A day long conference for ―Pathways to Prevention‖ anyone concerned about the abuse and neglect of Pathways York County Community DON’T MISS OUT! Pathways to Prevention May 21, 2010 Wells, Maine 7:30—4:00 children. to College 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. 8:05—8:20 Registration/Continental Breakfast Welcome 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 2:15—3:45 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Services 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.