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Episode 12: Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy
In this Bell Work Talks, Alicia Porter and Dr. Angelia Trujillo discuss the development of the Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy and its role in training health care providers in the provision of services to victims of violence.
Dr. Trujillo is an Nurse Practitioner, and an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Alicia Porter is an attorney who works in family law, child protection and with vulnerable adults. She is currently taking a graduate class at UAA in public health.
Episode 11: Infant & Child Death Review
Dr. Tabor will discuss ways in which nurses can become involved in infant and child death investigations, an overview of the infant and child multidisciplinary team process and examples of the work that has been accomplished; as well as valuable resources.
Dr. Tabor holds a DNP in forensic practice, is a Board-Certified Advance Forensic Nurse and holds an RN license. She served two terms on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Nurses and earned the Distinguished Fellow recognition. Dr Tabor lectures at the state, national and international level; and serves the Department of Defense in military trials. She served as the inaugural director for two programs: Arkansas Infant & Child Death Review Program and the first hospital-based sexual assault unit in Arkansas. She has testified before the legislature on numerous occasions and has been invited to the Pentagon to consult.
American Association of Medicolegal Death Investigators at https://www.abmdi.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Guidelines available at https://www.cdc.gov/sids/index.htm
International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners at Https://www.theiacme.com
National Association of Medical Examiners at https://www.thename.org
National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention at https://ncfrp.org
US Department of Justice Death Investigation: A guide for the Scene Investigator at https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/234457.pdf
Episode 10: Behind the Cloak of Darkness: The Impact of Porn
This presentation will examine the influence of pornography on the neurobiology of the developing and already developed brain. It will seek to articulate that excessive porn use impacts an individual’s sexuality and body image taking into consideration that the onslaught of hardcore images shape and inform ones’ sexual identity and practice.
One major question often asked about porn is whether there is a correlation of causation between porn and interpersonal violence. There are over 100 studies showing that pornography use is both correlated with and is the cause (shown through experimental studies) of a wide range of violent behaviors. Over 50 studies show a strong connection between pornography and sexual violence.
The presenter will specifically focus on aspects of pornography that may lead to victimization such as the mainstreaming and national increase of choking and strangulation, BDSM (but without the typical and learned BDSM safety precautions), revenge porn, child rape/torture and sex trafficking. We will also explore how sex industry workers experience the porn industry while uncovering some of the attitudes of producers.
This presentation will be beneficial to any professional working to understand and change the culture regarding interpersonal violence in any form. There will also be discussions on possible solutions, promising practices and methodologies that can be utilized to begin the shift from a toxic sexual landscape to a possible healthy sexual reality. This presentation will include exploring the impact porn is having on the criminal justice system while exploring new tools of investigation which may assist in a more successful prosecution.
Myra Strand, MA, CA, is the Chief Servant Leader and sole owner of Strand² Squared LLC where she provides training and education, both in person and through the online academy and consultation and agency support services.
Myra began working with people who have trauma in 1995. She has experience with youth with complex trauma and serious mental illness, people with developmental disabilities, youth in competing war zones, county inmates, in the area of death notification and with victims of all crime types.
In her previous position as CEO at Victim Witness Services (VWS) for Coconino County, Under her lead, she more than doubled- nearly tripled– the operating budget, she tripled the number of victims served during immediate crisis, she increased services to rural areas of the county and opened two satellite offices and establishing funds for “pop-up services”. She added new services including counseling, trauma sensitive yoga, emergency financial assistance, and a K-9 advocacy program. In 2013, when she started, there were nine staff members, when she left in 2018 there were nearly 30 people on payroll.
Myra has had success in improving the systems response. She co-founded the County Domestic Violence fatality review board. She assisted in the process that lead to DV risk assessments being used by local law enforcement and by the hospital, she assisted in establishing strangulation exams in her area.
For over a decade, Myra was faculty member at Northern Arizona University, and Coconino Community College. She taught issues of sexuality and violence. She has also taught social justice classes in the Coconino County Detention Center working with men on issues of violence and healing. Myra is certified as a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist: Advanced.
Episode 9: Men Too: Considerations of the Male Victim
In this Bell Work Talks, Senior Specialist Agent (Retired) Russell W. Strand discusses that contrary to popular belief, sexual assaults committed against males are not an uncommon occurrence.
In fact, in the military, more victims of sexual violence are male. In civilian world, 1 in 6 boys and men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. 1 in 6 is a significant number. And we need shift our movement to include and to address these complicated needs as male victimization can and does have a profound effect, not only on the victim but on their friends, their families and the people with whom they share love.
Senior Special Agent (Retired) Russell W. Strand, is a co-founder & creative visionary for Strand Squared LLC. As a consultant, educator and trainer, he provides consultation, systems auditing, training, education and assistance to agencies and service providers around the world.
As a career law enforcement professional, trainer, educator, writer, and consultant, Russ has distinguished himself as an integral member of the criminal justice community.
He began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a military police officer, and then worked as a military police investigator until retiring 22 years later as a senior special agent in the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command. After his first retirement, Russ appointed the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division where he worked for 20 years before retiring in 2016.
Russ is widely recognized for his contributions to the field. He was selected to receive the 2012 End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award in recognition of his impact, vision and leadership in ending violence against women around the world. He was selected by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Congressionally mandated Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault as a member of the Comparative Systems Subcommittee.
Russ was inducted into the United States Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame.
Russ is unconditionally dedicated to continue his work to build a world that doesn’t currently exist. A world in which every victim of abuse and trauma has confidence in reporting their experience and has a genuine voice that is truly heard. A world in which all professionals responding to trauma and abuse are properly educated and feel confident in all they do. And a world in which we significantly reduce or eliminate all forms of criminal violence and abuse.
Episode 8: The Link between Animal Abuse and Family Violence
In this Bell Work Talks, Link expert and former prosecuting attorney Allie Phillips discusses how animal abuse is linked to domestic violence, child abuse and other violent crimes. Allie shares how pets are targeted by abusers to gain silence and compliance of victims, how witnessing animal abuse can impact children and may lead to violent behavior, what the research tells us about this Link, and what medical professionals can do to help.
Allie Phillips is the Founder & CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together, the first and only global initiative helping domestic violence shelters to create on-site pet housing. She is a former prosecuting attorney who worked at the National District Attorneys Associations as the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Deputy Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. She has been educating criminal justice and medical professionals on animal abuse, family violence and how they link since 1997. She is a published animal protection author, travels worldwide to educate on animal abuse and family violence, and volunteers extensively to help animals and vulnerable victims.
SAF-T Start-up Manual: https://saftprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SAF-T-Start-Up-Manual-2015.pdf?x79819
Episode 7: Special Considerations of Loss by Homicide
In this Bell Work Talks, Dr. Rheingold discusses the unique consequences of losing a loved one to homicide. She describes the grief course of traumatic loss and potential mental health outcomes associated with loss by homicide. Dr. Rheingold shares her thoughts on approaches that may assist traumatically bereaved manage their loss and find life with new meaning and purpose.
Dr. Alyssa A. Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the Associate Director of Administration and Director of Clinical Operations at the NCVC. In addition, Dr. Rheingold is the Co-Director of the Preparedness, Response & Recovery Division of the National Mass Violence Resource Center. Her expertise includes evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues, grief and loss, and traumatic loss by homicide. Dr. Rheingold is the PI of several federally funded service grants to improve resources for survivors of homicide, domestic violence victims, and underserved victims of crime She was the Co-PI on an OVC AEAP grant to provide ongoing resiliency and recovery services for those impacted by the Charleston Emanuel AME Church shooting and is the PI on an OVC funded grant to develop community response to intra-familial homicide. Dr. Rheingold has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of trauma, bereavement, and victimization. She has provided a number of trainings including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Loss by Homicide, GRIEF Approach, Traumatic Grief, Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence, Stress Management, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.
Homicide Fact Sheet by the Office of Victims of Crime
Homicide Co-Victimization by the Center for Victim Research
National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center http://www.nmvvrc.org/
Death notification online training resource developed by FBI and Penn State