(Orange County, CA – January 29, 2018) According to Orange County Social Services Agency (OC SSA), there were more than 40,000 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect last year. To help create an even more mindful community and to better equip professionals who treat and help families, all are invited to attend Orange County’s 30th Annual Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Conference on March 7 and 8, 2018, in the Student Center at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The “Pathways to Prevention” themed conference is annually hosted by The Raise Foundation, Orange County’s designated Child Abuse Prevention Council.
The first day of the conference is geared towards professional in fields related to the well-being of children and families (e.g., social workers, law enforcement, nonprofit and faith-based leaders, health/medical practitioners, clinicians, educators, community and service groups, and college students pursuing such fields). The second day is planned for parents and other relatives and caregivers of children, as well as the general community.
Keynoting both days will be Alyce LaViolette, a Marriage Family Therapist who also serves as an expert witness for criminal and family court. Credited with being the founder of one of the first programs in the country for spouse abusers, LaViolette specializes in anger management, domestic violence counseling for survivors and perpetrators, and gender issues. She will address professionals with the topic: “Bully to Perpetrator: Working with Abusers.” For parents she will speak about “Making Anger Your Friend.”
Additional experts will lead workshops on such topics as: Combatting Human Trafficking, Developing Brain: Trauma & Homelessness, Improving Response to Domestic Violence, Reducing Accidental Injuries and Death, Unique Needs of Military Families, Gang Prevention, Raising Emotionally Healthy Children, and the Link between Stress, Children, Violence.
In honor of the 30th Annual Conference, a complimentary learning & networking reception has been added on March 7, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. featuring Orange County’s Medical Director Dr. Anne Light from the O.C. Social Services Agency. She will speak on “The Neuroscience of Maltreatment.
Conference registration includes parking, keynote and workshops, lunch, a resourceful exhibitor hall, networking opportunities with fellow attendees and presenters, and the closing reception.
“Being a child should not hurt,” shared Eldon Baber, executive director of The Raise Foundation. “This conference is about keeping people up-to-date on the latest trends and practices in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. It’s also about raising awareness because the more mindful our community is, the safer, healthier and happier the children around all of us will be.”
CEUs and CMEs offered.