Advocating for Children

2nd Annual Educational Conference of the Children's Center for Hope & Healing 

Advocating for Children: Parents & Professionals Dealing with Sexual Abuse 

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June 04, 2010 at 08:15 AM 
June 04, 2010 at 04:30 PM 

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Brenau University, Burd Center for Performing Arts 
429 Academy St. NE
Gainesville, GA 30501

Driving Directions 

Free parking is available on the Brenau campus in the parking lot of the Northeast Georgia History Center which is directly across the street from the Burd Center.

Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9:00


Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00


Keynote Address 

10:00 - 10:30  

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking

10:30 – 12:00


Breakout Sessions I 

12:00 – 1:15


Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:45


Breakout Sessions II 

3:00 – 4:30


Breakout Sessions III

"A well-planned and organized conference"

~2009 Conference Attendee 

$50 Exhibitor Tables SOLD OUT!

A few tables are still available at the $100 level. Contact Judith Brauer at or 770-532-6530x33.


Approved  for 5.5 CEU hours for:

Department of Human ResourcesLicensed Marriage & Family Therapists

Department of Human ResourcesLicensed Clinical Social Workers

Department of Human ResourcesLicensed Professional Counselors

Department of Human ResourcesLicensed Psychologists (4 hours)

Who Should Attend This Conference:

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • School Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • DFCS Workers
  • Juvenile Justice Personnel
  • Educators
  • CASAs
  • Guardians Ad Litem
  • Parents
  • Foster Parents
  • Clergy & Pastoral Counselors
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Pediatricians


For assistance with registration or more information, please call or email:

Judith Brauer, Director of Development 
Children's Center for Hope & Healing 
770 532 6530 x 33

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Department of Human Resources

Gold Sponsors

Department of Human Resources

Foothills Area Health Education Center

GA Association of Play Therapy

Conference Fees Include:

  • Conference Packets
  • 5.5 hours of instruction
  • Opportunities to Network & Interact with Other Professionals & Vendors
  • Light Refreshments & Beverages - Compliments of Panera Bread Company, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola.

Newly Appointed Child Advocate to Keynote Educational Symposium 

Join us for the 2nd Annual Educational Conference presented by the Children's Center for Hope & Healing on June 4, 2010 at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. The conference is an exceptional opportunity to learn about treatment interventions, protocols, and special issues that face parents and practitioners who are challenged by sexual abuse.

We are very pleased to announce that Melissa Carter, newly appointed Child Advocate, will be the keynote speaker at this year's conference. No one is better aware of the issues facing those concerned with child abuse in the state of Georgia than Melissa Carter.  We are thrilled that she has accepted our invitation to keynote this event.  To read more about Melissa Carter, visit our website.

The Center's 2009 educational conference was a tremendous success, featuring Dr. Cheryl LanktreeDepartment of Human Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This year's conference will not only target professionals, but will also have a specially designed track of offerings for parents and foster parents who are dealing with the issue of sexual abuse.

If you are a mental health professional, DFCS worker, school counselor, psychologist or are involved with the Department of Juvenile Justice, you will not want to miss this conference.

Updated Schedule of Breakout Sessions



Professionals (licensed psychologists eligible for CEUs)



10:30 - 12:00 PM

Reunification Protocols for Interfamilial Abuse

(Dr. Chris Jones, PhD, LCSW)

Bad Cases Make Bad Laws: Juveniles & the Sex Offender Registry

(Roy Chancey, LCSW)

What Are They Doing & How Do I Keep Them Safe? Normative Vs. Problematic Behavior in Children

(Claudia Fedarko, LCSW)

12:00 - 1:15 PM


Lunch On Your Own


1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Do Kids Really Do That? Normative Vs. Problematic Sexual Development

(Dr. Jill Anderson, PsyD; Mary D’Ambrisi, LPC)

The Intersection of Therapy & Law: Subpeonas, Records, & Privilege

(F. Bart Patterson, Attorney Bart Patterson & Associates)

Enhancing Caregiver Wellness by Preventing Caregiver Distress

(Dr. Susan Collins, PsyD; Karen McBurney, LAPC)

2:45 – 3:00 PM


Afternoon Break


3:00 – 4:30 PM

Child Advocacy & Maltreatment

(Dr. Julie Battle, PhD, Licensed Psychologist)

Healing from Sexual Abuse: Creative Therapeutic Interventions

(Alison Phillips Williams, LCSW; Sarynelly Rojas, MS)

Parenting with Love

(Trudy Post Sprunk, M.Ed, LMFT, LPC, RPT, CPT; Georgia Association of Play Therapy)

New This Year:  A Special Track for Parents, Foster Parents, and Other Caregivers

The 2009 educational conference was developed for mental health and other professionals working with children.  The 2010 conference will also have wonderful offerings for this group, but will expand and offer specially designed workshops just for parents who are dealing with sexual abuse.

The break-out sessions for parents include:

Department of Human Resources"What are They Doing & How Do I Keep Them Safe? Normative vs. Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children" - Claudia Fedarko, LCSW

  • Learn stages of psychosexual development of children and adolescents
  • Recognize competing influences on children's views on sexuality & their values regarding sexual activity
  • Learn techniques for maintaining open communication about sexuality and sexual activity

Department of Human Resources"Parenting with Love" - Trudy Post Sprunk, M.Ed., lMFT, lPC, rPT, CPT -- This session is Sponsored by the Georgia Association of Play Therapy

Department of Human Resources"Enhancing Caregiver Wellness by Preventing Caregiver Distress" -Dr. Susan Collins, PsyD, Karen McBurney, LAPC

  • Define secondary traumatization & identify symptoms
  • Define compassion fatigue & identify symptoms
  • Identify 3 self-care techniques you can implement to prevent secondary traumatization and compassion fatigue

"The Healthy Boundaries Workshop was excellent!"

~2009 Conference Participant

Break-Out Sessions for Therapists & Other Professionals


WDepartment of Human Resourcese have some wonderful offerings for mental health professionals and others working with youth and children.  Some of our conference 2009 presenters will be back with new topics.  In addition, we have some wonderful new additions to our line-up of conference presenters.  This year's topics include:

 Department of Human Resources"Child Advocacy & Maltreatment"         - Dr. Julie Battle, PhD,
Licensed Psychologist

Department of Human Resources"Re-unification Protocols in Cases of Intra-familial Abuse" - Dr. Chris Jones, PhD

  • Define child on child sexual abuse
  • Recognize when children or teens with sexual behavior problems should be separated from their victims
  • Describe the process for reunification within the family

Department of Human Resources"Do Kids Really Do That? Normative vs. Problematic Sexual Development"
           - Dr. Jill Anderson, PsyD, Mary D'Ambrisi, MA, LPC

  • Identify developmentally appropriate sexual behavior
  • Identify problematic sexual behaviors
  • Plan what to do with children with problematic sexual behaviors

Department of Human Resources"Healing from Sexual Abuse: Creative Therapeutic Interventions" - Alison Phillips Williams, LCSW and Sarynelly Rojas, MS

  • Identify effects of trauma
  • Understand specific treatment techniques to address specific trauma symptoms
  • Understand specific treatment techniques to teach healthy boundaries

Department of Human Resources"The Intersection of Therapy and Law:  Subpoenas, Records, and Privilege" - F. Bart Patterson, J.D., Attorney

Department of  Human Resources"Bad Cases Make Bad Law: Juveniles & the Sex Offender Registry"   - Roy Chancey, LCSW
  • Understand the differences between juvenile and adult sex offenders
  • Discuss the Adam Walsh Act
  • Identify the impact of registering on juveniles and their families

Conference Rates  


By 5/31


Parent Track

$ 45

$ 55

Parent Track – Group Rate

$ 40

$ 50




Professional Track

$ 95

$ 105

Professional Track – Group Rate

$ 90

$ 100




Professional Track– CEUs

$ 125

$ 150

Professional Track – CEUs – Group Rate

$ 120

$ 140

Northeast Georgia Health System - CEUs

$ 20 

$ 20 

Student – No CEUs

$ 55

$ 65


Exhibitor – SOLD OUT!







Refund Policy: Cancellations may be made through 5/31 at 5pm. Fees will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee if requested in writing to Judith Brauer .

About the Children's Center for Hope & Healing

Department of Human ResourcesThe Children's Center for Hope & Healing, founded in 1984, provides no-cost therapeutic services to children and families who have been the vicims of sexual abuse.  The center also serves women who are adult survivors of Project Pathfinder:  A Program of the Childrenchildhood sexual abuse.  Through Project Pathfinder, the agency also works with children who have sexual behavior problems, including adolescents who have been adjudicated for sexual offenses.

The Children's Center for Hope & Healing is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that works with children and families from 18 counties across Northeast Georgia.  The agency is funded in part by the United Way, the Victims of Crime Act, DHR, and Promoting Safe and Stable Families.  For more about the Children's Center, visit us at