NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference

April 13-15, 2015 

Marriott Hotel, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) is pleased to present the 20th annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference. The conference inspires and equips participants with skills and strategies to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and ensure children’s healthy development. This year you’ll find the quality programming this conference is famous for—nationally renowned keynote speakers and highly rated workshops—along with some new offerings. In response to participant feedback and emerging trends in the field, we’ve organized workshops around six tracks: Parenting Education and Support, Child Abuse Prevention Skills and Strategies, Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention, Reducing Barriers to Children’s Well-Being, Family Engagement and Involvement, and Personal and Organizational Resilience.

For professionals interested in pursuing the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) Parenting Educator Credential, we’ve also identified workshops that address core competencies required to obtain the credential. We’re looking forward to the best conference yet—one that will leave you with new skills, new resources, and renewed energy and inspiration to continue your service to New York’s children and families.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to enliven and enhance your professional practice in our conference registration booklet (PDF).

Registration instructions here.

Conference features:

  • Nationally renowned keynote speakers
  • 48 training and skills-building workshops and in-depth institutes
  • Non-profit and commercial exhibits
  • Networking opportunities
  • Sessions focused on wellness, self-care, and stress relief

Who should attend?

Attendees represent many different voices, working in varying arenas: parenting education, family support, child abuse prevention and child protective services, intervention and treatment, domestic violence, early childhood education, health care, mental health, legal services, schools and in the home as parents. Their common vision is to build a world where all children grow in healthy and nurturing homes, schools, neighborhoods and communities.

Plenary speakers:

Olga Trujillo, The Impact of Physical and Sexual Violence: A Personal Journey Revealed
Olga Trujillo watched as her father abused her mother for years. As she was drawn into his abuse of her mother, she was also sexually abused by her father and brothers. Ms. Trujillo, now an attorney, advocate and author, underwent a journey to understand the impact the violence she witnessed and endured—from the child abuse to rapes she suffered as an adolescent and young adult—had on her life. In this presentation she reveals what she has learned so far and although tragic, her story of survival is inspiring and hopeful. She shows how each person can and does make a difference in the lives of others.

Anthony Zenkus, Watch the Gap! How Capitalism Negatively Affects the Development of Children
One in five American kids is living below the federal poverty level, and millions more are low income and food insecure. What exactly, does being poor in a rich society do to kids’ bodies and brains? Looking at the ACE study, we can see a link between low socioeconomic status and a multitude of poor outcomes throughout the lifespan. The income gap is creating children who are more likely to live in homes with abuse, to become addicted to substances, to be classified in the school environment, to be medicated with psychoactive drugs, and to enter the criminal justice system. They are less likely to graduate college, have a well-paying job, and more likely to die young. What then, must a society do to prevent our children from becoming a generation lost? Naming the problem and talking about it is just the beginning. Mr. Zenkus will tackle the daunting issue of child poverty and income inequality in a capitalist society with clarity, humor, and compassion—challenging all of us to look differently at the institutions and systems that perpetuate inequality and poverty, and to imagine a world based on mutuality, respect, and trust where children flourish.

Mary Gordon, Roots of Empathy
The lifetime work of Mary Gordon has been focused on breaking intergenerational cycles of violence and poor parenting by supporting the development of secure attachments. Not every child has the benefit of growing up securely attached to one or both of their parents. The attachment relationship forms the basis of every relationship going ahead in a child’s life. Roots of Empathy is a school based preventative intervention which allows children, over the course of a school year, to observe the development of the attachment relationship between an infant and a parent. Video will show how the 27 classes are delivered to elementary school children and how this experiential learning unfolds. The perspective of the children and their role as advocates for the vulnerable will be shared through their artwork and research will be shared, from three continents over 14 years, which attests to the reduction of aggression and bullying while increasing social and emotional understanding.

Conference sponsor

The conference is co-presented by the New York State Children and Family Trust Fund, New York State Office of Children and Family Services

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