JOINING FORCES Keynote: Shelby Andrews Case Study

The keynote Wednesday morning of the conference will be given by a panel of professionals involved in the Shelby Andrews case including: Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, Attorney Laura Thompson, Detective Sergeant Heath Rogers, and case-worker Janell Pugh.

This session will be a case presentation of 10-year-old Shelby Andrews, who died in 2006 as a result of the physical and sexual abuse inflicted by her step-mother and father.  The Davis County attorney, attorney general’s office, Syracuse Police detective and CPS investigator will all participate in this panel presentation as they discuss legislation and changes in Utah laws since this case.

Since 2007, Troy Rawlings has served as the Davis County Attorney. He received his JD degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in May of 1994. From 1994-2000 he had his own private practice specializing in criminal defense and family law. Since then Troy has been the Deputy County Attorney as well as the Section Chief of Special Prosecution for the Davis County Attorney’s Office.

Laura Thompson, JD, CWLS, is a Section Chief with the Office of the Utah Attorney General, representing the Division of Child and Family Services.  She manages four Child Protection offices and provides legal training to DCFS workers in northern Utah, in addition to speaking to community partners in the area of child welfare such as physicians and ER staff, foster parents and law enforcement.  Laura was among the first group of attorneys in Utah to achieve a new legal specialization in child welfare law – Child Welfare Law Specialist – through the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Detective Sergeant Heath Rogers has over fifteen years of law enforcement experience with fourteen years being served with Syracuse Police Department.  He has spent most of his career working in the Detective Division. In between work, coaching and school he still finds time to serve as the Physical Fitness Coordinator for the Weber State University Police Academy.

Janell Pugh graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has been a social worker for 17 years, the last 15 of those years with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.

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JOINING FORCES Post-Conference Luncheon: Desirae and Deondra Brown

This year’s Joining Forces Conference will conclude with a post-conference luncheon with a speech given by Desirae and Deondra Brown of the 5 Browns titled, “From Victim to Survivor: Moving From Pain to Healing and Empowerment.”

        Picture of Desirae Brown — "Browns in Blue" promo (2007)

In their address, sisters Desirae and Deondra Brown, best-selling classical recording artists and co-founders of the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, will explore the process of healing and empowerment for survivors of sexual abuse. Many survivors assume that the ability to transcend the isolation and pain of abuse to find healing and empowerment
is something natural or innate to a few strong souls—and beyond the reach of everyone
else, including them. The hopeful reality is that the healing journey is difficult for all survivors, but impossible for none. Desi and Deondra will also draw upon their own
experience and those of others survivors to describe what they wished they had known
earlier, and what they have learned so far in their healing process.

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Reserve YOUR seat at the post-conference luncheon for just $25 for conference attendees or $40 for non-conference attendees. Click here to register for the Joining Forces Conference; for luncheon-only reservations contact Mike Floor at 1-800-CHILDREN.

JOINING FORCES Keynote: Cordelia Anderson

Enjoy Cordelia Anderson’s opening keynote titled “Dr. Seuss to Pornography” on Tuesday November 13 at the Joining Forces Conference.

This plenary session explores the impact from the reality that yesterday’s porn is today’s mainstream media and much of our children’s lives have become pornified. Both examples and studies are used to amplify the normalization of sexual harm and the impact on gender socialization, brain development, intimacy and sexually behavior. Participants are encouraged to act on individual and collective prevention strategies including “Demanding the Change for Children,” policy and broad based mobilization for social change.

Cordelia Anderson, MA, has been working to promote sexual health and prevent sexual harm for over 35 years. The early years included counselling prostituted women, adult survivors of CSA, sex offenders and helping prepare child victims to go through court. She also worked with theater for education and social change. Since 1992, Cordelia has operated her own training and consultation business based in MN – Sensibilities Prevention Services. She’s the founding and immediate past president of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, on the executive board for National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and co-chairs the Prevention Committee for MN Human Trafficking Task Force.  Cordelia’s current clients include: MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault, MN ICAC and National Children’s Advocacy Centers. With Joan Tobachnick she curates and co-hosts a national web series “Ending Child Sexual Abuse” Cordelia has conducted over 2,100 presentations and is author of “The Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture” Neari press, 2011.

Cordelia Anderson is also presenting a workshop titled, “Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children” at the conference.

Register now for the 25th Annual Joining Forces Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence.

JOINING FORCES Keynote: Dan Powers

This year’s Joining Forces Conference features a keynote speaker for all attendees every morning.

To kick off the conference, Dan Powers will be presenting: 
“It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Doing THIS for a Living…..Wellness/Survival and the Multi Disciplinary Team Approach to Child Abuse!” on Monday November 12.

This motivational presentation provides participants with the insight and knowledge needed to help you survive in a job no one else really understands. Others “outside the business” don’t want to hear about this stuff! You can clear a restaurant with a discussion of what you did that day. We see and hear things on a daily basis our mom and dad never told us existed in this world. Come learn how dynamic determination and working as a member of THE TEAM will help you survive in “our world.”

Dan Powers is a clinical social worker and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Clinical Director for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He supervises a staff of 22 therapists and clinical interns providing no cost services to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. As Senior VP he is responsible for clinical operations and program development as well as directing the Advocacy Center’s clinical internship and training program. Dan has over 20 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. Dan has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse professionals. He is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and in 2008 Dan was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a professional member of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Dan was recently appointed by the Governor as the presiding officer of the newly created Texas Office of Violent Sex Offender Management.

Other workshops given by Dan Powers at our Joining Forces Conference include: “Working with Non-offending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases” and “Get Ready, He’s Coming Home: Reunification and the Juvenile Sex Offender.”

Check back for more workshop descriptions. Our conference will be held November 12-14 this year. Register now!


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