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2019 CAPC Symposium

Published on: 2/13/2019 5:13 PM
Symposium Registration: February 13 - April 2, 2019
The 37th Annual Symposium will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019
from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at Villa Ragusa in Downtown Campbell.
Join professionals and community members from across the Bay Area for a day-long symposium. The 37th annual Symposium will examine patterns of child sexual abuse, explore promising prevention strategies, and seek best practices in both response and treatment.  Whether this is your first or 37th year attending, we look forward to your participation at this year's event.
The 2019 Child Protector of the Year will be awarded to a "Silence Breaker."
There have been brave people in all parts of our community over the years who have spoken up about child sexual abuse, broken the silence, and worked to protect victims.  Sometimes they have been victims themselves.  Sometimes they have been the whistle-blower who raised the alarm.  Sometimes they were the case worker who advocated for victims in big and small ways over the course of a career.  And many more.  This year, the Child Abuse Prevention Council's Symposium Committee will honor such a silence breaker as the Child Protector of the Year at the 2019 Symposium on April 12. 
  • Please nominate a silence breaker you know to receive this award by sending a few paragraphs about why your nominee should receive this honor to
  • Nominations are due by March 10, 2019.  
2019 Registration Rates - February 13 - April 2, 2019
Early Bird Pricing ​by March 10, 2019 $75
By Registration Deadline March 11 - April 2, 2019 $90
​Groups of 10 to 24* by March 27, 2019 $70
Groups of ​25-49​​* ​by March 27, 2019 ​$60
Groups of ​​50 or more* ​by March 27, 2019 ​$50
*Please contact CAPC Coordinator, Becky Manchester Aidlberg, at for special group rate registration instructions. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Special pricing for students and interns.

Symposium registration fee includes full-day program, continental breakfast, catered buffet lunch with vegetarian options, afternoon refreshments, Continuing Education Units as designated below, and a certificate of completion.

Space is limited. Register early! No refunds for cancellations received after April 2, 2019.
Program Highlights
  • Keynote Address by Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A. - 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.

    Victor is the Director of Education and Research of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse and remedy its resulting harms. He is the 2018 President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and founder of the National Child Protection Training Center. With NCPTC and its partners, 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 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).
  • Plenary Session Address by Susan Moan Hardie, RN, Ph.D. on: The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome: Why It's Still Relevant 
    It’s imperative that all members of the multidisciplinary team understand the dynamics of child sexual abuse, the pressures to maintain secrecy, and risk factors for denial and recantation. In 1983, a seminal article by UCLA psychiatrist Roland Summit called The Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome (CSAAS) described the plight of the sexually abused child in a disbelieving world. This article, and Summit himself, soon became mired in controversy, maligned and condemned for decades. Nevertheless, Summit's work inspired over thirty years of empirical study that has elucidated accommodation, delayed disclosure and retraction. In addition to reviewing the purpose, features and limits of the CSAAS, three major areas of research, which converge to help us understand the disclosure of child sexual abuse, will be highlighted: population surveys with adult survivors of child sexual abuse, studies of offenders, and studies with child victims of confirmed sexual abuse. The implications of these findings for all aspects of response, investigation, prosecution, and treatment will be addressed. 
  • Lieutenant Jason Herr, SJPD, will courageously share how his personal experience as a victim of childhood sexual abuse drives his professional work.
  • Treatment of Complex Trauma presented by Julie Robbins, LCSW
  • Creating a Child Advocacy Center for Santa Clara County
  • In the Hall with a Perpetrator: Sexual Assault in Juvenile Detention Then and Now
  • Sexual Abuse: The Silent Risk Factor for CSEC and Juvenile Justice System Involvement
  • Resource Tables 
 Thank you to the California American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) for co-sponsoring this year's event.
Thanks to our amazing planning committee for their numerous contributions to the Symposium!
  • James Gibbons-Shapiro, Symposium Chairperson & Assistant District Attorney
  • Margaret Petros, Immediate Past Symposium Chairperson & Executive Director pf Mothers Against Murder (MAM)
  • Steve Baron, Retired Director of Family Court Services
  • Clarissa Hamilton, Deputy District Attorney
  • Lydia Harris, Ph.D, J.D.
  • Nina Iyengar, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth
  • Annie Liu, MFT
  • Alicia Newton, LCSW, Medical Social Worker
  • Mary Pat Panighetti, Board Member, CAPSAC
  • Patty Pena, DFCS Community Worker
  • Kathy Polzin, Mentor, Child Advocates
  • Capt. Daniel Rodriguez, Sheriff's Office
  • Barbara Valdez, MFT
  • Yolanda Vega, DFCS Community Worker
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