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


Our 2016 conference will be held M-W Oct 31-Nov 2. Please check back for more information, coming soon. In the meantime we leave all 2015 information here for your reference.

The UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse—now in its 31st 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 nearly 50 workshops and institutes on a wide range of topics, you can customize your experience to best fit your needs.

At a glance

What: 31st annual UW–Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse (formerly known as the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse)

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

When: Oct 26-28, 2015

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

Cost: Varies. Click for details»

CEUs: Up to 1.9 (19 hours)

or by phone at 800-725-9692

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

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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?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison 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. Attendees include therapists, child protection workers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and anyone with a need to know about child sexual abuse treatment.

Workshops and institutes are taught by 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

2015 plenary speakers

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, a CCFH Associate Faculty member, is director of the Center for Contextual Change. Located in Skokie, West Loop, and Elmhurst, IL, the clinic specializes in The Collaborative Stage Model—a component-phase model that with individuals, families, and groups. She is also on the faculties of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. She is a nationally prominent expert in the treatment of trauma and traumatic violence in the family and is a leading authority on family violence, including the physical and sexual abuse of children, neglect, incest, and spouse abuse, and has been working on these issues in since 1974. Barrett is the co-author of several books, including Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change (with Linda Stone Fish).

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. She lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce these newer trauma treatment paradigms in traditional therapeutic approaches.

Anita Mandley, MS, LPC, is an Integrative psychotherapist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health. Mandley’s expertise lies in working with adults who struggle to manage their moods and those who have had significant experiences of invalidation, including experiences of trauma, violence, abuse, and neglect. The complexity of such experiences necessitates complexity in treatment. Her integrative perspective and treatment approach is based on her belief that you need to treat clients’ distress in the context of their whole self: i.e. body, brain, mind, and spirit. Anita uses the dynamic Collaborative Stage Model, developed by Mary Jo Barrett to organize treatment in a way that increases efficacy, while avoiding the treatment pitfalls of the extremes of chaos and rigidity. Anita leads the Center’s Adult Integrative Trauma Team and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Team. She also presents workshops at agencies and in the community on topics such as: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-traumatic Slavery Syndrome, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Cultural Diversity, among others.


We are proud of our continuing partnership with the Canopy Center, a nonprofit agency that coordinates the provision of high-quality, community-based treatment services for families that have a history of abuse.

Your conference chairs

James Campbell, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Continuing Studies

We would like to express our appreciation to Chuck Stonecipher for his work on this event prior to retiring from Family Sexual Abuse Treatment, a Program of Canopy Center