Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge



Annoucing the 2020 Virtual Colloquium!

August 05, 2020

We hope you will join us for a virtual Colloquium, featuring nine tracks offered over three days, September 22, 23 and 24. Tracks include:

  • Cultural Diversity Institute/Workshops

  • Ethics and Intervention

  • Family Violence, Media, and Trauma

  • Interviewing

  • Investigation/Prosecution

  • Medical

  • Mental Health and Mindfulness

  • Overcoming Parental Alienation Allegations

  • Prevention

Extraordinary plenary speakers will be joining us virtually and  more than  50 workshops will be available for you! We are also working on virtual after-hours activities to offer that special APSAC touch. 

Join APSAC for a Zoom Chat: The Importance of Child Advocacy Studies (CAST), in partnership with experts from the Zero Abuse Project (ZAP)

August 05, 2020

Thursday, August 13 from 3:30-4:30 ET

Presented by: Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd; Victor Vieth, JD, MA; and Tyler Counsil, EdD


Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) is an academic curriculum designed to better prepare child-serving professionals as their work pertains to child maltreatment prevention and intervention. In this Zoom Chat we will discuss the historic lack of child maltreatment content in higher education, its consequences on the workforce, and how CAST is changing the academic landscape to generate a new workforce ready to end child abuse. 


Over forty years of research shows both undergraduate and graduate programs provide insufficient maltreatment content, Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) is a curriculum created to combat the inadequacies observed across all child-serving professions. Eighty-four institutions utilize CAST programming. Eight studies demonstrate CAST's ability to prepare the front lines of child protection for the realities of responding to child maltreatment. Join us on Zoom to meet the professionals behind CAST and learn how to bring the resource to your community! 


Psychology and Social Work CE credits available. 

APSAC Participates in Historic ACEs Project

July 24, 2020

APSAC received a $200,000 California ACEs Aware grant in collaboration with the Academy on Violence and Abuse(AVA), the California chapter of the Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC), and Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc (CIR) to train California Medi-Cal providers about the importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to health. ACEs Aware is a program of the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services. $14.3 million was awarded to 100 organizations throughout the state to extend the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. ACEs Aware seeks to change and save lives by helping Medi-Cal providers understand the importance of screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and training them to respond with trauma-informed care. Read more about ACES Aware here and our project here.

Introducing The APSAC & Foundling Online Course

July 01, 2020

Child maltreatment work is by nature multidisciplinary; we all share the same goal of ensuring health, safety and justice for children and families. APSAC and the New York Foundling have developed a comprehensive, multidisciplinary Online Course for professionals to help expand their perspective and knowledge base to support effective practice in any child welfare setting.


The course opens with a history of the child maltreatment field presented by Victor Vieth; continues with presentations from physicians, attorneys, psychologists, educators and researchers on practice issues and skills; and concludes with a module on keeping current on best practices, and self-care by Jon Conte and Paul Stern.


Learn from leading experts in child maltreatment and enhance your understanding of the multiple systems, professionals, and interventions that comprise our field!


Learn more and register for the APSAC & Foundling Online Course and view the full brochure. Questions about the Online Course or other APSAC Online Programs? Please feel free to contact us at

Stacie LeBlanc Elected President of APSAC

June 16, 2020

The Board of Directors of the American Professional Society of the Abuse of Children (APSAC) announced today that Louisiana resident Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd is now president of the society dedicated to improving the country’s response to child maltreatment. Past president, David Corwin, says, “APSAC is very fortunate to have Stacie LeBlanc as its new president. Stacie has worked tirelessly with staff, volunteers, and other leaders to help make APSAC the success it is today in serving the professionals who address child maltreatment helping to prevent child abuse and working to end corporal punishment of children by promoting “No Hit Zones.” 

APSAC Welcomes New Editorial Team to the Advisor and Alert

June 15, 2020

The Board of Directors of APSAC is pleased to announce Drs. Lisa Schelbe and Carlo Panlilio as the new editorial team for the APSAC Advisor and the APSAC Alert. Serving as the Editor, Dr. Schelbe is an Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Social Work. Her research focuses on young people transitioning out of foster care and services to assist with their transition out of care. Dr. Panlilio, the new Associate Editor, is an Assistant Professor at Penn State’s College of Education and a faculty member for the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. His research focuses on the impact of early maltreatment on self-regulation and later student achievement. Drs. Schelbe and Panlilio first started working together early in their careers as Doris Duke Fellows for the Promotion of Child Well-being.

One of the new editorial team’s first projects is a special issue of the Advisor on the COVID-19 pandemic. The special issue seeks papers that focus on 1) the pandemic’s impact on various child serving systems and their responses, 2) specific child maltreatment risk and protective factors due to the pandemic, and 3) the pandemic’s exposing and amplifying inequities for vulnerable children and families. The special issue seeks to include multiple perspective and new voices; manuscripts representing APSAC’s multi-disciplinary focus are encouraged. View the Call for Papers here.


The APSAC Board is grateful to Dr. Angelo Giardino of of University of Utah School of Medicine and Dr. Christopher Greely of Texas Children’s Hospital for their four years of service to the APSAC Advisor and APSAC Alert and for their work in advancing these publications.


For more information about the APSAC Advisor and to to sign up to receive the APSAC Alert visit:

New! APSAC Alert 11(6): Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 17, 2020

APSAC is developing a series of rapid-response APSAC Alert articles to meet the needs of professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition, authored by Michael C. Seto, PhD; Cynthia Gutierrez-White, MS; Kailey Roche, MSc candidates; and Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD provides resources professionals can share with families seeking to keep children safe as well as persons concerned about their own sexual thoughts or behaviors involving children.

Now Available: APSAC's 2019 Annual Report

June 09, 2020

APSAC’s 2019 Annual Report is here! Look inside to learn about APSAC’s important work in 2019 and the board members, donors, and partners that made that work possible.


APSAC thanks all whose hard work and dedication led to success in 2019, giving the organization the tools and resources needed to weather the challenges and uncertainty of 2020. 

How can APSAC help you through these trying times?

May 18, 2020

APSAC continues to develop new resources to meet the needs that have been expressed by some members. As we plan to do even more, we need to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete this survey - you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free annual membership! Congratulations to Melissa Haydt, the first winner! Respond to the survey below and be the next winner.

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APSAC Initiatives and Partnerships

APSAC Publications


APSAC Training & Events

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APSAC & Foundling Webinars and Online Course

September 21-24, 2020
APSAC's 27th Colloquium
Virtual Event
Forensic Interview Clinics
Multiple dates and locations

1706 East Broad St., Columbus, OH  43203

Toll Free:  877-402-7722


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