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Seminar Title:  
Advanced Child Abuse and Child Death

DATES:  7/10/2023 through 7/11/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Anita Seamans

LOCATION:  Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy - 1200 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504

HOTEL:  Courtyard Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA  
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Anita Seamans earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Anita also attended the 244thsession of the F.B.I. National Academy. Anita has 39 years of experience as a law enforcement officer/detective.

Anita has been a licensed instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education for 32 years and currently teaches basic and advanced peace officer training at the Alamo Area Council of Governments Law Enforcement Academy. Anita also provides expert testimony for the Kendal County District Attorney’s Office in trials involving offenses against children. Anita is also a national instructor and teaches advanced courses including child abuse and child death investigations and the investigation of suicide, across the United States.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Child abuse and child death cases continue to rise at alarming rates across the United States. There are unique challenges to the successful arrest and prosecution of suspects who commit these horrendous acts.

This class is designed for both patrol officers and investigators and addresses several aspects of child abuse and death investigations. This class includes recognizing patterns ofabuse, injury identification, interviewing the child victim, offender profiling, and aspects of sexual assault on children. Throughout the class, several case studies will be presented that illustrate the various aspects of an investigation.

Students will also be provided with a death scene checklist that will assist them in obtaining vital information in the first few hours of a child's death investigation. Many of the investigative techniques offered in this course are based on the behavior of the child and of the abuser.

These techniques, as well as the methods presented in this course, can better prepare those to properly respond to allegations of child abuse, identify victims of child abuse, and present proper evidence documentation for cases that involve child abuse and neglect.

Topics Covered:

• Recognizing Injury Patterns

• The Difference Between Accident & Abuse

• Methods of Documentation

• Interviewing Child Victims

• Interviewing Suspects

• Investigating Child Sexual Assault

• Identifying the Mindset of Serial Child Killers

• Understanding Aspects of Child Development

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