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David L. Corwin, M.D. 

David Corwin HeadshotDr. Corwin is board certified in Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He is a Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah where he directs Forensic Services. He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, evaluator and/or expert addressing child abuse throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Corwin founded the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC) and chaired the group that founded the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in 1986. He helped found the Ray Helfer Society in 1999 and the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) in 2004. From 2009 to 2010, he chaired the transition of the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA).   

Among Dr. Corwin’s primary focuses are the evaluation, mitigation and prevention of the adverse health impacts associated with experiencing violence and abuse across the lifespan. Dr. Corwin currently serves as President of the AVA, an interdisciplinary society dedicated to increasing health professionals’ knowledge and skills in preventing, recognizing and intervening with those harmed by violence and abuse. Dr. Corwin is the Executive Producer of AVA’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study DVD released in January of 2012 and the principal editor of the AVA/NHCVA “ACEs: Informing Best Practice,” online white paper that scheduled for completion in early 2014. In 2012, he was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and currently serves as the Society’s Secretary and Co-Chair of APSAC’s Prevention and Partnerships Committees. He has recently begun to address the the harms associated with being a victim of child pornography and helped draft the recent APSAC policy statement on that topic.

Patricia M. Crittenden, Ph.D.   
Patricia CrittendenPatricia M. Crittenden studied under Mary. D. Ainsworth from 1978 until 1983, when she received her Ph.D. as a psychologist in the Social Ecology and Development Program at the University of Virginia. In addition to Mary Ainsworth's constant guidance and support, her psychology master's thesis, on the CARE-Index, was developed in consultation with John Bowlby and her family systems research, on patterns of family functioning in maltreating families, was accomplished with guidance from E. Mavis Hetherington. She also holds a master's degree in special education, with specializations in mental retardation and emotional disturbance (University of Virginia, 1969.)

Dr. Patricia Crittenden has served on the faculties of psychology at the Universities of Virginia and Miami and held visiting professorships at the Universities of Helsinki (Finland) and Bologna (Italy) as well as San Diego State University (USA) and Edith Cowan University (Australia).

In 1992 she received a Senior Post-doctoral Fellowship, with a focus on child sexual abuse and the development of individual differences in human sexuality, at the Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire. She was awarded the 1993-1994 Beverley Professorship at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry (Canada).

In the last two decades, Dr. Patricia Crittenden has worked cross-culturally as a developmental psychopathologist developing the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation, along with a developmentally attuned, life-span set of procedures for assessing self-protective strategies. DMM-based theory and empirical research authored by Dr. Patricia Crittenden have been widely published as books, chapters in books and empirical articles in developmental and clinical journals. In 2004, Dr. Patricia Crittenden received a career achievement award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Child and Family Development" from the European Family Therapy Association in Berlin.

Currently, Dr. Patricia Crittenden's work is focused on preventive and culture-sensitive applications of the DMM to mental health treatment, child protection and criminal rehabilitation.

Nancy Henderson, M.D.   
Nancy HendersonDr. Henderson serves as the medical director of the Division of Forensic Pediatrics at Greenville Hospital System. She graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She spends many of her days addressing one of the most difficult issues facing children: child abuse. For a decade, this pediatrician has performed child abuse medical exams at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She has the skills, patience, warmth and compassion to calm an anxious child, while gathering facts and medical evidence without further traumatizing the child. Just as importantly, she serves as an expert witness in Family and Criminal Court. Her testimony is often instrumental in the prosecution of child molesters.

Honorable Elizabeth T. Trosch, J.D. 

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Judge Trosch has presided exclusively over juvenile dependency and delinquency matters for four years. She is a graduate of Hollins College where she earned a Bachelor of Art in philosophy and social psychology. She earned her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law. She is a recipient of the North Carolina State Bar Pro Bono Service Award. Judge Trosch sits on the County Domestic Violence Advisory Board and the Race Matters for Juvenile Justice Steering Committee. She serves on the leadership team of the Children’s Alliance and on the Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Team.

In her capacity as a district court judge, she presides over the Mecklenburg County Youth Treatment Court and volunteers to hold truancy court at a local middle school. Judge Trosch serves as the Charlotte Model Court Lead Judge working as a liaison between the Charlotte Model Court Collaborative and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to carry out systems change that will positively impact outcomes in child welfare cases. She has presented on the topic of the impact of childhood traumatic stress on behavior and learning at state and national conferences. Judge Trosch has worked collaboratively with child welfare and juvenile justice partners to create trauma informed court practices and systems of care. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and two sons. 

Victor Vieth, J.D.  

Victor ViethVictor Vieth, J.D., serves as the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a program of Gundersen Health system.  It is a state-of-the-art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU).  

NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react and respond to children who are being abused. The Center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year.  

Mr. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  

Mr. Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.  

Mr.Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.

For more information about the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), visit www.ncptc.org.



March 21, 2014
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Location
University Readiness Center
USC Upstate

Pre-Conference Location
George Dean Johnson College of Business and Economics
160 St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306  

Contact Information
Dr. Jennifer Parker
Program Director

Ms. Shawn Masto