Together for Children 2018

Elkhart Lake, WI US
April 10, 2018 to April 12, 2018

Participants in the 2018 conference will engage in sessions to increase awareness and education levels regarding child abuse and neglect issues as well as ongoing prevention and treatment efforts. These sessions, presented by field experts, can be utilized to inform future programming and work towards the reduction of child abuse and neglect across communities. “PTSD – To Protect and Serve Those who Protect and Serve” will be presented as the day one keynote for the conference; during this session, participants will learn about the impact the job can have on professionals – with an emphasis on suicide.  The presenter will share recommendations for administrative training to prepare, insulate, protect and treat the expected exposure to trauma. 

Various workshops will be offered throughout the conference; these include but are not limited to sessions on abusive burns in childhood, gender differences in a child’s experience of sexual abuse, creating a community for mental health, sentinel injuries, 5 years of the Wisconsin ACE study, unusual presentations of child abuse and trial prep and courtroom conduct.


Target Audience

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




Learning Objectives

The purpose is to improve prevention, treatment, investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect by providing knowledge and skills to address emerging issues, research questions and public policy changes in child welfare and child protection.

Given that services for victims of child abuse are often offered by different agencies, the participant will gain a better understanding of multidisciplinary approaches to identify and intervene in child maltreatment cases.


Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Jane Yeager
Phone Number: 
+1 (920) 996-2210
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 17.50 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/10/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/12/2018 - 5:00pm


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

8 – 9

Registration and light continental breakfast

9 – 10:30

Session 1

Drug Endangered Children

9 – 10:30

Session 2

Understanding and Responding to Youth Sex Trafficking in Wisconsin

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 12:15

Continue sessions

12:15 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:45

Continue sessions

2:45 – 3


3 – 4:30

Sessions conclude

Day one of conference

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

7:30 – 8:30

Registration and light continental breakfast

8:30 – 8:45

Welcome & opening comments

8:45 – 10:15

Keynote: PTSD – To Protect and Serve Those Who Protect and Serve

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Keynote presentation concludes

12:00 – 12:15


12:15 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:45

Breakout Sessions

· Abusive Burns in Childhood

· Watching a Child Forensic Interview: How to be a Good Observer (part 1)

· Gender Differences in a Child’s Experience of Sexual Abuse: Implications for Response and Prevention

· Ethical Decision Making in the time of Crisis (part 1)


2:45 – 3


3 – 4:30

Breakout Session

· Creating a Community for Mental Health

· Watching a Child Forensic Interview: How to be a Good Observer (part 2)

· Wisconsin Drug Trends

· Ethical Decision Making in the time of Crisis (part 2)


NOTE: Ethical Decision Making in the Time of Crisis - Ends

5:00 - 6:00 

Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Meeting - 
Grand Libelle Parlor

Day two of conference

Thursday, April 12, 2018


8:00 – 8:30

Registration and light continental breakfast

8:30 – 10

Breakout sessions

· Let’s Get This Straight: Exploring the Intersection of Trauma, Gender and Sexuality for Gender Nonconforming and Sexual Minority Youth

· Five Years of the Wisconsin ACE Study: What Have We Learned

· The Resilience Clinic: An Innovative Approach to Treatment of Traumatized Children

· Is Zealous Representation Always Effective Representation in Children Court Cases? That and other ethical considerations guiding attorneys in these cases.

10 – 10:15


10:15 – 11:45

Breakout sessions

· Marks that Matter, Sentinel Injuries

· Child and Family Well Being: Bringing Sanctuary to Child Welfare

· Crisis De-Escalation

· Family/Drug Treatment Courts - Ethics and Operation

11:45 – 12:45


12:45 – 2:15

Breakout sessions

· The Crying Infant: Strategies to Prevent Abuse

· Protective Parent Panic

· New Innovation in Measuring Safety Outcomes

· Law and Order: Trial Prep and Courtroom Conduct

(part 1)

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 4

Breakout sessions

· The Sky’s the Limit: Unusual Presentations of Child Abuse

· The Internet is Forever – Educating Youth on the Dangers of the Internet

· Addressing Child Neglect From an Ecological Perspective

· Law and Order: Trial Prep and Courtroom Conduct

(part 2)

The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
United States
+1 (855) 876-3399

Visit for more information about The Osthoff Resort, Elkart Lake.

Contact The Osthoff Resort directly to book a hotel room before the room block expires on March 12, 2018. You must mention the Together for Children Conference, when registering, to receive the discounted room rate of $82.00/single or $112/double.   Call (800) 876-3399 and press prompt #1.

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Program Planning Committee:
Bridget Baumann, JD
Elizabeth Champion, MS
Rebecca Collins, PhD
Emily Erickson, LPC
Jason Feucht, BS
Elizabeth Ghilardi, LCSW
Jennifer Hammel, BA
Michelle Jensen, JD
Mary Kleman, MSE
Connie Klick, MSW
Grace Knutson, BA
Patricia Parker, CSW, MCCMH
Tricia Schutz, MSW, LCSW
Lynn Sheets, MD
Lara Shoemaker, MSW
Heidi Storm, PhD
Lisa Stribl, BA
Justin D. Wolff, JD
Jennifer Yates, MSN
Jane Yeager, MS
Molly Zemke, MP

Program Presenters:     
Rhonda Ackerman,MS, CSW (Director of Quality)
Lynn Cook, MSW, CAPSW (Forensic Interviewer)
Alex Cossi, JD (Attorney)
Steve Denovi (Marathon County Police)     
Pennie Felton, MSSW, APSW (Community Services Safety Manager)
Christie Gause-Bemis, MSW (School Mental Health Consultant)
Elizabeth Ghilardi, MSW, LCSW (Forensic Interview Program Supervisor)
Jacqueline Gremler, MS, CSW (Forensic Interviewer)
Kristen Iniguez, DO (Marshfield Child Advocacy Center Director; Child Abuse Physician & Medical Director)
Tony Iniguez, BFA (Marshfield Child Advocacy Center Education Specialist)
Joy Ippolito, PhD (Human Trafficking Coordinator)
Ann Jadin, Ed.D OTR BCB (Community Engagement Director)
Christa Jensen, LCSW (Access and Initial Assessment Supervisor)
Erin Karshen, JD, (Assistant District Attorney)
Bryan Kastelic (Special Agent in Charge)
Barbara Knox, MD (Medical Director)
Karla Lehmann (Forensic Interviewer)
Duke Lehto, JD (Attorney)
Brennan Maroszek, MSW, CAPSW, Nina (Forensic Interviewer)
Rebecca Mather, MS (Prevention Education Coordinator)
Sergeant Adam Nagel (School Resource Officer/Investigator)
Patricia Parker, BA, MCCMH (Certified Social Worker)
Dawn Perez (Child Welfare Manager)
Abby Persons, MSW, CAPSW (Anti-Human Trafficking Regional Specialist)
Hillary Petska, MD, MPH    (Child Abuse Pediatrician)
Angela Rabbitt, DO (Associate Professor of Pediatrics)
Joanette Robertson (Children Youth and Families Mental Health Coordinator)
Anna Salter, PhD (Lecturer, Author, Consultant)
Laura Sheets, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow)
Lynn Sheets, MD (Child Advocacy and Protection Services, Professor and Medical Director)
Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Kristi Slack, MSW, PhD (Professor)
Eric Sparr, JD (Assistant District Attorney)
Jody Spiegelhoff, BA (Investigator)
Matthew Torbenson, JD (Deputy District Attorney)
Luke Waldo, MSEd (Well-being Manager/Associate Director)
Myra West, PsyD (Marshfield Child Advocacy Center Clinical Psychologist)
Theresa Wetzsteon, JD (District Attorney)
David Whelan, MSW, LCSW (Director of Family Case Management)
Timothy Whitcomb (Sheriff)

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 17.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

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


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