Protecting Our Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Child Sexual Abuse Investigation
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Protecting Our Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

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Protecting Our Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

Co-sponsored by the Vincent J. Fontana Center of New York Foundling

NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children-New York Inc.

The mission of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children-New York Inc. (APSAC-NY) is to improve New York State’s response to the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Its membership is multidisciplinary consisting of professionals and leaders in the field of child maltreatment in New York State. The New York State Chapter of APSAC provides opportunities for professionals in New York to meet, share ideas and experiences, develop strategies for improving professional services to clients, influence public policy, and educate the public, other professionals, and policy makers about child maltreatment.


Morning Workshops: (Choose One)

A: The Medical Evaluation of Suspected Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Role of the Medical Provider. Workshop leader: Jamie Hoffman –Rosenfeld, MD

The workshop will address the role of the medical provider as a member of the multidisciplinary child abuse team. The workshop participants will understand the epidemiology of child sexual abuse including the variety of presentations, the approach to the history and physical evaluation, the interpretation of physical findings and sexually transmitted infections and the role of the medical provider in court.

B: The Mental Health Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Role of the Mental Health Provider Workshop Leader: Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.

In this workshop we will be discussing screening, assessment and treatment issues presented in the common case that each workshop will be using. Topics we will be covering include initial screening for mental health and trauma issues, more detailed and comprehensive assessment considerations, and treatment options with evidence-based and effective methods to address trauma and mental health issues. Of particular concern will be consideration of the difference between forensic interviewing and mental health treatment. The workshop will encourage discussion among the participants.

C: The Forensic Interview of Suspected Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Role of the Forensic Evaluator. Workshop Leader: Anne H. Meltzer, Psy.D.

This workshop will focus primarily on how to conduct a forensically sound interview of alleged child sexual abuse victims. Specific issues that will be addressed include: the use of protocols/guidelines; videotaping; the use of anatomical dolls and other aids; cultural competence; report writing; and the differing roles of various professionals involved in the process. The other areas that will be addressed are how to prepare for expert testimony and avoiding pitfalls while testifying.

D: The Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Workings of the Legal System. Workshop Leader: Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.

This program, presented by a defense attorney (and former prosecutor), will acquaint law enforcement, prosecutors, medical practitioners, mental health practitioners, child protection caseworkers and victim assistance agency personnel with the intimate workings of the prosecution and defense case, investigative techniques, pretrial motion practice and discovery, examinations before trial, jury selection, defense trial strategy, demonstrative evidence, trial exhibits, cross examination techniques, and courtroom psychology. By having a broad overview of both pretrial and trial procedures, and how the defense will approach its preparation during each phase of the litigation, the expert and lay (fact) witness will be better prepared in understanding its individual role in the proceedings, and better prepared to maximize its participation in the overall litigation.


Jamie Hoffman-Rosenfeld, MD, FAAP

Medical Director, Queens Child Advocacy Center

Chief, Section of Child Advocacy and Protection

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Family Development

Director, Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute

Anne Meltzer, Psy.D.

Forensic Psychologist, Private Practice

Expert Witness for Family and Criminal Courts in NYC, LI, and the Mid and Lower Hudson Valley

Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.

Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs.

Fellow, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers


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Protecting Our Children: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

December 6, 2016

NYU Langone Medical Center

550 First Avenue, Smilov Building

(Smilov seminar room)

Between 30th and 32nd Streets

Check the morning workshop you will attend:

Morning Workshops

___A. The Medical Evaluation of Suspected Child Sexual Abuse

___B. The Mental Health Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse _

___C. The Forensic Interview of Suspected Child Sexual Abuse

___D. The Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Child Sexual Abuse

Registration is limited and is on a first serve basis.

Conference fee: $35 for non APSAC members (if you become a National APSAC member the registration fee is waved. See attached membership application form);

$15 fee for APSAC-NY members (see attached membership application form)

There is no registration fee for national APSAC members.

Payment Online

Payment by check: make out the check to:

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children-New York Inc. (APSAC-NY Inc).

If paying by check, mail the registration form and check to:

Violeta Mendoza-Rhambas

New York Foundling

590 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10011

Phone 212 206 4131

Violeta.mendoza-rhamdas@nyfoundling.org

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