Enjoy highlights from the 21st Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference September 29-30, 2021. Thank you to our partner sponsors: the South Dakota Unified Judicial System, Child’s Voice at Sanford Health and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment.

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Darla Biel, Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

Nikki Eining, Avera Behavioral Health, Brookings

Addressing the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Krista Heeren-Graber, South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Cassie Nagel, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota

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Strengthening Multidisciplinary Partnerships in Tribal Regions – Case Review with FBI and the Child Advocacy Center

Angela Lisburg, Avera St. Mary’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center

Justin Lowrence, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lynette Weiss, Federal Bureau of Investigation

4 Rs of the Trauma-Informed Approach with Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native Families

Alicia Mousseau, The National Native Children’s Trauma Center

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The Importance of Trauma-Informed Community Care and Reform in Criminal Justice

Terry Liggins, Hurdle of Life Foundation

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Among the Shadows: Adolescent Boys in Distress

Dr. Kelly Bass, University of South Dakota

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Understanding the Evidence-Based Approaches to Perinatal Addiction

Dr. Marcela Smid, University of Utah

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This session will focus on understanding the evidence based approaches to perinatal addiction including opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder, alcohol use disorder and co-existing mental and physical health conditions. This session is designed to engage a multi-disciplinary audience (medical professionals, legal professional, social worker, child protective services case workers) to understand how to best maximize maternal and child health and well-being. A portion of the program will be didactic and then a case will be presented to allow for professionals to engage with each other in a case of perinatal addiction. This session will focus on practical lessons including understanding pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder, treatment for other substance use disorders and biological test (urine toxicology screens).

Understanding Adoption Through a Child’s Eyes

Chadwick Ratigan, Self-Employed

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Digital World and Kids: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Hollie Strand, Pennington County (S.D.) Sheriff’s Office/Internet Crimes Against Children

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Support and Treatment of Children Affected by Traumatic Stress

Amanda Reed, NPPA

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Come Walk With Me

Cara Beers and Christine Krogman, South Dakota Department of Social Services

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Think in Reverse to Avoid the Worse: How to Approach Your Job to Avoid a Criminal Appeal Reversal

Sarah Thorne, Office of the Attorney General

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Self-Care is NOT Selfish: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma

Beth Reynolds & Kay Glidden, Compassion Resiliency

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Staff pay an emotional price for doing the work that they do. There is now over two decades of research proving that working in high stress, trauma-exposed professions carries elements of risk to the staff.  Using the most recent research in the field, this interactive, evidence-based and trauma-informed presentation will explore assumptions about compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and burnout, the personal barriers that professionals face in their daily lives and offer new creative approaches, resources and hands-on tools for maintaining healthy and resilient staff.

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Child Advocacy Compete3ncy Among Professionals and Students Working in Social, Health and Education Services in South Dakota

Kelly Bass, University of South Dakota

Shana Cerny, University of South Dakota

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Culture and Connections as Resiliency Builders for Tribal Youth and Families

Lisa Stark, The National Native Children’s Trauma Center

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Building Resilient Communities in South Dakota: Brookings County

Nikki Eining, Avera Behavioral Health

Carrie Sanderson, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

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Preventing Abuse and Neglect Through Dental Awareness

Cori Jacobson, Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation

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Restorative Justice Before Punitive Damages

Pat Hubert, Northwest Area Schools

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The Impact of Trauma on Problem Behavior: Considerations for School-Based Professionals

Dr. Kari Oyen, University of South Dakota

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Students who experience trauma are at increased risk for poor outcomes. By understanding the core features of youth who experience trauma, school-based professionals can better identify the core features of trauma and understand the important aspect of intervention that will facilitate interventions to increase student success. Practical strategies will be discussed.

Why Experts are Important

Michael Moore, Beadle County State’s Attorney’s Office

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This session will explore why experts are important. Discussion will include identifying when an expert is needed, what type of expert is important and why, what questions to ask and not ask the expert, and what questions to ask the defense expert. In addition, the session will review new trends with expert witnesses in both prosecution and defense. What to do when they attack the forensic interview with their own expert. Specific case example(s) will be discussed.

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Identifying Sexualized Behavior Problems in Children

Clint Sperle

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Understanding and identifying the differences between normal sexual development and sexualized behavior problems in children can sometimes be a difficult task. This workshop will utilize a “Continuum of Touch” to help define the differences between normal sexual development behaviors and sexual acting out behaviors as well as why some children act out sexually. Assessment and treatment considerations for children who act out sexually will also be discussed.

Deception Detection

Dr. Jim Tanner

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Dr. Tanner will provide tools to improve your interview skills. Learn how to tell when someone is editing something out of a verbal or written statement. This session will cover the basics of Discourse Analysis, a lexical and syntactical approach to analyzing statements. Using clear examples, Dr. Tanner will explain how a respondent’s shifts in words and grammar can point interviewers to “hot spots” in a statement that need to be probed. You will never listen to a conversation or interview the same way again if you attend this session.

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Social Work and Coordinating with Systems of Care Around Child Abuse

Dr. Jay Memmott

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Upon completion of this event, the learner will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the components of systems of care that should be in place to assist a survivor and his or her family.
  2. List the skills required to be an effective social worker in child abuse cases.
  3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a systemic approach to child abuse.
  4. Identify resources is the community that can be marshalled to assist child abuse survivors and their families.

The Digital World of Kids: Risks and Resources for Educators and Youth Serving Organizations

Hollie Strand

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This break out session will cover the online activities of children and teens which put them at risk for extortion, sexual solicitation, cyberbullying, data breaches, and other forms of exploitation. Resources will be given so attendees will be able to know how to respond to these situations, how to talk to youth about the risks, and how to develop safety plans to keep kids safer in their online worlds.

Sexual Violence and Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities

Wayne Duehn, PHD

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There is growing recognition that children, adolescents, and adults with development/intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation.  They are vulnerable because they are often dependent on caregivers their whole life, are relatively powerless in society, are easily coerced, may be emotionally and socially insecure and needy, and usually are not educated about sexuality and sexual abuse.  Also, they may not easily be able to tell someone else what happened, or be believed even when they tell, or be able to resist and/or escape from attempted assaults.  Vulnerability means that the individual may be perceived as an “easy target” for abuse.

At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a just published yearlong NPR investigation (January 8, 2018) finds that there is little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: people with intellectual disabilities.

These statistics show that persons with developmental disabilities are subject to sexual abuse at much higher rates than others.  The challenge for family members and professionals is to not only protect persons who are developmentally challenged from sexual abuse but to facilitate their disclosures should it occur, to respect their right to developmentally appropriate knowledge about sexuality and sexual abuse, and to allow for the fulfillment of their sexuality.  Professionals, family members, protective services, and other care givers need to join together to meet this challenge.  This workshop, directed to professional care givers and service providers, will explore factors that inhibit sexual abuse disclosures and develop strategies to address disclosure failures.

How Sex Offenders Groom

Jim Tanner, PHD

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Sex offenders generally groom their victims and the ,victims’ environment.  This session is based on more than 40 years working with sex offenders. In this session we examine and explain the process offenders use to groom both the environment (including law enforcement) and potential victims.  The session will cover the goals of grooming both children and adults and show participants the step by step process used by offenders. Anyone working sex abuse crimes or exploitation of children crimes will find this session improves investigation, forensic approaches, and prosecution of sex offenders.

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Shatter the Silence: Facilitating Disclosure of Sexually Victimized Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

Wayne Duehn, PHD

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There is growing recognition that vulnerable adults who are cognitively and/or verbally impaired are particularly susceptible to abuse (including sexual abuse), neglect, and exploitation.  The challenge for professionals is to protect persons who are cognitively and/or verbally impaired from these various forms of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, to effectively document the abuse incidents when they occur, to provide appropriate risk reduction (safety) strategies, to respect their right to developmentally appropriate knowledge about sexuality and sexual abuse, and to allow for the fulfillment of their sexuality.  Professionals involved in protective services, care giving, education, research and clinical efforts need to join together to meet this challenge.  While this workshop will focus on developing basic investigative interviewing and case documentation skills for vulnerable adults (cognitively and/or verbally impaired) who are abused/neglected/abandoned/self-neglected, emphasis will be placed on investigations of sexual abuse allegations.

With an emphasis on identification, investigation, assessment (risk), case documentation, and initial intervention, this training is directed toward sexual abuse of cognitively and/or verbally impaired persons in need of protective services.  More specifically, the training will address the topics of direct and indirect indicators of sexual abuse, techniques of obtaining information, elements of credibility, building (substantiating) a case, individual interviewing, sexual assault-risk assessment procedures, case documentation, initial case management, monitoring, ethical implications/self-determination issues, cultural considerations, and selected problems of cognitively and/or verbally impaired persons (i.e., persons with developmental disabilities, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, brain injuries, and other verbal impairments).

The Drug Endangered Child

Nancy Free, DO

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Children living in dangerous drug environments are at high risk for abuse and neglect.  Dr. Nancy Free will provide guidance to medical providers on how to identify and respond to the needs of the drug endangered child.  Dr. Free will define drug endangerment and risk factors as well as the spectrum of drug endangerment.

Child Protection Services

Vicki Burger

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Vicki will provide an overview of Child Protection Services (CPS) and address questions from the audience. Vicki will explain how to report to CPS , performing initial family assessments, and ensuring child safety.  She will also describe ongoing services for the child and family.

Understanding of the role of Child Protection Services

1.       Child Maltreatment and neglect

2.       Reporting to Child Protection Services

3.       Initial Family Assessments and child safety

4.       Ongoing services and permanency

Trauma Among Native American and African American Children and Families: A Case Based Learning Experience for Trauma Informed Social Work Practice

Kathy Laplante and Margarite Reinert

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The presentation will integrate trauma-informed practices using a case based learning approach for the both the BSW and MSW practitioner.


Specific learning objectives:

1. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of trauma informed practice skills and be able to identify the principals of The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families (NCTSN).

2. Participants will be able to identify traumatic experiences of children and families at the BSW and MSW levels of practice

3. Participants will gain awareness of competent and trauma informed clinical case assessments at the BSW and MSW levels of practice

4. Participants will gain awareness about the culture of Native American and African American children and families and traumatic experiences

5. Participants will apply trauma-informed practice assessments and interventions to case study examples.

Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Building Culturally Appropriate Response Systems

Janet Routzen / White Buffalo Cafe

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Building a community approach to treatment for our youth is essential for their healing and survival. This session explores using community centered treatment that involves the family and individual cognitive behavioral therapy to help children experienced problematic sexual behaviors. Ms. Routzen will focus on advocacy that strengthens community-based programing and providing assistance to youth in order to reduce recidivism rates for offending children and assisting the children in getting the help they need to lead productive lives.  Ms. Routzen will speak bluntly about sexual behaviors and how we can build appropriate response systems to help our youth. The presentation will also focus on culturally appropriate methods to change the way communities respond to sexual violence. Participants will discuss policy areas where South Dakota can improve on local, state and federal responses to sexual violence, all while providing culturally relevant programing.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family in a Digital World

Jim Tanner, PHD

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This course provides treatment and supervising agency staff with practical information concerning how to detect illicit use of technology by sex offenders.  The course covers the eight primary methods of accessing adult material and provides links to tools and techniques to examine the offender’s computer to determine illicit usage. This course is designed for and offered to criminal justice and treatment professionals only. The course is intended for individuals conducting routine investigations that they expect to result in a maximum of technical violations on treatment contract defaults only.

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Responding to Inappropriate Behavior in Schools for Children with Inappropriate Attachment to Adults

Kari Oyen, PHD

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The relationship between trauma, attachment, and inappropriate behavior is a complex construct that can be difficult to understand.  This session will focus on the importance of understanding the effects that trauma can have on attachment and inappropriate behavior and more importantly, how professionals can help intervene with students struggling with inappropriate behaviors due to trauma and attachment issues.  Practical strategies will be discussed.