INDY 2020

Looking forward to seeing you this July in Indianapolis!  You won't want to miss this fast-paced conference and the opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized speakers in the field of forensic nursing.





Join your AFN & ENA Indiana State Council Colleagues at the Indianapolis 2020 Regional Conference this summer on July 20th & 21st.  Build your knowledge base, and enhance your forensic nursing practice and skills over two fast-paced conference days!  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized speakers in the field of forensic nursing!

Be sure to join us at the reception following day one of the conference at the beautiful home of AFN Founding Board Member Barb Bachmeier.  Don’t miss this special opportunity to network with other forensic nurses.  Register today!!   


The AFN Indianapolis Regional Conference scheduled for July 20-21, 2020 is still a GO!  Indiana's Governor has released a plan to reopen Indiana, and as a result of this plan, the AFN Indianapolis conference can still happen.  Registration is open, and we are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our guests.  The AFN is committed to bringing you the very best training experience while following social distancing guidelines and practices to prevent disease transmission.  


As always, you are the best person to determine whether or not you should attend.  Additionally, we remind our participants that you may not attend the event if you have been sick with COVID-19 symptoms in the preceding two weeks prior to the conference.




  • Day One: Monday, July 20, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM EST

  • Day Two: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST


  • Indiana Army National Guard Headquarters
    Headquarters Auditorium
    9920 E. 59th Street
    Lawrence, IN 46216


  • $225 for AFN & ENA Members

  • $260 for Non-AFN/ENA Members

  • $50 for Nursing Students


  • Paid Web Series attendees will be offered a $20 discount for the AFN Virtual Boot Camp: Elder Abuse (7 CE), September 2020.

  • Free 3 module course for eLearning on child abuse for you and your institution from our sponsor Evidentia learning.

  • 40% discount on STM e-Learning Library subscription.  All books included, plus new workbooks coming out this summer.


No refunds on conference registration.  Registrants who are unable to attend may gift his/her purchase to an individual qualifying for the same registration rate. For example, an AFN Member may not gift his/her ticket to a non-member, etc. To make arrangements to gift your purchase to another individual, please contact AFN as soon as possible at:




Continuing Education (CE) 12.5 contact hours are included in Conference Fee!

NURSES: *In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for 4.25 contact hours on day one and 8 contact hours on day two. Provider #4008182




Andrew Campbell


Andrew Campbell is an expert on domestic violence and the associated risks of harm for adults, children, and animals residing in homes where this violence occurs.  Utilizing cutting-edge data analysis and a unique perspective on violence in the home, he provides education for agencies across the country and assists in developing more efficient and effective community responses to physical and emotional violence.  Andrew’s several recent publications in major academic journals include his analysis of nearly 10,000 first responder reports and observations from the scene of domestic violence incidents and are the first in academic literature to use law enforcement data to quantify risk of harm/injury in this manner.

More Than Words: The Emotional Maltreatment of Children

Andrew's presentation will discuss risks for psychological and emotional harm to children with an emphasis on children who reside in a home or community where violence occurs.  Common misconceptions will be addressed, including the idea that a child can be “too young” to be impacted by exposure to violence, physically observable signs of injury are an appropriate estimator of victimization, and the idea that  children who hear a violent act occur in the home but do not actually see it are not significantly harmed by it.  

Other topics to be discussed include: the multiple forms of child emotional maltreatment, toxic stress and its effects on child development, child caregiver attachment, unavailable parenting, the effects of witnessing threats or violence against animals in the home or community, and caregiver risk factors for perpetrating emotional maltreatment. 


Tara Harris


Dr. Tara Harris is a child abuse pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.  Dr. Harris has served leadership roles in national child advocacy organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Helfer Society, and USA Gymnastics.  She currently works as part of Riley’s Child Protection Team, which provides medical evaluation for approximately 6,000 suspected victims of child abuse annually.

Sentinel Injuries: Markers of Severe Physical Abuse

Dr. Harris will discuss subtle red flags for physical abuse and why they are often overlooked as well as medical evaluation for physical abuse and review of common causes of injury that mimics abuse.


Shane Marie Hirst

MSN, RN, CNM, Forensic Nurse

Shane Hirst is a Certified Nurse Midwife with 15 years of experience, with extended education including colposcopy/vulvoscopy and sexual health for women.  She is currently practicing as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Forensics at Indiana University Methodist Hospital.

Sentinel Adolescent/Adult Anogenital Findings that May Mimic Injury

This presentation will describe and illustrate different cervical and anogenital variances. Will discuss normal and abnormal findings, along with situations that may mimic trauma.


Mahri Irvine


Dr. Irvine is the Sexual Violence Services Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; she manages federal funds and contracts for South Carolina’s fifteen rape crisis centers and state coalition, and provides statewide training and assistance for sexual violence prevention and response.  She is an anthropologist who has served as a victim advocate, educator, and researcher.

Inequality, Trauma and Prostitution: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Prostitution

Dr. Irvine's presentation will provide an overview of the psychological and physical impacts of prostitution, identify and refute common myths about prostitution, and provide practical, trauma-informed suggestions for healthcare providers who interact with prostitution survivors in emergency rooms or other healthcare settings.  


Detective Darin Odier

IMPD Cybercrimes and FBI Task Force Officer

Detective Darin Odier has been a police officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for over 30 years, and has
worked child exploitation cases since 2006. He’s a Federal Task Force Officer with the FBI Child Exploitation Unit and has worked
hundreds of child exploitation cases, including several high-profile investigations, as part of the nationally recognized Indiana Crimes
Against Children Task Force.

Social Media and Internet Safety

This session will discuss the use of internet and social media and the ways that these formats put our children at risk and are used to exploit youth.  


Sheila Arnold


Sheila A. Arnold, PhD is a Forensic Toxicologist and Quality Control Coordinator at the Indiana State Department of Toxicology.  She received her B.A in Chemistry, M.S in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville.  In February of 2013, she accepted a position as the Analytical Laboratory Supervisor with the Indiana State Department of Toxicology.   In January of 2014, she accepted her current position at the Indiana State Department of Toxicology as the Forensic Toxicologist and Quality Control Coordinator.

Appropriate Specimens in Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Cases

Dr. Arnold's presentation will go over the services offered at the Indiana State Department of Toxicology (ISDT), the applicability of different specimens in a drug-facilitated sexual assault case, the proper handling of specimens, information important to the case, and types of analyses.    


Patricia M. Speck


Dr. Speck is internationally recognized as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and expert in advanced forensic nursing care of patients experiencing an intersection with the legal system.  Her recent service is to NIST NIJ Evidence Management Steering Committee and she is an award-winning faculty. Her research improved advanced forensic nursing practice and benefited patients globally. 

Evidence on Evidence: The Circumstances of DNA Detection

DNA changed the investigative approach to interpersonal crimes, and victims of sexual assault benefited from the advances. The presentation is designed to assist forensic nurses in clinically reasoned decisions related to DNA collection/detection on a variety of surfaces, in the evidence management once collected, and testimony about evidence and potential explanations for discovery/detection.  


Valerie Sievers

MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN, Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ms. Sievers is a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist with more than 35 years of health care experience as a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, educator and consultant with extensive practice experience in the arenas of emergency and critical care nursing, academic education and forensic clinical practice. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Val provides advanced education regarding the care and treatment of patients affected by violence and abuse. She is currently dual board certified as an adult-adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner, owner of MedLaw Consultants, LLC; a forensic healthcare consulting business, editor of Forensic Nursing Exchange and serves as a board member of the Academy of Forensic Nursing.

The Role of the Forensic Nurse Expert: Consulting in Criminal Cases

Forensic Nurses with experience providing care for patients impacted by various forms of interpersonal violence are in a unique position to provide consulting services to attorneys litigating both criminal and civil cases. This presentation will review how forensic nurses can leverage their knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities to promote effective utilization of medical evidence in the criminal courts.


Ellen Dunnigan


Ellen Dunnigan is the competent and confident professional’s secret weapon and trusted confidant. She founded Accent On Business in 2002, an executive presence and professional communication advisory firm. Ellen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Pathology, and post-graduate training in leadership, business, and organizational development.

Communicating with Influence and Confidence

This session will discuss techniques to provide compelling and quality testimony while appearing calm under pressure. Ellen Dunnigan, President and CEO of Accent On Business, provides practical steps to enhance your professional presence and image and increase your confidence and competence to have you ready for your next courtroom experience.