Georgia’s 2022 Virtual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
September 14 & 15
PCA Georgia partners with the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to host Georgia’s Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Professionals from across the state gather for innovative workshops regarding prevention, intervention, and the treatment of children and families impacted by child maltreatment.
To get conference announcements for 2023, please sign-up for our newsletter here.
Stan Sonu, MD, MPH, is an Assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and the Associate Program Director for the Emory J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency program at Grady Health System. His research interests include adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, advancing health equity, and addressing social determinants of health in clinical care settings. He is a passionate ACEs educator and is engaged in efforts to build community consensus around responding to and preventing ACEs through cross-sector approaches.
Dana Suskind, MD, has dedicated her research and clinical life to optimizing foundational brain development and preventing early cognitive disparities and their lifelong impact. Her work is focused on helping parents leverage their power as brain architects. Dr. Suskind is the author of “Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise” and “Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain.” She is also the Founder and Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health and a Professor at the University of Chicago. Her work has been profiled by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, NPR, and Freakonomics.
Session and Workshop Recordings
Day One: September 14
Day Two: September 15
- Special Topics in Mandated Reporting
- The Importance of Parent Partnerships
- Keeping Children Safe in a Digital World
- Understanding the Implications of Georgia’s Mental Health Parity Act
- Day Two Keynote: Parent Nation by Dr. Suskind (available until October 7, 2022)
2021 Conference Workshop Recordings and Materials
There is NO CEU credit available watch recorded workshops from the links below.
When the Village Falls Apart: Lessons Learned from the COVID Pandemic
Presenters: Angie Boy, DrPH, Program Manager, Prevention and Training at Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Cheryl Galloway-Benefield, EdS, Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Georgia Department of Education
The Demand Side of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Presenter: Michelle Price, Human Trafficking Compliance Officer, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
When Prevention Fails
Presenter: Stephen A. Messner, MD, FAAP, Child Abuse Pediatrician, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Angie Boy, DrPH, Program Manager, Prevention and Training at Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Mindful Relationships: Looking Beneath the Surface
Presenter: Erica Goldthorp and Denise Payton, ProSolutions
Day One Keynote: The Science and Art of Effective Framing
Presenter: Lynn Davey, Ph.D., Davey Strategies
Racism, Anti-Racism, and the Social Ecology
Presenters: Cailin O’Connor, MS, Senior Associate at Center for the Study of Social Policy
Charlyn Harper Brown, PhD, Senior Associate at Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Using an Anti-Racist Intersectional Framework from CSSP
- AAP: The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
Prevention in Policy
Presenter: Polly McKinney, Director of Advocacy, Voices for Georgia’s Children
Is That Normal? Healthy Sexual Development in Children
Presenter: Verena Brown, MD, Child Abuse Pediatrician, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Day Two Keynote: Save the Family: The Unspoken Effects of Family Separation
Presenter: Angela Quijada-Banks
2020’s Virtual Conference
September 16 – October 1, 2020
See Recordings and Materials for Each Session Below
A Vision for Child and Family Well-being in Georgia, Our State’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan was released at the 2020 conference, resulting from a year long development process that included input and feedback from over 1,000 Georgians.
From Safety Net to Solid Ground: Policy Opportunities to Advance Economic Mobility in Georgia, Alex Camardelle, Senior Economic Mobility Policy Analyst at the GA Budget and Policy Institute
Technical Colleges & Economic Development, Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of the Southern Crescent Technical College and Adie Shimandle, Director of Technical College Directors’ Association
Abuse Prevention and Awareness
Using Community Data in Your Prevention Strategy, Tommy Pearce and David Giguere, Neighborhood Nexus
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations: Collaborating to Inform the Current and Future Direction of Prevention
Family Mental and Physical Health
A Case-Based Presentation to Recognize Child Abuse and Neglect, Drs. Verena Brown & Tamika Bryant of CHOA
Epigenetics and Generational Trauma, Dr. Brian Dias, Assistant Professor at the Yerkes National Primate Center and Emory University
This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590). Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).