Calling All Heroes: Responding to Violence Against Ohio's Children

Lundy Bancroft has thirty years' experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored five books in the field, including the U.S.'s best-selling book on domestic violence, Why Does He Do That?, and the national prizewinner The Batterer as Parent. Lundy is the former Training Director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter, and was involved in over 2000 cases as counselor and clinical supervisor. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness. Lundy appears across the continent as a presenter for court personnel, child protective workers, mental health providers, law enforcement officials, and other audiences. He is currently working on a play about battered women's experiences with the child custody system, called "Forbidden to Protect".

Mark Everson, PhD is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is the Director of the Program on Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment. Dr. Everson has served on both the National Board of Directors and the National Advisory Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). He is one of the developers of the RADAR child forensic interview protocol. During the last 30 + years, Dr. Everson’s professional career has had a primary focus on research and training in the area of child forensic investigations in cases of alleged abuse.

CeCe Norwood, MA is a featured national speaker on incest, child sexual abuse and rape dynamics in the African American community, recognized workshop trainer, life coach, author of numerous articles and her recent book, There IS Happiness After Incest and Child Sexual Abuse

Ms. Norwood is the founder of Nirvana Now!, an organization dedicated to the eradication of all forms of sexual violence and committed to developing effective practices for engaging and working with diverse incest, child sexual assault, and rape survivors. She is the founding Board President of the Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence (OAESV), past Interim OAESV Executive Director and founding principal of the Sexual Assault Prevention, Awareness, Treatment, Healing (SA PATH) Coalition of Northwest Ohio. 

Ms. Norwood is a approved trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. She has volunteered as an education surrogate parent and has been a guardian ad litem since 2007. She received the Lucas County Court Appointed Special Advocate Rising Star Award which recognizes CASA volunteers for their contribution to the lives of abused and neglected children. Most importantly to her, CeCe is the adoptive mom of a FANTASTIC daughter.

Anna Salter, PhD is a clinical psychologist and best-selling author/expert/lecturer on sexual predators and victimization. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both Universities. Dr. Salter has lived in Madison Wisconsin since 1996 and consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Dr. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes.

Joyanna Silberg, PhD is the Senior Consultant for Child and Adolescent Trauma at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland and the Executive Vice-President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. She has served as an expert witness in 27 states. 

She is past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) and contributing editor to the society’s journal, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the recipient of the 1992 Walter P. Klopfer Award for her research, 1997 Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical excellence, and the 2011 William Friedrich Award for work on Child Sexual Abuse. Silberg is the editor of The Dissociative Child (Sidran Press) and co-editor of Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Haworth Press). She has presented nationally and internationally on child abuse, psychotherapy, and protecting abused children in family court. She has been the consultant for DVLEAP's Custody and Abuse Project with Office on Violence Against Women, and her project involves an analysis of cases in which judicial decisions that imperil children are reversed by later judicial decisions. She is also consultant for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant through Northwestern University's Feinberg Medical Centers's Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning Center. Her newest book The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation, was released by Routledge Press in October of 2012. Dr. Silberg is the 2013 recipient of the Champion for Children Award from the Domestic Violence and Legal Empowerment Appeals Project (DVLEAP), and the 2013 recipient of the Written Media Award for her book, The Child Survivor, awarded by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.