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Preventing Child Maltreatment Using an Ecological and Strengths-Based Lens

Thursday, February 17, 2022

10:00 - 11:30 am PT

FREE Virtual Event 

Register Here 

Course Overview:

Join the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition for an online training event with Dr. Kristen Slack on the importance of providing concrete support for families to address child maltreatment. Drawing on her research in Wisconsin and across the country, she will review the role of the U.S. social welfare safety net in preventing abuse and neglect, and strategies for promoting protective factors using a strength-based and ecologically-focused lens.

About Dr. Kristin Slack:

Dr. Slack conducts research in Wisconsin and nationally on the roles of poverty and economic hardship in the etiology of child maltreatment. She also studies the role of the U.S. social welfare safety net in preventing child maltreatment, and strategies to improve the identification of risk and protective factors related to child neglect. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Slack is a long-time consultant to the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. She has served as the P.I. for the State of Wisconsin’s Child Welfare Professional Development System (the entity charged with training all public child welfare workers in the state), the Director of the School of Social Work, an expert consultant on the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-being, and as the Founder of Prof2Prof, a resource-sharing platform for academia. Dr. Slack has conducted numerous evaluations of child maltreatment prevention programs, including large-scale randomized control trials, and is an internationally recognized leader in understanding the role of economic support in preventing child abuse and neglect. Professor Slack earned her A.M. in Social Work and her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Chicago.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize evidence linking economic support to the reduction of child maltreatment
  • Describe the role of the US welfare safety net in preventing abuse and neglect
  • List two strategies and rationales for addressing protective factors in child maltreatment prevention work 

Continuing Education Units:

Cost: $20 

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Units (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). CEUs are provided by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Goretti Alvarez at

Produced by the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition.

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