11th Annual Child Advocacy Conference


August 30th-31st, 2021


Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI

Who should attend

Child advocacy center (CAC) staff and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) professionals affiliated with an accredited, associate, or developing CACs, professionals, students, or any other advocates for children not affiliated with a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) or multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

Conference Line-Up

We are so excited to announce the line-up for our 2021 Conference. Please continue to review this list as details are still being revised and subject to change.

  • Victim Centered Media Coverage and the Role of the CAC, Presented by Tatum Hawkins and Sarah Zuidema, LMSW
  • Clinical Support and Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth: Identity Inclusivity, Presented by Ethan Hibbard
  • A Child CSAM Ring – Case Study, Presented by D/Sgt. Gerald Yott and D/Tpr. Kyle Bowers
  • Pediatric Strangulation: What to Look For and How to Treat It, Presented by Brenne Wade
  • Working with Native American Families: Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience, Presented by Heather Syrette + Rachel Carr, UTFAV
  • Advanced Presenting Evidence (Part 1), Presented by Catherine Connell
  • TBD, Presented by Steve Kwasnik
  • Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children: Program Development, Presented by Shyra Williams, LMSW
  • Corporal Punishment and the Medical Provider, Presented by Dr. Neha Mehta
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In Our Field, Presented by Corey Brodsky
  • Advanced Presenting Evidence (Part 2), Presented by Catherine Connell
  • Empowering Arab-American Survivors of Abuse, Presented by Semaa Slebah, ACCESS Center
  • Problematic Sexual Behaviors In Children: Clinical Practice, Presented by Shyra Williams, LMSW
  • Assessing the Readiness of CACs to serve Survivors of Human Trafficking Victims, Presented by Kyler Rilett
  • When Your Biography Becomes Your Biology: Post-Traumatic Growth, Presented by Anne Troy
  • Tele-Forensic Interviewing: Implementation and Practical Considerations, Presented by Thomas Grieb and Aubree Vance
  • Eyewitness Identification in FI, Presented by Dr. Jason Dickinson
  • Overview of Internal Family Systems Model, Presented by Lawrence Wentworth, Ph.D., and Kristi LeBeau, LPC
  • Child Sexual Abuse Evaluations: It Takes a Team!, Presented by Dr. Dena Nazer
  • IFS Applications for Children and Adolescents, Presented by Lawrence Wentworth, Ph.D., and Kristi Lebeau, LPC
  • Culture and Pediatric Abuse Evaluations, Presented by Dr. Yameika Head
  • Investigation, Trial, Conviction, and Appeal, Presented by Crystal Uhe, JD, and Sgt. Mike O’Neill
  • Memory and Suggestibility, Presented by Dr. Jason Dickinson
  • J.E.D.I. Work – How to Develop a Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Program at your CAC, Presented by Cara Mazure, LLMSW, and Sarah Denick, LLMSW
  • How I Found My Way to Heal and Thrive after Child Sexual Abuse: The Importance of the CAC Model, Presented by Melanie Sachs
  • Female Genital Mutilation Investigations, Presented by Amy Allen
  • Understanding Genital Findings for the Non-Medical MDT Professional, Presented by Tanya Smith
  • Building Understanding and Connections with Resistance and Non-Supportive Caregivers: An Advanced Seminar, Presented by Dr. Amelia Siders
  • Innovative CAC Practices: Design, Programming, and Fundraising, Presented by Darcy Fluharty
  • CSAM: I know it when I see it, Presented by Keith Clark
  • Child Welfare’s Intersection with Human Trafficking: Why So Many Kids?, Presented by David Manville, LMSW
  • The Intersection of Intimate Partner Abuse and Violence, Presented by Dr. Jacqueline Baugh
  • Brickersville Hostage Rescue and the Aftermath, Presented by Det. Joe Slenk and Ofc. Jon Osborn

You will be asked to “log in.” Please create a username and a password to proceed to registration. This will allow us to update you on conference details as we get closer to the event.


Early Bird Registration: Now- June 30th, $319

After June 30th: $359

Hotel: $139/night (Grand Rapids GSA hotel rate is $114, plus a $25 resort fee). A link for a special reservation will be available once registration opens.

For questions or additional conference information, email admin@cacmi.org.