Helping children who’ve been sexually abused requires constant attention to recent developments in mental health, medicine, law enforcement, and more, from new methods offenders use to target young people to new approaches to therapy for survivors. That’s why nearly 350 child protection professionals gathered at the Madison Marriott West Oct. 31-Nov. 2 for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Conference on Child Sexual Abuse. For more than 30 years, the conference has delivered the latest evidence-based information on treatment, intervention, and prevention, presented by experts from across the country.
This year’s featured speakers were forensic pediatrician Sharon Cooper, who talked about technology’s impact on child abuse, and Center for Contextual Change cofounder Mary Jo Barrett, who discussed the perils and prevention of compassion fatigue. Conference participants also attended workshops, networked with colleagues, and earned continuing education credit in fields ranging from play therapy to psychology.
See below for a glimpse of the event.