Criminal Connections: Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse: January 27–28, 2020
During this training sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, participants will learn about the additional trauma that child victims experience when child pornography is involved in sexual abuse cases. The training, to be held in West Palm Beach, FL, will explore investigative strategies that address the relationship between child sexual abuse and child pornography to supplement an investigation and corroborate victim statements. Registration information is available online.
The training will also be held February 24–25, 2020, in Dallas, TX.
Beyond Google: Discovering Online Resources in Investigations: January 29–30, 2020
Offered by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, this training will discuss open-source online intelligence and information and how to leverage free platforms, databases, and web applications to further investigations of criminal cases. Participants will learn techniques to optimize results using online search engines and Internet resources, and how to complete and serve search warrants for electronic information and databases. The training will be held in West Palm Beach, FL. Registration information is available online.
National Mentoring Summit: January 29–31, 2020
The 10th annual National Mentoring Summit will take place in Washington, DC. Organized by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and supported by OJJDP, the summit will showcase exemplary program models, collaborations, research, and innovations that have positive implications for strengthening the mentoring field. The summit is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors, and government and civic leaders that is designed to strengthen and expand quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country. Registration information is available online.
Forensic Interviewing of Children: February 10–14, 2020
Presented by the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), this training is intended for professionals with less than 2 years of experience conducting forensic interviews of children, experienced child abuse professionals seeking to sharpen existing skills, and professionals who want to learn about the current NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure. The course will be held in Huntsville, AL. Registration information is available online.
The training will also be offered in Huntsville on April 20–24 and June 22–24.
UNITY Midyear Conference: February 14–17, 2020
United National Indian Tribal Youth, known as UNITY, will hold its midyear conference in Tempe, AZ. More than 300 attendees are expected for the annual gathering that promotes a program focused on youth leadership development, training for youth leader advisors, networking, and cultural exchange. Registration information is available online.
Registration is also open for the National UNITY Conference to be held July 3–7, 2020, in Washington, DC.
Conducting Child Abuse Investigations: February 24–28, 2020
To be held in Newport, RI, this no-cost training will offer the latest information on the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases using a multidisciplinary team approach. Attendees will learn about medical evidence, techniques for interviewing child victims/witnesses as well as adult suspects/witnesses, and legal issues and considerations in child physical and sexual abuse cases. The training is offered by the National Criminal Justice Training Center. The registration deadline is December 30. Additional registration information is available online.
National Symposium on Sexual Behavior of Youth: February 25–27, 2020
Hosted by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, this symposium is designed to help professionals in youth-serving professions effectively identify and intervene to address youth’s problematic sexual behavior. The symposium is designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, law enforcement personnel, juvenile justice and court professionals, and other professionals who work with youth who have problematic sexual behavior. The event will be held in Norman, OK. Registration information is available online.
Victim Advocacy Training: February 25–27, 2020
This training is designed for victim advocates who are working with children and families in a children’s advocacy center setting. Offered by the National Children’s Advocacy Center, the training will include foundational sessions on the criminal justice system, the dynamics of child abuse, crisis development and resolution, effective listening techniques, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, cultural considerations, and intervention strategies. All sessions are presented by experienced professionals currently working in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention at the National Children's Advocacy Center. Registration information is available online.
National Summit on Youth Homelessness: March 2–3, 2020
The National Network for Youth will hold its seventh annual summit in Washington, DC. This event focuses on how government agencies, policymakers, young leaders, service providers, and other experts can collaborate to prevent and respond to youth homelessness. Sessions will include discussions of practices, resources, and strategies that are relevant to participants’ work in addressing youth homelessness. Registration information is available online.
Multidisciplinary Team Response to Child Sex Trafficking: March 9–12, 2020
This no-cost training, offered by the National Criminal Justice Training Center, will improve multidisciplinary team (MDT) responses to child sex trafficking cases and assist those wanting to establish a formal MDT in their community to effectively respond to child sex trafficking. Subject matter experts will work with teams to identify gaps and develop short- and long-term response plans. The training will be held in Providence, RI. Registration information is available online.
This training will also take place May 4–7 in Columbus, OH, August 31–September 3 in Memphis, TN, and November 16–19 in Denver, CO.
Child Homicide Investigations: March 16–17, 2020
The National Criminal Justice Training Center will hold this training in Blanco, TX. It will focus on understanding and building relationships between forensic pathologists, homicide investigators, and prosecutors to successfully investigate and prosecute child homicide cases. The training is designed for prosecutors as well as court system, law enforcement, social work, and victim service professionals. Registration information is available online.
36th International Symposium on Child Abuse: March 23–26, 2020
Hosted by the National Children’s Advocacy Center, this symposium will provide expert training and numerous networking opportunities to professionals in the child maltreatment field. The event will offer tracks on a range of topics, including child protective services, forensic interviewing, human trafficking/sexual exploitation, law enforcement, victim advocacy, and prevention. The symposium will be held in Huntsville, AL. Registration information is available online.
Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: March 29–April 1, 2020
This conference, sponsored by the National Indian Child Welfare Association, will be held in Denver, CO. It will feature more than 80 workshops and 4 general sessions led by speakers ranging from high-ranking federal officials to youth who have experienced child-serving systems. Topics include child welfare, foster care, and adoption services; children’s mental health; judicial and legal affairs; and youth and family involvement. Registration information is available online.