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This is a collection of free instructional webinars that present information on a wide variety of Medical Forensic Healthcare related topics. Continuing Education credits (CE) are available when indicated below.


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Recent Forensic Healthcare Webinars

Lessons Learned from Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Sites

This webinar will discuss the strategies and lessons learned from 17 sites that implemented new policies and procedures to address previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Discussions will also include the experience of incorporating SANE programs and staff into multidisciplinary reform efforts. Coordinating efforts between a SANE program with the justice system and other community stakeholders will also be included.

May   2020

CE Available


Providing Care Post Sexual Assault Using a Protocol Approach

This webinar will highlight the guidance found within the National Protocol 2nd Ed regarding the health, safety and criminal justice needs of the prepubescent and adolescent who has experienced sexual violence. Included will be suggestions on the implications the recommendations have for response protocols, policies and practice, including working through some difficult challenges when creating new protocols.




CE Available

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words: Pediatric Sexual Assault Exam Findings

This webinar will be a dynamic, interactive, image-heavy presentation of common and not-so-common findings during pediatric sexual forensic exams. As many SANEs may not have the opportunity to see large numbers of children, the goal of this presentation is to increase confidence in performing these exams. Discussions will include evidence-based interpretation and documentation of findings. 

February 2020

CE Available


Building an Effective Intimate Partner Violence Examiner Program

This webinar will discuss the initial steps to develop and implement a successful and effective intimate partner violence examiner program. The presentation will provide an overview of essential components that should be included in the IPV exam and explanation of assessment methods. Understanding the nature and impact of IPV and strangulation is vital to patient care. The development and implementation of an IPV examiner program in a community can expand the healthcare and forensic services available to victims of IPV.


January 2020

CE Available

  The Danger Assessment

This 3 1/2 hour presentation provides participants with an overview on DV homicide of women in the US, including homicide of Native American women. Discussions will include the importance of lethality assessment, using the Danger Assessment (DA) instrument with supporting data of its accuracy, how to administer the DA with DV victim/survivors and the weighted scoring for the DA, resulting levels of Danger and what kinds of safety strategies might be recommended at each level. In addition, participants will learn about the DA-Circle, the version of the Danger Assessment developed by Native American DV Advocates and Native American DV survivors.


  November 2019

CE Available

Pediatric Case Studies Webinar

Forensic nurses provide specialized care for the pediatric patient who is presenting for health care related to known or suspected child maltreatment. A variety of case studies will be reviewed including parental opioid use, sexual assault, exploitation and children exposed to violence, including battering.

August 2019

CE Available

Sexual Assault Examiner Skills Sustainability Webinar

It can be difficult to maintain and practice the specific skills required to remain competent and confident in the role of a sexual assault nurse examiner. This webinar will discuss the need for assessing competency a variety of ways to address competency and review the process of moving from novice to expert. 

June 2019


Drugs and the Forensic Patient

This presentation will include discussions on how to recognize effects of drug exposure on patients seeking forensic care, considerations for forensic exam administration, such as consent and sample collection, as well as a review of additional best practices related to drug-facilitated sexual assault. At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will have increased knowledge of expected effects of various drugs and specific intervention that will assist with adjusting their approach to a forensic exam.

April 2019


Evolution of the Danger Assessment

This webinar presentation will provide an overview of the Danger Assessment (a tool originally developed by Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell) as part of medical forensic care for the patient who has experienced Intimate Partner Violence. The discussion will include the prevalence of IPV and associated lethality, and identify appropriate components of a medical forensic exam for the IPV patient. 

November 2018


  Normal Variants in Pediatric Exams

This webinar presentation will illustrate the differential diagnosis tree the clinician must consider when performing a prepubescent medical forensic exam or consulting when ano-genital injury has been identified. A review of normal pediatric anogenital anatomy, followed by case studies that include normal variants that can be mistaken for abuse, STI’s that may mimic trauma, straddle injury review, and traumatic injuries from sexual abuse.

June 2018


Developing a SART in Indian Country

American Indian and Alaska Native women are raped at rates higher than any other race. Despite the alarming rates, sexual assault is still the most underreported crime. In response to this crisis occurring in Indian Country, tribal nations have been developing culturally appropriate programs and adapting existing response models to create appropriate responses to sexual assault. One such model is the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which establishes a multidisciplinary team that collaborates to create a coordinated response to sexual assault.Presenters will share their experiences, challenges, successes and the importance of developing practices and protocols that are responsive to the immediate needs of adult victims of sexual assault victims and overall benefits to the criminal justice response.

April 2018

Project Connect: Improved Care for Sexual Assault Patients

This webinar will discuss how to create partnerships between victims of violence and public health fields to improve health outcomes with safety and patient-centered care. Topics covered will include: Educating providers and public health professionals on assessment and intervention; Building partnerships with regional or tribal DSV programs; Evaluating progress and more!

February 2018


  Human Trafficking in Indian Country

Human Trafficking is an underreported, complex crime that requires a trauma informed, coordinated community response. In tribal communities particularly, to ensure all the unique needs of the victim and their support system are addressed. This webinar will incorporate the recommendations from both the National SAFE Protocols and the Department of Justice, to offer guidance to tribal communities in their comprehensive response to human trafficking.

November 2017

  Forensic Photography

This webinar will cover general photography methods, forensic aspects of photography, and specific methods which should be applied in SANE cases. The specific methods will include scale photography of injuries, the use of forensic light sources for revealing latent evidence, and depth-of-field/lens/focus concerns with intra-cavity photos (including photography related to the use of a speculum).

June 2017

  Examination Options after Sexual Assault: Do Survivors Have to Report?

Access to healthcare after sexual assault can be critical to survivors beginning the healing process and to prevent long term health consequences. Reporting the assault to law enforcement should not be a barrier to accessing this care. In 2005, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) stated that victims of sexual assault must be provided access to a medical forensic exam free of charge and without being required to cooperate with law enforcement or participate in the criminal justice system. Practical implementation of these options when working with multiple jurisdictions can be difficult without collaboration between community responders.

May 2017

  Evidence Integrity: Keeping it SAFE

In addition to defining "forensic evidence", this webinar will discuss the policies necessary for transfer and storage of evidence. Proper storage of forensic exam documentation and record retention will be outlined, as well as Evidence Integrity from the National SAFE Protocol recommendations.

March 2017

  Funding for Forensic Exams: VAWA 2013 Requirements and Crime Victims Compensation (VOCA)

This 60 minute webinar will review the state requirements for access to and payment for sexual assault forensic exams and crime victims compensation.

February 2017


Adult Webinars

Historical Trauma in Tribal Communities

Dr. Art Martinez will discuss historical trauma, its effect on culture/tradition and the impact across generations in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities. Additionally, he will discuss how to incorporate cultural traditions/beliefs into the healthcare response to Sexual Assault/Abuse and Domestic Violence

 March 2016

Sexual Assault Examiner: Adult/Adolescent Case Review (Feb 2016)

Forensic nurses provide specialized care for the patient who is presenting for health care related to known or suspected sexual violence. A variety of case studies of patients will be utilized for this webinar. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient and caregiver histories, and clinical evaluation will be included and discussed.

 February 2016

Sexual Assault Examiner: Adult Case Study

A variety of sexual assault case studies will be utilized for this webinar. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient histories, and clinical evaluation will be included and discussed

 January 2016

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Case Studies

A variety of sexual assault/domestic violence case studies will be utilized for this webinar. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient histories, and clinical evaluation will be included and discussed.

 December 2015

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is relatively new in Native American communities, with only limited data available. Tribal codes that protect elders are currently being developed but information about and an understanding of how to identify and combat elder abuse is lacking.

 November 2015

Neurobiology of Trauma

Dr. Rebecca Campbell discusses the neurobiology of sexual assault and the effect trauma has on victim behavior. She explains the underlying neurobiology of traumatic events, its emotional and physical manifestation, and how these processes can impact the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. This webinar will examine how rape crisis centers and the legal, medical, and mental health systems respond to the needs of victims of sexual assault.

 July 2015

Sexual Assault Examiner: Case Study Review (March 2015)


Forensic nurses provide specialized care for the patient who is presenting for health care related to known or suspected sexual violence. A variety of case studies of patients will be utilized for this webinar. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient and caregiver histories, and clinical evaluation will be included and discussed. 

 March 2015

Suspect Exams

This webinar will review what can be collected during a suspect exam and discuss the steps for creating a suspect exam policy.

 February 2015

Health Impact of IPV

The health impacts of intimate partner violence (IPV) are well documented in the scientific literature. There are a wide variety of comorbid health complaints described, ranging from chronic pain complaints to gynecological disorders to cardiac disease. Because of this, clinicians must approach the care of IPV patients as more than just the documentation of an acute episode of violence. All healthcare providers, regardless of specialty, need to understand how experiencing violence, including IPV, impact both the short- and long-term health of patients.

 November 2014

Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence

This webinar will review the current empirical evidence on the prevalence and health effects of IPV among childbearing women and will assist practitioners to more effectively intervene with patients who are experiencing IPV. The presenter has nearly 30 years of experience in the violence against women arena and over 20 years experience working as a primary health care provider for pregnant women. Along with the research and knowledge of others, she will share some of her own experiences addressing IPV as a health care provider and as a researcher..

 October 2014

Advanced Anorectal Evaluation of the Sexual Assault Patient

This webinar will discuss the proper way to conduct an anorectal post sexual assault exam. Discussion will include various assessment techniques as well as identification of ano-rectal structures. Anoscopes as an assessment tool will also be discussed in the presentation.

September 2014

DV Case Study

Medical evaluation of the intimate partner violence (IPV) patient is often under assessed as it is often not understood. This webinar will discuss medical forensic care of the IPV patient. Case studies of IPV patients who presented to a forensic nurse examiner program will be utilized. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient histories, clinical evaluation and case outcome (when known) will be included.

August 2014

Helping Hearts Hurt: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and How to Plan For It and Prevent It

Although compassion fatigue is a predictable response in “helping” professions, it is rarely addressed in a systematic an ongoing basis. This webinar emphasizes that compassion fatigue is a preventable and natural consequence of working with traumatized populations. Understanding it, planning for it, and preventing it can increase the sustainability of employees devoted to this work, such as healthcare workers, law enforcement and military personnel, teachers, and social workers. In this webinar, participants will learn what compassion fatigue is, how to identify and describe its signs and symptoms, and how to develop self-care practices.

 May 2014

Lethality Assessment

Most health care practitioners have little training on how to provide appropriate medical care to patients who are victims of intimate partner violence. More specifically, health care practitioners have not been trained on how to accurately assess for potential lethality in intimate partner violence relationships.

March 2014

The Pregnant Sexual Assault Patient

SANE's are uncertain of how to care for pregnant victims of sexual assault. It is the projected outcome that with the information provided by this presentation, pregnant victims of sexual assault will receive appropriate care with a team approach.

February 2014

Abuse Screening, Intervention & Documentation in the Health Care Setting

This program is intended to increase knowledge of the appropriate roles of health care providers in addressing current and/or historic domestic and sexual abuse in the health care setting. This program will familiarize participants with current standards of care that apply to screening, intervention and documentation of abuse. Primary and secondary screening methods and barriers to effective screening and intervention will be examined. Health indicators of abuse will be discussed. Accurate documentation and coding will be reviewed. The importance of Collaborative Community Responses that include health care providers, advocates, law enforcement and mental health will be considered.

January 2014

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Impact on Adult Health

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is a long term, in-depth, epidemiologic analysis of over 17,000 middle-aged, middle-class Americans, matching their current health status against 10 categories of adverse childhoos experiences that occurred on average a half-century earlier.

December 2013

Courtroom Testimony in Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Cases

This webinar will enhance the SANEs ability to provide fact and expert testimony in criminal trials. SANE trial preparation focused on documentation, notice of expert, motions and rulings effecting testimony, and suggestions for meeting with attorneys will be reviewed. Foundations of evidence-based testimony will be discussed, and guidance for providing ethical and effective testimony on direct and cross-examination will be provided.

November 2013

Co-occurrence of Sexual and Domestic Violence

This webinar will focus on the intersection of women’s experiences of sexual and physical violence in their intimate partnerships. Common patterns of women’s experiences, prevalence, and the causes and consequences of this frequently overlooked form of violence against women will be addressed. Particular attention will be given to discussing the challenges women face in disclosing their experiences, barriers to service provision and best practices in providing resources to women who have been physically and sexually abused by their intimate partners.

October 2013

Alcohol-facilitated Sexual Assault

The intersection between alcohol and sexual violence is well-documented in the literature, and American Indians experiencing violence are significantly more likely than any other group to report that the offender was under the influence of alcohol. For healthcare providers, it’s critical to understand this relationship and how it can impact the medical-forensic care of sexual assault patients.

September 2013

Medical Forensic Care of the Adult Sexual Assault Patient

Medical forensic care of the adult and adolescent patient who has experienced sexual assault is much more than the collection of a sexual assault evidence kit. This webinar will provide an outline of the comprehensive, holistic care that should be delivered to the patient in the aftermath of sexual assault in the medical forensic exam.

August  2013

 The Lethality of Strangulation in Adult Patients  Overall, women who experience nonfatal strangulation by an intimate partner have greater than sevenfold odds of becoming a victim of homicide. In this webinar, participants will learn to recognize the patterns of injury and lethality associated with strangulation in the adult patient and summarizes the critical need for medical intervention, both from the victim as well as the legal perspective.  June  2013



Pediatric Webinars


Who Said What?!? Utilizing Case Presentations to Improve Pediatric Forensic Medical Evaluations

Pediatric forensic examinations can be intimidating. What would happen during an examination if you can’t see the rim of the hymen? Is what I’m seeing an injury or something else? Does injury always mean abuse? Are there tests to be done when abuse is suspected? This presentation will utilize case presentations to assist in answering these questions! The information is intended for novice forensic nurses. 

 February 2016


Creating an Effective Medical Forensic Response to Pediatric Victims of Sexual Abuse in Indian Country

Rachel Locker, MD from the Snwiyaila Miyanashna (Talking for the Children) Child Advocacy Center in Warm Springs, OR and Misty Hunter, RN from the Four Directions Clinic in Kyle, SD will share how their programs were developed and discuss their successes and challenges along the way.

 January 2016

Child Maltreatment Case Studies

This webinar will discuss interesting child maltreatment cases both sexual and physical abuse. Sexual abuse findings will be described using the 2015 updated Adams Classification. Variations of normal/non-specific ano-genital exams will also be explored. Physical abuse cases will highlight evidence based practice guidelines. This webinar will provide important information to the novice to expert pediatric SANE.

 November 2015

Pediatric Head Trauma

This webinar will provide an overview of different types of head trauma encountered in pediatric practice (contact injuries, hypoxia/ischemia, and acceleration/deceleration). Case presentations will be used to highlight the importance of history, physical exam and usage of objective testing strategies in differentiating accidental vs. abusive causes of pediatric head trauma.

 September 2015

Neurobiology of Trauma in Pediatric Patients

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discusses the neurobiology of sexual assault and the effect trauma has on children.

 August 2015

Pediatric Sexual Assault Examiner: Case Study Review (May 2015)

Forensic nurses provide specialized care for the pediatric patient who is presenting for health care related to known or suspected child maltreatment. A variety of case studies of child maltreatment patients will be utilized for this webinar. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient and caregiver histories and clinical evaluation will be included and discussed. 

 May 2015


Pediatric Sexual Assault Examiner: Case Study Review (January 2015)

Forensic nurses provide specialized care for the pediatric patient who is presenting for health care related to known or suspected child maltreatment. A variety of case studies of child maltreatment patients will be utilized for this webinar. Presenting signs and symptoms, patient and caregiver histories and clinical evaluation will be included and discussed.

 January 2015

Bringing Life and Hope to Kids Exposed to Toxic Stress including Substance Abuse

This webinar will discuss the health and social impact of toxic stress, including family substance abuse on children. Providers will learn how to identify ways that they and their community can change the trajectory of children exposed to toxic stress.

 December 2014

Adolescent Consent and Privacy Issues

This webinar will discuss the legal issues surrounding adolescent (minor) consent to medical treatment for sexual assault. Also will review medical record privacy and disclosure, parental access to minor records, and consent issues related to pregnancy prevention.

 September 2014

CARE: Child Adolescent Referral & Evaluation Center A model for the assessment of child abuse created by the Crow and N. Cheyenne MDTs

This webinar will identify the functions of a CAC as well as discuss the different models of CAC's. The relationship between CAC's and MDT's will be discussed along with the critical elements needed for both to function. Essential resources and the sequential steps needed to develop a CAC will be explained.

 August 2014

Straddle Injury vs Sexual Abuse: Managing Traumatic Genital Injury in Children

While it is routine for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Child Abuse Physicians to evaluate children who have disclosed or are suspected as having been sexually abused, it is less common for children who are seen for a chief complaint of straddle injury to be examined by these same experts. This webinar will examine the child sexual abuse expert's role in examining straddle injuries, and how to manage significant genital injury in children.

July 2014

Genital Dermatologic Conditions in Children

Vulvovaginitis is the most common gynecologic problem in pre-pubertal girls. The pre-pubertal hypo estrogenic tissues are atrophic and therefore more susceptible to infection and irritation. These types of complaints can result from a variety of sources including infection, congenital abnormalities, trauma or dermatologic conditions. In this webinar, we will explore each of these etiologies, paying special attention to the dermatologic conditions clinical providers should consider when evaluating genital skin complaints in children.

June 2014

Child Sexual Exploitation

Clinicians need further training regarding the six types of child sexual exploitation, recognizing that often more than one type of abuse exists in these types of cases. The role of the Internet and communication technology, particularly 3G and 4G technology allow for easier victimization of children and a less likely occurrence of apprehension and subsequent prosecution. Emerging research underscores that the victim impact is worse in child sexual exploitation than in child sexual abuse, primarily because of recurrent nature of the abuse and the likelihood that these represent a multi-offender case in many types of sexual exploitation.

March 2014

Trafficking of Minors on Tribal Lands

Clinicians need further training regarding the three types of human trafficking, the medical problems associated with this form of exploitation and recognize that there is often a juxtaposition of labor and sex trafficking in tribal country. In addition, there is a need to understand the unique vulnerabilities of Native women and girls who are victims of sex trafficking and the generational trauma inherent in this population.

January 2014

Child Neglect: A Review

A review of the risks and potential problems for children who are felt to be victims of neglect. This population of children rarely receives the attention that other forms of maltreatment do. However this group of victims has potential long term consequences that can be as devastating as what victims of other abuse experience. And this is a population that has better potential for early recognition and intervention for the benefit of the child, and for the benefit of the caregivers so that they might function better in their role with this child.

December 2013

 Order in the Court! Surviving and Thriving as an Expert Medical Witness

It is assumed that through education as well as on the job training medical providers possess the knowledge and skill necessary to provide holistic, comprehensive, compassionate care to the patients they serve. Most medical providers, however, have not received training or developed the skills to provide expert, objective and empirically sound court testimony.

November 2013  

Total Recall or Mission Impossible? Developmentally Sensitive Interviewing of Children

Children are not little adults. In the context of a sexual abuse or sexual assault evaluation we are talking with children about sensitive and highly emotionally charged issues. We often ask children questions that would be difficult for many adults to answer. Understanding child development is critical to a successful interview, which is even more important in the presence of trauma. It is the responsibility of the interviewer to assess the child’s developmental status and then ask questions accordingly.

October 2013

Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pediatric Patients

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the pediatric sexually abused population are rare. This webinar will review the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and indications for testing STIs in children.

August 2013

Medical Forensic Care of the Child Sexual Assault Patient

Medical forensic care of the pediatric patient who has experienced sexual abuse is significantly different than care of the adult.  Compliant victimization, multiple methods of effective grooming by the offender, internet and pornographic offenses all complicate the medical providers approach, and even make disclosure more difficult for the child.

September 2013

Evaluation of Suspected Child Physical and Sexual Abuse

The majority of health care providers have only minimal formal education and even less clinical experience in dealing with suspected cases of physical and sexual child abuse. This presentation will review the different types of medical and nursing professionals who commonly deal with child abuse pediatrics, their respective roles, and the skill’s set expected of each regarding child abuse. History taking and physical examination of suspected victims of child sexual and physical abuse will also be covered through review of actual cases.

July 2013

The Lethality of Strangulation in Pediatric Patients   

Medical literature regarding issues of strangulation in children is limited and generally consists of case studies often involving fatality. Strangulation in children can present differently that than of the adult patient in that children may engage in "the choking game" without understanding the health consequences, may be attempting suicide or may be victims of child maltreatment with the offender using strangulation as a tactic.

June  2013