Using a Multidisciplinary Approach


Course Description

Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence and Interpersonal Violence: ALL these violent crimes are about power and control. STRANGULATION is one of the most powerful ways that the perpetrator of such violence can prove their power and control to their victim. This two-day activity is designed to assist community partners implement strangulation protocols that are specific to each individual community’s needs. Professionals that interact with the victims of this unique form of violence must understand that strangulation is potentially fatal and recognize the importance of accurate documentation with every single victim contact. The implementation of strangulation protocols, policies and procedures is the key to the success of this process.

  •  Medical Eagle Forensic Nurses is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  •  This CNE activity has been jointly provided by Medical Eagle Forensic Nurses collaboratively with McKay Training and Consulting
  • Continuing Education (TCOLEs, CLEs/MCLEs, CEUs) contact hours have been applied for.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Regular Registration: $280 per person

Discounted Registration

for groups of 3 or more: $250 per person


Accomadations are the responsibility of the attendees. 


Kelsey at

Debbie at


Wednesday September 6, 2017 and

Thursday September 7, 2017


0800 until 1730 (Central Time)


New Braunfels Civic-Convention Center

375 S Castell Ave

New Braunfels, TX 78130

Faculty Bios


Debbie Sterling (RN) has been a Forensic Nurse since 1995 and became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in 2005. She was a CA-CP SANE (Texas certification) for 10 years and maintains international SANE certifications in adults, adolescence and pediatrics (SANE-A since 2012; SANE-P since 2013). Debbie established her nurse consulting business in 2011 to expand services for victims of sexual assault in her community and to develop her interest in educating nurses in forensic nursing.  Debbie was appointed as the Chair Person for the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Education Committee in January 2017.


Kelsey McKay (JD) was a prosecutor in Travis County (Austin, Texas) for twelve years. For six years, she exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes ranging from assault/sexual assault to capital murder. She has worked to strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, treat, and prosecute strangulation and intimate partner cases. She works with law enforcement to implement the use of Strangulation Supplements, transforming the role of first responders to be more investigative by carrying her knowledge and needs as a prosecutor into the field on every case. She trains and consults nationally for communities working towards similar goals.


San Diego County has been a leader for years on evidence based domestic violence prosecution but Kelsey McKay’s presentation… highlighted the fact that we needed vast improvement in this area… The response was overwhelming and immediate across all disciplines in attendance… Kelsey does not just preach it, she does it.” Kurt Mechals, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County, California


“…after your training I realized I was only capturing a small portion of the physical symptoms of strangulation and have since included the assessment of these subtle, but significant, symptoms into my assessments.  …my current evaluations include…  a very thorough review of the symptoms of strangulation…” Michael T. Svoboda, RN MSN CPNP, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Austin, Texas


“I have participated in an assortment of classes on strangulation. Diverse teaching/learning methods were used in a variety of venues/settings. These classes have ranged between a half-day to 4 full days of didactic. Every one of these classes (and their instructors) provide the students with the same basic information. That is where this 2-day seminar comes in. It is the next step in strangulation training. The successful implementation of protocols and assessment tools in such a diverse group of community partners can only be accomplished with the kind of support this seminar offers. It is well worth attending.” Anonymous, Registered Nurse, USA