Informing Multidisciplinary Practices Through Virtual Learning

Join your AFN Colleagues at Virtual Boot Camp this fall!


Build your knowledge base, and enhance your forensic nursing response with improved photo-documentation of forensic cases using proper forensic photography principals and procedures.
You won’t want to miss this workshop where you will gain knowledge about the proper use and handling of camera equipment to ensure that your photo-documentation is first-rate!

You won’t want to miss this workshop where you will gain knowledge about the proper use and handling of camera equipment to ensure that your photo-documentation is first-rate!  Additionally, listen to the experts discuss forensic photography and photo-documentation protocols.  Participants will also review a simulated strangulation patient case to further develop your skills, and a group peer review session of additional cases!

This Web Series will launch on November 5, 2020 and features four interactive web sessions through November 17, 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 through January 31, 2020.


This conference workshop focuses on basic forensic photography skills needed for the documentation of bodily injuries for victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child physical and sexual abuse, and elder abuse.  It is designed to increase basic photography skills, knowledge and competence for healthcare professionals, specifically forensic nurses who have completed Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training, Pediatric Sexual Abuse Forensic Examiner Training, and/or Domestic Violence/Strangulation Training.



Upon completion of this program, learner's will possess basic knowledge and skills to:

  • Discuss the history of photography and rationale for photo-documentation in healthcare specialties.

  • Describe the use of standardized photography protocols for best practice forensic photo-documentation.

  • Verbalize a working knowledge of the equipment used to achieve a quality image.

  • Describe the use of measuring devises, filters and adjuncts that assist photo-documentation.

  • Demonstrate the Rule of Thirds.

  • Explain the difference between a RAW file and a JPEG file.

  • List the criteria of a quality forensic photograph.

  • Critique case studies, using a trauma informed lens and photo-documentation protocols.





  • Session I: Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session II: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session III: Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session IV: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)



  • AFN Members Discounted Price: $150

  • Non-AFN Members: $200



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: 6.5 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. "Photography Basics Boot Camp for Forensic Nursing" is approved as a one-day course, and CEUs can only be awarded to participants that attend and complete ALL sessions.

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

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

  6. Expiration date for completion: January 31, 2021.

The Alabama State Nurses Association Approval Committee has approved the “Photography Basics Boot Camp for Forensic Nursing”.  The educational activity number assigned is  #2-0.2306.  This program has been approved for 6.5 contact hours and is valid June 13, 2020 through June 13, 2022.  6.5-hours of CE provided through Alabama States Nurses Association as one course.

Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 




Session I

Thursday, November 5, 2020
90 Minutes

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

Module 1: Fundamentals of Photography Part I

Overview of the history and fundamentals of photography.  Use of photography in healthcare specialties, use of rulers & measurement, backgrounds, labeling & documentation.  Discussion on point and shoot camera vs SLR cameras.  Learn about the f-stop and aperture for quality photographs.

Session II

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

90 Minutes

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

Module 2: Fundamentals of Photography Part II

Photo-documentation as part of the medical forensic examination.  A review of available equipment, overlapping story board and rule of thirds, filters and secure storage options that confirm chain of custody.  An overview of the published protocols that support best practice approaches to photo-documentation for patients affected by domestic violence and non-fatal strangulation.

Session III

Thursday, November 12, 2020

90 Minutes

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

Module 3:  Anogenital Photodocumentation & Strangulation Patient Demonstration

Recommended steps in a comprehensive anogenital photo-documentation protocol. Techniques used in the detailed anogenital exam. Participants will also review a simulated strangulation patient demonstration to provide participants with the opportunity to learn proper techniques. Discussion and polling questions will be used.

Session IV

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

120 Minutes

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

Module 4: Putting it All Together

Participants will review the photo-documentation in a variety of cases including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, strangulation.  Participants will work to identify photography errors and missed opportunities. Peer review, process improvement and use of photography protocols will be discussed.





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) and the Academy of Forensic Nursing. She is the 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 the Academy of Forensic Nursing.


She currently is the nurse examiner at Life Safe resources in Marietta Georgia. She is the co-author on numerous textbooks and papers on dealing with the forensic medical aspects of violence. She provides training on forensic topics throughout the country helping teams who deal with sexual assault or domestic violence.



Val 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 to healthcare and interdisciplinary professionals regarding the care and treatment of patients affected by violence and abuse to include; evidentiary examinations for adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

She is currently dual board certified as an adult-adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner. In addition, Val has provided consultation to hospitals, health care agencies, non-profit organizations, communities and military installations regarding collaborative strategies for developing or improving a response to those affected by violence.  Val is the owner of MedLaw Consultants, LLC, a forensic healthcare consulting practice.



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