A noted Brown University professor and author of a recent book is the keynote at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 30th Annual Conference on Child Sexual Abuse that will be attended by more than 600 mental health professionals from around the Midwest.
The UW Continuing Studies conference meets Oct. 27–29 at Madison Marriott West in Middleton, and offers presentations by leading professional experts and discussions of research-based assessment and treatment strategies.
A main conference presenter is Prof. Ross Cheit, Brown University, whose recent book challenges the view that high-profile child sexual abuse cases in the 1980s and 90s were hoaxes. His book, The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children, has been reviewed in many publications including The New York Times.
Cheit wrote the book after 15 years of research which included examining court records and media accounts of the child sexual abuse cases.
Other keynote presenters are Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in adult attachment theory and models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques; and Mare Chapman, MA, a Madison.specialist in holistic psychotherapy, guided imagery, and mindfulness meditation with 27 years of experience using these formats.
The conference features 50 new workshops and institutes. This year workshop topics include developmentally sensitive trauma treatment, sexual behavior problems, early intervention with children and families, the impact of pornography on children, effective brief trauma therapy, empowering with movement and song, dealing with grief, evaluation of sex offenders, and many others.
Conference co-director Prof. James Campbell, UW-Madison Continuing Studies, says, “Our conference is known for its excellence in providing current academic research as well as focusing on treatment strategies that can be used with clients. We are proud to celebrate our 30th year.”
The conference is offered in partnership with Family Sexual Abuse Treatment (FSAT), a program of the Dane County nonprofit agency, Canopy Center, serving more than 200 a year. A percentage of conference fees support FSAT and its service to families impacted by child sexual abuse. Participants also earn professional up to 19 hours of continuing education credits for participation.