Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium 2016

Thursday and Friday, October 13 - 14, 2016

The Protective Services Team invites all professionals whose work involves interaction with child abuse and neglect to the 2016 annual symposium. 

This is a continuing education event designed to educate physicians and professionals from all disciplines who care for children. Presented by internationally and nationally known experts in the area of child maltreatment and sponsored by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, this symposium aims to help medical and other professionals expand their knowledge about child maltreatment.


Some of this year's topics will include:

  • Abusive Head Trauma. Christopher Greeley, MD, MS
  • Improving Communication Between Doctors and Detectives. Leigh Bishop, JD
  • An Update on Physical & Behavioral Findings in Child Sexual Abuse presented by Nancy S. Harper, MD, FAAP
  • Epigenetics presented by Mary Clyde Pierce, MD
  • A Psychosocial Assessment Tool for Child Maltreatment. Mary Clyde Pierce, MD, Sheila Hickey, LCSW
  • Common Genital Complaints in Children presented by Nancy S. Harper, MD, FAAP


  • Describe the biological basis for how child maltreatment causes poor health outcomes.
  • Describe key ages where human development is most vulnerable to damage from maltreatment.
  • Describe effective ways to ask the questions to engage caregivers and better understand the “fabric” of the child’s world.
  • Describe the association between injuries of physical abuse and environments high in psychosocial risk factors.
  • Understand when sexual behaviors in children are normal or abnormal.
  • Describe new research discussing how sexual behavior problems in children may be related to trauma other than sexual abuse.
  • Select appropriate photographs to photo document a potentially abusive injury.
  • Understand the purported controversy regarding the validity of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma.
  • Understand several evidence-based treatment models currently being piloted and/or implemented in Chicago Public Schools and other school districts nationally.
  • Discuss the differential diagnoses of the cause and manner of Death in Sudden Unexplained Infant death encountered in forensic setting.
  • Discuss reasons why autopsy and scene investigations are important for determining the cause and manner of death.

Accreditation & Credit Designation Statements

Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate wiht the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note: Continuing education credits will also be available for law, social work and nursing.


Lurie Children’s Conference Center, 11th floor, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago.
See map.


Parking is available in the Huron-Superior garage, located at 225 E. Huron, or the Erie-Ontario garage, located at 321 E. Erie. Participants will receive a reduced rate parking ticket upon registration. Parking garage users must present their original ticket and their discounted ticket upon leaving to receive the reduced rate.

  • $11 for 0 - 7 hours
  • $25 for 7 - 24 hours

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