February 2018 Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention

San Diego, CA

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Our four-day Advanced Strangulation Course will be held February 6-9, 2018 in San Diego, CA.

Those who wish to attend must apply no later than December 8, 2017. Submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot at the training. We will respond to the first wave of accepted attendees by December 22, 2017. If you do not hear back, your application will automatically be added to our waiting list. Approved attendees must confirm attendance by January 5, 2018. After this date, any unconfirmed seats will be made available to attendees on the waiting list. We will respond to those wait listed as soon as possible after January 5th.

Priority will be given those attending in multi-disciplinary teams from the same jurisdiction. Teams consisting of law enforcement, prosecution, medical professionals, advocates and/or court personnel are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be considered based on:

  • Applying and attending as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims
  • Prior training on strangulation crimes

Our October 2017 Advanced Course Sold Out several months before the training. There are only 64 seats available, so be sure to apply early!

To view the flyer click here!

About the Course

This course has been specifically created for professionals seeking to improve the investigation and prosecution of strangulation cases in their communities. The course will equip attendees with strategies to properly assess for non-fatal strangulation, advocate for the specific medical and safety needs of strangulation survivors, and testify as effective expert witnesses. This course is designed for communities seeking to implement new protocols, create system-wide changes, launch a strangulation response team, or learn about best practices.

This course consists of 4 Days of training. To receive full credit for the course, attendees must attend all 4 days, complete mandatory assignments, and sign-in daily.

Our Faculty Includes National Experts in the Field:

Casey Gwinn, JD; Gael Strack, JD; Lt. Daniel Rincon; Ralph Riviello, MD; Michael Burke; Jerry Fineman, JD; Jim Henderson, MSW; and Joe Berner, SDPD, Supervising Crime Scene Specialist

The course will cover an in-depth examination of:

  • The most current research on domestic violence and sexual assault strangulation crimes
  • Medical signs and symptoms of strangulation assaults
  • Long term consequences, delayed death, and fatal strangulation
  • Investigative strategies, report writing, and interviewing witnesses
  • Clinical documentation of strangulation signs and symptoms
  • Strategies for advocacy and working with traumatized victims
  • Development of local experts
  • Use of experts in court, including tips for testifying

Attendees with have the opportunity to:

  • View a crime scene and work in a multi-disciplinary team to investigate a strangulation case and prepare evidence for a mock trial.
  • Apply trauma-informed investigation and advocacy techniques
  • Practice testifying as an expert witness and practice cross-examining an expert witness
  • Submit a pending strangulation case for review by faculty and experts
  • Develop strategies for implementing best practices in their own community
  • Practice giving a 5-minute presentation on strangulation

Conference Registration Rates

Individuals – $650

Group Rate (3 or more) -$600 each

Continuing Education Credits

MCLE Credits (for California): Approximately 25 Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits are offered with this training, included in the price of registration. Alliance for HOPE International is a California approved provider of MCLE credits for attorneys (Provider #15493). Professionals in states outside of California should check with their own state bar to determine whether these credits are approved in their jurisdiction.

CE Credits: Alliance for HOPE International is partnered with the Relationship Training Institute (RTI) to offer 25 Continuing Education (CE) credits with this training for the price of $25. RTI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. RTI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. RTI has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP#6181. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. RTI is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. All Workshop Professional CE Hours are approved by:
California Board of Behavioral Sciences #PCE 4477
NAADAC Approved Education Provider for the Association for Addiction Professionals #513
National Board for Certified Counselors #6181

BRN Credits (Pending): Alliance for HOPE International is pending approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for 25 Contact Hours included in the price of registration.

Attendees must attend all 4 days of training, complete mandatory assignments, and sign-in daily to receive credits.


For any questions, please contact Sarah Sherman Julien, Program Manager