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Graduate Open House

Graduate Open House

Please Don't Hurt Me: Perspectives in Child Abuse Prevention

The conference will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 am at NSU Fort Lauderdale's Don Taft University Center: North Court on the 2nd floor (NEW LOCATION).

Working in the child abuse field can be difficult. We see the worst of people perpetrated on the most vulnerable; our children. Some of us don't have the resources for continuous training or to attend mega conferences. This is why we collaboratively made the decision to host a free conference in South Florida.

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Networking Opportunities: This Conference welcomes participants from around the world belonging to a variety of backgrounds, organizations, and agencies.

Our Vision: To give opportunities for professionals in or interested in the field of child abuse to meet, learn and work together. We want our community of professionals to build relationships in our field nationally, regionally and throughout the country.

We invite professionals with the following occupations: Forensic Interviewers, Child Protection workers, Law Enforcement, Tribal Members and Service Providers, Child Advocates, Medical and Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Social Workers, Investigators, Clergy, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocates. For more information about the conference, please contact Dr. Denise Crammer at crammerd@nova.edu.

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Speaker Highlights

Opening Key Note Speaker: Lauren Book
Lauren's Kids

Lauren Book

Lauren Book, M.S. Ed, is an internationally respected and renowned child advocate, former classroom teacher and best-selling author. She is also one of 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of child sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Ms. Book is using her personal experience as a vehicle to create change. She has worked alongside developmental psychologists and career educators to create the country's first-ever Pre-K through grade 12 child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. Each year for the past seven, Book has laced up her sneakers to walk 1,500 miles across Florida to raise awareness about child sexual abuse and empower survivors, as well as advocate for the passage of laws to protect children and serve survivors. Ms. Book has been named a PEOPLE All-Star Among Us, L’Oreal Woman of Worth and is the recipient of a Congressional Medal of Merit for her tireless work to protect childhood. She is an EMMY nominee and Gracie Award-winning television producer and has been featured by national media outlets including Newsweek, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the Huffington Post, USA Today and many more. Ms. Book lives in South Florida where she serves as founder and CEO of the Lauren's Kids foundation.

Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews

Joe Matthews

Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews, a thirty-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, is a former Miami-Dade County Police Officer of the Year, credited with solving the infamous Baby Lollipop homicide, among many others. He is the founder and CEO of DNA LifePrint, Inc., a corporate-sponsored, national child-safety program. He also heads his own consulting firm, advising the media, the academic community, public safety organizations, and the private sector on security issues, investigation techniques, and cold-case homicides.

Maribel Del Rio-Roberts, Psy.D.

Maribel Del Rio Roberts

Dr. Del Rio-Roberts is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Justice and Human Services, within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at NSU. She is also the Program Director for the Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities Dr. Del Rio-Roberts teaches courses in developmental disabilities, child protection, recreational therapy, human services administration, and mental health counseling. Furthermore, she is a Licensed Florida Psychologist who specializes in the areas of developmental disabilities, clinical child psychology, infant mental health, and psychological evaluation. Dr. Del Rio-Roberts has been the principal and co-principal investigator on numerous university-based grants related to developmental disabilities. She is the author of The Playful Minds Coping Skills Program: A Treatment for Pediatric Oncology Patients and several articles related to qualitative research. In the community, Dr. Del Rio-Roberts is a Clinical Director for the Strong Minds, Strong Bodies program for the Special Olympics of Florida and has appeared as a consultant on several television and radio programs.

Special Agent Elli Bray

Elli Bray

Special Agent (SA) Elli Bray has been working Violent Crimes Against Children cases for the Miami Division of the FBI for the past three years. She has extensive experience in working child sex trafficking matters and was recently the case agent on a very successful, multi-defendant investigation which resulted in the conviction of six men, some of whom were gang members, who sexually exploited numerous minors in Broward County. SA Bray also serves as the Miami FBI Child Exploitation Task Force coordinator and oversees incoming cases and complaints involving child sex trafficking matters. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Bray was a LICSW in the District of Columbia where she investigated and later supervised, cases involving allegations of child abuse and neglect. Topic names for each of the presentations: Lauren Book - Through the eyes of a child Maribel Del Rio Roberts, Psy.D. - Protection of Children with Special Needs Special Agent (SA) Elli Bray - Child Sex trafficking Joe Matthews - Hunt For a Killer: Analysis of Cold Case Homicide

Allison Golden, Psy.D

Allison Golden

Allison Golden, Psy.D., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2013, and specializes in providing assessment and therapeutic services for children and families who have experienced various forms of trauma. In addition to her work clinically, Dr. Golden has worked on behalf of the Lauren's Kids Foundation for approximately 5 years, providing education on numerous topics, to children, school personnel, medical and mental health professionals as well as child welfare workers and program administrators, in an effort to prevent abuse, increase disclosures, heal survivors, and create trauma-informed collaborative systems of care.

Dr. Tara Zuckerman

Tara Zuckerman

Dr. Tara Zuckerman, is a licensed psychologist and South Florida native, who has spent her life and career helping others in the community. She has participated in various educational and career ventures, which have helped her to hone her clinical skill-set and knowledge. She specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders and has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of behavior related issues, as well as interventions specific to OCD. Dr. Zuckerman utilizes various techniques and interventions to assist her clients in achieving their therapeutic goals. She commonly uses interventions founded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused, Behavior Modification, Motivational Interviewing, and Exposure & Response Prevention. Dr. Zuckerman has worked with children, adolescents, and families across many settings and has found that she best serves her community on an outpatient basis, providing high quality, individualized care.

Ronald Book, Chairman of the Lauren’s Kids Foundation

Ronald Book

Ronald L. Book is a specialist in governmental affairs and administrative law, with a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University, Ron served as Director and Special Counsel for the office of Cabinet and Legislative Affairs under former Florida Governor Bob Graham and was the Director of the Administrative and Governmental Law Department for Miami-based Sparber, Shevin, Shapo, Heilbronner & Book. During part of his tenure with former Governor Graham, Ron also served as Executive Director of the constitutional revision campaign, "Five for Florida's Future" raising close to $1.0 million to support the effort. Over the past decade and a half, Ron has raised over $30 million for various candidates and causes. An active participant in the South Florida community, Ron serves as a trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Broward Sheriff's Advisory Council. He is a past Board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida, a former member of the Steering Committee for the Summit of the Americas, a member of the University Outreach Development Council at Florida International University and a Board Member emeritus of the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation; Member and Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. Ron is a founding member of Lauren's Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) created to fight childhood sexual abuse. Ron serves as Chairman of the Lauren's Kids Foundation, a charitable entity founded with his daughter, Lauren, to prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness.