Join us October 27-29, 2014

Presenting new and current treatment methods for working with sexually abused children, adults who were abused as children, and offenders.

If you‘re a therapist, child protection worker, attorney, law enforcement officer, medical professional, or in any position with a need to know about child sexual abuse treatment, you know how important it is to stay current on assessment and treatment methods to best help those with whom you work.

UW-Madison's Conference on Child Sexual Abuse—now in its 30th year—is the leader in providing academic and evidence-based research for advancement in the field. With nationally renowned speakers and more than 50 workshops and institutes on a wide range of topics to choose from, you can customize your experience to best fit your needs.

At a glance

What: 30th Annual University of Wisconsin–Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse (formerly known as the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse)

When: Oct 27-29, 2014

Where: Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI (map)

Cost: Varies—view details here»


Questions? Email Denise Nolden or call 608-263-5130 (toll free 800-442-7107)

View/download the 2014 conference brochure»

Why the UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse?

University of Wisconsin has a century-long tradition of successful development and innovation in continuing education for professionals. Whether you are an experienced professional or are new to the field, this highly regarded conference offers you the very latest evidence-based information on treatment, intervention, assessment, and prevention.

Workshops and institutes are taught by 3 dozen highly qualified, credentialed experts in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social services, law, training, and other disciplines relevant to child abuse and protection services.

Conference takeaways

After completion of this conference, you will be able to:

  • Get the most current information on working with sexually abused children, adults who were abused as children, and offenders
  • Learn how to develop and apply effective assessment methods
  • Explore best practices treatment methods

2014 keynote speakers

Mare Chapman, MA
Mare offers holistic psychotherapy, guided imagery, and classes in mindfulness meditation through Lives Unlimited, in Madison, Wisconsin. She's been doing work in this private practice format for the past 27 years. Previously she worked for the Mental Health Center of Dane County directing a program for adults with chronic mental illness, and before that taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She's been studying and practicing Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, which cultivates mindfulness, for the past 21 years.

Ross Cheit, JD, PhD
Ross is professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University. His soon-to-be-released book, The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children, challenges the view that a series of high-profile cases in the 1980s and early 1990s were hoaxes. Cheit shows how a narrative based on empirically thin evidence became a theory with real social force, and how that theory stood at odds with the reality of child sexual abuse.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD
Diane is an established expert in the field of adult attachment theory and models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. She is a trainer, presenter, and speaker offering workshops, teleseminars, and educational materials on trauma, attachment models and their dynamics in childhood and adult relationships, as well as many other topics. Heller has lectured and taught around the world as both a Somatic Experiencing trainer and special topics presenter, most recently with her very popular DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience) series on adult attachment.


We are proud of our continuing partnership with Family Sexual Abuse Treatment (FSAT), a program of the Canopy Center, which is a nonprofit agency that coordinates the provision of high-quality, community-based treatment services for families that have a history of intrafamily sexual abuse. Providing services to more than 200 participants a year in the Dane County, WI, area, FSAT delivers coordination, referrals, training, and support to the broader community. Through your registration fee the conference directly supports FSAT and its mission.

This program is offered by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.