We are sorry to announce that this conference will not be offered in 2017.
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We leave the 2016 information here for your reference.

Evidence-based Research and Practices in Child Sexual Abuse Treatment

Oct 31-Nov 2, 2016

For more than 30 years, we’ve provided the very latest evidence-based information on the treatment, intervention, assessment, and prevention of child sexual abuse, and we are committed to maintaining the same standard of quality, value, and expertise for the next 30—and beyond.

This year we’re offering 36 new institutes and workshops on a wide range of topics. Whether you are an experienced professional or are new to the field—and whether you work as 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—this highly regarded conference offers you the very latest information to best help those with whom you work.

At a glance

What: 32nd annual UW–Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse

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

When: Oct 31-Nov 2, 2016

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

Cost: Varies. Click for details»

CEUs: Up to 1.8 (18 hours)

or by phone at 800-725-9692

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

2016 brochure/mini-catalog»

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

At this conference you will:

  • 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

2016 plenary speakers

Sharon Cooper, MD, is the CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, P.A., a consulting firm which provides medical care, research, training and expert witness experience in child maltreatment cases as well as medical care for children with disabilities. She works regularly with numerous national and international investigative agencies on Internet-facilitated crimes against children cases.
Dr. Cooper spent 21 years in the Armed Forces, retiring as a colonel, and has for the past several years, worked in both the civilian and military arenas in child abuse and developmental pediatrics. She holds a faculty position at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She is an instructor at the Army Medical Education Department Center and School at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas where she provides multidisciplinary training in all forms of child maltreatment to health care providers, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, therapists, chaplains, and social workers.

For the past several years, Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant to and a Board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children where she teaches about the victim aspects of Internet crimes against children and commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth. She has also provided numerous international training for the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Jordan, Russia, France, Germany, Turkey and other countries. Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences for the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the North Carolina District Attorney’s Association, several attorney general’s conferences in various states, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Interpol, among others. She has published chapters in professional texts, and is the lead author of the first comprehensive textbook on the medical, legal, and social science aspects of child sexual exploitation and Internet-facilitated crimes against children.

Dr. Cooper has provided testimony to the U.S. Congress as well as to the Russian Duma (Parliament), the European Commission, and the Italian Senate. She is also a member of an international Expert Working Group on Children and Young Persons with Abusive and Violent Experiences Connected to Cyberspace hosted by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Children’s Welfare Foundation.

She is a board member of several organizations and is a member of several professional associations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dr. Cooper was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of the 150 Women Who Shake the World (March 2011). She was also selected by the U.S. Attorney General for membership in the Defending Childhood Task Force: Children Exposed to Violence (2011-2012).

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Center for Contextual Change, Ltd. Previously, Ms. Barrett was the Director of Midwest Family Resource and has been working in the field of family violence since 1974.

Ms. Barrett has coauthored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. She co-created the Collaborative Stage Model (CSM), a highly successful contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic events.

Her trainings and published works focus on the teaching of the Collaborative Stage Model, systemic and feminist treatment of women, adult survivors of sexual abuse and trauma, eating disorders, couple therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Compassion Fatigue.

Ms. Barrett provides consultations, workshops, courses and other training opportunities nationally and internationally to parents, social service professionals, lawyers, mental health staffs, psychotherapists, residential treatment facilities and governmental agencies. Ms. Barrett founded the Family Dialogue Project, which strives to redefine relationships with families impacted by allegations of abuse and trauma.