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Forensic Nursing Conference

Hosted by Abington – Jefferson Health FNE Team and Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)

DATE: May 31, 2019
TIME: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
PLACE: Abington Jefferson Health, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
REGISTRATION: Information will be available in March 2019.
CEUs pending for Registered Nurses
QUESTIONS: Contact Debbie Nugent at debbie@novabucks.org or 215-343-6543 ext. 105

Topics and Speakers:

  1. Strangulation Cases and Making Good Use of Expert Testimony: William Smock, MD will provide an overview of the dynamics of strangulation including a discussion on subtle signs and symptoms, assessing for internal injuries, radiology studies, documentation, evidence collection and considerations for court citing current case law. Expert testimony, emerging issues, typical and emerging defenses, and dealing with defense experts will be discussed.
  1. Victimology: Theresa Faye-Hillier will discuss victimization experiences from the perspective of the crime victim, the offender, families, and the healthcare community. She will also focus on understanding etiologic and motivation issues, as well as response patterns to victimization and perpetration dynamics from a healthcare provider perspective.
  1. Intimate Partner Violence’s (IPV) Overlooked Damage: Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Glynnis Zieman, MD (Neurologist) and Ashley Bridwell, LMSW will talk about the often overlooked and under-reported issues surrounding TBI in survivors of IPV. The presenters will also share the multidisciplinary approach used to assist survivors to manage life with a brain injury.
  1. Prosecuting Difficult Cases: Sexual Assault of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID): Robert Laurino, Essex County New Jersey Prosecutor will look at the challenges inherent in investigating and prosecuting cases of sexual assault committed against individuals with ID. He will share best practices developed over 25 years of prosecuting such cases. At the close of the presentation, Steve Doerner, Director of the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center, will share the Special Victim’s Investigation (SVI) program which uses a multidisciplinary, client-centered approach to case investigation and prosecution.
  1. A Philadelphia Physician’s Perspective on Why Advocating Against Gun Violence is Part of the Job: Daniel Taylor, D.O. is a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will discuss his experiences caring for child victims of gun violence and his thoughts on healthcare practitioners being part of the discussions on this serious public health issue.
  1. Options for Breakout Sessions:

A. Risks and Resilience: Youth with Problematic and Illegal Sexualized Behavior: Kelly Hagenbaugh, MSW, LSW and Jaime Osborn, MS, NOVA Counselors will discuss this research based treatment program which targets a population of youth, ages 7-14, who previously were treated as offenders, lacked accessible services for support and would otherwise have gone unserved.

B. Healing Through the Alphabet: Providing Trauma – Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Sexual Assault Survivors Tiffany Lanza, LCSW, M.Ed. and Autumn Dae Miller stated that “Understanding how to support marginalized communities is vital for professional success and to decrease re-traumatization. This training will focus on an understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, their lived experiences around trauma, and strategies for best practices during a SANE exam.

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