The Academy of Forensic Nursing and the Forensic Nursing Network are delighted to announce a collaborative five-part webinar series on Advancing the Footprint for providers who are interested in learning more about Pediatric Maltreatment! 

This Web Series will launch on June 22, 2020, and feature five two-hour interactive web sessions through July 7, 2020 (see dates and session descriptions below).  Unable to attend one of the live sessions?  Registrants will be able to access recorded sessions at their convenience.




  • Session I: Monday, June 22, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)

  • Session II: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:15 PM (EST)

  • Session III: Thursday June 25, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)

  • Session IV: Friday, June 26, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:15 PM (EST)

  • Session V: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)


  • AFN Members Discounted Price: $200

  • Non-AFN Members: $260


  • 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 Web Series 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. To make arrangements to gift your purchase to another individual, please contact AFN as soon as possible at:




Total contact hours if ALL webinars are completed: 10 contact hours.


  1. The planners and faculty have declared no conflict of interest.

  2. Criteria for successful completion: contact ours commensurate with participation AND completion of an evaluation form.

  3. There will be a link at the end of the webinar.  Click the link to complete your evaluation.

  4. Your certificate will be emailed to you.  Please allow 1 to 2 days to receive your certificate.

  5. Expiration date for completion: December 30, 2020.

Forensic Nursing Network, Inc. is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  (OBN-001-91)



Session I

Pediatric Death Investigation Teams &
Post Coital DNA Recovery Studies:Opportunities for Practice Improvement

Monday, June 22, 2020

120 Minutes, 2 Nursing Contact Hours

5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Pediatric Death Investigation Teams
Speaker: Dr. Pamela Tabor

Come and hear how you can start or join a child or fetal/infant mortality review team.  There are more than 1,350 Child Death Review Teams in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Navajo Nation. There are 173 Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Teams in 29 states.  Information on the process, statistics, causes, resources and contact information to help get you started.  


Post Coital DNA Recovery Studies: Opportunities for Practice Improvement
Speaker: Dr. Patricia M. Speck

The Post Coital DNA Recovery studies expanded the timing for collection in communities globally.  The presentation is a detailed account of the need for a prospective blinded study, design and methods, and results related to DNA detection testing triage and nursing practice.  At the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to describe the Post Coital DNA Recovery studies and their results, with a focus on the impact on their practice.

Session II

Mimics of Child Sexual Abuse & Pediatric Strangulation

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
135 Minutes, 2.25 Nursing Contact Hours
5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Mimics of Child Sexual Abuse & Pediatric Strangulation
Speakers: Diana Faugno & Val Sievers

“Mommy hurt my neck & then I talked like a duck”
Recognizing strangulation in children.  This presentation will review the unique challenges faced by healthcare professionals and investigators when evaluating or investigating the occurrence of strangulation in the pediatric population.  We will discuss differences in anatomy, mechanism of injury as well as signs and symptoms that can be present in a child or adolescent who may have been strangled.  In addition, current techniques and skills in the clinical evaluation of a patient who has been strangled as well as recommendations for forensic collection and follow up care will be discussed.  Case studies and attendee interaction will be included.
Assessing cases of child abuse is certainly no easy task.  A major focus of determining whether or not abuse has occurred is to ensure the future safety and well-being of the child, which in some cases may mean removing the child from the home or arrest for the parent or caregiver.  Bruising, rashes and other abnormalities of the skin are common physical symptoms that can be associated with child physical and sexual abuse.  But what if it isn’t abuse?  Distinguishing between symptoms resulting from sexual abuse versus other dermatologic disorders or medical practices is critical to ensuring proper analysis, treatment, and prevention of false abuse allegations.  Learn about the most common mimics of child sexual abuse.

Session III

Child Physical Abuse, Mimics & ACE Score Update on Children

Thursday, June 25, 2020

120 Minutes, 2 Nursing Contact Hours
5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Child Physical Abuse and Mimics & ACE Score Update on Children
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Wallace

Physical abuse is one of the most common forms of child maltreatment.  Child physical abuse is defined as a non-accidental delivery of physical harm or trauma and as a result of these violent actions, physical abuse is the most tangible form of child abuse or maltreatment.  There are also mimics of physical abuse that health care providers will learn along with an update on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Scores). 

Session IV

How the Science of HOPE Can Change Our Lives

Friday, June 26, 2020

135 Minutes, 2.25 Contact Hours
5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST

How the Science of HOPE Can Change Our Lives
Speaker: Casey Gwinn, Esq.

Mother Teresa said giving hope to others is the calling of our lives.  But we cannot give what we do not have.  Higher hope people do better at work, in relationships, and in serving others.  We all need hope in our lives to thrive.  Casey Gwinn will share the most cutting edge research on the science of hope and challenge all of us to make a commitment to increase hope in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve.  With humor, stories, and practical tips, Casey will help each of us think about pathways to higher hope and more fulfilled lives. 

Session V

Issues Around Forensic Programs

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

135 Minutes, 2.25 Contact Hours
5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST

Issues Around Forensic Programs
Speaker: Ruth Downing & Laura Kaiser

Many forensic nursing programs across the U.S. struggle to obtain sustainability not only with forensic nurses completing exams, but within our leaders that spend an endless amount of time developing and maintaining these programs.  Forensic Nursing Network has consulted with program coordinators to discuss these challenges as well as recommendations for improving sustainability.  This will be an interactive session that will discuss the challenges programs are facing as well as recommendations with ideas on long term solutions to expand the footprint of forensic nursing.




Ruth Downing


Ruth is currently a family nurse practitioner in an Urgent Care setting.  She has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, and a forensic nurse since 1999.  Ruth has been active in county, state, and national efforts addressing violence in our communities.  She founded Forensic Healthcare Consulting in 2007 and has provided education and consulting services for health care, law enforcement and legal professionals nationally, and for national leaders in Peru.


Ruth initiated and directed a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for seven years.  She is an active member of the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, serving as President in 2008.  She is also a member of the Advisory Team for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention at the Family Justice Center Alliance in San Diego, the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center Advisory Council, and the Ohio Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Board.  Ruth has collaborated with Laura Kaiser to form Forensic Nursing Network Inc, a nonprofit corporation, to broaden the scope of education for healthcare professionals and mentor forensic nurses.


Diana Faugno


Diana Faugno graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing-University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in Nursing-University of Phoenix.  Ms. Faugno is a Founding Board Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).  She is the immediate-past president of the Academy of Forensic Nurses as well as a retired-fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science and a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses and Distinguished Fellow in the Academy of Forensic Nursing.


She retired from Barbara Sinatra Children's Center and Eisenhower Medical Center’s SART team as a forensic nurse this year.  She now works for Life Safe as a Forensic nurse in Marietta, Georgia. She continues to teach Nationally on topics relating to Strangulation and Sexual assault.  In April this year she was the recipient of the 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week award given in Washington D.C.  She provides training across the country and internationally for sexual assault and strangulation to assist communities who wish to bring forward teams of health care providers.  She is also a co-author of numerous textbooks and papers on dealing with the forensic medical aspects of violence, such as the Color Atlas of Sexual Assault, published in 1997, which is the first book of its kind in the Nation, and Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span and multiple workbooks on the topic.  Her latest workbook 2018: Child Sexual Abuse is a workbook for nurses who wish to learn more about child abuse examinations.


Casey Gwinn, Esq. 

President of Alliance for HOPE International 

Casey has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 public lawyers in America.  He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law.  Casey served for eight years as the elected City Attorney of San Diego from 1996 to 2004.  Prior to entering elected office, Casey founded City Attorney’s Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit, leading the Unit from 1986 to 1996 – prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony cases.  The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges honored his specialized prosecution unit as the model domestic violence prosecution unit in the nation in 1993.


In 2002, Casey saw his vision of a comprehensive Center for services to victims of family violence become a reality in San Diego as he led the effort to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center with professionals from 25 agencies together under one roof.  His leadership as a prosecutor has been widely credited for the 90% drop in domestic violence homicides in the City of San Diego since 1985.  In October 2003, President George W. Bush announced a national initiative to begin creating Family Justice Centers across the country and asked Casey to provide leadership to the effort.


Today, Casey and his team support more than 130 open and developing Family Justice Centers in the U.S. and around the world.  He is also an expert in the handling of near-fatal strangulation assaults.  Casey has served on the U.S. Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.  He chaired the California Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.  He also served on the congressionally created Department of Defense task force, studying the handling of family violence throughout the Department of Defense.  His work has been profiled nationally on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS The Early Show, USA Today, The Huffington Post, New Yorker Magazine and a host of other news outlets. Most recently, Casey received the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. 


He has authored or co-authored a host of articles and media commentaries and ten books on domestic violence and the Family Justice Center movement. In 2015 he authored “Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma”, a clarion call to all caring people to become cheerleaders for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  In the book, Casey explains why childhood trauma should be the preeminent public health issue in America today and how we can all help change the lives of children for the better.  This book was the result of one of Casey’s great personal passions, Camp HOPE America, the unique camping initiative he founded at the San Diego Family Justice Center that is now expanding across the nation.  Camp HOPE America is the first specialized camp in the country focused exclusively on children exposed to domestic violence and child abuse.


Casey’s newest book, written with Dr. Chan Hellman from the University of Oklahoma, is entitled “Hope Rising: How the Science of HOPE Can Change Your Life.” It is a roadmap to a life-well lived and points the way toward the power of hope in the lives of all those who have experienced hardship or adversity.


Laura Kaiser


Laura Kaiser is the Executive Director for Forensic Nursing Network, Inc. a nonprofit organization that trains and supports forensic program.  Laura has completed Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training for pediatrics, adolescent and adults in both military and general populations.  She’s practiced as a forensic nurse for over fifteen years.  Laura’s received national certification as a sexual assault nurse examiner for the adult/adolescent population.  She’s restructured and managed a large six-facility forensic program in central Ohio.  She's trained others in forensics and sexual assault in both didactic and clinical simulation settings. These published trainings include advocates, nurses and physicians throughout the United States.  Laura has served as past President and past Treasurer for the International Association of Forensic Nurses Ohio Chapter.  She currently sits on the Sexual Assault Advisory Board for Ohio.  She has presented at numerous local and international conferences on multiple forensic topics including Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, and other forms of intentional violence.


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.


Patricia M. Speck


Professor | Coordinator Advanced Forensic Nursing Department of Family, Community, & Health Systems | UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Pat Speck has doctoral preparation in public health nursing with a focus on SANE Programs and epidemiology.  As a Board Certified - Family Nurse Practitioner, forensic nursing practice expert, she has seen or supervised the care of over 15,000 acutely victimized persons.  She researches, develops policy, evaluates programs, and builds nursing workforce capacity through publication, education, and violence prevention initiatives that raise awareness about trauma and health.  She demonstrates leadership in local, regional, national and international venues and as such, has over 25 career awards, including Lifetime Achievement from End Violence Against Women. 


Dr. Pamela D. Tabor

RN, DNP, Board Certified Advance Forensic Nurse

Dr. Pamela Tabor holds a BSN, MNSc and a DNP in forensic practice and is a board certified advance forensic nurse.  A lifetime member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses she served two terms on the Board of Directors and earned the Distinguished Fellow recognition in 2015.  She is the owner of Forensic Training & Consulting, LLC, where she is devoted to advancing the understanding of forensic practices; lecturing at the state, national and international level; and serves the Department of Defense in military trials. 


Dr. Tabor developed two highly recognized programs: Arkansas Infant & Child Death Review Program and the first hospital-based sexual assault unit in Arkansas. She was named inaugural director for both programs and received recognition from the governor for her development of the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Training Course. Pamela has testified before the legislature on numerous occasions and has been invited to the Pentagon to consult. She authored the chapter on death investigation in the Core Curriculum for Forensic Nurses and edited and contributed to two editions of the Healthcare Protocol Manual for Sexual Assault, as well as authoring numerous articles.


Nichole Wallace, MD

Board Certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics

Dr. Wallace is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  In 2000, she received her MD degree from Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island.  She then completed pediatrics residency training in 2003 in her home state of Alabama at The University of Alabama - Birmingham.  In 2005, Nichole completed a fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and then continued her work with OU until 2014 when she moved to Colorado Springs.  She is currently a member of the Child Protection Team at the Kempe Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Her clinical practice is exclusively in Colorado Springs.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a member of the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect.