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“Behind Closed Doors” – BREAK OUT SESSIONS


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Conference attendees are able to customize breakout sessions, please chose one of the following for each session. Breakout session selections comes on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you register, the more likely you will be to have your first preference of breakout sessions. 


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session #1

1) Sergeant Grant Snyder Minneapolis PD Human Trafficking Team & Sergeant Sean Johnson St Paul PD Human Trafficking Unit “Best Practices in Sex Trafficking Investigations.”

In this session, attendees will learn about human trafficking and the typical techniques used by traffickers in the process of recruitment, grooming and exploitation. 

Additionally, this session is designed to help you become familiar with the fundamental components of a human trafficking criminal investigation, including: referral management, case triage, victim service and management, sources of evidence and their preservation/collection, case trajectory, collaboration and prosecution.


2) Ellen Johnson BA, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN, SANE Program Supervisor Regions Hospital “Care of the Patient with Severe Mental Illness Who Experiences Sexual Assault.”

This session will teach trauma informed care practices that promote safety and healing, promote understanding on why behaviors viewed as choices may be responses to toxic stress, and teach how to build rapport by exhibiting empathy, respect, and caring.

In this session attendees will:

Learn about, and gain an understanding of, psychological responses to sexual assault that are more prominent in those with preexisting severe mental illness.

–The appropriate response when a report of sexual assault seems implausible.  

— Understand, and address, barriers patients face when reporting sexual assault during hospitalization. 

— Discuss how a partnership model of response to sexual assault can empower patients and allow for more autonomy.

— Develop ways to encourage resiliency


3) Shannon Goeke-Watson, PsyD., “Understanding Trauma: Working with Clients in Mental Health and Advocacy Roles.

This session will discuss trauma and how it impacts the brain and body chemistry in order to become better informed, and more understanding of, the needs of clients.

In this session attendees will:

Understand the neurological  aftereffects of trauma.

— Identify aftereffects from trauma and understand how they impact work with clients.

— Better identify mental health diagnoses associated with trauma, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Disorders.

— Learn about, and implement, strategies to support clients who have experienced trauma and may be in crisis


4) Lundy Bancroft “Meeting the Post-Separation Needs of Women and Children”


This session covers the post-separation opportunities, risks, and challenges in the lives of battered women and their children. It prepares participants to support healing and recovery for mothers and children, while also planning properly for their safety needs in custody and visitation conflicts.   

We begin by looking at children’s typical reactions, both positive and negative, to their parents’ separation in a domestic violence case.

Next we look at the post-separation behaviors of men who batter with respect to children, identifying the most common risks. Strategies for giving the mother and the children their best opportunities for healing and recovery are explored.

Finally, we look at helpful versus destructive responses from family law courts, and the batterer’s use of the legal system as a form of abuse.


5) Dr. Joe Reid, LMFT “Challenging Bias, Beliefs, and Assumptions”

This is a breakout that everyone can benefit from and walk away with increased self-awareness of their own personal bias and perceptions.

Additionally, participants will gain; an increased respect and awareness of others perceptions, understand the concept of power and how it impacts our self-awareness and relationships with others, and be able to define and understand micro aggressions.


11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Lunch (included with registration)




12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Breakout Session #2


1) Yasmin Mullings, Esq. Ramsey County prosecutor “Domestic Assault by Strangulation: The Nuts and Bolts”

This training is intended to help prosecutors, responding officers, and investigators identify opportunities to better understand the evidence they should look for in domestic strangulation cases, and how to develop the case from investigation through trial.  

We will discuss strategies for understanding and moving forward with cases involving recanting victims, child witnesses, and medical experts.  

Finally, the lecture will also address trial strategy and practice points for trial itself, from pretrial motion practice to jury selection, to countering common defenses.  

Although the topic is focused on strangulation, many of the issues regarding evidence collection, witness considerations and trial practice are transferrable to cases involving other forms of intimate partner violence, including sexual assault.  The presenter is experienced in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking cases.


2) Lundy Bancroft “Assessing Risk to Children from Men Who Batter”


 Men who batter bring multiple sources of physical, sexual, and emotional injury to children who live with them. At the same time, interventions by outside agencies, however well-intentioned, often do more than harm than good to the children. This workshop looks at how to balance the batterer’s risk to the children against their need for a stable and consistent relationship with their mother. 

We will cover over a dozen questions that need to be investigated and evaluated, including such elements as how physically dangerous the abuser is, how much he violates children’s boundaries, and the extent of harm he is causing to mother-child relationships. Participants will also learn strategies to increase the mother’s ability to be a protective presence.


3) Jennifer McConnell, Senior Child Protection Worker, Ramsey County Human Services, “Reporting Child Maltreatment.”

In this session, attendees will:

— Learn about the different types of abuse: physical, neglect, sexual abuse (including human trafficking), and domestic violence

— Understand the difference between different types of reporters: Mandated, Voluntary, and Anonymous

— Understand the role of child protection and be able to identify the three different types of maltreatment reports


4) Angela Carlson RN, BSN, SANE-A and Beth Roberts, Law Enforcement & Policy Specialist at MNCASA “Understanding Trauma and Trauma Informed Interviews.”

In this session, attendees will:

— Understand the neurobiology of trauma, the effects of trauma on the brain and victim behavior

— Understand the importance of incorporating trauma informed practices into history taking with sexual assault and trauma victims

— Provide an understanding of the key components in medico/legal history taking in adolescent and adult victims

— Identify techniques for establishing rapport and facilitating disclosure

— Understand the effects of trauma in combination with drug facilitated assaults.


In addition, specific objectives for Law Enforcement:  

— Understand how the FETI process of interviewing traumatized individuals is an effective technique for the victim, witness, and in some instances the suspect/subject.

— Identify how the FETI interview obtains significantly more information about the experience and enhances a trauma victim’s ability to recall more details about the event.

— Discuss and identify how the FETI interview creates a three-dimensional, offense-centric investigation producing critical facts obtained by areas of the brain previously missed by conventional methodology.


5) Cathy Siegel Volunteer Coordinator at Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County (SOS) “Sexual Violence: Realities, Impact, Reactions, and Responses”

In this session, participants will gain more understanding on the realities of sexual violence, including:

— The impact of sexual violence on victim/survivors

— Reactions of victim/survivors resulting from sexual violence

— And learn how to utilize a victim centered response to sexual violence victim survivors


6) Mercedes Moreno, Victim Advocate, University of MN/Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC)”Overcoming Multicultural Issues and Barriers for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”

In this session attendees will:

— Understand how to work with survivors of the Latino community; the individual and organizational considerations for advocates and other service professionals

— Identify remedies for immigrant victims

— Identify and understand multifaceted cultural barriers to reporting


1:45 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Break




2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session #3


1) Lundy Bancroft “Advocacy and Legal Representation for Women in Custody Disputes.”

 Battered women face a minefield when they enter the child custody arena.

Advocates and attorneys can best assist by:  

— Understanding the range of post-separation risks posed by the abuser to the children and to their mother;

— Preparing for a family law system that is sharply biased against abuse allegations and reluctant to make custody adjustments on the basis of abuse histories; and

— Developing strategies that have proven to have the best chance for success in protecting children and their mothers long-term.

This workshop will also examine the additional but crucial goal of creating and maintaining successful communication between providers and the mothers they are attempting to assist.

Finally, we will consider some strategies for agitating for family law reform.



2) Valerie Snyder, Esq. Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) “Protecting Children through the Family Court System”

This session will discuss and examine:

— The workings of the Family Court System as to how it relates to child abuse issues

— Distinguish Family Court cases from OFPs & Child Protection matters

— How Family Court can protect children

Discuss how to be successful in Family Court litigation



3) Charolotte Anne, Crime Victim Advocate, Survivor & Linda Walther RN, SANE-A, SANE-P Clinical Coordinator for the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program SVJI@MNCASA Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault “The Importance of Assessing and Documenting Strangulation in Sexual Assault Cases”

This session will:

— Identify the anatomy of the neck to facilitate a better understanding of strangulation

— Identify the long term risk factors of strangulation

— Describe the lethality of non-fatal strangulation

— Increase the identification of the subtle signs and symptoms of strangulation

— Improve the documentation and collection of evidence

— Describe ways to discuss strangulation with victims/clients/patients

— Increase understanding of impact of strangulation from the perspective of the survivor


4) Bree Adams Bill Blueprint for Safety Coordinator and Program Director at the St. Paul & Ramsey Co. Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Sergeant Nicole Spears St. Paul Family Violence Unit Supervisor, & Tara Patet, Esq. Prosecutor St Paul City Attorney’s Office. “The Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety: A Collective Policy to Respond to Domestic Violence Crimes”

This session will provide an overview about The Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety, an interagency collective response to domestic violence crimes, and a national model.

Additionally, this session will:

— Offer perspectives from an advocate, law enforcement and prosecution about how assessing risk and danger has increased victim safety and offender accountability.

— Share the protocol and practice changes that have increased quality response to domestic violence crimes where the offender has fled.

— Discuss the unique monitoring component of The Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety and its impact on enhancing the response to domestic violence crimes.


5) Nancy Harper MD, FAAP, Director, Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children & Kristi Jarvis BS, RN, SANE -A, SANE-P, Program Coordinator & Forensic Nurse Examiner Hennepin County Medical Center “The ABC’s of the Pediatric Sexual Abuse Exam”

In this session, attendees will: 

— Recognize why most physical examinations of children remain normal following sexual abuse.

— Understand when sexual behaviors in children are normal or abnormal.

— Identify testing modalities available for screening sexually transmitted infections.

— Understand mandated reporting requirements for children (ages 12 and under) and adolescents (13 years and older).  


6) Dave Matthews, PsyD, LICSW Program Manager – Children, Youth & Family Services at Cornerstone “The Effects of Violence and Trauma on Children”

In this session, attendees will: 

— Gain an understanding of the effects of trauma and violence in the family of children who experience these things.

— Expand their knowledge base about being trauma informed when working with children who witness domestic violence or experience trauma in the home.

— Increase their understanding of strategies and activities they can apply or integrate into the work they do with children and parents where violence or trauma has happened in the home.



7) Rana S Alexander, Esq., Standpoint F/K/A Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project “Technology and Client Safety”

This session will discuss the benefits and dangers of old and new technology for domestic violence survivors and victims.

And, also will:

— Educate about new and old technology

— Discuss the benefits of new and old technology

— Discuss the risks of new and old technology

— Develop solutions for safety planning with victims of violence

— Offer resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence and the systems professionals work with them


3:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m. General Closing


4:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Certificate of Attendance distribution 

NOTE: CEU’s, CLE’s, POST, and SANE credit applications submitted. Approved for continuing education credits with the Minnesota Board of Psychology. 

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