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Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions Training 2019

Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center is currently accepting applications for our upcoming Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions Training. 

Dates:                   February 26-28, 2019 (3 days)


Location:             DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232


Trainers:              Justin Fitzsimmons, J.D.,  SEARCH

Antoinette Laskey, M.D., Center for Safe and Healthy Families, University of Utah

Mark Hudson, M.D., Midwest Children’s Resource Center and Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center

Suzanne Starling, M.D., Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego


The Court Preparation for the Medical & Legal Professions Training is designed to build the knowledge and skills of medical providers and prosecutors who respond to, treat and investigate the physical and sexual abuse of children. The training addresses the respective roles of medical providers and prosecutors with regard to evidence collection and prepares each to elicit and provide unbiased, expert testimony in subsequent criminal court proceedings.


Learning Objectives


As a result of this healthcare participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a diagnostic approach to the medical management of the potentially abused child
  2. Effectively communicate with non-healthcare community professional partners like child protection services, law enforcement and lawyers
  3. Understand the scope of their practice and be able to communicate effectively in a legal setting regarding their training, experience and clinical decision-making in cases of suspected abuse


Legal professionals will be able to:

  1. Understand medical consultant reports about victims of child maltreatment
  2. Develop a strategy for effectively presenting medical expert witness testimony
  3. Be familiar with common defense theories regarding different forms of child maltreatment


Training Participants:  This training is limited to sixteen, two-member teams (or a total of 32 participants) that include the following:


  • One healthcare provider (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, sexual assault nurse examiner or physician assistants) who provides medical evaluations for suspected victims of child abuse; this training is not designed for nurses or other healthcare providers whose role is to assist the examiner; and
  • One prosecutor or child protection attorney handling criminal cases of child abuse.


Priority will be given to applications representing both the healthcare provider and the prosecutor from the same multi-disciplinary team (MDT); however, as space permits, individual MDT members who fulfill these roles may also attend the training.


Training Fees:  There is no fee to attend this training.  WRCAC will provide three nights of lodging at the DoubleTree for each participant.  Airfare, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.


Continuing Education Credits.  WRCAC is in the process of securing continuing education credits for both medical and legal professionals.

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