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					                             A day long conference for
                             ―Pathways to Prevention‖
                             anyone concerned about
                             the abuse and neglect of
York County Community

                                                         DON’T MISS OUT!
                                                                                                                        Pathways to Prevention
     May 21, 2010
     Wells, Maine



                                                                                                                                                     Friday, May 21, 2010
                                                                                                                                                     7:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          York County Community College — Wells, ME
                                                                               Prevention                   Keynote Speaker:
                                                                                                                  Ellen Zimmerman, LCSW
                                                                                                                                                                           Keynote Speaker:
                                                                                                                                                                                 Virginia Marriner, LSW
                                                                                May 21, 2010                          Preventing Human and Animal                              Children and Animals – When Violence
                        62 Portland Road, Suite 15
                         Kennebunk, ME 04043
                           (207) 985-1758 (Fax)

                                                                                                                         Cruelty: What We Know                                          Touches Their Lives
                              (207) 985-5975

                                                                                                            Ellen Zimmerman, LCSW, is a clinical social worker at          Virginia Marriner, LSW has been involved in Public
                                                                                                            Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, and former              Child Welfare for over twenty-six years. She is Director
                                                                                                            Director of their Therapeutic Nursery. During her twenty-      of Child Welfare Policy and Practice for DHHS with
                                                                                                            four years at Maine Medical Center’s Child and                 responsibility for supporting policy and practice
                                                                                                            Adolescent Psychiatry Division, she served on the              changes to ensure compliance with federal
                                                                                                            Board of the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program,         requirements and best practice related to child welfare
                                                                                                            Housing for the Chronically Mentally Ill and the               services. Ms. Marriner is the Child Welfare Division
                                                                                                            Cumberland County Child Abuse and Neglect Council.             legislative liaison working closely with the Maine
                                                                                                            She has recently retired from a private psychotherapy          legislature to ensure statute meets the needs of
                                                                                                            practice, and co-wrote two books, with Dr. Shari               families and children.
                                                                                                            Lewchanin: Community Intervention in Juvenile Animal           Ms. Marriner is the state lead for the Breakthrough
                                                                                                            Cruelty and Clinical Assessment of Juvenile Animal             Series Collaborative on Safety and Risk Assessment.
                                                                                                            Cruelty. Currently, Ellen is a clinical social worker in the   She is the Child Welfare lead in collaboration with the
                                                                                                            Pediatric Diabetes program, the Trauma Service and             Division of Children’s Behavioral Health Services in a
                                                                                                            the Emergency Department at Maine Medical Center.              project, Child STEPS, that is a comprehensive clinical
                                                                                                                                                                           trial, bringing evidenced-based mental health treatment
                                                                                                                                                                           to children.

                                                                              Connecting Child Abuse                                                         Conference Schedule
                                                                                and Animal Abuse                                        7:30—8:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                             Registration/Continental Breakfast
                                                                                                                                        8:20—9:05                            Keynote Speaker—Ellen Zimmerman
                                                                                 A One-Day Conference                                   9:15—10:45                           Workshop — Session I
                                                                                                                                        11:00—12:30 p.m.                     Workshop — Session II
                                                                                     Hosted by the                                      12:30—1:15                           Lunch
                                                                           Child Abuse Prevention Council                               1:15—2:00
                                                                                                                                                                             Keynote Speaker — Virginia Marriner
                                                                                                                                                                             Workshop—Session III
                                                                                   of York County                                       3:45—4:00                            Evaluation/Wrap-up/Door Prize Winners Announced
                                                                                                                     This conference will give professionals and community members alike an opportunity to share
                                                                                                            experiences and enrich their knowledge of the latest prevention strategies and issues surrounding the problem of
                                                                           Thank You to Our Sponsors:       child abuse. Attendees may apply for .6 CEU’s through the University of Maine and CEU’s for Animal Control
                                                                                                            Officers will be available through the Animal Welfare Department. There are a limited amount of scholarships
                                                                                                            ($20 each) Please call (207) 985-5975 or e-mail
                                                                                                                        Registration: $30 per person ($35 after April 23, 2010)
                                                                                                              Includes workshops, breakfast and lunch. MasterCard and Visa welcomed.
 WORKSHOPS:                                               Each participant may attend one workshop during each session. Indicate on the registration form your first and
                                                          second choice for each workshop session, and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

SESSION I (9:15-10:45 a.m.)                             Through discussion explore how real cases of animal                                                                                  SESSION III (2:15—3:45 p.m.)
                                                          abuse have unfolded into discovering child abuse.                                                    Door Prizes
1. OVERVIEW OF CHILD PROTECTIVE                                                                                                                            At registration you will
                                                                                                                                                                                            11. CANINE BODY LANGUAGE (OR HOW TO
SERVICES—WHAT IS BEHIND THE CURTAIN                       5. READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS                                                            receive a coupon. At the
                                                                                                                                                                                            KNOW WHAT A DOG IS TRYING TO TELL YOU)
AT DHHS                                                   (R.E.A.D. PROGRAM)                                                                                end of the day, your
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lynne Calero, Children’s Services Caseworker,
Louise Boisvert, LMSW, Program                            Liz Dudgeon & Al Mastraccio with companions Jazz                                               number could be drawn to
                                                                                                                                                                                            Department of Health and Human Services; Officer
Administrator, Child Welfare Services of                  and Gracie                                                                                      win one of the following:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Christopher St. Pierre, Old Orchard Beach Police;
Cumberland County                                                   Participants in this workshop will learn what it
                                                          takes to become a registered Pet Partner Team. We’ll talk             One of four Berenstain Bear books signed by                 and K-9 Gunther.
           This will be a presentation of the laws,                                                                                                                                                     This workshop is designed to increase
policies and beliefs that inform the practices of child   about required skills, aptitude and testing followed by               Jan Berenstain
                                                          anecdotal stories regarding the practice of animal                                                                                awareness of the body language dogs use to communicate
welfare professionals at DHHS. There will be a                                                                                  One of fifteen ―theme‖ tote bags: gardening,                emotion and states of arousal. Being able to appropriately
discussion of the impact of child abuse and neglect       assisted activities and some of the outcomes we have
                                                          encountered. Audience participation will be encouraged                coffee, teas, children’s games, pet items, spa              interpret these signals is very important to safely interact
upon children and the current state of the art                                                                                                                                              with a dog and assess how the specific dog relates to the
strategies being employed to work with families.          during a question and answer period at the end of the                 items, etc.
                                                          session.                                                                            OVER 20 PRIZES                                humans caring for it. Specific illustrations of canine body
Current state data and statistics regarding child                                                                                                                                           language will be discussed as well as sharing experiences
welfare outcomes will also be discussed.                                                                                                                                                    from the audience.
                                                           SESSION II (11:00—12:30 p.m.)
2. SPOTTING THE RED FLAGS:                                                                                                 9. EQUINE ASSISTED ACTIVITIES AND                                12. CHILD ABUSE CRIMES FROM THE DISTRICT
RECOGNIZING THE CLUES TO POSSIBLE                         6. IMPACT ON CHILD: WHERE ANIMAL                                 THERAPIES: MAKING CONNECTIONS FOR THE                            ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
ANIMAL ABUSE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT                         VIOLENCE IS PRESENT                                              DISCONNECTED PERSON                                              Mark W. Lawrence, District Attorney, Prosecutorial
IT                                                        Virginia S. Marriner, LSW, Director, Child Welfare               Susan E. Grant, OTR/L and Joyce Brown, Equest:                   District One
Lauren Masellas, Animal Control Officer,                  Policy and Practice, Maine Department of Human                   Therapeutic Riding Center                                                  This session will be discussing the types of
Sanford Police Department                                 Services                                                                     Interacting with horses provides a unique,           cases the district attorney’s office receives, how they are
           An ―interactive model‖ of scenarios an                                                                          multi-sensory experience. In this presentation, participants     reported to them, evidentiary issues in prosecution, and
                                                                     This workshop will focus on the impact on the
individual might encounter in the field and what the                                                                       will learn how horses are used to provide children and adults    how such cases are handled.
                                                          child when there is animal violence in the home. The
―red flags‖ of pet neglect and abuse would be in each                                                                      with opportunities to learn and explore verbal and non-verbal
                                                          majority of families in the U.S. have children and animals.
instance.                                                 That human/animal bond is a memory children keep and             communication, set boundaries, develop trust and                 13. HOW TO RECOGNIZE ANIMAL ABUSE AND
                                                                                                                           attachments and develop confidence associated with
                                                          when there are disruptions to the bond or violent actions                                                                         WHAT TO DO
                                                                                                                           learning new skills. They will also understand how horse
3. TEACHING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE                        associated with that bond the impact remains to                                                                                   Christine Fraser, DVM and Jennifer Howlett, District
                                                                                                                           movement can affect the rider’s brain providing them with a
AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF                                    adulthood. The impact a child may suffer by witnessing or                                                                         Humane Agent, State of Maine Animal Welfare
                                                          participating in animal abuse or being abused as well is         sense of calm and attentiveness supporting relaxation
CONCIOUSNESS TO ADULTS & CHILDREN:                                                                                         during a fun and meaningful experience. The presenters will                Recognizing animal cruelty and neglect. What
A MODEL FOR CLINICIANS                                    far reaching and disruptive to the child’s healthy                                                                                are the animal cruelty laws and what are your
                                                                                                                           discuss Equest’s practice in working with children with both
                                                          development.                                                                                                                      responsibilities to report.
K. Stevens Westmoreland, LCPC, LMFT                                                                                        developmental, emotional and behavioral issues and, most
            This is a workshop designed for clinicians                                                                     recently, the opportunities given to Veteran’s and their fami-
                                                          7. THE TANGLED WEB OF ABUSE: EXPLORING
and parents in a concise and simple model for                                                                              lies within the NARHA Horses for Heroes program at               14. CHILD ABUSE RED FLAGS: A PEDIATRI-
teaching emotional intelligence and the development       THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ANIMAL                                    Equest.                                                          CIAN’S PERSPECTIVE
of consciousness. Participants will learn to identify     CRUELTY, CHILD ABUSE AND DOMESTIC
                                                                                                                                                                                            Gretchen A. Pianka, MD
and teach four primary feelings to clients and            VIOLENCE                                                         10. AN INSIDE LOOK AT DHHS: HOW THEY WORK                                  This session will review basic medical issues
children. The second part of the workshop identifies      Katie Lisnik, Maine State Director, Humane Society               TO KEEP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SAFE                               that can be related to or subsequent to child abuse or
the six basic needs that continue throughout human        of the United States                                             Mark Dalton, LSW, Program Administrator and Jill                 neglect including behavior problems, abdominal pain,
development. Participants will learn how the                        Child abuse is more likely to occur in homes                                                                            constipation, and specific medical concerns or diagnoses.
                                                                                                                           Hunter, LSW, Child Protective Supervisor, Child
identification and understanding of feelings can lead     where adult domestic violence is present. It is likely that in
directly to meeting the healthy needs of your child/                                                                       Welfare Program—Department of Health and Human
                                                          homes where children are being abused, animals are                                                                                15. THE NURTURING PROGRAM: IMPROVING
self.                                                     being abused as well. Children learn cruel behaviors from
                                                                                                                                     This workshop will discuss briefly how a report        CHILDREN’S SELF-WORTH
                                                          adults and may re-enact them on animals.
4. MAKING THE EVERYDAY CONNECTION:                                                                                         gets from Central Intake to your district office and how         Leah Paltanawick, Prevention Educator, Child
                                                                                                                           assignment decisions are made. The presenters will outline       Abuse Prevention Council of York County
PUTTING THE LINK TOGETHER                                 8. READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOGS                             the standard protocol of DHHS Child Welfare staff follow                    Take part in a Nurturing Program workshop to
Sandy Scott-Rainey, former Law Enforcement                (R.E.A.D. PROGRAM)                                               when responding to reports of suspected abuse and/or             increase your own and the children’s ability to nurture,
and Animal Cruelty Investigator                           Liz Dudgeon & Al Mastraccio with companions Jazz                 neglect and being a mandated reporter and how to respond         care, listen, share feelings, and build self-worth through
           This workshop will examine real case           and Gracie                                                       when a child discloses to you or what to do when you             hands-on activities and role play.
scenarios—what to do if you encounter animal abuse;                 See Workshop #5. If you missed this workshop           suspect abuse.
begin to understand animal reactions to voice and         during the first session, this is your chance to attend.
body movement; learn how to network with
organizations to build your case; and how to interpret
children’s facial expressions and body language.