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Irene V. Intebi

Irene V. Intebi, MD

Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Psychologist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Irene Intebi was the President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect until September 2012. She trains, assesses and supervises child protection professionals in Argentina and other Latin America countries and was the Director of the Child Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Training Programs of the Department of Women's Affairs of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (1993-2006). She is also founder and was the 1st Vice-President of the Argentinean Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ASAPMI).

From 2002 until 2010, she worked part-time in the Basque Country (Spain) where she was the clinical advisor and consultant for NGOs dedicated to dissemination of child welfare policies and programs and to the training of child protection professionals. She was the director of the treatment program for children with inappropriate sexual behaviors in the municipality of Pasaia (Guipuzcoa, Basque Country, 2003-2010). She also trained child protection professionals and supervised cases in different Comunidades Autonomas in Spain (Basque Country and Cantabria).

With a strong clinical background and expertise in multimodal treatment approaches for abused children and their families, Irene is an international trainer and lecturer on multidisciplinary, intersectoral and multicultural aspects of child abuse and neglect.

Joining ISPCAN in 1988, the International Congress in Rio de Janeiro offered her the opportunity to learn what more advanced countries in the child abuse field were doing. At the same time she faced the challenge of comparing and adapting programs and findings to local conditions, respecting and preserving the Argentinean "flavor” of the blended product.

She has been an ISPCAN Executive Council member since 1998; Chair of the ISPCAN Education, Training and Consultation Committee from 2000 to 2008; Co-Chair of the International Training Project by ISPCAN (ITPI) from 2000 to 2008; and served as ISPCAN President from April 2009 to September 2012, being the first Latin American woman to preside the organization. She is currently the Editor of The Link and the Co-Chair of the ISPCAN Latin America Regional Conference that will be held in October 2013 in Viña del Mar, Chile.

Irene is the author of books, articles and a screenplay on child abuse and neglect. She speaks fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese. With almost 20 years of experience in training multidisciplinary professionals from developing countries in child protection, Irene is a strong supporter of blending the latest research and findings from developed countries with the knowledge acquired by the local people after decades of frontline hard work, while creating wide local and regional networks to fight the isolation in which many colleagues are working in their communities.

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