalist with The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team; and inspiration for the film Spotlight about the investigation of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse

Moderated by Mindy Todd – WCAI “The Point” Host and Producer

KEYNOTE Speaker Info

A print and broadcast journalist, Sacha Pfeiffer is a reporter for NPR’s national investigative team, and an occasional guest host for some of NPR’s national pro-grams.

Pfeiffer was previously a longtime reporter for the Boston Globe, where she was best known for her work on its investigative Spotlight team, whose stories on the Catholic Church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, among other honors. That reporting is the subject of the movie “Spotlight,” which won the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture.

Pfeiffer was also a senior reporter and host of “All Things Considered” and “Radio Boston” at WBUR in Boston, where she won a national 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting. While at WBUR, she was also a guest host for NPR’s nationally syndicated “On Point” and “Here & Now.”

From 2004-2005, Pfeiffer was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she studied at Stanford Law School. She is a co-author of the book “Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church” and has taught journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English and history, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in education, both from Boston University, as well as an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Cooper Union.

10:30am - 12:00pm on Thursday

Child Sexual Abuse: The Perpetrators Perspective

Dr. Graham Hill

What makes the perpetrators of child sexual abuse think the way they do? This workshop will demonstrate the origins and maintenance of perpetrator behavior. It offers essential knowledge to help professionals who investigate child sexual abuse and safeguard children.

Speaker Info

Dr. Graham Hill is a Criminologist and a subject matter expert in relation to the behavior of child sexual abusers and non-familial child abductors. He is a former senior detective and was the founder and first Head of Behavioral Analysis for the UK Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Graham’s investigative career and research background gives him a unique perspective of sexual crimes against children and he lectures internationally on a wide range of interrelated subjects. He is a member of the British Society of Criminology and a Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds University in England.

The Perfect Pick: Victimizing the Intellectually Disabled

Amy Derrick

Children and adults with an intellectual and or developmental disability often make the perfect targets for a sexually violent offense. This presentation will address best practices for the investigation of these types of cases as well as provide strategies for evidence gathering, charging decisions and successful prosecution.

Speaker Info

Amy Derrick is currently the Administrative Chief of the Crimes Against Children and the Adult Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Divisions of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. She has been with the Dallas District Attorney’s Office for over 14 years. She has spent the last eleven years prosecuting sexual assault cases exclusively; including child abuse, domestic violence, campus related and cold case sexual assault. In 2015, Amy formed the office’s “Sexual Assault Kit Initiative” to address the need to test, investigate and prosecute cases arising out of the forensic analysis of thousands of untested sexual assault kits across the county. Amy serves on numerous community coalitions, sexual assault response teams, and legislative task forces with the goal of strengthening the multi-disciplinary response to reports of sexual assault. Amy is a frequent trainer and presenter for law enforcement, victim advocates, Child Protective Services, sexual assault nursing (SANE) programs and for other prosecutors. She has been invited to train nationally regarding the prosecution of sexual assault and frequently at the local level and across the state.

The Kelsey Smith Case: The Investigation and its Long-Term Impact on Criminal Investigations

Greg Smith

This presentation will discuss the Kelsey Smith abduction and murder case, which occurred in Kansas in 2007. The presenter is Kelsey’s father and he will highlight the evidence, law enforcement response, and the technology considerations that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Kelsey’s murderer. The presentation also discusses the history of the Kelsey Smith Act.

Speaker Info

Greg Smith served 10 years in the United States Navy Submarine Service and then began a career in 1990 in law enforcement, serving in South Carolina, Missouri, and Kansas. He served as a law enforcement officer until 2008. In 2007, his daughter, Kelsey Smith, was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered. The case made international and national news and led Greg and his wife, Missey, to start the Kelsey Smith Foundation®. Greg & Missey present seminars across the United States on safety awareness as well as training law enforcement and others on the importance of the Kelsey Smith Act. This has led to the Kelsey Smith Act being passed in 24 states. In 2008, he began teaching history and government at the high school and middle school level. In 2010, Greg was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives. In 2012, he was elected to the Kansas Senate serving as vice chair & chair of law enforcement related committees. He was the sole sponsor of legislation that improved the reporting and investigation of missing persons in Kansas. Greg returned to law enforcement in 2017 with the Johnson County (KS) Sheriff’s Office and serves as the Special Deputy for Government Affairs, Veteran Liaison, and Crime Victim Advocate.

The Importance of Recognizing and Documenting Grooming Behaviors

Roger A. Canaff

This presentation will address the dynamics some child victims face when they begin to experience child sexual abuse. Grooming methods employed over the lifespan and dynamics of victimization will be discussed, including an examination of common reactions to child sexual abuse and experiences that many victims share. A focus will be on the process of disclosure and how children may tell about abuse in certain circumstances.

Speaker Info

Roger Canaff is a widely known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker. A former Special Victims prosecutor, he has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. He has worked as a prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia, the Bronx, New York, and as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York as well as a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association, Child Abuse Unit. He has also trained U.S. Army prosecutors on Special Victims cases as a Highly Qualified Expert. He is currently a partner and consultant with Justice3D.com.

Play and Healing in Sexually Traumatized Children

Dr. Jodi Mullen

Children who have been sexually traumatized are in need of our services. In this workshop, participants will learn how play therapy can impact the behavioral, social, emotional, and psychological markers of sexual trauma in therapeutic relationships, and the special issues these children present, including dealing with the powerful impact of working with this population.

Speaker Info

Dr. Jodi Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S CPT-Master is a professor at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program and Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. She is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services, with offices Central New York. Dr. Mullen is an international speaker, author, credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor. Her books include “Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids: 20 Principles for Becoming the Parent your Child Needs” (2018), Counseling Children & Adolescents through Grief and Loss” (co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini) (2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy” (2007), ”Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008), and “Counseling Children: A Core Issues Approach” (2011). Dr. Mullen was the 2008 recipient of the Key Award for Professional Training & Education through the Association for Play Therapy. She is the proud Momma of Leah & Andrew.

1:15pm - 2:45pm on Thursday

Child Sexual Abuse: Conducting Meaningful Interviews with Male Perpetrators

Dr. Graham Hill

This workshop explores the skills and knowledge required to conduct meaningful interviews with men suspected of child sexual abuse. It uses video interviews with perpetrators to demonstrate the most common presentation styles used by perpetrators. It explains the importance of collating information and the most effective interview techniques, how they work and when to use them.

Speaker Info

Dr. Graham Hill is a Criminologist and a subject matter expert in relation to the behavior of child sexual abusers and non-familial child abductors. He is a former senior detective and was the founder and first Head of Behavioral Analysis for the UK Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Graham’s investigative career and research background gives him a unique perspective of sexual crimes against children and he lectures internationally on a wide range of interrelated subjects. He is a member of the British Society of Criminology and a Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds University in England.

Randy & Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of his Childhood Sexual Abuse

Kevin Mulcahy

This presentation will recount Kevin’s own story of sexual exploitation at the hands of his soccer coach, Randy. But, it will not be merely a retelling of the past.  Instead, the presentation will address lessons learned from his case by combining Kevin’s experience both as a victim and a long-time prosecutor of child exploitation cases.

Speaker Info

Kevin Mulcahy is a survivor of child sexual abuse.  He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit. Throughout his career, Kevin has prosecuted a variety of cases, including offenses involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies, threats, terrorism, and a wide variety of other federal prosecutions. But most of his caseload focuses on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography cases, traveler cases, and other significant crimes-against-children prosecutions.

Kevin has been a prosecutor since 2002, all on the federal level, with the first 3 1/2 years as an AUSA in San Diego, and the rest in Detroit. Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review. He has 3 kids, 2 cats, and a very nice wife.

I Take it Back: When a Child Recants Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Carrie Paschall

Investigating cases of children and teenagers who have been sexually victimized can be challenging, but it can be especially challenging when the child later recants their initial allegations. This presentation will discuss recantation and its place in the normal process of disclosure, how to investigate a recant and when and how to interview a child who has recanted. A case study with excerpts from forensic interviews will be used to assist in meeting learning objectives.

Speaker Info

Carrie Paschall is currently the Chief Investigative and Support Services Officer for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center where she oversees the management and operations of a forensic interview team of 9 Services and the Family Support Services Program team of 21. Prior to coming to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center in 2014 she was with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as the Child Forensic Interviewer for the Crimes Against Children Unit for 14 years. As a child interviewer, Carrie assisted local, state and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. Carrie also occasionally assisted prosecutors in preparing children for court.

The Role of Institutions in Child Abuse

Roger A. Canaff

Institutions of all kinds shape our lives, and both reflect and develop our culture. Not all institutions are “brick and mortar” ones with boards of directors and headquarters. Institutions can also be informal ones that emerge as ideas through religion, cultural standards, and become powerful motivators for families and communities. Both types of institutions, almost always positive and honorable in essence and intent, nevertheless become havens for predators for different reasons. Child protection professionals should understand how this can work, and how the institutions can best work with them to protect children and prevent infiltration.

Speaker Info

Roger Canaff is a widely known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker. A former Special Victims prosecutor, he has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children. He has worked as a prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia, the Bronx, New York, and as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York as well as a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association, Child Abuse Unit. He has also trained U.S. Army prosecutors on Special Victims cases as a Highly Qualified Expert. He is currently a partner and consultant with Justice3D.com.

3:00pm - 4:30pm on Thursday

Child Sexual Abuse: Perpetrators in a Position of Trust

Dr. Graham Hill

This workshop will examine how predators infiltrate positions of trust to sexually abuse vulnerable children. It will detail the characteristics of these offenders and explore how they use their positions to manipulate children and their families to facilitate their sexual abuse and hide in public view.

Speaker Info

Dr. Graham Hill is a Criminologist and a subject matter expert in relation to the behavior of child sexual abusers and non-familial child abductors. He is a former senior detective and was the founder and first Head of Behavioral Analysis for the UK Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Graham’s investigative career and research background gives him a unique perspective of sexual crimes against children and he lectures internationally on a wide range of interrelated subjects. He is a member of the British Society of Criminology and a Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds University in England.

Placement Decisions, Safety Planning, and Sibling Reunification in Cases of Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Dr. Erin Taylor

Children with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) are defined as youth ages 12 and younger who engage in behaviors involving sexual body parts (i.e., genitals, anus, buttocks, or breasts) that are developmentally inappropriate and/or potentially harmful to themselves or others (Chaffin et al., 2008). PSB most commonly occurs among children within the same family. Although children who have PSB sometimes require a restrictive or out-of-home placement, most children with this behavior can remain in their home, even if other children reside with them.

Designed for professionals from a variety of disciplines (social work, law enforcement, mental health), this presentation will address safety planning and placement decisions in cases where children have PSB. In addition, planning for sibling reunification will also be addressed. This may include, but will not be limited to, treatment for the recipient child, visitation planning, and details surrounding the reunification process and decision-making.

Speaker Info

Erin K. Taylor, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Taylor received her doctoral degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the University of Oklahoma Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Training and Technical Assistance Program, a trainer for the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth, and lead clinician in the evidence-based treatment programs for preschool children with problematic sexual behavior. She also is actively involved in research on youth engagement in electronic and online sexual behaviors as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for children with PSB and trauma.

The Kelsey Smith Case: The Investigation and its Long-Term Impact on Criminal Investigations

Greg Smith

This presentation will discuss the Kelsey Smith abduction and murder case, which occurred in Kansas in 2007. The presenter is Kelsey’s father and he will highlight the evidence, law enforcement response, and the technology considerations that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Kelsey’s murderer. The presentation also discusses the history of the Kelsey Smith Act.

Speaker Info

Greg Smith served 10 years in the United States Navy Submarine Service and then began a career in 1990 in law enforcement, serving in South Carolina, Missouri, and Kansas. He served as a law enforcement officer until 2008. In 2007, his daughter, Kelsey Smith, was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered. The case made international and national news and led Greg and his wife, Missey, to start the Kelsey Smith Foundation®. Greg & Missey present seminars across the United States on safety awareness as well as training law enforcement and others on the importance of the Kelsey Smith Act. This has led to the Kelsey Smith Act being passed in 24 states. In 2008, he began teaching history and government at the high school and middle school level. In 2010, Greg was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives. In 2012, he was elected to the Kansas Senate serving as vice chair & chair of law enforcement related committees. He was the sole sponsor of legislation that improved the reporting and investigation of missing persons in Kansas. Greg returned to law enforcement in 2017 with the Johnson County (KS) Sheriff’s Office and serves as the Special Deputy for Government Affairs, Veteran Liaison, and Crime Victim Advocate.

Victim Impact of Child Pornography

Detective Sergeant Mark Munro

The long-term effects of being a victim of child pornography has not been thoroughly addressed across the trauma field. Sexting, a subset of child pornography, is becoming the newest form of child pornography distributed, and the effects of sexting are often minimized by those that do not understand the implications of this new type of sharing. This workshop will address child pornography and sexting and will allow the participant to understand the harm caused by the sharing of child pornography and sexting images.

Speaker Info

Mark Munro is currently a Detective Sergeant at the Hobbs Police Department and has investigated over 500 sex crimes during his work in the Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Munro is also a NM DPS Certified Instructor and has taught multiple trainings in the area of child abuse and sex crimes. Prior to Mr. Munro’s position with the Hobbs Police Department, he worked for 10 years as a licensed therapist, performing individual and group treatment with convicted sex offenders. Mr. Munro continues to be an active member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), Task Force Member of the NM ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children), and Lead Trainer at CTI Services NM. Mr. Munro has completed psychological evaluations and expert witness testimony for the 5th Judicial District (NM).

The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse

Julie Brand

Our culture denies that mothers perpetrate sexual abuse; maternal incest frequently goes undetected. This unique workshop examines the complex mother-daughter incestuous relationship, identifies therapeutic issues critical to victim recovery and offers strategies for prevention and intervention. This dynamic program is both research-based and survivor-informed. The presenter is an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal sexual abuse.

Speaker Info

Julie Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. She uses her unique perspective as both counselor and survivor, to speak and to write about females who sexually abuse children. Since founding CAPER Consulting (Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery) in 2006, she has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on mother-daughter sexual abuse, female offenders in positions of trust, male survivors and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. She authored A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (2007), participated in a Canadian documentary on maternal incest (2013) and has testified as an expert witness on mother-daughter sexual abuse in district court (2017). Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.

Friday Schedule

Breakfast available in Breakout Rooms at 8:30am

9:00am - 10:30am

Interviewing Children about Grooming Activities

Andra Chamberlin

9:00am - 10:30am

Blindsided: 7 Sneaky Challenges Facing Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Kevin Mulcahy

9:00am - 10:30am

Once a Victim, Now a Survivor

Sayeh Rivazfar

9:00am - 10:30am

Tips and Tricks for Connecting to Teenagers in Therapeutic Relationships

Dr. Jodi Mullen

9:00am - 10:30am

What about Our Boys? Understanding the Challenges Facing Male Victims of Sexual Abuse

Julie Brand

10:45am - 12:15pm

Interviewing Children about Repeated Abuse: Exploring Specific Episodes

Andra Chamberlin

10:45am - 12:15pm

Youth in the Age of Technology: An Overview of Electronic & Online Sexual Behaviour

Dr. Erin Taylor

10:45am - 12:15pm

Once a Victim, Now a Survivor

Sayeh Rivazfar

10:45am - 12:15pm

The Treatment Needs and Learning Styles of Intellectual Disabled Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems: One Size Does Not Fit All

Kevin Creeden

10:45am - 12:15pm

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Amy Derrick

1:30pm - 3:00pm

The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Drug Endangered Children

Russell Smith

1:30pm - 3:00pm

But I Love Him: When a Child Loves Their Offender (Or Thinks They Do)

Carrie Paschall

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Keeping the Brain in Mind: Applying What We Know about Neurodevelopment & Child Maltreatment to our Treatment of Sexual Behavior Problems

Kevin Creeden

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Rapport with a Purpose: Interviewing the Sexual Offender

Detective Sergeant Mark Munro

Friday Workshops

If provided, presenter handouts will be available by directly emailing the presenter after the conference, subject to their release.

9:00am - 10:30am on Friday

Interviewing Children about Grooming Activities

Andra Chamberlin

“Grooming,” better viewed as manipulation, is an important and critical part of most child sexual abuse cases. One area often lost in the child abuse investigation and forensic interview is how victims experience grooming and how this manipulation impacts the disclosure process. This workshop will explore the offender’s manipulation of the child, the family, and the community and provides specific questions which target these behaviors.

Speaker Info

Andra Chamberlin, MA is a Trainer and Child Forensic Interview Specialist with the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. Andra has worked in the child abuse field since 1989 and began conducting forensic interviews in 1996. She has 23 years of forensic interviewing experience and has conducted forensic interviews in children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in Alabama and Texas. Andra currently teaches the NCAC’s Forensic Interviewing of Child Training, Advanced Forensic Interviewing of Children Training, as well as presents at local, regional, state, national and international child abuse conferences on child forensic interviewing. She is the developer and host of a new online video series for forensic interviewers titled “Takeaway Tuesdays” and helped develop the first intermediate online forensic interview training in the United States titled “Beyond Forensic Interviewing Skills”. In addition to her ongoing work in the field of child forensic interviewing, Andra serves as a forensic interviewer mentor as part of the NCAC’s Mentoring and Consultation Groups for Child Forensic Interviewers. Andra was a member of a community organization which established the CAC in Midland Texas where she served as Program Director/Lead Forensic Interviewer for 14 years. She also piloted the development of a forensic interview protocol for the state of Texas and taught forensic interviewing training for 11 years for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. Andra has provided expert testimony for both criminal and civil court proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. She received her Masters in Applied Research Psychology and Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Blindsided: 7 Sneaky Challenges Facing Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Kevin Mulcahy

Child sexual abuse professionals know the most common challenges facing survivors of child sexual abuse, such as fear, shame, guilt, depression, trust issues, substance abuse, etc. But there are other, less widely discussed questions that child sexual abuse survivors face. This presentation will focus on a few of these sneaky challenges.

Speaker Info

Kevin Mulcahy is a survivor of child sexual abuse.  He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit. Throughout his career, Kevin has prosecuted a variety of cases, including offenses involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies, threats, terrorism, and a wide variety of other federal prosecutions. But most of his caseload focuses on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography cases, traveler cases, and other significant crimes against children prosecutions. Kevin has been a prosecutor since 2002, all on the federal level, with the first 3 1/2 years as an AUSA in San Diego, and the rest in Detroit. Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review. He has 3 kids, 2 cats, and a very nice wife.

Once a Victim, Now a Survivor

Sayeh Rivazfar

Personal story of survival including child abuse and sex abuse with criminal and custodial case breakdown.

Speaker Info

Sayeh Rivazfar is currently the oldest of six children. In Sayeh’s early childhood, she, her sister Sara, and brother Arash became victims of mental and physical child abuse at the hands of their biological mother who lived in Pensacola, Florida. Sayeh’s mother had various men in and out of their home, along with alcohol and drug abuse. On September 22, 1988, Sayeh, then age 8 and Sara, age 6, were kidnapped from their home during the late night by a man known as Raymond Warfield Wike, one of their mother’s boyfriends. Wike had taken the girls to a nearby wooded area, raped Sayeh, and then lacerated both girls’ throats leaving them for dead.

As a result of her experiences, Sayeh has become the voice for other victims. She has shared her experiences with several various entities including victim’s families, parents, children, peers, Politicians, Law Enforcement agencies, and many different communities in hopes that this would show others hope for prevention, intervention, and/or comfort. Sayeh has conducted several media interviews and appeared on talk shows to educate others of her past experiences in hopes of reaching those who are in need or will listen. Sayeh has worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, providing them with presentations, speeches, and one-on-one sessions with victims. She also participates in the many events that take place supporting the Center.

Sayeh has successfully completed her education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and has successfully pursed her goal of a career in Law Enforcement working with the New York State Police. She has been employed with the New York State Police since 2003 and was promoted to Investigator in 2016. Sayeh is doing very well and is happily married with her first child born in 2012. Sayeh is assigned to Monroe County and lives in Rochester, New York, where her family and loved ones reside.

Tip and Tricks for Connecting to Teenagers in Therapeutic Relationships

Dr. Jodi Mullen

This workshop is the missing component for many helping professionals who work with teenagers. It is challenging to translate the language of helping into a common language that can bridge connections with teens. This workshop focuses on how helpers can build professional competence and confidence; the foundation for sound relationships with teenagers.

Speaker Info

Dr. Jodi Mullen, PhD LMHC NCC RPT-S CPT-Master is a professor at SUNY Oswego in the Counseling & Psychological Services Department where she is the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program and Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. She is the Director of Integrative Counseling Services, with offices Central New York.  Dr. Mullen is an international speaker, author, credentialed play therapist and play therapy supervisor. Her books include “Raising Freakishly Well-Behaved Kids: 20 Principles for Becoming the Parent your Child Needs” (2018), Counseling Children & Adolescents through Grief and Loss” (co-authored by Dr. Jody Fiorini) (2006), “Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning & Living & the Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy” (2007), ”Supervision can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors” (co-edited with Athena Drewes) (2008), and “Counseling Children: A Core Issues Approach” (2011). Dr. Mullen was the 2008 recipient of the Key Award for Professional Training & Education through the Association for Play Therapy. She is the proud Momma of Leah & Andrew.

What About Our Boys? Understanding the Challenges Facing Male Victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault

Julie Brand

Male victims can experience overwhelming gender bias when disclosing sexual abuse, whether their perpetrator is male or female. This program discusses male sexual victimization, the unique challenges men face and the myths that keep male victims silent. We’ll offer specific trauma informed approaches to working with male victims—from disclosure to therapy.

Speaker Info

Julie Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. She uses her unique perspective as both counselor and survivor, to speak and to write about females who sexually abuse children. Since founding CAPER Consulting (Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery) in 2006, she has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on mother-daughter sexual abuse, female offenders in positions of trust, male survivors and the opportunities for recovery from childhood trauma. She authored A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (2007), participated in a Canadian documentary on maternal incest (2013) and has testified as an expert witness on mother-daughter sexual abuse in district court (2017). Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.

10:45am - 12:15pm on Friday

Interviewing Children about Repeated Abuse: Exploring Specific Episodes

Andra K. Chamberlin

Practice and research suggest that eliciting information pertaining to specific episodic instances of repeated abuse is especially challenging for many children. Investigators and prosecutors often want to determine when incidents occurred, the number of times events were repeated, or the sequence of differing events. Forensic interviews are often derailed as interviewers attempt to balance the needs of multidisciplinary team members with the child’s abilities to recall specific events. This training will provide interviewers, investigators, and prosecution with practical recommendations and appropriate interview strategies.

Speaker Info

Andra Chamberlin, MA is a Trainer and Child Forensic Interview Specialist with the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. Andra has worked in the child abuse field since 1989 and began conducting forensic interviews in 1996. She has 23 years of forensic interviewing experience and has conducted forensic interviews in children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in Alabama and Texas. Andra currently teaches the NCAC’s Forensic Interviewing of Child Training, Advanced Forensic Interviewing of Children Training, as well as presents at local, regional, state, national and international child abuse conferences on child forensic interviewing. She is the developer and host of a new online video series for forensic interviewers titled “Takeaway Tuesdays” and helped develop the first intermediate online forensic interview training in the United States titled “Beyond Forensic Interviewing Skills”. In addition to her ongoing work in the field of child forensic interviewing, Andra serves as a forensic interviewer mentor as part of the NCAC’s Mentoring and Consultation Groups for Child Forensic Interviewers. Andra was a member of a community organization which established the CAC in Midland Texas where she served as Program Director/Lead Forensic Interviewer for 14 years. She also piloted the development of a forensic interview protocol for the state of Texas and taught forensic interviewing training for 11 years for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. Andra has provided expert testimony for both criminal and civil court proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. She received her Masters in Applied Research Psychology and Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Youth in the Age of Technology: An Overview of Electronic and Online Sexual Behaviors

Dr. Erin Taylor

Over the past decade, Internet access has become deeply ingrained in the daily lives of most individuals, particularly for children and adolescents. This workshop will provide an overview of the current research on youth engagement in electronic and online sexual behaviors, including information on rates, correlates, and challenges of addressing the behavior. Recommendation for families, mental health providers, other professionals who work with children, and policy-makers will also be discussed.

Speaker Info

Erin K. Taylor, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Taylor received her doctoral degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the University of Oklahoma Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Training and Technical Assistance Program, a trainer for the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth, and lead clinician in the evidence-based treatment programs for preschool children with problematic sexual behavior. She also is actively involved in research on youth engagement in electronic and online sexual behaviors as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for children with PSB and trauma.

Once a Victim, Now a Survivor

Sayeh Rivazfar

Personal story of survival including child abuse and sex abuse with criminal and custodial case breakdown.

Speaker Info

Sayeh Rivazfar is currently the oldest of six children. In Sayeh’s early childhood, she, her sister Sara, and brother Arash became victims of mental and physical child abuse at the hands of their biological mother who lived in Pensacola, Florida. Sayeh’s mother had various men in and out of their home, along with alcohol and drug abuse. On September 22, 1988, Sayeh, then age 8 and Sara, age 6, were kidnapped from their home during the late night by a man known as Raymond Warfield Wike, one of their mother’s boyfriends. Wike had taken the girls to a nearby wooded area, raped Sayeh, and then lacerated both girls’ throats leaving them for dead.

As a result of her experiences, Sayeh has become the voice for other victims. She has shared her experiences with several various entities including victim’s families, parents, children, peers, Politicians, Law Enforcement agencies, and many different communities in hopes that this would show others hope for prevention, intervention, and/or comfort. Sayeh has conducted several media interviews and appeared on talk shows to educate others of her past experiences in hopes of reaching those who are in need or will listen. Sayeh has worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, providing them with presentations, speeches, and one-on-one sessions with victims. She also participates in the many events that take place supporting the Center.

Sayeh has successfully completed her education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and has successfully pursed her goal of a career in Law Enforcement working with the New York State Police.  She has been employed with the New York State Police since 2003 and was promoted to Investigator in 2016. Sayeh is doing very well and is happily married with her first child born in 2012. Sayeh is assigned to Monroe County and lives in Rochester, New York, where her family and loved ones reside.

The Treatment Needs and Learning Styles of Intellectually Disabled Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems: One Size Does Not Fit All

Kevin Creeden

Children with learning disabilities are at significantly greater risk to experience maltreatment. This workshop will focus on highlighting the overarching principles associated with the effective assessment and treatment of ID youth exhibiting problematic sexual behaviors while identifying specific treatment needs and treatment interventions for some of the different constellations of social, emotional, and cognitive difficulties with which these youth may present.

Speaker Info

Kevin Creeden, M.A., LMHC is the Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy in East Freetown, MA. He has over 35 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, adults and families working extensively with sexually and physically aggressive youth. Over the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on issues of trauma and attachment difficulties, especially with regard to the neurological impact of trauma on behavior and he has authored several articles and book chapters on the neurodevelopmental impact of trauma on sexual behavior problems. In the past, Mr. Creeden has served as the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a Teaching Fellow at Boston College, an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and a guest faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work. Presently, Mr. Creeden is the Board Chair of MASOC (The Massachusetts Society for a World Free of Sexual Harm by Youth) and a guest faculty at the Simmons School of Social Work Advanced Training Program in Trauma-Focused Treatment and Mr. Creeden trains and consults both nationally and internationally to youth service, community, forensic services and mental health service agencies.

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Amy Derrick

This case study will examine the investigation and prosecution of Thomas Eppelsheimer, aka Tommy Gunn, the promotions agent for Club Darkside, a teen club also purporting to be a religious institution. He would routinely distribute narcotics to underage girls and was convicted of raping two girls at the club. This case study will focus on how prosecutors used the defendant’s cell phone and the calls he made from jail to convince a judge to look beyond the mistakes made by teenagers and at the choices made by the defendant.

Speaker Info

Amy Derrick is currently the Administrative Chief of the Crimes Against Children and the Adult Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Divisions of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. She has been with the Dallas District Attorney’s Office for over 14 years. She has spent the last eleven years prosecuting sexual assault cases exclusively; including child abuse, domestic violence, campus-related and cold case sexual assault. In 2015, Amy formed the office’s “Sexual Assault Kit Initiative” to address the need to test, investigate and prosecute cases arising out of the forensic analysis of thousands of untested sexual assault kits across the county. Amy serves on numerous community coalitions, sexual assault response teams, and legislative task forces with the goal of strengthening the multi-disciplinary response to reports of sexual assault. Amy is a frequent trainer and presenter for law enforcement, victim advocates, Child Protective Services, sexual assault nursing (SANE) programs and for other prosecutors. She has been invited to train nationally regarding the prosecution of sexual assault and frequently at the local level and across the state.

1:30pm - 3:00pm on Friday

The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Drug Endangered Children

Russell Smith

This presentation will provide insight as to what human trafficking looks like in 2019, the correlation and connections between drug endangered children and the scourge of human trafficking, and it will outline recent developments and provide a model for intervention in drug endangered children and human trafficking cases that can be utilized by participants.

Speaker Info

Russell Smith, J.D. – Director, SECURE Strike Force Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit – Utah Attorney General’s Office

Russell Smith graduated from the University of Utah School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1996. Mr. Smith did defense work for five years in Salt Lake City before being recruited to Nevada where he began his career as a prosecutor in 2001. He served as a prosecutor in Churchill County, NV; Chief Deputy District Attorney for Humboldt County; and was elected District Attorney of Humboldt County. After serving as District Attorney for many years, Mr. Smith was recruited by the Nevada Attorney General to be the Director of the Insurance Fraud and Workers’ Compensation Fraud Units in 2011 and was promoted to Chief of the Fraud Unit in May 2012. In 2013, Mr. Smith created the Human Trafficking Unit in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office to begin prosecuting this crime under the newly passed human trafficking law and to educate agencies and communities throughout the state about human trafficking. Mr. Smith worked closely with many stakeholders, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, United States Citizen and Immigration Service, county prosecutors, Department of Public Safety, and community coalitions. He also promoted the development of the Safe Childhood initiative to provide services for those who were Human Trafficked.  From 2015-2016, he worked in the United States Territory of American Samoa to bolster their prosecution efforts in human trafficking and fraud. In 2016, Mr. Smith returned to the mainland, to the Utah Attorney General’s office, and became the Section Director of the SECURE Strike Force which prosecutes Human Trafficking throughout the state. Mr. Smith is the Past President of the Nevada District Attorney’s Association (2009) and the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence (2006-2008). He is a Past Commission Member of the Nevada Crime Commission. He is also the recipient of the Kristine Nagy-Johnson Award – For Dedicated Efforts in the Field of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention, Education & Treatment (2008).

But I Love Him: When a Child Loves Their Offender (Or Thinks They Do)

Carrie Paschall

This presentation will discuss the demographics of possible victims that might fall prey to those seeking to lure children into abusive relationships by forming emotional attachments to the victim. Attendees will leave having a better understanding of these victims, perpetrators and potential interview blocks and will leave having learned techniques to help them deal with this sort of case in the field.

Speaker Info

Carrie Paschall is currently the Chief Investigative and Support Services Officer for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center where she oversees the management and operations of a forensic interview team of 9 Services and the Family Support Services Program team of 21. Prior to coming to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center in 2014 she was with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as the Child Forensic Interviewer for the Crimes Against Children Unit for 14 years. As a child interviewer, Carrie assisted local, state and federal law enforcement officials by conducting video recorded forensic interviews of children in cases where the child is alleged to have been the victim of or witness to child abuse and other violent crimes. Carrie also occasionally assisted prosecutors in preparing children for court.

Keeping the Brain in Mind: Applying What We Know about Neurodevelopment and Child Maltreatment to our Treatment of Sexual Behavior Problems.

Kevin Creeden

Neurobiological research continues to expand our understanding of how childhood experiences shape brain development and ultimately influence our perceptions, interactions, and decision-making. This workshop examines some of the important aspects of current neurobiological research that can broaden our understanding of adolescents with sexual behavior problems. We will then discuss ways that this research can be incorporated into our assessment and treatment of these youth.

Speaker Info

Kevin Creeden, M.A., LMHC is the Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy in East Freetown, MA. He has over 35 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, adults and families working extensively with sexually and physically aggressive youth. Over the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on issues of trauma and attachment difficulties, especially with regard to the neurological impact of trauma on behavior and he has authored several articles and book chapters on the neurodevelopmental impact of trauma on sexual behavior problems. In the past, Mr. Creeden has served as the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a Teaching Fellow at Boston College, an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and a guest faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work.  Presently, Mr. Creeden is the Board Chair of MASOC (The Massachusetts Society for a World Free of Sexual Harm by Youth) and a guest faculty at the Simmons School of Social Work Advanced Training Program in Trauma-Focused Treatment and Mr. Creeden trains and consults both nationally and internationally to youth service, community, forensic services and mental health service agencies.

Rapport with a Purpose: Interviewing the Sexual Offender

Detective Sergeant Mark Munro

A large portion of sexual assault cases often have no physical evidence so the offender interview can be the most important component of an investigation. The most overlooked portion of the offender interview is the rapport-building process. While some investigators consider this time wasted between Miranda Rights and a confession, rapport building can improve sex offender confession rates, reduce the effectiveness of the defense attorney’s strategies and provide a wealth of useful information.

Speaker Info

Mark Munro is currently a Detective Sergeant at the Hobbs Police Department and has investigated over 500 sex crimes during his work in the Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Munro is also a NM DPS Certified Instructor and has taught multiple trainings in the area of child abuse and sex crimes. Prior to Mr. Munro’s position with the Hobbs Police Department, he worked for 10 years as a licensed therapist, performing individual and group treatment with convicted sex offenders. Mr. Munro continues to be an active member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), Task Force Member of the NM ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children), and Lead Trainer at CTI Services NM. Mr. Munro has completed psychological evaluations and expert witness testimony for the 5th Judicial District (NM). 

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