November4-6, 2020 - Virtual Conference/Webinar

17th Annual

Forensic Science Seminar

SEMINAR IN FORENSIC SCIENCES

Child Abuse Education Program of South Texas Objectives:
Utilize the most up-to-date information concerning domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect to improve patient care and client service

Collaborate more effectively with colleagues in health care, law enforcement, advocacy and counseling

Take appropriate steps to maintain your health and well-being as an intervener and advocate for children
People
Speakers
Topics

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

From physicians to social workers, LPCs, LMFTs, LCSW Counselors, pyschologists, nurses, law enforcement, attorneys  and judges – all of our attendees are looking to stay on top of the latest trends and information.

Physicians

Valley Baptist Medical Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen designates this live continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 18.00 AMA PRA category 1 credits. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in this activity. The planning committee for this program has no affiliations of financial interest to disclose.

Social Workers, LPCs, LMFTs, LCSW Counselors & Psychologists

Joseph LaBeau, LPC is a sponsor of certain CEU credit for this conference. He is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and the Texas Board of Marriage & Family Therapists. This activity is approved for 18.00 credit hours from the appropriate licensing boards. Requirements include attending the entire conference and the completion of an evaluation form to receive CEU’s.

Nurses

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen is approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16598, for 18.00 “Contact Hours”. Contact hours only applicable for initial full course.

Law Enforcement Attorneys/Judges

Law Enforcement: TCOLE will be given upon completion.
Attorneys & Judges: Course has been submitted and pending approval by the Texas Bar for Continuing Legal Education.

Speakers

Our 1,000 attendees are looking to stay on top of the latest trends and information, meet  and connect with other people interested in the future of Forensic Sciences

Brandy Bailey

Assistant District Attorney Cameron County Attorney’s Office Brownsville, Texas

Jamie Ferrell, MBA, BSN, RN, DF-IAFN, CA/CP SANE, SANE-A, SANE-P

Clinical Director Forensic Nursing Services Memorial Hermann Health System

Sonja Eddleman, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Clinical Coordinator, CARE Team Driscoll Children’s Hospital Clinical Director, CAART Team Valley Baptist Health System

Ada Booth

Dr. Booth is a member of the CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Education) Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Robert Vela

Mr. Vela is Special Investigations Program Director in the Region 11 Office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Oscar Peraza

Mr. Peraza is Child Protective Investigations Regional Director Assistant.

Marguerite DeWitt

DeWitt is a member of the faculty of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Stanley Fisch, MD

UTRGV School of Medicine Chairperson, Forensic Sciences Seminar

Michael Sanchez

Sanchez is a member of the faculty of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

James Lukefahr

Dr. Lukefahr is Director of the Center for Miracles at Children’s Hospital San Antonio and Professor of Pediatrics, UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Lora Spiller

Dr. Spiller is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UTHSCSA.

Laura Reagan

Ms. Reagan is Executive Director of the Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Andrew Campbell

Mr. Campbell is a researcher, consultant, and trainer in the fields of child abuse and domestic violence.

Shivani Maffi

Dr. Maffi is Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Brett Pattillo

Dr. Spiller is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UTHSCSA.

Kathy Carter

Ms. Carter is Research Librarian in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Cindy Perez Waddle

Ms. Waddle is Senior Counselor at the Children’s Bereavement Center of the Rio Grande Valley.

Marsha Griffin

Dr. Griffin is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and President and CEO of Community for Children, Inc., a non-profit organization working to aid refugees at our southern border.

Schedule

From nurses to physicians, LCSWs, and attorneys – all of our 1,000 attendees are looking to stay on top of the latest trends and information, meet and connect with other people interested in the future of technology, innovation, policies and research. What about you?

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time

Session

Speaker

Stanley Fisch, MD

UTRGV School of Medicine Chairperson, Forensic Sciences Seminar

Ada Booth

Dr. Booth is a member of the CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Education) Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Robert Vela and Oscar Peraza

Mr. Vela is Special Investigations Program Director in the Region 11 Office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Mr. Peraza is Child Protective Investigations Regional Director Assistant.

Marguerite DeWitt and Michael Sanchez

Drs. DeWitt and Sanchez are members of the faculty of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

James Lukefahr and Lora Spiller

Dr. Lukefahr is Director of the Center for Miracles at Children’s Hospital San Antonio and Professor of Pediatrics, UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Spiller is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UTHSCSA.

Marguerite DeWitt

Dr. DeWitt is a forensic pathologist and a member of the faculty in the Criminal Justice Program of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Time

Session

Speaker

Stanley Fisch, MD

UTRGV School of Medicine Chairperson, Forensic Sciences Seminar

Laura Reagan and CAC Staff

Ms. Reagan is Executive Director of the Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Jamie Ferrell and Sonja Eddleman

Jamie Ferrell and Sonja Eddleman are distinguished leaders and educators in forensic nursing.

Andrew Campbell

Mr. Campbell is a researcher, consultant, and trainer in the fields of child abuse and domestic violence.

Eddie Hurtado and Joe Mirino

Eddie Hurtado: Commander RGV Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force. Joe Mirino: Special Agent Homeland Security Investigations.

Shivani Maffi

Dr. Maffi is Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Time

Session

Speaker

Stanley Fisch, MD

UTRGV School of Medicine Chairperson, Forensic Sciences Seminar

Brandy Bailey, Brett Pattillo and Sonja Eddleman

Ms. Bailey and Ms. Pattillo are Assistant District Attorneys in the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Bailey supervises the Child Abuse Unit. Ms. Eddleman is CARE Team Clinical Coordinator at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Kathy Carter

Ms. Carter is Research Librarian in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

FAITH SUMMIT

Janet Magee
Cindy Perez Waddle

Ms. Waddle is Senior Counselor at the Children’s Bereavement Center of the Rio Grande Valley.

Joseph G. Baker

Mr. Baker is a Supervisory Special Agent of the Department of Homeland Security and Commander of the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigations Taskforce.

Marsha Griffin

Dr. Griffin is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and President and CEO of Community for Children, Inc., a non-profit organization working to aid refugees at our southern border.

Dave Lockridge

Pastor Lockridge is Founder and Executive Director of ACE Overcomers.

Cornelia Garza

Ms. Garza is Faith Specialist, Region 11 of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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$25

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Special Recognition

We would like to recognize The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation and Blue Sunday for the generous donations and support of this conference. The continued support has allowed everyone attending this conference a scholarship in the form of a reduced rate, and to continue to educate the origins and ramifications of child abuse and domestic violence in our community.

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Past Seminar Presentations

Forensic Conference 1: Nov 5, 2004

Speaker

Yolanda de Leon, JD

Vincent Di Maio, MD

Lt. William Walsh

William Smock, MD

William Smock, MD

Joni McClain, MD

David Senn, DDS

James Beasley

Topic

Criminal prosecution of CAN

Vampires, Atlantis, SBS and other mythological entities

Investigating fatal CAN

Clinical forensic medicine

Pattern injuries

ME perspective on CAN

Bite marks in CAN

Motivations of perpetrators in child homicides

Forensic Conference 2: Nov 4-5, 2005

Speaker

David Montague, JD

James Farren, JD

Jay Lapham, JD

Randy Hanzlick, MD

Saroja Bharati, MD

Fred Jordan, MD

Det. Cathy de la Paz

Sgt. Byron Fassett

Norma Jean Farley, MD

Gael Lonergan, MD

William Smock, MD

Susan Ander, PhD

John Teer, PhD

Scott Dixon, LMSW

Linda Wade, PhD

Stanley Fisch, MD

Topic

Child homicides under Texas law

And a little child shall lead them

Shaken baby syndrome

SUID – History, investigation, and approaches

Sudden cardiac death

ME based surveillance for infectious disease

Conducting the recovery and high risk infant interview

Child pornography and victimization

SIDS

Forensic radiology of child abuse

Pattern injuries

Survivors: Therapy with abused children and adults

Confidentiality, clergy and the law

Mandatory reporting

HCISD

What’s next?

Forensic Conference 3: Nov 3-4, 2006

Speaker

William Smock, MD

Kathy Dittman and Bonnie Armstrong

Miriam Ybarra

Dave Pelzer

DeWitt, Armstrong, Dittman, Farley, Turner

Sonja Eddleman, RN

Harry Wilson, MD

Det. Bob MacFarland

Jamie Farrell, RN and James Farren

Hon. Migdalia Lopez

Jose Montalvo M., MD

Susan Ander, PhD

John Teer, PhD

Scott Dixon, LMSW

Topic

Golden hour in the response to CAN

SBS training in hospitals

Drug endangered children

Keynote address

SBS panel

CART

Ethics of child abuse investigation

Exploited children on the Internet

The professional in court

Child abuse and family preservation

Manejo del abuso de nino en Tamaulipas

Survivors: Therapy with abused children and adults

Confidentiality, clergy and the law

Mandatory reporting

Forensic Conference 4: Nov 9-10, 2007

Speaker

Joe Marchan

Nancy Harper, MD

Carole Hurley

Hon. John Specia

Det. James Fitzgerald

John Bradley

Rebecca Girardet, MD

Sonja Eddleman, RN

Det. Bob MacFarland

Rev. Alan Bagnall

Susan Ander, PhD

Panel

Topic

Crime scene investigation – the real CSI

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Prenatal drug exposure

Keynote address

DNA collection

Manipulation of DNA evidence

Interpretation of DNA evidence

CART update

Internet porn and victimization

Pastoral perspective on family violence

Victim recovery and family rehabilitation

Child abuse prevention

Forensic Conference 5: Nov 14-15, 2008

Speaker

Nancy Harper, MD

Sonja Eddleman, RN

Bruce Berberian, MD

James Lukefahr, MD

Hon. Tara Rios Ybarra

Mock trial

Michael Lytle

Reade Quinton, MD, Capt. James Rickhoff, Chris Greeley, MD

Topic

Medical conditions mistaken for abuse

Medical forensic evaluation of sexual assault

Xray cases

Risk of CAN and steps to prevent

Keynote

Training next generation of CSI

SUID death scene investigation

Forensic Conference 6: Nov 12-13, 2009

Speaker

Juan Parra, MD

Jamie Farrell, RN and Tiffani Dusang, RN

Brenda Heredia

Lunch – table topics

Case review

Michael Lytle

Reade Quinton, MD

Ann Cortez and Israel Garza

Graciela Reyna and Kathy Carter

Juan Avalos

Stanley Fisch, MD

Topic

Child fatality review

Strangulation

Family violence and effects on children

Forensic science issues

Autopsy

Elder abuse

Forensic science resources from the NLM

Internet pornography

When bad things happen

Forensic Conference 7: Nov 11-12, 2010

Speaker

Nancy Harper

Chris Greeley

Janis Feldman

Alan Bagnall

Marguerite DeWitt (keynote)

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Norma Farley

Mike Ilse, Brandi Moss

Nancy Harper

Brenda Heredia

Kaysie Reinhardt

Rose Marie Penzerro

Topic

Is obesity child abuse?

Myth busters: abusive head trauam

Ethical conflicts in social work

Ethical dilemmas in the care of critically injured victims of abuse

The Rubio case: all things work together for good…

Case review

Death scene investigations – an ME’s wish list

What first responders at a death scene need to know

Can urine drug screening make your case?

Child victims in divorce and custody cases

The foster care redesign

The special needs of foster kids

Forensic Conference 8: Nov 9-11, 2011

Speaker

Nancy Harper

Reade Quinton

Juan Gonzalez

Anna Jimenez

Steve Pliszka

Ricardo Jimenez and Jamie Ferrell

Happy (Efrain Guerrero)

Justin Mazzeo

Jane Burstain

Reena Isaac

Nancy Harper

Matthew Cox

Walter Lambert

Joseph Labeau

Matthew Cox

Walter Lambert

Jennifer Schuett and Tim Cromie

Topic

Torture, scapegoating

Examination and interpretation of injuries

 Investigating domestic minor sex-trafficking

 How to effectively prosecute a case

Psychotropic drugs for foster kids

Spoken words from small voices

Ethics in communication

Drug endangered children

Legislative update – CPS funding

Smoke and mirrors – medical child abuse

Controversies in abusive head trauma

Unusual genital findings

The neglect of neglect

PTSD in victims and caregivers

Burns

Assessing maltreatment in multicultural communities

Building bridges – solving cases

Forensic Conference 9: Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2012

Speaker

Marguerite DeWitt, Angelika Potempa

Lyndell Williams

Janet Magee

Shelly Martin

Ada Booth

Gladys Ajero

Stephanie Contreras

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Matthew Cox

Nancy Harper

Matthew Cox and Eren Price

Matthew Cox, Eren Price, Carmen White

Robert Giles

Robert Giles

James Lukefahr

Nancy Harper

Topic

Ethical issues of mandated reporting

The mind of a sexual predator

Keynote – Blue Sunday

Abusive head trauma – confessions vs physical findings

Lifting the veil on common causes of child death

The effect of stress on the developing brain

Suicide prevention

“It’s all about down there” – pediatric sexual assault review

Chest and abdomen trauma

EXSTRA – examining siblings to recognize abuse

Not everyone is Dr. McDreamy

Starvation of the mind, body and soul

Behind the “net” – using technology in child abuse investigations

Overcoming untrue defenses in child abuse

Biomechanics of fractures

Sticks and stones and broken bones

Forensic Conference 10: Nov 6 – 8, 2013

Speaker

David Senn, DDS

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD

Joseph Labeau, Kathleen Faller, Linda Myers

Nancy Harper, MD and Brittany Jensen

Nancy Harper, MD

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Lyndel Williams

Bill Smock, MD

Nancy Harper, MD and Sonja Eddleman

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Nhung Tran, MD

James Farren

Brandy Bailey and Stephanie Rollins

Manny Vela

John Specia

James Farren

Bill Smock, MD

Topic

Bitemark evidence in abuse cases

Disclosure of child sexual abuse – what the research tells us

Panel discussion – mental health issues

Float like a butterfly, sting like a Wii

You bruise, you lose

Pediatric sexual assault case review

Psychopaths

Strangulation

Retinal hemorrhages

Adolescent sexual assault case review

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

A little child shall lead them

We’re here to get you out

Keynote

Remarks by the Commissioner of DFPS

Testifying in court

Forensic evaluation of GSW – applications for the officer-involved shooting

Forensic Conference 11: Nov 5 – 7, 2014

Speaker

Bill Reagan

Elizabeth Miller, MD

Tina Briones, Joe Jaime, Kathleen Phillips, Michelle Smith

Rosalva Resendiz

Velma Schmidt

Sonja Eddleman

Sonja Eddleman, Jamie Ferrell

Lyndel Williams

Darlene Ellison

Dan Lindberg

Jim Tanner

Dan Lindberg

Nancy Kellogg

Ray Perryman

Sonya Thorn

Jim Tanner

Topic

Opening remarks

Challenges of child death investigation

End of life issues

Human rights and trafficking

Understanding child abuse and trauma

The medical-forensic exam for sexual assault

Sexual assault case review

Drug-facilitated sexual assault

The predator next door

Screening for child abuse in the ED

How sexual predators groom

The cutting edge in abuse diagnosis

Disclosure of sexual abuse

Economic costs of child abuse

Nurturing Parenting Program

Living with the memories

Forensic Conference 12: Nov 4-6, 2015

Speaker

Joseph Labeau

Diana Barnes

Sasha Rasco

Matthew Cox

Dyann Daley

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Raquel Vargas-Whale

Ada McCloud

Matthew Cox

Chris Greeley

Dave Lockridge

Dara Bowlin

Anu Partap

Steve Miller

Linda Gottlieb Kase

William Bernet

Brandy Bailey and Nate Navey

Lee Reedy

Topic

Taking care of the caretaker

Postpartum psychosis, child abuse, and the law

DFPS child death prevention initiatives

Two is worse than one

Tracking child maltreatment

Sexual assault case review

Interpersonal violence and its effect on children

Best practices for multidisciplinary teams

Ignoring doctors’ orders: the spectrum of medical neglect

Adverse experiences and disparities in care and outcomes

Understanding and overcoming the cycle of adverse childhood experiences

Internet crimes against children

Mental health of children in foster care

Evidence and logic

Parental alienation

Children who provide false information about sexual abuse

Child as witness – recent court cases

NCMEC resources

NCMEC resources

Forensic Conference 13: Nov 2-4, 2016

Speaker

Andrew Campbell

Ada Booth

Dyann Daley

Melinda Lopez

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Lyndel Williams

Ashley Griffin and Maggy McGiffert

Ryan Brown

Lee Reed

Stanley Fisch

Nancy Harper

Elizabeth Gershoff

Nancy Harper and Lorren Jackson

Bishop Aaron Blake

Topic

Domestically violent homes: the threat of harm to children

Psychological maltreatment

What engagement rings and spanking have in common

The healthcare impacts of human trafficking

The National Protocol for Pediatric Sexual Abuse Forensic Assessments

Case and image review

Sexual assault on campus

Sexual assault on campus – Blueprint for Police

The silent abuser – why neglect is the monster hiding in the closet

Human trafficking

Prevention not intervention

Chest and abdominal trauma

Violence against children is preventable: interventions to reduce
physical punishment across family, school, and medical contexts

Drowning or deception? (case study)

CarePortal

Forensic Conference 14: Nov 8-10, 2017

Speaker

Valentine Nduku

Marsha Griffin

Leemie Kahng-Sofer

Ruby Charak

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Barbara Knox

Kelsey McKay

Andrew Campbell

Laura Tillman

Otto Velasquez

Brandy Bailey and Melanie Palomo

Barbara Knox

Molly Voyles and Roy Rios

Faith Summit

Topic

Brain injury in child abuse

Immigrant and refugee children

Children missing from care: NCMEC resources

Psychological trauma of child maltreatment

Child abuse 101

Visual diagnosis of child abuse

Case and image review

Medical aspects of human trafficking

Strangulation

Domestic violence victim reports to responding law enforcement officers

The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts

BRUE

Case studies

Burns

Navigating safety: technology

Forensic Conference 15: Nov 7-9, 2018

Speaker

Ruby Charak

Linda Nelson and Laura Garcia

Greg Reyero

Eddie Hurtado and Joe Mirino

William McClain

Sonja Eddleman and Jamie Ferrell

Lyndel Williams

William Kasberg and Shannon Purkiss

Kathy and Mark Dittman

Andrew Campbell

Bradley Norat

Andrew Campbell

James Lukefahr

Noe Ramirez

Faith Summit

Topic

Basics of child abuse, domestic violence, and trauma informed care

Teens in trouble substance abuse, mental health issues, and poor physical health

Interdiction to Protect Children

RGV Child Exploitation Intervention Taskforce

Investigation of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

Sexual assault – case and image review

Psychopaths, youth, and school shooters

Mental health-informed approach to community policing

Shaken Baby Syndrome – 20 years of advocacy

Pet abuse, child abuse, and interpersonal violence

Physical abuse – the basics

Pregnant partner abuse

Foster care in Texas

Domestic violence and child abuse – effects on children

Frequently Asked Question

We host this seminar once per year and this is our 17th year presenting.

 

It will take place via Zoom conferencing.

The seminar begins at 8 am Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The event pricing is $50 for a 3 day pass or $25 for a 3 day student pass.

Registration can be made by clicking here.

We do not provide details of other attendees to the public.