Child Maltreatment Conference: Speakers and Presenters
Dr. James Levine, Mayo Clinic
Dr. James A. Levine is Professor and Doctor in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. His interests include anorexia nervosa, congenital leanness and obesity. He is a graduate from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. In 2008, Dr. Levine published the novel, “The Blue Notebook” about a child prostitute he worked with in Mumbai, India, donating proceeds to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Thereafter, his work in child sexual slavery expanded. He has worked in 17 countries, lecturing and deploying scalable evidence based programmes to free children from prostitution and break childhood trafficking. He consults (gratis) to communities and companies to deploy exit and reclamation programmes with trained social workers and psychologists. Dr. Levine has lectured to governments in China, USA, South America, Canada, Europe, across Africa and at the United Nations, and has authored 150 articles in scientific journals and The Times of London. Dr. Levine has expertise in human trafficking and presented on a national and international level. He has acknowledged social worker as critical team members to combat trafficking and includes in his presentation subject matter relevant to social work practice.
Dr. Joy Ippolito, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, WI Department of Children and Families
Dr. Ippolito has been Wisconsin’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator since spring of 2016. In this role, she oversees all of the state;’s programming and policies related to youth who have experienced or are at risk of sex trafficking, as well as Wisconsin’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Previously Dr. Ippolito was a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago for 5 years and taught graduate level courses at Harvard University and the University of Chicago for nearly 10 years. Her prior mixed methods work focused on implementation and evaluation research of programs and policies across several systems and disciplines, including applied developmental psychology, K-12 education, mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Dr. Ippolito is a subject matter expert by virtual of her job responsibilities and research.
Benjamin Poller, Special Agent for Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation
Special Agent Poller has 21 years in law enforcement with the last 17 years as Special Agent for DCI. Hisspecialty area is Human Trafficking investigations, but he also serves on a variety of special teams including, the Child Abduction and Response Team, Methamphetamine Response Team, and the FBI Federal Human Trafficking Task Force. Agent Poller also is a firearms and tactical instructor and provides provide human trafficking training for law enforcement .Ben Poller is an experience presenter and has conducted numerous training for a variety of disciplines including social workers, therapist/counselor and medical personnel. Ben on a daily basis works with social service agencies recognizing how important the psychosocial needs of victims are to combating trafficking.
Dr. Jane Silovsky, Director Children with Sexual Behavior Problems program, University of Oklahoma
Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and a clinical child psychologist at the University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the Associate Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Silovsky received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. Since 1997, she has been the Director of the Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior program, an assessment, treatment, and research program for preschool and school age children with problematic sexual behavior. Dr. Silovsky’s research is in the area of treatment outcome and program evaluation of services for children affected by child maltreatment. She leads the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (www.ncsby.org). One of her major research interest is problematic sexual behavior of young children, including typology, origins, treatment outcome, and implementation of evidence-based treatments.
Dr. Denyse Olson-Dorff, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
Denyse Olson-Dorff is a clinical psychologist at Gundersen Health System where she works with children, adolescents and their parents. For the last 12 years Dr. Olson-Dorff 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. She received a PsyD degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University and completed a clinical internship at Yale University School of Medicine Child Study 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 systemThis presentation will build on the current research and best practices of recognizing how ACE scores and trauma history impact children and their developmental outcomes as adults. Dr. Olson-Dorff will discuss how brain and physical health outcomes are influenced by early experience and highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention efforts. Participants will learn how to use the ACE Conversation Card as a tool for discussing adverse childhood experiences, their effect on health and what parents and child protection professionals can do to lessen these effects.
Jan Miyasaki - Director of Victim Services, ARC Community Services Inc.
Since 1993, Jan Miyasaki has been the director of Project Respect, a Dane County-based social service agency that provides case management, counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, alternative to incarceration, and peer support group services to persons with histories of prostitution and sex trafficking. She is co-founder of the Coordinated Community Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children which has led the response to domestic minor sex trafficking in Dane County through education, research, community consensus building and development of social services for victims. She is also co-founder of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium. The mission of the Consortium is to develop a strategic plan and establish priorities for responding to human trafficking in Wisconsin and advocate for victims. She is a member of the federal Eastern District Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice & Department of Children and Families Anti-Human Trafficking Committee. She is the lead author of the 2012 report, “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Dane County Needs Assessment”. She holds a J.D. from Marquette University Law School and is an ad hoc faculty member at the U.W. Madison. She has over 25 years of experience providing adult education, advocacy and community organizing. She has presented to educators, policy makers, human services providers, law enforcement, legal advocates and community-based organizations on the human and social costs of prostitution, the impact of sex trafficking on victims, collaborative service provision to victims, and coordinated community response to human trafficking. Project Respect is a member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women the world’s first organization to fight human trafficking internationally.
Alison Feigh, Program Director, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
Alison Feigh has been working in the sexual abuse prevention field for more than 15 years. Although her academic interests are varied, she is especially drawn to prevention in faith based communities and youth serving organizations, teaching family safety models and the prevention of online exploitation. She firmly believes that personal and online safety messages can be positive, empowering and accessible. Ms. Feigh came to Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) initially in 2001 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She enjoys her work at JWRC as she collaborates with students, parents, law enforcement and the media with the ultimate goal of reducing abductions and abuse of children. She stepped away from her position from 2009-2011 but returned to JWRC following the completion of her Master of Science in criminal justice from St. Cloud State University. Alison also holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a self-designed major “Responding to Missing Children in the U.S.” from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. As a subject matter expert on child and teen safety, Alison is a speaker in high demand. She relates well with children and youth while also engaging adult audiences on topics around criminal justice and the media, child internet exploitation, and sex crimes and sex offenders. She has offered proactive prevention messages through extensive media interviews, including CNN, Fox News and local news stations. Her positive, accessible personal safety messages are highlighted in her children’s books, “On those Runaway Days” and “I Can Play It Safe.” Both titles were released nationally in 2008 and have recently been translated into Chinese.
Gordy Ziebart, Principal Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Rochester, Minnesota
Mr. Ziebart is the director of the Altenative Education Rochester Public Schools since 2008. He supervises a staff of 70 at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) and manages a annual budget of $ 4.2 million dollars. Under his management the ALC enrollment grew from 120 to 300 students. He has held teaching and school administrative positions since graduating with a MSE School Supervision Program from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 1988 where he earned the honor of being named to the Dean’s List for the MSE program. He is active in a number of professional organizations including the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.