Dr. Jennifer Parker speaks at the child advocacy conference.

Child Advocacy Conference

The ninth annual Child Advocacy Conference is set for March 16, 2018 at the University Readiness Center on the USC Upstate Main Campus.


  • James Garabino, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • Nancy Henderson, M.D., Child Abuse Pediatrician, Greenville Children’s Hospital, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Victor Vieth, J.D., Founder and Senior Director, Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center, Winona, Minnesota.

Attendees 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.

2018 Speaker Biographies

2018 Speaker Biographies

Nancy Henderson, M.D. 

Child Abuse Pediatrician, Greenville Children’s Hospital, Greenville, South Carolina
"Opportunities Lost and Found-a Journey of a Young Child"

Dr. 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.

Victor Vieth, J.D.

Founder and Senior Director, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, Winona, Minnesota 
"When Words Hurt: Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of Emotional Abuse"

Victor Vieth, J.D., is the founder of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) and has served as senior director since its inception in 2003. In this role, he develops long-term strategy for expanding Gundersen NCPTC and its programs nationally and internationally. He also teaches, publishes, creates programs and works on public policy issues related to child protection.

Victor is in demand as a nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence. He speaks to audiences large and small at about 50 events each year. He 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 investigation, prosecution and prevention. He has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

Victor gained national recognition for his work 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. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association also named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21st Century.” Victor is regularly asked to consult with legislators around the country regarding policy and reform and has testified in front of the United States Senate. Numerous foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia and Columbia, have sought his expertise to guide them as they create and implement ground breaking child protection policies.

Victor 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.

Victor graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University 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.  Read more...

2018 Registration Information

The ninth annual A Brighter Future: Ending Child Abuse Through Advocacy and Education conference will be held on March 16, 2018 at USC Upstate. 

  • Conference registration fees: $40 for participants and $20 for students
  • Continuing education credits

The Center for Child Advocacy Studies was founded in 2010 to spearhead an initiative with a focus on tackling child abuse in our community. The purpose of the Center is to provide support for the academic programs in Child Advocacy at USC Upstate, and also provide evidence-supported training for child protection workers in our region, as well as increasing awareness of the problem within the general community.

2018 Hotel Accommodations

Spartanburg Marriott
Crystal Pace (Thomas) 
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Book your group rate for USC Upstate Brighter Future Conference 

299 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Rate: $135

Continuing Education

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

Attorneys, Counselors, EMT, Law Enforcement, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists and Victim Service Providers.

  • Hours will be confirmed for each group closer to the conference date.
  • All participants will receive a certificate of attendance with hours listed.
  • No partial credit will be given and certificates must be picked up at the end of the program.
Conference Schedule

Ninth Annual Conference Agenda
March 16, 2018

  • A complete schedule will be available closer to the date of the conference.