Keynote: Kevin McNeil is a Special Victims Detective, author, educator, and motivational speaker, and will be the conference’s keynote speaker. He will also conduct a breakout workshop. Throughout his 18-year career as a law enforcement officer and detective, Kevin has testified in court as an expert witness and is responsible for putting together numerous cases for prosecution against sex offenders. Kevin has investigated and solved several high-profile media cases; including six serial rape cases and five child murder cases. His years of experience as a police officer and detective allow him to consult with local law enforcement agencies as well as Child Advocacy Centers, hospitals, school systems and state family protective service agencies. He helps agencies measure the effects of abuse and educates the general public on how to recognize and report abuse to the proper authorities.
His keynote speech, Summoned: Why This Is More Than Just a Job! Presents a motivating and compelling vision on why serving abuse victims is a calling. Part of Kevin’s presentation highlights the importance of providing a space for victims to talk about their abuse in a friendly supportive environment such as the child advocacy center. He demonstrates how neuroscience confirms that talking about abuse in a supportive environment increases the chances of victims recovering from their abuse; enabling them to live healthy lives. You will see how forensic interviews are changing lives and giving parents reassurance they are not alone.
Day 1 Morning Workshop Session I:
Kevin McNeil, Special Vicitms Detective, will conduct a breakout workshop, Child Abuse and Its Affect Upon Individuals, Families, and Communities, for all MDT members. (ALL, MDT)
Neha Mehta, M.D., is a forensic child abuse medical provider at the Audrey Hepburn CARE Team/New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center in New Orleans, LA. “When Victim’s Don’t Act Like Victims”: An overview and discussion regarding non-compliant victim who present in a medical setting or are referred to a Children’s Advocacy Center. (MED, CAC, MDT)
Carrie Jenkins, LPC/I, is a Therapist at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Advocacy Center in Charleston, S.C. She completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Carrie has worked in a Children’s Advocacy setting throughout her career. “An overview of Problematic Sexual Behavior: A discussion on the latest research and treatment modalities that are effectively being utilized with children in a Children’s Advocacy Center setting.” (MH.CAC, MDT)
Day 1 Afternoon Workshop Session II:
Chuck Boring, J.D.,. His workshop is designed to provide attendees with the subject matter and tactics elicited through defense experts in child sexual abuse cases. “A Comprehensive Overview of the Strategies and Tactics in Child Sexual Abuse Trials.” (LE, PROS, CAC, MDT)
Yameika Head, M.D., Medical Director of the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.. Dr. Head’s workshop, “Could Be or Couldn’t Be? Misinterpretation of Physical Findings in Child Abuse” will focus the importance of a medical evaluation in child abuse cases; discuss physical findings that are seen in child abuse cases and criteria that denotes child abuse; and review cases that may or may not be child abuse findings. (MED, CAC, MDT)
Amy Economopoulos, Executive Director of the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, Woodstock, Georgia. Co-presenting with Mary Beth Nelson, forensic interviewer with the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Their presentation, “Best Practices and New Research on Forensic Interviews, Anatomical Drawings, Recantation, and Child Abuse Registry Hearings,” will include discussions regarding the interviewing of children with special needs & Forensic Interview Research Updates. (FI, CAC, MDT)
Day 1 Afternoon Workshop Session III:
Alexandra Guzman, LPC, is a behavioral health clinician at the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Health Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Ms. Guzman’s presentation, “Special Considerations for Working w/the Latino Population in Mental Health Settings,” will be focused on best practices for serving Hispanic families, a topic of current intense interest. (CAC, MH, MDT)
Multidisciplinary Team Member Panel Discussion. This will be a presentation by a MDT from the State of Georgia that has “cracked the code” to create an extremely well-functioning MDT across the board, and will provide attendees with examples of teamwork, support, hard work, and problem-solving that be used immediately by all MDTs across Georgia. (MDT, ALL)
Jeffrey Ashby, Ph.D.,. His workshop, “Code of Ethics: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Team Members” will explore in detail the ethical considerations for the various MDT members, including case studies and examples. (MH, CAC, MDT)
Andrew Agatston, Esq., CEO/General Counsel, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, Marietta, Georgia; CEO, Law Offices of Andrew H. Agatston, P.C., Georgia. Andrew’s presentation is titled, “The MDT’s March Toward The Courtroom.” Drawing from actual child abuse trials in Georgia that have been reviewed by Georgia’s appellate courts, this presentation will provide real-world examples to explore ideas for forensic interviewers, law enforcement professionals, mental health clinicians, and SANEs and medical doctors to prepare and testify effectively at trial. Focal points will include what the MDT can do to assist prosecutors in the presentation of their cases; how note-taking can impact a trial — positively and negatively; areas of expert testimony in child abuse cases given the stamp of approval by Georgia appellate courts; criminal defense attorney tactics; and the need to understand the dynamics of jurors who are empaneled in a child abuse trial.
Day 2 Morning Workshop Session:
Alan Cook, Esq., Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia. Professor Cook will discuss his research on the prevalence of child molestation by different categories of perpetrators in Georgia (from the perspective of both the familial relationship, if any, between the victim and the perpetrator and the perpetrator’s occupation or avocation leading to victim selection) and how this information may assist child abuse professionals in interviewing child victims and investigating the possibility of other, as yet unknown victims. (CPS, CAC, MDT)
Leigh Brooks is a Special Agent III at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, currently serving as an assistant special agent in charge of the GBI Computer Crimes and Child Exploitation Unit. “An overview of “Chicken Coop” case out of Taylor County: This workshop will discuss the team approach strategies that were utilized to rescue a young adopted girl who was repeatedly sexually and physically abused over many years.” (LE,CAC, MDT)
Paul Freeman, M.S., L.P.C., FBI Victim Specialist, (Retired). His “Victim Services” workshop will provide attendees insight into the impact of trauma on the victim, with a focus on the neurobiology of trauma and how recall may be impacted. This workshop will also look at the multiple levels of impact that victimization may have on the victim and the victim’s support system. (VA, CAC, MDT) Law Enforcement would also benefit.
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