Training and Event Calendar

This event calendar is provided as a service to our members and the public. An event may be cancelled at any time. Please confirm the event with the sponsor prior to making travel plans. To submit an event, please contact us.

November 2013 – March 2014

What is “Community Assessment” and How Can it Benefit My Community? @ Webinar
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A goal of many OVW grantees is to change institutional practices that give rise to poor outcomes for survivors of violence against women. Praxis International offers methods and tools for activists and representatives from institutions that process “cases” to move toward approaches that reform the ongoing work routines that ultimately shape case outcomes. The tools avoid blaming individuals for failing to protect victims. A Community Assessment emphasizes understanding how work is organized in ways that impede attention to victim safety and well-being and to offender accountability. Practitioners and advocates work side by side to analyze policies, case files, and the steps in case processing in order to identify concrete points of change.  This webinar will provide an overview of the tools available and how they might benefit your community’s efforts to improve responses to violence against women.

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Williams v. Illinois and Forensic Evidence: The Bleeding Edge of Crawford @ Webinar
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presented by Teresa M. Garvey

The application of Crawford principles in the context of forensic evidence continues to plague the criminal justice system. The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Williams v. Illinois did not provide the guidance prosecutors had hoped for with regard to satisfying Sixth Amendment confrontation requirements in cases involving forensic evidence, where multiple analysts may be involved or where examining experts are no longer available to testify. The Williams decision raises more questions than it answers about when and how an expert may testify to conclusions based upon the opinions or work of other (non-testifying) experts or technicians.
This webinar will provide a review of the relevant case law, and will explore how trial prosecutors can present a case involving forensic testing that involves a multitude of technicians and experts. It will also address Williams’ impact on “cold cases,” in which original experts who performed autopsies and other forensic examinations and testing are no longer available for trial. This webinar will provide practical suggestions to trial prosecutors who must balance limited resources against the need to secure convictions that will withstand confrontation challenges on appeal.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, lab personnel, medical professionals, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.

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Developing Partnerships with Community-Based Service Providers – Part II @ Just Detention International Webinar
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Just Detention International, in collaboration with the National PREA Resource Center, presents Part II of a two-part webinar series on how to include victim service providers in a facility’s sexual abuse prevention and response efforts. In this webinar, the PREA Coordinator for the Bexar County Jail and the Director of Crisis Intervention for the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio will discuss their collaboration to provide services for jail inmates. They will review their memorandum of understanding and provide guidance on navigating difficult issues, including confidentiality and the different guidelines and responsibilities for corrections agencies and service providers. Other experts will discuss additional roles that community-based organizations can play in PREA implementation.

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Murder/Suicide and the role of Mental Health in Workplace Violence Prevention @ Webinar
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are murderers and perpetrators of murder/suicide (terrorists) crazy?  Can we actually prevent the next violent attack or are we relegated to responding/reacting to violence? After Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life, in just the past week a 14-year-old boy murdered a beloved teacher in Massachusetts and a 12-year-old boy shoots and kills a beloved teacher in Nevada.  The Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, shot and killed 12 people before he was killed (suicide by cop?).
The most lethal of all aggressors, perpetrators of murder/suicide, are increasing at an alarming rate.  Are we creating a society of sociopaths?  We have lived under the illusion that mental health assessment, profiling and even threat assessment can reliably prevent the next shooting but history has told a different story.

John D. Byrnes, Founder and CEO of the Center for Aggression Management will address these questions and offer reliable prevention solutions.  John D. Byrnes has over 4,700 Linkedin Security and Law Enforcement Connections with over 2,900 endorsements.

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Louisiana’s 10th Annual Conference on Sexual Assault & Family Violence @ Baton Rouge Marriott
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm

Co-sponsored by LCADV and LAFASA, this exciting three days of workshops, exhibits and networking is Louisiana’s premier training event for professionals working with victims of sexual, domestic and family violence, and those who bring perpetrators to justice.

Conducting a Threat Assessment Without Interviewing the Subject: Is it Possible? @ Webinar
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Speaker: Dr. Steve Albrecht, PHR, CPP, BCC

When we assess the risk of school or workplace violence, we always want to be able to talk to the person making or posing the threat.  Or do we?  This session looks at the threat assessment process in two ways: when we actually met with the subject or when we don’t.  There may be many reasons why we want to – to get his or her perspective, to read his or her body language, tone, seriousness, targeting, or plans and preparations – and why we may not want to or be able to meet with the subject prior to making our assessment – the subject or the threats are anonymous, he or she refuses to meet, or the meeting may actually spur the subject into action because he or she feels trapped or that time is running out.  While clinicians may insist that they must meet with the subject in order to conduct a full violence risk assessment, it may not always be easy, possible, or necessary.

Learning Objectives:

Know when it is a good idea to meet with a threat subject and when it is not.

Know how to develop, collect, and interpret threat-related data and put it into context.

Discuss the limitations of threat assessment when you don’t meet with a subject.

Discuss how, where, and when to hold a threat assessment meeting.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Steve Albrecht, PHR, CPP, BCC, is internationally-known for his writing and training efforts in school and workplace violence prevention.  In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence.  His San Diego firm provides training, consulting, and HR support.  He is board certified in HR, security, and coaching.  He holds a doctorate in Business Administration, an MA in Security Management, a BS in Psychology, and a BA in English. He worked for the San Diego Police Department for 15 years, as fulltime officer, reserve sergeant, and DV investigator.  He has written 15 books on business and criminal justice subjects.

Stalking: Investigating the Crime, Supporting the Victim
Jan 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Jointly hosted by Iris Domestic Violence Center, LCADV, and the National Stalking Resource Center

Stalking–a dangerous and potentially lethal crime–is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely.  This training will address the crime of stalking: prevalence, dynamics, the use of technology to stalk, and the effect on victims. Focused sessions will be provided on the law enforcement response to stalking as well as the intersection of stalking with dating violence and sexual assault.  Participants will be provided with concrete strategies for working with stalking victims, including threat assessment and safety planning.


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Inside the Mind of an Offender: Interview Techniques for Domestic Violence Cases @ Baton Rouge Police Dept.
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a half-day training that will take you inside the mind of a domestic violence offender and provide useful and effective interviewing techniques.

Domestic violence experts with decades of experience interacting with violent offenders will address:

- Advanced domestic violence dynamics – Batterer tactics and characteristics – Predominant aggressor determination – Investigative interview techniques – Crawford v. Washington implications – Technology use by batterers

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Firearms and Domestic Violence @ Webinar
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Presenters: Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH is Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and lead editor and contributor for Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013); Shannon Frattaroli, PhD is an Associate Director for Outreach at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and an Associate Professor in the Health Policy and Management Department at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Eugenio Carral J.D. serves as the Domestic Violence Division Director for the Administrative Office of the Courts for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami Dade County.

Description: The faculty will discuss research on firearms in the context of severe and fatal domestic violence. They will address the risks posed by firearms of both homicide and suicide, health impacts of gun injuries, as well as prevention and retrieval initiatives. The system operative in the Miami-Dade courts for identification, surrender and retrieval, search and seizure, storage, and return will be examined. Forms utilized in the firearms retrieval process will be considered.

Supporting Parents of Children Affected by Domestic Violence: Ten Important Topics @ webinar
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Presenters: The Domestic Violence Workgroup, National Child  Traumatic Stress Network:

  • Miriam Berkman, JD, LCSW, Private Praactice Clinician, New Haven, CT.
  • Rebecca Brown, LCSW, Clinical/Implementation Coordinator, Portland Defending Childhood/The Maine Children’s Initiative Community Counseling Center, Portland, Maine.
  • Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW, Boston Medical Center/Child Witness to Violence Project, Harvard University Graduate School of Education/Human Development & Psychology Program.
  • Edwina Reyes, LMFT, CSAC, Vice-President of Ho’oko LLC, Waipahu, Hawaii

Description: Drawing from the knowledge of domestic violence survivors, advocates, mental health clinicians and research, the Domestic Violence Workgroup of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed a series of 10 fact sheets written specifically for parents of children who are affected by domestic violence. This webinar will review the topics covered in the fact sheets. Presenters are members of the workgroup who wrote the fact sheets and they have extensive experience in a range of settings, working with children and families affected by domestic violence.