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20th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference – Virtual Event

September 30 - October 1

Continuing Education Credits

10 Credit hours have been approved by:

  • SD Department of Education
  • Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Board of Examiners for Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists


Sanford Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

7.75 ANCC Contact Hour

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Sanford Health and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. Sanford Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Sanford Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Full Session Details


Wednesday, September 30

8:15-9:00 AM

Keynote Address:Harnessing the Body and Brain for Healing and Wellness” – Dr. Linda Chamberlain

Chronic and potentially toxic stress is common in our daily lives. A key component of resilience is having effective skills to calm the brain and address how stress and trauma are stored in the body. Recent research has validated traditional practices and led to new tools that work with from the bottom-up with the body and the top-down with the brain to engage our innate capacity to thrive through hard times. Appropriate for all ages, these tools work with the nervous system to buffer the predictable effects of overwhelming stress, and are essential to effectively address preverbal and complex childhood trauma. Organizations are utilizing these tools to prevent burn-out and vicarious trauma. In this keynote, participants will follow the trail of science supporting practices that engage the body and brain in healing and well-being. Linda will share examples for children, youth and adults as she invites your body and brain to discover its own resilience!


9:15-10:15 AM

“Child Maltreatment Potpourri”  Dr. Brooke Jones

This session will identify examination findings associated with physical and sexual abuse as well as the medical evaluation needed for these concerns of abuse. The session will also identify the other various forms of abuse, including neglect. Attendees will also learn about the importance of detailed documentation of findings, photo-documentation, and the multidisciplinary team response to cases of child maltreatment.


“Addressing the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse”Krista Heeren-Graber & Cassie Nagel

Many children exposed to violence in the home are also victims of physical abuse. Children who witness domestic violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems. Children who witness violence between parents may also be at greater risk of being violent in their future relationships. This workshop with explore the power and control dynamics within intimate partner violent relationships and how the offender will use the children to control the victim(s).


“Understanding Adoption through a Child’s Eyes”Chadwick Ratigan

Understanding Adoption through a Child’s Eyes is a journey through one child’s adoption story. The audience will learn about the presenter’s journey, attachment disorders, fears children have, healthy tips for foster parents, ACE’s & their effects, ICWA, and what the daily struggle is like as an adult with children of their own. The presentation is designed to be useful and motivational for anyone who has worked in the foster care system in ANY role or been involved with the system in the past.


Wednesday, September 30

10:30-11:30 AM

“Good News and Simple Tools”Dr. Linda Chamberlain

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn skills for building resilience, improving emotional and behavioral self-regulation and promoting healing.  Participants will work with strategies that shift the nervous system, engage the body and build self-awareness.  Highlights will include simple tools that use breath, light pressure, rhythmic movement, focused attention and other strategies that are appropriate for children, youth, adults and families. These techniques are being taught in a wide range of community and therapeutic settings including schools, clinics and hospitals, juvenile facilities, prison systems, chemical dependency programs, the armed forces and parenting interventions.  Organizations are integrating these tools into staff wellness and prevention strategies for burn-out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

“Strengthening Multidisciplinary Partnerships in Tribal Regions – Case Review with FBI and the Child Advocacy Center” Angela Lisburg, Justin Lowrance, Lynette Weiss

This presentation will provide an introduction to the functioning of federal Multidisciplinary Teams in Tribal Regions. The presentation will explain how the investigative and treatment teams collaborate together for cases of child abuse and the pros and cons of certain steps taken. The presentation will provide ideas for strengthening partnerships; and, in doing so, providing better outcomes for children and their families. Case examples will be provided.

“Child Advocacy Competency Among Professionals and Students Working in Social, Health, and Education Services in South Dakota” Kelly Bass and Shana Cerny

This presentation explores self-reported competencies and interest in child and adult advocacy as reported by students engaged in a health science program and professionals practicing in child and adult advocacy positions. In addition, this presentation discusses preparatory academic practices that are needed to feel confident when beginning to practice within the field of child and adult maltreatment.

11:45 AM -12:45 PM

“Cutaneous Injuries in Physical Abuse” Dr. Brooke Jones

Skin injuries are the most visible form of physical abuse. Skin findings can commonly be overlooked and missed as an early warning sign for more serious abusive injury. This lecture will explore the various skin injuries concerning physical abuse including bruising, patterned injury, and burns. It will also discuss medical conditions that can mimic bruising or burns on the skin.

“Digital World and Kids: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”Hollie Strand

This presentation provides attendees with up-to-date information on the concerns of Cyber-crimes or crimes where computers, phones, tablets, emails, clouds, social media or other technology is used to facilitate a crime. The topics covered will include: navigating the net, digital footprints, social media, information sharing, sextortion, child pornography, child exploitation, sexting, online threats, cyberbullying.

“Culture and Connection as Resiliency Builders for Tribal Youth and Families”Lisa Stark

Resilience results from an interaction between biological predispositions and a myriad of environmental factors. This presentation will look at the science behind resilience as well as an in-depth exploration of protective factors that support resilience for American Indian/ Alaska Native children, families, and their tribal communities. Culture and relationships are key protective factors with strong research demonstrating effectiveness in reducing the negative impacts of trauma. Participants will look at ways to utilize these in their personal interactions with children and families, as well as strategies their programs can implement to nurture the inherent resilience in tribal youth, and build collective resilience through thoughtful program planning.


Thursday, October 1

8:15- AM-9:10 AM

“Support and Treatment for Children Affected by Traumatic Stress” Amanda Reed

Advances in research of ACEs has increased society’s awareness of the impact of traumatic stress throughout the lifespan. What can be done in terms of mental health support and treatment for children who have experienced distressing life events? This presentation will cover up-to-date, evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents who are struggling with the effects of traumatic events, including, but not limited to, posttraumatic stress disorder. Many of the symptoms of traumatic stress can manifest as difficult behaviors, so the importance of parent and caregiver education and involvement in treatment and positive intervention will also be covered, as well as how this can be accomplished through psychotherapy. Finally, this presentation will cover supportive measures that can be done by caring adults in the lives of those children to help promote healing.

“The 4 R’s of a Trauma-Informed Approach with Tribes Alicia Mousseau

A trauma-informed approach to service delivery asks us to realize the widespread impact of trauma, recognize the symptoms of trauma, respond using trauma-informed strategies, work to actively resist re-traumatization. During this presentation, participants will consider the contemporary consequences of colonization & historical trauma within tribal communities using 4 R’s framework. This is ideal for any professionals working with tribal communities, and/or American Indian/ Alaska Native children, youth, and families.


“Building Resilient Communities in South Dakota: Brookings County”Carrie Sanderson & Nikki Eining

As South Dakotans, we want our children to grow up in safe, stable environments where they can interact with community members and professionals who care. The Brookings County Systems of Care and multiple local organizations have joined together to form a coalition to better know about, respond to, and prevent child maltreatment. Brookings County has the opportunity to receive the first Resilient Communities designation in the state. Attendees will learn about the Resilient Communities framework and how Brookings County overcame barriers to in order to build resiliency for children in their community. The Resilient Communities framework provides a comprehensive outline and a suite of tools for community coalitions.


9:15-10:15 AM

“Preventing Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness”Cori Jacobson

In 1995, Delta Dental introduced their PANDA program. Since then, Delta Dental of South Dakota has been providing training to professionals on how to identify abuse in the head and neck area as well as neglect of children in South Dakota.  Most physical injuries to children are found in head, face and neck area. An area that you are all evaluating every day. Today we will discuss the important role you play in recognizing and reporting child abuse, and what steps you should take to help prepare your offices.

“Think in Reverse & Avoid the Worst: How to Approach Your Job to Avoid Criminal Appeal Reversal–Sarah Larson

Every perpetrator is offered the opportunity to appeal their conviction. In the criminal appeal process, every step of the case – the arrest, the victim interview, the medical evaluation, the trail of evidence, the investigation by law enforcement – all comes under careful review. One mistake can set a defendant free. An Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Appeals and certified Child Abuse and Neglect attorney sets out several factors that teach you to think about your job in reverse. How can your actions today affect a criminal appeal in the future – good or bad?

“Restorative Discipline Before Punitive Damages”Pat Hubert

Consequences for inappropriate or unruly behavior are part of life. Students have to learn that they can’t get away with that sort of behavior. They won’t be able to pull that stuff when they get a job! What is fair? What is just? How will you discipline students for inappropriate behavior in a virtual environment? These are all question on the forefront of the education dialog today. This session will introduce the Restorative Discipline model for school consequences. Discuss the merits and what it looks like in practice.


Thursday, October 1 

10:30-11:30 AM

“Among the Shadows: Adolescent Boys in Distress” – Kelly Bass

This presentation will provide the attendees risk and protective factors of maltreatment for the understanding of how to address maltreatment among adolescent boys. The presentation will also discuss important objectives in leading the way to integrating a healing-centered approach throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems to reduce the harmful effects of trauma and violence on adolescent boys, and using innovative strategies to reduce the involvement of individuals with trauma and behavioral health issues in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

“The Importance of Trauma-Informed Community Care and Reform in Criminal Justice” – Terry Liggins

Justice is not only the decisions that occur in courtrooms and the spirit in which they are made; justice lives and breathes in our day to day interactions as neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members. When we fail in these roles individually, the justice we call forth in the courts and prisons must too be enacted in our homes, communities, and workplaces.  This session will provide awareness and understanding of trauma and its impact, understanding of how involvement with the criminal justice system can exacerbate trauma, and explore how a trauma-informed care approach to criminal justice can be utilized to avoid re-traumatization, increase safety for all, support recovery and decrease recidivism.

“Come Walk With Me” – Cara Beers and Christine Krogman

Have you ever wondered….What happens when a report is made to the Department? Who are the SD Child Protection Family Services Specialists? What are the decisions that are made involving children and families and why? Come walk with us as we follow an interactive fictional story of a family involved the child welfare system and take you through the many determinations and steps which are involved in managing a SD child welfare case. This presentation will provide a glimpse of what the “day in the life” of a Family Services Specialist is like from the perspective of both the Specialist and the Child.


11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Keynote Address:  “Calling All Warriors: Serving with Strength in Turbulent Times” – D.J. Vanas

We live in times of unprecedented uncertainty and change – and with it comes fear and stress which can affect our focus, wellness and the way we serve others. In this session, D.J. will share a unique, powerful perspective from Native American culture on what the warrior role is (and isn’t) and how we can emulate those principles to gain clarity, navigate change, take care of ourselves and serve others well regardless of circumstances. You’ll see how the role of warriors can make us warriors in our roles! He is both a former Air Force officer and enrolled member of the Ottawa Tribe, featured on the PBS film The Warrior Tradition, which aired nationwide on Veterans Day, 2019. He’ll share with you, in a straightforward and entertaining way, how to navigate change with confidence, maintain perspective, health (and a sense of humor) even in the face of turbulent times. Now is the time for warriors to stand up, be strong and lead by example – are you ready?


September 30
October 1
Event Category:


Virtual Event
SD United States