2022 Symposium

“Community Efforts to Protect Children!”

Child Abuse Prevention Symposium

Hosted by Cumberland University

Alumni Hall 

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

Friday, February 25, 2021

8:30am-3:00pm       $12.00 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

Vision for the 15th Judicial District addressing child sexual abuse.

Jason Lawson, J.D., District Attorney General, 15th Judicial District

Networking Break

Breakout Session 1

Positive Behavioral Management Techniques-Strategies for teachers, parents and others that works with children.

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

Breakout Session 2

Recognizing signs and symptoms of a suicidal child

Brenda Harper, Chair, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network  

Breakout Session 3

Come learn from Our Kids all about medical exams: When they are needed? Why? What can you expect? What is the process? 

Hollye Gallion, RN., MS., PNP., Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Clinic Director, Our Kids Center

Lunch (is included in fees) and Networking

Afternoon Panel

Explore the justice system from two different perspectives- prosecution and defense.

Tom Swink, J.D. 

15th Judicial District Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Tony Maynard, J.D. Law Offices of Thomas Maynard

Networking Break

Breakout session 1   

Self- care-- It’s not an Option

Eileen Wallach, LMSW, GC-C, CEO/Founder, Your Heart on Art


Breakout session 2

Vicarious Trauma, Professional-taking care of yourselves when working with sexually abused children.

Shantell Johnson, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP Statewide Training Specialist, Sexual Assault Center.


Breakout session 3

A Behavioral Analysis approach to conducting Child Sex Abuse investigations 

Brian Harbaugh, M.A., President, Signature Behavior Inc

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 

Target Audiences: school personnel, State employees, law-enforcement, Detectives, CPIT members, University students and Community members.