Upcoming Trainings


The Institute is excited to provide training on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation Crimes in the following communities:

January 11-12, 2018 – 2 Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Havre, MT

Presenters: Casey Gwinn, JD and Det. Mike Agnew (ret.)

January 16, 2018 – Strangulation and Lethality Training

Denver, CO

Presenters: Gael Strack, JD and Casey Gwinn, JD

Training certificates will be made available for those who attend this full-day training. DVOMB and SOMB providers are encouraged to attend along with other professionals to include law enforcement, attorneys, case managers, victim advocates, and supervising officers. This training will likely be more relevant to professionals who work with domestic violence offenders; however, some professionals who work with sex offending populations may find the information valuable.

8:30am – 4:30pm
Denver Police Protective Association (PPA)
2105 Decatur St., Denver CO, 80211
$30 to attend

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January 19, 2018 – Half Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Tampa, FL

Presenters: Jerry Fineman, JD

February 6-9, 2018 – Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention

San Diego, CA

Presenters: 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

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.


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March 1-11, 2018 – Australia

Queensland, AUS

Presenters: Dr. Bill Smock, Gael Strack, JD and Jim Henderson MSW

March 7, 2018 – 1 Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Glouceser Co, VA

Presenters: Casey Gwinn, JD

March 13-14, 2018 – Advocacy in Action 23rd Annual Conference

Albuquerque, NM – Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

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March 26-27, 2018 – 2 Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Indianapolis, IN

Presenters: Gael Strack, JD and Dr. Bill Smock

Registration 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Training 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
University of Indianapolis
Health Pavilion – Auditorium – Room 138
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Individual Fee $35.00 – Community Health Network Employees $20.00
University of Indianapolis Students $20.00 – Registrations received after March 12, 2018 $50.00
Payment by Credit Card Only – Breakfast and Lunch Provided

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March 29, 2018 – 1 Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Manhattan, KS

Presenters: Gael Strack, JD and Dr. Bill Smock

April 8, 2018 – 24th Annual Scientific Assembly

San Diego, CA – Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Speakers: Gael Strack, JD and Dr. Ralph Riviello

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April 10, 2018 – 1 Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Topeka, KS

Presenters: Gael Strack, JD and Dr. Bill Smock

April 13, 2018 – 1 Day Strangulation Prevention Training

Brattleboro, VT

Presenters: Gael Strack, JD

April 16-17, 2018 – Conference on Crimes Against Women

Dallas, TX – Sheraton Hotel

Presenter: Dr. Bill Smock

The goal of the Conference on Crimes Against Women is to provide practical instruction, using current information, the newest ideas and most successful intervention strategies, to those professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against women.

The conference is conducted for the sole purpose of providing training to only those people employed by governmental or non-profit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, social work, victim’s advocacy, therapy, probation/parole, campus safety and medicine who work directly with victims of crime.

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April 18, 2018 – Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit

Clackamas, OR – Red Lion Hotel on the River

Presenters: Gael Strack, JD, Dr. Bill Smock, and Lt. Dan Rincon

The Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit is a three-and-a-half day, multi-disciplinary conference for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). The Summit’s goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional’s knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies’ roles and responsibilities.

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April 24-26, 2018 – 18th Annual International Family Justice Conference

Fort Worth, TX – Worthingon Renaissance Hotel

The 18th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference will host a unique and powerful convening of professionals working in the fields of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking in Fort Worth, TX April 24-26, 2018!

The International Family Justice Center Conference will address what trauma-informed practices look like in child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence for:

• Prosecutors
• Law enforcement officers
• Advocates
• Therapists
• Civil Attorneys
• Doctors
• Nurses
• Judges
• Survivors
• Parole and Probation Officers
• Court Professionals

The International Family Justice Center Conference is the only national and international violence prevention conference focused on the development of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary teams in every community in America and around the world!

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will host two tracks (with six workshops per track) of the conference – one on “Effective Handling of Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases” and the other on “Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers.” The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will sponsor a track on “Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization)” focused on the impact of multiple types of trauma (polyvictimization) and the complex challenges of working with polyvictims. In all workshops, we will share our lessons learned on how your community can move forward toward greater collaboration, co-located services approaches, and effective high risk teams – that can save lives and produce better short and long-term outcomes for survivors and their children. Other conference workshop tracks will include: “Trauma Informed Advocacy”; “Improving Law Enforcement Responses (DV/SA/CA)”; “Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals”; and “Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle.”

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For more information, please contact Alison Bildsoe.

To request training in your community, click here.

For help, please contact Sarah Sherman Julien, Program Manager.

Corresponding Training Materials
Unless specifically linked on this page, please go to the Online Resource Library to access the materials, handouts, and continuing education credit information for past trainings.