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ISPCAN Announces Next Virtual Issues Discussion

Friday, April 15, 2011  
Posted by: Kayla Manzel

ISPCAN is pleased to host the 11th Virtual Issue Discussions (VIDs) on "Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of Practical Interventions from an International Perspective" to be held May 5-6, 2011 in conjunction with the Denver Round-Table discussion at the ISPCAN headquarters.

Purpose of ISPCAN's Virtual Issues Discussion (VID) Forum
The purpose of this forum is to initiate a discussion among professionals on important issues facing the field of child maltreatment. It is hoped that the VID may stimulate new thinking and offer useful ideas to professionals around the world.

Accessing the VID
The VID will take place in the Virtual Issues Discussion: Denver Round-Table group on the ISPCAN website. To access all materials, stay informed and participate in the discussion, you must join the VID Group. Joining the group is easy and can be done by going to:

You will be asked to log into your ISPCAN account and follow the instructions on the page to join the private group. You can also access the group from the ISPCAN homepage> Members Only > Listserv & Groups > Virtual Issues Discussion > Denver Round Table (If you need assistance or a password or username reminder, please contact

Denver Round-Table
The Denver Round-Table is an invitation only event that will assemble local, regional, and international professionals who will share expertise to support the management and prevention of child sexual abuse across country, language and cultural barriers. Those invited to participate in this event will listen to presentations by primary speakers, participate in a day-long discussion session and then contribute to a working paper on "Options for Responding to Child Sexual Abuse” which will be published by ISPCAN.

VID and Denver Round-Table
ISPCAN members will have a unique opportunity to listen to the Primary Speaker online either live or on video and participate in an online discussion forum. The online discussion will be usedan important international contribution to the working paper.

Discussion Questions
Some issues we might consider in this discussion include:

  1. What is the formal framework (legislation, agreements, formal and informal understandings, etc.) to manage child sexual abuse cases in your country?
  2. What professions, agencies, and/or institutions are responsible for addressing these cases?
  3. What are the problems you find most frequently? What are the obstacles or barriers faced in preventing the effective management these cases? In what ways have these problems been addressed?
  4. Are there aspects of the ‘evidence-based'/‘evaluated' literature about child sexual abuse that you consider to be unhelpful or irrelevant within your region, culture, or language-group? Why? What would you recommend in its place?

Denver Round-Table Primary Speakers
Dr. Arnon Bentovim (UK)
Dr. Bernard Gerbaka (Lebenon)
John Myers (USA)

Judge Carlos Rozanski (Argentina)

Resource materials from the primary speakers are available online in the VID Group.

VID Moderator
Sue Foley, ISPCAN Councilor
Senior Social Worker
The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia

May 5, UTC 15:00 – The Primary Speakers will begin broadcasting their presentations live on ISPCAN Website. Members will have access to view video of the presentations through May 7.

May 6, UTC 15:00 – ISPCAN VID will open through UTC 23:00 with moderation by ISPCAN. VID may continue un-moderated for an undetermined about of time after the moderated discussion ends.

Please note the timeline is tentative and subject to change. Please join the VID Group for regular updates. More information to follow.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kayla Manzel, Membership Assistant, at or 1-303-864-5220

12200 E. Iliff Avenue, Suite 103

Aurora CO 80014

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