4th Annual One Loud Voice:

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Child Abuse Conference

Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino



Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM CDT
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT

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Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino                                
151 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530

Complimentary valet and self parking.

Hotel room rate: $79.00 per night ($98.56 total with tax and resort fee). Check in 4:00 p.m. Check out 11:00 a.m. Belldesk can store a limited amount of luggage.

Group code: S176121

To make a reservation please call 1-800-777-7568 or register online at www.goldennugget.com/Biloxi

Group rate ends: March 13, 2017 or until block is full.

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Rachel Daniels, Director of Program Services           
Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi                 PO Box 5348 Jackson, MS 39296
601-940-6183 rdaniels@mschaptercacs.org


Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) is proud to host the annual One Loud Voice conference that brings together partners from all disciplines who have an interest in the issue of child abuse including those in investigation, assessment, intervention, prosecution, policy-making, and education.  CACM strives to host a conference that is close to home, bringing nationally recognized subject-area experts to Mississippi to provide the most updated practice and research-informed skills to our dedicated professionals.  We want to personally invite you to join us this year for a very impressive conference program and an opportunity to network with other child abuse professionals.  

Overnight Accomodations: Reserve your hotel room for $79.00 per night at the Golden Nugget Biloxi by March 13, 2017.

Conference Registration: Early bird registration of $125.00 ends March 3, 2017. After March 3, conference registration will increase to $140.00. The registration fee includes access to all sessions, lunch on April 5, 2017, and refreshments and coffee.  Group registration is unavailable. The last day to register for the conference is March 31, 2017.  

Conference Updates: Like and follow our One Loud Voice conference Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/OneLoudVoiceConference6183/ for conference updates.

Continuing Education: Continuing education credits for social workers, attorneys, guardian ad litems, law enforcement officers, and mental health providers have been approved.

Social: Conference participants, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors are invited to our MDT social at the Golden Nugget's H2O pool on April 4, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Payment: Payment is accepted by check and Paypal/credit card.  For purchase order options, please contact lwann@mschaptercacs.org.

Conference Keynote Presenters:

Tim Clue - Opening Keynote Speaker

 Laura van Dernoot Lipsky - Luncheon Keynote Speaker 


Conference Agenda- April 5, 2017

begins at 7:00 a.m.

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Tim Clue - Teamwork, Motivation, and Humor. Tim is a Humorous Motivational Speaker and Team Builder.
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. General Session Andrea Darr and Chad Napier - Handle With Care. This workshop offers innovative best practices for helping to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children’s exposure to trauma and highlights a promising initiative (Handle With Care) between schools, law enforcement and treatment providers.
  • 11:00-12:00 p.m. Break Out Sessions
    • Carrie Paschall and Kristen Howell- Abusive Minds Think Alike: Disturbing Similarities Between Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. This presentation will discuss basic dynamics of child sexual abuse and will correlate the similarities in characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patterns, victim grooming recantation, and compliant victim characteristics to those that also exist in domestic violence.
    • Paul Vanaman and Danielle Buckley- Human Trafficking: Terms, Phrases, and Identifiers. This presentation will discuss missing and exploited children involved in the commercial sex trade.
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m Luncheon Lunch provided
  • 12:30-1:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Laura van Dernoot Lipsey- Transforming Trauma- How to Do This Work and Sustain. Laura will discuss the cumulative toll of this work on professionals responding to child abuse. 
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. Break Out Sessions
    • Tracy Malone- Introduction to the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services. This workshop will provide an overview of the new state agency, Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services.
    • Brian Holmgrem- Making the Case Before You Go To Court- Critical Issues in the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Homicide and Serious Physical Abuse Cases. This presentation will focus on the requirements for successful investigation and prosecution of child homicide and serious physical abuse cases, specifically those resulting from abusive head trauma including shaken baby syndrome, blunt force abdominal trauma, burns and neglect.
    • Laura van Dernoot Lipsey- Transforming Trauma Part 2. Laura will continue her keynote presentation and discuss the specific manifestations of cumulative toll and concrete strategies for creating sustainability for oneself individually.
  • 3:30-4:30 General Session
    Brian Holmgrem- If David Letterman Were Your DA- The Top Ten Things Your Prosecutor Needs To Prove Your Child Sexual Abuse Case. This presentation is designed for prosecutors, juvenile attorneys, law enforcement and CPS workers handling child abuse investigations. This interactive presentation will focus on the key aspects of corroboration of the child’s account needed to substantiate a case in court from a prosecutor’s perspective.

Conference Agenda- April 6, 2017

begins at 7:00 a.m.

  • 8:30-9:45 a.m. General Session
    Lisa Fontes- Working Positively with Culturally Diverse Families on Issues of Physical Abuse & Discipline.  This workshop explores the delicate and controversial line between corporal punishment and physical abuse and how ethnic culture influence our work on these issues.
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m. Break Out Sessions
    • Michelle Boucher- Children and Domestic Violence: The Biological, Emotional, Social, and Developmental Effects of Witnessing Abuse. This session will discuss the effects of witnessing domestic violence and factors that promote resiliency.
    • Rita Farrell- ChildFirst Extended: Overview. This session is designed for forensic interviewers, CPS workers, law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and judges who routinely view forensic interviews. This session will discuss the various options for interviewing and assessment for alleged child victims who may be reluctant to talk about their experiences due to motivational, developmental, or cognitive-emotional factors.
    • Kathleen Faller- Allegations of Child Maltreatment in Divorce. Allegations of sexual abuse, and sometimes physical abuse and domestic violence, arising in divorce, visitation, and custody cases are often hotly contested. Recent relevant research, practice writings, and opinions regarding these allegations will be presented.
  • 11:15-12:15 p.m. Break Out Sessions
    • Paula Broome- Domestic Violence: Criminal and Civil Laws. This workshop will provide an overview of criminal laws pertaining to domestic violence in Mississippi and how these laws apply to children who are either victims of domestic violence or perpetrators of domestic violence.
    • Dan Steele- Pimp Hunting 101. This workshop will discuss various techniques for investigating traffickers, from basic operational aspects to fully corroborating victim statements through tangential evidence and interviews.
    • Rita Farrell- Use of Anatomical Diagrams. This presentation is designed for forensic interviewers, CPS workers, law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and judges who routinely view forensic interviews. The research for utilizing anatomical diagrams and other emerging issues in the field of forensic interviewing will be discussed.
  • 12:15-1:45 Lunch on your Own
  • 1:45-2:45 Break Out Sessions
    • Lisa Fontes- Statutory Rape: Lust & the Law in the Multicultural United States. This workshop will discuss the complex problem of statutory rape: emotional dynamics, exploitation, legal consequences, and the acceptance by some cultures.
    • Justice Randy Pierce and David Calder- Understanding the Roles of County Court and Chancery Court Involving Child Abuse Cases. This workshop will provide an overview of the similarities and differences of county court and chancery court as it relates to child abuse cases, highlight youth court rules, and discuss the roles of guardian ad litems.
    • Kathleen Faller- Language Considerations in Child Sexual Abuse: Asking Appropriate Questions.   Based upon existing research and best practice, this workshop will present a continuum of questions from most open-ended to more close-ended and describe controversies regarding language in interviews.
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. General Session
    Lisa Fontes- Ethical Cross-Cultural Interviews: Meeting Clients Where They Are. This workshop provides concrete examples and advice for conducting ethical interviews in ways that welcome diverse families, and elicit the most accurate information possible.
Key Sponsors 

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 Administrative Office of Courts     




Mississippi College School of Law, Family & Children's Law Center, Mississippi College Continuing Legal Education