Overview & Purpose
The Blank Children's STAR Center seeks to improve outcomes for
child victims of abuse by providing free educational opportunities for members
of our professional community. The purpose of the Workshop Series is to impact
the systemic coordination of services for children and families through
increased professional knowledge and skills surrounding developmentally
appropriate, child-focused interventions.
The Workshop Series is intended for professionals involved in the
child protection field including: Department of Human Service professionals,
law enforcement, attorneys, victim advocates, medical and mental health
providers, family service professionals, nurses, foster parents, and
The Workshop Series will be held at the Kelley Conference Room and
Virginia Thompson Auditorium in the Education and Research Center on the Iowa
Methodist/Blank Children's campus. Park in the south end of the parking ramp
and take the southeast elevators to Floor 1.
Understanding Post-Separation Needs of Abused Women
& Their Children
Presented by: Lundy Bancroft, Author & Consultant,
the range of ways in which battering men cause danger and psychological harm in
danger signs to avoid the most serious intervention errors.
current professional practices for their strengths and weaknesses in assisting
families affected by the conduct of a batterer.
Design best-practice interventions for all family members
**A special thanks to Orchard Place Child Guidance Center for
helping sponsor this workshop**
Tuesday, April 23rd
& Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of His Childhood Sexual Abuse
by: Kevin Mulcahy, JD, Assistant US Attorney in Detroit, Michigan
the challenges victims of childhood sexual abuse face.
one case study to learn effective techniques in communicating with victims.
common questions victims of childhood sexual abuse but are often unable, or
unwilling to ask. _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Wednesday, May 1
Growing up with Substance Abuse
Presented by: Mary Ellen Stockett, M.D., The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
the range of problems associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
the developmental consequences of prenatal exposure to illicit drugs.
assessment and treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome (drug withdrawal).
the hazards related to parental abuse of illicit substances and the relation to
Thursday, May 23rd
Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities
Presented by: Scott Modell, Ph.D., MCG Consulting, Nashville, Tennessee
Describe the unique characteristics of children with intellectual, physical, and communication disabilities that increase risk of abuse.
Demonstrate an understanding of verbal communication in the context of communicating with and interviewing children with disabilities.
Recall specific interview techniques for use in the investigative and legal environments to optimize communication with children with disabilities.
specific interviewing skills to effectively interview child victims with disabilities.
Workshop Series Schedule
Please choose a
morning OR afternoon session as the information is
repeated. Please see the Blank Children's STAR Center
2019 Workshop Series flier for schedule information.
Iowa Board of Social Work
Examiners, Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and Iowa Board of
March 26 & May 23: Designed to meet the criteria for 3 CEU credit
April 23: Designed to meet the criteria for 2 CEU credit hours
May 1: Designed to meet the criteria for 3 CEU credit hours
Board of Nursing Provider #31, UnityPoint—Des Moines:
March 26 & May 23: Awards 3 contact hours for full attendance
April 23 Morning Session: Awards 2.5 contact hours for full attendance
April 23 Afternoon Session: Awards 2 contact hours for full attendance
May 1: Awards 3 contact hours for full attendance
Board of for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers:
March 26 & May 23: 3 CEU hours of Victim and/or Treatment Related
April 23: 2 CEU hours of Victim and/or Treatment Related
May 1: 3 CEU hours of Treatment Related
Board of Certification:
March 26 & May 23: 3 CEU credit hours—Special Populations
April 23: 3 CEU credit hours—Special Populations
May 1: 3 CEU credit hours-Alcohol & Drug Specific
Legal Education (CLE) Credit:
March 26 & May 23: 3 CLE credit hours
April 23: 2 CLE credit hours
May 1: 3 CLE credit hours
For more information, contact
Sundi Smith, Blank Children's STAR Center at 515-241-4233 or email at Sundi.Smith@UnityPoint.org.
To see the workshop flier, please