Child Abuse: Education, Prevention and Investigation

APRIL 17 & 18, 2019

Interdisciplinary conference for educators, law enforcement, nurses, social workers, lawyers, juvenile officers, and related professions.

CEUs and CLEs will be available.

Interdisciplinary conference for educators, law enforcement, nurses, social workers, lawyers, juvenile officers, and related professions.

Brought to you by the Regional Law Enforcement Academy, the Western Institute, the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Social Work, the School of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Department of Education.

Cost

  • $90 for if attending both days
  • $50 if attending one day
  • $10/day for 2019 field instructor, MWSU faculty or MWSU adjunct instructor
  • All students may attend for free or for $10/day if purchasing lunch. If you are a student – please only complete the registration form if you are paying for lunch.

Registration will be held in the Fulkerson Center.

Schedule

Wednesday, April 17

Time
8:45-10:15 Keynote: The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Brain

Dawn O’Malley

Spratt 101

CE, CLE, POST

10:30-12:00 Treatment Planning with Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

Dawn O’Malley

Spratt 101

CE, CLE

International Law: The United States Failure to Protect

Steve Rosenbaum, Dr. Dave Tushaus, Britane Hubbard

Spratt 214

CE, CLE

The Truth About Child Sexual Assault

Kara LaTessa

Spratt 216

CE, CLE, POST

The Difficulties of Prosecution of Sex Crimes Against Children

Leighandra Hazlett

Rochambeau Room

CE, CLE

Children and Domestic Violence

Trenny Wilson

Mead Room

CE, CLE, POST

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Strong Parents/Stable Children Pt. 1

Melissa Birdsell

Spratt 101

CE, CLE

Identifying an Unhealthy Relationship and Creating an Exit Plan

Shane Young

Spratt 214

CE, CLE

Loving Kaitlyn: A Case Study with Trauma Informed Tools for the Classroom Teacher, Pt. 1

Dr. Jennifer Botello, Dr. Maryellen Koch, Dr. Beth Lilly Gregory

Spratt 216

CE, CLE

St. Kolbe Puckett Center for Healing

Sandy Dozier, Mark Puckett, Dr. Robert Corder

Rochambeau Room

CE, CLE

Best Practices in Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse Cases: How Best Practices for Prosecutors Can Assist All of Those Involved with Child Related Cases

Annie Gibson

Mead Room

CE, CLE, POST

2:45-4:15 Strong Parents/Stable Children Pt. 2

Melissa Birdsell

Spratt 101

CE, CLE

Human Trafficking: A Victim Centered Approach

Rachel Happel, Chris Miller

Spratt 214

CE, CLE, POST

Loving Kaitlyn: A Case Study with Trauma Informed Tools for the Classroom Teacher, Pt. 2

Dr. Jennifer Botello, Dr. Maryellen Koch, Dr. Beth Lilly Gregory

Spratt 216

CE, CLE

St. Kolbe Puckett Center for Healing

Sandy Dozier, Mark Puckett, Dr. Robert Corder

Rochambeau Room

CE, CLE

What the Jurors Say and How It Can Effect the Way We Handle Cases

Annie Gibson

Mead Room

CE, CLE, POST

Thursday, April 18

Time
8:45-10:15 Managing Compassion Fatigue: Self Care for the Caregiver+

Mike Boniello

Spratt 101

CE, CLE, POST

10:30-12:00 Bullying: The Hidden Trauma+

Mike Boniello

Spratt 101

CE, CLE, POST

The Kids Are Not Alright

Vladimir Sainte

Spratt 214

Trauma Informed Care: Being a Voice of Resilience

Deidre Turner, Kerri Hilbert

Spratt 216

CE, CLE

Balancing Brains By Building Secure Connections

Harriet Gordon, Lisa Fisher

Rochambeau Room

CE, CLE

Investigation of International Child Abuse

Thomas Cates

Mead Room

CE, CLE, POST

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Suicide Awareness for Children and Youth, Pt. 1*

Grey Endres, Travanna Alexander

Spratt 101

CE, CLE

Cognitive Science, Trauma and Creating an Environment of Healing

Dr. Ollie Bogdon, Dr. Haruka Konishi

Spratt 214

CE, CLE

Kids These Days: Technology, Exploitation and the Rise of Child on Child Sexual Assault

Heidi Olson

Spratt 216

CE, CLE

The Cycle of Domestic Violence and Its Effect on Families and Children

Linda Mattson

Rochambeau Room

CE, CLE

Surviving Social Media for Professionals (How Police and Others Protect Themselves)

Jeff Owens

Mead Room

CE, CLE, POST

2:45-4:15 Suicide Awareness for Children and Youth, Pt. 2*

Grey Endres, Travanna Alexander

Spratt 101

CE, CLE

Human Trafficking In the Midwest

Heidi Olson

Spratt 216

CE, CLE

Bikers Against Child Abuse

BACA Members

Mead Room

CE, CLE, POST

+Having both sections covers MO licensure requirement for Ethics.
*Having both sections covers MO licensure requirement for Suicide Awareness.

Speaker Bios

Melissa Birdsell is the Executive Director of the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center in St. Joseph, MO. She graduated from Missouri Western State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an associate’s degree in Legal Studies. She worked in the legal field for nearly 20 years both for solo practitioners and the Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney.

She became involved with the Children’s Advocacy Center through her work a the Prosecutor’s Office. She later became a board member, then Director of Development and Interim Executive Director. She was named Executive Director. She oversees a staff of ten employees, including forensic interviewers, child therapists and family advocates. She was appointed by the Governor in November 2017 to the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board for a three-year term.

Melissa’s goal is for her and her staff to train as many people as possible how to spot the signs and symptoms of abuse in the children in Northwest Missouri, then to treat as many children as possible through their mental health service.

Melissa lives in St. Joseph with her husband Carl.

Michael Boniello is a licensed clinical social worker in both Kansas and Missouri. He has been in private practice for the past 30 years in Prairie Village, KS where he has specialized in trauma recovery, addictions recovery (including sexual compulsivity) and the treatment of sex offenders.

Prior to establishing his own practice, he served as program manager of adolescent sex offenders at the Wyandot Center and as a staff clinician on the adult sex offender unit. In addition to his clinical practice, he has consulted with a number of agencies including the Division of Family Services (DFS), the Division of Children and Families (DCF) and Lansing Correctional Facility.

He has also presented at numerous conferences on the state, national and international levels on topics as varied as Assessing Sexually Addictive Behavior, The Treatment of the Sexually Abused Child, Managing Compassion Fatigue and the Treatment of Clergy Who Offend.

Lastly, he was a faculty member at the University of Kansas from 1995–2016 where he taught Clinical Social Work Practice, Mental Health and Psychopathology, Clinical Social Work Supervision, Solution Focused Therapy and Social Work with Traumatized Populations.

Daniel Colombo has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Park University in Parkville, MO and a Masters degree of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He has had a wide variety of professional experiences including employment in both mental health and addictions counseling and has worked for a number of agencies in both Kansas and Missouri including Synergy, The Farm, Inc., DCF in Kansas and Heartland Regional Assessment Center. At present, he is employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, MO where he is presently working as an addictions therapist for both the inpatient and outpatient units.

Although Daniel’s specialities in practice are wide and varied, he particular enjoys doing group work, individual addictions counseling, substance abuse assessments and work with perpetrators of sexual and/or violent crimes.

Having become licensed as a clinical social worker recently, Daniel is looking forward to opportunities to teach, expand his clinical practice and develop his clinical skills while continuing his position at the VA.

A founding partner of Lifeworks Family Treatment Group, Grey’s passion for helping families has made him an invaluable resource in Kansas City’s fostering an adoptive community as well as throughout the bi-state area.

A renowned to speaker in the topics of attachment, trauma informed care, family systems, ethics, and parenting, Grey is new to MWSU and is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri Kansas City as well as at Kansas University.

Grey’s direct practice of over 30 years includes residential care, in-patient psychiatric, private practice, and clinical supervision.

Lisa Fisher is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri.

She is currently the owner and a Professional Counselor for Healthy Balance Counseling Center in St. Joseph. Previously, she was an Outpatient Therapist with the Center for Healing and Recovery in Liberty, MO and the manager of the Trauma Smart Program at Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City. She worked as a Clinical Supervisor/Child Abuse Counselor at Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center and as a Counselor for Catholic Charities and Burrell Behavioral Health.

She is a Level II AutPlay Provider and an Approved MO PLPC Supervisor. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Attachment and Trauma Network, Inc.

Harriet Gordon is currently the owner of and therapist for Restoration Therapy Services in St. Joseph. She previously worked as a Counselor, Forensic Interviewer and Advocate for Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center. She is focused on providing trauma-focused counseling, conducting fact-finding interviews of child victims of physical and sexual abuse, severe neglect, and/or witnesses to crime, and referring families to services within their communities and the court system.

She has previously served as a Mental Health Technician/Specialist at Dade Correctional Institution in Miami, FL where she attended adult male inmates with severe mental illness. She also served as a Family Case Manager for Kids Hope United.

Harriet received a Master of Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, a Master for Criminal Justice from Kaplan University, and a Bachelor of Psychology from Florida International University.

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dawn O’Malley, Psy.D., is the Clinical Director of Alexander Youth Network, a Child Trauma Academy NMT Partner Site, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Alexander Youth Network is the largest non-profit provider of mental health services to children in North Carolina.

Dr O’Malley was raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts and received her undergraduate education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 1995.

She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina.

Dr. O’Malley has over fifteen years of experience working with traumatized children and their families. She has led the implementation of trauma-informed therapies for three agencies specializing in residential and community based treatment.

She has also developed residential programming for sexually aggressive youth and adolescent girls.

In addition, Dr. O’Malley is a member of ZFive – Mecklenburg County, a community support for the social and emotional health of children zero to five. She is a frequent collaborator with additional public agencies including the Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, NC and the Departments of Youth and Family Services throughout NC.

With more than eight years of experience as a therapist, Vladimir Sainte, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has made an invaluable impact on the Kansas City community through his work as a counselor and crisis clinician.

Sainte is committed to providing supportive counseling, not just with children, but through a partnership with their families and the broader community members for a holistic impact on the child’s development.

Sainte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Shane has worked in the social service field for 24 years. Currently Shane is employed with ReDiscover as a Program Coordinator for the USDC program. Shane has worked in hospice for the past eight years as a Social Services Consultant. He has been employed in several aspects of Juvenile Justice (detention, residential care, and probation) this includes time as a Deputy Juvenile Officer in Buchanan and Johnson Counties in Missouri. Shane has also worked in the field of Adult Corrections (including work with the Buchanan County Drug Court). In addition to his work experience, Shane has participated in martial arts disciplines that include Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Krav Maga. In 2008, Shane completed his Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri. During his career, he has been the Chairman, Vice-Chair, and a Board Member for the Juvenile Justice Coalition in St Joseph, Missouri. In 2012, Shane became a Certified Trauma Specialist through TLC (Trauma and Loss in Children).

Shane began performing professional development trainings in 2006. He has completed a number of train the trainer certifications for the Search Institute and the Truthought organization. During his training career he has performed professional development trainings for the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, Missouri Coalition for Community Mental Health Centers, Missouri Western State University Child Abuse Education, Prevention, and Investigation conference, Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Missouri Institute for Mental Health Spring Training Institute.