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A Brighter Future:
Annual Child Advocacy Conference

Save the date for the Eighth Annual Child Advocacy Conference on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Brighter Future Child Advocacy Conference2016

The seventh annual A Brighter Future: Ending Child Abuse Through Advocacy and Education conference was held on March 25, 2016 at USC Upstate. Pre-conference workshops were held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. 

  • Conference registration fees: $35 for participants and $15 for students
  • Continuing education credits will be offered  
  • Optional pre-conference workshop (First Responder Training) registration fee: $3

First Responder Training is available ONLY to law enforcement, EMT, paramedics and firefighters

Location of Brighter Future Conference on March 25: 
The University Readiness Center
 USC Upstate Main Campus
 800 University Way
 Spartanburg, SC 29303

Location of First Responder Training on March 23: 
The George Dean College of Business and Economics (3rd Floor)
160 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Bruce PerryBruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.,
Founder and Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy
Houston, TX

Keynote Topic: Impact of early childhood trauma on the developing brain

Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and endangered. His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society was released in 2013. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Kenneth Ginsberg, M.D.
Pediatrician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Director of Health Services, Covenant House Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Topic: The Importance of Resilience in Overcoming Adversity

Nancy Henderson, M.D.,
Child Abuse Pediatrician, Greenville Children’s Hospital
Greenville, SC

Marlanda Dekine, LMSW
Founder and Director, Speaking Down Barriers
Spartanburg, SC

Machelle Madsen Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW
Social Services Coordinator, Love At Work Missions
Tallahassee, FL
Topic: The Role of Protective Factors across Developmental Stages

Target audiences for this conference include attorneys, counselors, educators, the faith community, judges, law enforcement, nurses, physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists, victim service professionals and all other concerned community members.

For More Information Contact
Dr. Jennifer Parker
Program Director

Ms. Shawn Masto
Program Coordinator

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.