2021 Symposium

“Community Efforts to Protect Children!”

Child Abuse Prevention Symposium

Hosted by Cumberland University

Alumni Hall lobby

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

Friday, October 29, 2021


Registration, Continental Breakfast 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 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

Moderator: Dr. Eric Cummings, Cumberland University, Dean, School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

Networking Break

Breakout session 1   

Ruger -Therapy pony-After the Abuse, the Healing Begins

Teresa Fuller, Wilson County Sheriff Deputy/School Resource Officers


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

The Investigative Process – “What one needs to know.”

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

Attendance Goal: 100-150

4.0 contact hours


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