JWI Webinar: The Presumption of Guilt: How the Criminal Justice System Inadvertently Re-Traumatizes Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Thursday, February 9th, 2012
12:00pm to 1:30pm ET

This webinar, co-led by Dave Thomas, a retired police officer and expert in domestic violence, and Lisa Ferentz, a clinical social worker specializing in trauma, will focus on the adverse impact of the Reid technique used by police when interviewing victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The impact of chronic trauma on survivors will be discussed and connected to inevitable outcomes in victims’ behaviors at the scene of their traumas, in the police station, and in the courtroom.

Participants will learn how these presentations are often misinterpreted by members of the criminal justice system, leading victims to be viewed as deceptive, pressured to recant, or even criminally charged with “False Report.” Mental health professionals and advocates will learn how to work with victims and collaborate with the criminal justice system to ensure that victims receive the victim-centered treatment they truly deserve.


Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is Founder and President of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc. Locally, nationally and internationally, Lisa frequently presents workshops, and key note addresses for clinical social workers, and other helping professionals, and is considered an expert in the field of trauma. She is in private practice and serves as a consultant to clinicians and mental health agencies.

David R. Thomas is a retired Montgomery County Maryland Police Department whose final assignment was with the Domestic Violence Unit. Presently he serves as the Program Administrator of the Domestic Violence Education Program at The Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses related to violence against women.

Who should attend?

This comprehensive and innovative learning experience is for attorneys • social workers • therapists • DV service providers and advocates • children’s advocates • child protection workers • child abuse service providers • scholars who work on intimate partner violence, child abuse, child custody, or family law policy • physicians • nurses • physician assistants • nursing and medical students • practicing healthcare providers.

Co-sponsored by The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 152,000 members and 56 chapters in the United States and abroad. One CE contact hour is available for social workers; instructions will be given on the call.

CEUs available free to National Alliance members. Non-members may receive one free CEU. Attendees may apply after the webinar.

Pre-registration is necessary to participate.

Questions? Email Lauren Levine at levine@jwi.org.

Source: jwi.org