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Annual Chadwick Conference to Draw International Experts on Child Abuse

January 15, 2013 – (San Diego, CA) – Rady Children’s Chadwick Center for Children and Families is a worldwide leader in the prevention, detection, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and family violence. For 27 years, the Chadwick Center for Children’s & Families has sponsored the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment Conference. From Jan. 28-31, nearly 2,000 professionals from across the United States and 30 nations from around the world will be part of the annual conference at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley.

Professionals will participate in more than 200 workshops on various topics of child abuse and family maltreatment. Workshops topics include: medicine, criminal investigation, mental health treatment, trauma therapy, child welfare, prevention, domestic violence, forensic interviewing, research, child abduction, child sexual exploitation and internet crimes against children.

“This conference seeks to find and spread the very best scientifically supported practice in San Diego and around the globe,” said Charles Wilson, Senior Director, Chadwick Center for Children and Families, San and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “We have some of the brightest minds from around the world gathered in San Diego to share and inspire one another. That will translate into improved outcomes of abused and traumatized children and their families on six continents and in our own backyard.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Richard Gelles, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as the plenary speaker and present on the Estimated Annual Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The week-long conference focuses on multi-disciplinary best-practice efforts to prevent, investigate, treat and prosecute child and family maltreatment including child abduction. The objective is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in the prevention, recognition, investigation, assessment, prosecution and treatment of all forms of maltreatment. Leadership and policy making and translating the latest research into action are also addressed.

In fiscal year 2012, the Chadwick Center served almost 9,300 children, families and professionals. The Center, located on the campus of Rady Children’s, offers a variety of programs and services for children and families, including trauma counseling, forensic and medical services, and Kids and Teens in Court, a countywide program to reduce the fear of children testifying in against people who hurt them. For more information about the conference, visit:

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