Save the Date
September 17, 2020
Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
at Stone Mountain Park
PCA Georgia is partnering with the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring you the Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Whether you work on the community level, treat individual patients, or support families through difficult times, we all witness the impact of maltreatment through the lens of our professional roles. Join over 350 professionals from across the state as we engage in innovative workshops that aim to prevent, intervene, and treat children and families impacted by child maltreatment. A Vision for Child and Family Well-being in Georgia, Our State’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan is being released this Spring, resulting from a year long development process that included input and feedback from over 1,000 Georgians.
The plan highlights specific domains, listed below, which will be the focus of this year’s conference.
- Family Economic Stability
- Family Resiliency
- Access to Early Childhood Education
- Family Mental and Physical Health
- Community Knowledge/Awareness of Societal Factors that Contribute to Child Abuse and Neglect
Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the conference starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 4:30 p.m. Registration is $65 and includes lunch, CEUs (upon approval) and free parking.
Conference Location & Hotel
Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
4021 Lakeview Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083
If you plan to stay overnight, you will need to reserve your room directly with the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort. A block of rooms have been reserved for September 15-18, 2020. The special rate of (coming soon) per night will be available until (coming soon), or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. (*Hotel rooms are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-out.)
Coming Soon- Book your group rate for Georgia’s Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
View Past Conference Information
In 2019 the conference focused on promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments to prevent child abuse and neglect to over 380 conference participants. According to the CDC’s Essentials for Childhood, safety, stability and nurturing can be defined as follows:
- Safety: The extent to which a child is free from fear and secure from physical or psychological harm within their social and physical environment.
- Stability: The degree of predictability and consistency in a child’s social, emotional, and physical environment.
- Nurturing: The extent to which a parent or caregiver is available and able to sensitively and consistently respond to and meet the needs of their child.
Gregory Ellison II, Ph.D. Once you see. You cannot not see.
An Atlanta native, Ellison is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellison is author of Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and founder of GE II & Associates and Fearless Dialogues.
Fearless Dialogues is comprised of a team of educators, activists, healers, artists, connectors, and neighbors committed to seeing the invisible, hearing the voiceless, and creating spaces for social change.
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta partnered again to coordinate the Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: from Prevention to Intervention. Over 300 participants from child and family serving organizations across Georgia learned about emerging practices and research that focused on the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). If you are interested in joining the Georgia ACEs conversation visit the Georgia ACEs Connection. This online group is an action-based social network for individuals, sectors, and communities that are utilizing the ACEs science to implement trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies.
Thanks for joining us at the 2018 Conference! View highlights and photos here.
Keynote Speaker: Robert Sege, MD, PhD
Robert Sege, MD, PhD, speaks passionately about the new and positive model for raising healthy children and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) including violence, bullying, abuse, and neglect. He explains that the key to preventing violence is to promote resilience, which is developed through strong relationships with family and community.
This conference featured many prevention focused workshop topics for those who work in a multi-disciplinary setting. The 2017 keynote speaker was Dr. Donna Beegle, a poverty expert and recognized author.
The 2016 Keynote Speaker was Dr. David Finkelhor, a preeminent violence epidemiologist. Dr. Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. Some of his best-known publications include, “Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse” and “Nursery Crimes.” Dr. Finkelhor has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources.Click here for more information on the work of Dr. Finkelhor and the Crimes Against Children Research Center.