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NATIONAL CENTER FOR PROSECUTION OF CHILD ABUSE
National Conferences

NCPCA sponsors a series of in-depth national conferences and advanced trial advocacy courses for prosecutors and allied professionals. NCPCA outreach utilizes evidence based practices to train thousands of child abuse professionals on all aspects of the investigation and prosecution of child abuse.

Upcoming Conferences<empty>

childPROOF
Advanced Trial Advocacy for Child Abuse Prosecutors
May 19-23, 2014, Savannah, GA
Attendance fee = None
This course is by application and only
30 prosecutors will be selected to attend

Summary| Draft Agenda | Applications closed.

 

Investigation and Prosecution of
Child Fatalities and Physical Abuse

June 23-27, 2014, Baltimore, MD
Attendance Fee = $250-450
(with a price reduction for additional team members)

Summary | Tentative Agenda | Registration

Unsafe Havens I
Investigation and Prosecution of
Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation

June 23-27, 2014, AOL Headquarters, Dulles, Virginia
Attendance fee = None
Draft Agenda | Summary | Registration

 

ChildProtect
Trial Advocacy for Civil Child Protection Attorneys
July 14-17, 2014
At the National Child Protection Training Center, Winona, MN
Attendance Fee = None
This course is by application and only 30 applicants will be selected.
Summary | Agenda | Application

 

Strategies for Justice:
Advanced Investigation and Prosecution
of Child Abuse and Exploitation
October 6-10, 2014, Phoenix, AZ
Summary | Registration to come

 

Unsafe Havens 2 
Advanced Trial Advocacy for Prosecution of Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children
November 17-21, 2014, AOL Headquarters, Dulles, Virginia
Attendance fee = None
This course is by application and only
30 prosecutors will be selected to attend
Application link forthcoming

 

 

childPROOF:
Advanced Trial Advocacy for Child Abuse Prosecutors

May 19-23, 2014
De Soto Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
Draft Agenda | Applications closed.

ChildPROOF is an intensive 5-day trial advocacy course designed for 30 child abuse prosecutors. This course was created to allow prosecutors to hone the specific trial advocacy skills needed for child abuse cases. Students will participate in a number of trial advocacy workshops designed to improve their courtroom abilities.  Students will also receive classroom lecture from some of the Country’s foremost child abuse prosecutors.  
Through lectures and critiqued exercises, participants gain hands-on practice in:

  • Creating effective trial strategies-- from case handling to presentation of evidence.
  • Understanding complex medical issues in child abuse cases.
  • Handling evidentiary and practical issues surrounding the forensic interview of a child witness.
  • Conducting direct examination of forensic pathologists, psychologists, and non-expert witnesses.
  • Strategically adjusting to and cross-examining expert witnesses and theories presented by the defense.

The Course
childPROOF is an intensive trial advocacy course that uses a fact pattern from a real child abuse case that includes complex family dynamic issues and the ultimate question of culpability. This case raises issues involving ethics, how to effectively present the testimony of a medical examiner, and how to effectively handle defense expert testimony. Students will be given the opportunity to refine their trial advocacy skills through their participation in critiqued trial advocacy exercises.
Space is strictly limited to 30 participants and applicants will be chosen based on a variety of factors.

Who Should Attend?

  • Participants will be state, local and military prosecutors currently handling child physical and sexual abuse cases.
  • There is no requirement for years of experience as a child abuse prosecutor. Prosecutors of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Training dates: May 19-23, 2014
Location: Hilton Savannah De Soto Hotel, Savannah Georgia
Application deadline: April 1, 2014

Notification of acceptance: By April 7, 2014. If you are accepted, you will be asked to confirm your registration for the course and then you can begin to make your hotel and travel arrangements to attend. Since replacements are difficult to obtain for students who cancel (especially shortly before the course), please be certain that you are interested in attending, have the financial ability to do so, and have the dates clear on your calendar before applying.

Registration fee and cost: There is no registration fee for this course. Students will be responsible for their travel, lodging and meals. Nightly lodging rates are $98 per night (plus 14% tax).

Questions? Contact Jason Allen jallen@ndaa.org or 703-549-9222

 

Unsafe Havens I:
Investigation and Prosecution of
Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation

June 23-27, 2014, AOL Headquarters, Dulles, Virginia
Attendance fee = None
Draft Agenda | Registration

Unsafe Havens I offers training for prosecutors handling technology-facilitated crimes against children. Utilizing a mixture of lectures, case studies, computer forensics, emerging technologies and small group discussions, prosecutors will gain in depth understanding of the emerging technology and best practices for building strong cases. The training is designed to follow the trajectory of a typical case from initiation of investigation, pretrial considerations, case presentation, to appellate considerations. In addition, experts will present on: medically proving age of children in exploitation cases, psychological issues regarding offender behavior, human trafficking, cognitive development of children, and compliant teenage victims.

Questions? Contact Jason Allen jallen@ndaa.org or 703-549-9222

 

Investigation and Prosecution of Child Fatalities and Physical Abuse
June 23-27, 2014 Baltimore, MD

Tentative Agenda | Registration

Investigation and Prosecution of Child Fatalities and Physical Abuse is a five-day course designed to specifically meet the needs of frontline child abuse professionals including: prosecutors; investigators; social service and child protection workers; child advocacy staff; medical and mental health professionals; emergency response personnel; and victim/witness advocates.  Travel, lodging, and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the attendee.

Professional Topics To Be Addressed Include:

  • Pediatric Autopsies
  • Abdominal Injuries
  • Abrasions, Contusions, Burns, Bite Marks, And Strangulation
  • Battered Child Syndrome
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  and
  •  Serial Child Torture

Registration Fees
Early Registration until April 14
Individual: $250
Team of 3 or more: $200 each person

Regular Registration from  April 14 to  June 15
Individual: $450
Team of 3 or more: $400 each person

Hotel
Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel
Hotel Reservations
Group rate available until May 23, 2014. Subject to Availability.

 

Questions? Contact Metria Hernandez mhernandez@ndaa.org or 703-549-9222

Registration

 

 

ChildProtect: Trial Advocacy for Civil Child Protection Attorneys
July 14-18, 2014
National Child Protection Training Center, Winona, Minnesota
Agenda | Application

ChildProtect is an intensive 5-day trial advocacy course designed for 30 child protection prosecutors/attorneys handling civil child dependency cases. Students will participate in a mock trial to terminate parental rights with the assistance of 10 child protection prosecutors and specialists experienced in trial advocacy. The mock trial fact pattern addresses complex medical and psychological issues, including abusive head trauma and psychological profiling. It is based on an actual case involving head trauma injuries to an 18-month-old child, and includes numerous family dynamic issues and the ultimate question of who was responsible. The mock trial will raise issues involving ethics, when to terminate parental rights, and how to effectively handle defense expert testimony.

Through lectures and critiqued exercises, participants gain hands-on practice in:

  • Effective Trial Strategies
  • Medical Issues in TPR Cases
  • Psychological and Medial Issues
  • Direct and Cross Examination exercises of practicing medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, child protection investigators, and more.

Who Should Attend?

  • Participants will be state, local and military prosecutors currently handling child physical and sexual abuse cases.
  • There is no requirement for years of experience as a child abuse prosecutor. Prosecutors of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

This course is by application only. There are only 30 spaces for participants in this course and applicants will be chosen based on a variety of factors. Application deadline is May 14, 2014.

 Notification of acceptance: You will be notified by May 20, 2014. If you are accepted, you will be asked to confirm your registration for the course and then you can begin to make your hotel and travel arrangements to attend. Since replacements are difficult to obtain for students who cancel (especially shortly before the course), please be certain that you are interested in attending, have the financial ability to do so, and have the dates clear on your calendar before applying.

Registration fee and cost: There is no registration fee for this course. Students will be responsible for their travel, lodging and meals. Nightly lodging rates are $83 per night (plus tax).

Questions? Contact Jason Allen jallen@ndaa.org or 703-549-9222

 

Strategies for Justice:
Advanced Investigation and Prosecution of
Child Abuse and Exploitation
October 6-10, 2014, Phoenix, AZ
Registration to come

Strategies for Justice is an advanced multidisciplinary national training conference for prosecutors, law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, forensic interviewers, child advocates and allied professionals.  Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to register as a team.

Attendance Fee = $250-450 (with a price reduction for additional team members)

Questions? Contact Metria Hernandez mhernandez@ndaa.org or 703-549-9222

 

Unsafe Havens II
Advanced Trial Advocacy for Prosecution
of Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children

November 17-21, 2014, AOL Headquarters, Washington D.C.
Application link forthcoming

Unsafe Havens II is a trial advocacy program developed to address issues that arise from jury selection to sentencing in technology facilitated crimes. The course utilizes a model case and requires students to conduct portions of a trial based on those facts.

Attendance fee
None
This course is by application and only 30 prosecutors will be selected to attend

Questions? Contact Ann Ratnayake aratnayake@ndaa.org or 703-549-9222

 

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