2022 Symposium

“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-3:00pm       $15.00 per person

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

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 Director’s Chair

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

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

15th Judicial District addressing child sexual abuse.

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

Networking Break

Breakout Session 1

Human Trafficking 101: Keeping Children Safe

Rondy Smith, Founder & Executive Director Rest Stop Ministries 

Breakout Session 2

Recognizing difference between self-injurious behavior and suicidal behavior.   

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


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


Lunch (is included in fees) and Networking

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

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


Breakout session 2

Inspiring young people to stand together against Bullying.

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


Breakout session 3

Dangers and impact of social media with our children.

Detective Charlie Belote, TBI, 15th Judicial District



Shield Presenting Sponsor: Kid Link of Tennessee, Pam and Bob Black 

Protect Sponsorship: MTEC, Volunteer Behavioral Health and Camelot Care


Protect Sponsorship: TN Voices and TSPN


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