May 3-4, 2018 Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Sponsored by: Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare
The La Crosse Child Maltreatment Conference focuses on multi-disciplinary best-practice efforts to investigate, treat, and prosecute child maltreatment and provides high-quality training and great networking opportunities.
This conference is for everyone who shares a passion for children and ensuring children’s need are addressed when child maltreatment is reported. The conference provides training to those employed by governmental and nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, probation, parole, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime whose intent is to help children in their healing process.
The conference offers credits for medical providers, nursing, social work, continuing legal credits for attorneys in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as MN POST Board for law enforcement professionals.
Responding and Understanding Child Death Investigations - Sgt. Jim Sears
The death of a child impacts not only family and friends, but the entire community. How can we ensure that preventable child fatalities are addressed? Child fatality review teams help communities solve this issue. It’s important to know who serves on these teams and what their role is. Sgt. Sears will focus on responding to and understanding child death investigations using case examples to highlight best practices for all members of the multidisciplinary team.
Abusive Head Trauma and Strategies for Prevention - Lynn Sheets, M.D.
Abusive head trauma of infants and young children, a type of severe physical abuse, is preventable, yet each year hundreds of infants are injured or killed this way. Dr. Sheets will help MDT members improve their understanding of abusive head trauma and how to prevent it using case examples to illustrate the mechanisms of injury, spectrum of injuries and symptoms in infants who have been abused in this way.
Parenting and Drugs Don’t Mix: Who’s Watching the Kids?- Ann Budzak, M.D.
Dr. Budzak will review the many concerns for both short and long term consequences of drug exposure for children’s welfare and development. Her presentation will review symptoms seen in children once they are removed from the home where exposure to meth or opiates was occurring. The presentation will help MDT members recognize how parental substance use impacts children and effectively intervene in collaboration with other community agencies to protect children and support safe parenting.
Ethical Dilemmas in Child Maltreatment and Differences in Ethics Standards on Your MDT - Detective William Marshall
Det. Marshall will provide a brief overview of the ethical guidelines for each MDT field; child protection services, medical services, prosecutors, child forensic interviewers, child advocates and law enforcement and lead a discussion of the differences in ethical standards. MDT members will participate in an evaluation and best practice discussion of several case scenarios that involve an ethical decision.
Parents Withholding Life Saving Medical Care because of Religious Belief - Victor Vieth, J.D.
A number of cases have received national media exposure in the last year. Vieth will explore the societal response to parents who withhold life-saving medical treatment and what MDT members can do to prevent death. He will also share how to address the challenges to investigation and forensic interviewing.
The Ken Kolb Award recognizes an advocate for children and their families in our community who has demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and forward thinking. The advocate is committed to protecting children and strengthening families as well as improving the well-being of our community at large. The award will be given during the 21st Annual La Crosse Child Maltreatment Conference, May 3, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel. – La Crosse, WI. Nominations are due by December 15, 2017.