February 26 – 28, 2020 – Zero Abuse Project Summit 2020

February 26 – 28, 2020 – Zero Abuse Project Summit 2020

As a leader in the field of child protection, Zero Abuse Project has developed advanced courses in forensic interviewing, prevention, addressing the spiritual needs of maltreated children and reforming undergraduate training of future child protection professionals.

Offering an expansive variety of session topics, the Zero Abuse Project Summit is an opportunity for professionals in child protection services, law enforcement, forensic interviewing, legal, healthcare, education, faith communities, victim advocacy, and youth serving organizations to advance their skills with best practices from their respective fields.

Topics

  • When Words Matter- Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing, Ethics
  • Prevention- Implementing effective abuse prevention programs
  • Advocacy- Empowering champions for victims of trauma or maltreatment
  • Trauma-Informed Care- Supporting those who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences and traumatic events
  • National Forensic Interview Peer Review- Providing an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback on forensic interviews.

Areas of Interest

Trauma Informed Care, Adverse Childhood Experience research, Sexual, Emotional or Physical abuse, Vicarious trauma, Online safety, Domestic violence, Multidisciplinary teams, Advocacy, Juvenile Justice, Human trafficking, Forensic Interviewing, Trial preparation, Prevention program implementation, Crisis intervention, Ethics, Child Development, Cultural context of abuse

Continuing Ed Credits

Zero Abuse Project has applied for CLE credits (for attorneys) and Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Trainings (POST) credits (law enforcement). For all other professions, individual participants should contact the accrediting body from whom they wish to obtain CEUs and plan to provide the required materials to that body after the Summit concludes. In general, accrediting bodies require an agenda, speaker bio, and proof of attendance. The agenda and speaker bio information will be available on our website. Following the Summit you will receive a certificate as proof of attendance.

Certificates

Certificates of attendance are emailed to all qualified registered participants within 2 weeks of the time an attendee has submitted their online evaluations


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  • Keynote Presenter
    Jeff Dion, J.D.

    CEO, Zero Abuse Project

    Jeff Dion is an attorney, survivor, and nationally recognized victim advocate. He comes to the Zero Abuse Project after more than twenty years with the National Center for Victims of Crime, where he served as Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. He has led efforts to reform civil statutes of limitation to expand access to justice for victims of child sex abuse.

    From 2002 to 2010, Jeff served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, where he chaired the Victim Services Advisory Committee. He has received numerous awards including the 2006 Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award presented by the U.S. Department of Justice for outstanding innovation and commitment to crime victim legislation. He earned his undergraduate and law degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

    Keynote Presentation: Topic TBD

  • Plenary Presenter
    Teresa Huizar, M.S.W.

    Executive Director, National Children's Alliance

    Since 2008, Teresa has been the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NCA is the national association and accrediting body for nearly 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US. These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including: forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment, as well as coordinating multidisciplinary teams as they carry out investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions. In 2018, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 367,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 2 million individuals.

    Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for 200 CACs and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states, as well as Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and on the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.

    Ms. Huizar has a special interest in child welfare public policy, particularly in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse. She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues and has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.

    Keynote Presentation: Topic TBD

  • Capstone Presenter
    Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A.

    Director, Education and Research, Zero Abuse Project

    Victor Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In 2012, Victor was awarded the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, and is current President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse. Victor has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

    Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). In 2017, Victor earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Seminary. Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations, and On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Works of Jesus (Wiff & Stock 2018).

    Summit Capstone Presentation: From Sticks to Flowers: Working with Parents Justifying Corporal Punishment with Scripture

    Description and Learning Objectives: Breakout Presentation | Capstone Presentation




Co-Presenters

  • Rita Farrell, B.S.

    Forensic Interview Specialist

    Presentation: Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing

    with Alison Feigh

    Presentation: Empower Me/FIRST Response to Allegations of Maltreatment

  • Alison Feigh, M.S.

    Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

    Presentations: Sexting: Flirting or Felony, Under a Watchful Eye: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Serving Organizations

    with Rita Farrell

    Presentation: Empower Me/FIRST Response to Allegations of Maltreatment

  • Tyler Counsil, Ph.D.

    Director, Child Advocacy Studies, Zero Abuse Project

    Presentation: Forensic Science in Child Abuse Cases: A Contemplative Look at the Future

  • Tyler Counsil, Karla Steckler-Tye, Betsy Goulet

    Presentation: Breaking Down the Silos: Collaboration with Academia to Prepare the Next Generation in Child Protection

  • Jim Sears

    Detective, Irving Police Dept (Ret.)

    Presentations: Ok…. You have got this SEX case….. now what????, Accident or Inflicted: Investigator you decide????

  • Victor Vieth

    Director, Education and Research, Zero Abuse Project, Author

    Presentation: Ethical Considerations in Child Maltreatment Cases

  • Chris Newlin, M.S, LPC

    Executive Director, National Children's Advocacy Center

    Presentation: Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations

  • Jason Mack

    Executive Director, Committee Against Domestic Abuse

    Presentation: This Place has a Life of Its Own! Lessons on the Journey of Organizational Leadership and Capacity Building

  • Maria Rosalez-Lambert with Lezley Ball

    Program Director and Bi-lingual Forensic Interviewer at Oklahoma Interviewing Services, INC

    Presentation: Use the MDT Process to Speak Up for Vulnerable Adults

  • Pete Singer, M.A., LSCW

    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

    Presentation: Individual and Organizational Responses to Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Allison Foster, Ph.D, LLC

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Presentation: Research to Practice: The Proper Use of Anatomical Dolls and Diagrams

  • John Pirics

    Detective, Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force, Carmel, IN Police Department

    Presentation: Predators in Schools: Thoughts on Prevention from an Offender

  • Jane Straub, B.S.

    Victim Assistance Specialist, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

    Topic: TBD

  • Neil Sahota

    Topic: TBD



  • Sexting: Flirting or Felony

    Alison Feigh

    Description and Learning Objectives: Feigh Sexting

  • Under a Watchful Eye: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Serving Organizations

    Alison Feigh

    Description and Learning Objectives: Feigh YSO Organizations

  • Contemporary Use of Human Figure Drawings (and Dolls): The State of Research and Practice

    Allison Foster

    Description and Learning Objectives: Allison Foster

  • Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations

    Chris Newlin

    Description and Learning Objectives: Chris Newlin Presentation Summary ZAP Orlando February 2020

  • This Place has a Life of Its Own! Lessons on the Journey of Organizational Leadership and Capacity Building

    Jason Mack

    Description and Learning Objectives: Jason Mack -This Place has a Mind of its Own

  • Accident or Inflicted: Investigator you decide????

    Jim Sears

    Description and Learning Objectives: Sears Accident or Inflicted

  • Ok…. You have got this SEX case….. now what????

    Jim Sears

    Description and Learning Objectives: Sears Sex Case

  • Use the MDT Process to Speak Up for Vulnerable Adults

    Maria Rosales Lambert with Lezlie Ball

    Description and Learning Objectives: MDT process venerable adults

  • Individual and Organizational Responses to Secondary Traumatic Stress

    Pete Singer

    Description and Learning Objectives: Singer Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing

    Rita Farrell

    Description and Learning Objectives: Rita Farrell Summit 2020 Presentations

  • Empower Me/FIRST Response to Allegations of Maltreatment

    Rita Farrell and Alison Feigh

    Description and Learning Objectives: Farrell and Feigh Empower Me- FIRST

  • Forensic Science in Child Abuse Cases: A Contemplative Look at the Future

    Tyler Counsil

    Description and Learning Objectives: Counsil DNA Presentation

  • Breaking Down the Silos: Collaboration with Academia to Prepare the Next Generation in Child Protection

    Tyler Counsil, Karla Steckler-Tye, Betsy Goulet

    Description and Learning Objectives: Counsil Tye Goulet - CAST Presentation

  • From Sticks to Flowers: Working with Parents Justifying Corporal Punishment with Scripture.

    Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A.

    Description and Learning Objectives: Vieth Breakout Presentation

  • Ethical Considerations in Child Maltreatment Cases

    Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A.

    Description and Learning Objectives: Vieth Capstone Presentation

  • Child Exploitation Investigations - A Multi-Disciplinary Response

    Rita Farrell, Lead Forensic Interview Specialist, Zero Abuse Project
    John Pirics, Detective, Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force, Carmel, IN P.D.

    Description and Learning Objectives: Pre-Con Farrell and Pirics

  • AI 101

    Neil Sahota

    Description and Learning Objectives: Sahota AI

  • Child Exploitation Investigations - A Multi-Disciplinary Response

    John Pirics, Detective, Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force, Carmel, IN P.D.

    Description and Learning Objectives: Pre-Con Pirics Afternoon Sessions

Payment Information

  • Zero Abuse Project accepts all major credit cards as well as PayPal. Online registration will only accept payment via credit card or PayPal.
  • If you wish to pay by electronic or paper check and require an invoice, please email our Program Manager, Suzanne Severson with your billing requirements ([email protected]).
  • If you are experiencing problems making an online payment, first please call your credit card company and inquire whether there is a problem with your card. If no problem is reported, wait 24 hours, and try again. If you are still experiencing problems, contact our Operations Manager to report the problem ([email protected]).

Registration Options

Pre-Summit | (Feb.26)
$50 (early-bird pricing through January 6, 2020) $75 regular Pre-Summit registration
VIP Summit | (Feb.27-28)
$250 (early-bird pricing through January 6, 2020) $300 regular Summit registration
  • Online registration will only accept payment via credit card or PayPal.
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Cancellation policy

We offer a refund minus a $75 administrative fee for each cancelled registration. We do not offer refunds if you fail to notify us prior to the conference you can't attend. Zero Abuse Project must be notified 5 full business days before the start of the Summit to qualify for a refund or transfer (by February 20, 2020). Transfers: Registrations can be transferred to a different attendee for a $25 administrative fee.

Disclaimer

Zero Abuse Project reserves the right to cancel or postpone this seminar if minimum registration requirements are not met or as a result of Force Majeure. Zero Abuse Project will make all attempts to notify registrants of cancellation or postponement at the earliest opportunity. Zero Abuse Project is not responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation or postponement, including but not limited to airfares and hotels.
Zero Abuse Project seeks to acknowledge those leaders dedicated to children and adults by working to make the world a safer place. Zero Abuse Project Summit Awards are given for contributions or leadership in the specific fields of advocacylaw enforcement and forensic interviewing at the Summit Awards Ceremony Luncheon on Friday, February 28, 2020. The luncheon is included with your registration fee, but you must register for the event itself on the Summit registration pages– registration ends on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Rosen Centre Hotel

9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 72758
Phone: 1-800-204-7234
www.RosenCentre.com

Room Rates

Single/Double: $175
Additional Person: $20

Please note: Only a limited number of rooms are reserved in the Summit room block. Rooms begin to sell out by November, so be sure to reserve your rooms early!

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