January | February 2014

Upcoming Events

Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers: March 2–5, 2014

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court JudgesTo be held in Monterey, CA, this conference will feature a range of family law topics on challenging issues in divorce, custody and visitation, property distribution and finances, military service and families, and the role technology and social media play both in and out of the courtroom. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will host this event. Registration information is available online.

28th Annual Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse: March 3–4, 2014

Prevent Child Abuse Texas logoSponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Texas, the theme of this conference is “Stop the Harm Before It Starts.” The conference, which will take place in San Antonio, TX, will offer training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical and legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates. Participants may attend their choice of a variety of workshops on child abuse and neglect prevention and educational programs or may select workshops for specialized training credits and professional development. Registration information is available online.

11th Annual Hawaii Conference on Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Child, Adolescent, and Adult Trauma: March 11–14, 2014

Institute on Violence, Abuse and TraumaOrganized by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma at Alliant International University, this conference will discuss the latest research regarding child, adolescent, and adult trauma as well as prevention, assessment, and intervention techniques. Conference tracks include child trauma; adolescent trauma/youth violence; adult/family trauma; prevention/early intervention; intimate partner violence; trauma in military personnel, veterans, and their families; healthcare professionals dealing with abuse and trauma; and criminal justice and legal issues. Registration information for this event, to be held in Honolulu, HI, is available online.

Webinar: What Everyone Who Works With Victims Needs To Know About Offenders: March 13, 2014

Hosted by the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Centers, this Webinar will explore key research findings on individuals who commit sex offenses against children. The presenter will be Dr. David L. Burton, Associate Professor at Smith College's School of Social Work and Associate Editor, Smith College Studies in Social Work. Information about the time of the Webinar and registration is available online.

Webinar: Making Dollars and Sense: March 19, 2014

Hosted by the Missing and Exploited Children's Program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP), this Webinar will feature information on strategies and best practices for improving partnerships, building capacity, and effectively applying for and managing grants. The Webinar discussion will be based on CFBNP's Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence . Information about the time of the Webinar and registration is available online.

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30th National Symposium on Child Abuse: March 24–27, 2014

The National Children's Advocacy Center is holding this symposium in Huntsville, AL. The event will feature workshop tracks in the areas of administration, child protective services, interviewing, law enforcement, legal issues, medicine, mental health, prevention, victim advocacy, and wellness. Registration information is available online.

Responding to Missing & Unidentified Persons National Training Conference: March 25–27, 2014

This conference will help participants navigate the complex investigative issues necessary to bring resolution to families of the missing as well as to law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Presenters at the event, to be held in Appleton, WI, will discuss the most current knowledge about information systems and technology, investigative practices, and strategies for developing effective interagency collaborations and protocols. The conference is sponsored by Fox Valley Technical College's National Criminal Justice Training Center. Registration information is available online.

Institute for New Juvenile and Family Court Judges: March 31–April 4, 2014

Hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, this training is designed specifically for state and tribal judicial officers who are new to the juvenile and family court bench, or who are returning to this bench following other assignments and desire a refresher course. The curriculum, previously known as Core College, is designed to encourage core competencies for juvenile and family court judges and includes coverage of judicial leadership and the role of the judge, ethics, decisionmaking, evidence, child and adolescent development, schools and the court, trauma-informed justice, abuse and neglect, delinquency, interpersonal violence, custody, divorce, self-represented litigants, and interactions with the media. The event will be held in Incline Village, NV. Registration information is available online.

14th Annual Family Justice Center Conference: April 2–4, 2014

Family Justice Center Alliance logoSponsored by the Family Justice Center Alliance, this conference will address a range of topics, including elder abuse awareness, prevention, intervention, accountability to survivors, and promising practices. The event, to be held in San Diego, CA, will also include practical, hands-on training for police officers, prosecutors, advocates, and medical professionals in the day-to-day handling of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. The conference faculty includes survivors, advocates, and nationally and internationally recognized subject-matter experts. Registration information is available online.

Crimes Against Children in Indian Country Conference: April 8–10, 2014

Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, sessions at this conference will provide attendees with the knowledge and resources to address issues related to substance use and the latest drug trends, sex offender registration and monitoring, Internet crimes, and cyberbullying. One goal of the conference, which will take place in Baraboo, WI, is to strengthen relationships between various agencies, tribes, and states to promote a multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional approach to serving tribal youth and families. Registration information is available online.

32nd Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: April 13–16, 2014

NICWA logoTo be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, this conference will highlight the latest research and policies concerning the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native youth, reveal innovative child welfare and mental health practices, highlight effective strategies for financing and sustaining services that impact children, and showcase strategies for involving youth and families in the development of services and policies that lead to systems change. Registration information is available online.

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Blueprints Conference: April 14–16, 2014

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder, will host this conference in Denver, CO. The conference will focus on evidence-based programs in youth education, problem behavior, self-regulation, mental and physical health, and positive relationships and will provide support for practitioners implementing these programs in their communities. OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee will be a featured keynote speaker. Registration information is available online.

Child Forensic Interview Clinic: April 28–May 2, 2014

To be held in Norfolk, VA, this training is designed for professionals responsible for conducting forensic interviews with children in suspected abuse cases. The curriculum, developed by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, teaches a structured narrative interview approach that emphasizes best practices and is guided by the best interests of the child. Attendees will receive a balanced review of several protocols and will develop their own customized narrative interview approach based on the principles taught during the clinic and contained in the 2012 APSAC Practice Guidelines on Forensic Interviewing in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse. Registration information is available online.

Conference on Children, Youth, and Families: May 14–16, 2014

Organized by the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, this conference will bring together practitioners and researchers in the child protection, foster care, juvenile justice, and education systems. The event, which will be held in San Diego, CA, will feature sessions on a range of topics, including The Positive Youth Justice Initiative; Rape Is Not Part of Their Sentence: How the Prison Rape Elimination Act Addresses Sexual Violence in Juvenile Detention Settings; Introduction to Restorative Justice; Advancing Multi-Sector Collaboration To Prevent Violence and Injury; Addressing the Links Between Multiple Forms of Violence; Child Welfare in the Information Age: Translating Data Into Practice; Family Connections: The Importance of Programs for Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Detained Juveniles; and Adolescent Brain Development and Its Implications for Young People Engaged With Public Systems. Registration information is available online.

National Court Appointed Special Advocates Conference: June 7–10, 2014

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) logoAt this event, sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, more than 1,200 CASA and guardian ad litem staff, board members, volunteers, judges, attorneys, and other child welfare professionals will gather to connect with peers and learn from leaders in the field. The conference will include more than 50 workshops and institutes, general sessions, and an exhibit hall featuring information and resources for the field. The conference will take place in Grapevine, TX. Registration information is available online.

Youth in Custody Certificate Program: June 10–14, 2014

Organized by Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in partnership with OJJDP’s National Center for Youth in Custody, the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Division of Youth Services, and the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Youth in Custody Certificate Program will examine the promotion of systemic change and the enhancement of outcomes for serious, high-risk juvenile offenders. Although the need for a continuum of services and placements throughout the juvenile justice system provides the context for this work, the program focuses on youth in postadjudication custody. The program is targeted to public- and private-sector leaders working in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, education, and other youth-serving systems. Applications are due by February 28; information is available online.

Other upcoming certificate programs include Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program (July 2014); Diversion Certificate Program for Prosecutors, Probation and Police Leaders (fall 2014); Multi-System Integration Certificate Program (fall 2014); and Information Sharing Certificate Program (fall 2014).

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Annual Colloquium: June 11–14, 2014

This event will feature institutes and workshops that address aspects of child maltreatment, including prevention, assessment, intervention, and treatment. Seminars have been designed for professionals in the fields of mental health, medicine, nursing, law, law enforcement, education, prevention, research, advocacy, child protection, and allied fields. Organized by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the colloquium will be held in New Orleans, LA. Registration information is available online.

Global Youth Justice Training Institute: June 17–19, 2014

This training institute, hosted by Global Youth Justice, is primarily designed for adults who are enhancing, expanding, or establishing youth justice diversion programs, often referred to as teen court, peer court, youth court, student court, and youth peer jury. The event, to be held in Provincetown, MA, includes more than 20 peer-to-peer training sessions and a half-day grant writing session. Registration information is available online.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference: June 18–21, 2014

logo of Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual ConferenceThe conference, "Looking Back, Planning Ahead: A Vision for the Next 40 Years in Juvenile Justice," will focus on lessons learned in the areas of practice, policy, and research since the passage of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act on September 7, 1974; the implications of these lessons for the future of the juvenile justice field; and emerging issues. Hosted by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), the event will include thematic workshops and training tracks, informative general sessions plenaries, state juvenile justice specialist and disproportionate minority contact coordinator business meetings, the CJJ Council of State Advisory Groups' meeting and  executive board elections, and regional and CJJ committee meetings. Registration information is available online.