Get the latest research on child sexual abuse treatment, intervention, assessment, and prevention

Save the date for Oct 26-28, 2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this conference. Information on next year's conference will become available in the spring of 2015. In the meantime we leave all 2014 information here for your reference.

The UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse—now in its 30th year—is the leader in providing the latest academic and evidence-based research for those who work with sexually abused children, adults who were abused as children, and offenders. With nationally renowned speakers and more than 50 workshops and institutes on a wide range of topics, you can customize your experience to best fit your needs.

At a glance

What: 30th annual UW–Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse

Who: Therapists, child protection workers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, medical professionals

When: Oct 27-29, 2014

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

Cost: Varies. Click for details»

CEUs: Up to 1.9 (19 hours)


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

View/download the 2014 conference brochure»

Cathy Cornell (MSW, LCSW), Clinical Director, Oasis Program, Canopy Center, attended a past UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse. Click the video to hear what she said about her experience.

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 work, law, training, and other disciplines relevant to child abuse and protection services.

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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. Read his essay from the Huffington Post here»

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.