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Child Abuse Medical Examiner Training

November 2, 2022

Event canceled 

November 2, 2022, 8am-5pm

University of Oklahoma, Tulsa: 4502 E 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135

Learning Center, Room 224

Registration: $30

8 hours CME pending approval

CEUs available for LCSW & LPC

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Lecturers and workshop descriptions:

Matthew Stillwell is the Administrator for Oklahoma’s Statewide computerized Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System designed to track all sexual assault kits used to collect evidence of sexual assault. Mr. Stillwell previous served as a commissioned peace officer and Criminalist with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for 25 years, where he retired as the Bureau’s Toxicology technical manager. A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Stillwell received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his graduate degrees in Forensic Toxicology and Criminal Justice from the University of Florida and University of Central Oklahoma, respectively.

Workshop Description: This one and a half-hour workshop will provide an overview of Oklahoma’s Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System. The tracking system offers sexual assault survivors with the ability to anonymously track the location and status of their Sexual Assault Kit. You will be introduced to the laws requiring the use of the tracking system, the role of the medical provider and some of the statistics collected over the past two years.

Maria Rosales-Lambert is currently the Program Director and Bi-lingual Forensic Interviewer where she provides forensic interviews, trainings, case consultation, support and peer review to other interviewers and expert testimony in the state of Oklahoma.  She has conducted thousands of forensic interviews of child victims and witness, and trained hundreds of professionals working child maltreatment cases in Oklahoma, Canada, Guatemala and nationally. She previously worked as a police officer and as an immigration accredited representative.

Workshop description: When children are willing to disclose their experiences to others, it may have an enormous impact on their life.  The act of disclosing, after a traumatic experience, whether it was recent or in the past, can often re-traumatize the child.  Historically, it is known children delay in disclosing abuse; therefore; when interviewing children about their maltreatment it is so important that we do it in a matter that is not leading, suggestive, coercive or reparative. The forensic interview process was developed to assist professionals to interview children using appropriate techniques to gather as much information as possible about the maltreatment and minimize the number of times children have to tell their story; thus, minimizing additionally trauma. Participants will learn the history of multidisciplinary teams and child advocacy centers, and how medical professionals fit into the MDT.  Participants will also learn about forensic interviews and the process. Participants will understand the process of disclosure and factors that impact disclosure.

Mary Ellen Stockett, MD, a Child Abuse Pediatrician and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Stockett is board-certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has 20 years of experience in teaching and providing clinical services to maltreated children in Florida and now in Oklahoma.

Mary K. Twis, PhD, LMSW-AP is an Assistant Professor and the MSW Program Director in the TCU Department of Social Work. She has over 15 years of experience working as a case manager and social worker within NGOs and healthcare systems. Her research focuses on preventing and intervening in domestic minor sex trafficking.

Workshop description: In this workshop, participants will learn about domestic minor sex trafficking, vulnerabilities and risks for trafficking, and the relational dynamics that often occur between survivors and survivors, survivors and their traffickers, and survivors and healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals will leave the workshop able to describe the health and mental health impacts often experienced by survivors, and with a clear understanding of how to identify, assess, and report suspected sex trafficking.