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23 March 2017



Presented by Dr. Bernard Gerbaka, ISPCAN President

Thursday, March 23, 2017 11 AM MST / USA (Click here to check your time zone)

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Dr. Bernard Gerbaka is a Pediatrician, Chairman of the pediatric department, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Emergencies, Hotel-Dieu hospital, Beirut, Lebanon.


He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in St. Joseph University, Beirut. In 1998, he was elected member of the City Council of Beirut. Since 2003, he is the Lebanese correspondent and co-founder of the Arab professionals' network for the prevention of child abuse and neglect In 2008, he was re-elected councilor in the Arab network.


With ISPCAN, he participated in the I-CAST field test and implementation; he also contributed to the United Nations Secretary General study on violence [2004-2005] and was member of the member of the recommendations committee in the MENA regional consultation, UNSV [2005] He is also author of the report on the response of Lebanon to the UNSV-MENA recommendations.


In 2008 he was elected ISPCAN councilor.


Currently, Dr. Bernard Gerbaka is Coordinator of the Lebanese taskforce for the prevention of child abuse and neglect - and violence against children - the Higher Council for Childhood in Lebanon Higher Council for Childhood in Lebanon, an interagency and interministerial coordinating body


  • President of the Lebanese Institute for Child Rights, a child rights organization
  • President of the Lebanese Union for Child Protection, the child protection services in Lebanon
  • Vice-President, the University Child and Youth Observatory in Lebanon,
  • In 2008, Dr. Bernard Gerbaka was also elected member of the board in the Lebanese Order of Physicians and President of the scientific committee.


2 March, 2017

Children's Rights and Child Protection


This webinar will focus on the importance of compliance with the only international norm on children in the context of child protection. Most often, children's human rights are often neglected in the name of protection. Moreover, the best interest of the child must be the utmost priority in addressing child protection. 

Presented by Dr. Yanghee Lee

Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:00 PM MST / USA (Click here to check your time zone)



Professor Yanghee Lee is currently serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. She has been a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2003 -2013 and has served as its Chair from 2007-2011. She has been the guiding force in the drafting, negotiation, and adoption of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC on a Communications Procedure.  Professor Lee has been the recipient of many recognitions and awards including the 2007 Year of the Woman Award (Korea); 2009 Order of Civil Merit (Suk Ryu Medal), the highest recognition given to a civilian in South Korea for her work in protecting and promoting the rights of children worldwide; 2011 Hyo Ryung Award for her dedication to children and their well-being; and the 2015 Youngsan Diplomat Award for her dedication to human rights.


A national of the Republic of Korea, Professor Lee has been with Sungkyunkwan University since 1991 in the Department of Child Psychology and Education. Professor Lee is an elected member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention Child Abuse & Neglect, Executive Board Member of UNICEF National Committee of Korea, and other Non Profit Organizations. She is founder and President of the International Center for Child Rights. She has published numerous articles and books on children’s rights, child maltreatment, and developmental disabilities. She has served as guest co-editor for three issues of Child Abuse and Neglect.



January 2017

Global Institute: Our first VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE Event!


Presenters: Bernard Gerbaka, Joan van Niekerk and Rajeev Seth


January 2017

Ethical Considerations Ethical Considerations for the Collection, Analysis, & Publication of Child Maltreatment Data 

This webinar was led by Drs. Lil Tonmyr and Carrie Smith in a presentation of findings from two studies. The first study reflect the effort that has been made to measure child maltreatment from youth at the population level and worldwide. It identified strategies employed to enhance data accuracy and mitigate participants’ distress. The second study involved interviewing key informants who had conducted this type of research. The key informants highlighted crucial ethical considerations and provided practical suggestions for conducting this type of research. 

About our presenters: 
Dr. Lil Tonmyr is a Senior Researcher with the Public Health Agency (PHAC) of Canada and Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, with Carleton University. Dr. Tonmyr has worked extensively on issues related to family violence in a variety of domains including child welfare and women’s shelters. Within PHAC she has worked to develop and implement Canada’s national child maltreatment surveillance program. She co-chairs an international committee on the development of child welfare information systems. As a researcher at PHAC, she has published extensively in the areas of child maltreatment, substance abuse, and deliberate self-harm and other health issues. 

Dr. Carrie Smith is an Assistant Professor at King’s University College at Western University, Canada. Dr. Smith worked in child welfare for ten years, as a child protection worker and a supervisor of research and evaluation. Her research and evaluation interests include the structure of child welfare organizations, decision making, evaluations of child welfare programs, evidence informed practice and the ethical collection of data. She has published in the areas of child maltreatment, including supporting new workers, duty to report, evidence-informed practice and ethical considerations for collecting data from vulnerable children.



Dr. Tonmyr's Presentation (PDF)

Dr. Smith's Presentations (PDF)

Ethical Considerations Special Report (PDF)

 December 2016


Preventing Child Abuse: A Role for Child Health Professionals (pdf)

Presented by: Howard Dubowitz

With the understanding that there is a clear need to implement evidence-based approaches to prevent child abuse and neglect, this webinar will focus on one such approach developed for child health primary care settings – A Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK). Most countries have a preventive health care system for young children where SEEK could be implemented. 

Howard Dubowitz is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Families at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is a Past-President of the Ray Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working in the child maltreatment field.  He has served on the on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN and the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and of Prevent Child Abuse America.

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 ISPCAN’s World Perspectives on Child Abuse in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and he co-edited the Handbook for Child Protection Practice as well as International Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 180 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences.

November 2016


The Effects of Early Adversity on Brain Development, Learning, and Health (pdf)


Presented by: Nicole Sherren

Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill. This has profound implications for policies, programs, and services that support children and families. In this session, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get "under our skins" to affect learning, health, and social outcomes across the life span.


 Dr. Nicole Sherren is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing scientific knowledge into policy and clinical practice. She lends her expertise to a number of working committees and community projects across Alberta and also serves as a board director for Calgary Alpha House Society.


October 2016


Introduction to the Medical Evaluation of the Child Alleged to Have Been Sexually Abused (PDF)

Presented by: Martin Finkel

This webinar is designed to assist the participants in understanding sexual victimization of children and the issues that challenge medical practitioners when evaluating for the possibility of child sexual abuse. Each of the steps necessary to build the foundation for formulating a well-balanced and defensible medical diagnosis will be discussed. This will be an in-depth look at a potpourri of medical examination findings and medical histories that can confirm sexual abuse with medical certainty. Participants will development an understanding of both the therapeutic and investigatory value of a skilled medical examination as well as developing an appreciation of what to expect from a medical examination and how to interpret a medical report. 


Dr. Martin Finkel, DO, F.A.C.O.P., F.A.A.P., is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director and co-founder of the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute at Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine.  In 1987, he established a University Center of Excellence which formed the nidus of what has matured into the CARES Institute. In 2004, the CARES Institute was designated as a statewide resource to inform best practices in the delivery of medical and mental health diagnostic and treatment services. Dr. Finkel is an internationally recognized authority on the medical evaluation and treatment of the child alleged to have been sexually abused. Dr. Finkel is also an ISPCAN councilor as the Treasurer/CERF Chair.  For more information on Dr. Finkel please click here


September 2016


Medical Child Abuse (PDF): Munchaussen Syndrome by Proxy

Presented by: Sue Foley and Desmond Runyan

Sue Foley is an accredited Senior Clinical Social Worker The Department of Psychological Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead NSW Australia. Sue is also Children's Court Clinician and Family Court Report Writer. Clinical experience and expertise: her clinical experience in assessing and providing services to children and families covers the years from 1972 to the present. Sue is currently a Senior Social Worker – Clinical Specialist in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW Australia. Sue provides assessments for the Children's Court Clinic and is particularly interested in prevention activities and projects. She is currently a leader in an Australian Shaken Baby Prevention Project. Her areas of clinical expertise and interest are in the areas of physical abuse prevention, factitious disorder by proxy identification and treatment, treatment of trauma and effects of abuse, loss and neglect of children and young people.


Dr. Desmond Runyan is the Executive Director of the Kempe Center at the Children's Hospital of Colorado and Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Runyan's research has addressed the identification and consequences of child abuse and neglect. In 1989 he designed and secured funding for the longest multi-site prospective study of the consequences of child abuse; LONGSCAN has continued for more than 20 years. This is a prospective study of 1354 children in five states who either were reported for maltreatment or who were judged to be at very high risk of maltreatment. Dr. Runyan helped design and conduct the only US study examining the incidence of "shaken baby syndrome.” With funding from the Centers for Disease Control, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Duke Endowment, Dr. Runyan is directing a trial of shaken baby prevention with 600,000 families.



June 2016

Protecting Children at the Time of Disasters presented by Dr. Tufail Muhammad (PDF)

The Psychosocial Effects of Disasters on Children presented by Dr. Naeem Zafar (PDF)

Presented by: Dr. Tufail Muhammad and Dr. Naeem Zafar

Dr. Tufail Muhammad (MD, MCPS, DCH, DCPath) is a pediatrician by profession. Currently he is the Chairman of Child Rights & Abuse Committee, Pakistan Pediatric Association and Director of Regional Training Institute Peshawar. He has postgraduate qualifications and training in Pediatrics, Clinical pathology, public health and Reproductive health. Dr. Tufail Muhammad has more than 20 years experience in the field of CAN and Child protection. He has more than 30 research papers to his credit and has presented more than 60 papers at international conferences in several countries around the world. Dr. Tufial Muhammad is also a current ISPCAN councilor. Dr. Tufail has also conducted and published a number of community based research studies in collaboration with UNICEF, Save the Children Sweden, WHO, ILO and ECPAT International.. He has also co-authored a book (Your amazing baby) on the growth and development of Pakistani infants (published by Save the Children UK). He has also authored a number of booklets on various aspects of CAN and Child labor.


Dr. Naeem Zafar is Founding President of PAHCHAAN (Protection and Help of Children Against Abuse and Neglect), Head, Child Rights Department and Associate Professor Pediatrics at University of Lahore. He is Vice President, Pakistan Pediatric Association, (PPA), Convener, Child Rights Committee PPA, (CRC-PPA), Punjab Provincial Vice Chair, NACG-SAIEVAC (National Action Coordination Group for South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children and Convener SAPCAN (South Asia Group for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect).  He is involved in program development, research, advocacy, capacity building and awareness raising on Child Rights, having many national and international studies & book chapters on different health and child protection issues, has read papers in many international and national conferences of Pediatrics and Child Protection, has authored training manuals on child abuse for health professionals, teachers and service providers. He has trained more than 3000 health care professionals, he established first Hospital Child Protection Unit in South Asia, at Children Hospital Lahore for managing cases of Child Abuse. He received ISPCAN (International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) Multidisciplinary Global Award for his innovative work in 2006.and SMK Wasti Gold Medal for meritorious services for children of Pakistan by Pakistan Pediatric Association (Punjab)



May 2016

Positive Parenting: Working with Vulnerable Families to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect (PDF)

Positive Parenting: Working with Vulnerable Families to Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect (PDF Portuguese Version)

Presented by: Lucia C.A. Williams and Evelyn Eisenstein

Lucia Williams is Full Professor at the Department of Psychology, Universidade Federal de São Carlos – UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos), in Brazil, where she founded LAPREV (The Laboratory for Violence Analysis and Prevention), which does research, education and community outreach efforts in addressing and preventing family and school violence. She has been involved in parenting research and intervention for several decades, and has recently been elected as an ISPCAN councilor. 


Evelyn Eisenstein is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and Coordinator of Telemedicine of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Coordinator of the SIG Special Interest Group of Children & Adolescents Health and Medicine National University Telemedicine Network Director of the Clinica de Adolescentes and Director of the Center for Health Studies on Childhood and Adolescence  presently Coordinator of a Project on Children and Adolescents in the Digital World Era Scientific Editor of Revista Adolescência & Saude, also available online in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Member of the Brazilian Pediatric Society, SBP, member with honor of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, SAHM and International Association of Adolescent Health,  IAAH and of International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect ISPCAN. Author and co-author of many books, articles, papers.


                                                (PORTUGUESE VERSION)                         (ENGLISH VERSION)

April 2016

Children and Armed Conflict: Prevention and Protection of Children Paper (PDF)

Strategies in Preventing Conflict Before They Occur by Philista Onyango (PDF)

Community Conversation as a Strategy to Prevent Recruitment of Children in Armed Groups by Cornel Ogutu (PDF)

Presented by: Dr. Philista Onyango and Cornel Ogutu 

Dr. Philista Onyango is the current Regional Director of ANPPCAN.  A graduate from Haile Selassie I University and University of Nairobi, she is a Sociologist by profession and is a former senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, where she taught for many years. Dr. Onyango has initiated many child related studies and programmes in Kenya and in a number of countries in Africa.  She has served in several Boards, Councils and committees of professional associations and organizations, both in Kenya and international.  She has won a number of awards in both academia and causes for children. Dr. Onyango has led and conducted many studies and authored or co-authored numerous chapters in published books and articles in selected journals. 

Cornel Ogutu is a seasoned Social Worker and a development expert in the African Continent. He has a Diploma in Community Development and Project management, a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and a Maters of Arts in International Studies from University of Nairobi. Cornel has 18 solid years of Social Work experience with children, youth and families, as well as organizational development in the areas of lobbying, advocacy and sensitizing staff, partners, NGOs, INGOs, GO, communities on policy formulation and implementation, child protection and programming, implementation of rights based programming principles and approaches for OVCs, HIV and AIDS, life skills among other phenomenon. 


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