2013 Speakers and Presentations

The “New Normal”? A Close Look at Teen Dating Violence

In this presentation participants learn facts, risk factors and consequences of teen dating violence (TDV), including how child sexual abuse and other childhood traumas can leave a child particularly vulnerable to becoming a victim and/or perpetrator of TDV. The presenters use current examples in pop culture including music, TV and social media that attendees will be able use as teachable moments to spark positive discussions with teens. The presenters also discuss the prevalence of TDV and the gradual shift in public perception regarding violence in relationships.

Amber McKeen, B.S., is the Child Abuse Prevention Trainer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children.  In this role, she develops and implements child maltreatment prevention programs and also creates and delivers multidisciplinary training sessions on various child maltreatment topics. She is the creator and director of the Center’s webinar online education program and in her time at Children’s has educated more than 10,000 professionals and community advocates. She also serves on several committees with a focus on planning child abuse prevention initiatives. Amber graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University.

Kara Klein, CCLS, B.S., is the Certified Child Life Specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and has been in this role since 2008.  As the child life specialist, Kara helps reduce anxiety and aids with coping in patients that have been physically and sexually abused. She prepares patients for their medical exams and forensic interviews through developmentally appropriate avenues and provides procedural support throughout their exams. It is through Kara’s work with this population that she has noticed the need for preventive education for at-risk youth and for the people that interface with them. She is also the handler of the center’s therapy dog, Bella. Kara has educated professionals both nationally and locally on the subjects of Teen Dating Violence and the use of therapy animals in the hospitalized setting. Kara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.

Reducing Risks of Child Abuse and Neglect through Home Visiting

This presentation describes how early childhood home visiting programs can support the reduction of family risk factors and the strengthening of protective factors to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

Marcia Wessels, MPH, CHES is the Director of Technical Assistance and Training at the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia. She has more than 25 years experience in child welfare services and in early childhood prevention services and has worked in home visiting since 2000. Currently she oversees technical assistance and training for the implementation of the Great Start Georgia initiative and evidence-based home visiting in seven Georgia counties supported by the Governor’s Office of Children and Families through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting grant program as well as the implementation of First Steps Georgia, Healthy Families Georgia, and Parents as Teachers home visiting services throughout the state. She serves on a number of state and national boards including the PCA Georgia Advisory Board.

 Nonprofit Capacity Building: Can Your Nonprofit Go the Distance?

Capacity bench-marking is one of the most effective methods for determining efficiency and effectiveness for any organization. Every facet and aspect of the nonprofit is examined using measurement tools that contain standards in the areas of accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness. Participants of this workshop explore the various areas and facets of nonprofit organization and learn about a variety of methods for determining capacity. Areas addressed in the workshop include: the board of directors, strategic planning, program monitoring, community linkages and partnerships, fundraising, technology, managing staff and volunteers, and financial management.

Mary Migliaro, M.Ed. is the CEO of Mission Possible Consulting, a consulting firm designed to help nonprofits achieve their missions through board development, strategic planning, and technical assistance for boards and executive directors. As a founding nonprofit board chair and founding executive director, Mary has walked the walk and works to smooth the paths of others in the nonprofit field. Her consulting clients include local and state nonprofits across the United States. As an educator, Mary has over 30 years of experience in both the public school and university arenas. She has served as a part-time faculty member with the Department of Social Work and Human Services at Kennesaw State University for 13 years. She teaches both child welfare and nonprofit administration courses.

Child Fatality Review in Georgia:Reported Trends and Prevention Opportunities

Successful injury prevention efforts depend on high quality data to better understand the circumstances of the injury/fatality events. Child Fatality Review in Georgia is a great source for these data, and the local Child Fatality Review committees are key in implementing prevention efforts. This workshop offers data from reviewed child deaths, reported trends over time, and present opportunities for targeted prevention efforts.

Arleymah Gray, MPH, is the Child Fatality Prevention Specialist for the Office of the Child Advocate. She is responsible for supporting county Child Fatality Review (CFR) committees in their development of targeted prevention programs. Her work includes data evaluation and analysis of child injuries and fatalities, researching evidence-based prevention strategies for application at the local level, and providing implementation support for communities designing child fatality prevention programs. Arleymah currently chairs the Statewide Childhood Injury Prevention Planning work group, and the Georgia Infant Safe Sleep Coalition. She also assisted in the development of Georgia’s Infant Death Scene Investigation and Interview Guide for first responders and coroners, and developed a web-based needs assessment tool for county committees to identify gaps and opportunities for child fatality prevention.

Partner Violence and Children…How Should We Respond?

The presentation covers the basics of partner violence, impact of violence on pregnancy/fetal development, impact on child development (birth-adolescence), resiliency in children, proper ways to respond to partner violence when children are present and resources for assistance/more information.

Angie Boy, DrPH, is the Program Manager for prevention and education at the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of multiple projects related to child abuse and neglect including child sex trafficking, prevention of child sexual abuse, and mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Boy directly manages a partnership program with the Department of Family and Children’s Services designed to increase the communication between child protection officials and child abuse pediatricians during child abuse investigations. Prior to coming to Children’s Healthcare, Angie worked for the GA Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Project Connect Coordinator. In this position, she oversaw GA’s participation in a national initiative focusing on domestic violence and women’s health. Angie completed her doctoral work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Her research centered on the experiences of Latina victims of domestic violence. Dr. Boy has over 10 years of experience in the field of family violence and has a special interest in the impacts of family violence on mothers and their children.

Evidence-based Parenting Programs: How do you Tell?How do you choose?

This workshop covers common themes of Evidence-Based (EB) Programs and how policy makers and providers can determine what programs best fit their needs. In addition, participants learn about the evolution of evidence-based training over the past five decades, exemplary EB programs, and what the future holds for the field.

John R. Luztker, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Healthy Development; Associate Dean and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University. He has published 158 articles and seven books. He is a Fellow in five Divisions of the American Psychological Association. Among his awards, Outstanding Research Career Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. He is on the editorial boards of seven professional journals. He has been interviewed on Morning Edition of National Public Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America, and served as a consultant for 60 Minutes on CBS.

Darkness to Light’s NEW Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Many of you have experienced Stewards of Children, the only nationally-available sexual abuse prevention program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors. Join us for Darkness to Light’s BRAND NEW version of Stewards of Children featuring updated statistics, new empowerment skills, and a training video with new survivors sharing their stories of healing and experts providing prevention education.  Whether this is your first experience or you’ve taken the original version several times, this training will be an eye-opening, inspiring and educational experience.

 Tiffany Sawyer is the Director of Prevention Services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a child advocacy center whose mission is to facilitate the healing of children and families who have experienced child sexual abuse.  She joined the staff of the GACFCA  in 2006. In her capacity at the GACFCA, Mrs. Sawyer is responsible for the statewide planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the Center’s statewide sexual abuse prevention initiative with the goal of training adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  Prior to her work in Georgia she worked for three years as the Associate Director of Programs at Darkness to Light, a national non-profit for the prevention of child sexual abuse by putting the responsibility for prevention squarely on adult shoulders. While at D2L, she assisted in the creation of the Stewards of Children training curriculum and helped to launch the program on national and international levels. Note: This presentation is not available online.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Health, Learning, and Business and Implications for Prevention

Child Maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences impact physical and mental health and brain development across the lifespan.  The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) presents compelling data to support the importance of preventing child maltreatment.  This workshop reviews the ACE study and impact of ACEs on learning, health, business and the community.  Examples of how several states are applying their ACE data to policy and practice will be highlighted. Also included is a discussion about how this data can be used to make the “business case” for prevention and to engage business and employers in promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children and families. Future work through an interagency agreement partnership between the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC and OCAN to continue the collection and analysis of ACE data and translate it for prevention will be shared.  Note: This presentation is not available online.

Child Maltreatment Prevention:  A Continuous Evolution

This presentation  reviews the evolution of prevention, what we’ve learned along the way, key theories and research that inform and guide current prevention work and suggest directions for developing and expanding effective prevention strategies as we move into the future.  The presentation also highlights CDC’s current child maltreatment prevention work.  Note: This presentation is not available online.

Sandra Alexander, MEd,  is a Subject Matter Expert in Child Maltreatment  in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control providing leadership for prevention initiatives including DVP’s Knowledge to Action Child Maltreatment Prevention Consortium and Essentials for Childhood. She represents CDC on national child maltreatment initiatives including the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and the Federal Child Maltreatment Interagency Work Group. Past experience includes Child Protective Service casework and supervision, executive leadership positions in both Prevent Child Abuse SC and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and advocacy. She is a past board president of  the American Professional Society on Child Abuse (APSAC) and currently co-chair of the APSAC Prevention Committee.