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WVCAN Annual Conference

April 4 - April 5



This year’s WVCAN Conference will focus on inspiring particpants to be the light on behalf of children in their communities. Presentations include emerging trends in child welfare, working with special populations, and investigations and prosecution strategies.  Child abuse professionals will have the opportunity for hands-on workshops including case review, medical review, mock trail, and others. You won’t want to miss!

  • CEUs offered
  • Pre-conference statewide forensic interviewer peer review
  • Sponsorships and exhibitor tables available

For a full description of workshops and presenters, click here.

Workshop presentations linked below (updating as they become available)

Keynote Day 1 – Scott Modell

Keynote Day 2 – Michael Tierney

Workshop 1

You’re Biased about this Workshop: An Exploration of Bias and its Impact on Child Abuse Investigation

“All In the Family”: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children within the Family

The Evolving & Essential Role of Victim Advocates: Addressing the Co-occurring Needs of Children and Their Caregivers (Part 1)

Child Victims with Disabilities

Workshop 2

It Takes a Team: Prosecuting a Case with a Recanting Victim

The Evolving and Essential Role of Victim Advocates Addressing the Co-occurring Needs of Children and Their Caregivers (Part 2)

Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities

Rethinking Case Review

Workshop 3

Taking Your Case to Court

Now Who Am I? And Who Are You?

Mock Trial

Workshop 4

Corroboration in Child Abuse Cases (Part 1)

Child First Forensic Interview Update (FKA Finding Words) (Part 1)

Interviewing Children from Special Populations

Lighthouses:  Sharing Stories of Survival for Healing, Support and Witness

Workshop 5

Corroboration in Child Abuse Cases (Part 2)

Child First Forensic Interview Update (FKA Finding Words) (Part 2)

Connect 2 Succeed: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy + Play Therapy = Successful Trauma Resolution (Part 1)

Make Your Case – Using Data to Communicate with CAC Stakeholders

Medical Case Review

Workshop 6

Responding to Online Crimes Against Children

Child First Forensic Interview Update (FKA Finding Words) (Part 3)

Connect 2 Succeed: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy + Play Therapy = Successful Trauma Resolution (Part 2)

CAC Data Clinic and Technical Assistance

Stepping Back to Spring Forward: Reflective Supervision and Unlocking Holistic Supervisory Practice

Eventbrite - 2017 WVCAN Conference: Be the Light

The block of rooms at Embassy Suites is full. Other area hotels include:

Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West in Charleston

Wingate by Wyndham in South Charleston

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Cross Lanes

At this year’s conference, we are celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary with an event on the evening of April 4. All conference attendees are invited to attend this event at a reduced price of $50 per ticket.

Tuesday, April 4th

5:30 pm Cocktail Hour

6:30 pm Program Begins

The Culture Center, West Virginia State Capitol

For more information about the event, click here.


Embassy Suites
300 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301 United States
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WVCAN Happy Hour

Tap into to a great cause this holiday season, and join us at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews on Thursday, Dec. 7 for a fun-filled happy hour! Click here for more info.