Register today for the sixth annual child maltreatment conference

The United States Military and its efforts, programs, and research into the detection and prevention of child abuse in military families will be explored at Penn State’s 6th annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network conference.

In partnership with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, “Scientific Synergy & Innovation from Military Family & Child Welfare Contexts”, the conference will be held from September 27 – 28 at the Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, Pa. This event promotes the collaboration of researchers, policy analysts, and practice professionals to discuss and determine how to take military family research and programs and use them broadly.

Jennie Noll, Solutions Network director and professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, notes that the military and civilian sectors often work independently, but there is much to gain in working together and gleaning knowledge from each other. “Research has made vast improvements in child abuse detection and prevention, family advocacy, trauma treatment, and long-term psychological and physiological consequences for the victims.  Working together rather than in silos will help us expand our collective knowledge around child abuse and neglect to identify similarities and differences within the child welfare and military sectors.”

The purpose of the conference is to present this research to determine if there are disparities in current knowledge, support shared aspects, and allow time for cooperative discussion between its attendees to take the information that both the military and child maltreatment and welfare research has gathered and integrate them to apply to general practice.

Session topics include systematic determination of child abuse and neglect, intervention tactics including combined parent-child cognitive behavioral therapy for families that physically abuse, prevention programs to reduce family stress, and solutions and next steps. The sessions incorporate ‘translation’ and ‘future-directions’ aspects that emphasize how the research can be used in situations such as treating stress-exposed individuals, and strategies for prevention, alleviating injuries, and reversibility in child abuse. 

Small group discussions will be incorporated after each session to allow communication between researchers, trainees, and practitioners on how to utilize the findings and material presented throughout the event. 

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The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network was created to advance Penn State’s academic mission of teaching, research, and engagement in the area of child maltreatment. Since the Solutions Network was launched in Fall 2012, its conferences have established a concrete frontier of understanding child maltreatment through advanced research. It is part of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State.