Events and Classes

April 25, 2013 - Thursday pm Workshops

8th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment

Workshop Session I:  1 – 2:30 p.m.

A. Fatherhood Values, Roles and Responsibilities

Presenter: William D. Phifer, Community Resource Specialist, Department of Human Services, Office of Children Youth and Families

The importance of fathers in the lives of children cannot be overstated. Still the voices of fathers are overwhelmingly under heard in the child protective services system. This session will address personal values and biases. Additionally, we will discuss how to manage those personal values and biases when carrying out your roles and responsibilities to children and families we serve.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. recognize the impact of personal values on interactions with fathers.
  2. discuss the impact a father can have on a child’s healthy development.
  3. identify various methods of father and paternal family engagement.

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B. Perpetrator Confessions: What Can They Teach Us About Child Physical Abuse?

Presenters
Norrell K. Atkinson, MD, Pediatric Child Abuse Fellow, Children's Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, VA

Perpetrator confessions can provide physicians and investigators with valuable insight into the mechanisms responsible for causing physically abusive injuries; they can also help elucidate the nature and onset of clinical symptom attributable to such injuries. This session will provide audience members with an overview of the medical literature regarding perpetrator confessions and will further define whether these confessions can be used to establish factual information regarding mechanism and timing of physically abusive injuries.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. characterize the profiles of perpetrators of child physical abuse.
  2. analyze what perpetrator confessions teach us about abusive head trauma.
  3. assess the strength and limitations of perpetrator studies within the medico-legal community.

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C. De-Escalation Methods: Tools for Child Welfare Professionals

Presenters
Lisa Wimbs, Children's Counselor Advocate/Transitional Case Manager, Center for Victims
Lana Domico, MS, Counselor Advocate, Center for Victims
Mary Jo Harwood, Center for Victims

During this session, attendees will learn techniques and methods on how to work safely and effectively with clients during highly charged encounters.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. learn verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to de-escalate highly emotionally charged situations.
  2. learn ways to keep difficult client interactions safe and effective.
  3. learn tips on how to retain your composure during tense situations.

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D. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Photo-documentation in the Investigation of Child Maltreatment Cases

Presenter: Nancy A. Love, Forensic Scientist, Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner Forensic Laboratory

Photographs documenting a victim’s injuries and/or the surroundings, often provide support and key evidence in child abuse cases. This presentation will cover digital camera operation as well as photographic techniques. It will be geared towards people who have limited photography experience or who are uncomfortable with a camera, but want to improve their ability to accurately photo document findings of child abuse and neglect. Questions will be encouraged.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. learn how a camera works in basic terms.
  2. learn skills to take better photographs.
  3. get ideas on what to do with their photos once they have them.

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E. Through Our Eyes I: Panel Discussion with Young Adults Formerly in the Foster Care / Child Welfare System

The Sachdev-Ost Family Workshop

Presenters
Youth Panel
Honorable Arnold Klein, Court of Common Pleas Family Division
JoAnn Hannah, Transition Programs Manager, Department of Human Services
Sandy Moore, Administrator, Office of Children and Families in the Court
Cynthia K. Stoltz, Esq., Administrator, Allegheny County Children’s Court

This panel presentation will feature young adults previously involved in the child welfare / foster care system. Panelists will share their experiences about out-of-home residential placements, sibling issues, educational issues, court experiences and representation and family relationships. Additional panel presenters include a Family Court judge, who will share his judicial perspective on the needs of youth in foster care and a CYF manager, with expertise in the needs of older youth in foster care.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. understand, from the child’s perspective, the impact of congregate care vs. foster/kinship care, family engagement, sibling relationships, educational needs of foster youth an permanency for older youth.
  2. understand the role of the judge in addressing the needs of foster youth in the court system.
  3. consider emerging research and best practices to meet the complex needs of foster youth.

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Workshop Session II:  3 – 4:30 p.m.

F. Positive Education Outcomes = Positive Life Outcomes

Presenters
Kathryn Collins, Analyst from the Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation Office, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Samantha Murphy, Education Liaison/Resource Services Manager, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Nancy Potter, Esq., Staff Attorney, PA Education Law Center

There is much emphasis federally, statewide and locally on improving educational stability and permanency outcomes for youth served by the child welfare system. A strong foundation in education can set a course to a bright and productive future. Allegheny County, PA is well-positioned to address these challenges; we are known for strong, sustained collaborations and the integrated services that result from such partnerships. We are also well-known for the data infrastructure required to support this work which includes (but is not limited to) integrated child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, public welfare and education data. This session will examine how data collaborations can be used to evaluate and monitor school stability of students in the child welfare system, including school transfers, truancy, and exclusionary school discipline (suspensions and expulsions).

Discussion will include the following:

  • Why education matters, specifically for child welfare involved youth
  • What the law requires
  • PA Child Welfare General and Special Education Disability Accommodation Screen
  • Data sharing between Allegheny County Department of Human Services and Public Schools
  • Resources and existing partnerships poised to assist direct service workers and family members as they advocate for the educational rights

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. understand the urgency and concerns regarding educational needs of children involved with child welfare.
  2. become aware of the initiatives in Allegheny County in place to address these needs.
  3. leave the session with valuable resources needed to advocate for the educational needs of children served by child welfare.

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G. Medical Evaluation of Child Maltreatment

Presenters
Janet Squires, MD, Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Rachel Berger, MD, MPH, Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Jen Wolford, DO, MPH, Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

During this workshop, three medical professionals from the Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will discuss the medical assessment and care of children who are vulnerable for maltreatment. Three topics will be presented:

  • Cases of Note: Potpourri of striking cases which influence how one addresses the medical aspects of child abuse
  • The ‘Goldilocks Dilemma’ of health care: when too-much or too-little can cause harm to children
  • Controversies in Abusive Head Trauma: Which are legitimate ....and which are not?

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. become familiar with the myriad of ways that children can be harmed by the actions of adults, and why it is often hard to know what is the best response.
  2. gain an understanding of appropriate health care for children – how too little may be medical neglect, while too much may border on “munchausen by proxy” harm.
  3. gain insight into the current medical understanding of Abusive Head Trauma in Children, and explore what issues remain a focus of research.

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H. A History of Childhood

Presenter: Christopher S. Greeley, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

This talk will present an historical overview of the place that children have had in society. It will focus on the legal framework of how children were viewed in society and the family. There will be a discussion on some of the social structure which have been erected over time to protect children and aid families in need.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. be able to appreciate how the place children have had in society and the family has changed over time.
  2. be able to appreciate some of the historic threats to child well-being over time.
  3. be able to appreciate some of the societal forces which have impacted the lives of children throughout time.

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I. A Close-up Look at Female Sex Offenders in Positions of Trust

Presenter: Julie Brand, MS, CAPER Consulting

We have been slow to acknowledge that some women, working in “positions of trust,” sexually abuse children. This workshop examines recent cases of female teachers found guilty of child sexual abuse, explores the dynamics of their teacher-student relationships and looks at ways that the gender of the perpetrator impacts disclosure, public response and sentencing. An interview with a convicted female sex offender (conducted Oct. 2011) offers unique insights into the phenomenon of teacher-adolescent sexual abuse. Participants will learn proactive strategies for possible prevention and earlier intervention.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. describe three characteristics of the female teacher-adolescent student relationship.
  2. identify one way in which the gender of the perpetrator impacts each of the following: disclosure, public response, prosecution and sentencing.
  3. list two school district strategies for preventing teacher-student sexual abuse.

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J. Through Their Eyes: Panel Discussion with Young Adults who Survived their Parents’ Custody Disputes

Presenters
Youth Panel
Honorable Kim D. Eaton, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Family Division
Todd Begg, Esq., Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz, LLC
Maegan Susa-Filo, Esq., Conflict Counsel Coordinator
Douglas Grimsley, Esq., Pro Bono GAL Coordinator, Dickie McCamey & Chilcotte

 

This panel presentation will feature young adults previously involved in high conflict custody disputes. Panelists will share their experiences growing up with the trauma of parents embroiled in custody battles, and their involvement with the Court. Additional panel presenters include a Family Court judge, who will share her judicial perspective, and two attorneys who regularly serve as Guardian Ad Litem for children in complex custody cases.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. understand, from the child’s perspective, the trauma of custody dispute and explore their suggestions to improve the court process.
  2. understand the role of the judge in addressing children’s best interest in custody matters.
  3. understand the role of the GAL in providing a voice for children in custody matters.

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