NATIONAL CENTER FOR PROSECUTION OF ANIMAL ABUSE
Training & Webinars
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March 20, 2014 from 3-4pm eastern
Investigating and Prosecuting Juvenile Animal Abusers
By Jennifer Rallo (Assistant State’s Attorney with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office)
Juvenile Offenders represent a significant subgroup of animal cruelty offenders. When children commit acts of violence against an animal the cases should be taken very seriously. Research tells us that juveniles who enjoy harming animals are more likely to commit future acts of violence against humans. This webinar will provide an overview of the prosecution of the youthful offender and offer practical advice in how to best approach building your successful case against a youthful offender and how to achieve the best sentencing results.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- Animal cruelty offenses committed by juvenile offenders should be taken very seriously and an overview of why they should be taken seriously.
- Strategies in assessing the seriousness of the offense and the appropriateness of treatment programs.
- How to carefully build the best case against the youthful offender.
- Learning about special treatment programs that are available for juvenile animal cruelty offenders.
- Learn about strategies for prosecutorial monitoring of the progress and effectiveness of the treatment of juvenile offenders.
April 17, 2014 from 3-4pm eastern
Intervening with Children Who Are Abusing Animals
By Chris Risley-Curtiss (Associate Professor, Arizona State University School of Social Work)
Research has established a correlation between animal and family violence, as well as increased criminality. Childhood animal abuse may be an early warning sign of serious trauma based disorders; it is considered a first sign of conduct disorder in young children. Studies find anywhere from 10–33% of at-risk children have abused animals. Early intervention programs are needed for children who are abusing animals in order to protect animals and humans from further harm.
This free, 60-minute webinar will discuss intervening with children who are abusing animals. Learn about the Children and Animals Together Assessment and Intervention Program, one of only two programs known to intervene with children who abuse animals. The speaker will explain the program’s evolution and trauma–focused ecological philosophy and discuss real cases. She will share lessons learned as well as implications and need for intervening with children abusing animals.
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Continuing Legal Education Credits
The Virginia State Bar has certified these webinars for 1 CLE credit. After the live webinar, you may request a Uniform Certificate of Attendance from NDAA to be submitted to your state bar for continuing legal education credits. You must be on the webinar for the full hour and must have your browser open to only the webinar (you cannot have any other screen open, including a screen to take notes) otherwise we cannot verify your participation. Upon request, NDAA will verify your participation and send you the appropriate forms. Please email NCPAA for this document.
Other webinars from our partners at ASPCA
Check out two free anti-cruelty online courses on Combating Dogfighting and Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement offered by our partner at ASPCA.
March 7, 2014, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Allie Phillips and Diane Balkin (Animal Legal Defense Fund and NCPAA Advisory Group attorney) will provide a day-long training in for Rutherford County PAWS (and surrounding jurisdictions). Conference details forthcoming.
March 27, 2014, Huntsville, Alabama
Allie Phillips will provide a workshop on “When the Abuse of Animals Harms Children“ and “Therapy Animals Helping Maltreated Children” at the 30th Annual Child Abuse Symposium. Click here for more information and registration link.
April 1-4, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Allie Phillips will present on "When the Abuse of Animals Harms Children" and “Therapy Animals Helping Maltreated Children” at NDAA’s Equal Justice for Children Conference in partnership with the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Click here for more information and registration
April 7, 2014, Richmond, Virginia
Allie Phillips will present a workshop on “When Animal Abuse Co-Occurs with Child Abuse” at the Prevent Child Abuse Virginia conference. Click here for more information and registration link.
April 22, 2014, Seattle, Washington
Allie Phillips will present workshops on “Sheltering Animals & Families Together” and “When the Abuse of Animals Co-Occurs with Family Violence” at the Ending Violence Against Women conference. Click here for more information and registration.