CCFMTC FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

In January and February, CCFMTC traveled to Monterey and Long Beach and had the opportunity to train 55 healthcare professionals from counties which included: Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Riverside County and the U.S. Navy.

CCFMTC offers two to three Forensic Photography courses each year.  This course offers 7.0 hours of BRN Credit.

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AGENDA

  • Overview of Basic Principles
  • Camera Set-Up
  • Identifying Victim Injuries
  • Bite Mark Documentation
  • Photographing Victim Bodily Injuries
  • Legal Issues
  • Photo Review
  • Creating a Work Flow and Standard Operating Procedure

ABOUT THE COURSE

This one-day course offers basic instruction and hands-on experience related to the fundamental techniques of forensic photography. It focuses on the basic forensic photography skills needed for documenting bodily injuries for victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child physical and sexual abuse, and elder abuse.  The course is designed for healthcare professionals and investigators to increase basic skills, knowledge and competence.  A professional make-up artist from each community is hired to paint bruises and lacerations on volunteer models to depict life-like injuries on the rounded surfaces of their bodies. The volunteer models are recruited by the local exam team or rape crisis center.

COURSE INTRUCTORS

William Green, MD, CCFMTC Medical Director,  Elliot Schulman, MD, MPH, CCFMTC Education Director, and Ross Pack, Criminal Investigator, Butte County District Attorney’s Office

SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSIC EXAMINER TRAINING

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County examiner teams represented included Butte, Stanislaus, Sacramento, El Dorado, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Shasta, Santa Cruz, San Joaquin, Placer, San Francisco, Yuba, Merced, and Riverside.

This five-day SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) training program focuses on fundamental forensic medical examination procedures and techniques for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on skill stations on the fourth day.  The training takes place at the renovated 1929 Elks Building in downtown Sacramento in the specially designed training center and a ballroom with separate rooms for each skills station.

Using the Cal OES 2-923 Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Report Form and the California Medical Protocol for Examination of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse Victims, this course is designed for the inexperienced examiner and teaches basic knowledge, skills and abilities.  The Cal OES 2-923 is the standard form required for use in California and has been adopted by many other states, the United States Military, and other countries. See our website at www.cccfmtc.org for further information.

NEXT TRAINING SCHEDULED            
September 8-12, 2014

COURSE FEE:   
California Residents $350.00 / Out-of-State $500.00

TRAINING LOCATION:              
921 11th Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact Sheila Cavanagh to register at: sheila.cavanagh@ccfmtc.org

California Suspect Forensic Medical Report Form Now Required: Cal OES 2-950

Suspect Exam DVDSuspect Exam Training DVD Now Available!

California Penal Code Section 11160.1 now requires healthcare providers performing sexual assault suspect examinations to use the standard state form, Cal OES 2-950 to record findings. CCFMTC has developed a training DVD for performing these exams.

This DVD, The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination: An Overview of the Suspect
Examination is now available for $29.99 plus shipping at our online store.

The purpose of this training DVD is to provide an overview of the sexual assault suspect clinical forensic medical examination for all disciplines, and provides information about the detailed nature and scope of the examination process and procedures. Viewers will learn how to anticipate, recognize, collect, manage, preserve evidence, and understand the necessity of a timely examination.

Develop Policies Regarding Performance of Suspect Exams

Hospitals and SAFE/SANE teams are not required to conduct suspect exams. It is, however, in the best interest of the community if these exams are performed locally. Prior agreements and protocols should be established between local law enforcement agencies, SAFE/SANE teams, hospitals, or contracted professionals to conduct these examinations and to ensure coordination.

If suspect exams are provided by the SAFE/SANE team:

  • Develop procedures to ensure that victims do not come in contact with the suspect if the exams are conducted at the same time at the same facility.
  • Develop back-up procedures to ensure that the same examiner does not perform both the victim and the suspect exam. (This is a best practice, but may not be realistic in some jurisdictions.)
  • Consult the California Medical Protocol for Examination of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse Victims for guidance on conducting suspect exams. The required suspect exam form Cal OES 2-950: Forensic Medical Report: Sexual Assault Suspect Examination and instructions for performance of these exams can be obtained at www.ccfmtc.org and www.caloes.ca.gov.

This training DVD contains chapters on:

  • Medical and forensic history
  • Forensic and medical examination
  • Clothing collection
  • Forensic photography
  • Wood’s Lamp evaluation

Available DVDs from CCFMTC:

  1. Compassionate Care: An Overview Of The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination For Healthcare Providers.
  2. Compassionate Care: An Overview Of The Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Medical Examination For Criminal Justice Professionals And Victim Advocates
  3.  Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exam: Procedures And Techniques
  4. Examination Techniques For Medical Providers In Cases Of Child And Teen Sexual Abuse: Building Rapport And Maximizing Exam Effectiveness
  5. Cuidado Con Compasión: Una Revision Del Examen Medico Forense Para Casos De Agresión Sexual Para Profesionales De La Salud
  6. Cuidado Con Compasión: Una Revision Del Examen Medico Forense Para Casos De Agresión Sexual Para Profesionales En Justicia Criminal Y Defensores De Victimas

Available Publications:

  1. California SART Manual 2013 Edition
  2. California SART Report: Taking Sexual Assault Response Teams To The Next Level.

For more information or to purchase this or other training DVDs please visit our online store: www.ccfmtc.org