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Chadwick Conference Draws World Experts in Child Abuse and Family Violence

January 26, 2014 – (San Diego, CA) – The San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, a global forum for presentations and discussions by experts on child abuse and family violence, will be held January 26 – 31 in San Diego.

“Many of the world’s brightest professional and leaders in the area of child abuse and maltreatment are brought together at the annual Chadwick Conference,” said Charles Wilson, who is the Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “The work these individuals are doing translates into improved outcomes that will help abused and traumatized children and their families.”

Close to 2,000 professionals from 30 countries will attend the conference, which is sponsored by the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s. Its programs include more than 150 workshops and presentations on topics that include child abduction, teen bullying, school shootings, sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children.

Speakers at the Chadwick Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, include:

• Carrie Epstein from the Yale University School of Medicine, who will analyze the Tragedy in Newtown and how professionals respond in the aftermath of a school shooting. (Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.)

• David Finkelhor from the University of New Hampshire, who will moderate a symposium on peer victimization; topics include teen bullying, dating and violence. (Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.)

• Anna Salter with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, who will give a presentation on the topic of Children Who Kill. (Thursday, Jan. 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.)

• Stephen Cozza with the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, who will coordinate two sessions. The first is on Risks and Resilience in Military Families (Thursday, Jan. 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.). The second is on meeting the parenting challenges in Military Families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Friday, Jan. 31, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.)

• Eric Elbogen with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who will present on the topic of Aggression in Combat Veterans. (Friday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.)

The Chadwick Center is a recognized leader in the assessment, detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and family violence. It offers a variety programs and services from its facilities on the campus of Rady Children’s, and in fiscal year 2013, it served more than 12,400 children, families and professionals. Its programs include trauma counseling, forensic and medical services and Kids and Teens in Court, a countywide program to reduce the fear of minors testifying against people who hurt them.

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To schedule an interview with a speaker, contact the Rady Children’s Hospital Media Relations Department at 858-966-4901.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 475-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.