Scholarships for the IAFN Conference

The Minnesota IAFN Chapter will award three $500 scholarships to forensic nurses from
Minnesota to attend the annual
International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice 
October 11 –  October 14, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Who May Apply? All Forensic Nurses practicing in Minnesota are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship applications need to be submitted by July 5, 2017.
The applications will be evaluated by the MN IAFN Chapter Board – 
President – Ellen Johnson
President Elect – Amy Schmitz
Immediate Past President – Linda Walther
Education Director – Karine Zakroczymski 
Secretary/Treasuer – Barb Kern-Pieh. 
The scholarship recipients  will be notified by email on July 13, 2017
Early registration discounted fee ends on July 31, 2017   ($525 for IAFN members and  $654 for non-members)
The scholarships will be awarded after a copy of the conference registration fee is submitted to
Fill out the application at
Questions? Email Linda at 

Adult/Adolescent SANE Training


Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training

Sponsored by WINDOW Victim Services

July 17-21, 2017
8 am – 5 pm (Monday – Friday)

Registration Fee: $410

Fee includes the training, references and handouts on a flash drive, breakfast, lunches, and snacks. All handouts will be available a week before the training for you to download and print or bring on a laptop. More information 

Registration Deadline:
July 3, 2017
Email to register and payment information
Space is limited to 25 Registered Nurses with 2 years of clinical experience.

First Lutheran Church – 301 Lawler Avenue – South Hinckley, MN 55037

Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at America’s Best Value Inn
325 Fire Monument Road   Hinckley, MN 55037
The room rate is $49.90 plus tax per night
Please contact the hotel directly for reservations (by July 3rd) at 320-384-6112
Ask for the WINDOW Victim Services block of rooms.

Core Content providers:

Linda Walther RN SANE A SANE P
Regions SANE Program, SARS, MNCASA SANE Consultant

Ellen Johnson RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN
SANE Program Supervisor Regions SANE program

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Partial credit will not be awarded. A certificate of completion will be provided upon successful completion of the training.


If an applicant withdraws registration prior to July 10, the registration fee, less a $50.00 handling charge, will be refunded.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER THE Training has started. We reserve the right to cancel the program due to lack of sufficient enrollment. Notification of a cancellation will be made one week prior to the program. In this case the entire registration fee will be refunded.

Contact us –

Linda Walther RN SANE A SANE P

LoAnn Westerman – WINDOW Victim Services
204 Fire Monument Road – PO Box 379 – Hinckley, MN 55037 – 320-384-7113

WI IAFN Chapter Conference

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Wisconsin IAFN Chapter Helen Kelly Conference  

May 22nd and 23rd in Stevens Point Wisconsin

Speakers for the conference include:

Jason Weber- Fox Crossing Police Department
Tracy Pullman- Harbor House Domestic Violence
Leigha Weber- Wisconsin DOC PREA
Wisconsin DOJ- Crime Victim Compensation Services
Angela Hinze- Columbia County Chief Medical Examiner
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Facility- Sexually Violent Predators
Jennifer Price &  Michellle Dubois- Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children and Adults


WI IAFN Member- $100
Non-Member- $125
Nursing Students-$75
One Day Only- $75

Full schedule and more information

MN IAFN Chapter Education Event May 11, 2017

Understanding the Psycho-sexual Construct of Sex Offender Treatment and the Offender

Therapist Jessica VerBout works with sex offenders and will share information about the psycho-sexual make-up of people who sexually offend,  components of  sex offender treatment programs and  some of the myths regarding the struggles and experiences of sexual offenders.

Regions Hospital
640 Jackson Street
C 2000
St. Paul, MN 55101

May 11, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 pm

2 CEUs

RSVP    Parking Info 

Free parking voucher available

This activity has been submitted to the Emergency Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Emergency Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Jessica VerBout, M.A., LMFT, CST has been working in the field of mental health therapy since 2008 and had started her career working with developmentally delayed sexual offenders and expanded to working with normal functioning offenders since. She has worked at a few of the local sex offender treatment programs in her career and has extensive experience running group therapy for all types of male sexual offenders. She has also focused her private practice in St. Louis Park to the treatment of individuals with Out of Control Sexual Behaviors (“sex addicts”) and those who have had issues with non-consensual sexual behaviors and/or thoughts, among typical mental health concerns. Helping individuals with these sexuality concerning behaviors learn healthier modes of stress management and sexuality, and trying to help keep the community safe through this learning process, is what drives Jessica to continue to work with this population. She is independently licensed in Minnesota to conduct marriage and family therapy services, and has a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).




IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training

IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training  

Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 2017, 0730-1630

Have you taken the 40 hour SANE course but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16 hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab May 20 and 21, 2017 is for you.

This 16 hour Clinical Skills Lab will provide the nurse hands on Sexual Assault Examination training with live models.  The Skills lab includes training and practice on pelvic speculum insertion, interviewing, evidence collection and handling, anoscopy, and photography.  The Skills Lab will provide training and practice with developing a plan of care, discharge/safety planning, and risk assessment for STI’s, pregnancy, and HIV with discussions regarding options for prophylaxis of each.  This Clinical Skills Lab is designed to provide clinical practice to nurses who are new SANEs or SANEs who have not had the opportunity to perform many exams.  The Skills Lab will increase the nurse’s skill and confidence with performing medical forensic examination of the adult and adolescent sexual assault patient.

Course Location
Regions Hospital
Simulation Center, 7th Floor, Central Building
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101

Brochure and registration information 

Program Contact

Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN
SANE Program Supervisor
Regions Hospital
Mail Stop 11901A
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101

Clinical Skills Training Scholarships

Limited scholarships for this training may be available through the Office for Victims of Crime for SANEs who work directly with crime victims.  Awards will be made based on need, to applicants whose organizations have insufficient funds to support their participation. Interested parties must contact OVC TTAC directly.  

Please visit the OVC TTAC Website to apply:   Scholarship applications must be received 60 days before the event.

Advanced Forensic Nursing Course


The Mercy Forensic Nurse Program is coordinating an educational opportunity focused on
intimate partner violence, vulnerable adults, and non-sexual child abuse.

Advanced Forensic Nursing Course
April 12,13 & 14 2017
Allina Health
Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Road
Fridley, MN 55432

Brochure which includes registration information.
Allina Employees– $25.00
Non-Allina Employees- $100.00
(lunch and snacks provided)

This course is geared for sexual assault nurse examiners who wish to increase their
knowledge base and expand their practice. The 24 hour Sexual Assault Nurse examiner
course is a entry level course for sexual assault nurse examiners, this course is built
as a staple from that course.

CEU’s will be provided.

SANE Training April 24-28, 2017

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SANE A Training
Sponsored by SVJI@MNCASA

April 24-28, 2017

Monday – Friday   8:00 – 5:00 pm

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge Hotel
St. Paul, MN


Registration is $200 with breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided throughout the week.

Space is limited to 25 nurses with priority given to nurses practicing
in MN.

Registration Link  or go to

When you register, you will receive a confirmation email from Linda with additional information.

The training is 40 hours of classroom training following the International Association of Forensic Nurses guidelines.

Materials will be available for download prior to the training and a flash drive of training and reference material will be provided on the first day.

This activity has been submitted to the Emergency Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Emergency Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

Email – Linda Walther  for registration information and questions.

Conference – Vulnerable Youth: Improving the Multidisciplinary Response


March 31, 2017 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
registration begins at 7:30 AM

Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus Auditorium
550 Osborne Road NE
Fridley, MN 55432

Registration fee
$50 General Admission
$40 MN IAFN Members

 CEUs available  POST Credits applied for   Brochure for details

March 31, 2017 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM registration begins at 7:30

7:45 AM   Welcome
Cordelia Anderson
The Impact of Pornography on Youth and Culture
Benny Williams
Community Policing and Street Outreach with Vulnerable Youth 
Caroline Palmer
Minor Consent and Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting
Detective Mike Schantzen, Anoka County CID, Special Agent Brent Peterson, MN BCA
and Federal Agent Tanya Price, Homeland Security
The Lee Paul Case Study Presentation
Nancy Dunlap
Investigating and Prosecuting the Abuse of Minors 

To register click this link 

SANE training April 24-28, 2017

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SANE A Training
Sponsored by SVJI@MNCASA

April 24-28, 2017

8-5 pm every day

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge Hotel
St. Paul, MN

 Registration link and email Linda Walther if you have questions.

Registration is $200 with breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided throughout the week.

Space is limited to 25 nurses with priority given to nurses practicing in MN.

Registration Info link

ANCC application for 40 Contact Hours in process.

MN IAFN Annual Business Meeting and Education Event

January 12, 2017

6:30 – 7:30 pm
Social Hour and Business meeting
Food and beverages will be provided
7:30 – 8:30 pm   Education event 1 CEU

Contextualizing the Fifty Shades Phenomenon:
The Role of Consent in BDSM Encounters and Relationships 

Speaker –   Garret Drew
LocationWilder Conference Center
Room 2610
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104
Parking ramp next to the building is free


After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and define basic terminology commonly used in BDSM
    relationships and communities.
  2. Discuss BDSM relationships and encounters with clients in ways that
    are de-pathologizing and sex positive.
  3. Identify differences between kink and abusive behavior.

Garrett Drew is a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership, Policy,
and Development at the University of Minnesota and has been involved
with sexual assault advocacy since 2005.