The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention is excited to offer a 3-Day Masters' Strangulation Course in San Diego, CA! Directly following the Masters' Course, The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention will be offering a 1-Day course on The Living Forensics Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds.

Masters' Course on Strangulation Prevention

Course Description:

THE MASTERS' COURSE IS FOR ALUMNUS OF THE 4-DAY ADVANCED COURSE handling domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This course will bring together 50 prior attendees who have distinguished themselves in the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases, testified as experts, provide training and/or have made significant contributions to the field. The Masters' Course will be a very special and unique opportunity to participate in a national think tank and learning exchange. This new course will update attendees about our current knowledge of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation assaults and continue where the 4-Day Advanced Course left off.

This course consists of 3 Days of training 8:00AM-5:00PM. To receive full credit for the course, attendees must attend all 3 days.

The course will cover an examination of:
• New laws, case law and medical research
• New and improved tools for assessing risk
• Updates on Imaging Recommendations
• Updates from the National Advisory Board
• Participate in breakout sessions involving case studies in child, elder and sexual assault strangulation assaults
• Rebutting the testimony from defense experts
• The growing and evolving multidisciplinary team in strangulation cases
• Lessons learned from staged suicide scenes
• Emerging promises practices
• Integrating the science of hope into our work to help victims heal
• Screening, evaluating and treating the strangled patient for traumatic brain injury
• Prosecuting strangulation cases without the victim’s testimony
• Prosecuting strangulation cases as torture and attempted murder
• Affinity rotations:
o Advocacy: Addressing strangulation during intake
o Investigations: Implementing new law enforcement protocols
o Medical: Conducting a DV clinical forensic exam
o Prosecution: Using the Defense Expert as your Expert
• Defense panel discussion
• Individual and national goal setting
• Case reviews
• Practice sessions for experts by practicing defense attorneys
• Holding stranglers accountable
• Planning the future & developing implementation plans

The course will provide practical, hands-on training workshops where multi-disciplinary professionals can work together in small groups and learn from each other.

It will also include critical training specific to each discipline, as well as improve practice, implementation and your expert testimony.

You must be a graduate of the 4-Day Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention in order to apply for this course.

OVW grantees are given preference to attend this course.

Please consider joining us for...

Course Desciption:

Louisville Metro Police Surgeon Bill Smock, M.D., one of the country's leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, has developed an 8-hour training program to assist forensic nurses, law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds.

The program is specifically designed for law enforcement officers and medical personnel involved with the investigation, evaluation and reconstruction of firearms-related incidents, including domestic and officer-involved shootings. The information presented will assist your investigation and ensure that your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical science and forensic evidence.

• How to correctly determine entrance versus exit wounds
• Review of current medical literature on the accuracy of un-trained physicians at differentiating entrance from exit wounds
• How to accurately determine the range-of-fire
• How to determine the direction of bullet movement in graze wounds
• Appropriate evidence recognition, collection and preservation
• What tests should you ask your crime lab to perform
• How to determine the wound track
• Forensic photography techniques
• The investigation of officer-involved shootings: can you account for each round and wound?
• Case studies: domestic and officer-involved shooting
• Use and misuse of forensic terminology
• Interviewing techniques: what questions will determine the truth behind what happened?
• Recognition of staged shooting scenes
• Wound ballistics and wounding: handgun versus rifle
• Hands-on examination of spent bullets and cartridge cases
• Radiographic identification of bullets
• Is the history consistent with the physical evidence? How do you know?

The GSW course will be conducted over one full day of 8:00am-5:00pm.


Applications ​for ​the ​Training ​Institute ​on ​Strangulation ​Prevention's ​Masters' ​Course and the GSW Course ​must ​be ​completed ​by ​July 14th ​2018. ​Submitting ​an ​application ​does ​not ​guarantee ​you ​a ​spot ​at ​the ​training. ​We ​will ​respond ​to ​accepted ​attendees ​by ​July 21st, ​2018. ​If ​you ​do ​not ​hear ​back ​from ​us ​by ​that ​date, ​your ​application ​will ​automatically ​be ​added ​to ​our ​waiting ​list. ​Approved ​attendees ​must ​confirm ​attendance ​by ​July 31st, ​2018. ​After ​this ​date, ​any ​unconfirmed ​seats ​will ​be ​made ​available ​to ​attendees ​on ​the ​waiting ​list. ​We ​will ​respond ​to ​those ​wait ​listed ​as ​soon ​as ​possible ​after July 31st.

Reserve your spot today!


  • When

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Friday, August 24, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • 101 W Broadway
    8th Floor
    San Diego, California 92101

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