Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Announces Third Annual Charleston Child Trauma Conference

Charleston, S.C, July 9, 2018 – The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center announced today that the third annual Charleston Child Trauma Conference will take place October 16 – 19 in downtown Charleston, SC. This multidisciplinary conference for professionals in the field of child abuse and trauma is designed to bridge science and practice to elevate the field while connecting colleagues across many disciplines.

“We have people from around the world attend this conference which helps drive the collaborative learning experience,” says Dr. Carole C. Swiecicki, Dee Norton’s executive director and CEO. “This event brings together social workers, counselors, healthcare professionals, attorneys, law enforcement, victim service providers and more to bridge the gap between professionals practicing and researching child maltreatment.”

This year’s keynote speakers are Katherine Chon from the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and Al Killen-Harvey with The Harvey Institute. Chon is the founding director of OTIP, the organization that combats human trafficking by supporting and leading systems that prevent trafficking through public awareness and protects victims through identification and assistance, helping them re-build their lives and become self-sufficient. Killen-Harvey is the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health.

Concurrent session topics include:
• The Use of Music in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
• Child Abuse and Neglect from the Educator’s Perspective
• Adapting Trauma-Focused Treatment for Immigrant Youth Facing Parental Deportation and Familial Separation
• Child Torture as a Form of Child Abuse
• Prevention and Intervention in Child Sexual Abuse Cases within Ultra-Orthodox Religious Communities
• Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga as a Reflective Self-Care Practice

The conference aims to inform attendees on current research on trauma exposure and trauma related disorders, explain evidence-based treatments for children and caregivers who have experienced traumatic events and how treatments translate to underserved and diverse groups. In doing so, organizers aim to heighten professionals’ understanding of the most current research, with an emphasis on how this can be applied in clinical practice.

The Center received a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) to support the conference. “We are proud to support the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center and the impact they have on our local community,” says Wells Fargo Charleston Area President Len Hutchison. “This grant is one example of how our efforts add up to make a huge difference in the communities we serve.”

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About Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Primary services include forensic interviews, medical examinations and mental health assessments as well as immediate support and coordination. The center also provides evidence-based therapy to child victims and their families. For more information, visit

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