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Together for Children Conference

April 4 - 6, 2017 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee WI.

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The conference will be held simultaneously with the International Family Justice Center Conference. This will allow Together for Children attendees the opportunity to attend their workshop sessions in addition to our sessions. Find the conference schedule tab below.

Our keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 5 will be Dr. Linda Chamberlain, who will address "The Intersections of CA, DV and ACES." Dr. Chamberlain is an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development.

Keep checking back for conference updates.

Questions, email jane.yeager@cssw.org or call (920) 969-7925.

Who should attend

The purpose is to improve prevention, treatment, investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect by providing knowledge and skills to address emerging issues, research questions and public policy changes in child welfare and child protection.

Our target audience is:

  • Child abuse prevention personnel
  • Child Advocacy Center personnel
  • Child Protective Services
  • Domestic Violence Center personnel
  • Judicial officers and attorneys
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Medical and health professionals
  • School personnel
  • Social workers
  • Therapists and psychologists

Conference Schedule

The conference will be held simultaneously with the International Family Justice Center conference.

This will give Together for Children participants the opportunity to attend their workshop sessions, in addition to our sessions. The two groups will join together for the Keynote Plenary sessions. Workshop sessions will be held in both the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Wisconsin Center.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the new Family Peace Center in Milwaukee - one of the first co-located child advocacy and family violence centers in the country. It provides comprehensive services for victims and families impacted by domestic violence.

On Wednesday, April 5, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Linda Chamberlain, who will address, "The Intersections of CA, DV and ACES." Dr. Chamberlain in an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development. She is also the founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project and a consultant for the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Dr. Chamberlain is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, known for her ability to translate science into practical information with diverse audiences.


2017 Together for Children Program

Note: Lunch is on your own each day

Tues. 4/4/2017                                                                                                                                 

7:30 – 8:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00

MDT Response to Child Abuse Investigation Detective Jeff Rich, Plano TX

10:00 – 10:30

Break

10:30 – 12:00

Session Continues

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 3:30

Session Continues

Wed. 4/5/2017

7:30 – 8:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00

Welcome/Opening Comments – Peggy Troy, Casey Gwinn   and Keynote Speaker– The Intersections of CA, DV & ACES Dr. Linda Chamberlain

10:00 – 10:30

Break

Workshop Tracks

Track # 1

Track # 2

Track # 3

10:30 – 12:00

Breakout Sessions

When Does Punishment Become Abuse

Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in your Work – Intro

The Link Between Child Pornography and Child Abuse

 

Speaker(s)

Dr. Barbara Knox

Becky Mather, LaMikka James (Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board)

Det. Jeff Rich

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 3:00

Breakout Sessions

Drug Testing in Kids:  What You Need to Know

New Child Welfare Policy on Child Support Referrals to Aid in Reunification

Female Sex Offenders

 

Speaker(s)

Dr. Hillary Petska

Katy Petershack (DCF) & UW-Madison Institute for Research in Poverty Research

Dr. Anna Salter

3:00 – 3:30

Break

3:30 – 5:00

Breakout Sessions

Protecting the Unborn Child

Children with Disabilities in the Wisconsin Child Welfare System (DCF)

Adolescent Sex Offenders

 

Speaker(s)

Molly Jasmer, Lisa Roberts

Fredi Ellen-Bove (DCF) & Member of the Workgroup for Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System

Dr. Anna Salter

5:30 – 6:30

Tour of Sojourner Family Peace Center (First bus departs hotel at 5:15)

Thurs. 4/6/2017

8:00 – 9:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Strategies to Prevent Abusive Head Trauma

Attorney Ethics Related to Media/Technology

Generational Diversity, Part 1

 

Speaker(s)

Dr. Lynn Sheets

Aviva Kaiser

Patricia Parker

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Breakout Sessions

Gender Differences in a Child’s Experience of Sexual Abuse: Implications

“Why Aren’t My Counseling Records Confidential?”, Conundrum of Crime

Generational Diversity, Part 2

 

Speaker(s)

Lynn Gahagan, Karla Lehmann

Shelly Rusch, Jill Karofsky

Patricia Parker

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 – 3:30

Closing Session

3:30

Conference Adjourns

Registration and fee information

Registration is now open.   REGISTER HERE 

Registration fees for the conference for Wisconsin residents are:

1 day - $125.00    2 days - $199.00    3 days - $295.00  

These are the early bird fees - Deadline to register for these fees is: March 13, 2017

Scholarships - a limited number of scholarships are available.  Deadline to apply is January 27, 2017.  Scholarship application is here.

Group discounts and discounts for multi-disciplinary teams are available.  Contact Jane Yeager for more information.  Phone - (920) 969-7925

Presenter biographies

Dr. Linda Chamberlain

Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and advocate on domestic violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain.  She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies with diverse audiences that convey a message of hope and healing.  Her current work to promote resilience across the lifespan has led to certifications in mind-body practices to promote self-regulation and resilience with an emphasis on simple skills for children and adolescents.  Dr. Chamberlain teaches at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University.  Recognition for her work include a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, the National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health.  Living on a rural homestead with her husband and sled dogs outside of Homer, Alaska, she has developed an advocacy leadership model based on her work with communities and experiences in the wilderness with her dog team.Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and advocate on domestic violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain.  She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies with diverse audiences that convey a message of hope and healing.  Her current work to promote resilience across the lifespan has led to certifications in mind-body practices to promote self-regulation and resilience with an emphasis on simple skills for children and adolescents.  Dr. Chamberlain teaches at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University.  Recognition for her work include a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, the National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health.  Living on a rural homestead with her husband and sled dogs outside of Homer, Alaska, she has developed an advocacy leadership model based on her work with communities and experiences in the wilderness with her dog team.

Continuing education credits

Social Work, Nursing, Medical and Legal continuing education hours/credit will be available for Keynote Presentations and Together for Children workshops.


 

Hilton Milwaukee City Center and lodging information

A block of rooms are available at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center - $129.00/night for single or double occupancy. Register here.