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Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit Save the Date

Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit
(When Words Matter)

June 20–22, 2017 | Embassy Suites— 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, AR 72758


Colleen Nick

Colleen Nick

Executive Director,
Morgan Nick Foundation

Chris Newlin

Chris Newlin

Executive Director,
National Children's
Advocacy Center

Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth

Founder and Senior
Gundersen NCPTC


As a leader in the field of child protection, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center has developed advanced courses in forensic interviewing, prevention, addressing the spiritual needs of maltreated children and reforming undergraduate training of future child protection professionals.

In 2017, we are bringing together many of our specialized trainings, including When Words Matter and Prevention and the Child Protection Professional for our Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit.

Offering a broad variety of session topics, the VIP Summit is an opportunity for professionals in child protection services, law enforcement, forensic interviewing, legal, healthcare, education, faith communities, victim advocacy, and youth serving organizations to advance their skills with best practices from their respective fields.


  • When Words Matter - Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing
  • Prevention - Implementing effective abuse prevention programs
  • Advocacy - Building champions for victims of trauma or maltreatment

Areas of Interest

Trauma Informed Care, Adverse Childhood Experience research, Bullying, Sexual, Emotional or Physical abuse, Medical neglect, Vicarious trauma, Corporal punishment, Online safety, Domestic violence, Multidisciplinary teams, LGBTQ issues, Veteran and military family trauma, Advocacy, Juvenile justice, Human trafficking, Abuse in athletics, Missing children, Forensic Interviewing, Trial preparation, Prevention program implementation, Crisis intervention, Ethics, Child development, Cultural context of abuse

Continuing Ed Credits

Credits will be applied to for the following organizations: Arkansas CLEST (Commission On Law Enforcement Standards & Training) and Arkansas CLE (Continuing Legal Education). Credits can often be acquired through various agencies by personally submitting the conference agenda, presenter bios, and proof of registration to the governing organization offering the credits that you are seeking.


Certificates of Completion will be emailed to all qualified registered participants within 2 weeks of the completion of the conference.



8:30-9:30 a.m.
Hope – Meeting the Challenge and Making a Difference (Plenary)

How does the crime of child abduction affect the family? This presentation gives participants an opportunity to hear first-hand how family members cope with the pain and anguish of the search for an abducted child. Their experiences can help investigators, non-profits, and mental health professionals improve their response to future cases of missing and abducted children, and their families.

Colleen Nick, Executive Director, Morgan Nick Foundation

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Preparing Kids for Court

This lecture will address issues that stress children and caregivers in the court process and how to combat those stressors. Participants will learn strategies for preparing children for court and preparing the courts to be a child-friendly environment. Focus will also be placed on child’s rights while testifying, the role of a victim advocate and law enforcement, giving a child-friendly oath and determining competency of the child witness.

Stephanie Morris, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center Faculty

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Identify, Intervene and Interrupt

Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study is the largest study investigating the health and social effects of negative childhood experiences. Now that we have the research, what can we do about it? The cycle of violence, generational poverty and abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, perpetration and victimization of violence are all related to ACEs. Strategies such as identification and assessment, reducing risk and exposure, and nurturing resiliency and skill-building are effective interventions. Changing the negative course that many children are on is our best way to prevent abuse in future generations. This presentation will increase your knowledge of trauma and provide ways to work with children, families and communities to reduce the impact of trauma.

Jane Straub, Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Bridging the Gap between Faith Communities and Child Protective Services

The faith community and child protection services often find it difficult to partner in meaningful ways to help children and families impacted by child maltreatment. Pete Singer has worked since 2005 to bridge the gap between these two group. In this presentation, Pete will talk about a number of the strategies that he has facilitated to help the faith and child protection communities work together. The presentation will provide practical examples, moving stories, analysis of myths and pitfalls, and concrete actions. It will equip attendees to foster partnerships between these two communities for the good of children and families impacted by child maltreatment.

Pete Singer, Clinical Supervisor and Therapist, Family Innovations

10:30-10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Peer Review and Mentoring

Forensic interviewing is an ever-evolving field of practice. Because of this, it is extremely important to stay on top of the best practice that is both research and evidence-based as the field continues to grow and change. Research has shown that without ongoing training and peer review, skill sets begin to deteriorate over time. Peer review and mentoring are much-needed processes that, when implemented purposefully and appropriately in our field, will counterbalance this issue, and provide better overall results in forensic interviews across the nation.

Erin Kraner, Director of Clinical Services, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County Arkansas

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
After ACEs: Be a Springboard of Hope through a Trauma-Informed Care Approach

The impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is becoming more and more common in professional discussions. After learning about ACEs, many professionals want to take action and support people who have experienced traumatic events in their life; however, the problem seems too big and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This session will explore practical action steps and seemingly small changes that can have a big impact on supporting youth, adults and families within communities.

Lacie Ketelhut, Program Coordinator, Center for Effective Discipline

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Chaplains and CACs: Effective Collaborations to Address the Spiritual Impact of Abuse

Dozens of studies have found that abused and neglected children are often impacted spiritually and that addressing these spiritual injuries can have a profound impact on the medical and mental health of a child. To this end, organizations have called for greater collaboration between faith and child protection professionals. In 2013, the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center proposed that CACs consider incorporating a chaplain into CAC or MDT responses to child abuse. The Julie Valentine Center in Greenville, South Carolina is the first CAC to hire a chaplain as a victim assistance specialist to address the spiritual needs of children and families impacted by abuse. In this workshop, students will get an overview of research supporting this model as well as a detailed description of how the program is working in South Carolina. Students will receive concrete suggestions for implementing a similar process in other CACs and MDTs.

Shauna Galloway-Williams, Executive Director, Julie Valentine Center and Carrie Nettles, Victim Service Specialist, Julie Valentine Center

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break
1:15-2:45 p.m.
Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing

This presentation will discuss the emerging issues in the field of forensic interviewing, discuss new research, best practices and provide opportunity for open forum of questions from forensic interviewers and investigators.

Rita Farrell, Forensic Interview Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

1:15-2:45 p.m.
The Healing Begins: Trauma-Informed Practices for Professionals Working with Children and Families

Nationally, the percentage of youth exposed to some form of trauma is high, ranging from 8 to 53 percent. Studies have reported that approximately 20 percent of children exposed to trauma later develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which may linger over time or develop into other mental health problems. Unfortunately, children often experience additional distress post-trauma due to lack of knowledge or preparedness on the part of system responders (e.g. police, law enforcement, mental health and/or child welfare). This workshop discusses the effects of trauma on children and families, details the characteristics of a trauma-informed organization or agency, and outlines a 12-step process to facilitate trauma-informed practices among all professionals working with children who have experienced trauma.

Teresa Kramer, Chief Psychologist, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and Nicola Edge, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences

1:15-2:45 p.m.
Abusive Minds Think Alike

As investigators, we know that usually where there is one form of abuse, there may be another. Because of this, it is imperative to know the characteristics of the many different crimes and offenders under investigation, as they often reside in the same home and often are the same person. The presentation will discuss some very basic dynamics of child sexual abuse and will correlate the similarities in characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patters, victim grooming, recantation and compliant victim characteristics to those who also exist in domestic violence. Attendees will be able to identify multiple similarities between these two types of offenders.

Carrie Paschall, Director of Forensic Services, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and Kristen Howell, Chief Programs Officer, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

2:45-3 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m.
Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Throughout A Community

This presentation will discuss how brain and physical health outcomes are influenced by early experience and highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention efforts. Participants will learn how to use the ACE Conversation Card as a tool for discussing adverse childhood experiences, their effect on health and what parents can do to lessen these effects.

Denyse Olson-Dorff, Behavioral Health, Gundersen Health System

3-5 p.m.
Understanding & Responding to Critiques on the Usage of Anatomical Diagrams & Dolls

This presentation will provide a detailed analysis of the research on usage of diagrams and dolls in a forensic interview. When properly used, research supports the use of media in interviews. Applying this research, attendees will gain valuable tips for defending media in courts of law. The presentation will include a mock courtroom demonstration.

Victor Vieth, Founder and Senior Director, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, Rita Farrell, Forensic Interview Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and Stephanie Morris, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center Faculty

3-5 p.m.
The Nuts and Bolts of a Human Trafficking Case

A case study of the State of New Jersey vs. Donnie Bethea (Human Trafficking Case). Subject was sentenced to 20 years in State Prison on 03/30/2016.

Danielle Buckley, Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office


8:30-9:30 a.m.
Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations (Plenary)

This workshop is intended for all levels of professionals who are involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse. In this continually changing field, it is critical that direct service providers stay abreast of the current research affecting their work. This workshop will provide a review of recently published research affecting child abuse investigations and prosecutions, and will challenge attendees to relate this information to their current practices in the field. A particular focus of this training will be forensic interviewing.

Chris Newlin, Executive Director, National Children's Advocacy Center

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Understanding ACE in the Courtroom

As understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) expands, we can expect the topic to become more prevalent in courtrooms. This presentation will explore how ACE impacts preparing witnesses for court, how jurors process evidence and how it may be used by defendants to mitigate sentences.

Stephanie Morris, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center Faculty

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Secondary Traumatic Stress

Working with children who have experienced maltreatment can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming and painful as you hear horrific stories and see firsthand the effects on children who have endured so much. You are asked to listen, to stay present, to take it in and to be a safe holding environment as they share terrible details of the trauma they have known. Now what? People who work with children who have experienced maltreatment have high rates of burnout, high turnover and even develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This presentation will explore how secondary trauma impacts a person. It provides practical ways to assess the impact of secondary trauma and identifies steps to protect yourself and recover.

Pete Singer, Clinical Supervisor and Therapist, Family Innovations

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Domestic Violence and Lethality Assessment

Domestic violence is pervasive in our communities with one in four females experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner during her lifetime. This presentation will discuss abusive behaviors, the cycle of violence, barriers to safety, and the emotional, physical and mental impact of the victim. Assessing lethality will be covered. Working with and engaging survivors to identify escalation and threats to safety are crucial to reducing the chance of homicide for victims, children and the abuser in domestic violence cases. This presentation will increase attendees' knowledge of domestic violence, help them identify abusive relationships, improve understanding of lethality and effectively engage survivors in safety planning and strategies to leave abusive relationships safely.

Jane Straub, Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

10:30-10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Human Trafficking

This session will shed light on domestic sex trafficking/human trafficking of minors within the United States.

Danielle Buckley, Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Trauma and the Classroom: Creating Trauma-­Informed Early Learning Environments

Given the high rates of trauma exposure in young children nationally, most classrooms have children in them who have experienced trauma. Teachers in early learning environments can be important sources of support for young children who have experienced trauma. This session will equip educators, advocates and other professionals working with young children with skills to create trauma-informed early learning environments. Participants will learn about the impact of trauma on young children and what they might expect to see in the classroom. They will learn strategies to enhance a sense of safety in young children, as well as strategies to build social and emotional skills, and prevent and manage difficult behaviors that children sometimes exhibit after a traumatic experience.

Nicola Edge, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Knock and Talks-Maximum Results with Minimum Manpower

This presentation will draw from several years of experience in child exploitation investigations that have been initiated by consensual contact (knock and talks). The presentation will provide successful techniques to gain and maintain consent, tips on maximizing the interview, methods for triaging knock and talk targets, and overall strategies for the different types of situations and individuals that are encountered. This information will be blended with examples from cases that the presenters have worked on together, many of which have resulted in child rescues and significant sentences.

John Pirics, Detective, Hamilton Co. Metro Child Exploitation Task Force and Michael Johnson, Homeland Security

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break
1:15-2:45 p.m.
We're Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

The outcome of many child abuse cases depends on the ability of the prosecutor to argue the facts to the jury. In this case, prosecutors and child protection attorneys will learn the art and science of effective presentations to the jurors in a case of child abuse.

Victor Vieth, Founder and Senior Director, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

1:15-2:45 p.m.
Working with the Transgender Community

Transgender individuals are commonly misunderstood and mistreated because of the general lack of being acquainted with their culture and social stigmatization. A mutual mistrust between this community and law enforcement, medical and insurance entities, and social service providers can be bridged with education on gender issues, biology and social acceptance. This presentation will provide insight into working with and for the transgender community and individuals.

Jim Parlow, Assistant Professor, Winona State University

1:15-2:45 p.m.
But I love Him

Interviewing children and teenagers who have been sexually victimized can in itself be challenging. It can be especially challenging when the child/teen does not see themselves as a victim, but rather feels that they are in a loving relationship with the offender. The feelings they have can often create blocks to disclosure that can be difficult to overcome. Presenters will offer suggestions on how to ask questions in a way that can gather helpful investigative information without further complicating the emotional challenges the victim already faces. This session will include lecture, case study and video clips. The case studies will focus on cases of student/teacher and youth/pastor sexual relationships. Presenters will also present the clinical treatment of a compliant victim who loves their perpetrator. The Stages of Change model will be used to conceptualize the process of supporting a client/victim from a pre-contemplative stage of change all the way into full acceptance and maintenance. Trauma-informed use of evidenced-based therapies, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) will be used in case examples, as well.

Carrie Paschall, Director of Forensic Services, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

2:45-3 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m.
Recognizing and Prosecuting Starvation

The presentation will serve as a basic primer on what starvation looks like, how long it takes to starve a child, what an officer should look for at the crime scene and how to present the case in court.

Stephanie Morris, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center Faculty

3-4:30 p.m.
Child Abduction From the Lens of an Advocate: Patterns, Profiles and Prevention

Coverage of child abduction is often reactionary, focused on a specific case and leaves the audience feeling helpless to protect. This session highlights the academic study and learning around the topic of child abduction with an intentional focus around patterns that emerge, profiles of abductors and targets, and prevention strategies. This session intends to move past the shock value fear and into what is known about these specific crimes against children.

Alison Feigh, Program Manager, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

3-4:30 p.m.
Crime Scene Photography

This presentation provides an understanding of what is needed in ALL cases dealing with violence. We will cover strategies, ideas, and concepts on how to process the crime scene, what is expected in the courts (both civil and criminal), and what is needed to achieve a successful multi-disciplinary approach to covering the crime scene.

James Sears, Retired Detective

6:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony and Dinner


8:30-9:30 a.m.


9:30-10:30 a.m.
Promising Practices; Interviewing Vulnerable Adults

The Child Advocacy Center and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) model is best known for its work in memory recall of trauma information from children after a report of abuse is filed with police or social services. These centers are being utilized more to reach a much larger percent of the population. We know the type of question you ask directly relates to the quality and quantity of information elicited from a survivor/victim being interviewed. This session will teach attendees how to use promising narrative practice in interviews of alleged cases of maltreatment, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Rachel Johnson, Multidisciplinary & Outreach Coordinator/Interviewer, Trainer, First Witness Child Advocacy Center and Laura Gapske, Forensic Program Coordinator/Interviewer, Trainer, First Witness Child Advocacy Center

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Family Court Enhancement Project—Improving Access to Justice

Hennepin County's Family Justice Center implemented a Child-Related Relief Order for Protection Court Pilot (Pilot Court) to better address the needs of families seeking the assistance of their courts, better connect them with services and to do more to hold these parties accountable. This presentation will provide an overview of their Pilot Court that was established to address specific inconsistencies (listed below) and to enhance victim safety and outcomes for children in family court proceedings. The Pilot Court focuses on offering resources to litigants, collaborating with the child support, child protection and Guardian ad Litem offices, community resources, and scheduling review hearings to ensure compliance with ordered treatment and programming for abusers, victims and their children.

Anne McKeig, Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Shannon Wachter and Mary Madden

9:30-10:30 a.m.
From the Mouths of Advocates: Shaping Our Future

Presenter will discuss the current state of advocacy work with children and families and proposed changes for the future. Based on surveys and interviews with participants of the First Witness Advocacy Training, presenters will discuss how advocates in Child Advocacy Centers have changed their vision and role implementing a new philosophy in their work.

Beth Olson, Executive Director and Trainer, First Witness Child Advocacy Center

10:30-10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Preparing Children for our Process

This presentation will discuss the importance of preparing our children for our process. A forensic interview is unlike any other interaction a child will have with an adult. Most families are told not to say anything to their child when an investigation is initiated; however, this potentially causes stress for the families and children. Multidisciplinary team members and forensic interviewers will learn how to prepare children and families for our process and will discuss the impact it can potentially have on the outcome of the forensic interview and the investigation as a whole.

Rita Farrell, Forensic Interview Specialist, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and Erin Kraner, Director of Clinical Services, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County Arkansas

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
When the Bow Breaks: Trauma in Early Childhood

Almost half of substantiated child maltreatment reports occur among children under the age of 6 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). However, many of these children do not get the help they need due to common myths that suggest they will not remember or be strongly affected by their experiences, or that they will simply outgrow any temporary challenges. Sadly, research and clinical practice suggest that this is not the case. This presentation will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on infants, toddlers and preschoolers in their homes, families and communities. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments available that help children and families heal. We will follow one child and family as they journey from trauma to resilience using a specialized treatment for early childhood trauma called Child Parent Psychotherapy.

Sufna John, Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Karin Vanderzee, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Role of Advocacy in Risk Assessment and Safety Planning

One role of advocacy is to walk with the child and family through all of the systems and processess that come into play after a child discloses abuse and help identify how those systems can support and provide safety for the family. Advocates respond to the self identified needs of the family and are integral in helping the family create long term safety. however, advocates run the risk of putting more pressure and "to-do" lists for the family with added assessments and plans. This workshop will clearly lay out how the advocate can provide true safety support for the family and work with the team to meet safety needs.

Beth Olson, Executive Director and Trainer, First Witness Child Advocacy Center


Payment Information

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VIP Summit Registration
$499 per registrant

Day 1 and 2 Registration Only
$399 per registrant

Student Registration
$250 per registrant (must provide a valid student ID at registration)

  • If you need to pay by check or P.O. please contact Michael Kohner ( or (507) 457-2897) to register. All registrants paying by check will be issued an invoice. Please indicate if you're using a promotional code. Online registration will only accept payment via credit card.
  • There will be a $25.00 processing fee for invoicing of registration costs.
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Tuesday, June 20th | 5:30 p.m.

bus tour

We are excited to offer a free tour of the Benton County Child Advocay Center and the Southern Regional Training Center. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Please indicate if you would like to attend when you complete your registration.

Tour Schedule

  • 5:30 p.m. Bus leaves Embassy Suites
  • 5:40 p.m. Arrive at Southern Regional Training Center
  • 5:40-6:40 p.m. Tour Southern Regional Training Center (hors d'oeuvres and refreshments)
  • 6:40-6:55 p.m. Bus ride to Benton County CAC
  • 6:55-7:25 p.m. Tour Benton County CAC
  • 7:25-7:40 p.m. Bus ride back to Embassy Suites

Cancellation policy

We offer a refund minus a $75 administrative fee for each cancelled registration. We do not offer refunds if you fail to notify us prior to the conference you can't attend. Gundersen NCPTC must be notified 3 full business days before the start of the training to qualify for a refund or transfer.
Transfers: Registrations can be transferred to a different conference location for a $25 administrative fee.


Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC) reserves the right to cancel or postpone this seminar if minimum registration requirements are not met or as a result of Force Majeure. GNCPTC will make all attempts to notify registrants of cancellation or postponement at the earliest opportunity. GNCPTC is not responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation or postponement, including but not limited to airfares and hotels.

Awards Ceremony

VIP Summit Awards Ceremony and Dinner | June 21, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.


Senator John Boozman

The VIP Summit Awards are given for contributions or leadership in the specific fields of advocacy, law enforcement and forensic interviewing.

VIP Awards Ceremony Registration

Sorry, voting is closed. Award winners will be announced on May 5, 2017


Danielle Buckley
Nicola Edge
Rita Farrell
Alison Feigh
Shauna Galloway-Williams
Laura Gapske
Kristen Howell
Sufna John
Rachel Johnson
Lacie Ketelhut
Teresa Kramer
Erin Kraner
Anne McKeig
Stephanie Morris
Chris Newlin
Colleen Nick
Beth Olson
Denyse Olson-Dorff
Jim Parlow
Carrie Paschall
John Pirics
James Spears
Jane Straub
Karin Vanderzee
Victor Vieth

Hotel & Travel

Recommended Lodging

Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center
Embassy Suites
3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway
Rogers, AR 72758
(479) 254-8400

Rooms at the special conference rate have sold out. Rooms at the regular hotel rate are still available.

Hampton Inn Bentonville/Rogers
Hampton Inn
4501 W. Walnut Street
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 986-0500

Limited number of rooms at this nearby hotel at special pricing of $91.00/night plus tax until June 5th, 2017. The Hampton does not offer a shuttle so guests will need to arrange their own ground transportation to the Summit from this hotel.

Recommended Airport

NorthWest Arkansas Regional Airport
NorthWest Arkansas Regional Airport
One Airport Blvd., Suite 100
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 205-1000

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:
Michael Kohner
(507) 457-2897


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