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Child Abuse Conference to be Held Sept. 30 - Oct. 1

A young child swings high in the sky. Only blue sky and a few white clouds are shown with the swinging child. The 20th annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 1.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The 20th annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference, which will held virtually this year, takes place Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. Registration is free for those working in schools, and advance sign up is encouraged.

The conference is designed to provide professional training and educational opportunities for medical professionals, educators, school officials, dentists, law enforcement, social workers, mental health providers, youth service providers, the legal community and other community members and child advocates.

A highlight of the 2020 conference is its interprofessional programming, including expert speakers in several different fields. Nationally known keynote speakers highlight the conference, including Linda Chamberlain, author of "The Amazing Brain," and DJ Vanas, bestselling author and noted motivational speaker.

A host of scholarships are available to offset the conference fee. The scholarships are offered by the South Dakota Departments of Education and Social Services, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center, and Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota. Free registration is available to teachers, school nurses, administrators and school counselors, as well as Child Protection Services employees and select MDT members across the state.

Conference sponsors include the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System Court Improvement Program and Child’s Voice at Sanford Health.

Continuing education credits are available. To learn more and to sign up for the conference, please go to Those involved in schools and education and wishing to obtain a free registration can learn more at this website or by phoning the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at 605-357-1392.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News