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.


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


Zero Abuse Project Summit 2020 speakers include:

  • Victor Vieth, J.D, M. A., Director Education and Research, Zero Abuse Project
  • Rita Farrell, B.S., Lead Forensic Interview Specialist, Zero Abuse Project
  • Alison Feigh, M.S., Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
  • Jane Straub, B.S., Victim Assistance Specialist, Zero Abuse Project
  • Jeff Dion, J.D. CEO, Zero Abuse Project, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
  • Tyler Counsil, M.S., Ph.D., Director Child Advocacy Studies, Zero Abuse Project
  • John Pirics, Detective, Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force, Carmel, IN P.D.
  • Pete Singer, MSW, LICSW, Founder and Director, Care in Action Minnesota
  • Chris Newlin, M.S., LPC, Executive Director, National Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Jim Sears, Detective (retired), Irving, TX P.D., Youth Services, D.V., and Child Abuse units.
  • Carla Steckler-Tye, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi
  • Teresa Huizar, Executive Director, National Children's Alliance
  • Allison Foster, Ph.D., LLC, Forensic Family Associates
  • Kristen Clark, Coordinator, CT Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children
  • Andrea Darr, Director, WV Center for Children's Justice
  • Jason Mack, Executive Director, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc.

Check back soon for a complete list of speakers and their topics!

Check back soon for the detailed Summit agenda!

**NEW THIS YEAR** The Zero Abuse Project Pre-Summit has expanded to include four separate tracks :

  • Forensic Interviewing
  • Law Enforcement
  • Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care Training
  • Artificial Intelligence

Forensic Interviewing

Morning Session: Forensic interviewers and members of Law Enforcement will gather together an experiential training involving a technology facilitated crime scenario and work through the case from the initial outcry through the investigative process to trial.

Afternoon Session: National Forensic Interview Peer Review Facilitated by expert forensic interview specialist Rita Farrell, this session will be an opportunity for participants to review recent forensic interviews by peers, discuss challenges experienced during the interview, and receive constructive feedback on how to work through those issues. 

If you wish to submit an interview for peer review, listed below are the requirements. You also have the option to observe and critique:

  • Submit the interview for approval in advance of the Pre-Summit. If approved, bring the recording (preferably 30-40 minutes in length) on a flash drive
  • Provide the protocol that was used during the interview
  • Describe what issues you would like the peer review to focus on

Law Enforcement

Morning Session: Members of Law Enforcement and forensic interviewers will gather together for an experiential training involving a technology facilitated crime scenario and work through the case from the initial outcry through the investigative process to trial.

Afternoon Session: Det. John Pirics will present his popular presentation “Knock and Talk Investigations - Maximum Results with Minimum Manpower”.  Drawing from years of experience in child exploitation investigations that have been initiated by consensual contact (knock and talks), this in-depth investigative presentation will provide successful techniques to gain and maintain consent, tips on maximizing the interview, methods for triaging knock and talk targets, and overall strategies for the different types of situations and individuals that are encountered. This information will be blended with examples from actual cases, many of which have resulted in child rescues and significant sentences.

Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care Training

The 6.5-hour training includes a printed manual for participants and consists of two parts :

  • Part One:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Training (3.0 hours), Students will gain in-depth knowledge of ACE research, learn about the impact of trauma on development, and increase their understanding of working with challenging behaviors
  • Part Two:  Trauma-Informed Care Training for description and objectives (3.5 hours). Students will gain an understanding of the concept of trauma-informed and steps that can be taken to incorporate this concept into the workplace, learn strategies to promote resilience and identify practical self-care tips for yourself and those whom you serve

Normally offered at $125/student, for a limited time - through January 6, 2020  -  the special Summit pricing for this course is only $50 ! Class size is limited to 45, so be sure to register early! 

Artificial Intelligence (Morning Session only)

  • AI 101: Helping to Protect Kids
  • ZeroAbuse.AI demo
  • Interactive Workshop

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.

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.


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

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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