Haruv Institute, Jerusalem, Israel
Asher Ben-Arieh, PhD, is the Haruv Chair for the Study of Child Maltreatment at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the years 2007-2011 he headed the Joseph J. Schwartz Program. He served as project director and editor of the Statistical Abstract - Annual State of the Child in Israel, for over 20 years. He initiated and coordinated the multi-national project "Measuring and Monitoring Children’s Well-Being", and was among the founding members of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) and was elected as its first chairperson in 2005.
Prof. Ben-Arieh is one of the leading international experts on social indicators, particularly as they relate to children’s wellbeing. He has written and published extensively on the politics of social policy and children’s wellbeing in Israel, and on children’s wellbeing indicators and their measurement.
Prof. Ben-Arieh is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Child Indicators Research (CIR) journal and of the Children’s Well-being: Indicators and Research book series, both Springer publishing house publications.
Co-Director, Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute, Stratford, New Jersey, USA Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Rowan Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey, USA
Esther Deblinger, PhD is Co-Director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Rowan Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Deblinger has been engaged in clinical work and research focusing on the impact and treatment of child sexual abuse and other traumas in childhood for 30 years and she has collaborated on numerous treatment outcome investigations including four investigations funded by National Institute of Mental Health. Treatment outcome research, conducted by Dr. Deblinger and her colleagues Judith Cohen, M.D., and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. led to the development of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based treatment with documented efficacy in helping children and adolescents overcome PTSD as well as related emotional and behavioral difficulties. Since then a total of 20 randomized trials have been conducted to further refine and evaluate the effectiveness of this treatment model. These research and treatment development endeavors were highly successful, in terms of the successful completion of individual as well as complex, multisite investigations, the publication of related research findings and most importantly the widespread dissemination of training in the treatment models developed.
Developing and Disseminating an Evidence Based Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse and other Traumas: A Personal and Professional Narrative
Throughout this keynote address, the presenter will describe lessons learned through research, clinical service, professional and personal experiences that helped to inform her career and her contributions as a co-developer of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence based treatment for children and their non-offending caregivers impacted by child sexual abuse and/or other traumas. Dr. Deblinger will share her personal/professional journey by integrating research findings as well as clinical and personal experiences that have informed her thinking about the critical ingredients for optimal recovery from childhood trauma. She will share early and more recent research findings that have informed the evolving science of treating youth who have endured childhood trauma. She will also acknowledge and discuss the stressors associated with this challenging work. Finally, she hopes to inspire continued dedication to the field with an emphasis on the importance of self-care for all professionals.
1-The participant will learn about the history and development of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
2-The participant will learn about research findings that can contribute to the individualized tailoring of TF-CBT to optimize youth outcomes
3-The participant will learn about areas of growth that contribute to enhanced personal resiliency among youth participating in TF-CBT
Deputy Director, Administrative Data Research Centre for England, Southampton, United Kingdom
Professor Gilbert is acknowledged for her innovative contributions to the science of evidence-based child health. Her seminal work regarding cot death and sleeping position demonstrated a 20 year lag between evidence of harms of the advice given to parents and the introduction of policies to reverse this advice. Her research has led to significant advances in knowledge of the epidemiology, natural history and treatment of infections in pregnancy and early childhood. Her work has informed policy decisions on whether to stop, start or not introduce antenatal and newborn screening programmes and strategic priorities for research. Her meticulous studies of child maltreatment published in the Lancet are influencing WHO child maltreatment prevention policies. As deputy director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in England and her related role in the Farr Institute - she is at the forefront internationally in the use of clinical and administrative data for patient and public benefit and to accelerate translation of research into practice.
Director of the Department of Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability and Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Dr Krug is Director of the Department of Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability and Violence and Injury Prevention at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In this position he has overseen the development of major intergovernmental resolutions and ground breaking world reports, the implementation of major innovative development projects, and preparations for large global events. He chairs the International Organizing Committee for World Conferences on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and is member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals.
Before joining WHO, Dr Krug was an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA.
Prior to that he worked in war torn countries for Médecins sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Dr Krug holds a degree as Medical Doctor from the University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University and has received many awards.
Patron, Tereza Maxová Foundation for Children
Tereza Maxová, a leading Czech top model who was born in Pardubice, has been active in the world of fashion for nearly two decades. Still, even at the very top of her career, she did not lose contact with the real world. Twenty-one years ago she began her intensive charity work for abandoned and disadvantaged children in the Czech Republic. Tereza Maxová Foundation for Children aims to give every child growing up in the institutional care a chance to return and live in a harmonious and loving family environment.
More at: www.terezamaxovadetem.cz
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)
Marta Santos Pais was appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG) on May 1st, 2009, and took up her position on September 1st, 2009. As a high level global independent advocate, Marta Santos Pais promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in all settings, including online and offline, the justice setting, in the home, in institutional care, in schools, in the workplace and in the community. She acts as a bridge builder in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur.
Since her appointment, she has been strongly committed to mobilizing action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and to achieve steady progress across the world. A key concern has been the inclusion of a key target on ending violence against children in the global development agenda and at present to support national implementation efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal Target 16.2. With this in mind, SRSG Santos Pais promotes the adoption of a national agenda on violence prevention and elimination, the enactment and enforcement of a legal ban on all forms of violence against children, and the consolidation of a national data system to promote and monitor progress.
Marta Santos Pais has more than 30 years experience on legal cooperation and human rights concern and an active participation in United Nations and intergovernmental processes. She was a member of the UN Drafting Group of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and of its Optional Protocols and participated in the development of other key international human rights standards, including on the abolition of the death penalty, protection from disappearances, human rights of juveniles deprived of liberty and human rights defenders. She has authored a large number of publications on international and comparative law and human rights and children’s rights. Before her appointment as SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais was the Director of the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, and before then UNICEF Director of Evaluation, Policy and Planning. Previously, she was the Rapporteur of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and Vice-Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Childhood Policies of the Council of Europe. She was a Special Adviser to the UN Study on Violence against Children and to the Machel Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. In September 2017 she was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Maria Grzegorzewska University.
judge, Constitutional Court, Czech Republic
Kateřina Šimáčková was a barrister for fifteen years, in 2009 she became a judge at the Supreme Administrative Court and since 2013 she has been a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. She was a member of the Government Legislative Council and a member of the Committee for the Selection of Judges to the EU Civil Service Tribunal. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague, an ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights, a substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the „Venice Commission“) for the Czech Republic and a member of the examination committee for judicial examinations. She also lectures at the Department of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno. Her teaching and publication activities focus particularly on human rights issues. Regarding the issues of the right to family life and the protection of the best interest of the child, she prepared several judgments as the judge-rapporteur at the Constitutional Court, including judgments concerning child custody (after divorce), ascertaining the child’s wishes, recognition of parenthood for a same-sex couple established abroad, parents’ freedom to raise their children to become independent, etc.
Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Center for Families at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in Baltimore
Howard Dubowitz is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Families at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Dubowitz is a clinician, researcher and educator, and he is active in the policy arena. His main interests are in child neglect and prevention. Dr. Dubowitz led the development of the Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) model, building upon the opportunities in pediatric primary care to help prevent abuse and neglect. He edited Neglected Children: Research, Practice and Policy as well as the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s World Perspectives on Child Abuse from 2012 to 2018, and he co-edited the Handbook for Child Protection Practice as well as International Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 200 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences. He is a Past-President of the Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working in the child maltreatment field. He has served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and on the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and of Prevent Child Abuse America.
President, Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone
President, UN Committee of the Rights of the Child
Team-leader, EU-project “EU4Justice” in Georgia
Judge Renate Winter (Austria) has been a judge in Austria since 1981. Her expertise covers juvenile justice, war crimes, crimes against humanity, gender issues, organized crime and restorative justice. She served as international judge of the Supreme Court of Kosovo, as part of the United Nations mission. She was appointed to the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2002. She served as consultant in justice matters in more than 40 countries. She is currently President of the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone and President of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child and team-leader of an EU-project “EU4Justice” in Georgia.
Founder and Head Psychotherapist, Whispers of Serenity Clinic, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Her Highness Sayyida Basma is a well established Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has recently founded her mental health clinic Whispers of Serenity Clinic, a holistic well-being centre. She participates regularly in community and professional events. Her “Not Alone” Mental Health Awareness initiative, an on- going effort to create societal awareness of importance of mental well-being is a living proof of her dedication and ambition towards the betterment of the society.
Sayyida Basma also worked for a few months at the North Perth Migrant Resource Center counseling Refugees and Immigrants in Perth, Western Australia, and had also attended training in Mind and Body Well Being at Harvard Medical School. She also specializes in Music, Group, Couple, Art & Drama and Relaxation Therapy. Sayyida Basma’s career path began at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital where she began working as a mental health counselor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine for 11 years. Sayyida Basma’s dream was complete, when she founded Whispers of Serenity Clinic, the first mental health wellness clinic of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman.
On 12th January 2015, she won the GR8! Women Achievers Awards for her contribution to the society. Of her various acts of giving back to the Omani society, the most important remains her role as the founder of Whispers of Serenity Clinic, and Mental Health Counselor and Psychotherapist. Sayyida Basma also aspires to establish Whispers of Serenity Clinic to become a hotbed of psychology and mental-health related information not in Oman only, but also in theneighboring gulf countries, as well as on an international and global level. She also aims to establish Whispers of Serenity Clinic as a training center for psychology students.
Because it is of paramount importance to educate the community on how to recognize the phenomenon of child abuse and neglect of all kinds; I offer you this proposal "First Aid in Mental Health" to help in the discovery of signs of child abuse and neglect and to offer a platform for training opportunities for all segments of society to learn the methods of prevention and treatment and raise more awareness of all kinds of child abuse and neglect.
Community members do not necessarily have to be psychologists or social workers or have specific academic degrees in the field of mental health in order to help patients or offer guidance. They can be individuals with strong commitment towards helping their community and working hand in hand with government entites.
The idea of training individuals to use the child abuse hotline (mentioned below) may include different segments of society and its sole purpose is to raise awareness to reduce these acts that are harmful to a child, psychologically, physically and emotionally. We are fully aware that the government is doing a great work already, but the more we unite with them and other private institutions; the greater the influence to reduce child abuse and neglect.
So I will give you a practical experience from Oman and explain how society and individuals can help reduce this harmful phenomenon in the right way.
We pray to God Almighty to provide us with a helping hand to achieve a better, safer and free future for all the children of the world.
Child Abuse Hot Line
Is an example of the importance of community assistance in society to reduce the phenomenon of child abuse and neglect and we hope that this experiment will enter into operation in the near future, God willing, not only in Oman, but throughout the Arab region too in a bid that it will lead to a reduction in the number of children being abused and neglected all over the world and in any way, shape or form.
It is worth mentioning here that we have tried involving all members of society to ensure we get the desired benefit from this experiment. The trainers included doctors, students, lawyers and other professionals.
Another idea of mine is to develop "community watchers" who can learn and spread more awareness about mental health within the community.
Also these community groups will be able to recognize any signs or symptoms of any mental health disorder among the community members and act accordingly.