Speakers & Topics

Victor Vieth

Like a Footprint in Wet Cement:

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children 
The ongoing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies out of Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control suggest that childhood maltreatment and family dysfunction are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness, death and poor psychological adjustment in the United States. Cumulative adverse childhood events have a role in poor physical health, problematic health risk behaviors, learning challenges, behavior problems and disease. The presentation will introduce faith leaders to this research and discuss the importance of faith, medical and mental health providers working to address to have a holistic approach to addressing a child’s needs.

Victor Vieth

When Faith Hurts:

Recognizing and Responding to the Spiritual Impact of Child Abuse

A significant body of research finds that many abused children are impacted spiritually or have religiouestions pertaining to the maltreatment. Failing to address these questions may impact a child physically and emotionally. In addition to reviewing this research, the keynote proposes strategies for MDTs to address these issues and to develop effective collaborations with faith communities.








Shauna Galloway & Carrie Nettles

The important role of chaplaincy and spiritual care in the work of Children's Advocacy Centers

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Victor Vieth 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.

Victor is the Director of Education and Research of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse and remedy its resulting harms. He is the 2018 President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and founder of the National Child Protection Training Center. With NCPTC and its partners, Victor has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations, and On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Works of Jesus 

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Shauna Galloway- Williams is the Executive Director of Julie Valentine Center. Shauna has more than 18 years of experience in the eld of mental health, specializing in child abuse and sexual assault. As a licensed professional counselor, she conducts forensic interviews, provides expert witness testimony, conducts training in the eld of child abuse and sexual assault, and facilitates groups for non-oending caregivers. Shauna received her BA in Psychology at Winthrop University and her M.Ed. in Counseling at Clemson. Shauna serves as immediate past board president of the SC Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, as an adjunct faculty member of the USC Upstate CAST program, and a member of the Silent Tears task force. Shauna is passionately committed to helping children and families to navigate the storm of child abuse and sexual assault and to see an end to these crimes in our community.

Carrie Nettles, an ordained minister with a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, began her role as a victim services specialist at the Julie Valentine Center in January 2017. In her role as a victim assistance specialist, Nettles will help adults, children and families process spiritual questions pertaining to abuse and will coordinate this work with the medical and mental health professionals assisting the child. Nettles will also oversee training of clergy throughout the state to assist them in better addressing the spiritual impact of child abuse and sexual assault.

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Joel Perritte is the founding pastor of Emmaus Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. Emmaus Church recently marked their sixth anniversary in the fall of 2019; the church family remains committed to the vision – “May it be in Corpus Christi as it is in Heaven.” Joel’s passion is to equip the church to treasure King Jesus as a family of disciples on mission for the glory of God, the good of the city, and the joy of the nations.  Joel also serves as the Pastoral Ambassador for CarePortal in South Texas. 

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