Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lorain County Community College 
Spitzer Conference Center
1005 N Abbe Rd
Elyria, OH 44035

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The Nord Center 
The Nord Center 

 The 2017 Conference on Child Abuse 
Awareness & Prevention 

The 2017 Conference on Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention is presented by The Kidz First Children's Advocacy Center, a program of The Nord Center. The event will take place May 25-May 26 at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College.

 Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Model Practices in the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse - presented by Detective Brad Graham, Tacoma Police Department, Special Assaults Unit; and Chris Pierre, Assistant Prosecutor, Lorain County
  • Identify Burnout and Keep It From Destroying You - presented by Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW, Turning Point Services, Ltd.
  • Ethics of Child Abuse Investigation and Prosecution - presented by Mary Sawicki, Senior Attorney, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Child Abuse Prevention Project
  • Testifying as an Expert Witness - presented by Mary Sawicki, APA, CAPP

 Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Medical Evidence in Child Physical Abuse / Sexual Abuse Cases - presented by Melissa Peters, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, Children's Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center, Children's of Alabama, University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Is It Time for a Tune-Up? Self-Care for Mental Health Professional - presented by Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW
  • Prosecution of Cases with Limited Evidence - presented by Mary Sawicki, APA, CAPP
  • "When A Child Takes It Back" Recantation in Cases of Child Abuse - presented by Mary Sawicki, APA, CAPP 

The cost for two-day registration (Thursday AND Friday) is $50; single-day registration (Thursday OR Friday) is $25. A limited amount of scholarship funds are also available. Please contact Amanda Thomas at 440.204.4352 to request an application.

The cost includes Continental Breakfast; Lunch, and 14 Continuing Education Units (7 each day) for Social Workers, Counselors and nurses pending approval; 14 Continuing Legal Education credits (7 each day) for lawyers pending approval. Certificates of Attendance will be provided for all others. For information about the approval status for contact hours, contact Amanda Thomas at 440.204.4351.

Thank you to our sponsors:


This conference has the sponsorship of The Community Foundation of Lorain County. There is no financial relationship between The Community Foundation of Lorain County and The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. There is no presence of conflict of interest or vested interest between the conference planning committee of The Nord Center, the conference facilitator, The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and         The Community Foundation of Lorain County.

Lorain County Children and Families Council
Lorain County Commissioners