32nd Annual McGuire Conference

September 16-17, 2021

*This year’s Conference will be held virtually*
MT POST approved 14 training hours (7 hours/day)

Day 1–Sessions by Billings Area presenters
Day 2Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention sessions

Chose one or both days in the Registration form below


Did 2020 leave you or your organization feeling isolated?  We get it!


We are excited to bring you presentations from Billings-area service providers, as well as a full day of presentations from the nationally renown Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention and its parent organization, Alliance For Hope International.

While this years conference is a virtual event, we think you will enjoy connecting and getting back on the same page with service partners, neighboring agencies, and beyond.  Join us Sept 16th and 17th, 2021, as we bring you information and updates on topics like:

  • Strangulation investigations from a criminal justice perspective;
  • Adverse Childhood Experience Study and overcoming high ACES scores;
  • Sexual assault investigations from a medical perspective;
  • Legal and legislative updates in Montana;
  • Information on family and child-focused services; and
  • updates on human trafficking and domestic violence courts

AGENDA  (Mountain Daylight Time)

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DAY 1, Thurs, Sept 16th:

8:30-8:40      Welcome and Opening Comments

8:40-9:40      Domestic Violence Court–Judge David Carter

9:40-9:50      break

9:50-10:50    Legal/Legislative Updates–Kimberly Dudik

10:50-11:00   break

11:00-12:00   Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) update–Tiffany Deaver, R.N., Dr. Cynthia Brewer

12:00-1:00     lunch break

1:00-2:00       Families First Prevention Services Act-Nicole Grossberg

2:00-2:10       break

2:10-3:10       Between Two Homes–Family Support Network

3:10-3:20      break

3:20-4:20     Human Trafficking update–FBI Special Agent Brandon Walter

4:20-4:30     Final questions & Closing Comments


DAY 2 , Friday, Sept 17th:

(exact presentation times to be announced–stay tuned!)

Presentations from Alliance for Hope and the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention by Gael Strack, Esq., and Casey Gwinn, Esq.

(See Casey and Gael’s bios. here)

32nd Annual McGuire Conference_Strangulation Press Release

8:30              Opening comments

Session 1:  Why Strangulation Matters So Much

Objectives: 1) Increase understanding of why strangulation and suffocation offenses must be treated as felonies and made our top priority; 2) Improve system response to the handling of non-fatal strangulation through multi-disciplinary teams; and 3) Increase awareness about current research, laws, best practices and resources.

Session 2:  The Physiology of Strangulation–Medical 101

Objectives: 1) Increase understanding of the signs and symptoms of strangulation; 2) Increase understanding of internal injuries, delayed death and long-term consequences; and 3) Improve identification and documentation by dispatchers, paramedics, nurses and police.

Session 3:  On-scene and Follow-up Investigations

Objectives: 1) Improve the identification, investigation and documentation of strangulation cases; 2) Increase felony prosecutions and accountability; and 3) Increase use of multi-disciplinary teams and illustrate the framework of the implementation of new investigative protocols.

Session 4:  Effective Prosecution of Strangulation Cases Across America

Objectives: 1) Increase the prosecution of felony strangulation cases with or without the victim’s participation; 2) Increase offender accountability for the crimes they commit; 3) Reduce the number of strangulation cases being dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors simply because the victim recants or doesn’t appear in court; and 3) Improve victim safety through early intervention.

Session 5:  Hope Rising:  Childhood Trauma and the Science of HOPE

Objectives: 1) Increase your understanding of childhood trauma and how it impacts adult behavior; 2) Increase your understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and how to incorporate it into your practice or caseload; 3) Increase your understanding of the Science of HOPE and how you can help mitigate trauma and improve outcomes for your clients by increasing hope and resiliency.

4:00              Questions and Closing Comments

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We hope to bring everyone together again for the 33rd Annual McGuire Memorial Conference in 2022!

The Billings Area Family Violence Task Force is always taking presentation proposals.


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