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Joining Together

Taking Action Against Child Abuse Call For Abstracts: May 6-9, 2012 Carriage House Inn: Calgary, AB, Canada

The 2012 Joining Together Conference will once again bring child abuse professionals together to identify and discuss issues and initiatives related to child abuse forensic investigation and clinical practice. The conference is pleased to feature sessions related to the latest research and best practices in forensic child abuse investigation and clinical practice. The conference is based on a model of multidisciplinary collaboration.

2012 Conference Themes • Strategies for the investigative interview of the maltreated child • Intimate partner violence • Promoting culturally sensitive investigations for Aboriginal children • Internet sexual exploitation • New research on abusive head injuries (Shaken Baby Syndrome) • Working with LGBT youth who are victims of child maltreatment • Medical perspectives • Offender characteristics and interrogation • Prosecuting child maltreatment cases • Clinical treatment • Child witness court preparation • Case studies Primary Audience Professionals working in or interested in the area of child maltreatment such as social workers, police officers, Crown prosecutors, medical professionals, therapists and victim service workers. Invited Speakers to Date Victor Malarek is a media journalist on W-5 and was previously on the Fifth Estate. In 1997, he won a Gemini Award as Canada’s top broadcast journalist. He offers a perspective on his own childhood abuse and his professional research on global female exploitation. Cindy Blackstock, M.M., Ph.D. is the Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Her key interests include exploring and addressing the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal children and families by promoting equitable and culturally based interventions. Peter Collins, MD, FRCPC is the Coordinator of the Forensic Psychiatry Unit, Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Services, Investigation and Support Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Ailsa Craig, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She speaks on homophobia, heterosexism, and sexual diversity awareness. Dr. Evan Matshes, M.D. is the Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Calgary, Alberta. He has published and lectured extensively in human anatomy and osteology, the neurosciences, and forensic pathology. And many, many more international experts in the field of child maltreatment. Guidelines for Abstract Submissions 1. Abstracts should include a title, presentation length, presentation summary, presenter profile, and presentation references. The submission of a previous conference/ teaching audio or video clip is encouraged. 2. We are accepting abstracts immediately with a closing date of October 28, 2011. 3. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be by December 9, 2011. 4. Correspondence will be to the presenting author only. 5. All abstracts will be considered on the basis of individual merit and the needs of the conference. 6. Organizers reserve the right to publish accepted abstracts in conference publications. 7. All abstracts must be submitted in English and the platform language is English. 8. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should include objectives, method, results and conclusions. 9. Presenters will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the conference with the exception of conference tuition that is free for accepted presenters.

Presentation Formats Workshops – in 1.5 hour or 3 hour formats Research Papers – 20 minute presentations with 10 minute discussions Submitting Abstracts must be submitted by October 28, 2011 to: Alice Gifford The Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse P.O. Box 42066 Acadia Postal Outlet Calgary, Alberta T2J 7A6 or By email: For Further Information Visit the conference website at: About the Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse The Society was formed in October 1985 in response to a growing need for a coordinated, professional approach to child abuse investigations. The Board of Directors of the non- profit Society is made up of police officers, child welfare workers, Alberta Justice counsel, and treatment specialists. The Society was originally known as The Calgary Society for the Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse, but the name was changed in 1994 to reflect the growing mandate of the Society. The Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse is committed to supporting professionals, communities, victims and witnesses involved in the investigation of child abuse through: • Development and delivery of educational products and services • Promotion of a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations • Identification and response to key issues and concerns of child abuse investigators • Advocacy for excellence and professionalism in the investigation of child abuse • Research For information on the Society’s accomplishments and a list of the Board of Directors, please consult the website at PO Box 42066, Acadia Postal Outlet Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2J 7A6 Websites:; Email: Phone: (403) 289-8385!/takingactionca

2012 Joining Together: Taking Action Against Child Abuse  

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