A conference to help improve working relationships and faith community involvement in child abuse protection and prevention programs will be April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metro Technology Centers, BCC Auditorium, 1900 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City. The free conference is being sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health Family Support and Prevention Service and is open to the public.


The conference theme, “Keeping the Faith: A Call for Collaboration Between the Faith and Child Protection Communities,” is calling on all faith leaders, youth directors, volunteers, Sunday School teachers, concerned adults and parents to attend the training and get involved in improving the services and programs available to help prevent child abuse and neglect.


The conference speaker is Victor Vieth, J.D., who serves as the Executive Director Emeritus of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a program of Gundersen Health System, located on the campus of Winona State University. The facility includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms and a “mock house” to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for students and current professionals regarding child abuse. Vieth has trained professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. In addition, he has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.


Participants in the conference will learn the dynamics that cause friction between the faith and child protection communities, the cost of the friction, and concrete strategies for building communications between those communities. For more information or to pre-register, call OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service at (405) 271-7611, or register online at: www.health.ok.gov and click Events & Meetings.