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April 9-12, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis - Chesterfield
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

The  Midwest  Justice  for  Children  Conference  began  in  an  effort  to  provide  quality  training,  at  an  affordable  price,  to  other  Child  Advocacy  Center  staff,  members  of  the  Multi-Disciplinary  Team  including  members  law  enforcement,  juvenile  justice  workers,  mental  health  therapists,  Children's  Division  workers,  Prosecuting  Attorney's,  child  and  family  advocacy  workers,  school  counselors,  forensic  interviewers,  and  other  professionals  working in the  field of human  services.

Each year the conference has grown as we continue to provide speakers and topics relevant to the work we do each day to advocate for children and families. We are pleased you have chosen to attend and be a part of our conference this year.

Who Should Attend?

• Educators: Teachers, Admins., Counselors
• Medical & Mental Health Professionals: Therapists, Pediatricians
• MDT Members: Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Advocates, Forensic Interviewers, Child Protective Services
• Caregivers/Parents/Foster Parents
• Youth Serving Organizations


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis - Chesterfield
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

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Pre-Conference Workshop
April 9, 2019

Includes 1-day of conference speakers,
lunch, and snacks.

1-Day Registration
April 10-12, 2019

Includes 1-day of conference speakers,
lunch, and snacks.

Conference Registration
April 10-12, 2019

$210 (Early Bird ends 2/1/19)
Includes 3-days of conference speakers,
lunch, snacks, and breakfast on the last day.

Schedule & Speakers

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am

Session 1 9:00 - 11:30 am
“Anti Trafficking Enforcement Unit”
Keaton Strong - Investigator

Lunch 11:30 - 12:15 pm

Session 2 12:30 - 2:00 pm
“Trafficking 101: A View from the Victims Perspective”
Jessica Wilkins - Covering House

Session 2 12:30 - 2:00 pm
“Combating Human Trafficking in Hotels”
Kimberly Ritter - Exchange Initiative Nix Association

Session 3 2:30 - 4:00 pm
“Roundtable on Trauma Bonding and Sex Trafficking”
Moderated by Prosecuting Attorney, Jillian Anderson
Sgt. Adam Kavanaugh, ICAC and Jessica Wilkins, Covering House

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Registration 7:30 - 8:00 am

Welcome & Awards 8:00 - 8:30 am

Keynote 8:30 - 10:00 am
“The Power of Positive Leadership”
Jon Gordon

Session 1 10:15 - 11:45 am
“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Presenting Evidence in the Forensic Interview”
Rachel Happel

“Predators in Schools: Thoughts on Prevention from an Offender”
John Pirics

“Compliant Victim”
Kristen Howell
Lunch 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Session 2 1:00 - 2:30 pm
“Deception Detection: Is is Possible to Tell When a Child is Lying?”
Dr. Atzemis

“Introduction to Ethics for Children’s Services”
Dr. Michael Meehan

“Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma”
Darren Ivey
Session 3 2:45 - 4:15 pm
“Knock and Talk Investigation: Maximum Results Minimum Manpower”
John Pirics

“Social Media Ethics for Social Services”
Dr. Michael Meehan

“Chaotic Families ad Trauma: A Guide for Therapist”
Suzy Gange

Continuing Education


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2019 Sponsors




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Vendor Participants

Grant Funding

Missouri Task Force on Children's Justice