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Bucks County Children's Advocacy Center
Conference Speakers and Workshop Information

JUNE 4, 2019

The 8th Annual Bucks County Conference on Crimes Against Children focuses on the multidisciplinary team approach to the recognition and investigation of crimes against children.  The objective of this conference is to provide resources to professionals practicing in the field of child abuse investigation, treatment and prevention.  Attendees will increase their collaborative efforts among professionals working in the field, receive current information on investigative and treatment techniques, and increase professional knowledge and skills. 


TIME:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm
PLACE:  Delaware Valley University
Life Sciences Building  (Campus Map - use lots C, B or A)
700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown PA 18901

$55.00  - Bucks County Multidisciplinary Team Members (i.e. Bucks Co Law Enforecement, NOVA)
$70.00 - Non-MDT members & Out of County Professionals
No Charge - Bucks County CYS, DA, Probation & Parole - (Contributions paid for by BCCYSSA)


QUESTIONS CONTACT:  Erika Dunbar or Steve Doerner Bucks Co Children's  Advocacy Center at 267-927-0639 or


Outstanding Service Award Nomination Form 



8:30am                        Registration and Continental Breakfast
Auditorium Atrium

9:00am                        Welcome
Auditorium                   Outstanding Service Award Presentation               

9:15 – 10:15am          Keynote
  Dan Powers, LCSW - "What Dr. Seuss Knows About Doing THIS Job!"

10:15 – 10:30am        Break

10:30 – 12:00pm        Workshop Session 1

 A – Juvenile Sex Offenders, A Challenge for the Team - Dan Powers, LCSW
 B – Initial Response and Investigation of Child Deaths (Part 1) – Sgt. Jim Sears
 C – The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (Part 1) – Julie Brand, MS
 D - Bringing Youth Voice to the Child Trafficking MDT- Beth Bouchard
 E – So Much More to Me; An Exploration in how Helping Professionals can Support Sexual Health and Safety for Individuals with Varying Disabilities– Tiffini Lanza, LCSW, M.Ed.

12:00 – 1:00pm          Lunch (Included with Registration)
Levin Dining Hall
(Campus Map)

1:00pm – 2:30pm       Workshop Session 2
AGet Ready, He's Coming Home: Reunification and the Juvenile Sex Offender – Dan Powers, LCSW
BInitial Response and Investigation of Child Deaths (Part 2) – Sgt. Jim Sears
CThe Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (Part 2) – Julie Brand, MS
DResponding to Substance Abused Children - Allan De Jong, MD
ECreative Corroboration in Child Abuse Cases  - Mary Sawicki, JD

2:30pm – 2:45pm       Break - Coffee and snacks

2:45pm - 4:15pm        Workshop Session 3
A -  Life with Autism - Mary Worthington, M.Ed. and Dan Bartleson, MA
BSupporting the Needs of Young Children Affected by Parent Substance Use and the Opioid Epidemic  - Rebecca Vivrette, Ph.D.
C – What About Our Boys? Understanding the Challenges Facing Male Victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault - Julie Brand, MS
DSexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Child Sexual Abuse - or, Why I Hate Warts and Other Infections - Allan De Jong, MD

E – Prosecuting Child Abuse Cases with Limited Evidence  - Mary Sawicki, JD

4:15pm – 4:30pm       Closing and Evaluations




Approval for Continuing Education Credits: 

5.5 CE credits PENDING through the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselor.  

5.5 CLE credits APPROVED through Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board

5.5 CLEE credit hours APPROVED through the Municipal Police Officers' Education & Training Commission.



CANCELLATION POLICY:  Please be advised that refunds cannot be issued for this event.   



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