Dual-event to continue conversation on child safety, Oct. 10

October 04, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Advocates and experts will share unique perspectives on the complicated issue of child maltreatment on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Bennett Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The event is free and open to the public.

John Soubik, an adjunct faculty at the University of South Dakota and former county child welfare investigator, will speak at 6 p.m. on “The Seven Cs of Working in Child Protection Services.” The talk is a part of the annual de Lissovoy Lecture series. Soubik has experience in early childhood education and adult-family social services.

After Soubik’s talk and a brief reception, Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL player, child advocate and co-founder of Respect Group, Inc., will speak about his personal story of abuse, his recovery, and how he became a leader of social reform in Canada. The title of Kennedy’s talk is “Tragedy to Triumph: Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse and Leading Social Change.” It begins at 7:30 p.m.

A panel discussion featuring child maltreatment experts will follow Kennedy’s talk featuring an array of experts on child maltreatment. Panelists include Soubik; Jennie Noll, professor of human development and family studies and director of research and education with the Network on Child Protection and Well-Being; Teresa Smith, Northeast Region Children's Advocacy Centers outreach and training coordinator; and Pamela McCloskey, licensed psychologist and child forensic investigator.

Read more about Soubik here. For more information on Kennedy, visit the Justice Center for Research’s website.

Soubik’s presentation is supported by the de Lissovoy Program Support Endowment for the Protection of Children in Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Student Organization.

Kennedy’s talk and the panel discussion are sponsored by the University’s Justice Center for Research and Network on Child Protection and Well-Being.

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