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The Bivona Child Abuse Summit is nationally recognized as the premier conference in the Northeast region. This cutting-edge multidisciplinary training is for social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health and medical professionals, school personnel, day care providers, the faith-based community and more. Workshops are being presented by national and international experts.

The full schedule for the 10th Annual Bivona Child Abuse Summit is now online. 

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Bivona Child Abuse Summit and we are excited to announce this year's featured speakers, including the new-this-year Afternoon Plenary session.

2018 Featured Speakers:

Francoise Mathieu, 2018 Morning Plenary
Dr. Joe Sullivan, 2018 Afternoon Plenary

Jon Dorenbos is our 2018 Keynote Speaker! As an entertainer for over 20 years, Jon is known as the NFL’s “Magic Man” and recently competed on NBC’s hit television show America’s Got Talent. When Jon is on stage, through his unbelievable magic, he emphasizes the importance of choice and openly shares his childhood tragedy.

Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC. is our 2018 Morning Plenary Speaker! Françoise is a registered psychotherapist and compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20 years as a crisis counsellor and mental health counselor, working in community mental health environments as well as with law enforcement and the military.

Dr. Joe Sullivan is our 2018 Afternoon Plenary Speaker! Joe is a registered forensic psychologist and Director of Mentor Forensic Services, an organization specializing in behavior analysis, child protection and professional sexual misconduct issues. Dr. Sullivan provides insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviors of child sex offenders. 

Registration is now live. For more information on registration options and hotel information, please click on the buttons below.

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For more information about the Bivona Child Abuse Summit, or to be added to our Summit mailing list, please complete the form below. If you require additional assistance, please contact 585-935-7504. 

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April 26 - 27, 2018

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JAF Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Rochester, NY


Regular Rates

$190 (two-day rate)

$130 (one-day rate)

Group Rate

$150 (individual, two-day rate)

$100 (individual, one-day rate)

***Group rate is applicable for groups of four or more from the same organization

Keynote Breakfast Rate

(includes access to the Keynote Breakfast and Welcome Ceremony)

*New York State social workers who attend the entire two-day conference are eligible to receive 11.5 continuing education credits through the URMC Center for Experiential Learning.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation


New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
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New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

Exclusive TV Media Sponsor

Thank you to our sponsors!