In case you missed JOINING FORCES…

Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference has concluded. Thank you to all of our employees, volunteers, and presenters for all of their time and hard work to make it a successful year. A big thank you to our attendees as well! JOINING FORCES could not exist without you.

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In case you missed it, here are a few highlights:

We kicked off the conference with keynote speaker Dan Powers on Monday, November 12. Read an article from Ogden’s Standard Examiner here.


“Powers said social workers, law enforcement, attorneys and medical staff need to remember they are part of a team. They can lean on each other when they need a break. He also gave suggestions, including to laugh often, socialize with those who have different careers, and to build a “bridge between your spirituality and work.””


Tuesday morning’s keynote was Cordelia Anderson whose presentation was titled “Dr. Seuss to Pornography.” “Yesterday’s porn is today’s mainstream media because the norms have changed,” she says.

The Standard Examiner also published an article on Wednesday’s case study panel on the tragic death of Shelby Andrews at the hands of her father and stepmother in 2006. Click here to view.

That article as well as one from the Salt Lake Tribune features our closing luncheon with Desirae and Deondra Brown of The 5 Browns. The Tribune’s article can be read here.

They have co-founded the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse. One of their main goals is to remove the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse. To read more about their foundation and donate to the cause visit,

The luncheon with Desirae and Deondra Brown was also featured on FOX 13 News. Click the link to view the clip.

Thanks again!


SAVE THE DATE for the 26th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence – November 12-14, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.



It’s not too late to register for JOINING FORCES!

If you would like to register for our 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence, it’s not too late! The conference is November 12-14, 2012 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Online registration is closed, however, you can call Mike Floor at 801-393-3366 or 1-800-CHILDREN before 5:00 pm today to register. It is also possible to register Monday morning at the conference center. Registration begins at 7:30 am.

For a complete conference agenda and workshop descriptions, click here.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah is trying to keep our conference as paperless as possible. Handouts are available for specific workshops online. You can download them here. There will be no handouts available on-site this year.

Spread the word about this fabulous training! We hope to see you next week.

JOINING FORCES: Home Visiting: Battle Wounds… What have we learned and where do we go from here?

Home visitation programs are one of the fastest growing most dynamic programs in terms of true prevention and evidence –based outcomes. Despite the efficacy shown by these programs, they pose a number of challenges for in-home visitors trying to engage high-risk families while they strive for long-term positive change. Collaboration and advocacy efforts across the State of Utah are important in securing the future of these programs.  This workshop will provide a forum to discuss where we are as a state in our proactive approach to in-home services, the challenges we have taken on and how we can continue working for healthier Utah families.

This session will be presented by Shannon Trapier on Tuesday, November 13 from 10:15 until 11:45 am.

Shannon is the program supervisor for the Healthy Families program at Prevent Child Abuse Utah.   She completed her bachelor’s degree in social work at California State University, Fresno and later completed a master of management and public administration at the University of Phoenix.  Shannon has worked in the social work field for 20 years in home visiting programs, DCFS, and residential treatment programs.

JOINING FORCES begins Monday! Call Mike Floor (1-800-CHILDREN) to register until Friday by 5:00 pm, otherwise registration will begin Monday morning at 7:30 am at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. You do not want to miss this valuable training.

JOINING FORCES: They Come with the Territory: Sex Offenders in Youth Serving Organizations

This presentation will examine the sub group of child molesters who prey on youth service organizations such as schools, churches, boys and girls clubs, and athletic organizations. Typical case scenarios, offender “MOs” and “grooming” tactics will be covered. Workshop information was collected from approximately 50 sex offenders whose offenses occurred via private and public institutions, and resulted in prosecution and referral to long-term sex offender treatment. Witness statements from children, co-workers, administrators and investigators will also be used to illustrate some of the more common “onlooker” experiences to these crimes. Specialized prevention and “staff development” training programs fro employees, volunteers and parents will also be discussed.

This workshop will be given by Cory Jewell Jensen on Tuesday, November 13 of JOINING FORCES from 3:00 until 4:30 pm.

Cory Jewell Jensen is the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon.  She has worked with adult sex offenders and their families for 28 years and provided training or consultation to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, The United States Navy, The Mark McGwire Foundation for Children, and a number of law enforcement, child advocacy and Faith based organizations.

Cory Jewell Jensen will be presenting a couple of other workshops at JOINING FORCES this year: “Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters” and “What Sex Offenders Can Teach us about Interviewing.” Click the workshop title for more information.

You can still register for our JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence by visiting our website or calling our office at 801-393-3366 or 1-800-CHILDREN. Don’t miss this valuable training!

JOINING FORCES: Prosecuting the Munchausen by Proxy (Medical Child Abuse) Case

This presentation will illustrate, using actual cases, the reality of this form of child abuse. Common circumstances that circumstances that identify such a case will be discussed along with what experts must do to identify the underlying behavior that jeopardized children’s health and welfare. Although many of these cases have been handled in the child welfare system, none have been criminally prosecuted in Utah, despite the fact that definitions contained int eh child abuse statute cover this form of abuse. Participants who investigate such cases will be encouraged to refer appropriate cases for screening of appropriate criminal charges. Participants who prosecute child abuse cases will be encouraged to file such cases and will be provided with the tools needed to file a MSBP or Medical Child Abuse case.

This workshop will be co-presented by Rob Parrish and Karen Hansen on Monday, November 12 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm.

Dr. Karen Hansen has worked in the field of child abuse and neglect for 27 years as a member of the Safe and Healthy Families team at Primary Children’s Medical Center and the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. She is board certified and recertified in general pediatrics, and is board certified in child abuse pediatrics.

Rob Parrish began his legal career with the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 1980.  Through many years of work as an appellate and trial attorney, he gravitated to the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, becoming a nationally recognized expert in prosecuting cases involving physical abuse and murder of children.

Rob Parrish will also be presenting “Beyond Mandatory Reporting: Improving Cooperation Between Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services and Prosecutors” with Laura Thompson from 1:15 until 2:45 pm on Monday.

Register today for JOINING FORCES. A full agenda of the conference can be viewed here. It is less that a week away!

JOINING FORCES: Get Ready, He’s Coming Home: Reunification and the Juvenile Sex Offender

Many juvenile sex offenders will return home after treatment. Reunification with their family poses many clinical issues for the offender, family and victim. Treatment providers for the offender and victim must work together to make this transition safe and successful. This workshop will focus on family reunification when the victim is a family member. Reunification of the family, offender and victim should be approached with great caution. A plan must be set forth with the treatment providers and family to ensure continuity. The treatment providers must ensure emotional and physical safety concerns are addressed. Written protocols allow the treatment provider, family and court a clear picture of the process.

This session will be presented by Dan Powers on Monday, November 12 from 1:15 until 2:45 pm. Dan Powers is also Monday’s opening keynote speaker. Click to read more about the keynote titled, “It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Doing THIS for a Living… Wellness/Survival and the Multi Disciplinary Team Approach to Child Abuse!” He is also presenting “Working with Non-offending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases” from 10:15 until 11:45 am.

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.

Our 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference is only ONE WEEK AWAY!

Visit our website to register or call our at 1-800-CHILDREN. Don’t miss this wonderful training. Parent scholarships and discounted two-day rates are available.

JOINING FORCES: Steffon Christian Case Study

This session will be a very recent case study of a former elementary school aid charged with 69 sex felonies for molesting 10 students from the 1980’s to mid 2009. It will show the subject’s manipulative and explosive behavior pattern which led him to be able to contact a former child victim, now an adult, and snare him back into a homosexual relationship where he raped him as an adult.

This workshop will be co-presented by Steven Miller and David Abbott on Tuesday, November 13 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm. Steven Miller and David Abbott, along with Josh White, are also presenting a case study from 1:15 until 2:45 pm the same day. It is titled “Kevin Ricks: Inappropriate Teachings.”

Dave Abbott has been with the Manassas City Police Department for 11 and a half years.  Currently, he is a detective assigned to the Washington DC/Northern Virginia ICAC Taskforce.  David is also a part time TFO with US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce and FBI’s Innocent Images.

Steven Miller has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2007.  He is currently assigned to the Washington Field Office – Northern Virginia Resident Agency’s Child Exploitation Task Force and has worked crimes against children since July 2010.

Call today to register for JOINING FORCES (801-393-3366 or 1-800-CHILDREN)… It’s just over a week away! You can also register by visiting our website.

JOINING FORCES: Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

While there is an enormous need to find resources to support victims of commercial sexual exploitation after they are harmed, this session focuses on actions needed to stop it from ever being perpetrated in the first place – whether for individual or commercial gain. The session includes studies and strategies that point to ways to reduce the likelihood that men will buy or sell women and children, and to reduce the likelihood that women and children will be vulnerable to such commodification and exploitation, and to reduce the likelihood that businesses will profit from such harm.

Cordelia Anderson will be presenting this workshop from 10:15 to 11:45 am after her keynote session on Tuesday morning. Click to read about her keynote titled “Dr. Seuss to Pornography.”

Cordelia has been working to promote sexual health and prevent sexual harm for over 35 years. The early years included counseling 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.

Click to register for our 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference today! A complete conference schedule is also available online.

JOINING FORCES: False Allegation of Child Abduction

SSA Donaldson will use research results and case examples in his presentation on False Allegations of Child Abductions.

This workshop will be presented on Wednesday, November 14 of JOINING FORCES from 10:15 until 11:45 am.

William H. “Rocky” Donaldson is a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit III (BAU III) which deals with behavioral crimes involving child victims. Prior to BAU III, SSA Donaldson was assigned to the Indianapolis Division’s Muncie Resident Agency.

Don’t miss Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence. Click here to register.

Call us at 801-393-3366 or toll-free at 1-800-CHILDREN for more information.
Ask about Parent Scholarships or Tuesday-Wednesday Only Rates!

JOINING FORCES: Bullying, Harassment & Stalking in a Mobile World

The use of technology has become an increasingly more widespread form of harassment, particularly among adolescents. Text and picture messaging through cell phones and instant messaging via the Internet have led to an explosion in bullying, harassment and other exploitative behaviors on-line. The immediacy and relative anonymity of the Internet creates an illusion of safety for the perpetrator and no safe haven for the victim, while increasing the overall likelihood of impulsive and inappropriate sharing of words and images. This workshop will cover current trends in cyber-bullying, harassment and victimization, particularly as they relate to adolescent development and discuss how facial recognition, geotagging, and social networking “check-ins” have created potential victims for stalkers and nefarious characters.  Participants will explore how the blending of technology and adolescent development creates a potent and dangerous combination, leading to excessive risk-taking and the inability to control impulses and foresee consequences.

This session will be presented by Joseph Rampolla on Monday, November 12 of JOINING FORCES from 1:15 until 2:45 pm.

Joseph Rampolla has been a law enforcement officer for 17 years for the Park Ridge Police Department in New Jersey. In 2003 he was assigned to a regional computer crimes task force in Northern New Jersey. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of cyber crime, augmented reality, virtual worlds, cyber-terrorism, cyber-bullying and undercover Internet Relay Chat (IRC) investigations.

Joseph Rampolla is also presenting “Emerging Technologies: Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality & Beyond” on Monday morning and again in the late afternoon. Click the workshop title for it’s description.

Less than two weeks left! Register now on our website.