Advanced SANE/SART Training – The Powerful Control of Strangulation: Understanding & Overcoming Obstacles  – Wichita – March 2023

Advanced SANE/SART Training

The Powerful Control of Strangulation: Understanding & Overcoming Obstacles 

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Audience: This training is a networking and learning opportunity for all those working to end sexual violence.

Healthcare professionals (APRN, RN, LPN), SANEs, physicians, physician assistants, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, mental health professionals, and other professionals who work with victims of sexual assault. 

KCSDV is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 7 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT0291-0914.

Training Description

This training will provide participants with a new lens to see the crime of strangulation through a survivor’s eyes and give context to commonly misunderstood evidence. The training will explore how the role of fear influences decision-making and explain how to overcome common defenses. In addition, it will provide solutions to improve practice to understand the evidence better, identify the predominant aggressor, determine consent, and introduce legal strategies and a coordinated community response to increase offender accountability.


  • Identify the challenges and obstacles in identifying strangulation.
  • Explore practical solutions to overcome barriers.
  • Identify the relevant anatomy in the human body impacted by asphyxiation.
  • Discuss the difference between an interrogation and an interview.
  • Identify common injuries on the suspect in a strangulation assault.
  • Identify common defenses used in asphyxiation cases.
  • Recognize and identify at least 3 at-risk populations of criminal asphyxia.

Dates & Times

Thursday, March 30, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Check-in begins at 8 a.m.
Lunch: Noon – 1 p.m. (on your own)

Materials will be provided in advance electronically.

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Wichita State University
Hughes Metro Complex, Room 180
5015 E. 29th Street
Wichita, KS 67220


Hyatt Place at Wichita State University
4703 E. 19th Street North
Wichita, Kansas, 67208

A room block is not available for this event. However, the government rate is available by selecting “Special Rates” and then selecting your respective government category.
To make your reservation select HERE.

The government rate is limited, book early!

Guest Speaker:

Kelsey McKay, JD
McKay Training & Consultant, LLC

Respond Against Violence
Founder/President & CEO

Kelsey McKay is a highly recognized national expert on the topic of criminal asphyxiation and interpersonal violence. She spent twelve years as a child abuse, sex crimes, domestic violence, and homicide prosecutor in Austin, Texas, and exclusively prosecuted strangulation related crimes for half of that time. She now trains and consults nationally to implement sustainable protocols and help strengthen how communities identify, investigate, and prosecute strangulation in cases ranging from intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and homicide. She is the President & Founder of RESPOND Against Violence and also serves on multiple faculties, advisory boards, and committees. 



Registration Fee: At no cost
No-shows and cancellations made less than 72 hours before the event may be assessed the $100 registration fee.

Registration Deadline: March 22, 2023

Please register early. Space will be limited! 

How To Register:
You must first create an account and login, then select the number of users you want to register and click “Register Now.”

If you need assistance registering, contact Teresa Gallegos, 


We welcome people of all abilities.  For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.


Katherine Pohl
Statewide SANE/SART Coordinator or 785-232-9784

Teresa Gallegos
Director of Education and Training or 785-232-9784

Sponsored by:

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This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.



Pittsburg State University Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing




Grant funding from the Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aims to provide better physical and mental health care treatments for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The three-year HRSA ANE-SANE Grant was awarded to the Pittsburg State University, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing in October 2021 to train and support nurses and organizations in rural areas of Kansas.

Disclaimer: The grants and programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information:

Training Hours: 7


  •  March 30, 2023
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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