© 2018 Georgia Association of Forensic Nurses, Inc.

GEORGIA ASSOCIATION

OF FORENSIC NURSES

2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Richmond Hill City Center|Richmond Hill

February 3-4, 2020

Photo Credit: Lucinda Doyle Shultz

Conference Presentations

 

Day 1 Conference Presentations

Opening Keynote

Time: 8:15 am - 9:45 am

Title: Essential to Survival: A Community-Based Approach to Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Trauma, and Child Abuse

Learn how the multi-disciplinary criminal justice responders can implement evidenced-based best practices to facilitate a community-wide, trauma-informed response to victims of crime and abuse.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will report increased knowledge about the immediate physical and mental health needs of crime victims and the impact of trauma-informed, community-based services on the health and well-being of victims of crime and abuse, their families, and their communities as a whole.

 
 

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presentation Title:

Suspicious Deaths & Elder Mistreatment: Hiding in Plain Sight

Gain an understanding of the environment and relationship dynamics that place elders at an increased risk for mistreatment and premature death.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will report increased knowledge of the potential markers for elder maltreatment, the indicators of fatal neglect, and contributing factors related to premature deaths in the elder population.

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Presentation Title:

It Begins with Understanding: Surviving Cross-Examination

Develop strategies for interacting with the criminal justice system that strengthen your ability to provide competent, unbiased testimony during cross-examination.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will report increased knowledge related to providing competent, unbiased testimony on cross-examination, including strategies to reduce anxiety, as well as common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

 

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presentation Title:

The Battle Rages On: Child Sex Trafficking and Pornography

Improve the multidisciplinary response to victims of child sex trafficking through an evidence-based approach while gaining an understanding of the scope of child sex trafficking and child pornography in Georgia.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will report an increased knowledge of their role in the multidisciplinary response and how to utilize strategies to identify and prevent child sex trafficking and child pornography.

 
 

Day 2 Conference Presentations

 

Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Presentation Title: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Post-Trauma Behaviors: Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma

Learn about the impact that trauma can have on the human brain and the trauma-informed approach that law enforcement, advocates, and medical providers can take to minimize further traumatization during interactions with victims of crime and abuse.

 

At the conclusion of this session, the participants will report an increased knowledge of the impact trauma will immediately have on the human brain and on human behavior.  Participants will be able to recognize behavioral signs and symptoms of acute trauma that victims of crime and abuse may display after experiencing trauma.

 

Time: 9:45 am - 11:45 pm

Presentation Title:

Evidence-Based Referral and Management of Pediatric Sexual Abuse Victims: What Does the Literature Say?

Learn how to identify children and adolescent in need of medical-forensic evaluation, timing of those evaluations, and how to develop evidence-based treatment plans for suspected child and adolescent victims of sexual violence.

 

At the conclusion of this session, class participants will be able to identify the long-term health implications of sexual violence and identify those in need of a specialized medical-forensic evaluation. Class participants will also be able to identify the components of a medical-forensic evaluation of and formulate evidence-based treatment plans for suspected child and adolescent victims of sexual violence. 

 

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Title: Reviewing the Unthinkable: Child and Adolescent Suicide

Learn how to identify the factors that increase the risk of suicide among the child and adolescent population and evidence-based suicide prevention strategies.

 

At the conclusion of this session, class participants will report an understanding of the scope of child and adolescent suicide at the state and national level. Class participants will also review the purpose and member role of the child fatality review board. 

 

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Presentation Title: After All, They Are “Man’s Best Friend!” The Canine’s Role in Facilitating a Trauma- Informed Response to Victims of Crime

Explore the role of the therapy dog in responding to victims of trauma and abuse and learn the approach that therapy dogs play in facilitating the trauma-informed response.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will report an understanding of the difference between a “therapy dog,” “service dog,” and an “emotional support pet”. Participants will also review the training and qualifications required of therapy dogs to prepare them to provide enhanced trauma-informed services to crime victims.

Expert Panel

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Activity Title: Facilitating an Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed, Effective Multidisciplinary Approach to Violence

Hear from a panel of experts about the ins and outs of their respective roles as a member of the multidisciplinary team and how our scopes are defined by our discipline, but when brought together in a collaborative approach we can improve the experience the victim has when seeking services in the criminal justice system. 

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will report an increased understanding that when all disciplines of the MDT work in collaboration, it provides the best victim-centered response, mitigates the effects of the assault and abuse on individual victims and their loved ones, and increases victim and community safety to prevent future victimization.