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1st Annual Child Abuse Awareness Symposium

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Children's National Medical Center, 2nd Floor Main Auditorium (near cafeteria)

111 Michigan Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20010

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Please see the attached agenda below. The movie from 3:00-4:30 is optional. Please sign up for the seperate movie event if you are interested in viewing.

Child abuse is an overwhelming problem across our country. As an organization and the leading Children's Hospital in the area, we have a priority to our patients and families. We would like to bring attention to child abuse awareness and offer the 1st annual child abuse awareness symposium at Children's National Medical Center. Child abuse prevention month is April, so we thought we start with this symposium on the last day of March.

This event is FREE! In addition to being free, there will be lunch provided while listening to the great speakers we have lined up for the day.

Our keynote speaker Dr. Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatric, PA, a consulting firm that provides medical care, research, training and expert witness experience in child maltreatment cases, as well as medical care for children with disabilities. She works regularly with numerous national and international investigative agencies on Internet Crimes against Children cases. She recently served as Executive Producer of Not Just Pictures, a documentary about the victim impact of the production and distribution of child sexual abuse images on the web and social media sites.

Dr. Cooper has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences for the US Department of Justice, the FBI, the NC District Attorney’s Association, Attorney General’s conferences across the US, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Interpol, among many others. She has published chapters in texts, and is the lead author of the first comprehensive textbook on the medical, legal and social science aspects of child sexual exploitation and internet crimes against children.

The goal from this symposium is to bring attention to child abuse and raise awareness about the ongoing problem in DC. Distraction and de-escalation techniques will be discussed, in addition to recognizing signs and symptoms of abuse. There will also be discussions from our partnering organizations on how we can work together and collaborate against child abuse.

Everyone is welcome to attend. This will be great information.

For information on parking/public transportation please visit the webpage for specifics:


Children’s National Health System

March 31, 2017

8:00 am 9:30 am Key note address: Sharon Cooper MD, FAAP

Sexual Exploitation: Recognition, Intervention and Prevention

9:30 am9:45 am Break

9:45 am10:15 am Lee Beers MD

The Impact of Childhood Adversity on Lifelong Outcomes

10:15 am10:45 am Binney Chokshi MD & Lindsey Galomb MD

Trauma Informed Toolkit

10: 45 am11:30 am Sarah Taylor MSW, Ashley Gardella MSW

Distraction and De-escalation Panel

11:30 am12:30 pm Lunch provided in the Mini-Atrium

12:30 pm—1: 30 pm Jennifer Fritzeen MSN, RN , Allison Jackson MD, Norell Atkinson MD

The Face of Child Abuse in DC

1:30 pm—2:30 pm Erin Cullen

What Happens from Here?

2:30 pm 2:45pm Michelle Robinson

Childhelp Organization Integration into the District of Columbia

2:45pm—3:00 pm Break

3:00pm 4:30 pm Sharon Cooper MD, FAAP

Film Viewing: Not Just Pictures

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111 Michigan Avenue Northwest

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