Cross-Disciplinary Conference for Multidisciplinary Teams

MAY 11, 2022
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

MAY 12, 2022
8:30 A.M. – 3:15 P.M.

The Wilson Hotel – Big Sky – A Marriott Residence Inn
Big Sky, Montana


This training is reserved for Montana professionals

Who Should Attend:

  • Prosecutors
  • Law Enforcement
  • Child Protection
  • Victim Advocates
  • Medical and Mental Health Professionals
  • Forensic Interviewers
  • CAC Staff

2022 Conference Lineup

Why I Didn't Shoot My Stepfather: A Collaboration Between Investigators and Victims Following an Adult Disclosure of Sexual Abuse

Donna M. Pence, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s first Child Abuse Investigation Specialist. With over 40 years’ experience, she has become an international trainer and consultant to multidisciplinary child abuse investigative teams.

Kristina Giovanetti was sexually assaulted by her stepfather hundreds of times from age eight until her mid-teens. As a college intern with an affiliate of NBC, Kristina researched child sexual assault cases and arranged an interview with Special Agent Donna Pence. This meeting led to a disclosure of her stepfather’s abuse, which ultimately led to his successful prosecution.

Defending Your Forensic Interview and Effectively Presenting Your Testimony in Court

How to answer defense questions, incorporate research, present effectively to the jury and work with your prosecutor before and during trial to effectively present your testimony.

Edward Chase, Director, JD, Special Victims Unit, DeKalb County Attorney’s Office, Atlanta, GA; Former Senior Attorney, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ Child Abuse Prosecution Unit, Washington DC. Eddie currently oversees prosecution divisions that specialize in crimes against children, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking and crimes against the elderly and disabled adults.

To Charge or Not to Charge: Making Difficult and Ethical Decisions

Addressing issues prosecutors and MDT members grapple with on challenging cases and ultimately deciding whether to prosecute or not.

CLE Ethics credits pending

Don't Jump Off the Cliff Yet, Lessons from the Edge

Learn the tools to help you and your co-workers manage the traumas inherent in your job, from someone who helps law enforcement around Montana in the aftermath of critical incidents.

CLE Ethics credits pending

Carol Staben-Burroughs, MS, LCPC, CCMHC, Counselor in Private Practice and Consultant and Trainer with Public Safety Administrators in response to critical incidents, including plane crashes, line of duty deaths, officer involved shootings, and multiple event responses.

Montana Rural Telemental Health Project

The Children’s Alliance of Montana launched the Montana Rural Telemental Health Project in early 2022 through a pilot project with the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. The Children’s Alliance of Montana is partnering with therapists and statewide therapy agencies to connect child abuse survivors with trauma, trained therapists who provide therapy via secure video conferencing platform.

Jacole Douglas, Rural Telemental Health Coordinator Children’s Alliance of Montana
Brenda George, Executive Director Children’s Alliance of Montana

11 Continuing Education Credits POST, CLE, and Ethics Credits Pending

Lodging Accommodations

Lodging available at The Lodge at Big Sky
Block of Rooms Expiring: April 24th

We have a block of rooms at the government rate of $124 per night plus tax. Please call and make reservations at The Lodge at Big Sky. 

Reference Children’s Justice Conference for the block of room’s government rate.

Breakfast provided with the lodging accommodations for each hotel. Lunch on your own.

This training event is sponsored by the Children’s Alliance of Montana and the MCSART Program of the Montana Department of Justice Special Services Bureau

For more information, contact Dani Peterson at