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Prevent Child Abuse Texas

January, 2013

MARCH 4-5, 2013

A statewide Conference designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical & legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates. Participants may attend their choice of a variety of workshops on child abuse and neglect prevention and educational programs or may select workshops for specialized training credits and professional development.
Featured Speakers
Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization which promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma.  Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.  A focus of his work has been the development of innovative clinical and systemic programs and practices based upon emerging concepts regarding child development and neurodevelopment. These programs are in partnership with multiple sectors of the community and in context of public-private partnerships which help catalyze systemic change within the primary institutions that work with high-risk children such as child protective services, mental health, public education and juvenile justice.
Ira Chasnoff, MD
Dr. Chasnoff serves as the president of the Children's Research Triangle and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of maternal drug use during pregnancy and the effects on the newborn infant and child. His research projects include a study of the long-term cognitive, behavioral and educational developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs; the effects on birth outcome of prenatal treatment and counseling for pregnant drug abusers; and the effectiveness of both outpatient and residential treatment programs for pregnant drug abusers. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on the effects of drug use on pregnancy and on the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of prenatally exposed children.
Barbara Ayres-Wilson
Barbara Ayres-Wilson was originally from Texarkana but spent all of her adult life in Austin. Served on the Board of Directors for 30 years of Child, Inc. and was a founding board member of We Will Not Forget SAJE, Inc. Most importantly the mother of Jennifer and Sarah Harbison who were murdered in the 1991 Yogurt shop murders in Austin. Now is a business owner in the private sector.
Judge Peter Sakai
After serving eleven years as Associate Judge of the Children’s Court he resigned in order to run for the bench in the 225th District Court. Judge Peter Sakai serves as Judge of the 225th District Court, Committee Chair Judge of the Children’s Court, and Presiding Judge of the Family Drug Treatment Court in Bexar County, Texas. He was recently reelected to a second termJudge Peter Sakai’s career commitment to improving the system for families and children has been recognized with honors.   Widely recognized community leader who works hard to bring new ideas and solutions to help resolve issues of child abuse and neglect and family violence and to constantly challenge all involved in the child welfare system to more effectively serve the families that come into the courtroom and prevent child abuse and neglect.
F. Scott McCown
Scott McCown retired as a state district judge in September 2002 to become the executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. In 2007, the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin presented Scott with the Vision and Valor Award of Distinction for exemplary accomplishments in the promotion of social justice. In 2005 and again in 2011, Texas Monthly named Scott one of “The 25 Most Powerful People in Texas Politics” and a “voice for the voiceless.” He is widely recognized for his expertise in child protection and remains an active member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. 
CONFERENCE SITE / HOTEL REGISTRATION:The Conference will be held at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade located at 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78230. The Omni Hotel at the Colonnade offers accommodations at $119.00 – Single and Double, $115.00 – Triple and Quad occupancy rates under a block of rooms reserved for the Prevent Child Abuse Texas program. For hotel reservations – call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) and identify the Conference for special rates good through February 7, 2013. If you would like to register online, please go to:
EXHIBIT INFORMATION:Businesses, organizations, and individuals are invited to bring products, materials and services to the attention of those attending the Conference. For information or to reserve a table, visit our web site at or email Deadline is December 31, 2012. Space is limited!
REGISTRATION: Complete the attached registration form and mail it to Prevent Child Abuse Texas as soon as possible. You may also go to and register online. Click on the Conference tab at the top and follow the directions. Workshop selections are based on a first come first serve basis so register early. Be sure to register by February 7, 2013 to get the Early Bird rate. Cut off for registration is February 27, 2013. After February 27, 2013, on-site registration will be required.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you are unable to attend the conference, you may cancel your registration by submitting your cancellation in writing (fax, postal mail or email) to PCAT by January 16, 2013. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted. PCAT is not responsible for cancellation notices not received. Substitutions for registered attendees may be made without penalty. All substitutions MUST be made in writing through the PCAT office. Refunds will be granted after the conference, less a $25 processing fee, if a written notice of cancellation is received by January 16, 2013. No refunds will be granted after January 16, 2013.
SPECIAL LUNCH: There will be 2 special lunches available for Monday, March 4, 2013. This lunch is an additional cost. To register, please see Registration Form.
ADA STATEMENT:Prevent Child Abuse Texas is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to participate fully in this continuing education activity, please send an email to no later than December 31, 2012, so we may make the necessary arrangements.
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear layers and/or bring a sweater. The temperature may fluctuate. To ensure your comfort, please keep this in mind when dressing. The dress code will be casual business attire.
QUESTIONS: For more information on the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse, please visit our web site at or email
NOTE: PCAT facilitates this annual opportunity to share strengths and solutions to issues of child abuse through speakers and training workshops from a variety of professional perspectives. We respect and value the opinions expressed that may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization or its members.


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