Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare’s to Host Free Child Abuse Workshop

Every day, children in our communities are being physically abused, sexually abused and exploited. This is a public health epidemic that affects everyone, but isn’t talked about.

In an effort to help participants learn the facts, break the silence and make a difference, the Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital will host “Spotting and Reporting Child Abuse. What All School Staff Need to Know,” on Wednesday, August 13 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital Conference Center.

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will keynote the one day program with “Adverse Reactions to Long Term Stress.”

Other featured topics and presenters include:
• Minimal Facts Interviewing and Overview of the Child Advocacy Center of Wausau. Jen Plisch, social worker, forensic interviewer and manager, Child Advocacy Center of North Central Wisconsin.
• Mandatory Reporting 101 for School Staff, Suzanne Mathison, Social Worker, Child Protective Services, Marathon County Social Services.
• Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse and Family Stress, Lee Shipway MSW, LCSW, licensed clinical social worker, Peaceful Solutions Counseling services.
• Medical Effects of Child Abuse, Jeffrey H. Lamont, MD, FAAP, Marshfield Clinic pediatrician on staff at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
• Technology and the Teenager, Shawn Diaz, agency liaison, Office of Privacy Protection, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection.

A panel of community experts will close out the training program with a question and answer session.

“We are excited to offer this important program as a community resource,” said Antonina Olszewski, Foundation Director. “We have assembled a unique agenda that is appropriate for teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school support staff, school nurses, parents, psychologists and concerned community members.”

There is no cost to attend this program with lunch included for participants. Advanced registration is requested as space is limited.

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More information is available by contacting Antonina Olszewski at 715.393.2604 or

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