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Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be available for the Community Response to Child Abuse Conference. These credits are applicable for both in-person attendance and on-demand viewing. Pre-approved continuing education are available for the following:

  • SD Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals
  • SD Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
  • SD Board of Social Work Examiners
  • SD EMS Program
  • SD State Board of Dentistry

For those attendees who fall within one of the boards above, a “Certificate of Completion” will be generated and sent post-conference. Other conference attendees will have access to a general self-reported “Certificate of Attendance” if needed.

Featured Presenters

Victor Vieth

Unto the Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse Within 30 Years

Victor Vieth, Chief Program Officer, Education & Research, Zero Abuse Project

In this moving and hopeful address, attendees will learn the five obstacles that prevent us from ending child abuse and will learn about sweeping changes now taking place in the child protection system that will enable us to significantly reduce and perhaps eliminate child abuse over the course of the next three generations. The keynote is based on a scholarly work that was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, and in the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Fall 2006.

Victor has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In 2012, Victor was awarded the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.

Predator on the Reservation – U.S. v. Dr. Stanley Patrick Weber

Curt L. Muller and Justin Christman, Office of Inspector General – Office of Investigations, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A Case Study of a multi-state historical child sexual assault investigation involving male victims, in which the perpetrator was an Indian Health Service pediatrician. The presentation includes photographs, videos, trial testimony, and trial exhibits, as well as content noting the benefits of law enforcement and victim services collaboration.

Mitch Reed

Know Your Why

Mitchell Reed, Superintendent, Florence School District 14-1

A presentation on how to identify your why and ways to protect it. We are in a world where people constantly judge and attack our purpose and it burns us out. Through humor and motivation, I share personal stories that will be relatable to you in your current position.

Mitch Reed is currently the Superintendent of Schools in Florence, SD. Mitch has a strong passion for kids and building relationships with them. The Cardboard Confessionals project allowed him to build even stronger relationships with the students he worked with. He learned a great deal about how past experiences and backgrounds play a role in everyday living. It also allowed him to look at his life and evaluate his priorities. This journey of sharing his message has been a great one. Mitch has met many strong people along the way who deserve all the credit in the world. The first step to helping those in need is to understand what they are going through and appreciate their strength!