Training Operations

NLC Training Operations features nationally known experts and dedicated volunteer attorneys who reveal the current challenges involved in investigating and prosecuting crimes against children, while highlighting the most up-to-date resources available to government attorneys and law enforcement to detect and prevent these crimes.

Dr. Wendy L. Patrick
Chief Instructor and Director
of Sex Crimes Training Operations

As National Chief Instructor and Director of Sex Crimes Training Operations for the National Law Center for Children and Families, Dr. Patrick is dedicated to training attorneys and law enforcement on the methodology utilized by sexual predators and stalkers.

Dr. Patrick teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on child molestation, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, pornography and domestic violence, appearing frequently on television and radio as a requested Sex Crimes topic expert, as well as on FOX NEWS, CNN, and HEADLINE NEWS.

As a Deputy District Attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Patrick prosecutes cases involving sexually violent predators, human trafficking, stalking, rape, and child molestation. She is the team leader in charge of the sexually violent predator cases her office handles, and she has completed over 150 trials ranging from child sexual exploitation, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder. Dr. Patrick is also an Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) certified instructor for law enforcement.

Dr. Patrick received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and her J.D. from California Western School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in California, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dr. Michael MacIntosh
Deputy Director of Investigations and Training

As a Certified Trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Michael MacIntosh facilitates critical incident stress management (CISM) debriefings for law enforcement agencies across the nation. He has provided training to first responders in the United States and Mexico, and serves as a committee member for POST, the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training.   MacIntosh has been frequently requested to debrief and assist law enforcement agencies immediately following some of the nation’s gravest tragedies, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center attacks, the Aurora shootings, and the Newtown elementary school tragedy.

Dr. MacIntosh teaches several NLC PROTECTS Seminar Sessions, including:  Coping Techniques for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors, Impact of Work Exposure to Child Pornography, Crisis Intervention and Peer Support, and Effective Crisis Response. (CEU credits available).