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Course Descriptions and Objectives – CETV 2020

Opening Featured Presentation

Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A. - Unto the Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse Within 120 Years


In this moving, hopeful address, participants will learn the five obstacles that prevent us from ending child abuse and will learn of sweeping changes now taking place in our child protection system that will enable us to significantly reduce and perhaps eliminate child abuse over the course of the next three generations.  The keynote is based on a scholarly work that was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma and in the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Fall 2006.  


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to articulate five factors that prevent us from significantly reducing the rate of child abuse. 

  • Participants will be able to articulate numerous peer-reviewed approaches to reducing maltreatment including dramatically improving the undergraduate and graduate education of professionals responding to instances of maltreatment. 

  • Participants will be able to articulate concrete resources they can utilize to implement one or more of the recommended reforms in their state or community. 


A1 – Victor Vieth – Juvenile Sex Offenders

In this workshop, students will learn to address juvenile sex offenders at the investigation, prosecution and treatment stages. Analyzing current research and practices; this workshop offers suggestions and guidelines to address the needs of juvenile sex offenders, their victims and society. This workshop also
addresses the differing viewpoints concerning the prosecution and treatment of child sex offenders and seeks to bridge the differences and reach a consensus for dealing with this population.


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will understand the current state of our knowledge in working with children who commit sexual offenses

  •  Participants will learn effective criminal, civil child protection and treatment responses when working with this population

A2 – Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed. – Understanding Sensory Processing and Trauma: Getting Effective Help

If typical behavior interventions don’t work with the children you care about, maybe there’s something physiological happening.  This session will explore Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition often seen in children who have had traumatic experiences. Sensitivities can appear as refusal, defiance, opposition, and anxiety. Learn how to handle the sensitivities with kindness at home and with professional input. 


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify when a child might need evaluation for SPD.

  • Participants will be able to define the disorders, and realize more than one may be in play.

  • Participants will be able to respond to children with SPD and the anxiety that accompanies it.

  • Participants will be able to know how to ask for help.

  • Participants will be able to identify what the help involves. 

A3 – Kristin Meany-Walen, Ph.D. – Rethinking Children’s “Mis”behaviors

In this workshop, we will review the four Goals of Misbehavior according to Dreikurs. Participants will engage in activities to help identify children’s goals, understand what the goals are communicating to others, and effective strategies for responding to children and their behaviors.


Learning Objectives
Following this workshop, participants will be able to

  •  Identify the four goals of misbehavior

  • Identify strategies for addressing the behaviors

  • Identify what children might be communicating through the behaviors

A4 - Sue Klingaman, LCSW, LISW - Risk Factors are not Predictive Factors Because of Protective Factors

Protective factors within Children and Families are a means to reducing the impact of risk factors, trauma, stress and adversity. This workshop will present risk factors and protective factors with an emphasis on protective factors to empower workshop participants with examples of powerful interactions that support the development of protective factors in Children and Families. This workshop is to emphasize Risk Factors are not Predictive Factors because of Protective Factors.


Learning Objections

  • Participants will be able to identify risk factors and protective factors within Children and Families

  • Participants will learn the ease in developing protective factors over mitigation of risk factors and/or trauma

  • Participants will be able to identify how protective factors can increase resilience in Children and Families

  •  Participants will leave workshop empowered to engage with Children and Families in Powerful Everyday Interactions

P1 - Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A. - Through the Eyes of Mickey Mantle: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Boys

In this workshop, attendees will receive an overview of the impact on trauma on children with a special focus on how sexual abuse, physical abuse and other forms of trauma impact boys. Research suggests boys who have endured trauma are more reluctant to disclose abuse and, when they do, less likely to
receive services. In light of these dynamics, the workshop offers suggestions for improved medical and mental health services for boys, as well as suggestions for forensic interviewers and investigators responding to cases of abuse or neglect involving boys.


Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to articulate factors identified by researchers that make boys particularly reluctant to disclose child abuse and neglect.

  • Students will be able to articulate concrete steps for more sensitive responses to male victims during forensic interviews, police or child protection investigations, as well as medical and mental health screenings.

P2 - Julian Vandervelde - Responding to Bullying: Being the Bigger Man

Bullying takes many forms and is present at all levels of life. Growing up, the speaker was often told to "be the bigger man and just walk away" But experience taught him that sometimes being the bigger man can mean different things in response to bullying. This session will look at various methods used to mitigate bullying, specifically, alternatives to “ignoring” bullies and discussing the responsibilities of those capable of defending those that are incapable of defending themselves.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will have a better understanding of the definition of bullying

  • Participants will understand various methods of managing bullying behavior

  • Participants will have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of bystanders exposed to bullying behavior

P3 - Jennifer Best, M.S. Ed., CFLE, CFCS-HDFS, BCC - Understanding Attachment and Its Relationship to Childhood Trauma

Many researchers believe that early attachment lays the foundation for all of a child’s later relationships. When attachment is disrupted, children often experience a cascade of social-emotional challenges that negatively impact the ability to form and maintain relationships with family, peers, and
teachers. This workshop will discuss the development of normative and non-normative attachment, as well the research that supports our understanding of this development. The types of attachment will be highlighted, along with the consequences of attachment trauma across the lifespan, as well as evidence-based interventions for attachment difficulties.


Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  •  Define attachment

  • Explain the normative and non-normative development of attachment according to Erickson’s Theory of Psychosocial Stages

  • Identify well-known attachment research

  • Describe the four main types of attachment

  • Define attachment trauma

  • Describe the causes and consequences of attachment trauma at various developmental stages

  •  Identify common interventions for attachment difficulties at various developmental stages

P4 - Anne McNelis, LCSW - The Self Resiliency Path: Bouncing Back from Work Adversity and Living Authentically in our Work

Did we ever think entering the field, that our helping profession would be the source of toxic stress and adversity in our daily lives? Budget cuts to programs, employee layoffs, hiring freezes, caseload increases, job duties shifting, ‘doing
more with less’, threats to the agency’s doors closing….did we ever think that the real and existential threats we’d face would not only come from the client situations we’d walk into or the stories we’d be told, but maybe more so from the fiscal threats our own organizations are under? National and state policy changes in recent decades have caused painful trickle-down effects to our
clients’ health, our organizations’ health and our professional health and wellbeing. Many community-based organizations, educational and state-run systems have been in ‘survival mode’ for the last several
years. And, when you’re in survival mode, you are functioning like a person under imminent and unpredictable toxic stress. This experience sets us up to be very vulnerable to the very real possibility of ‘compassion fatigue’ and ‘vicarious or secondary trauma’. In this workshop, we will discuss the need for organizations and individual professionals to acknowledge
the very real threat of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma in our workforce. We will address the signs/symptoms of these phenomenon and move towards an action plan to reduce and prevent it, both
organizationally and individually. Attendees will learn about the concept of ‘Resilience’ and how resiliency development is a form of self-care and living our authentic self. Attendees will leave this workshop with increased knowledge of why resiliency building is critical to our self-preservation in our
respective work fields and how to implement strategies to grow and thrive, personally and professionally.


Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Develop an awareness of how our work transforms us and the impact the helping profession has on our lives.

  • Understand the definitions of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.

  • Identify the signs of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

  • Gain greater knowledge about the construct of resilience and its impact on growing authentically into ourselves and strengthening our self-care.

  • Develop personalized strategies to reduce the risk of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and build a resiliency plan (individually and organizationally).


Closing Featured Presenter

Tina Feigal, M.S. Ed. - Proven Hope for the Traumatized Child using “Present Moment Parenting” as a Coach

This workshop will illustrate the use of the present moment in helping the traumatized child feel seen and heard.  A “physio-relational” model for connecting with the child, understanding the effect of communication on his or her body, and healing the threat of disconnection will be the focus. 


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the physiological effects of communication from parent/caregiver to the traumatized child.

  • Participants will be able to learn that behavior is a readable signal and ways to effectively respond.

  • Participants will be able to understand the effect of coaching parents vs holding parenting classes.

  • Participants will be able to see the results of Present Moment Parenting on traumatized children’s relationships, characteristics, and behavior.


For more information contact:

Brooke Hendrickx


524 15th St.

Moline, IL 61265

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