28th Annual Together for Children 2015

Lake Geneva, WI US
April 14, 2015 to April 16, 2015
This educational activity is designed to provide current and best practice sessions relating to the prevention, treatment and detection of child abuse and neglect.
To improve the interdisciplinary response to child maltreatment and to promote effective child maltreatment strategies.
American families have been undergoing major changes in demographic structure, economic statue and health care coverage, all of which can influence child maltreatment.  More children experience many transitions in living arrangements within their households.  Children are more likely to live with nonbiological fathers, and more likely have step-siblings in a household.  The poverty rate among children is higher than for any other age group in the United States; at about 22% in 2010.  
In Wisconsin, the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey asked adults about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that they may have had prior to age 18.  ACEs include the various forms of child abuse.  Results showed that 56% of the adult population experienced at least one ACE, which in turn has a serious impact on the adult well-being of Wisconsin residents.  In the area of mental health, health risk behaviors, physical health, socioeconomic status, health insurance and access to care, and quality of life, Wisconsin adults with higher ACE scores have poorer outcomes.
Therefore, to help reduce ACEs in Wisconsin’s children and to minimize the physical health, mental health and social consequences of childhood trauma, conference participants will choose from a variety of sessions offered by experts in the field.  Topics include: “Corporal Punishment,” “Fractures – When to Suspect Abuse,” “Neglected Children – Challenges & Controversies,”  “Drug Endangered Children,”  “Stress Trauma and Self-Care for Helping Professionals,” and “Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin:  What we know, Where we are headed.” 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 18.0 of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, social workers, law enforcement, and prevention staff

Learning Objectives

1.   Identify strategies for accurately identifying child maltreatment.

2.   Improve understanding of trauma-informed practices regarding care of children and families who are at risk of maltreatment.

3.   Discuss a multidisciplinary team approach when dealing with child maltreatment.

Additional information


Jane Yeager
Phone Number: 
+1 (920) 996-2210
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 18.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 18.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/14/2015 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/16/2015 - 5:00pm CDT
Grand Geneva Resort
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
United States

Planning Committee:
Paula Brown, MSW
Nic Dibble, LSSW, CISW
Elizabeth Ghilardi, LCSW
Jennifer Hammel, BA     
Judie Hermann, MSW    
Jennifer Jones, BSW
Mary Kleman, MSE
Erica LeMahieu, MBS
Mark Lyday, MSW
Ann Rulseh, BS
Tom Schrank, AD
Staci Sontoski, BSW
Heidi Storm, PhD
Lisa Stribl, BA
Joan Totka, MSN, RN
Jane Yeager, MS
Jennifer Yates, MSN

Amy Beschta, MS, LPC 
Senior Family Therapist, Penfield Children’s Center, Milwaukee 

Karie Cattanach, JD 
Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison
Abby Collier, MS 
Project Manager, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 
Carey Courtney, MSW 
Project GAIN Supervisor, Social Development Commission, Milwaukee 
Beth Cox, BA, MSSW, MA, JD 
Municipal Judge & Private Practice Attorney, Oregon, WI & Santulli Schudda & Cox Law Office
Cathy De La Paz, Detective 
Detective, Dallas Police Department 
Cynthia DiCamelli, BS, PhD 
Family Resource Coordinator, Oregon School District 
Byron Fassett, Sergeant 
Sergeant, Dallas Police Department 
Carrie Finkbiner, MS, LMFT 
Program and Policy Analyst, WI Department of Children and Families, Madison 
Lynn Gahagan, MSW, CAPSW 
Sensitive Crimes Victim Advocate, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Milwaukee 
Liz Ghilardi, MSW, LCSW 
Forensic Interview Program Supervisor, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Child Protection Center, Milwaukee 
Jennifer Ginsburg, MSSW, LCSW 
Forensic Interviewer/Program Manager, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Madison
Karen Hale
Mother of Heroin Overdose Victim, Hudson, WI. 
Rose Hennessy, MPH
Prevention & Evaluation Coordinator, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Madison 
Kurt Heuer, MS 
Chief, Wisconsin Rapids Police Department 

Kelly Hodges, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin; Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Child Protection Center, Milwaukee

Elizabeth Hudson, LCSW
Director, Wisconsin  Office of Children’s Mental Health, Madison

Rick Immler, MD, DFAPA
Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist, Immler Psychiatric Consulting, Inc.
Maxine Jacobs
Parent, Foster Parent and Adoptive Parent, Coon Valley, WI.

Rita Kadamian, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Child Advocacy & Protection Services, Kenosha

Erin Karshen, JD
Assistant District Attorney, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Milwaukee

Dione Knop, MSW
Victim/Witness Coordinator, Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office, Sheboygan  

Barbara Knox, MD
Medical Director, University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program, UW American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison

Jenell Loreck, MSW, CAPSW
Child Well Being Consultant, Children’s Hospital of  Wisconsin Community Services

Gabriel McGaughey, MSSW
Director of Well Being, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin  Community Services

Matthew Meissner, BS
Probation/Parole Agent, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Joshua Merksy, PhD
Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago

Nicole Milliren, MS, LPC
Clinical Therapist, LaCrosse County Human Services, LaCrosse

Kelly Moe Litke, BA
Director of Prevention and Programs, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Carrie Nitz, BA
Probation Officer, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Patricia Parker, CSW, MCCMH
Trainer and Consultant, PA Parker Consultations, Milwaukee

June Paul, MSW
Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chuck Price
Director, Waupaca County Health & Human Services

Michelle Rosenwald, MS, LPC-IT
Family Therapist, Penfield Children’s Center, Milwaukee

Patty Schachtner, Medical Examiner
St. Croix County Medical Examiner, St. Croix County Government Center

Jessica Scheunemann, MA, LPC-IT
Family Therapist, Penfield Children’s Center, Milwaukee

Peggy Schofield, MA
Program Support Teacher, Kenosha Unified School District

Lynn Sheets, MD, FAAP
Medical Director & Associate Professor, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin & Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Melinda Tempelis, JD
Deputy District Attorney, Outagamie County, Appleton

Dimitri Topitzes, PhD
Associate Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Douglas Tweedie
Detective, Greenfield Police Department

Sue Valeri, ME
Director of Special Education, Kenosha Unified School District

Amy Weber, MSW
CPS Supervisor, Winnebago County, Oshkosh

Jennifer Winkler, MSW, CAPSW
Family Support Manager, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee

Jennifer Yates, MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Child Advocacy Center, Neenah

Lisa Zetley, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin; Pediatrician, Downtown Health Center, Milwaukee

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following person(s)

NameCompany Role with Company

Lynn Sheets, MD, FAAP
Program Actiivty Director 
and Presenter

WI Children's Trust Fund 
CHW Child Abuse Prevention Fund 
WI Child Death Review Council
Wisconsin AAP
Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin

Research Grant
Research Grant
Research Grant
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors




Available Credit

  • 18.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 18.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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