The Innocent Justice Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute child sexual abuse image crimes.  Innocent Justice is the recipient of an OJJDP Training and Technical Assistance grant award for a project entitled SHIFT:  Supporting Heroes In Foundational mental health Training to serve Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force agents and other professionals exposed to child pornography. The entire program is designed to educate exposed individuals how to prevent trauma, educate mental health professionals how to better serve exposed individuals, conduct best practices and vicarious trauma research and develop agency guidelines to mitigate negative effects of exposure to child sexual abuse images.

Trainings will include:

SHIFT for Individuals Exposed to Child Pornography:  A Workshop for Professionals Exposed to Child Sexual Abuse Images and Pedophiles at Work

Course Description:

This three-hour course team taught by a mental health professional and a law enforcement officer will offer professionals who are exposed to child pornography and who may interact often with pedophiles (Law Enforcement Officers, Forensic Analysts, Prosecutors, etc.) the opportunity to learn about the causes and symptoms vicarious trauma that may occur as a result of their duties. Participants will learn how to develop effective coping strategies to deal with the negative effects of trauma. In addition the exposed individual will be given the tools to help facilitate a supportive work environment for themselves, effectively understand and utilize mental health support, and solicit support through and for their families and their peers.

Training Schedule:

March 22-25, 2010 at the 26th National Symposium on Child Abuse, Huntsville, Alabama.  Speakers are Jane Stevenson, Occupational Health Nurse (mental health professional) and Lt. Joe Laramie, Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children task force Commander (exposed individual).To find out more and register for the conference, click here.

May 11-14, 2010 at the National Internet Crimes Against Children Conference in Jacksonville, Florida (open only to ICAC personnel).  Speakers are Jane Stevenson, Occupational Health Nurse (mental health professional) and Sgt. Chuck Arnold, San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force Commander (exposed individual).

August 9-12, 2010 at the 22nd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas.  Speakers are Jane Stevenson, Occupational Health Nurse (mental health professional) and Michael Sullivan, Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children task force Commander (exposed individual).To find out more and register for the conference, click here.

SHIFT for Mental Health Professionals:  A Workshop for Mental Health Professionals Working with Individuals Exposed to Child Sexual Abuse Images

Course Description:

This four-hour workshop team taught by a mental health professional and a law enforcement officer will offer mental health professionals insight into the challenges faced by professionals exposed to child pornography and other operations involving pedophiles.   The course will cover how to help these professionals avoid vicarious traumatization, burnout and compassion fatigue.  In addition, mental health professionals will learn how to gain the trust of criminal justice professionals, which techniques show promise in reducing the negative effects of exposure, and how they can help individuals build resiliency and balance in this very challenging field.   This course offers not just education, but also tools that the mental health provider can immediately implement to assist frontline heroes in maintaining positive mental health.

Training Schedule:

March 22 from 8 am to 12 pm as a pre-conference workshop at the 26th National Symposium on Child Abuse, Huntsville, Alabama. Speakers are Jane Stevenson, Occupational Health Nurse (mental health professional) and Lt. Joe Laramie, Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children task force Commander (exposed individual). To find out more and register for the pre-conference workshop, click here.

August 9-12, 2010 at the 22nd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas.  There will be no pre-conference workshop – instead, this training will be run twice during the course of the conference.  Speakers are Jane Stevenson, Occupational Health Nurse (mental health professional) and Michael Sullivan, Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children task force Commander (exposed individual). To find out more and register for the conference, click here.

SHIFT Train-the-Trainer:  A Train-the-trainer Workshop for Professionals wishing to Become Team Instructors for  SHIFT Mental Health Programs

Course Description:

This four-hour course is designed for mental health professionals and exposed individuals who have the desire to become team instructors of the basic SHIFT Mental Health Professional (MHP) and Exposed Individual (EI) workshops.  The participants will be given a brief overview of the modules contained in the SHIFT programs with a desired outcome in the delivery of those modules.    In addition, the course will provide the course material required to teach the course, as well as useful tips on how to effectively teach the each audience.  This course requires the following pre-requisites.  Please bring your credentials with you to the training.

  • Mental Heath Providers must have had at least six months experience with law enforcement professionals, prosecutors, judges, probation/parole, or other professions that are exposed to child pornography.
  • Exposed individuals (law enforcement, etc.) should have a minimum of one year of exposure to child sexual abuse images.

All instructors must attend BOTH basic SHIFT courses.

Training Schedule:

March 22 from 1 pm – 5 pm as a pre-conference workshop at the 26th National Symposium on Child Abuse, Huntsville, Alabama.  Speakers are Jane Stevenson, Occupational Health Nurse (mental health professional) and Lt. Joe Laramie, Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children task force Commander (exposed individual). To find out more and register for the pre-conference workshop, click here.

Continuing Education Credit – Huntsville

Continuing education for The 26th National Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse is sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education.   Continuing education credit is offered for the disciplines listed below.  SHIFT Pre-conference offers a total of 4.00 contact hours for each training.  The Symposium offers a total of 15.00 contact hours (6.00 hrs. for March 23;  6.00 hrs. for March 24;  3.00 hrs. For March 25).   Continuing education credit is awarded on a session-by-session basis, with full attendance required at the sessions attended.   There is no processing fee for continuing education credit.  Representatives from The Institute will be on site to accept applications for continuing education credit and to assist conference attendees.  Symposium attendees  who wish to receive continuing education credit MUST  check in at the continuing education desk to make formal application and receive continuing education materials.  Certificates of Attendance will be available at the CEU desk for non-licensed attendees.   For specific questions regarding continuing education availability for your discipline in your state, please call The Institute at: 800-557-1950; FAX: 866-990-1960;   e-mail: instconted@AOL.com.

Psychology:
This activity is co-sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.  The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  The Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  Not all sessions may be approved for psychology credit.

Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider and a co-sponsor of this event.  The Institute for Continuing Education may award NBCC approved clock/contact hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.   NBCC Provider No. 5643.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program.  Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.   ASWB Provider No. 1007.
Alabama:  Provider No. 0171.
Florida:  Provider: BAP 255, expiration 03/11          California:   Provider:  PCE 636
Illinois:   Provider: 159-000606                        Ohio:   Provider: RCS 030001

Marriage-Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Alabama Board of Examiners   of Marriage/Family Therapy.

Drug-Alcohol: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors.  NAADAC Provider No. 00243.

Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Alabama Board of Nursing, Provider No. 1124.

Law Enforcement/Legal: Application will be submitted for approval of  the Symposium  for  law enforcement and legal  professionals.

For your convenience, the Continuing Education Sign-In and Sign-Out are located in both NH: LL Lobby and SH: Lobby

Non-Credit Events: CE credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, reception events; committee meetings, or site visits to local facilities.