Draft agenda

A facility dog making friends with a group of U.S. service men

Thursday, September 19

  1. 1:00-5:00 PM Help Us Determine the Future of Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    Moderated by Kristal LeBlanc

    Interested in helping Courthouse Dogs Foundation with our strategic planning for future years? Please join us for this World Cafe process which will be moderated by Kristal LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Beausejour Family Crisis Center in Shediac, New Brunswick (and handler of courthouse facility dog Marielle).

  2. 5:30-7:00 PM Welcome Reception

    Visit with old friends and meet new ones at our welcome reception. The traditional Bow Wow Cocktail will be available, as well as wine and beer (and nonalcoholic drinks). This is a good time to sign in at the registration table and collect your name tag and printed program to get ready for a couple of busy days ahead.

Friday, September 20

General Sessions

  1. 8:45-9:00 AM Welcome

    Celeste Walsen and Ellen O'Neill-Stephens

  2. 9:00-10:00 AM The Art of Enacting Legislation for Your State

    Camille Cooper, Gary Dawson, Ellen O'Neill-Stephens, Tamara Martin

  3. 10:00-10:45 AM Can Contagious Diseases be Transmitted Between Humans and Dogs?

    Julianne Meisner, DVM

  4. 10:45-11:00 AM Break

  5. 11:00-11:45 AM Alabama Creates the Model Program- Access to Facility Dogs Around the State

    Tamara Martin, Trish Melberg

  6. 11:45 AM-12:45 When a Dog Hears the Word Squirrel, Does She Actually Picture a Small, Bushy-Tailed Rodent in her Mind ?… and Other Fascinating Research

    Jim Ha

  7. 12:45 - 1:00 PM 2019 Doggedness Award

    Doggedness means “persistence and tenacity, like a dog digging determinedly for a bone it has buried in the yard.” Who Receives the Award in 2019?

  8. 1:00-2:30 PM Lunch and Group Photo

Workshop 1

  1. 2:30-3:30 PM CAC and CASA Special Interest Group

    Carrie-Leigh Cloutier, Peggy Frye

  2. 2:30-3:30 PM Victim Advocates Special Interest Group

    Kim Carroll, Kim Gramlich

  3. 2:30-3:30 PM Law Enforcement Special Interest Group

    Tommy Beeson, Bart Leger

  4. 2:30-3:30 PM Assistance Dog Organizations

    Ellen O'Neill-Stephens

  5. 3:30-3:45 PM Break

Workshop 2

  1. 3:45-5:15 PM Courthouse Dogs 101

    Ellen O'Neill-Stephens

  2. 3:45 - 5:15 PM Scientific Research on Facility Dogs Working in the Legal System

    Jim Ha, Liz Spruin

  3. 3:45-5:15 PM Methods for Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

    Joey Iversen

  4. 3:45-5:15 PM Preparing Your Dog for Forensic Interviews and the Courtroom

    Tamara Martin, Laura Romans

  1. 5:30 - 6:30 PM Program Leader Meeting

    Ellen O'Neill-Stephens

Saturday, September 21

  1. 9:00-10:00 AM Managing Illness, Loss, and the Retirement of Your Facility Dog

    Tambra Donohue and Kim Gramlich

  2. 10:00-10:15 AM Break

  1. 10:15-11:45 PM What’s Better for Your Dog- Meeting New People or the Same Boring Thing Day after Day? (Managing Canine Stress)

    Jim Ha

General Sessions

  1. 11:45-1:15 PM Lunch

  2. 1:15-2:30 PM Facility Dogs Joining the US Air Force, Their Assignment - Working at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

    Emily Dreiling, Teresa Loya, Capt. Madeline Jensen, Maj. Laura Peet

  3. 2:30-3:15 PM School Children Teaching “Righteous Pups” in Australia

    Joanne Baker, Kelly Stevens

  4. 3:15-3:30 PM Break

  5. 3:30-4:15 PM Building a Trauma Informed Community with Four Paws: Utilizing a Facility Dog in School and Community Programs

    Rhonda Robbins

    Community Involvement is vital to the success of any program be it a Child Advocacy Center, CASA, Law Enforcement, or Victim Support entity.  Facility dogs have proven great success in victim advocacy, forensic interviews, and court proceedings but, how can we expand our services to further reach our community?

    This presentation offers ways to design and enhance programs in your community using a facility dog to bridge positive relationships and create fun and educational programs. Learn about Prevention Programs to include; age appropriate Personal Body Safety; a program to empower children to be prepared to know what to do to keep their body safe.  Internet Safety; teaching children and adults the dangers of the internet and ways to keep safe. Anti- Bullying and the importance of kindness and inclusion. Developing intervention groups; small groups in the school setting addressing issues such as Grief and Loss, Anger Management, Social Skills, Divorce and other stressors that present themselves. Introducing reading programs to increase literacy skills for students presenting delays and or assertiveness in reading. Finally, implementing programs to foster a trauma-informed school; educating school staff about trauma and behaviors students experiencing trauma may exhibit as well as secondary trauma they may be experiencing themselves.

  6. 4:15 - 4:45 You’re in Charge-Learn How to Inspire the Judge to Grant the Pre-trial Motion to Accompany a Witness

    Ellen O'Neill-Stephens

  7. 4:15-5:00 PM Farewell

    Celeste Walsen, Ellen O'Neill-Stephens

  8. 7:30 - 9:00 PM Farewell Gathering of Old and New Friends

    Let’s relax and chat with our dogs before we say goodbye.

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