MDT Training:Courtroom Activities, Juvenile Sex Offenders & Preparing Children for Court-Dixon

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Elks Lodge
1279 Franklin Grove Rd

Dixon, IL 61021
Instructor: Victor Vieth, Founder and Senior Director, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $0

The 9th Annual Multi-Disciplinary Team Conference on Crimes Against Children

Shining Star Child Advocacy Center  &   Y.W.C.A.

All registrations received by Shining Star

Training Topics:

We’re Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Cases of Child Abuse

The outcome of many child abuse cases depends on the ability of the prosecutor to argue the facts to the jury. Prosecutors/child protection attorneys will learn the art and science of effective strategies and themes for opening statements and closing arguments in child abuse cases.  Participants will learn a theme for presenting their case.  They will learn specific arguments to persuade a jury that a child is telling the truth and how to debunk common defenses in child abuse cases.

Cross-Examination of the Defendant and Defense Witness

Participants will learn the keys to a successful cross-examination.  They will learn how to prepare and gain a thorough understanding of the case including the evidence to be presented by both sides, drafting cross-examination topics and questions, and understanding the limitations of cross-examination. Finally, participants will learn concrete examples of how to box the witness into a corner.

Juvenile Sex Offenders

Participants will learn to address juvenile sex offenders at the investigation, prosecution and treatment stages.  Analyzing current research and practices; this session offers suggestions and guidelines to address the needs of juvenile sex offenders, their victims, and society.  This session also addresses the differing viewpoints concerning the prosecution and treatment of child sex offenders and seeks to bridge the differences and reach a consensus for dealing with this population.

Preparing Children for Court

Participants will learn creative strategies for empowering children to effectively handle the stress of testifying in court.  Students will also learn of creative pre-trial motions and other strategies to modify the courtroom and the procedures of testifying to reduce the stress level of child witnesses.

REGISTRATION:  All registrations are received by Shining Star

Register online at or complete the registration form and return by April 3rd to:


Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center

215 E. First Street, Suite 110, Dixon, IL 61021

Fax: 888-901-3617





Tuesday, April 24, 2018

8:00-8:30          Registration (Continental Breakfast Provided)


8:30-10:00        We’re Just Going to Talk: Presenting Your Case in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments in Cases of Child Abuse


10:00-10:15      Break


10:15-11:45      Cross-Examination of the Defendant and Defense Witness


11:45-12:45      Lunch (provided)


12:45-2:15        Juvenile Sex Offenders


2:15-2:30          Break


2:30-4:00          Preparing Children for Court


4:00-4:30          Q & A/Discussion