California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center
Three days of classroom instruction and fourteen hours of training are delivered on-line in collaboration with the the University of California Davis Extension Program. Classroom training covers patient history taking from young children and adolescents, examining prepubertal children and adolescents, physical findings and their significance, documentation of findings, making an assessment, and includes a full day of interactive hands-on skill stations related to performing the forensic medical examination. The online program covers child sexual abuse epidemiology, mandated child abuse reporting requirements, service delivery models, developmental anogenital anatomy, use of the California Cal OES 2-925 Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Medical Report Form (for non-acute exams performed over 72 hours since the last incident) and the Cal OES 2-930 Child Sexual Forensic Medical Report Form (for acute exams performed within 72 hours of the last incident).
Certified police instructor Ellen Bloom, formerly of 180 Turning Lives Around of Monmouth County and Detective Shawn Murphy of Monmouth County’s Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit will focus on all aspects of drug facilitated sexual assault including dynamics, types of drugs, signs and symptomology, effective crisis response and the legal, medical and mental health options available. Forensic and investigative considerations of predatory drugs such as interviewing techniques and evidence collection will also be discussed.
GoalThis conference will use a social justice lens to engage participants in preventing campus sexual violence. Specifically, the conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn a variety of prevention principles from leaders in the field and encourage participants to apply the knowledge within their communities. Ample time will also be given for networking and idea sharing among participants.Objectives
Participants will gain a better understanding of sexual violence prevention and its uses with college populations.
Participants will be able to apply tools to plan and implement sexual violence prevention initiatives.
Participants will be exposed to promising practices in campus sexual violence prevention, as well as emerging innovations.
Participants will be able to apply a social justice lens to sexual violence prevention work.
Participants will meet and learn from others engaging in campus sexual violence prevention work across the state.
Who should attend?This conference is open to anyone interested in preventing sexual violence on Virginia’s college and university campuses. The voices of students and survivors are integral to accomplishing the conference’s goals and objectives; therefore we particularly encourage students and survivors to attend.Additionally, we invite:
Administrators, student affairs practitioners, campus advocates, mental health workers, and health educators from 2 and 4-year, public and private colleges and universities.
Community sexual violence prevention practitioners whose target populations include college students.
Anyone interested in learning more about campus sexual violence prevention.
While this conference is targeted toward Virginia campuses and communities, we also welcome those outside of Virginia who would like to attend.
Pre-registration is required for all sessions. Workshop offerings include advanced, intermediate, introductory and all levels. Workshops may also be geared towards specific clientele: pre-school (Presc), latency (Lat), adolescent (Adol), adult and all ages.
On Thursday, November 7 Cassia Spohn, Foundation Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, presents research from a National Institute of Justice funded study in which Spohn and colleague Katharine Tellis investigated police and prosecutorial decision making in sexual assault cases. The study uses quantitative data on sexual assaults reported to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2008, and qualitative data from interviews with detectives and deputy district attorneys.Cassia Spohn is a Foundation Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author or co-author of five books, including The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America and How Do Judges Decide: The Search for Fairness and Equity in Punishment. A sixth book, Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System will be published in 2013. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions.
Cultural competence is an asset in any professional pursuit, and it is a core requirement in the field of victim assistance because crime can happen to anyone in any neighborhood. This interactive, 2-day training addresses cultural barriers such as stereotyping, value differences, communication styles, and language and interpreter bias, and how they impede effective service delivery to victims of crime from diverse populations. The training is designed for victim advocates as well as law enforcement officers and administrators, prosecutors, and other professionals who work with victims of crime. You will participate in simulations/skits, interactive activities, independent self-assessments and case studies to brainstorm and develop strategies to overcome cultural barriers in your own workplace. As a result of this training, you will be able to—
Recognize and overcome a variety of cultural barriers to effective service delivery.
Reduce problems that can arise when using language interpreters.
Give feedback to others who engage in culturally inappropriate speech and actions.
Envision a culturally competent victim services program.
The Office of Health Promotions invites faculty, staff and students to participate in a free 12-hour Rape, Aggression, Defense course from 6-9 p.m. April 5, 7, 12 and 14 in the Student Union Ballroom. The public is also encouraged to participate in the four-part RAD class, but a $5 fee is required to cover material costs. To register, call Health Promotions at (229) 245-3896 or register online
The seminars are hosted by Starr Commonwealth, this year celebrating 100 years of helping troubled kids shine. The campus, with picturesque Montcalm Lake and acres of majestic hardwoods, is striking in October.The Reclaiming Youth Conference takes place Monday morning, October 22 through Wednesday noon, October 24. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, October 24 through Friday noon, October 26 for one of three 2-day training sessions including Response Ability Pathways (RAP), Developmental Audit, or The Three Pillars of TraumaWise Care.
With its criminal justice system in disarray following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans invited the Vera Institute of Justice to examine the city’s court and jail operations. For five years, Vera has been tracking arrest-to-first-appearance time, custodial arrests versus summonses, the granting of pretrial release, and many other decision-making points. Based on analysis of these data, Vera is making policy recommendations to assist with the implementation of new procedures and to ensure performance monitoring. Like other jurisdictions, New Orleans had never collected court, jail, and other justice system data in ways that could inform policy development. Vera’s work has demonstrated to key stakeholders—including legislators and executive officials—that data capture and analysis can be critical. For example, the New Orleans Police Department used Vera’s data to monitor the time from arrest to report writing to more effectively manage individual line officers’ output. In addition, data are now at the heart of a citywide debate over the proper size of the new jail that is being planned. Learn more about these successes, the continuing challenges of replacing a jurisdiction’s existing data systems, and how costs and other institutional issues will test the “acceptance” of critical criminal justice policies in the years to come.The seminar is free but you must RSVP to gain access to the OJP building. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security.
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