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: 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: Structured Decision Making: An Overview

This session will review the assessments that comprise the Structured Decision Making system developed for use in Utah. Participants will learn about the assessments used in CPS investigations to inform decisions such as when a child must be removed from the home for their own safety and when ongoing services should be offered to families. The research supporting the SDM system will also be discussed.

This presentation will be given by Shannon Flasch on Monday, November 12 from 1:15 until 2:45 pm. For a schedule of all workshops, click here.

Shannon Flasch, an Associate Director, joined the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) in 2007. The primary focus of her work since that time has been the development and implementation of Structured Decision Making systems in child protection, adult protection, and welfare-to-work. Shannon is particularly interested in partnering with agencies to improve service planning with families and individuals. Prior to joining NCCD, Shannon worked with the William T. Grant Foundation on building a body of knowledge about youth developmental settings. She received her MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in 2006.

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Want to register for JOINING FORCES? Visit our website or give us a call at 801-393-3366 or toll-free 1-800-CHILDREN. We’ll see you in November!

JOINING FORCES: The Impact of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: The Roberts’ Family Story

Caring mother or mentally ill monster? Tracy McHugh abused and tortured her children while suffering with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. A team approach to this complex case led to her arrest and conviction for aggravated child abuse. With a family torn apart, the Roberts’ family took in the victims of this heinous crime. This is their story of mending broken hearts and healing wounded spirits.

This session will be co-presented by Detective Richard Rose and Jessie Roberts on Monday, November 12 of JOINING FORCES from 1:15 – 2:45 pm, and again on Tuesday from 1:15 – 2:45 pm.

Detective Rose graduated from Florida State University in 1991 with degrees in political science and religion.  He completed a master’s degree in counseling with emphasis on marriage and family therapy from Webster University.  He worked as a Child Protection Team Case Coordinator at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women from 1991-1997. While at APH Detective Rose conducted over 800 forensic interviews of children suspected of being abused.

Approximately six years ago, Jessie Roberts’ family doubled overnight when she and her husband took in two children.  One of them was Lizzy, a victim of aggravated child abuse perpetrated by her mother, Tracy McHugh.  Tracy was my sister-in-law and was diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome.

Richard Rose is also presenting a workshop titled, “Juvenile Sex Offenders, Secrets and Sealed Records” on Monday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Click on the title to see a full description.

Don’t miss JOINING FORCES this year, November 12 – 14 at the Davis Conference Center. Visit our website to register today!

JOINING FORCES: What Sex Offenders Can Teach Us about Interviewing

This presentation will review a number of research studies that examined sex offender characteristics and the effectiveness of various interviewer styles on confession rates. Studies examined the relationship between confession rates, as related to offender age, personality, offense history, and experience with the criminal justice system. Studies also examined the impact of victim attributes, relationship between the victim and offender, specific sex acts performed, and the impact of investigator demeanor and interview style.

Studies confirm previously suspected notions about the thoughts and concerns offenders have during police interviews, and the reasons offenders decline to be interviewed, confess, or lie. Offender quotes and video clips will be used to illustrate the various findings. The presentation includes anecdotal comments from 121 adult male sex offenders, and 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

This workshop will be presented by Cory Jewell Jensen on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:15 – 11:45 am at the 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence. Click here to read Cory Jewell Jensen’s and the other conference speakers’ biographies.

Cory Jewell Jensen is also presenting sessions titled “They Come with the Territory: Sex Offenders in Youth Serving Organizations” and “Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters.”


JOINING FORCES: Working with Non-offending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

This workshop is intended for interviewers, police officers, CPS workers, probation officers, attorneys, judges, social workers, therapists and anyone else dealing with abused children and their non-offending parents. It will review types of non-offending parents and suggest a consistent approach in dealing with them from investigation through on-going treatment. Your actions can “make or break it” for the next professional dealing with the parent. We will discuss the range of emotions professionals may feel as well as the “do’s and don’ts” of dealing with non-offending parents, emphasizing the need for a collaborative, consistent approach when dealing with them.

This workshop is given by our Monday opening keynote Dan Powers. Click here to read Dan Powers’ biography and keynote workshop description titled “It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Doing THIS for a Living…Wellness/Survival and the Multi Disciplinary Team Approach to Child Abuse!”.

Don’t miss out on these wonderful sessions by Dan Powers. Register today for Prevent Child Abuse Utah‘s 25th Annual Joining Forces Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence. It’s less than a month away!

Click here for a full conference agenda. We look forward to seeing you!

JOINING FORCES: Beyond Mandatory Reporting: Improving Cooperation Between Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services and Prosecutors

This workshop, presented by an experienced Child Protection Attorney and an experienced child abuse Prosecutor, will use actual case examples to illustrate how we can all improve our outcomes by working together from the beginning of a child abuse referral, by sharing information with each other, and by improving our abilities to meet the goals of both the criminal justice system and child welfare system.  The presenters will touch on the Josh Powell case among many other examples of the importance of sharing information between the child welfare system and the criminal justice system.  In addition, participants will be encouraged to enhance the function of Multi-Disciplinary Teams by working out ways to conduct truly “joint” investigations of child abuse cases.

This session will be given by Rob Parrish and Laura Thompson on Monday, November 12 of JOINING FORCES from 1:15 – 2:45 pm.

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.

Laura Thompson 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.

Robert Parrish is also presenting a workshop titled, “Prosecuting the Munchausen by Proxy (Medical Child Abuse) Case” with Karen Hansen on Monday, November 12 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

Don’t miss out on our 25th Annual Joining Forces Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence. Join us at the Davis Conference Center November 12-14,2012. Register on our website. Early registration rates end today!

JOINING FORCES: Social Determinants of Health – How Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress Exposure Affect Lifelong Health

Advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, genomics, developmental psychology, epidemiology, and sociology have aided the medical field in understanding how childhood adversity and toxic stress exposure, such as intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, affect lifelong health.  We will discuss this new paradigm shift of how health care views many adult diseases – in the context of an ecobiodevelopmental framework.

This workshop is being presented by Kathy Franchek-Roa on Monday, November 12 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Joining Forces Conference.

Dr. Kathy Franchek-Roa is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine.  She currently teaches residents and medical students about pediatric medicine.  She is a Preceptor in the Teen Mother and Child Program at the South Main Health Department Clinic and at the University Pediatric Clinic at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Don’t miss early registration rates. Register before October 15!

For a complete conference agenda, click here.

JOINING FORCES: Government & Community Involvement in Preventing Negative Outcomes for Youth

Wise community, religious, and political leaders throughout the years have proclaimed the need to build a fence at the top of a cliff instead of stationing an ambulance at the bottom. When asked, people will say that it’s better to prevent a problem than allowing it to fester and become a major issue we all have to deal with later; however, most people are unaware of the science behind how to prevent decisions that lead to negative outcomes. Participants will learn this science from a biological and social perspective. Participants will also learn proven ways to prevent negative outcomes.

This workshop will be presented by Craig PoVey on Tuesday, November 13 from 10:15 – 11:45 am at the Joining Forces Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence.

Craig PoVey is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Prevention Administrator for the State of Utah and serves as the chair for the Utah Prevention Advisory Council. He is the Past President of the National Prevention Network, and past chair of the National Prevention Research Workgroup. His strong belief in local solutions for local problems landed him on the Advisory Committee of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Get your registration in soon! Early registration rates end October 15. Click here to register.


JOINING FORCES: 20 Years Later… Prosecuting Sexual Abuse: How the System Worked for Me

From age 8 to 13, Preston Jensen was repeatedly sexually assaulted by his best friend’s stepfather. He kept this secret quiet for several years before his terrifying memories manifested themselves as seizures and physical illness. More than 20 years after the abuse, with the help of an incredible detective, district attorneys and prosecutor, Preston pressed charges and began his road to healing. During this workshop, Preston tells his story of survival and identifies how the system helped him guide his own case. He will share how these professionals allowed him be a part of the decisions that not only imprisoned his abuser but also provided the healing needed to go from victim to victor.

The detective and investigator will be joining Preston and available for questions at the conclusion of his story.

This session will be held Tuesday, November 13 of the JOINING FORCES Conference from 1:15 – 2:45 pm.

Preston Jensen was sexually abused for more than 5 years by his best friend’s stepfather. Twenty years later, he pressed charges and his perpetrator was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Preston now shares his incredible story of strength and courage with adult and youth audiences. He details the story of his court experience and how many professionals supported and aided him through his journey of healing.

Remember, early registration rates for Joining Forces end October 15. Register today!