Still time to register for child maltreatment conference

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The detection and prevention of child abuse in military families via practical and evidence-based solutions will be explored at Penn State’s sixth annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference.

In partnership with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, the conference will be held from Sept. 27-28 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. This event promotes the collaboration of researchers, policy analysts, and practice professionals to discuss and determine how to take military family research and programs and use them broadly.

All Penn State faculty, staff and students can register for the conference at a reduced rate. Registration will take place up until the start of the conference.

The purpose of the conference is to present this research to determine if there are disparities in current knowledge, support shared aspects, and to take the information that both the military and child maltreatment and welfare research has gathered and integrate them to apply to general practice.

Session topics include systematic determination of child abuse and neglect, intervention tactics including combined parent-child cognitive behavioral therapy for families that physically abuse, prevention programs to reduce family stress, and solutions and next steps. The sessions incorporate "translation" and "future-directions" aspects that emphasize how the research can be used in situations such as treating individuals exposed to stress, strategies for prevention, mitigating negative outcomes, and reversibility in child abuse. 

Small-group discussions will be incorporated after each session to allow communication between researchers, trainees and practitioners on how to utilize the findings and material presented throughout the event. 

The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network was created to advance Penn State’s academic mission of teaching, research and engagement in the area of child maltreatment. Since the Solutions Network was launched in fall 2012, its conferences have established a concrete frontier of understanding child maltreatment through advanced research. It is part of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State.

Last Updated September 12, 2017