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2022 Symposium

15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center


Community Efforts to Protect Children
Child Abuse Prevention Symposium
Hosted by Cumberland University and
in collaboration with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office

Location: Alumni Hall

212 Leeville pike (corner of Leeville pike and Maple Street)

Friday, October 28, 2022

8:30am - 9:00am   
9:00am - 9:20am 

9:20AM - 10:15AM 

10:15am - 10:30Am

10:30Am - 11:30AM
















11:45Am - 12:45PM

12:45PM - 1:45Pm




1:45pm - 2:00Pm


2:00PM - 3:00pm

Keynote Speaker

Topics and Trends in Child Sex Abuse Cases

The Honorable Brody Kane, J.D., Criminal Court Judge, 15th Judicial District

Networking Break and Visit Sponsors

Morning Breakout Session 1

Human Trafficking 101: Keeping Children Safe

Rondy Smith, Founder & Executive Director Rest Stop Ministries 

Workshop Objectives

  • What is Human Trafficking and What does it look like in Middle Tennessee?

  • Recognizing Signs & Red Flags to Identify Potential Trafficking Victims

  • Grooming, Recruiting, and Exploiting Tactics of Traffickers

  • Resulting Symptoms of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care Practices

Morning Breakout Session 2

The Trauma of Self-Injurious Behavior and the Impact on the Family.   

Ruth Wiseman, MA, Statewide Training and Education Coordinator, Children’s Advocacy Center of TN

Workshop objectives

  • Identify three differences between self-injurious behavior and suicidal behavior.

  • Identify three self-injurious behaviors and ways to decrease injury

  • Learn three communication tools for talking to parents of children with special needs

  • Develop empathy for parents who are experiencing overwhelming stress.


Morning Breakout Session 3

How to talk with your children: Communication Strategies for teachers, parents, and others that work with children.

Cece Ralston, Forensic Interviewer, 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center 

Workshop objectives

Participants will learn techniques to:

  • Facilitate communication between adults and children

  • Foster understanding between adults and children

  • Nurture relationships between children and caregivers

  • Deescalate emotionally charged situations and Model appropriate behavior

Lunch (is included in fees), Networking and Visit sponsors

Afternoon Panel

Understanding the Child Abuse process; those who advocate, investigate and interview.

MJ Lucas, survivors, advocate, and voice for survivors of Child Abuse

Detective Major Robert “BJ” Stafford, Wilson County Sheriff's Office

Cece Ralston, Forensic Interviewer, 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center

Moderator:  Scott Ridgway, M.S., Executive Director, 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center

Networking Break and Visit Sponsors

Afternoon Breakout session 1   

Bringing Hope and Healing for Children & Families in Hard Places “Taking a closer look at risk factors and impact of trauma and prenatal exposure on the brain”

S. Chris Troutt, LMFT., CEO, The Papillion Center for FASD

Workshop objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the seven risk factors of a child from a hard place

  • Participants will learn the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs on the developing fetus.

  • Participants will learn basic de-escalation techniques to troubling behaviors.


Afternoon Breakout session 2

Inspiring young people to stand together against Bullying.

Matthew Gress, M.A., Counselor/Speaker/Trainer/Consultant at STARS Nashville

Workshop objectives

  • Participants will learn creative and engaging ways to connect with young people and to help them connect with each other.

  • Participants will gain practical ideas to inspire young people and teach empathy.

  • Participants will hear examples of what other young people have done in their schools and communities to address bullying.


Afternoon Breakout session 3

Dangers and impact of social media with our children.

Special Agent Charlie Belote, TBI, 15th Judicial District

Workshop objectives

  • ·Participants will learn the negative effects of social media on youth.

  • ·Participants will learn the dangers of social networking sites for children.

  • ·Participant will learn things to teach your child regarding the internet and social media safety.



Shield Presenting Sponsor

Kid Link of Tennessee and Middle TN Electric Company


Friend Sponsor

Pamela and Bob Black 

Protect Sponsorship

Volunteer Behavioral Health and Camelot Care


Protect Sponsorship

TN Voices, Therapeutic Interventions, Foster 180, Mental Health Cooperative and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network


Thanks for your Support Cumberland University, Wilson County Sherriff’s Office and NASW TN Chapter

4 Credit hours- P.O.S.T. (The TN Peace Officer Standard & Training Commission Credits for Law enforcement)

4 CEU hours- NASW - (National Association for Social Work) credit hours for Social workers).

4 Contract hours 

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. William "Bill" McKee, Ed.D.

Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

and Professor, Cumberland University, and 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors' Chair

Scott Ridgway, MS. Executive Director, 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center

Registration, Continental Breakfast (is included in fees)and Networking

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