Friday, May 31, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM EDT
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Abington Jefferson Health 
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA 19001

Parking in Zipley Garage (Enter from Old York Rd via Keith Rd).  Tickets will be validated.
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Debbie Nugent, MS, RN, SANE Coordinator 
Network of Victim Assistance
215-343-6543 Ext 105


Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Forensic Nursing Conference

Friday, May 31, 2019 

Hosted by:
Abington - Jefferson Health FNE Team and Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)
    Registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Topics and Speakers:
  • Strangulation Cases and Making Good Use of Expert TestimonyWilliam Smock, MD will provide an overview of the dynamics of strangulation, including discussion on subtle signs and symptoms, assessing for internal injuries, radiology studies, documentation, evidence collection and considerations for court testimony. 
  • Victimology: Dr. Theresa Fay-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.
  • Intimate Partner Violence's (IPV) Overlooked Damage: Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Ashley Bridwell, LMSW will talk about the often overlooked and under-reported issues surrounding TBI in survivors of IPV. The presenter will also share the multidisciplinary approach used to assist survivors to manage life with a brain injury.
  • 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.
  • Two Roads in the Distance...One Path Towards a Solution: In 2005, in response to the increased number of juveniles being treated at Temple University Hospital for gunshot injuries,  Dr.Amy Goldberg, enlisted Scott Charles, MAPP to help create a hospital-based violence prevention effort. The following year, they launched the award-winning Cradle to Grave Program, which educates participants about the physical, emotional and social consequences of gun violence. Since then, they have co-created a series of community-centered gun injury prevention initiatives that they will discuss during their presentation. 

Options for Breakout Sessions:

  • Risks and Resilience: Youth with Problematic and Illegal Sexualized BehaviorKelly Hagenbaugh, MSW, LSW and Jaime Osborn, MS, NOVA Counselors, will discuss this research-based treatment program that targets a population of youth, ages 7-14, who previously were treated as offenders, lacked accessible services for support and would otherwise have gone un-served. 
  • Healing Through the Alphabet: Providing Trauma - Informed Care for LGBTQ+ Sexual Assault SurvivorsTiffini Lanza, LCSW, M.Ed. and Dr. Autumn Dae Miller stated that "Understanding how to support marginalized communities is vital for professional success and to decrease re-traumatization". This presentation will focus on an understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, their lived experiences around trauma, and strategies for best practices during a medical-forensic exam.
*8 CEUs have been approved for Registered Nurses and Social Workers. 

COST and PAYMENT: $60.00 (includes breakfast and lunch)
    Payment may be made using check or credit card
    No refund for cancellations
    Registration may be completed online
    Fax registration to NOVA: 215-343-6260 OR Mail checks to: Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), 2370 York Road, Building B1, Jamison, PA 18929.
    **Please note on your check that payment is for forensic conference. 

    The conference organizers reserve the right to alter or modify the advertised topics and speakers if needed.

Hotels within 5 miles of the conference venue:

Fairfield Inn and Suites

Hampton Inn