2017 AFCC-MN Annual Conference

When "Just Get Over It!" Isn't Enough:

Addressing Implicit Bias and Moving Towards a Trauma-Responsive Justice System


U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center

July 20, 2017 

Check-in & Breakfast:                     7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome & Annual Meeting:           8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Conference Program:                      9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception:                         4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Our featured speaker for this year's annual conference is Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. Dr. Marsh is the Director of Judicial Studies and Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a social psychologist with research and teaching interests in the areas of psychology and the law, bias and decision-making, adolescent development, trauma, resiliency, and juvenile justice.

Dr. Marsh is the former Chief Program Officer for Juvenile Law at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) where he taught and provided technical assistance on topics such as implicit bias and trauma-responsive justice, and oversaw myriad national projects focused on child welfare, juvenile justice, judicial decision-making, school engagement, and trauma/victimization. His background also includes working with youth in detention and correction settings as an educator and mental health clinician, and he is a licensed school counselor, professional counselor, and clinical professional counselor.

Dr. Marsh has served on numerous national advisory committees, including the U.S. National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Task Force, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control STRYVE Youth Violence Prevention Council, the U.S. Office of Victims of Crime Coordinating Systems of Care Steering Committee, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Juvenile Justice Subcommittee, and the National Training Team for Racial & Ethnic Fairness in the Courts coordinated by the National Center for State Courts.

The AFCC-MN Annual Conference Committee would like to recommend two opportunities for conference registrants to prepare for this year's topic:

1. Attend one of the free AFCC-MN screenings of Resilience to be held from 12:00 - 1:00 pm on June 21 at the Ramsey County Courthouse and June 22 at the Hennepin County Family Justice Center.  

2. Take an online implicit bias test through the Harvard
Project Implicit website. (click on underlined text for link)

Learning Objectives for this year's conference include:

(1) Define social cognition
(2) Differentiate between implicit and explicit cognitive processes
(3) List two advantages and two disadvantages to automatic cognitive processing
(4) List three strategies for limiting the influence of implicit bias on decisions

(1) Explain the difference between acute, chronic, and complex trauma
(2) List three key features of traumatic stress reactions (PTSD)
(3) List three conditions that can promote healing from trauma
(4) Describe the role the court/justice system can play in a larger community of healing


Register Now!

Early Registration: $185   (through June 27)

Regular Registration: $215  (after June 27)