Blank Children's STAR Center 2018 Workshop Series

Blank Children's STAR Center 2018 Workshop Series

Date & Time Location Registration
6/26/2018 - 8:00 AM Virginia Thompson Auditorium Registration Full
6/26/2018 - 12:30 PM Virginia Thompson Auditorium Registration Full

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Series 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.

Intended Audience

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 school-based professionals.


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 Level G.

2018 Workshops

Thursday, March 27
Sibling Sexual Abuse
Presented by: Dr. Jacqueline Page, PsyD

Course Objectives:

  • Define sibling sexual abuse

  • Discuss current statistics of sibling sexual abuse

  • Describe perspectives and treatments for the child who has problematic sexualized behaviors and the child victims. 

  • Discuss removal of the abusive sibling and reconciliation and reunification of the child after treatment


Wednesday, April 24

Case Study

Presented by: Detective Suzy Owens and Administrative  Advisor Mary Howell Sirna

Course Objectives:

  • Illustrate the different ways the sexual predator manipulated his roles as a trusted community member to gain access to victims

  • Reconstruct the ways a multi-disciplinary team approach assists investigations and prosecutions 
  • Breakdown the techniques utilized in the investigation
  • Discuss the application of investigative techniques to other complex, multi-victim cases


Wednesday, May 16
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Presented by: Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb

Course Objectives:

  • Identify recommendations for administrative training to prepare, insulate, protect, and treat the expected exposure to trauma

  • Summarize the history of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Determine the impact of the history of PTSD on management in the modern day professions

  • describe the stress that impacts helping professionals on a daily basis 

**A special thanks to Orchard Place Child Guidance Center for helping sponsor this workshop**


    Tuesday, June 26
    Sex Offenders: What Judges, Lawyers, Investigators and Child Advocates Should Know. Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters
    Presented by: Cory Jewell Jensen

    Course Objectives:

    • Outline undetected offenses occurring in our communities

    • Identify the true rate of false allegations

    • recognize strategies offenders report using to target, seduce and exploit children and adults

    • carry out detection and reporting of sexual abuse concerns

    **A special thanks to Orchard Place Child Guidance Center for helping sponsor this workshop**

    Workshop Series Schedule

    Please choose a morning OR afternoon session as the information is repeated.

     Morning Session


    Afternoon Session 


     8 - 8:30 a.m.


     12:30 - 1 p.m. 


     8:30 - 10 a.m.


     1 - 2:30 p.m. 


     10 - 10:15 a.m. 


     2:30 - 2:45 p.m. 


     10:15 - 11:45 a.m.


     2:45 - 4:15 p.m.  


     11:45-11:50 a.m.


     4:15-4:20 p.m.


    CEU Information

    Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers:
         March 27: 3 credit hours of Sex Offender specific training
         April 24: 3 credit hours of Sex Offender specific training 
         May 163 credit hours of Treatment related training

         June 26: 3 credit hours of Sexual Offender specific training

    Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners: Designed to meet the criteria for  3 CEU credit hours

    Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners: Designed to meet the criteria for 3 CEU credit hours

    Iowa Board of Psychology ExaminersDesigned to meet the criteria for 3 CEU credit hours

    Iowa Board of Certification:
         March 27: Category A: Special Populations
         April 24: Category A: Special Populations
         May 16: Category A: Special Populations
         June 26: Category A: Special Populations

    Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31-UPHDM: Awards 3 contact hours for full attendance

    Foster Parent Training 

    Continue Legal Education (CLE) Credit: 3 CLE credit hours


    For more information, contact Sundi Smith, Blank Children's STAR Center at 515-241-4233 or email at

    To see the workshop flyer, please click here.