Child Advocacy Conference

A Brighter Future - Child Advocacy Conference

The Tenth Annual Brighter Future Conference is set for March 29, 2019 at the University Readiness Center on the USC Upstate Main Campus.

  • March 29, 2019

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    University Readiness Center, USC Upstate 
    301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303 Map Location to the University Readiness Center

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    Keynote Speaker 
    Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong

  • Tenth Annual Conference Agenda

    March 29, 2019

    8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

    Welcome, Dr. Brendan Kelly, Chancellor

    Welcome, Dr. Jennifer Parker, Director of Child Protection Training Center

    9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

    Rev. Darrell Armstrong, D. Div. (Honorary), M.Div., Ed.S.-MFT

    Pastor and Child Welfare/Family Strengthening Advocate, Trenton, NJ
    How I Got Over: Understanding and Implementing a Trauma-Informed Congregational-Based Family Strengthening Model

    10:15- 10:30 a.m. Break

    10:30 - 11:45 p.m.

    Victor Vieth, J.D., MA Founder and Senior Director
    Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, Winona, MN 

    The History of Child Protection in the U.S.

    11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch

    12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

    Janet Rosenzweig, Ph.D., MPA, MS 
    National Expert on Sexual Health and Safety for Families, Communities, Schools, and Organizations, Philadelphia, PA

    Keeping our Children Safe

    1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Nancy Henderson, M.D. Medical Director of Forensic Pediatrics
    Greenville Children’s Hospital, Greenville, SC

    Hitting Hurts: The Science Behind Corporal Punishment and Establishing Hit Free Zones

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Susan J. Kelley, RN, PhD, FAAN
    Professor of Nursing andFounder and Director, Project Healthy Grandparents, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Unsung Heroes in Our Communities

    4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Adjourn

    The speakers and planning committee for this conference have disclosed that they do not have relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and does not anticipate discussing unlabeled uses of any commercial products or any investigational products.

  • Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong
    D.Div. (Honorary), M.Div., Ed.S.-MFT

    The Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong is in his 18th year of service as the pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, NJ. Shiloh is a thriving community of faith rooted in the rich and diverse worship traditions of the African Diaspora. He is only the church’s third pastor in the last 114 years!

    His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), theological training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy), current doctoral work in Trauma-Informed Care at Liberty University (D.Min. In Pastoral Care & Counseling), have ALL uniquely prepared Rev. Armstrong to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities. He is a certified trainer in: (1) Child Sexual Assault; (2) Infant Mental Health; (3) Responsible Fatherhood and; (4) Family Development Credential. He sees his “global work & life’s call” as striving to make ALL families stronger by addressing issues which impact their physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being...BEFORE they get into crisis!

    He is a charter-motivational speaker for the Los Angeles Department of Children Services' Independent Living Program, former member of the NJ Governor’s Cabinet for Children, former co-chair of the Child Welfare Transition Team for former NJ Governor Jon Corzine, and Child, Family, & Human Services Transition Team Member for Governor Phil Murphy. From 2006 - 2009, he served as Director of the Division of (Child Abuse) Prevention and Community Partnerships (DPCP) for the NJ Department of Children and Families where he was responsible for New Jersey’s statewide strategy to prevent child abuse and strengthen families. Upon leaving state government in 2009, he founded the Institute for Clergy Training (IFCT). The IFCT is dedicated to helping clergy of all faiths better understand and implement stronger family engagement programs that strengthen overall family functioning and well-being. Since its inception, the IFCT has trained dozens of clergy to better understand the intersection of child welfare, intimate partner/domestic violence, family violence, substance abuse, and mental health.

    He is the author of several books and training manuals, among which include [1] “Memoirs of a Foster Child: Personal Reflections on Family Dysfunction & Family Strengths;" [2] “The Cornerstone of Our Faith: A Handbook of Classical & Practical Theology,” (theological reflections about topics of Christian orthodoxy and praxis); [3] "America's Top 12 Industrial Complexes: How Corporate Greed Erodes American Democracy;" [4] "The Scent of Water: Reflections on Hope, Inspiration and Resilience;" and [5] "Faith, Religion & Social Science: How the Protective Factors and the Sustainable Development Goals Come Together."

    Nancy Henderson, M.D. Nancy Henderson

    Dr. Henderson graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is medical director of the Division of Forensic Pediatrics at Prisma Health Care in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Henderson is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. Her job allows her to evaluate children both in the inpatient setting as well as at the Julie Valentine Center, Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Pendleton Place and the Assessment Center: an evaluation center for children and families in foster care. Teaching is another significant part of her job whether that is to college students at USC Upstate Child Advocacy Program, or medical students and residents at the hospital. Educating community partners both in and out of the court room has also been a vital role for her as a Child Abuse Pediatrician.

    Susan J. Kelley, RN, PhD, FAAN Susan J. Kelley
    RN, PhD, FAAN

    Susan J. Kelley, RN, PhD is a Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Professions as well as Director of Project Healthy Grandparents at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. From 1999 to 2011, she served as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia State University. Dr. Kelley received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston College and her B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from Boston University. Dr. Kelley’s previous professional experience includes serving as Chairperson and Professor, Department of Maternal-Child Health Nursing at Boston College School of Nursing; Director of Nursing Education, Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services; and pediatric nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Boston City Hospital.

    Dr. Kelley has specialized in the field of child abuse since 1980 and has published more than 80 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of child abuse. She serves on the editorial boards of Violence and Abuse: A Review Journal and GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice, and Policy. She has been a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing since 1990 and is a member of numerous child abuse and nursing professional societies. Dr. Kelley serves on the national boards of Prevent Child Abuse America and the Academy of Violence and Abuse; she also serves on the board of Mercy Care in Atlanta.

    Dr. Kelley is founder of Project Healthy Grandparents, a community-based research and service program that provides comprehensive services to families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren in parent-absent homes. The vast majority of children have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their birth parents.

    Janet Rosenzweig, Ph.D, MPA, MS Janet Rosenzweig
    Ph.D, MPA, MS

    Janet Rosenzweig makes life safer for children, easier for parents, and more rewarding for professionals who have dedicated their careers to serving children and families. With diverse experience in every form of child safety and welfare – combined with impeccable credentials including a PhD in social work, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a MS in health education, and a BS in family studies – Rosenzweig has enjoyed academic appointments at multiple institutions plus 20 years of service in government and nine years running New Jersey’s largest private organization fighting child abuse. Additionally, she has taken her academic background as a sex educator to all of these roles.

    In 2010 her professional stature was acknowledged when Governor Christie appointed her New Jersey’s commissioner for the Department of Children and Families. When her nomination was derailed by special-interest groups and party politics she chose to serve children and families by writing her 2012 book, The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying (Skyhorse, 2012). Rosenzweig speaks to parents about the easy and effective ways they can protect their children and make their communities’ institutions safer; she speaks to professionals with the voice of an experienced, caring colleague identifying challenges and offering solutions. An alumna of Penn State, she has returned to that community multiple times in the wake of the Sandusky tragedy offering workshops for parents and professionals.

    Janet Rosenzweig is an enthusiastic, high energy, engaging speaker uniquely qualified to help parents, educators, and public service professionals ensure the sexual health and safety of children in families, schools, and communities.

    Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A.

    Victor Vieth
    J.D., M.A.

    Victor 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. Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In 2012, Victor was awarded the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.

    Victor is the Director of Education and Research of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse and remedy its resulting harms. He is the 2018 President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and founder of the National Child Protection Training Center. With NCPTC and its partners, Victor has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

    Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). In 2017, Victor earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Seminary. Mr. 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, and On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Works of Jesus (Wiff & Stock 2018).

  • Our Presenting Speaker

    Sponsored by Mary Black Foundation 

    Sponsored by USC Upstate Child Advocacy Studies Sponsored by JM Smith Corporation

     Sponsored by Children’s Hospital (GHS) Phifer Johnson - A Family Foundation

    7th Circuit Solicitor's Office  Pendleton Place

     The Julie Valentine Center Child Advocacy Center

    Judy Bradshaw Children's Foundation Mid Carolina AHEC 


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2018 Continuing Education Information
Continuing Education credit will be offered for the following professional groups:

  • Attorneys: (Credit Hours Pending)
  • Counselors: 6 Credit Hours
  • Social Workers: 6 Credit Hours
  • Therapists: 6 Credit Hours
  • Law Enforcement: (Credit Hours Pending)
  • Nurses: (Credit Hours Pending)
  • Psychologists: (Credit Hours Pending)
  • Victim Service Providers: (Credit Hours Pending)

Credit hours will be confirmed for each group closer to the conference date.