Handle With Care Conference
September 27 – 29, 2017
Civic Center, Charleston, WV
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The goal of the WV Children’s Justice Handle with Care Conference is to provide practical instruction, using current information, the newest ideas, and most successful intervention strategies to those professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against children.

The conference is conducted for the sole purpose of providing training to people who work in the multi-disciplinary field of child maltreatment. This includes governmental or non-profit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime.

Wednesday morning will begin with a keynote followed by lunch on your own and two breakout sessions. Thursday morning begins with an opening keynote followed by a breakout session, award luncheon, and two more breakout sessions. Friday morning begins with two breakout sessions followed by a closing keynote. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis in all the sessions.

Wednesday, September 27th Thursday, September 28th Friday, September 29th
7:30 am - 9:00 am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast
7:45 am - 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Opening Keynote:
Catching Kids Before They Fall

Jim Sporleder, Principal (retired), Lincoln High School, Walla Walla, Washington
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Opening Keynote:
Not Just Pictures
Dr. Sharon Cooper
8:30 am - 9:45 am
Breakout Sessions F
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Opening Plenary Panel:
What I Wish You Knew...
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Breakout Sessions C
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Breakout Sessions G
Lunch on your own Awards Luncheon 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Closing Keynote:
Ordinary Acts of Courage Create Resilience in Communities
Dr. Allison Sampson Jackson
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions A
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions D
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions B
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions E


Traditional discipline methods have lost their impact. Many of the disruptive behaviors we see in our schools are students impacted by trauma and toxic stress. Using new approaches, educators can play a major role in helping students change their life path to one that brings fulfillment and purpose. In this session, participants will learn a new approach that is backed by evidence-based research and that the foundational core of implementing a “Trauma Informed Model” is caring adult relationships. Participants will also leave with basic strategies to help a student de-escalate, self-regulate, and stay connected with their learning and with their teacher.
Not Just Pictures explores Internet and mobile phone sexual exploitation and the long term victim impact through the first person experience of individuals across the U.S, Canada and the United Kingdom. It affirms that when images are made and/or distributed, not only does it change an individual’s life, but also that of their families and loved ones. The film fosters a better understanding of the psychological motivations of offenders who abuse, photograph and trade images of young children and adolescents. It also underscores the complex trauma and educational impact of the dynamics of cyberstalking, sexting, sexual assault and the impact of a newer form of online victimization known as sextortion. Recent research has revealed that online victimization has a significant relationship to suicidality and ongoing non-delusional paranoia. Unlike child sexual abuse without abusive images, this form of child maltreatment is often associated with victim and family fearfulness that unknown individuals continue to look for them, in order to commit heinous hands-on offenses.

Recognition of the sex trafficking of minors and the intricate nexus of online grooming, extortion, victimization and marketing through digital classified ads makes this educational opportunity even more urgent and relevant. It also underscores that online victimization is the insult to the injury of sexual abuse and assault.
Dr. Brene Brown reminds us that change most often comes from ordinary acts of courage, and not monumental events. Margaret Mead is quoted as saying to never believe a small group of dedicated people cannot change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Once we understand Trauma Informed Care, once we get excited about the ways in which it changes the lens through which we understand so many youth’s behaviors with whom we work, once we are “all in”, we then often pause and think, “but where do we start, this seems so big!”. This plenary will focus us on the problem of ACEs, illustrate state-wide and community responses to building resilience in children and parents, and via the work of Dr. Brene Brown, discuss the vulnerability it will take each of us to walk into the arena and bravely change the way in which we and our systems engage with youth, families and each other as we Rise Strong!

Workshop Sessions

Breakout Sessions A:

The most influential study most people have never heard about. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study has profound effects for public health. The ACEs study is based on a large study done with over 17,000 beneficiaries at Kaiser Permanente. It demonstrates profound effects between the experience in early childhood and diseases throughout the lifetime. This overview will talk about the original ACEs study and data collected in WV and why that is important to all of us. Participants will better understand the impact of victimization and the lingering effects of trauma.
Although human trafficking is thought to be a highly clandestine crime, emerging data indicate that victims of human trafficking may present for medical treatment in select healthcare settings. These situations may present opportunities for identification and intervention. However, identification and intervention require a clinician to have a working knowledge of the signs of human trafficking, effective methods of interacting with victims of human trafficking safely, and the resources available for intervention. This workshop will introduce participants to the known signs of human trafficking; common reasons for presentation to various medical settings; common healthcare needs of human trafficking survivors; common needs and available resources for intervention; and an algorithm for deciding if, how, and when to intervene in a way that maximizes safety and respect for the victim.
Changing the process of how law enforcement works with those in the Autism community. Training officers, caregivers/family and autistic individuals on how to deal with law enforcement contacts. Changing policies and operations in law enforcement to create positive outcomes.
An in depth look at how the epidemic has torn families apart, including when parents die, go to prison or have their parental rights terminated, as well as when children die, go to prison or lose their parental rights and place a burden on grandparents to raise their grandchildren. How this epidemic has become multi-generational and has destroyed the fabric of our communities and what we can do to begin to fix this problem.
Come apply Melody Beatty’s words to Appalachia. In an interactive session we will explore our past, where we are today and how to participate in the creation of a future that honors who we are as West Virginians.
This session, participants will gain knowledge about addiction and how it not only impacts the addicts’ lives but how it impacts others’ lives as well. It will give insight to what hope after addiction looks like as well as different forms of treatment options available in West Virginia.


Breakout Sessions B:

This session will give an overview of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an effective treatment modality for in-school use in the treatment of children experiencing learning, behavioral, and relationship difficulties as a result of traumatic stress.
Dr. Banvard-Fox will dispel myths surrounding the topic of child sexual abuse interspersed in her presentation of how the Multi-Disciplinary Investigational Team should proceed when there is no requirement to collect a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK). With less than one in four children disclosing sexual victimization immediately, this is an important topic to review. Children's mental health, psychosomatic and physical symptoms, drug and alcohol dependence, and ability to trust can be positively affected when they are told that their abuser has not created physical and reproductive havoc with their bodies and that they are not responsible for what happened.
"Before I pick a victim, I have to groom a community!" This quote was given to the presenter while doing research to prepare for this presentation on profiling sex offenders. Participants will learn how they groomed the community, how they picked and controlled their victim and how they eluded the authorities while preying on the child victims in the communities in which they lived and worked.
West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4373 was enacted as a means for public schools to ensure proactive, preventative approaches to ensure a positive school climate/culture that fosters learning and personal-social development. Although schools are not required to follow set procedures of sanctions or consequences for expected behaviors and each are given discretion in their discipline, Policy 4373 regulates unacceptable behaviors that undermine a school’s efforts to create a positive school climate/culture. These unacceptable behaviors are prohibited on all school property and school sponsored events. West Virginia’s public schools must respond quickly and consistently, in accordance with Policy 4373 regulations, to incidents of these prohibited behaviors in a manner that effectively deters future incidents and affirms respect for individuals. This session will discuss the gaps between WV criminal laws, and the educational based regulations set forth in Policy 4373, while emphasizing the need for better practices for both school organizations and the criminal justice system so that all players may protect students and children of their communities. This session will focus on the case Chaz Wing as detailed in the AP as an example of these gaps and the need for better practices.
Trauma is now recognized as a near universal experience of individuals with addiction and/or behavioral health issues often resulting in a complex array of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. A trauma-informed Biographical Timeline is a tool for generating a better understanding of the whole person by mapping their story and planning supports and services for the person’s needs. This process represents an integration of the Relational-Cultural work of Maureen Walker, which places behavior in context, with trauma-responsive practices into a tool for understanding and service planning. This training explores trauma’s effect on the brain, behavior and relationships, as well as, how to identify resilience experiences and create additional resilience opportunities to heal the damage done from trauma and/or addiction. As Maureen Walker reminds, “Strategies for disconnection are an intense yearning for connection in an atmosphere of fear.” Come explore how to uncover and address the fear that hides.
The opioid/heroin/fentanyl epidemic is more than just overdoses. It’s about rising rates of Hepatitis B, C and the risk for an HIV outbreak. Right now, Hepatitis C is the number one infectious killer in the United States. Bacterial infections like endocarditis (heart lining infection) and osteomyelitis (bone infection) are also on the rise from people using intravenous drugs and sharing dirty needles. Harm reduction is about more than exchanging dirty needles for clean ones. This presentation gives an overview of harm reduction.


Breakout Sessions C:

This session offers innovative best practices for helping to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children’s exposure to trauma and highlights a promising initiative (Handle with Care) between schools, law enforcement and treatment providers. “Handle with Care” provides the school with a “heads up” when a child has been identified by law enforcement at the scene of a traumatic event. Schools are responding with interventions to help mitigate the trauma and mental health providers are co locating at the school to provide services. Handle with Care programs promote safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities that protect children, and help traumatized children heal and thrive.
Sex trafficking is a category of human trafficking and an ever increasing aspect of human victimization worldwide. This presentation will provide information regarding the numerous types of trafficking scenarios, the dangers to victims, and the need to think outside the box when considering the possibility that a youth or adult is “self-exploiting”. Very often this perception is a misguided conclusion in the crime of sex trafficking. Participants will learn of victim vulnerabilities and offender dynamics in this presentation and will understand the need for campaigns such as "There’s No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute", promoted by law enforcement in the state of California. Case examples of successful prosecutions in this form of exploitation will be provided to illustrate the nature of this aspect of human rights violations and the most underreported form of child maltreatment.
This session will introduce and tell the story of a domestic violence survivor and the secondary victimization of her infant granddaughter. The purpose of this session is to examine how the collaboration between responding agencies is vital when assisting victims of domestic violence.
This presentation focuses on protecting children in families affected by substance abuse. First we look at how the role of family court is distinct and different from circuit court; as well as when they overlap. We look at ways to balance parental access and child safety. Discuss what you need to know about drug testing and MAT (medication assisted treatment.) We look at the phenomena of “grandfamilies” - children being raised by grandparents and other third parties who step in when parents are unable.
Learn the top five resilience factors found in those who have experienced trauma and moved beyond it. Explore your role in helping those you serve develop resiliency, and how to use the same skills to support yourself in this important and difficult work. We will look at what you already are doing and identify which resilience factors your work is creating. We will make a resiliency plan for someone you serve and offer you the opportunity to make one for yourself.
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur. Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment. Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change. Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.


Breakout Sessions D:

This session will cover examples of trauma sensitive responses to children at the scene of crime, violence or abuse. Included will be examples of things that work well to help a child acclimate to the presence of law enforcement as well as highlighting lessons learned from the field of things common mistakes to avoid which cause further harm and trauma.
Psychological maltreatment is a common co-occurring form of abuse and neglect, but is often not cited in investigations. The presence of clear definitions of the types of psychological maltreatment is critical to affirming that this form of abuse has occurred. This presentation will describe the 6 types of psychological maltreatment with case examples that will assist multidisciplinary teams. Participants will learn of the need for community support and mental health involvement in this form of abuse as often just removing a child is insufficient in addressing the long term outcomes. Review of the concept of N.E.A.R. Science will be provided as a springboard for intervention in this exceedingly under-reported form of child maltreatment.
As criminals use the Internet to communicate and coordinate, it becomes more crucial than ever for law enforcement to leverage this publicly available information. Investigators need to have the skills to locate and act on information as quickly and efficiently as possible, turning “information” into actionable intelligence. This lecture will cover not only mainstream social media sites but also third party web sites that will allow for quicker identification of pertinent information.
This session will explore the implications and considerations for communities seeking justice and empowerment of youth who have experienced commercial exploitation. Topics will include human trafficking, identification, case studies, and policy for those working with trafficked and exploited minors and transitional youth.
This session will walk you through an EMT’s response to an overdose with children present. West Virginia is ground zero for the opioid epidemic. WV leads the nation in overdose deaths and the Paramedics in WV have witnessed this first hand. Mark Strickland, Captain and Paramedic with the Charleston Fire Department has watched the rise in overdoses from a rare event to occasional incident to the epidemic it is today. Often EMS encounter children at the scene while administering Naloxone to an overdose victim and many times the patient refuses treatment after they are revived and want first responders out. This is a mandated reporter situation for the traumatized children left behind and requires a collaborative response to meet the health and safety needs of the children at the scene. Mark will walk to though a overdose scenario and explain how important a timely collaborative response is to the children left behind.

Mark Strickland is the Captain and Paramedic with the Charleston Fire Department, a position he has held since 2010 and has been a Paramedic with the Department since 2000. He has years of experience in the field and has worked from the onset of the opioid crisis to the epidemic it is today. Mark became an EMT in 1994 and a certified Paramedic in 1998.


Breakout Sessions E:

Expanded School Mental Health in WV is overcoming challenges and celebrating successes as a statewide initiative. How schools, law enforcement and communities work together to provide a continuum of services to children and families that help to reduce barriers to learning. Programs, curriculum, and funding sources that have helped to successfully establish an expanded school mental health program at one West Virginia school will be shared.
With the increasing use of psychotropic medications for children and adolescents, Dr. Albert will discuss appropriate prescribing in the setting of trauma. Survivors of trauma are often instead diagnosed, with bipolar disorder, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder. This session will cover sources of “over-prescribing” including invalid diagnoses and overlooked comorbidities. These situations often create high dose, ineffective treatment. She will discuss how proper treatment works in conjunction with traditional therapeutic models.
First responders are on the front lines and see the worst of the worst. It takes a toll. If you know someone who is “coping” in ways that aren’t healthy; if they are taking it out on their partners, colleagues and families, if their fuse is always burning short, this is the right place. This session will cover hard-core self-care to maintain health and resilience over the long term in the midst of the troubling and traumatizing work that first responders are called to do.
This presentation will explore case studies on human trafficking, the victimology within these cases, and examine advocacy and policy regarding the treatment of human trafficking victims. Topics will also include identifying ways that advocates and service providers can collaborate to improve their relationships and better support victims.
This talk will focus on the identification of risk factors associated with vulnerability to human trafficking and other negative outcomes. Focus will be on identification of vulnerable youth and how to mitigate risk and build resilience across contexts (school, community, family, systems). Particular emphasis will be on runaway youth, and youth in the child welfare system.
The City of Huntington, WV, and the surrounding areas are experiencing one of the highest rates of heroin addiction in the country. In this session, you will learn how we got here. You will also learn what one community is doing to address the problem.


Breakout Sessions F:

This session will present the many federal and state funded supports and resources available through the West Virginia Department of Education for students, parents and guardians. Contact information, online links and access directions, for these supports will be provided. Discussions will occur and questions will be fielded.
A child abuse medical evaluation, conducted by a specially-trained provider as part of the holistic multidisciplinary investigative team approach, is a critical service to help children heal. This session will review a recent study assessing CAC-served children's access to child abuse medical care in WV. Attendees will learn about the opportunities we have to make this care more accessible than ever and discuss ways to remove those barriers to care on the local level.
Brain research teaches us that when the limbic system is activated, people can only react with fight, flight or freeze behaviors. In these moments, parts of the brain responding to logic and problem solving shut down. Dr. Daniel Siegel states that first me must connect, before we redirect. Empathy drives connection. When responding to youth in crisis, it is critical for us to hold our compassion and use validation skills to support the young person in front of us. This session will focus on practices of empathy vs. sympathy, work with participants on utilizing the first three levels of empathic validation, and finally teach the principles of the LEAP method developed by Dr. George Thompson. Together these skills will help adults work with youth in crisis deescalate and support positive conflict resolution.
This lecture will focus on the latest West Virginia Case Law concerning child abuse and neglect cases. It will also cover the legislative updates since 2015 as such relates to these topics.
This session will analyze the profiles and vulnerability factors of minor sex trafficking victims along with the recruitment, grooming and control tactics used by traffickers nationwide. The presenter will highlight case studies on traffickers and buyers, review the terminology and culture associated with pimping, and provide tips on identifying and interacting with potential victims. Understanding these factors will help attendees better identify at risk and exploited youth.
The 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through: (1) coordinated Law Enforcement actions against drug cartels and heroin traffickers in specific communities: (2) Diversion Control enforcement actions against DEA registrants operating outside the law and long-term engagement with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, and practitioners; and (3) Community Outreach through local partnerships that empower communities to take back affected neighborhoods after enforcement actions and prevent the same problems from cropping up again.


Breakout Sessions G:

This session is intended for first home visitors, shelter advocates, day care workers, teachers, school counselors, youth group leaders and any adult who spends a significant amount of time with children. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the effects of trauma on children and interventions that work with dysregulated children. Guiding children through opportunities to self-regulate is a positive behavioral strategy that increases self-esteem, cooperation and learning.
This session will outline the PCP’s role in evaluating patients who present with possible abuse. Presentation will center on empowering the PCP to understand the importance of their evaluation and expertise in abuse cases. Emphasis will be on physical abuse cases.
This session will explore the impact caused by chronic and intense trauma on children, and review psychological disorders and behavioral symptoms commonly associated with sexually exploited children. Attendees will be provided tips on identifying and interacting with victims by implementing simple strength-based and trauma-informed practices, with direction on how to implement an effective assessment tool.
This session will assist in preparing witnesses for the Courthouse and the Courtroom. Techniques will be given in overcoming obstacles to communication with the fact finder as well as best practices to elicit the most effective testimony from all witnesses. The topics covered will include the various types of witnesses, credibility issues, overcoming anxiety, pitfalls to avoid when testifying, opposing lawyer tactics and strategies for success.
This presentation explains and shares practical examples of how the partnership between The State Department of Education and Kanawha County uses Federal funds to provide services for “homeless” students living at a shelter, the day-to-day operations from the Director’s perspective, and what it’s like living in a homeless shelter with school aged children.
The primary focus of this presentation will be new and emerging drug trends across Appalachia. These drug trends present an increasing threat to children. This presentation will include information on the abuse of these substances by caregivers, which could result in more ignored, abused, and abandoned children. The education of professionals from a variety of disciplines about these ever-changing drug trends will increase the likelihood that the indicators of abuse of new substances can be identified earlier, thus diminishing the threat to children.