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World Experts in Child Abuse and Family Violence to Participate in Chadwick Conference

Jan. 26, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Many of the world’s brightest professionals and noted leaders in child abuse and maltreatment will participate in the 29th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. The Chadwick Conference, held from Jan. 26-29 in San Diego, is a global forum for presentations and discussions by experts on child abuse and family violence.

“This conference seeks to find and spread the very best scientifically supported research and best practices in San Diego and around the globe,” 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. “We have some of the brightest minds from around the world gathered in San Diego for a week to share and inspire one another. That will translate into improved outcomes of abused and traumatized children and their families.”

Every year, more than 1,800 professionals from more than 35 countries and across the United States gather to learn about the latest research and innovations to prevent, intervene, investigate, treat, and prosecute child and family maltreatment. The conference is sponsored by the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s.

The programs include more than 140 workshops and presentations on topics that include childhood mental health, substance abuse and cyberbullying and prenatal alcohol exposure.

Speakers at the 2015 Chadwick Conference, which will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, include:

  • Mia Behrens, a child abuse survivor, shares her transformation from a “Wild Child” to a caring, productive woman. Mia’s story has been profiled on various national television shows. (Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m.)
  • Christina Chambers and Kenneth Lyons Jones, from Rady Children’s, will give a presentation on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. (Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 8 to 9:30 a.m.)
  • Barbara Knox, Medical Director of the University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, will give a presentation on child neglect. (Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.)
  • Lisa Jones, Kimberly Mitchell and Heather Turner will discuss the topic of Technology-Based Harassment (Cyberbullying). (Wednesday, Jan 28 from 3 to 4:30 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 2014, 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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