The Bivona Child Abuse Summit is nationally recognized as the premier child abuse 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.

Save the dates! The 11th Annual Bivona Child Abuse Summit returns to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25, 2019.

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We are thrilled to announce that Aly Raisman will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Bivona Child Abuse Summit in April! 

Aly Raisman, team captain of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, is the second most decorated American gymnast of all-time with six total Olympic medals. The most decorated U.S. gymnast at the 2012 Games, Raisman captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. One of only two U.S. gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams in more than 15 years, she helped guide the team to gold and landed a silver medal performance in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Games.

A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to promote positive body image and encourages everyone to be comfortable and confident in their own skin. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, – Fierce – she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues her advocacy for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and efforts to help to eradicate sexual abuse in youth sports.

We are also excited to announce Dr. Brian R. Sims, M.D., will be our Plenary Speaker this year!


Brian R. Sims, M.D., is Senior Medical Advisor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He is also a Senior Consultant for the NASMHPD Center for Innovations in Trauma-Informed Approaches, where he provides lectures and trainings both nationally and internationally on the practice of Trauma–Informed Care and developing strategies for systems to become trauma responsive, as well as teaching on the Neurobiology and biopsychosocial impact  of Trauma. Most recently, he has been a lead consultant for Trauma Informed Care in the Faith-Based communities. Dr. Sims is a former staff psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services. Before joining Correctional Mental Health, he was the Senior Director for Behavioral and Mental Health for Conmed Health Care Management where he was initially responsible for the development of core developmental planning for the company’s correctional mental health provisions in 8 states. Prior to his work with Conmed, Dr. Sims served with the State Mental Health system for 25 years before retiring, as well as maintaining a private practice for 10 years. Dr. Sims has also served in the U.S. Army Reserves at Walter Reed with the 2290th, working with soldiers with PTSD.

Registration will be live on December 3, 2018.

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Wednesday & Thursday

April 24 - 25, 2019

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JAF Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Rochester, NY


Early Bird Rates
available through March 15

$160 (two-day rate)

$110 (one-day rate)

Regular Rates

$190 (two-day rate)

$130 (one-day rate)

Keynote Breakfast Rate

(includes access to the Keynote Breakfast and Welcome Ceremony)

Hotel Information

Information on hotel block rates will be available on Dec. 3