Conference on Child Sexual Abuse features nationally renowned speakers and new research

MADISON, Wis. – The 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse offers the latest information on child sexual abuse treatment, intervention, assessment and prevention. Now in its 30th year, it is the leader in providing academic and evidence-based research for those who work with sexually abused children, adults who were abused as children, and offenders.

Screen Shot of banner for the Conference on Child Sexual AbuseThe conference meets Oct. 27-29 at Madison Marriott West in Middleton, offering presentations by nationally renowned speakers and more than 50 workshops and institutes on a wide range of topics.

A featured presenter is Prof. Ross Cheit, Brown University, whose book The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children challenges the view that high-profile sexual abuse cases in the 1980s and ‘90s were hoaxes.

Other keynote speakers are Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in adult attachment theory and models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques; and Mare Chapman, M.A., a Madison specialist in holistic psychotherapy, guided imagery and mindfulness meditation.

The UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse is aimed at therapists, child protection workers, attorneys, law enforcement officers and medical professionals. Participants will learn how to apply effective assessment methods and explore best practices for treatment methods.

Conference co-director Prof. James Campbell, UW-Madison Continuing Studies, says, “Our conference is known for its excellence in providing current academic research as well as focusing on treatment strategies that can be used with clients. We are proud to celebrate our 30th year.”

The UW-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse is proud of its 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 intra-family sexual abuse. Providing services to more than 200 participants a year in the Dane County, Wis., area, FSAT delivers coordination, referrals, training and support to the broader community. Through your registration fee, the conference directly supports FSAT and its mission.

Contact:  Denise Nolden, dnolden@dcs.wisc.edu, 608-263-5130 (toll free 800-442-7107)