Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Media Contact: Susan Smith, [email protected]



For Immediate Release – September 16, 2021


Scholarships, multidisciplinary training available at 21st Annual Child Abuse Conference


SIOUX FALLS, SD – The 21st Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference added an in-person pre-conference event that features sessions geared toward members of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) and offers scholarships for those professionals to attend.

Multidisciplinary team members include law enforcement, medical providers, Child Protection Service workers, mental health providers, victim advocates and prosecutors. Their role is to help a victim and their family by responding to the abuse and neglect, educating about its effects, advocating for the best interest of those involved, counseling those individuals, and promoting overall healing.

The team approach allows the child and family to get all information from one place so the team can create a plan of action together.

Jim Holler, a trainer and safety consultant on crimes against children will present in the multidisciplinary track on “Advanced Injury Reconstruction”. Injury and scene reconstruction is a must as the investigator gains “explicit knowledge” of the series of events that surround the commission of the abuse using deductive and inductive reasoning, physical evidence, and scientific methods to determine how the injury occurred. This workshop will provide investigators with a better understanding of injury and scene reconstruction and some simple, but effective, tools to use such as injury and scene photography, video, play-dough reconstruction, dolls, and other non-traditional means to help recreate and determine the possible cause of injury. Holler will also present on “Authority Rape” and “Vicarious Trauma – The Silent Killer”. Visit his website at Home | hollertraining.

Dr. Suzanne Haney will present in the MDT track on “Abusive Head Trauma”. This session will describe the history, presentation, evaluation, and treatment of abusive head trauma. Haney is a child abuse pediatrician at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Haney will also present sessions on “Skin Injury” and “Neglect.”

See a full schedule at In-person registration ends Sept. 21 so sign up today!

Various scholarships are available for MDT members interested in attending the conference. See the links below.

  • Service providers in the 4-county service area of Lincoln, Minnehaha, Turner, and McCook.
  • Legal professionals (right now in person only, but we can change)
  • Multidisciplinary professionals serving victims of sexual abuse (this unfortunately excludes Minnehaha, Pennington, and Lincoln due to the federal guidelines of what is considered rural for the grant). **Also hotel and mileage can be reimbursed


The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM),, is the first organization to join local, tribal, state and federal efforts in the fight against child sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment in South Dakota. CPCM was born out of the work of Jolene’s Law Task Force, established through SDCL 2-6-31 and its comprehensive 10-year plan to help South Dakotans know of, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse. The center’s director is Carrie Sanderson.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.