La Crosse Child Maltreatment Conference

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May 11 - 12, 2017 Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Presented by: Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare, Mayo Clinic and the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

This nationally recognized conference addresses strategies the multidisciplinary team can use to intervene when child maltreatment is reported, collaborate with community and family to protect children, and ensure justice for child victims of abuse/neglect.

Our conference will be of special interest to front-line child abuse professionals including:

  • child advocacy center staff
  • child protection workers
  • law enforcement
  • prosecutors
  • forensic interviewers>
  • medical and mental health professionals
  • school personnel
  • emergency response personnel>
  • victim/witness advocates

This year’s conference will focus on current issues in child maltreatment including human trafficking and trauma and children's behaviors with an impressive speaker line-up, including: 

Dr. James Levine, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Levine has worked to help end child trafficking and prostitution for two decades, lecturing and deploying scalable evidence-based programs in 17 countries to free children from prostitution and break childhood trafficking. His current endeavor is to build scalable child escape refuges in Cleveland that can be duplicated across the U.S.

Dr. Joy Ippolito, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, WI Department of Children and Families
Dr. Ippolito became the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator for Wisconsin in spring 2016. Prior to that that, she used a trauma-informed lens to design, implement, and evaluate prevention practices and policies that targeted youth who are at-risk socially, behaviorally, and academically. She takes a collaborative approach to her work by being a thought partner to facilitate positive working relationships with community agencies, systems, and other policymakers in an effort to improve outcomes for youth.

Benjamin Poller, Special Agent for Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, has been a law enforcement officer for 21 years. He is currently assigned to Child Sex Trafficking and Human Trafficking in the Madison Regional Office, and he's part of the FBI Human Trafficking Task Force. His duties as a DCI Special Agent include assisting with internet crimes against children investigations, officer involved shootings, meth lab response, and he’s a member of the Child Abduction Response Team (CART). 
Dr. Jane Silovsky, Director Children with Sexual Behavior Problems program, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Silovsky has done extensive research in the area of treatment outcome and program evaluation of services for children affected by child maltreatment.  As director of the Children with Sexual Behavior Problems program, she oversees assessment, treatment and research for preschool and school age children with sexual behavior problems.

Dr. Denyse Olson-Dorff, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
Denyse Olson-Dorff is a clinical psychologist and has served as clinical director of the child and adolescent section of the Department of Behavioral Health and, for the most recent 3 years, as co- medical director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Dr. Olson-Dorff has been a leader in addressing social determinants of health in medical practice and community agencies.  Recent research publications include adverse childhood experiences screening, the role of  integrated behavioral health care in a pediatric medical home and changing community norms through application of the No Hit Zone in a health care system.  

Do you know an advocate for children who goes above and beyond? 
Nominate him/her for the Ken Kolb “Great Kids Start with You” Award
The Ken Kolb Award recognizes an advocate for children and their families in our community who has demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and forward thinking with a commitment to protecting children and strengthening families as well as contributing to improving the well-being of our community at large.

La Crosse, Wis. is a historic, vibrant city of 50,000 people nestled between bluffs and the Mississippi River. Educational, recreational and cultural opportunities flourish. Spring is a beautiful season in which to enjoy all that La Crosse has to offer – hiking, fishing, shopping, theater productions, museums and more. Learn more at

Rooms have been reserved at the Radisson Hotel for conference attendees. Please contact the hotel directly for rate information and to reserve your room, indicating that you are attending the Child Maltreatment Conference.